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Nick Sampey shows off the Natchitoches Parish 10-point he fooled on Dec. 13 by scouting bedding areas and imitating how a buck sounds as it moves through the woods.

Unconventional hunter fools big Natchitoches Parish 10-point

There are all sorts of deer hunters. 

January 10 at 2:56pm

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
Russell Scarbrough harvested this public land buck after he hunted him for 12 days in 2013. He moved his stand several times after studying his trail cameras to figure out the deer’s movement.

Best public deer-hunting areas

Begin your deer season in the western part of the state in mid-September with plans to hit these WMAs. The rut starts earlier here than anywhere else in the state, which launches around the end of September in some locations and ends near mid-November.

November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
A lot of factors, including its massive size, make Richard K. Yancey WMA your best chance at a quality buck this season in the MAV SOUTH.

2016-17 WMA Forecast

As excited as public-land hunters must be as the 

2016-17 hunting seasons approach, there were some anxious moments over the winter and into late spring as floodwaters inundated some of the wildlife management areas.

September 01, 2016 at 7:00am
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, 2016 at 10:16am
This stream may not look like a fish haven, but it and others like it provide great bank and wade fishing.

LDWF biologist is small-water enthusiast

Ricky Moses knows what Scott Long is talking about. And he totally agrees.

May 15, 2016 at 7:00am

Father, son found guilty of deer hunting violations on Kisatchie National Forest

A father and son from Pearl River were found guilty in Second Judicial Court in Claiborne Parish earlier this month for deer hunting violations in connection with a case earlier this year in the Bucktail Campground on Kisatchie National Forest. 

March 22, 2016 at 3:54pm

LDWF to host eight public meetings across state starting Wednesday

Starting this Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold eight meetings across the state to gather public comments on proposed hunting season dates for 2016-17, as well as general rules and regulations for wildlife management areas, the establishment of a potential new WMA and all items currently under consideration as notices of intent.

February 22, 2016 at 1:36pm
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled eight meetings across the state late next month to gather public comments on all items under consideration as notices of intent by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

LDWF sets public meetings for proposed hunting season regulations changes

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold eight public meetings around the state starting late next month to gather comments on the proposed 2016-18 resident game hunting season dates, 2016-17 waterfowl and migratory bird hunting season dates, 2016-17 WMA general rules and the 2017 wild turkey season and hunting areas.

January 27, 2016 at 3:42pm

Goldonna man arrested for alleged drug and weapon charges at Kisatchie checkpoint

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a Goldonna man on Jan. 17 for alleged illegal drug and weapon charges at a Kisatchie National Forest checkpoint in Natchitoches Parish.

January 25, 2016 at 7:05pm

Arkansas man cited for hunting license fraud in Claiborne Parish, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited an Arkansas man on Jan. 7 for allegedly obtaining a hunting license by fraud in Claiborne Parish.

January 13, 2016 at 9:40am
Gary Peterson’s potential state-record 6.71-pound hybrid striper was the author’s choice for Fish of the Year.

What was and is to be: The best of fishing 2015 and looking to 2016

As longtime readers to this column know, I hate “best” lists. So much so, that each year I make my own.

January 10, 2016 at 9:00am
These vehicle tracks are evidence of vehicles driving right pass a sign designating a Forest Service area for use only by  hikers.

Property damage - The improper and illegal use of off-road vehicles

Every wildlife agent — and for that matter every law enforcement officer — has a vivid recollection of one case or another for various reasons. Such cases might stand out because of who the offender was, the severity of the offenses, it’s blatancy or the plain stupidity of it all.

December 24, 2015 at 9:00am
Jimmy Stafford with sons David James (left) and Brandon (right) and a fine public land longbeard.

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.

December 12, 2015 at 9:00am