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A big chunk of Louisiana's rice belt will move from the coastal zone into the east zone for the 2016-17 waterfowl season, and a portion of land formerly in the east zone in Northwest Louisiana will move to the west zone.

New zone boundaries in effect for 2016-17 waterfowl season, LDWF says

Louisiana duck hunters — especially those in the southwest and northwest parts of the state — need to be aware that new zone boundaries will be in effect when waterfowl season opens next month. 

October 25 at 2:48pm
This giant sweetgum has a 12-foot circumference and could be in the running for Champion Tree status. It is located on the author’s property in Clinton, and he calls it the Elephant Trunk Tree.

Champion trees and trophy bucks

Records are kept these days of just about everything. As we saw during the 2016 Summer Olympics the old adage “records are made to be broken” is still true.

October 11 at 4:00pm
The Southern gray squirrel is the most commonly found subspecies of gray squirrels in Louisiana’s forests. This prolific subspecies sports a grayish-brown body with a white underside. The central portion of its bushy tail matches the body coloration with

Bayou boogie — Best WMAs and squirrel-hunting tips

On opening day last year, conditions were favorable for squirrel hunting at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and the adjacent Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge.

Winds were calm, temperatures were tolerable and the forest floor was moist as hunters made their way into the 44,000-acre wetlands complex.

Well before sunrise, Joe Speyrer and his three sons boated south along Big Alabama Bayou, making their way through the area locally called the “narrows” and traveling past the Bayou Des Glaises junction.

October 01 at 7:00am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that two wildlife management areas — Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills —have expanded in size after a vote at the September Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Acreage increases on Peason Ridge, Tunica Hills WMAs

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in September approved sizable acreage increases for both Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Areas.

September 29 at 1:48pm
For his Zydeco Sauced Fish, David Billeaud used blue catfish, but the recipe adapts easily to any mild, white-fleshed fish.

Vermilion Bay means seafood to Trout Masters

It didn’t take us long to learn that Vermilion Bay Trout Masters can cook as well as fish. Over a period of years, the two of us have cooked repeatedly with Steve and Pookie Smith and David “T-Coon” Billeaud, and we have enjoyed every bite.

September 29 at 9:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, points out some of the advantages to using an over-under shotgun to pursue hogs on public land.

Double the barrel — Double the hog

Last year I found my wife’s forgotten Beretta 12-gauge over-and-under tucked away deep in the closet while searching through her old hunting gear from before we met. To a hunter like me, it was like finding buried treasure. 

September 28 at 4:38pm
A nice pre-season buck that the author captured at one of his camera sites in mid-September.

Pre-season scouting plans

If you are reading this, you obviously survived the long, hot summer — even though the heat and humidity will still linger into September.

The start of the 2016 archery season is just around the corner, and then less than two months later the gun season will open and we will be preparing to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.

September 21 at 3:44pm
LDWF biologists cam provide clubs or landowners with harvest recommendations because they gather harvest data each season.

A new crop of wildlife, a new hunting season

About the end of June, I started receiving emailed photographs of newly born fawns. The fawn drop was on in Area 4, right on schedule and right on time for the deer season that opens in October.

September 12 at 9:00am
A lot of factors, including its massive size, make Richard K. Yancey WMA your best chance at a quality buck this season in the MAV SOUTH.

2016-17 WMA Forecast

As excited as public-land hunters must be as the 

2016-17 hunting seasons approach, there were some anxious moments over the winter and into late spring as floodwaters inundated some of the wildlife management areas.

September 01 at 7:00am
A gobbling bird can draw poachers onto private land.

Poachers on private property

It was a beautiful morning, a perfect time to be in the woods. The spring gobbler season was underway, but the only birds making any music were the cardinals and blue jays.

August 24 at 3:17pm
A deer walking into the author’s food plot on June 1 that was planted in mid-May. The spear-shaped whitish leaves are soybeans that had sprouted.

The perfect seed mix for deer — Part II

At the 2016 Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting, a presentation was made concerning different food plot mixtures and their effectiveness in attracting deer.

August 12 at 9:00am
A study by the LSU Ag Center's School of Renewable Natural Resources reveals feral hogs are spreading pathogens like E. coli and salmonellosis in water bodies in Central Louisiana.

LSU study links wild hogs' DNA to waterborne pathogens in Central Louisiana

Feral hogs have long been known as an invasive, disease-carrying scourge on the Louisiana landscape, wreaking havoc on agriculture, hunting leases and even other wildlife caught in their wake.

August 02 at 10:16am
The antlers on this young adult buck were beginning to bud out at the end of May. Quality nutrition is needed during June and July for the buck to reach its potential.

Grunts & Gobbles: Food plot points to ponder

Louisiana has seen its share of hoopla regarding various deer forages promoted to grow wall hangers.

July 12 at 9:00am
These Point-aux-Chene crabbers had a good day on the wildlife management area. The state of Louisiana is flush with public crabbing opportunities.

Blue crab special — Public crabbing opportunities abound

The first time I ate crabs was way back in the summer of 1984. I’m not talking about those Alaskan king crab legs that are rapidly processed, quick-frozen and shipped to a chain restaurant or grocery near you.

It certainly wasn’t good old Louisiana blue crabs.

July 01 at 7:00am