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The 2015 Rut Report

The 2014 season ended with a lot of hunters scratching their heads and wondering what was going on.

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Yesterday at 7:00 am
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2015-16 WMA Forecast

The outdoorsmen who know so much about deer, squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife and the environment in which they live are enthusiastic about the upcoming hunting seasons on wildlife management areas in Louisiana.

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Yesterday at 7:00 am
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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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August 27 at 4:02 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
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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

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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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Top float-fishing equipment

Float-fishing on small rivers is a minimalist sport, but some equipment is needed and other stuff is nice to have.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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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
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Put your trail cams to work

Trail cameras are regularly used by hunters to monitor wildlife visits to feeders during the hunting season.

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August 12 at 9:00 am
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Kentwood man downs 350-pound-plus wild hog from his lawn chair

While Marshal Travis sat in a lawn chair Monday night waiting patiently for a giant wild hog he’d seen on his trail cam, the 29-year-old Kentwood resident was having some second thoughts on his game plan for the evening.

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August 06 at 8:34 am
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2015 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo final results

Here are final results from the 17th annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held this past weekend out of Venice Marina.

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July 27 at 10:48 am
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Apex Predator: Year-long Hog Wash Tournament starts Sept. 20

If you like hog hunting, eating pork and competing in tournaments, great news: Louisiana’s first year-long hog tournament begins soon.

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July 21 at 4:09 pm
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Summertime fun

While fishing is good this month, there is much to do in the fields and woods to get ready for the fall season.

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July 12 at 9:00 am
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Record-breaking deer season at Atchafalaya Delta WMA

After reviewing the statistics for the 2014-2015 Atchafalaya Delta WMA deer season, I found it to be a very productive one in terms of total deer taken, 8-point-or-better bucks and another successful youth hunt.

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July 02 at 11:00 am
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Macaroni magic Using macaroni to chum up mangrove snapper

The absolutely transparent water churned with fish.

It was like a giant aquarium.

The slightly-built, heavily suntanned 50-year-old man threw another handful of macaroni into the seething mass of Bermuda chubs and mangrove snappers.

Macaroni?

You betcha — macaroni.

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July 01 at 6:00 am
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Video: Apex Predator encounters bear while setting trail cams

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It was just another typical day of setting cameras in the heat of summer.

My wife was trying to sleep in at the camp, but with the pups barking to go play once the sun came up, that would be impossible. So, as I often do, I took the dogs along for the adventure.

But we would soon have more than we bargained for when I learned two valuable lessons: bears don’t necessarily scare off if you yell at them, and they don’t like being called Mr. Frisky.

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June 29 at 5:41 pm
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