Grunts & Gobbles


If your hunting property doesn’t have plenty of supplemental forage, your deer herd might suffer. Forage plantings critical for deer
1093 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:00 am

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.

Patience helped the author kill this turkey. Will you kill a gobbler this spring?
2067 Views - Posted: March 14 at 9:00 am

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.

Dick Smith killed this heavy-antlered deer on the lease he runs in Bossier Parish in November. Was the 2013 deer season one of the best ever?
4219 Views - Posted: February 11 at 9:00 am

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. 

The author proved his old Great Plains long rifle remains accurate by shooting this nice doe. 2013 ends but the deer season continues
3435 Views - Posted: January 13 at 9:00 am

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

The prediction of an earlier rut seems to be coming to pass, and that means bucks in the late-rut areas of the state should be on the move. Have you killed a deer yet?
3822 Views - Posted: December 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

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

Healthy habitat produces healthy and fat deer, which in turn keeps us hunters happy. Habitat work — Is it worth it?
3996 Views - Posted: November 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

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.

The author will be chasing these nice piney woods bucks captured on a trail camera.  Except for the brow tines they look like twins. Happy hunters
3966 Views - Posted: October 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

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

The author has continued his hog-control work, taking this boar from his East Feliciana Parish property. Hey, it’s still good, good, good!
6624 Views - Posted: September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

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.

Deer season is upon us, and there have been some changes in statewide management. So be sure to check the regulations. Buck or doe — the choice is yours
2663 Views - Posted: August 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

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.

This big sow was caught in a Clinton food plot one evening. Good, Good, Good
2447 Views - Posted: July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
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.

The author’s son-in-law, Dave Guidry, and grandson William celebrate the harvest of the Clear-cut Tom. Work now for success next season
2242 Views - Posted: June 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
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.

The author dusted off his father’s WWII-era 16-gauge double barrel to take two turkeys last season in honor of his late father. A turkey for dad
2108 Views - Posted: May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
When you hear “Phfffffftt,” you know a strutting tom is close and it is time to get ready.

If this is what your hunting lands look like, you probably have a deer problem. Are you ‘coyoted-up?’
2571 Views - Posted: April 15, 2013 at 9:00 am
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.

The author killed this low-end 4-year-old buck in Clinton. The deer’s antler statistics were well below the average for bucks in this age class. Time to do the math
2819 Views - Posted: March 13, 2013 at 9:00 am
The deer season is over, and it is now time to measure the antlers and recognize the trophy-class bucks, along with looking at the deer harvest data and determining what has been accomplished with your deer management program.

Heflin’s Elizabeth Glass killed her first deer this past season in Area 2. Turkey hunting in 2013
3157 Views - Posted: February 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
The work that has been done the past two years will determine one’s hunting success in the upcoming turkey season.

The 2012 Union Parish Hunt for the old LDWF Retired Farts (Larry Savage, Mike Olinde and David Moreland) ended with plenty of sausage for Olinde. This is the harvest season
2506 Views - Posted: January 09, 2013 at 9:00 am
The holidays have come and gone, and hopefully you enjoyed these special times with family and friends.

My parents are no longer alive, but I remember well these holiday times growing up in Northwest Louisiana. Later, as my brother, sister and I married, Mom and Dad really enjoyed the holiday season with their six grandkids, and Mom was blessed to see three of her great grandchildren during her last three Christmases.