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The season is at the halfway point, but there's still a lot of deer hunting left. And if you do everything right, you can tag a trophy like 14-year-old Alexis Marks.

December 01 at 7:00am
The stability of the NuCanoe allows Tony Soileau to take his son Andrew hunting with him.

Sneaky ducks — How to use a kayak for duck hunting

The hunt didn’t last long. Good hunts never do.

The ducks never had a chance.

Just before daylight, Lafayette dentist Tony Soileau slipped his camouflaged kayak across the pond’s open water and maneuvered it into an island of flooded buttonwood bushes surrounded by a fringe of dry, brown indigo.

December 01 at 7:00am
Having multiple entry and exit routes allows you to play the wind so deer aren’t spooked.

Lull Busters — How to kill bucks when they’re laying low

The dog days of summer have nothing on the dog days of December.

Anybody fishing during the dog days of summer knows before launching his boat that tough fishing lies ahead. 

The dog days of December arrive with a lot less fanfare and a lot more frustration because deer hunters expect deer to be moving.

December 01 at 7:00am
Pipelines are great places to hunt during the rut as bucks are often seen crossing in pursuit of hot does. Here, Michael Miley poses with a fine buck harvested by his father.

Christmas rain deer - Are the Christmas holidays the best time to catch a trophy buck off guard?

I peered out my living room window only to see fog and a persistent rain. It was the day after Christmas, and I was anxious to get back to my deer stand after spending Christmas day with my family — but the weather was just not cooperating.

A lingering warm front was stuck in place, waiting for the next cold front to sweep it away and bring perfect deer-hunting weather during the peak of the breeding season.

December 01 at 7:00am
Reds are a blast to catch because they put up a strong fight and test your mettle as an angler.

Get to the Pointe — Guide’s tips for Pointe a la Hache trout and reds

So another December arrives ­— a month of endings, to be sure, but also of beginnings.

Autumn ends, but winter begins. It’s the beginning of another madhouse Christmas month, but the end of another year.

December 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Bubby Lamy shows off a nice speckled trout.

From hot to cold — How to fish Chalmette after the Hot Water Canal went cold

For Chalmette-area wintertime anglers, the Hot Water Canal was about as close as you could get to a sure thing. 

Warm, toasty water from Entergy’s Michoud generating facility discharged into a nondescript, otherwise unremarkable canal adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway near the Green Bridge.

December 01 at 7:00am
Bassmaster Elite pro Greg Hackney suggests that anglers learn to fish in gloves for cold season comfort.

Cold concerns — How pro bass anglers overcome bitter cold

Diehard anglers will brave some pretty uncomfortable conditions for that chance of bending a rod. But understanding how cold weather can affect your equipment and your performance stands essential to your winter pursuits. 

December 01 at 7:00am
Crappie anglers converge on suspended D’Arbonne crappie in December.

Crappie season suspended — Top tips for Lake D’Arbonne crappie

They are going to have to do a lot more than just drain Lake D’Arbonne to keep Ronnie Turner from chasing crappie this December.

The West Monroe angler isn’t going to suspend the crappie season just because the lake is missing a little water.

December 01 at 7:00am
Simple tackle is all that is needed to catch bull reds once they are located. Both men used spinning reels.

Bulling it out — How to catch and clean big reds

When the guide slid the landing net under the fish, the chef’s face lit up like a Hollywood marquee.

Was it a tender-fleshed and delectable speckled trout? No.

Was it a savory, mild-tasting red snapper. No.

It wasn’t a flounder, tripletail or grouper, either.

December 01 at 7:00am
Bronson Strickland took this Texas buck in 2010.

Truth vs. Fiction — The truth behind several deer-hunting maxims

It’s the middle of hunting season and you glance at the weather forecast for the weekend: There’s going to be a full moon.

So you tell your buddies at the camp that you’ll be sleeping in on Saturday morning and heading to your stand around midmorning. That’s when the deer will be moving, you tell them.

December 01 at 7:00am

Tippets

November is my favorite month for marsh fly fishing, since the interior lakes and bayous are thick with speckled trout. 

November 15 at 6:00am
Capt. Chad Dufrene’s favorite topwater baits include the bone-colored MirrOlure She Dog and a purple demon Top Dog.

Don’t forget topwater for trout

I love catching fish any way at all: under corks, tight-lined, live bait, plastics, whatever.

November 15 at 6:00am
Capt. Chad Dufrene believes silence is golden when chasing redfish.

Reds also on the menu in Delacroix

What if we want to catch some Delacroix reds this month? No problem, Capt. Chad Dufrene said.

November 15 at 6:00am
The author’s brother, Tony Tardo, displays a speck he caught after casting close to the grass.

Don’t park when fishing for Delacroix’s fall trout

“Stick and move,” Capt. Chad Dufrene said repeatedly that day. “In the fall months you stick when they bite and move when they quit. And do it all over again until you put a nice box of fish together.”

That’s what we did over the course of the morning, and our box was definitely looking good.

November 15 at 6:00am