Hunting

Although he expects waterfowl breeding population estimates on the prairies to be lower this year than last, LDWF's Larry Reynolds said Louisiana hunters might actually see more birds this season if we have a colder winter.

Biologist expects lower USFWS waterfowl breeding population estimates this year

Don’t freak out if waterfowl breeding population estimates from the prairies of Canada and the Northern U.S. due out next month are lower than what they’ve been in recent years.

That’s the message to the state’s duck hunters from Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, who pointed out that despite great population estimates last summer, crazy weather conspired to make the 2015-16 season one lots of folks would like to forget.

July 21 at 11:06am
Hunters returning to Louisiana with a deer killed out of state like this Alabama buck — especially one to be mounted — will have to meet new provisions if a ban on imported cervid carcasses is passed by the LWF Commission.

LWF Commission mulling ban on out-of-state deer carcasses

Big changes could be on the way for out-of-state deer hunters returning home to Louisiana if a proposal banning the importation of cervid carcasses is ultimately approved by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

July 11 at 5:05pm
This photo from LDWF shows some of trees cut down by Allen Gaspard and Keith Savoy in December of 2014 on Spring Bayou WMA. Gaspard was sentenced for his role in the incident last week by Judge William Bennett.

Second man sentenced in tree-cutting case on Spring Bayou WMA

Two Avoyelles Parish men’s plan to cut down more than 100 trees to block others from accessing their preferred hunting area on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management turned out to be a pretty expensive undertaking.

June 21 at 4:46pm

Sunset man cited for allegedly harvesting 6-foot gator in Cameron Parish

An anonymous tip lead enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to a Sunset man who allegedly harvested an alligator in Cameron Parish on June 10.

June 21 at 9:56am

Jackson Bienville WMA to close July 1

Effective July 1, the Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area will no longer be a part of the state’s WMA program because new terms to continue leasing the property could not be reached, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

June 09 at 7:00am
LSU's Tiger Chapter placed second in the nation for Ducks Unlimited fundraising efforts in 2015, behind the Aggieland Chapter at Texas A&M.

LSU’s Tiger Chapter second in the nation in DU fundraising

The last five times they’ve played on the football field, LSU has defeated Texas A&M — but this year, the Aggies nipped the Tigers  in fundraising efforts for Ducks Unlimited.

May 25 at 8:03am
A proposal approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would allow permit holders to take outlaw quadrupeds, as well as nutria and beaver, on private property at night during hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

May 12 at 11:19am

Enforcement agents cite two for alleged gator violations

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men Monday in connection with alleged alligator hunting violations, according to a press release.

May 04 at 4:54pm
Scott Kimock, left, poses with Lee Blackmon and the York County, S.C. gobbler that scored 168.4 by NWTF standards — the highest-scoring turkey ever taken in S.C., and the nation's best with a bow.

Nation’s best-ever 7-bearded gobbler taken with a bow

Only the fourth turkey Lee Blackmon ever killed will be one he’ll never forget.

May 03 at 8:37am
Jacob Johnston killed this white turkey on opening day on land nearhis family's farm in Wilkes County, N.C.

Trophy white gobbler goes down

Not surprisingly, Jacob Johnston had spotted a big white turkey on several occasions near his family’s farm before the start of this year’s turkey season.

April 14 at 2:12pm

Tree cutter on Spring Bayou WMA sentenced on Monday, LDWF says

A Hessmer man found guilty last month for cutting down more than 100 trees in the northeast corner of Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in December of 2014 was sentenced on Monday, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

April 14 at 8:53am
LouisianaSportsman.com user -Duckaholic- killed this big turkey on a hunt at a friend's Mississippi lease.

Website user ambushes Magnolia gobbler

LousianaSportsman.com user "-Duckaholic-" normally makes turkey-hunting trips every year with his friends and children, but with the downturn in the oil-and-gas industry, he's just been unable to go as scheduled.

But when he received an invite to hunt turkeys in Mississippi with a friend, he broke away to make it happen.

April 14 at 8:34am
Dusty McGehee, left, and Dylan McElduff pose with the 19-pound gobbler McElduff shot on April 1 in Jackson Parish. McElduff, who was diagnosed with a Stage 1 brain tumor last summer, received treatment in Memphis, Tenn. and is currently in remission.

Choudrant youth beats brain cancer, downs trophy gobbler

Most diehard hunters will tell you the sport is more about experiences in the field than it is about the kill —  a phrase perfectly illustrated by a recent turkey-hunting adventure featuring Dylan McElduff and Dusty McGehee.

April 13 at 10:28am
Jake decoys can draw a mature gobble that few extra feet — or spook it into the next parish.

Are decoys turkey killers or rescuers? Veteran hunter is careful with decoy use

Some turkey hunters swear by decoys, and some swear at them. The truth is, neither situation is correct; if used properly, at the right time, decoys can help you wrap a tag around a tom’s leg. If used incorrectly, at the wrong time, it will put wind in the bird’s wings.

April 08 at 1:30pm
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 waterfowl season dates at its April meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

2016-17 duck season dates set by LWFC

Four months ahead of the typical August announcement, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 duck season dates — along with hunting season dates for other species and the general and WMA hunting rules and regulations — at its April meeting on Thursday in Baton Rouge.

April 08 at 11:00am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is actively monitoring the state's deer herd for chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain infection that has already been found in both Arkansas and Texas.

LDWF monitoring for CWD in state’s white-tailed deer population

Even though no cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in Louisiana, the state is stepping up preventive efforts to monitor Louisiana’s native white-tailed deer population for the incurable brain infection.

April 07 at 1:44pm