Jim Spano quickly went from considering some of New Orleans’ best crawfish hotspots to contemplating his own delectable venison recipes last Friday morning when a big 11-pointer suddenly appeared before him on a 120-acre lease near Quitman, Miss.
“Kickoff’s at seven,” Artie reminded. “So we wanna get the backstraps in the smoker by mid-afternoon. Y’all be back by then, huh? And with some backstraps? Heck we need to marinate ’em a little beforehand.”
That first cool front is (hopefully) on its way south — the first sign that fall is fast approaching. When the scalding summer temperatures are broken, it’s a bet you’ll start thinking about where best to ambush that deer you’ve been watching all summer on trail cams.
When hunters choose destinations for deer, squirrels and rabbits in Louisiana, there’s no question many head to wildlife management areas because year-in, year-out rewarding hunts on those public lands are repeated across the state.
Back in July our nation celebrated its 238th birthday. No doubt many of you celebrated Independence Day watching a traditional fireworks display; you saw the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air, and hopefully avoided the popping of a firecracker in your hand.
“I call it ‘grabbing.’ I don’t know where they came up with ‘noodlin,’ ‘grampling’ and ‘grabbling,’” Josh Andrews sneered. “I’m grabbing fish. Most of the time, when they’re protecting their eggs, they grab you.”