Hunting

Chase Evans, 16, of Bosco, shows off the big 13-point Mississippi buck he shot on Jan. 3 in Jefferson County. The buck green-scored  173 ⅛ inches Boone & Crockett.

Bosco hunter downs big Mississippi 13-point

Chase Evans didn’t have much time to react when he saw a big heavy-horned deer moving across one of his shooting lanes in Jefferson County, Miss. earlier this year. 

Yesterday at 1:41pm

Duck numbers down sharply in LDWF's January aerial survey

For the second year in a row, unseasonably warm temperatures apparently prompted large numbers of ducks to bolt from the state — or at least move into areas not included in the annual January aerial waterfowl survey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

January 20 at 6:44am
Jimmy Leonard, of Ventress, shows the left antler that was blown off with his initial shot at this 8-point 'Knockout Buck' in Pointe Coupee Parish on Nov. 19.

Hunter knocks deer out cold

On the big screen, the Italian Stallion had some epic boxing matches with Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago throughout the Rocky movie franchise.

Last November, Jimmy Leonard did his best Sylvester Stallone impersonation with a buck in Pointe Coupee Parish — minus the boxing gloves. 

January 18 at 4:33pm
Kyle Adams poses with the big 14-point he shot on Dec. 21 in Catahoula Parish. The big buck green-scored 172 ⅛ inches at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop.

172-inch deer down in Catahoula Parish

Kyle Adams hunts with 25 other members in Catahoula Parish on a 2,800-acre club near Harrisonburg. 

January 17 at 6:50am
A gator nicknamed Humpback was filmed Sunday crossing a trail in the marsh in Polk County, Fla. The big gator was estimated to be in the 13- to 15-foot range.

Check out video of giant Florida gator

Where’s Troy Landry when you need him?

January 16 at 5:09pm
Ian Bankston, of Holden, poses with the big 12-point buck he shot on Jan. 2 at Bear Creek Hunting Club in Livingston Parish. The buck green-scored 158 6/8 inches, and set a new club record.

Holden hunter drills big Livingston Parish 12-point

An elusive 12-point had been seen on lots of trail cams at the Bear Creek Hunting Club in Livingston Parish, but never — not even once — during the day.

January 16 at 3:46pm

4 Louisiana prison guards accused of 26 illegal deer kills in Mississippi

Four Louisiana prison guards are accused of illegally killing 26 deer in Mississippi, according to media reports.

January 12 at 6:16pm
Retired football coach Joey Pender poses with the big Bienville Parish 10-point he shot on Jan. 4. The buck, which green-scored 155 ⅞ inches, was recovered with the help of a dog provided by one of his former players.

Former players help retired football coach find Bienville 10-point

Joey Pender coached high school football for 33 years, retiring from West Ouachita High School after the season that just ended. 

January 12 at 3:08pm
Bill Fair shows off the 171-inch 16-point he shot with 00 buckshot on Dec. 18 in Natchitoches Parish. A chattering squirrel alerted Fair to the buck's presence, and Fair put a bead on it at 25 yards.

Chattering squirrel alerts hunter to 171-inch buck

When a hunter is on a deer stand, the presence of noisy squirrels can sometimes be a big distraction. 

January 12 at 11:13am
Marni Demelo, of New Orleans, dropped this big Mississippi 10-point Saturday in icy conditions in Jefferson County. The buck green-scored 163 inches B&C.

New Orleans hunter drills 163-inch Mississippi buck

Long before Marni Demelo ever saw a trophy Mississippi 10-pointer making its way through the woods Saturday, she heard it coming — thanks to the frigid conditions the region experienced during last weekend’s cold snap. 

January 11 at 3:48pm
Nick Sampey shows off the Natchitoches Parish 10-point he fooled on Dec. 13 by scouting bedding areas and imitating how a buck sounds as it moves through the woods.

Unconventional hunter fools big Natchitoches Parish 10-point

There are all sorts of deer hunters. 

January 10 at 2:56pm
Matt Grabert's boat capsized early Saturday morning during a duck hunt in cold, windy conditions on the Mississippi River out of Venice.

Duck hunters survive capsizing in frigid Mississippi River Saturday

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Ryan Arena filed this report for the St. Charles Herald-Guide.

After a weekend duck hunt that nearly ended with catastrophe in the cold waters of the Mississippi River, Matt Grabert called Saturday’s experience “the scariest thing I’ve ever been through.

“When you get thrown into the water at 4:45 in the morning, helpless in the middle of the river … it could have been a much different result,” said Grabert, of Boutte. “I could barely process it when it was happening.”

January 10 at 9:52am
Montgomery’s Thomas Lewis displays his massive Red River trophy 14-pointer taken Dec. 12 in Grant Parish.<br />

Montgomery hunter nails Grant Parish 14-pointer

No stranger to taking well-crowned bucks in Louisiana’s Red River delta country, Thomas Lewis was on a months-long quest for another.

January 10 at 9:11am
Rusty Thames, of Stonewall, shows off the 140-inch 8-point he shot in Red River Parish on Dec. 18. Thames' first two bullets did not fire, but he connected with the last one in his rifle from 140 yards.

Third bullet downs big Red River Parish 8-point

When the big buck you’re after finally makes a rare daytime appearance and you pull the trigger and hear a snap instead of a boom, what do you do? 

January 06 at 4:00pm