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Prep now for the next turkey hunting season

Hopefully you will have some success this turkey season and use a tag or two.

But you shouldn’t just go about your life when the season ends †— that’s when you can get ready for the 2016 hunting season.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Best turkey hunting tactics

It is generally a good idea to go out and scout for turkeys prior to the season opening. The excellent mast crop this year no doubt kept the birds in the creek and river drainages where the hardwoods are.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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On turkey-hunting calling and equipment

A good turkey hunter will generally have an arsenal of turkey calls in his pack, and he should be proficient with all of them. You do not have to be a contest caller, but it helps to know how to properly use a particular call.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Tips for hunting corned-up turkeys

One of the problems with turkey hunting on private land is that landowners and/or hunters on adjacent lands will often set up a site to feed turkeys year round to keep turkeys hanging around.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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What to do if a gobbler hangs up

The challenge in turkey hunting is that every tom is different in the way it responds to a call, and this is where the fun begins.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Top turkey gear

Besides calls, the list of turkey hunting gear used by Peyton McKinnie and NathanPilgreen is pretty simple.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Itís all about the call

It should be no surprise to anyone who knows Peyton McKinnie that he still has the first turkey call he ever owned, a Cedar Hill Little Scratch that has been made since 1982.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Finding hunting areas

Peyton McKinnie and Nathan Pilgreen said the most-accessible turkey hunting habitat in Union Parish is on hunting leases and open to club members only.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Union Long Spurs walk the talk

The love of turkey hunting and the desire to make it better drives Nathan Pilgreen and Peyton McKinnie to be active in the Union Long Spurs, the local affiliate of the National Turkey Federation.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Dog snapper provide more meat for the table

Snapper fishermen have little trouble separating a mangrove snapper (properly called gray snapper) from a red snapper, since the popularity of mangrove snappers has soared in recent years.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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The making of the master

Kenny Heikamp is built like a 5-foot, 7-inch coiled steel spring. He moves about his 32-foot Twin Vee catamaran with latent, ready to unleash energy. His chin has a determined set to it and his dark eyes burn intensely, like hot embers. I would hate to be a fish, knowing that he was after me.†

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Live bait is the ticket for mangrove fishing

Capt. Kenny Heikamp, like many other fishermen, believes mangrove snappers are wary fish and learn quickly how to avoid danger.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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How to snell a circle hook

Capt. Kenny Heikamp uses 1/0 circle hooks, considered small by most fishermen. That’s because smaller hooks are harder for fish to see, he explained.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Top fishing tactics for Barataria Bay redfish

Before calling it a day, Capt. Keith “Herk” Bergeron wanted to run into the marsh and make a few casts for redfish.†

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Breaking the Barataria Bay trout code

The Midway campaign of May 1942, was hard-fought but successful because U.S. Naval Intelligence was able to break the Japanese communications code and decipher their plans.†

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Best baits for Cocodrieís sprint specks

Finding healthy numbers of late-spring speckled trout in the eastern Terrebonne estuary is one thing. Tempting them to bite is quite another — something that tends to change seemingly day by day.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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