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Top 10 tips for tracking marsh deer

1. Slow down — When trailing a deer in the marsh, you should never be in a hurry. Instead, take a deep breath and be prepared to stay longer than hunters who hunt hard-ground upland regions.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Area 2

The last set of photographs is from Area 2 in Desoto Parish. The habitat is mixed pine/hardwood, with no agriculture but some winter pastures for cattle and lots of oil and gas pipelines that create a lot of edge.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Area 6

The next four photographs are from a tract of land along the Mississippi River in East Baton Rouge Parish. The habitat is bottomland hardwoods, but the oak component is lacking.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Area 4 Shoot-Donít Shoot Quiz

The first set of photos for you to consider shooting or passing over come from Area 4 — East Feliciana Parish.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Be prepared to make memories

Alissa Laborde believes the trick to making a memorable hunt is to have everything ready and within reach. When she settled into her stand she made sure all of her gear was placed just right.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Break deer-cam dependency

From his experiences on the road and at home, Chad Wall has come to realize that most hunters have lost the ability to read deer sign put down by nature.†

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Daily use permit required at Russell Sage WMA

Gun. Hunter orange. Shells. Camo. Let’s see, what are we forgetting?

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How Russell Sage WMA began

The January 1961 announcement of the first state-owned game reserve in the Louisiana Conservationist was pretty simple and modest.

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Russell Sage WMA has unique location

A river runs through it. Well, sort of.

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Grand Isle marinas are a family thing

Buggie Vegas’ Cajun accent and beaming smile have become fixtures for sport fishermen launching or chartering out of Bridge Side Marina on Grand Isle.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Live bait takes some TLC

“I’m all about live bait,” veteran redfish and speckled trout charter guide Herk Bergeron said. “The catch ratio is much better with live bait, especially for bigger fish. Most of the winter, I use cocahoe minnows. I start with shrimp in April. From mid-May into August I use mostly croakers. In September, I shift back to cocahoes.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Top cold-weather tactics for Delacroix trout

December usually delivers our first blast of really cold weather. We start getting cold front after cold front beginning in November, and by increments our weather changes from fall to winter with each passing front.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Pro tips for choosing winter crappie-fishing spots

Unlike the warmer months, when scattered crappie create the opportunity to pick one or two here and there and piece together a decent day, Toledo Bend guide Dennis Tietje said the late fall/early winter period calls for a higher level of discernment.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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How to detect light crappie bites

When cooler temperatures have those crappie biting lightly, strike detection becomes paramount. That can be challenging on a good day, but in windy conditions it’s critical that you don’t let the blow rob you of opportunities.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Boat position key to post-front bass fishing

With ultra-clear and often eerily calm conditions, bluebird days mean spooky bass that’ll be even less tolerant than normal to intrusion.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Top post-front bass-fishing lures

Here’s a look at some of the dependable post-front bait options:

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