Hunting

Teal hunters across Louisiana gave opening weekend mixed reviews. The 16-day season ends on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Teal hunters give opening weekend mixed reviews

Fog, excess water, birds on the move make for challenging conditions
September 18 at 12:28pm
September's aerial survey completed this week noted more than 370,000 blue-winged teal in the state, almost four times the number counted last year.

Teal numbers in LDWF’s September survey rocket to 373,000

Almost quadruples number of birds counted in 2016, Reynolds says
September 15 at 3:21pm
Dave Moreland believes this year’s rut could run slightly earlier, so don’t necessarly pass up a hunt in favor of waiting on the traditional later dates.

Full 2017-18 Rut Report in October’s Louisiana Sportsman

Rut could be slightly earlier this fall than traditional dates, Moreland says
September 11 at 4:30pm

LDWF cancels dove field hunts in DeRidder and Ragley

Excessive rainfall from Hurricane Harvey blamed for closure; Tangipahoa Parish hunt still on
August 31 at 8:51pm
A Youtube video shows this man walk up and grab the antlers of a massive 11-point buck.

Dumb video: Man wrestles 11-point buck

Large-racked deer grabbed by antlers
August 31 at 5:15pm
Dove season kicks off Saturday, Sept. 2 statewide, and the daily bag limit is 15. The season opens 30 minutes before sunrise, except for opening day of the first split on most WMAs and LDWF leased fields, where shooting begins at 12 noon.

Despite Harvey’s distractions, dove season opens Saturday

Hunters limited to non-toxic shot size 6 or smaller on state WMAs and LDWF dove fields
August 29 at 5:53pm
Bryan Burnside (far right) set a new Mississippi record for length when he and his Muddy Water Maniacs teammates killed this 14-foot, 3/4-inch monster early Monday morning just off the Mississippi River near Natchez.

14-foot-plus gator sets new record for Mississippi

Beast taken near Natchez in waters off the Mississippi River
August 29 at 9:22am
2016 Youth Hunters of the Year Seth Gottardi (left) and Kindal Tonn (center), with Barney Callahan of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, who presented the awards in Natchitoches on Aug. 12.

Youth Hunters of the Year honored in Natchitoches

Tonn, Gottardi receive awards at Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association banquet
August 15 at 2:17pm
Dove hunters on Louisiana wildlife management areas will be required to use only No. 6 non-toxic shot and smaller to reduce both the amount of lead deposited in fields and potential adverse effects on wildlife.

Non-toxic shot required on WMA dove fields this season

Change to reduce lead deposits in the soil, LDWF says
August 10 at 5:12pm

Two southeast La. WMAs expand, gain duck-hunting wetlands

LWF Commission approves property for Salvador, Joyce WMAs
August 04 at 9:17am

LDWF releases online version of 2017-18 hunting rules and regs

Printed copies will be available in August wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold
July 24 at 2:42pm
Wade Seago shot this 820-pound wild hog last week in his front yard in Samson, Ala. with three shots from his .38-caliber handgun, according to WHNT.

Massive 820-pound hog goes down in Alabama front yard

Giant dropped with three shots from a .38-caliber handgun
July 20 at 10:21am

Two cited for allegedly spotlighting deer in St. Landry Parish

Anonymous tip leads to poachers near Melville, LDWF says
July 13 at 3:33pm