Grunts & Gobbles

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Mother nature is messing with us

For some reason Mother Nature does not seem too happy with us hunters this year. September rolls around, the early seasons open for migratory birds, temperatures were hot and the ground was dry, very dry.

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January 12 at 9:00 am
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Veteran turkey biologist retires

In the early ’80s, a young college graduate from Louisiana Tech was hired by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a wildlife specialist on Pearl River WMA.

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December 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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First shots, first fruits - The first shots of the new hunting season

The first shots of the new season have been fired; now it is time to share our harvest with those who have needs.

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November 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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Grunts, gobbles and whistles? Bobwhites responding to habitat work

If the quail keep multiplying on our property I might need to add another call sound to the column title.

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October 09, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Oh, happy day!

While the first shots are being fired at early migratory game birds, there is a lot of work to do before serious deer hunting begins.

Hopefully, you have not been putting off the work that needs to be done prior to the start of another deer season, and have been pacing yourself throughout the hot summer days and only have to do a few things prior to Oct. 1.

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September 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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Put your trail cams to work

Trail cameras are regularly used by hunters to monitor wildlife visits to feeders during the hunting season.

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August 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Summertime fun

While fishing is good this month, there is much to do in the fields and woods to get ready for the fall season.

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July 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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There’s gold in them there woods

Well, it’s not gold, but to a deer manager, habitat with an understory of lush, desirable native deer plants is just as good as gold.

You have heard it since you were a kid, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, in this case the April showers all across Louisiana have resulted in an abundance of native plant growth, much of which is desirable browse for deer.

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June 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Does your deer herd measure up?

There was a lot of antler measuring going on during the Louisiana Sportsman Show in mid-March.

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May 12, 2015 at 8:57 am
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Impacts of the 2014 acorn crop

Many hunters are still lamenting the poor deer season that just ended. Complaints about lack of deer sightings and poor deer activity have hunters crying about too many doe days.

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April 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Was the 2014 deer season another good one?

The 2014-15 deer season is history and now it is time to clean up the deer camp, take care of deer stands, wash the ATVs and trucks, measure the racks at the upcoming Sportsman Show and evaluate the deer harvest data to see what is right or wrong with your deer management program.

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March 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Looking back at 2014, but moving forward into 2015

Well, another year has ended and as Tennessee Ernie Ford sang, “Another day older and deeper in debt.” The hunting version of this song would go, “Another season has ended and the freezer is empty.”

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February 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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Like father, like son

It is probably a fact that most dads want their sons to enjoy the same activities in which they participated growing up. It is also a fact that some dads can go overboard and push their kids a little too much to make this happen.

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January 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Is your deer hunting hot?

September seemed to be as hot as August was; the weatherman kept talking about the unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures in the 90s when the heat index was considered.

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December 12, 2014 at 9:00 am
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The Bayou State has bacon

Last month in this column I paid tribute to the wild hog, which has been in this country for 500 years. My point was that this critter has been able to survive despite the fact that most are out to eliminate it from the landscape.

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November 12, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Back to the deer stand

In the dark ages many years ago, when I was a young lad, school always started the week after Labor Day; summer baseball began in June and ended at the end of July, but summer continued through August; and the alphabet letters on the phone were actually part of the phone number. Our number was FR7-5452 and I don’t think there was an area code; if we were at summer camp and needed to call home we simply would make a collect call (reverse the charges, please). Life seemed a little simpler, and involved much less technology. 

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October 12, 2014 at 9:00 am
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