Grunts & Gobbles

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A little game and fish potpourri

Last month I wrote about browse surveys and that now is the time to be looking at the deer habitat, seeing first-hand what is available for deer to eat and discovering exactly what plants they are actually eating.

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July 14 at 9:00 am
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Time for some bayou browsing

The late Grits Gresham was editor of the Louisiana Conservationist in the early ’50s. He initiated a feature column that he named Bayou Browsing, and readers could write to him and ask questions and make comments about Louisiana wildlife.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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What the heck is Spigelia marilandica?

Spring has sprung across the Louisiana landscape, and Old Man Winter is history.

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May 13 at 4:00 pm
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Forage plantings critical for deer

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was stuck in time on a cold winter’s day that would never end. While the cold weather this year made for a great deer season, this winter in Louisiana has been one that seemed like it too would never end.

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April 14 at 9:00 am
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Will you kill a gobbler this spring?

The theme this year for the National Wild Turkey Federation is “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt.” This is also the theme for the Federation’s new initiative that has set three goals or objectives: conserve and enhance 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million new hunters, and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting and other outdoor recreation.

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March 14 at 9:00 am
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Was the 2013 deer season one of the best ever?

The LDWF Big Game Harvest Survey that will be mailed out shortly should provide an answer — but from what this hunter saw, it was a great season!

As you may know, the Louisiana annual deer harvest has been on the decline for the past few years and the reported kill last year was low enough to make LDWF change the deer hunting areas and reduce either-sex seasons in some of these areas.

Coyotes, hogs, hurricane damage, the drought of 2010 and 2011, low hunter reporting of harvested deer, along with commercial forestry activities have been suggested as possible reasons for this decline. 

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February 11 at 9:00 am
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2013 ends but the deer season continues

A new year brings new challenges, but there is still a month left of deer hunting if you have not killed a deer yet.

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January 13 at 9:00 am
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Have you killed a deer yet?

November should have been the hot month for Area 2 hunters; for us hunters with a late rut the best is yet to come.

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December 12, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Habitat work — Is it worth it?

The first shots of the 2013 season were fired on Sept. 7 when the dove season opened, but my efforts to make some dove sites for us to hunt proved fruitless.

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November 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Happy hunters

What goes around comes around, and once again the deer season has arrived in the Bayou State.

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October 14, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Hey, it’s still good, good, good!

Lately, the Moreland clan has been spending a lot of time at the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic; it started with a surgery on my wife’s shoulder for a torn rotator cuff, followed by surgery on our son Ruffin’s leg, followed by an air cast for me to help heal a bad ankle.

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September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Buck or doe — the choice is yours

It is hard to believe that the 2013-14 hunting season is just around the corner. Now is the time to be making final preparations for the upcoming season, one of which should be to purchase your new hunting license and obtain deer tags, which are required of all deer hunters.

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August 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Good, Good, Good

Since the Robertson Clan has cornered the market on the phrase “Happy, happy, happy” (Papa Phil has even written a book by that name), I decided the title for my column this month would be “Good, good, good” in reference to the good things that have recently happened in our wildlife management program in Clinton.Read More...
July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Work now for success next season

An e-mail from Jimmy Stafford, turkey biologist for LDWF, indicated a poor 2013 spring turkey season across the state, with the harvest being down 500 or more turkeys from the 2012 season.Read More...
June 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
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A turkey for dad

When you hear “Phfffffftt,” you know a strutting tom is close and it is time to get ready.Read More...
May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Are you ‘coyoted-up?’

At the recent meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group in South Carolina, the talk among the deer researchers and biologists continued to focus on coyotes and fawn depredation, the lack of fawn recruitment in various herds and the continuing spread of CWD in this country.Read More...
April 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
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