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A set of steps and a hand rail make for safer entry and exit from the boat while it is on the trailer.

Inspect your boat before launching

I’m usually a little late getting started with spring fishing because hog hunting with the dogs fills the gap between the close of deer and opening of turkey seasons.

Then chasing the gobblers uses up most of April.

But this year was a little different. We had some catching up to do. 

Yesterday at 10:14am
A proposal approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would allow permit holders to take outlaw quadrupeds, as well as nutria and beaver, on private property at night during hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

May 12 at 11:19am
Speckled trout came early and came on strong for Ricky Richoux.

The trout whackers — Grand Isle guide shares trout-fishing tips

It was a sight to see in the dim light of dawn. There were untold thousands of birds.

Wide-bodied pelicans occupied every rock fringing the island. Many more of the big birds’ white-crowned heads stuck up out of the island’s grass.

May 01 at 7:00am
Cajun bouillabaisses are unique to cooks with a Bayou Lafourche heritage.

He had a badge and a spoon

Euris “Doobie” Dubois retired last month as chief of police for the Town of Grand Isle. While he was the fishing resort’s chief law enforcement officer, he was just as well known for his cooking.

April 29 at 8:20am
The author saw no deer on his property after Nov. 20, but he captured this photograph of six deer feeding on Feb. 25. It could be he was the victim of abundant acorns and poor weather conditions.

2016 deer season begins now

One glance at the March 2016 issue of Louisiana Sportsman easily points out that it is time to fish in the Bayou State.

April 12 at 9:00am
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 waterfowl season dates at its April meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

2016-17 duck season dates set by LWFC

Four months ahead of the typical August announcement, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 duck season dates — along with hunting season dates for other species and the general and WMA hunting rules and regulations — at its April meeting on Thursday in Baton Rouge.

April 08 at 11:00am
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
Dennis Blankenship displays the Toledo Bend 12.55-pounder he caught Monday, March 21, in his Water Moccasin pirogue. The monster bass bit on a weightless Zoom Brush Hog.<br />

Pirogue angler lands 12.55-pound Toledo Bend hawg

Don’t think for a second that you need a fully-decked-out bass boat to catch a double-digit Toledo Bend monster.

March 24 at 12:40am
Billeaud believes that the many appendages on a Brush Hog offer too much movement for cold water fishing.

Other great baits for Atchaflaya Basin bass

When Lafayette’s Billy Billeaud isn’t fishing a jig, he is usually using a Brush Hog or a Beaver-style bait.

March 15 at 7:00am
Austin Hebert, of Port Neches, Texas, shows off the 12.11-pound largemouth bass he caught near the Toledo Bend dam last Friday on a watermelon-orange Zoom Brush Hog —just  one day after record high water levels on the reservoir.

One day after massive rains, angler scores on 12.11-pounder near the Toledo Bend dam

Just one day after the highest water levels ever recorded at Toledo Bend, Port Neches area anglers Austin Hebert, Sidney Shetley and Dave Gisselberg launched Friday morning on the reservoir’s south sider near the dam.

March 14 at 1:51pm
Turkeys began feeding in the green patch where the author had plowed up the summer strip the day after he worked it. Turkeys should continue to feed here as the turkey season begins.

A new year, a new wildlife administration

The 2016 turkey season is the next to the last season of the 2015-16 hunting season (the spring squirrel season is the last). 

March 11 at 11:00am
By scouting locations each spring and using his bicycle and a kayak, Josh Chauvin accesses sloughs and small pockets where late-season ducks gather to avoid hunting pressure.

Apex Predator: Early-spring is perfect scouting time for deer and ducks

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.

March 08 at 9:06am
Kacy Fisher, or Opelousas, shows off the amazing 14.16-pound largemouth bass he caught Saturday near Housen on Toledo Bend. Fisher caught the monster with a C-rigged watermelon-red Zoom Baby Brush Hog in about 8 feet of water with hydrilla.

Opelousas angler reels in 14.16-pound Toledo Bend giant

Opelousans Kacy Fisher and Derek Pelloquin were fishing in Housen Saturday, where Fisher’s father Bobby had said the majority of Toledo Bend lunker bass were taken last year.

March 07 at 8:47am
This photo was taken on the night of Feb. 23, shortly after Honey located 3-year-old Eli Alcock, who had wandered about a mile away from the house he was visiting. Honey's owner, Douglas Downs, is pictured at right.

Deer-tracking bloodhound finds lost 3-year-old boy in Sabine Parish woods

Douglas Downs’ 3-year-old bloodhound, Honey, already had several impressive tracking recoveries to her credit before last week, including several wall hangers and more than 30 deer sniffed out over the last three seasons in and around the woods of Sabine Parish. 

March 01 at 11:35am
Tactical Solutions TSAR-300

Tactical Solutions TSAR-300

The TSAR-300 from Tactical Solutions is a 300 AAC Blackout Rifle that provides the versatility of a short barreled rifle without the red tape and NFA paperwork. It includes an Inert Suppressor, TacSol Milspec Lower, ALG Defense QMS Trigger, Hogue Pistol Grip, Hogue 6 Position stock, 10round magazine and the TacSol XG PRO Forend. The suppressor fits inside the circumference of a permanently attached shroud allowing shooters to attach a suppressor without increasing the overall length of the rifle. The TSAR-300 is 6.55 pounds and 31.5 inches long. 

March 01 at 7:00am
Running squarebill crankbaits through a stump field is a good way to alert bass to a perceived meal.

Stumped — Pro tips for bass fishing stump fields

Murder on lower units, but straight-up hog farms — that’s a fitting summary for those shallow, wood-spiked ranges bass anglers call stump fields.

March 01 at 7:00am