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Pearl River WMA expected to close this week

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area will be closed when the Pearl River flood gauge reached 16.5 feet, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced over the weekend.

The Pearl River was at 15.21 feet this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

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February 08 at 9:07 am
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Pearl Particulars — Best bets for Pearl River bass

On a gloomy February day, Jeff Bruhl was fishing waters he knew better than the chips in his truck windshield.

Pulling up to a big drain with a falling tide rushing out of it, Bruhl cast his red-shad worm to an old, massive cypress tree. He let the bullet weight pull the soft-plastic to the bottom and meticulously worked his worm, almost dragging it along with short hops.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Mother nature is messing with us

For some reason Mother Nature does not seem too happy with us hunters this year. September rolls around, the early seasons open for migratory birds, temperatures were hot and the ground was dry, very dry.

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January 12 at 9:00 am
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How would Bonnet Carre Spillway opening impact Pontchartrain fishing?

With Mississippi River levels continuing to rise, some expect the earliest-ever opening in the 85-year history of the Bonnet Carre Spillway — which would relieve pressure on the levees protecting New Orleans and divert freshwater into Lake Pontchartrain for the first time since 2011.

That has left anglers holding their collective breath, waiting to see if there will be any impact on the upcoming spring speckled trout fishing.

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January 05 at 2:46 pm
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Veteran turkey biologist retires

In the early ’80s, a young college graduate from Louisiana Tech was hired by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a wildlife specialist on Pearl River WMA.

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December 12, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Biloxi bound — Duck-hunting tips for Biloxi WMA

“Here it’s almost Christmas!” snorted Artie’s brud-in-law Anthony (pronounced: “Ant-Knee.”) “But for us it’s still TEAL season! That’s almost all we been gettin’ — and mostly bluewings to boot!”

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Taxidermist provides tips for quality duck mounts

Your trusty retriever returns with a monster “chocolate head” — a beautiful pintail, complete with its namesake tail feather dragging the ground.  

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November 05, 2015 at 7:51 am
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Wet is best — How to deer hunt the Florida Parish swamps

“‘A face only a mother could love,’ goes the saying, right?” snorted Doc’s cousin Brian as he returned from yet another run to the sheepshead ceviche platter with another heaping plate. 

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Trestle tramps — How one couple fishes the Trestles for trout

“She’s ate up with fishing!” the man said. “She starts texting me about noon to go fishing. She’s the honey badger of fishing: She just takes what she wants!”

Tom Cresson was talking about the attractive brunette in his boat, his wife Karen.

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Delacroix’s tres amigos

Capt. Rykert Toledano Jr. puckishly calls Farley Dennis and Kelly LeBouef “good guys and good friends, but best of all cheap labor.”

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October 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Five honored for saving children after tragic March boating accident

Five people were awarded Meritorious Service Awards by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for their roles in saving three children in the aftermath of a boating accident last March on the Pearl River Navigational Canal.

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September 08, 2015 at 9:42 am
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Removed platform sites can be great fishing locations

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am looking for coordinates of shell pads that might exist in Lake Borgne and around Bay Eloi.

Any old rig pads, old islands or points, etc. would be great.

Thanks. 

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September 03, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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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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September 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Tips for better fish mounts

Just from the bite you can tell it’s a good one — far more aggressive than previous strikes of the day. The bend in your rod and the screaming drag indicate this fish has some shoulders. 

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August 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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Mississippi men cited for shocking fish

Three Mississippi men have been cited as part of a month-long investigation into alleged shocking of fish on the Pearl River, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported.

Lance O. Davis, 41, of Poplarville, Miss.; James A. Howard, 51, of Poplarville, Miss.; and Howard D. Restor, 40, of Lumberton, Miss., were cited for taking fish using illegal methods and a federal Lacey Act violation for transporting illegally taken fish from Mississippi to Louisiana, the LDWF said in a news release.

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August 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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Panthers: Are they for real?

I always enjoy a good, spirited discussion about an interesting topic, and how much more interesting and controversial could a discussion be than one centered around the existence of large cats — panthers, mountain lions or maybe you prefer to call them cougars — in Mississippi and its neighboring states?

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July 22, 2015 at 8:47 am
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