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Raceland man cited for alleged deer violations

A 53-year-old Raceland man was cited last weekend for alleged deer violations by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Lafourche Parish.

6 hours ago
Essie Maricle shows off the big 8-point she shot on Richard K. Yancey WMA in Concordia Parish on Nov. 26. The big buck sported a rack with a 22-inch inside spread, and green-scored 148 4/8 inches.

Big 8-point goes down on Richard K. Yancey WMA

Essie Maricle has had not one, but both, knees replaced. However, surgery hasn’t slowed her down a bit — especially when it comes to deer hunting.

12 hours ago
The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

In the wake of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ move to axe the popular TAG Louisiana program, the executive director of Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana sent out a strong email Wednesday critical of the decision, hinting the move was a political one to punish CCA.

Yesterday at 9:25am
Bronson Strickland took this Texas buck in 2010.

Truth vs. Fiction — The truth behind several deer-hunting maxims

It’s the middle of hunting season and you glance at the weather forecast for the weekend: There’s going to be a full moon.

So you tell your buddies at the camp that you’ll be sleeping in on Saturday morning and heading to your stand around midmorning. That’s when the deer will be moving, you tell them.

Yesterday at 7:00am
Pipelines are great places to hunt during the rut as bucks are often seen crossing in pursuit of hot does. Here, Michael Miley poses with a fine buck harvested by his father.

Christmas rain deer - Are the Christmas holidays the best time to catch a trophy buck off guard?

I peered out my living room window only to see fog and a persistent rain. It was the day after Christmas, and I was anxious to get back to my deer stand after spending Christmas day with my family — but the weather was just not cooperating.

A lingering warm front was stuck in place, waiting for the next cold front to sweep it away and bring perfect deer-hunting weather during the peak of the breeding season.

Yesterday at 7:00am

Swamp tour airboat and mud boat collide in Lafourche Parish; one dead

A 35-year-old Des Allemands man died Monday afternoon when the mud boat he was operating struck a swamp tour airboat near Mud Lake in Bayou Des Allemands, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

November 29 at 4:18pm

Two cited for alleged migratory game bird violations near Laplace, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for allegedly being over the limit on wood ducks and shooting after hours last weekend in St. John Parish.

November 29 at 11:08am
Ken Chaumont shows off a slot red taken on an Egret Baits’ Zombie R.I.P. Stik in the upper Calcasieu estuary, where freshwater from the Calcasieu River mixes with saltier water north of Lake Charles.

Targeting pre-winter slot redfish in upper Calcasieu estuary

These aren’t your typical redfish making wakes along the shoreline. You won’t see their tails or silhouettes darting on the water’s surface, and you’ll rarely see a bird picking overhead. 

November 29 at 9:01am

Metairie man cited for trawling without a TED

A 62-year-old Metairie man was ticketed last week by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain without a turtle excluder device. 

November 28 at 10:01am
CWD has not been found in Louisiana, and officials hope to keep it that way.

Chronic Wasting Disease

As I mentioned in our last installment, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is focusing on the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer.

November 24 at 9:00am

Catfish, crab advisory issued in Southwest Louisiana, LDWF says

High PCB levels in some tissue samples prompted several state agencies to issue a precautionary advisory concerning the consumption of fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

November 18 at 2:33pm
Aerial herbicide will be administered on about 500 acres in Lake Bistineau by helicopter next week to control the growth of giant salvinia.

Week-long aerial herbicide treatment for Lake Bistineau to start Monday

Helicopters are expected to hover over Lake Bistineau next week starting on Monday to administer an aerial herbicide to treat giant salvinia, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

November 18 at 2:02pm
Observing birds from a distance is a great way to note exactly what areas the birds are using and which species may be present.

Top tactics for public waterfowling success

With so many quality options for chasing waterfowl on the Bayou State’s public land, most hunters usually find a few birds for the pot.

November 15 at 6:00am
Randy Pausina, former head of LDWF's Office of Fisheries, approved hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenditures now being questioned by state auditors.

Audit shows millions misspent by LDWF after BP oil spill

Louisiana’s legislative auditor found a lack of management oversight of funds and operations in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the wake of the BP oil spill, including sampling operations in Venice that cost $2,796 per fish, more than $280,000 in clothing and uniforms with no uniform purchasing policy in place and a used $1.8 million airplane that could now cost the state more than $500,000 to repair.

November 14 at 5:36pm