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This tallow tree is not a desirable forage for deer. The fact that deer are eating it is an indication that the habitat is lacking and needs work to produce more desirable forages.

Don’t waste big bucks on small bucks

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.

June 06 at 9:00am
While hunting season wasn’t great, some fine deer lined the walls during the 2016 Louisiana Sportsman Show Big Buck Contest in Gonzales.

The tale of the tape for the 2015-16 deer season

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.

May 12 at 8:53am
The author saw no deer on his property after Nov. 20, but he captured this photograph of six deer feeding on Feb. 25. It could be he was the victim of abundant acorns and poor weather conditions.

2016 deer season begins now

One glance at the March 2016 issue of Louisiana Sportsman easily points out that it is time to fish in the Bayou State.

April 12 at 9:00am
Turkeys began feeding in the green patch where the author had plowed up the summer strip the day after he worked it. Turkeys should continue to feed here as the turkey season begins.

A new year, a new wildlife administration

The 2016 turkey season is the next to the last season of the 2015-16 hunting season (the spring squirrel season is the last). 

March 11 at 11:00am
Retired biologist Jimmy Stafford shows off one of his kills.

What to do about the ‘carry-over’

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.

February 12 at 8:55am
Mark Bible, retired Pearl River WMA supervisor, took this hog at the management area with a .444.

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.

January 12 at 9:00am
Jimmy Stafford with sons David James (left) and Brandon (right) and a fine public land longbeard.

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.

December 12, 2015 at 9:00am
Five-year-old William Guidry with the fruits of his first dove hunt with his Chief, an event he will always remember.

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.

November 11, 2015 at 5:00pm
Jointvetch is the warm-season forage the author plants and has available for deer during the late summer and early fall. It will keep growing until first frost so it is a good choice for bowhunting in October.

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.

October 09, 2015 at 9:00am
This doe has its head in a hole where a trophy rock once sat. The hole is about a foot deep, and the doe generally comes to the mineral site every day.

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.

September 11, 2015 at 2:00pm
This is the best turkey production the author has seen on his small tract of land in East Feliciana Parish in eight years.

Put your trail cams to work

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

August 12, 2015 at 9:00am
Planting summer deer plots might not be necessary this year because of all the rain, but it’s a good idea to provide green patches for turkeys, like this one killed by Kendall Reed.

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.

July 12, 2015 at 9:00am
This trail cam photo shows a buck at a trophy rock in Desoto Parish.

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.

June 12, 2015 at 9:00am
The 7 ½-year-old buck David Reynerson arrowed on bottomland hardwood/agriculture habitat had the nutrition to grow big antlers, whereas the 6 ½-year-old 10-point the author killed in Bossier Parish did not, as evidenced by its small mass and short tines.

Does your deer herd measure up?

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

May 12, 2015 at 8:57am
Just because there was an abundance of mast this fall doesn’t mean you don’t need to pay attention to spring and summer plantings.

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.

April 12, 2015 at 9:00am
Twelve-year-old Chad “D.J.” Migues Jr. killed this 175-pound 10-point, his largest to date, on Nov. 28 in Clarence while hunting with his dad, Chad Migues Sr.

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.

March 12, 2015 at 9:00am