Hunting

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.

6 hours ago
Pay attention to the wind to prevent wily bucks from scenting you.

How to score on opening day

New Roads’ Darren Boudreaux loves to deer hunt, so he’ll be in the woods when the bell rings on the 2016-17 season.

7 hours ago

Two men accused of spotlighting 4-point buck in Pointe Coupee Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations near Fordoche in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 25.

September 27 at 7:00pm
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 at 10:07pm
Overall, hunters reported a relatively slow teal season across South Louisiana this year, possibly because of no real cool fronts, last month's historic floods creating more water on the landscape and fewer birds making it into the state.

Slow teal season comes to an end

Not surprisingly, hunters and guides across South Louisiana reported relatively slow action for most of the 16-day 2016 teal season, which came to a merciful end Sunday on yet another 90 degrees-plus day.

September 26 at 12:27pm
LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds is considering opening the 2017 teal season on Friday, Sept. 15 — which would extend the season as long as possible through Sept. 30 — but cost hunters one weekend day.

Reynolds mulling later start for 2017 teal season

Larry Reynolds, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ waterfowl study leader, has an interesting recommendation to make regarding next year’s 2017 teal season.

September 22 at 4:51pm
Louisiana's 2016 teal season has been well below average, with fewer birds in the state, according to LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds.

Reynolds: Teal season so far ‘well below average’

Larry Reynolds is normally a “glass half-full” kind of guy, but he’s admittedly not expecting great things for the final days of the 2016 teal season, which mercifully comes to a close this Sunday.

September 22 at 11:01am
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 at 8:55am
Use a limb saw to cut obstructing limbs along shooting lanes to ensure you’re ready when that deer steps out.

10 tips to tame vegetation

Now is the time to begin thinking about trimming limbs, branches and brush that might otherwise interfere with a successful deer hunt this fall.

Of course, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do almost anything. So follow these 10 tips for productive and prudent pruning”

September 16 at 10:52am
Ray Chagnard, owner of Chag's Sporting Goods and a recreational land agent with Porter Properties, LLC, says drive time, acreage size, hunting activity on neighboring property and timber value are all important things to consider when making a purchase.

Points to consider when buying hunting property

Ideally, now would be the optimal time to be putting the finishing touches on late-summer prep work leading up to deer season that’s now only weeks away.

September 15 at 9:00am
Thanks to an earlier breeding schedule than the rest of the state, bow season in Areas 3, 8 and 10 will begin this Saturday, Sept. 17 in several parishes in Southwest Louisiana.

Bow season begins Saturday in Southwest Louisiana

While duck hunters will likely dominate the landscape in Southwest Louisiana Saturday for the second weekend of teal season, another group has Sept. 17 circled on their calendars for a completely different reason.

September 14 at 3:55pm
The South Louisiana QDMA Gun Bash is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the LSU 4-H Mini-Farm located on AgCenter Drive. More than 40 guns will be raffled, including an AR-15 to benefit area flood victims.

South Louisiana QDMA’s Gun Bash rescheduled for Oct. 27 at LSU

The South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association’s 6th annual Gun Bash is set for Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the LSU 4-H Mini-Farm located on AgCenter Drive.

September 14 at 2:14pm
Total breeding ducks in the Mississippi Flyway were down 11 percent this spring, but remained 15 percent above the long-term average, according to Ducks Unlimited.

DU issues Mississippi Flyway report

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its annual waterfowl breeding population estimates, indicating duck numbers had held steady and were similar to last year. 

September 14 at 11:11am
You can just climb up into a tree on opening day, or you can take some steps now that will help you up the odds of sticking a deer.

Top 3 tips to a better deer stand

When you head to the camp, you’re not going just to enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods. Sure, that’s part of it. But what you really want is to kill a deer.

So you spend a lot of time figuring out how deer are traveling and trying to put together the perfect ambush spot.

September 13 at 3:12pm