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Apex Predator lands a 58-pound mud whale

Just like hunting, when it comes to fishing my goal is big game. So in the springtime I regularly set noodle lines for choupic and catfish, but this year I had the urge to catch a big one the old-fashioned way: with a rod and reel. 

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March 16 at 2:36 pm
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Apex Predator: Early-spring is perfect scouting time for deer and ducks

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One of my favorite times of the year to scout for ducks and deer is late winter and early spring. I love fishing these months, too, but when the temperatures are cold in the mornings, I hit the woods in search of next year’s new spots.

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March 08 at 9:06 am
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Apex Predator: 100-pound longbow adventure brings down doe

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I could have never imagined that shooting a doe would give me more of a rush than my biggest buck — but oddly enough, that’s exactly what happened. 

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February 03 at 6:34 pm
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Apex Predator makes only shot count, downs double-patched Mississippi River buck

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Even though I practice and prepare to limit human error, one or two things are bound to eventually go wrong when I average several hunts each week all season long. 

But on one particular hunt last year, when practically 99 percent of things went bad, I learned sometimes it only takes that magical 1 percent to go right to succeed at deer hunting.

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January 04 at 4:12 pm
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Apex Predator: Determining supreme arrow trajectory

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Suddenly, I spotted the deer creeping silently on a foggy Mississippi River ridge. The doe was broadside, upwind and unaware of my presence, but was already passing through my 35-yard shooting gap. Only one last window remained before it disappeared into the brush for good.

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December 01, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Colorado Part II: The Apex Predator's bear blunders and three-shot scores

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Last spring, I made my first-ever bear hunt and passed on a small cinnamon black bear. Ready for another taste of that action, I scored an over-the-counter limited archery fall bear tag for Colorado by buying it within minutes of when sales opened.

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November 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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Apex Predator: Prepped and ready for upcoming deer season

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Last hunting season was my best ever.

I was able to string together 139 public-land deer hunts by the end of January. Over the course of the coming season, I’ll be sharing many of my stories, videos, tactics and strategies I use to harvest my deer.  

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September 29, 2015 at 3:53 pm
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Apex Predator arrows cow elk in Colorado

My second year in Colorado got off to a rocky start. After the long 21-hour drive, I got lost entering the woods because the GPS deleted my spots from last season. After 90 minutes of making circles in the thick mountainous terrain, I finally made it to one of the waist-high prairies at first light. Within three minutes of beginning the hunt, I jumped a noisy grouse which sent a cow elk running just 40 yards away. 

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September 17, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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Apex Predator: Potential solutions to hunter non-compliance in reporting deer kills

A recent article on LouisianaSportsman.com stated only 20 to 30 percent of the deer harvested in the state last season had the tags validated, and detailed an extremely low compliance rate that should startle any ethical hunter. 

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August 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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Apex Predator: Summertime trail camera set-up advice

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When I’m not in the boat during the summer, I’m most likely in the woods setting trail cameras on whatever public lands allow them. 

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August 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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Apex Predator: Year-long Hog Wash Tournament starts Sept. 20

If you like hog hunting, eating pork and competing in tournaments, great news: Louisiana’s first year-long hog tournament begins soon. 

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July 21, 2015 at 4:09 pm
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Apex Predator: Use red snapper and de-barbed hardheads to catch more cobia

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Cobia are one of my favorite fish to catch, but with only a 16-foot bay boat, my days at trying to get these tasty fish are very limited.

So I make sure to have the most enticing bait that no cobia can resist: barb-less hardhead catfish.

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July 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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Video: Apex Predator encounters bear while setting trail cams

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It was just another typical day of setting cameras in the heat of summer. 

My wife was trying to sleep in at the camp, but with the pups barking to go play once the sun came up, that would be impossible. So, as I often do, I took the dogs along for the adventure.

But we would soon have more than we bargained for when I learned two valuable lessons: bears don’t necessarily scare off if you yell at them, and they don’t like being called Mr. Frisky.

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June 29, 2015 at 5:41 pm
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Apex Predator: Fanny pack PFD convenient, comfortable and safe

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Life vests — whether padded or inflatable —  are something I’ve never been a big fan of because I dislike anything that has shoulder straps and buckles which dig into my skin and  also impede my ability to move around easily aboard a vessel. 

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June 08, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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Apex Predator: Idaho DIY bear hunt

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Last month a friend from the gym invited me to New Brunswick to shoot some bears.  This guided, private land trip over barrels of bait where the success rate was nearly 100 percent wasn’t my style, but it got my wheels spinning to start searching for more opportunities. 

My goal was to hunt a bear on a do-it-yourself public land adventure where I had to literally find and stalk a bear by myself, as the allure for me is learning how to hunt these animals in their natural setting.

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May 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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Catch more crappie using dehydrated nibbles

Face it: Crappie can be very finicky feeders when you’re using artificial lures. 

Better known as sac-a-lait where I’m from, or white perch by the folks in North Louisiana, I grew up fishing for them almost exclusively with an 11-foot jigging pole in my hands.

Now, no matter what type of rod and reel I use, my artificial lures will almost always be tipped with an enticer like Berkley’s PowerBait Crappie Nibbles.

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April 07, 2015 at 4:44 pm
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