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LWFC should sue for artificial reef funds LWFC should sue for artificial reef funds
2213 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

When Gov. Bobby Jindal raided the constitutionally protected Artificial Reef Program, outdoorsmen were up in arms. The man who came to office on the coat tails of this state’s hunting and fishing community proved beyond any shadow of doubt that he was anything but “the sportsmen’s friend” he had claimed.

Donít be stupid: Wear a PFD Donít be stupid: Wear a PFD
2723 Views - Posted: March 01 at 9:00 am

Fishing is at the heart of Louisiana outdoor life. Sure, we love to hunt, but that’s only allowed for a few months each year. Fishing season, on the other hand, never ends.

The author encourages anglers to catch more bass, but not release as many, to grow more lunkers and improve the overall fishery. Catch-and-release hurting bass fishing
7485 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

Old dogs can learn new tricks. Proof of that came in January when the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Mike Wood announced that slot limits should be dropped on six lakes that have been part of the state’s quality-lakes system for more than 20 years.

Lake Cataouatche once was choked with hydrilla, and its disappearance has mystified many ó including the experts. Sometimes nature is just fickle
5597 Views - Posted: January 01 at 9:00 am

Three short years ago, a little lake snuggled into the crescent of the Mississippi River southwest of New Orleans rose to world prominence when Kevin VanDam boated 20 fish worth 69 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Bassmaster Classic by a stunning 10 pounds.

Itís hunting, folks
9135 Views - Posted: December 01, 2013 at 6:00 am

“Wow, that’s awful! Why on earth (would you) kill this poor creature? Damn!”

Spoiled children Spoiled children
4652 Views - Posted: November 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Ever been in a restaurant with your significant other and have the family from hell seated right next to you? You know the family I’m talking about: The one with three kids throwing nonstop tantrums while their parents seem oblivious to the chaos.

The author has relearned the joys of squirrel hunting, a sport he hasn't pursued since he was a kid. Revived passion
4588 Views - Posted: October 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

As a kid, I spent as much time as possible in the woods on the 600-acre working ranch on which we lived on the edge of Baton Rouge. During the summer, when I wasn’t sitting on a tractor bush-hogging a pasture or helping in the hay field, I ranged through the 300 acres of hardwoods doing whatever struck me at the time.

Gabby Crawford refused to fish for years, but all it took was one trip to the Atchafalaya Basin this summer and she was hooked all over again. Never give up
5719 Views - Posted: September 02, 2013 at 9:00 am

When my kids were young, I was determined they would be as eaten up with hunting and fishing as I was. They were dragged along on trips as often as possible, and the lessons stuck ≠ — at least with my son.

The lunker parade
3380 Views - Posted: August 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

My introduction to Toledo Bend was almost 20 years ago this month when I drove to the reservoir for a Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association meeting. Former Louisiana Sportsman editor Todd Masson and I jumped on John Dean’s boat, and spent a broiling-hot day dropping plastics into 30 feet of water.

Give íem a break
3823 Views - Posted: July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Itís all the rage to bash governmental agencies. Folks are tired of taxes, tired of the political wrangling that prevents much from happening (which might be a good thing) and turned off by partisan sniping reminiscent of spoiled children.

Whereíd the Ďsportsmenís friendí go?
3719 Views - Posted: June 01, 2013 at 9:00 am
W hen Bobby Jindal was running for the governorship in 2007, he said all the right things during an interview with this magazine. He claimed kinship with the sportsmen of this state, and promised that his children would ďgrow up and treasureĒ the natural resources of this great state.

Feds should get out of the way
2684 Views - Posted: May 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Regional management of red snapper just wonít work. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act under which snapper management is conducted simply wonít allow for it. Nope. Wonít work. Canít do it. Wonít do it.

Time to move north?
2755 Views - Posted: April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Last July I wrote about my hope for the Louisiana coast, which seems to be melting away like so much candle wax, because of projects funded by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Finally, instead of studying the problem of coastal erosion to death, things were getting done to help shore up what is left of our marshlands.

Doe days just donít make sense
3618 Views - Posted: March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
When I began deer hunting hard back in the early 1990s, I faced one major problem every season ó my Nov. 25 wedding anniversary. Yep, thatís right: I missed the four days of either-sex hunting around Thanksgiving every single year while I celebrated joining lives with a woman who should have been far out of my reach.

How much are you worth?
2897 Views - Posted: February 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Hunting and fishing are huge recreational factors for those of us who, by the grace of God, were born in Louisiana. Itís just engrained in our psyche. Bred into our very genes.

Gun control wonít stop evil
3001 Views - Posted: January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Evil exists.

And what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., on Dec. 14 was evil.

As a father, my heart broke for the families who suffered unimaginable loss. I canít imagine ó and donít want to know ó how they felt as they learned that their young children would never run into their arms again.