When the Notre Dame football players leave the locker room and head for the field they pass under a sign that reads, “Play like a champion today.”
In December, seasons are open for most game species, so it is time for a hunter to put some meat in the freezer.
Generally, the term meat hunt implies a hunter is fixing to go shoot a doe to put meat on the table.
The sport of hunting remains strong in the Bayou State because families make it a priority.
Records are kept these days of just about everything. As we saw during the 2016 Summer Olympics the old adage “records are made to be broken” is still true.
About the end of June, I started receiving emailed photographs of newly born fawns. The fawn drop was on in Area 4, right on schedule and right on time for the deer season that opens in October.
At the 2016 Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting, a presentation was made concerning different food plot mixtures and their effectiveness in attracting deer.
Louisiana has seen its share of hoopla regarding various deer forages promoted to grow wall hangers.
Last month, I mentioned that the average score of Mississippi bucks at the Louisiana Sportsman Show was 113 inches, while the average score of Louisiana bucks was 118.
These are not really big deer but are typical of adult bucks being harvested these days, especially in the piney woods.
Most hunters would rate the 2015-16 deer season as one to forget. Warm temperatures and an abundant mast crop made for poor deer activity and hunter success.
One glance at the March 2016 issue of Louisiana Sportsman easily points out that it is time to fish in the Bayou State.
The 2016 turkey season is the next to the last season of the 2015-16 hunting season (the spring squirrel season is the last).
Unseasonably warm temperatures continued into December; in fact a new record high was set in the Baton Rouge area around the middle of the month.
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.
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.