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Ponchatoula man arrested for unauthorized use of Venice airboat

A 31-year-old Pontchatoula man was arrested Monday by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly taking an airboat last fall from a camp at Cypress Cove Marina in Venice without the owner’s permission.

January 13 at 8:56am

LWF Commission adopts proposal for hunting seasons, regs and WMA rules

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday proposed several changes to future hunting seasons and Wildlife Management Area regulations — including new deer harvest limits in Deer Areas 4 and 10.

January 06 at 3:39pm
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with a doe he shot on Christmas Day from 50 yards with his .44 magnum Thompson/Center Contender on Richard K. Yancey WMA.

Apex Predator: Primitive pistol hunting now legal

Challenging myself to master tougher weapons has always brought my deer hunting to new and exciting levels. Just as I switched from crossbows to longbows and recurves, last year I did the same with my firearms — and tried out handgun hunting. 

January 03 at 3:08pm
The temperatures may be low, but bass know it’s time to start moving toward prespawn staging areas, so expect periods of aggressive feeding.

Throwdown in the slowdown — How to catch cold-water bass

“Cold water” and “lethargic” seem generally accepted as conjoined thoughts when dealing with winter bass.

However, savvy anglers know that, despite the chill, there remains real potential for some stellar bites during the early goings of a new year.

January 01 at 7:00am
Jonathan Cheely with his Atchafalaya Basin Buster 10-point shot two days after Christmas this past year.

Basin busters — Top deer-hunting tips for the Atchafalaya Basin

Jonathan Cheely walked behind his father Jamie in knee-deep water and rain to make an afternoon deer hunt near Bayou Boutte in the Atchafalaya Basin swamp.

Over the past few years, the father-son team had become almost inseparable, as the younger Cheely decidedly became a deer hunter.

January 01 at 7:00am

Two Port Barre men arrested for deer hunting violations on Sherburne WMA

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested two Port Barre men on Monday after allegedly finding a dead deer concealed in the back seat of their pickup truck, according to a press release.

December 14, 2016 at 2:47pm
Last January, Josh Chauvin finally got his hands on a racked buck at Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge,

Apex Predator: Keep updated on new rules for national wildlife refuges

National wildlife refuges have great hunting opportunities, but every hunter should be sure to keep up with new regulation changes each season. 

December 13, 2016 at 3:04pm
Wood ducks provide great early morning opportunities on Pearl River WMA.

It’s time for a meat hunt

In December, seasons are open for most game species, so it is time for a hunter to put some meat in the freezer.

Generally, the term meat hunt implies a hunter is fixing to go shoot a doe to put meat on the table.

December 12, 2016 at 9:00am
Casey Brewer, of Rayville, shot this big public land 10-point on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 25. But he had to drag the 260-pound buck — which green-scored 155 ⅜ inches — out by hand after his cart broke.

Big 10-point goes down on Tensas River NWR

Casey Brewer parlayed an October squirrel hunting trip on Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge — when he did a little deer scouting as well — into the public lands buck of a lifetime after downing a heavy-horned 10-point on Nov. 25.

December 08, 2016 at 2:47pm
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.”

December 05, 2016 at 9:56am
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. 

December 04, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 8:40am