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The author's grandson, 6-year-old Baylor Allen, enjoys fishing for catfish, drum, redfish and whatever else happens to be biting.

Public Rambling: Hog season wrap-up

Hog season has come and gone on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA, and only one more hog was taken by rifle since my last column, when I shot a 75-pounder during the final week of the season. 

April 06 at 10:50am
While deer action was slow in January, rabbit season got off to a quick start for Randy Levingston, left, and David Simoneaux. Along with the author, they shot 19 rabbits on Feb. 1 at Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

Public Rambling: January a tough month for deer on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Well, as I told you guys on my last blog, January is a tough month to hunt deer on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. And that turned out to be true for me and my buddies this year. 

February 03 at 4:23pm
Randy Levingston poses with a nice 10-point he arrowed at 27 yards last month on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

Public Rambling: One December hunt yields two bucks at Atchafalaya Delta WMA

When we left off in November, the deer action had slacked off just as quickly as it had begun. But after five blank hunts, the switch finally flipped on again in December. 

January 04 at 12:02pm
Randy Levingston poses with the 8-point buck he arrowed during the height of the rut last month on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

Public Rambling: November rut heats up at Atchafalaya Delta WMA

The first six weeks of deer season were brutally slow for us. We saw very few deer, but I was fortunate enough to take a nice hog. Then, suddenly, it was like a switch flipped and deer —especially bucks — were everywhere. 

December 01, 2015 at 6:28am
Ricky Aucoin hasn't seen too many deer yet at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA, but he did manage to stick a nice hog with a 20-yard shot in thick grass.

Public Rambling: Atchafalaya Delta WMA yields exciting hog hunt

The eagerly awaited bow season has begun, and I have already made several hunts down at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.

October 26, 2015 at 2:05pm
The author poses with a 9-point he arrowed several years ago at Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area. Aucoin said persistent high water this summer created additional sandbars that could make access for this hunting season more difficult.

Public Rambling: Scouting underway on Atchafalaya Delta WMA for upcoming seasons

I have made two scouting trips down to the Atchafalaya Delta so far this summer, both being early-morning ventures because of the intense heat and humidity in August. 

August 27, 2015 at 4:02pm
The author, right, poses with his father, Raymond Aucoin, after arrowing a nice 8-pointer several years ago at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

Record-breaking deer season at Atchafalaya Delta WMA

After reviewing the statistics for the 2014-2015 Atchafalaya Delta WMA deer season, I found it to be a very productive one in terms of total deer taken,  8-point-or-better bucks and another successful youth hunt. 

July 02, 2015 at 11:00am
The author shot this wild hog on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area by stalking it to get close enough for a good kill shot.

Public Rambling: Season recap on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Hey guys, sorry this season follow up is so late, but we experienced some technical difficulties that are in the process of being resolved. 

The deer and hog season was pretty successful for us — we killed a total of 10 deer in my group, which consisted of me, Randy Levingston, David Simoneaux and Casey Louis. 

May 18, 2015 at 1:49pm
Jody Pilsbury arrowed this nice 8-point, her first buck ever, on Nov. 25 on Atchafalaya Delta WMA from 14 yards.

Pilsbury's first-ever buck is a stud 8-point

My buddy Scott Dupre had a wonderful hunting experience earlier this season. And no, he didn’t kill a monster buck - but someone very close to him did. 

January 23, 2015 at 3:51pm
Randy Levingston arrowed this nice Atchafalaya Delta 8-point from 35 yards with his Mathews Drenalin compound bow on Nov. 14.

It was a November to remember at Atchafalaya Delta WMA

November was a special month down at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. 

December 12, 2014 at 2:00pm
Randy Levingston arrowed this doe on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area in October.

Atchafalaya Delta WMA bow season off to a solid start

October’s bow season at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA  started slow but finished with a flurry of deer being taken into the first weekend of November. 

November 10, 2014 at 9:18pm
Casey Louis arrowed this 7-pointer early last season at Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

Bow season rapidly approaching

As Oct. 1 rapidly approaches, my physical (and mental) condition cannot even compare to this time last fall. 

September 16, 2014 at 3:45pm
One of Ricky Aucoin's buddies, Randy Levingston, arrowed this doe at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.

Hunter enjoys extra-special season in the stand

This has been a most unusual deer season for me.

January 19, 2014 at 1:00pm
Recent scouting trips at Atchafalaya Delta WMA indicate excellent food source availability and lush vegetation. The opening day of bow season is Oct. 1.

Excitement builds as countdown to deer season begins

The 2013 deer and hog season is almost here. 

September 26, 2013 at 11:00am
This huge hog, dubbed

Atchafalaya Delta WMA 'hogzilla' ends season on high note

This past season was definitely one of the most exciting for me. I was blessed to take two does, two bucks and three hogs during the bow season at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.
April 23, 2013 at 10:45am
Ricky Aucoin arrowed this deer to complete back-to-back kills of Atchafalaya Delta WMA bucks during a recent hunting trip.

Back-to-back public-land bucks

I took some time off of work to enjoy the great outdoors. I was rewarded with some very exciting hunts, seeing both deer and hogs. I saw a nice buck on an afternoon hunt, but despite drawing back twice could not get an open shot.

However, it was a good start. The buck rubbed on a tree and freshened a scrape while I watched. My buddy Mike was able to arrow a hog on the same hunt.
January 02, 2013 at 5:24pm