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Bait, weather keys to successful Lake D'Arbonne crappie fishing

Located in the small town of Farmerville, Lake D’Arbonne is one of the best lakes for fishing crappie in the state. At 15,000-plus acre, it is any angler’s dream location for catching slabs during these months of changing weather.Read More...
April 17, 2013 at 9:24 am
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Tuna trip is totally worth it

"Where is the best place to get good sushi?" the stranger asked.

"About 120 miles that way," Joey Davis said, gesturing to the southwest.

Less than 48 hours later, Davis, Colton Wood and Hussein Zayed, all of Ocean Springs, Miss., were drifting cut bait on the Lump, south of Venice, in Zayed's 27 Conch.Read More...
April 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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Toledo Bend producing topwater lunkers

Toledo Bend has been delivering lunker bass lately, and Lake Charles’ Johnny Watkins has been on the catching end of them.Read More...
April 02, 2013 at 10:04 pm
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Quality Lake Bistineau bass are there for the taking, local angler says

After a recent draining to combat the giant salvinia infesting the lake, Lake Bistineau is finally filling up again. And anglers are returning to fish the lake as the water rises and their favorite areas are once again becoming accessible.Read More...
March 27, 2013 at 9:36 am
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Bull reds ganged up around Chandeleur Island chain

Spain’s Running of the Bulls has nothing over ours: Every year, usually beginning somewhere between late February to early March and extending into April, huge schools of bull reds show up at the barrier islands and maul everything in the water. Read More...
March 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm
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Quality trout to be found working mullet schools on Calcasieu Lake

On Monday, Cap. Kade Shaw was fighting fog and high winds on Calcasieu Lake after launching from Hebert’s Landing.

“We moved slowly, and eventually we were able to pull up on some scattered shell in a protected area on the western edge of the lake,” the 24-year-old guide said. “Mullet were rolling all over the area, and good trout were hitting them.”Read More...
March 21, 2013 at 9:23 am
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How to score on a Conservation Order goose hunt

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Late-season goose hunting is tough, even with the benefit of expert calling and prime locations. New birds are a long-forgotten luxury, and existing flocks have been educated by three months worth of advanced hunting-pressure classes.

Hunters can tip the odds of getting one last waterfowl shooting fix in their favor with a large decoy and rag spread, said Goose Guide Inc.'s Clint Matthew. The Kaplan native has been guiding hunters to robust bags of specklebellies and, to a lesser degree snow geese and lesser Canadas, for more than 20 years.Read More...
February 08, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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Patience pays off with 170-inch buck

There is an old proverb that says good things happen for those who wait. In 31-year-old John Gaiennie’s case, that good thing was a 260-pound Tensas Parish buck that green scored over 170 inches.

And the Baton Rouge hunter had to wait more than an hour with the deer in his vision before finally getting a shot of the brute while hunting on the 6,000-acre Somerset Hunting Club in Tensas Parish.Read More...
February 04, 2013 at 5:00 pm
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Mississippi state-record bow buck certified

Kevin Medlin didn’t have time to think about such things as rewriting Mississippi’s archery record book when a monster buck walked out of a thicket 50 yards from his stand on Nov. 11 in DeSoto County.

“I didn’t even have time to get nervous,” Medlin said. “It all happened so fast. I guess from the time I saw him to the time I watched him crash down in a thicket wasn’t much more than a minute, if it was that long. It all happened that quick.”Read More...
January 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Sterlington hunter takes 150-class Union Parish buck

Some deer-kill stories come under wild circumstances — bucks that are bagged during storms, kills that precede a search that lasts more than a day or ones that conclude a decades-long drought of not even seeing a buck.

Then there are stories like Lee Taylor’s that don’t come with extraordinary details. In a case like this, the extraordinary thing is the buck itself.

And that’s good enough for Taylor.Read More...
January 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm
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Hunter scores 167 6/8 B&C buck in Avoyelles Parish

Hunting on a small piece of land can make deer management difficult.

Troy McNeal knows that first hand, but you wouldn’t know it from a kill he made Dec. 29 on his 100-acre parcel in Avoyelles Parish. McNeal, whose lease is surrounded by other leases and landowners, bagged a 10-point buck that day that scored an impressive 167 6/8 Boone and Crockett. The main beams measured 24 inches, the spread was 21 ¼ inches inside and the bases were 6 inches in circumference. The deer was estimated to be 5 ½ years old and it weighed a whopping 230 pounds.Read More...
January 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm
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Pair of Winn Parish bucks fall to father, son on same day from same stand

For centuries, fathers and sons have shared hunting experiences that become family folklore – the stories that are told around the Sunday dinner table, at reunions, at holiday time.

The Arnaud family of Breaux Bridge now has a story that might exceed those boundaries; it might even enter into the regional, if not statewide, consciousness.

That’s because on Dec. 11 both Andrew Arnaud Jr. and son Andrew Arnaud III (aka T-Drew,) bagged a pair of trophy bucks on the same piece of property and from the same box stand.Read More...
January 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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Wade-fishing season provides access to big Calcasieu Lake trout

The few days before the turn of the New Year, Big Lake’s Capt. Bruce Baugh was busy with some great speckled trout.

On one of those days, the 58-year-old guide was hosting three wading fishermen on some special flats on Big Lake where they landed a dozen speckled trout ranging between 5 and 8 pounds.

“It was an awesome trip, and we were in a bunch of redfish,” Baugh said. “We were throwing pink, broke-back Corkys for these fish in West Cove.”Read More...
January 09, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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Father-daughter time turns into trophy kill when 15-year-old shoots 200-inch buck

Blane Haygood treasures his time in the hunting stand — not so much because he loves shooting deer but because it’s when he really gets to spend time with his 15-year-old daughter Kendall.

“This is our time,” Blane said. “When we’re sitting in that stand, I talk to her about stuff. During school, she is busy with soccer and stuff, so when we’re hunting it’s just me and her.”Read More...
January 09, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Young hunter kills second trophy buck in 2012-13 season

Miller Holt may never kill another buck in his life. No matter — the 6-year-old has already accomplished over a five-week period what few deer hunters ever have the opportunity to do in a lifetime.

After killing a 168 ⅛-inch 14-pointer on Nov. 16, the young hunter knocked down a 9-point deer on Dec. 23 that scored 149 6/8 inches Boone & Crockett.Read More...
January 02, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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Long shot puts 165-class Lincoln Parish deer on the ground

As a pastor, 37-year-old Rev. Gevan Spinney has often had to counsel people with problems. The probability of having success with some difficult situations, no doubt, could be considered long shots at best.

On the morning of Nov. 16, Spinney took another long shot, one he later verified by his range finder at 347 yards —a shot that brought down a trophy 12-point buck that scored 165 7/8 inches Boone & Crockett.Read More...
December 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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