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Texas recreational hunters can pay helicopter companies to serve as gunners on feral hog control flights. The Lone Star state has an estimated population of 3.2 million hogs that cause about $400 million dollars in annual damages. LDWF investigating allowing recreational hunters to serve as helicopter gunners to help reduce feral hog population
5081 Views - Posted: April 14 at 5:33 pm

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently working with Texas Parks and Wildlife to investigate developing a program that would allow recreational hunters in Louisiana the opportunity to pay and serve as gunners on helicopter flights to help reduce the state’s feral hog population.


If your hunting property doesn’t have plenty of supplemental forage, your deer herd might suffer. Forage plantings critical for deer
1475 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:00 am

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was stuck in time on a cold winter’s day that would never end. While the cold weather this year made for a great deer season, this winter in Louisiana has been one that seemed like it too would never end.


Darold Gleason caught his third double-digit bass at Toledo Bend since November when he reeled in this 11.71-pounder near the Indian Mounds on Wednesday. Leesville angler catches third Toledo Bend lunker this season
3283 Views - Posted: April 11 at 3:38 pm

Darold Gleason might need more wall space to house all of the giant bass replicas he’ll be receiving soon from the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.


George Smith with the 11.91-pound bass he caught Wednesday morning in Sandy Creek at Toledo Bend. Smith caught her with a white Zoom fluke in about 2 1/2-feet of water. Texas angler lands 11-pounder at Toledo Bend
2438 Views - Posted: April 11 at 2:39 pm

In about an hour’s time Wednesday morning at Toledo Bend, George Smith had more than 25 pounds of bass in his boat, including a hog that tipped the scales at almost 12 pounds.


Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney hunts down feral hogs with an airboat on tonight's episode of Sportsman TV. The episode airs at 6:30 p.m. on Cox Sports Television, with bonus showings Saturday morning at 8:30 and Sunday morning at 9. Hog hunting — airboat style
2117 Views - Posted: April 09 at 9:17 pm

In tonight’s episode of Sportsman TV, host Greg Hackney travels to Violet for an airboat hunt to take down some feral hogs in the marsh.


Keith Thibodeaux caught this 4-pound bass in the Flat Lake area last month. Atchafalaya Basin bass action slowing down post-spawn
2600 Views - Posted: April 04 at 1:24 pm

The bulk of the spawn appears to be over in the Atchafalaya Basin, but anglers are still catching bass in the Bayou Pigeon area, according to a local angler.


Spawning season offers the best opportunity for trophy catches, but pay attention to the detail work. Spawn Specifics — Pro tips for fishing the bass spawn
300 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

When bass move shallow to make the next generation can be a time of great opportunity or a time of great frustration.


Sulphur’s Jared Adams caught this impressive 12.86-pounder in Toledo Bend’s Hausen area on Feb. 9. Bend Bonanza — Keys for bass fishing the Toledo Bend spawn
302 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Half-ounce Rat-L-Traps were about as rare from Alexandria west to Toledo Bend last month as a Republican at an Obama rally.


Airboat Hog Hunting Airboat Hog Hunting  Video Included
948 Views - Posted: March 20 at 6:00 pm

Like a carnival ride with a shotgun, we set out to control the feral hog population using airboats to run them down.


In tonight's episode, Sportsman TV producer Jared Serigné (with camera) and host Greg Hackney (with shotgun) go on an airboat hunt for feral hogs in the marsh near Violet. New episode of Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Airboat Hog Hunt
1449 Views - Posted: March 19 at 5:14 pm

In a brand new episode premiering tonight on CST, Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney traveled to Violet for an airboat hunt to take down some feral hogs in the marsh after deer season.


LDWF's aerial control program on Sherburne and Pearl River WMAs last week took down a total of 54 hogs, according to state veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour. LDWF's aerial control program nets 54 hogs at Sherburne and Pearl River WMAs
5019 Views - Posted: March 19 at 8:27 am

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ aerial control program to shoot feral hogs from a helicopter last week on Sherburne and Pearl River Wildlife Management Areas netted a total of 54 downed pigs, according to the state veterinarian.


According to Stafford, once deer season ends, it’s best to leave the property undisturbed until turkey season opens. Small tract case study – St. Tammany
365 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Existing habitat

Acres: 150

Location: Northwest St. Tammany Parish


Patience helped the author kill this turkey. Will you kill a gobbler this spring?
2204 Views - Posted: March 14 at 9:00 am

The theme this year for the National Wild Turkey Federation is “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt.” This is also the theme for the Federation’s new initiative that has set three goals or objectives: conserve and enhance 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million new hunters, and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting and other outdoor recreation.


LDWF crews will be shooting hogs from helicopters this week on Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs in an effort to control the wild population and reduce habitat destruction, according to a press release. LDWF to use helicopters to hunt down feral hogs this week on Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs
4699 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:59 am

With harvests by hunters not putting a dent in the wild hog population on state wildlife management areas, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is using helicopters this week to hunt down feral hogs on Pearl River and Sherburne WMAs.


Darold Gleason caught this 11.31-pound monster Saturday near Hausen Bay on a brown/purple V&M Pacemaker Flatline Football jig with a purple haze V&M Swamp hog trailer. Leesville angler enters Toledo Bend's Elite Lunker Club with 11-pounder caught near Hausen Bay
3323 Views - Posted: March 05 at 11:07 am

Darold Gleason’s very last cast Saturday afternoon produced the result he’d been waiting for all day long.


The ability to start a fire can be critical to survival when an emergency strikes in the field — and that same fire can act as a signal for rescuers. Manchac swamp stranding shows importance of survival gear
4505 Views - Posted: February 28 at 9:00 am

If you’ve ever traveled Interstate 55 south to New Orleans, you have passed over that exotic, and almost mystical area between two of Louisiana’s major lakes — Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

The mixed cypress and hardwood swamps bordered by brackish and freshwater marshes are connected by Pass Manchac, the winding waterway that connects Lake Maurepas with its much larger brother, Lake Ponchartrain. 

Little has changed this area since Iberville passed through in 1699, en route to the French fleet anchored at the Chandeleur Islands. He and his brother Bienville split their forces at Bayou Manchac, just south of the site of present-day Baton Rouge. They were returning from their exploration of the Mississippi River as far north as the Red River’s junction with the “Father of Waters.” 


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