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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. 

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3 hours ago
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Potential New Orleans City Park record largemouth caught and released Monday

Most anglers with two good hands never catch a largemouth bass approaching anything close to 10 pounds, but Mike Laviolette accomplished the feat single-handedly Monday morning at a lagoon in New Orleans City Park. 

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10 hours ago
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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 at 5:00 pm
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Four people cited for illegal deer hunting violations last week in Mississippi

Four people were cited for alleged deer hunting violations last week by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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August 24 at 2:58 pm
3163 Views

Unauthorized trespass

August is when I typically run through a checklist of things I consider important for all serious hunters to do or prepare for as the hunting season quickly approaches.

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August 22 at 9:00 am
2737 Views

Two Grant Parish men cited for illegally killing 9-point buck

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for alleged deer violations in Grant Parish on Aug. 11, according to a news release.

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August 21 at 3:45 pm
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Hogs a major problem for deer hunting

While loss of habitat is likely a main driver in Louisiana’s falling deer populations, biologists say feral hogs “continue to be a primary concern” even as the number of hogs killed is skyrocketing

A mail survey of hunters indicates 299,500 hogs were killed during the 2014-15 hunting season, according to the 2014-15 Louisiana Deer Report.

That’s a staggering 63-percent increase from the 183,600 hog kills reported in the 2013-14 deer report.

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August 18 at 8:10 pm
5733 Views

Gun hunting kills majority of deer

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that gun hunters are far more successful than those using stringed weapons.

The 2014-15 Louisiana Deer Report shows that 131,300 of the 139,900 deer (94 percent) killed last season were taken by some form of firearm.

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August 18 at 7:50 pm
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Shorter deer seasons, lower limits eyed by LDWF

The halcyon days of the 1990s when deer hunters could go out and shoot any deer on any day of the season ended two years ago when so-called “doe days” — hated by many — returned amid biologists’ concerns about falling herd populations and overharvest.

The worries about the number of deer haven’t changed ­— and neither have the complaints over the dreaded doe days.

So Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists are considering alternative season frameworks that could mean some combination of shorter seasons and lower limits as early as the 2017-18 season.

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August 18 at 2:25 pm
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Apex Predator: Summertime trail camera set-up advice

 Video Included

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 at 1:56 pm
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Homer man cited for hunting deer out of season

A 19-year-old Homer man was cited by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries last Wednesday for allegedly shooting a doe from the road at night, according to a news release.

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August 17 at 4:02 pm
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The story of a Cottomouth Custom Boats

Corey and Samantha “Sam” Crochet founded Cottonmouth Custom Boats (225-456-0930) in February 2013. And frogging is an activity that dovetails well with their young boat business.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
345 Views

How to find access for float-fishing trips

Long gone are the days when creek fishermen could just schlep across any property not holding posted signs to fish their favorite creek.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
168 Views

Creek-fishing tips

Thirty-one-year-old Jeshua “Jesh” Smith is a dedicated creek fisherman.

He grew up hunting deer and bream fishing. In high school he started bass fishing, first in farm ponds and later graduating to larger lakes. 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
191 Views

Tips for fly-fishing

August is the last full month of “SweatFest 2015,” the one festival no one likes to celebrate. It also brings some tough conditions for fly fishing, with a few exceptions.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
1077 Views

Find food sources for opening-day success

With the opening of deer seasons approaching in a few weeks, hunters need to start finding the major food sources that whitetails are using, set up stands along the trails they take to that food and then stay the heck away until opening day.

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August 14 at 8:48 pm
2105 Views
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