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Heath Clement poses with a 14-point buck he had nicknamed Handlebars after arrowing it on Oct. 26 on Hogue Island in East Carroll Parish. Note in the photo that the right G2

Big 14-point nicknamed ‘Handlebars’ arrowed on Hogue Island

It’s not often that a hunter who shoots a 170-class deer gets more excited to find a 6-inch piece of antler than the actual animal itself, but that’s exactly what happened with Heath Clement and a unique Hogue Island buck nicknamed “Handlebars.”

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Blackfin shiners are certainly the most common shiner in the state and can be found in virtually any moderate- to fast-flowing creek, bayou, or river.

It’s a tough little world for shiners

Most freshwater fishermen don’t give a lot of thought to the little fish in their bait bucket. They’re just shiners. Or to the glittery little fish flashing in the creek, river or lake — they’re just minnows. 

Yesterday at 9:00am
ECHO1 Thermal Reflex Sight

ECHO1 Thermal Reflex Sight

The ECHO1 Thermal Reflex Sight from Sig Sauer-Electro Optics fuses the fast target acquisition and simplicity of a reflex sight with the latest in thermal imaging technology. This digital sight offers day or nighttime predator and hog hunting functionality while operating similarly to a conventional reflex sight during the day. The ECHO1 has eight different display modes, including “White Hot” and “Black Hot,” to enhance the display for optimal thermal image contrast against the background. Five default reticles also come standard with the ECHO1, but users have the ability to design and upload new reticles at SigOptics.com.

November 01 at 7:00am
Nighttime is frequently the only time the older adult hogs are active, making them more difficult to hunt.

Feral hogs on the loose

On July 28, the Louisiana Departments of Agriculture and Forestry and Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a meeting in Mansura.

Topics included feral swine and chronic wasting disease in deer. As expected feral swine and LDAF’s new regulations concerning them were the main topic.

October 21 at 11:00am
Shane Rachal, of Forest Hill, poses with the 13-point buck he shot on Oct. 13 in Vernon Parish. Rachal thought he was shooting at an 11-point he had seen on his trail cam, but the deer was actually a 13-pointer that green-scored 147 ⅜ inches.

Case of mistaken identity in Vernon Parish results in 13-point buck

Hunting in a heavy fog the morning of Oct. 13, Shane Rachal, shot what he thought was a big 11-point buck his trail cameras had identified since summer.

But upon recovery of the buck, he actually found an even more impressive 13-point trophy.

October 21 at 8:40am
Dr. Travis Links, of St. Francisville, poses with the 18-point buck he arrowed late Friday afternoon in West Feliciana Parish. The big buck green scored more than 196 inches Pope and Young.

Monster 190-class buck goes down in West Feliciana Parish

Sometimes, a plan just comes together perfectly and all the pieces fall in place to bring down a monster buck.

October 10 at 4:36pm
Pay attention to the wind to prevent wily bucks from scenting you.

How to score on opening day

New Roads’ Darren Boudreaux loves to deer hunt, so he’ll be in the woods when the bell rings on the 2016-17 season.

September 29 at 3:00pm
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

‘Clean Out Your Freezer Days’ set for Saturday and Sunday

In advance of the fall hunting seasons, Hunters for the Hungry is once again hosting its annual ‘Clean Out Your Freezer Days” this Saturday and Sunday to benefit food banks and pantries across the state.

September 20 at 10:56am
Abbeville’s Caleb Brown, 12, hooked this 23½-inch monster bass that weighed 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces at Toledo Bend using a Strike King Rage Space Monkey.

Toledo Bend is in great shape for September

I’m sure fall isn’t in the air at all when you read this in late August or early September. But “prefall” is just around the corner, which means bass fishing is about to bust loose on Toledo Bend.

September 14 at 8:40am
Attracting doves to your fields means having something on the ground for them to eat all summer long.

Double down on doves — Tips for extending dove season

The small field behind my house that I remember being full of Washington Parish watermelons when I was young had been lying fallow over 15 years. 

Except for the occasional cutting and baling of hay, this little piece of ground seldom saw any action.

September 01 at 7:00am
This buck, arrowed by Randy Levingston, was one of 24 8-point or better bucks killed last season at the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area.

Public Rambling: Scouting time on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Well, it’s late summer and the heat is definitely on. It will take some effort and a lot of willpower, but it’s time to get moving. 

August 30 at 3:53pm
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
Team Paint Bucket shows off their red snapper stringer at the 2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held at Venice Marina.

2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo final results

Here are final results from the 18th annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held this past weekend out of Venice Marina.

August 01 at 11:27am