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Tragic reminders - Be safe and come home

When the news release landed in my email, I shook my head at the headline that told of two hunting fatalities at a Mississippi national forest.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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LSU sediment study was a waste

The headline stopped me cold: “New report finds that most sediment that replenishes marshland comes from the Mississippi River.”

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Whenís the next fishing trip?

People I meet think I have the perfect job. After all, I get to hunt and fish for a living, right? Wrong.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Support hunting, buy a sandwich

When I opened my Facebook account the other day, a post by a lifelong friend grabbed my attention. This friend had shared a link decrying an African safari taken by Jimmy Johns founder Jimmy John Liautaud.

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Itís time to peel back veil of secrecy at LDWF

My first job in the outdoor communications business was as a lowly Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries †“information specialist,” working under the chain-smoking, profanely cantankerous and unpredictable Maurice Cockerham.

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October 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Science vs. opinion

What are the roles of science and public opinion in the process of structuring hunting or fishing regulations?

It’s easy to say that we, the hunting and fishing public, should get what we want — as long as game species are protected from overharvest. After all, we pay the bills.

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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Bear recovery has far-ranging benefits

I don’t know many outdoorsmen who would argue against habitat management. We all want more forests to support more deer, squirrels, turkeys and rabbits. We all want to protect our marshes so we can watch swarms of ducks cup into a spread of dekes. We all want to ensure our favorite fishing hole doesn’t fall victim to the gnawing effects of erosion.

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August 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Cut our game wardens some slack

I hear regular complaints about supposed jerks wearing the uniform of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents. You know the refrains.

“They picked on me today, and gave me a ticket for not having a life vest.”

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July 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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The math just doesnít work

No one has ever accused me of being a math whiz. For good reason. I get 2 plus 2 equals 4. I’ve got 100 divided by 20 comes out to 5.

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June 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Value of fishing lost in closure of launch

I’m not what most would consider an anti-government ranter. I’m not a big-government fan, either. I just believe government has a role in our lives that probably can’t be rolled back without great pain to us all.

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May 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Itís time for ethanol to go

Every now and then, amidst the partisan screaming and yelling on Capitol Hill, a piece of legislation appears that makes perfect sense.

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April 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Itís time to give back

I †went through a tournament-fishing phase when I was in my 20s and thought I had outgrown my bream-fishing childhood. I fished the old Greenwell Springs Marine Pro-Am as a no-boater and was a member of Sunshine Bass Club.

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March 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Safety is first priority in the outdoors

I’ve had the privilege to travel all over the country for work. I’ve hunted throughout the Deep South, and I’ve fished from Texas to Virginia and almost every state in between.

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February 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Hunting no longer a male fraternity

I can remember the scene like it was yesterday: A wife of one of the hunting club members showed up around lunchtime, and another member walked out of the bunk room in his tighty whities.

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January 01, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Enjoying a dying hunting tradition

It’s been years since I have been a member of a hunting club. I just don’t hunt enough anymore (I’m sad to say) to justify the expense, and over the years I have found other things (aka “kids”) that required money.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Weíre so spoiled

We Louisiana coastal anglers are like spoiled children. No, really. We’re so used to catching gobs of speckled trout that when fishing gets tough we immediately determine there just must be something wrong with the fishery.

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November 01, 2014 at 9:00 am
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