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A big chunk of Louisiana's rice belt will move from the coastal zone into the east zone for the 2016-17 waterfowl season, and a portion of land formerly in the east zone in Northwest Louisiana will move to the west zone.

New zone boundaries in effect for 2016-17 waterfowl season, LDWF says

Louisiana duck hunters — especially those in the southwest and northwest parts of the state — need to be aware that new zone boundaries will be in effect when waterfowl season opens next month. 

19 hours ago
George Mason poses with the big Vernon Parish 16-point buck he shot near Rosepine on Oct. 10. Mason shot the deer with his .45-70 in a pasture behind his house, before he even made it to his stand.

16-point ‘backyard buck’ downed in Vernon Parish

George Mason has had his eyes on an impressive Vernon Parish buck since June, and earlier this month brought the big deer down — without even reaching his stand.

20 hours ago
Grady Brown, 47, of Monroe, poses with the big 10-point he shot on Oct. 2 on the Big 8 Hunting Club's property near Transylvania in East Carroll Parish. The big buck green-scored 172 ⅛ inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods.

Monroe hunter sticks big 10-point in East Carroll Parish

Most hunters have to purchase their feed from a feed store, but Grady Brown grows his own.

22 hours ago
Tim Bye shows off a couple of the slab sac-a-lait he caught earlier this week at Toledo Bend. Bye said fish were biting in about 20 feet of water over brush piles, and along pilings at the Pendleteon and Lanan Bridges before Thursday's cool front arrived.

Crappie bite solid at Toledo Bend

The crappie were biting consistently at Toledo Bend this week — at least before yesterday’s cool snap came through with the coolest air of the fall so far.

October 21 at 4:36pm
Lower Sabine River bass might not be monsters, but there are plenty of them willing to stretch your line this month.

Sabine River bass are such fun

When Ron Castille of Lake Charles took a local judge and the judge’s son bass fishing Sept. 1, the bass were ganged up like there’s no tomorrow in a stretch of water he fished on the Sabine River near Orange, Texas.

October 21 at 2:15pm
Nice speckled trout can be found in Lafitte this month using soft-plastics threaded on light jigheads.

The lowdown on Lafitte specks

Lafitte is a popular destination for anglers across the coast because it’s so close for many fishermen, particularly for those who reside in New Orleans.

October 21 at 11:00am
Shane Rachal, of Forest Hill, poses with the 13-point buck he shot on Oct. 13 in Vernon Parish. Rachal thought he was shooting at an 11-point he had seen on his trail cam, but the deer was actually a 13-pointer that green-scored 147 ⅜ inches.

Case of mistaken identity in Vernon Parish results in 13-point buck

Hunting in a heavy fog the morning of Oct. 13, Shane Rachal, shot what he thought was a big 11-point buck his trail cameras had identified since summer.

But upon recovery of the buck, he actually found an even more impressive 13-point trophy.

October 21 at 8:40am
A brand new Deadly Dudley saltwater worm in blue moon (top) varies slightly in color compared to a sun-faded blue moon Deadly Dudley Terror Tail (bottom).

Sun-fade soft plastic lures to create slight color variations

Anglers have always tweaked their factory-made lures in their zeal to become more successful on the water — customizing them with upgraded treble hooks, scented dyes, additional “artwork” and thousands of other minor modifications in an attempt to catch more fish.

October 20 at 5:10pm
Chris Macaluso, with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, grabs a handful of sediment deposited from a diversion near Bay Deneese on the east side of the Mississippi River near Buras last year.

2017 Coastal Master Plan preview meeting set for next Tuesday in Gonzales

Sediment diversions. Dredging. Levees. Floodgates.

All of these options and more will likely be mentioned as potential elements of Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan, which will be discussed at a meeting next Tuesday evening, Oct. 25, at Cabela’s in Gonzales.

October 20 at 4:26pm
Robert Barham, who served as secretary of the LDWF from 2008 to 2016, responded to allegations in a leaked audit report and said he personally saw no evidence of any misappropriation of BP oil spill funds during his tenure at the department.

Former LDWF secretary refutes alleged misappropriation of BP funds

Robert Barham is no longer biting his tongue.

October 20 at 10:38am
Daniel Murray, of West Monroe, shows off the 10-point buck he shot on opening day of bow season on a wooded, 10-acre patch in Ouachita Parish. The big buck green-scored 143 ⅛ inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

West Monroe hunter arrows 10-pointer in Ouachita Parish

About three weeks before bow season opened, Daniel Murray started getting trail camera pictures of a nice 10-point buck on a small wooded patch of property he hunts in Ouachita Parish. 

October 19 at 10:38am
Mississippi anglers won't be able to keep any speckled trout for the first three months of 2017 if the state ultimately approves a proposal being considered by the Commission of Marine Resources.

Mississippi proposes trout fishing closure January through March

Mississippi speckled trout anglers will have to make alternate plans during the first months of 2017, if a proposal by the state’s Commission of Marine Resources today is approved.

The agency announced it's intent to implement a three-month closure of recreational trout fishing in state waters from Jan. 1 through March 31.

October 18 at 3:14pm

Oystermen plead guilty to illegal harvest in Terrebonne Parish

Four oystermen pleaded guilty last week to harvesting oysters from a private lease without permission in 32nd Judicial District Court in Terrebonne Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 18 at 10:53am
The goal of using bleat or grunt calls in October should be attracting deer’s attention instead of bringing in bucks ready to fight.

Until the rut kicks in, keep calling, rattling low key

Few people in the hunting industry would ever describe Marshall Collette as “understated.”

The big, garrulous hunter, a long-time pro staff member for companies like Mossy Oak and Quaker Boy, is rarely at a loss for words or opinions.

October 18 at 6:00am