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A gator nicknamed Humpback was filmed Sunday crossing a trail in the marsh in Polk County, Fla. The big gator was estimated to be in the 13- to 15-foot range.

Check out video of giant Florida gator

Where’s Troy Landry when you need him?

January 16 at 5:09pm
Senior Agent Charles Talbert with parts of an illegally killed alligator seized in a case.

Saving the alligator in Louisiana

During my career with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, I was fortunate enough to witness and participate in a few conservation success stories. Perhaps most notable is the recovery in Louisiana of the American alligator. 

When I began my career in 1977, alligators were protected under the Endangered Species Act. Loss of habitat, illegal harvest and overharvest were primary reasons for diminishing wild alligator numbers.

December 16, 2016 at 9:00am
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Anderson 5.56 M4

If you’re ready to take the plunge and enter the AR-15 market after the contentious presidential election has reaffirmed your Second Amendment rights, Lindsey Simmons-Roberts at Simmons' Sporting Goods said the Anderson M4 might be just what you’re looking for. 

November 18, 2016 at 8:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, arrowed this mule deer doe with a 28-yard longbow shot during his third summer hunting on public lands in the Colorado mountains.

Apex Predator arrows Colorado mule deer

I set out on my yearly Colorado trip this year with one goal in mind: To harvest a big game animal with my 100-pound war bow. But since I was fortunate to have taken elk in the previous two years bowhunting on public land, I really had no pressure to get one with my compound. 

October 19, 2016 at 6:00am
During the early season at Sherburne WMA, Joe Speyrer will not don a camo mask or hat due to the leafy foliage still present on trees during the early season.

Top squirrel-hunting tactics

Consistently killing limits of squirrels is no accident, and avid hunter Joe Speyrer puts in a lot of work to ensure he and his sons don’t come home empty handed.

October 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Attached to Gage Speyrer’s hunting belt is a black Delta fox squirrel he killed on the 2015 season opener at Sherburne.

Taxonomy of Louisiana’s squirrels

There is perhaps no greater source of discussion concerning Louisiana squirrels than identification of species and subspecies ,and their respective color phases.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Cody Cedotal said it’s really not that complicated.

October 15, 2016 at 7:00am

Ticks are no joke

We’ve all shown up at the camp and just hit the woods to slip around and bag a squirrel or two without a thought to dangers posed by ticks.

October 14, 2016 at 6:00am

Winnsboro man cited for being over the limit on squirrels, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 36-year-old Winnsboro man for allegedly shooting 22 squirrels on Oct. 1 in Catahoula Parish.

October 03, 2016 at 4:33pm
Most of us started our hunting “vocations” by stalking squirrels. The thrill is NOT gone! It’s easy to recapture.

Blasting Bachman’s — Where to hunt Bachman’s fox squirrels

Artie suddenly put down his basting brush, clapped his hands, and bellowed.

“So who wants squirrel sauce piquante next week for the LSU-Florida tailgate PAAAW-TY?” he howled.

All heads turned — but remember Otis Day in Animal House? Remember his reaction when Boon yelled, “Otis! My Man!”

October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
The Southern gray squirrel is the most commonly found subspecies of gray squirrels in Louisiana’s forests. This prolific subspecies sports a grayish-brown body with a white underside. The central portion of its bushy tail matches the body coloration with

Bayou boogie — Best WMAs and squirrel-hunting tips

On opening day last year, conditions were favorable for squirrel hunting at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and the adjacent Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge.

Winds were calm, temperatures were tolerable and the forest floor was moist as hunters made their way into the 44,000-acre wetlands complex.

Well before sunrise, Joe Speyrer and his three sons boated south along Big Alabama Bayou, making their way through the area locally called the “narrows” and traveling past the Bayou Des Glaises junction.

October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Snakes are likely to be out during the early season, so you need to wear snake boots when sneaking up on squirrels.

Tips for early squirrels

There are squirrel hunters who hit the woods a couple times each season and knock down a handful of tree rats. And then there are those who are just eaten up with the sport.

September 29, 2016 at 4:00pm
Joe Speyrer of Sherburne, left, and his sons Payton, Gage and Parker display their 2015 opening day squirrel harvest at Sherburne WMA. See the October issue of Louisiana Sportsman magazine for Speyrer’s public lands squirrel strategies for opening week.

Top 10 tips for squirrel season opening weekend

Squirrel season is almost here, and almost 90,000 hunters could be headed into the woods this weekend in pursuit of tasty Bayou State bushy tails. 

September 26, 2016 at 10:07pm
A Denham Springs man accused of running an illegal gator-hunting guide service on Joyce WMA in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested by LDWF enforcement agents.

Denham Springs man accused of running illegal gator-hunting guide service

A 54-year-old Denham Springs man accused of running an illegal alligator hunting guide service on Joyce Wildlife Management Area in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested this weekend, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

September 20, 2016 at 8:55am
Attracting doves to your fields means having something on the ground for them to eat all summer long.

Double down on doves — Tips for extending dove season

The small field behind my house that I remember being full of Washington Parish watermelons when I was young had been lying fallow over 15 years. 

Except for the occasional cutting and baling of hay, this little piece of ground seldom saw any action.

September 01, 2016 at 7:00am