Grunts & Gobbles

The author’s turkey blind survived the snow, but won’t see hunting action this month because of the new later turkey season opening.

No turkey hunting in March

And post-freeze, how’s your deer habitat doing?
March 12 at 9:00am
Collin Guillot, 9, of Loreauville, recently busted his first-ever deer, a 145-pound doe in Winnfield.

The season may be over — but memories remain

even disappointments can be learning experiences to help you improve for next year
February 12 at 9:00am
This flock of turkeys the author saw in Bossier Parish included a bearded hen.

Anomalies and apparitions

Goats in the woods, bearded hens ... and that elusive new state record typical buck
January 12 at 9:00am
This quality Desoto Parish buck is a prime example of how good the nutrition has been this year thanks to the abundant spring and summer rainfall.

Big Bayou State bucks going down

Deer season is in full swing — and now is the time to load up the freezer
December 12, 2017 at 9:00am
The author’s son, Ruffin, catches an early morning bass.

Slow dove hunts prompt fishing trip

Dry September could mean food plot troubles
November 12, 2017 at 9:00am
Wet habitat sites like this shallow lake bed area produce succulent herbaceous plants for deer to feed on.

Louisiana’s deer habitat in decline

Lack of new state record buck in 74 years points to concerns
October 11, 2017 at 5:00pm
Not all locations in Areas 4 and 9 have experienced declining deer numbers. These seven deer were photographed after the 2016 season on a 30-acre tract.

Deer harvest, number of hunters in decline

Poor habitat conditions, hogs, storms all contribute
September 12, 2017 at 9:00am
This 4 ½-year-old 6-point is a great trophy and one that should have been harvested because it probably would never be any bigger than a 6-pointer.

The age factor: Older bucks aren't necessarily bigger bucks

Hunters are killing older bucks — but that doesn’t mean all is well with their management program
August 11, 2017 at 2:50pm
The 4 ½-year-old buck skull on the left has a nice 18-inch inside spread but with short antler tines, which is not a desired antler trait that hunters want in a management program. On the right is a rack that has the long antler tines that hunters want.

Genetics of Louisiana whitetails

July 12, 2017 at 9:00am
The author’s first buck photo of 2017; a nice adult buck that survived the 2016 hunting season.

Genetics, age, herd or habitat

What is the most important component of deer management?
June 12, 2017 at 9:00am
The author’s grandson, Charles Guidry, helps plant a white oak tree; the tree will be caged to keep deer from browsing on it.

The madness of March is over

It is time to get ready for the 2017-18 hunting season
May 11, 2017 at 4:25pm
A hope shot with the 12 gauge at 60 yards.

Shooting turkeys

Time on the range with your turkey gun will lead to success in the field
April 12, 2017 at 9:00am
Mark Bible (right) and the author with a nice harvest of deer on Pearl River late in the season.

We finished strong

Indications are 2016 deer season was a good one
March 10, 2017 at 6:40am