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Planning, practice and preparation paid big dividends for retired LDWF Major Ronald Morris .

Get an early start on planning and preparing for hunting season

Not long after July 4, I’m pretty well burned out on fishing and already starting to think about hunting season.

July 22 at 11:00am
The author packs his camera field bags with all the gear needed to set up successful camera sites.

The summer doldrums

Here in the Deep South, if the calendar says July would anyone in their right mind argue against the conditions outside being referred to as anything other than the hot and humid “summer doldrums?”

July 22 at 9:00am
A cold-worm tipped tube jig will catch crappie and bream such as bluegills, chinquapin (redears), and goggle-eyes equally well.

Langlois’ best Atchafalaya Basin fishing equipment

“I don’t have any fancy jig poles or expensive ultralights,” John Langlois growled. 

July 15 at 7:00am
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
Posting photos and interacting with other outdoorsmen is easier than ever with the redesigned LouisianaSportsman.com forum.

Newly redesigned forum is better than ever

Social media offers a lot of advantages, but outdoorsmen looking to talk hunting and fishing can find Facebook and Twitter distracting.

Fear not: LouisianaSportsman.com has the perfect solution.

July 06 at 1:46pm
Bluegills are suckers for worm-tipped tube jigs.

Atchafalaya fruit salad — The Basin offers multi-species fishing opportunities this month

When the winter-spring floodwaters fall out of the Atchafalaya Basin, everything that swims bites.

Unless a fisherman is a single-species snob, a day’s catch can include, largemouth and spotted bass, white bass, yellow bass, two species of crappie, three or four species of bream, blue catfish, channel catfish and the odd flathead catfish.

July 01 at 7:00am
During the summer low-water period, punching vegetation with short underhand casts is deadly effective for bass under vegetation.

Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing calendar

Largemouth bass fishing is cyclic. Water temperatures, and with them oxygen levels, vary by season.

June 15 at 7:00am
It's not too late to start dropping hints about what kind of Father's Day gift you'd like to receive on Sunday, June 19.

Top 5 Father's Day gifts for the sportsman

OK guys — here’s the drill. Father’s Day is right around the corner, and unless you want to end up with a barbecue apron or another bad tie, now is the time to spring into action and start loudly suggesting to anyone who will listen possible gift ideas you’d actually like to receive this Sunday.

June 10 at 11:05am
The V-Sharp Classic II features diamond stones, is easy to use and leaves a great edge on your knife.

V-Sharp Classic II sharpeners foolproof, affordable

A dull knife is a real pain, and Bowie Outfitters manager Lea Benoit said the V-Sharp Classic II pull-through sharpener from Warthog is a foolproof, affordable, easy way to keep all kinds of knives razor sharp. 

June 08 at 2:15pm
The key to catching bass even when muddy water hits a reservoir is finding color lines between the dirty and clean water.

Muddy-water bass fishing tactics

Summertime rains can really ruin a fishing trip, especially when your lake of choice collects water from a large drainage area.

And it seems that it never rains on Monday, when you are starting off the week with visions of the coming weekend of catching fish.

June 07 at 6:00pm
Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue knows that hunting down a good postspawn bite is well worth the effort.

Post-spawn potential — Learn why you should fish Toledo Bend after lunkers leave the shallows

There’s no time when Toledo Bend guide Dave Mansue isn’t in love with this Sabine River impoundment.

June 01 at 7:00am
Jake Blanchard (right), Tate Denise and lab Duke pose with a hog shot March 19, 2016 using a night vision scope in the marsh behind Avery Island.

Night-hunting is right for hogs

I remember the first time the destructive nature of wild hogs was driven home in my mind. It was some years back, and I was riding a four-wheeler down an old gravel road on Cat Island NWR when I came across some rootings.

June 01 at 7:00am
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. 

May 23 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