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Sharp ends of the leaf lobes identify this as a red oak leaf.

Learn to tell white oaks from red oaks

Whether it’s deer or squirrels you’re hunting, it’s no secret that you’ll raise your chances of success by putting yourself in the right spot.

October 17 at 6:00am


Down on the coast, it’s prime time for speckled trout. Whether it’s over reefs, in tidal bayous, or dead-end canals, you can’t go wrong casting a weighted Clouser or shrimp pattern set about 30 inches below a VOSI, the flyrodders’ popping cork. 

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These bucks were still in their early season bachelor party mode when drawn to rice bran and captured by this trail camera.

Keys to early season bachelor party

Early in the season, bucks still run pretty much together, and it’s not uncommon to see eight to 10 bucks in the same group.

October 15 at 7:00am
A light, but safe, climbing stand, bow and arrows and a bag full of necessities and Brad Smith is ready to bring trouble to the big deer of north Louisiana.

Smith’s favorite big-buck gear

A climbing stand, a bow and arrow, and a bag of buck treasures is all Brad Smith needs in his quest of one more trophy deer.

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Brad Smith and his son Allen with a nice Richland Parish trophy buck.

Deer hunting is a family affair

Not many second-graders would be excited to move from one end of the state to the other, but it was OK with Brad Smith.

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Mr. Wes Taylor, Smith’s deer-hunting mentor, with one of his many trophy deer.

Smith’s deer-hunting mentor

In addition to his family, Brad Smith was blessed with a mentor who taught him something about deer hunting more important than any trophy deer. 

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Attached to Gage Speyrer’s hunting belt is a black Delta fox squirrel he killed on the 2015 season opener at Sherburne.

Taxonomy of Louisiana’s squirrels

There is perhaps no greater source of discussion concerning Louisiana squirrels than identification of species and subspecies ,and their respective color phases.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Cody Cedotal said it’s really not that complicated.

October 15 at 7:00am
During the early season at Sherburne WMA, Joe Speyrer will not don a camo mask or hat due to the leafy foliage still present on trees during the early season.

Top squirrel-hunting tactics

Consistently killing limits of squirrels is no accident, and avid hunter Joe Speyrer puts in a lot of work to ensure he and his sons don’t come home empty handed.

October 15 at 7:00am
Speckled trout are relatively common bonus fish, who Pat claims modestly not to have figured out yet at Cheniere au Tigre.

History of Chenier au Tigre

One report has Chenier au Tigre being named because of a large cougar killed there many years ago.

But the ridge could just as likely have been named for jaguars, which were not uncommon in Southwest Louisiana at the time of European settlement.

“Tigre” translates in both French and Spanish as “tiger,” a name usually used for the jaguar.

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Cheniers are built in three steps. 1. Marsh grasses grow on mud flats created by river sediment deposits. As long as new deposits are made, the marsh will continue to grow seaward.

How oak cheniers were formed

Most waterfowl hunters and fishermen are vaguely aware that Highway 82, which runs the length of Cameron and Vermilion parishes, follows lines of live oak trees, while much of the surrounding countryside is wide open marsh.

October 15 at 7:00am
Traditional archery shooters say both recurve and longbow use is increasing, thanks in part to a growing interest in the sport supported by bow clubs.

Longbow or recurve?

For thousands of years the longbow design hasn’t changed much. It’s quite simply a single piece of wood with a string attached at both ends.

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A shooter readies for a shot with his recurve at the North vs. South shoot. The competition is held by the Louisiana Traditional Bowmen club to bring together traditional archery shooters from around the state.

Organizations promote traditional archery

The Southern Traditional Archery Association is committed to the preservation of traditional archery in Mississippi.

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Bob Lee, owner of Bob Lee Custom Bows out of Jacksonville, Tex., talks to a traditional archery shooter at a LTB shooting competition. State traditional archery clubs are helping to promote the sport.

Stick bows growing in popularity

The amount of dedication traditional archery requires and the patience it takes to harvest an animal might dissuade some from trying a stick bow. It’s likely the reason the number of traditional hunters is relatively small.

October 15 at 7:00am
The final count of 18 redfish, drum and sheepshead was about what one could expect from a successful day trip with rods and reels, minus the sunburns.

Best times to go bowfishing

By the very laws of nature, much fishing and hunting is cyclical and seasonal. Not so with marsh bowfishing, Capt. Graylin Schultheis said.

October 15 at 7:00am