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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
A proposal being discussed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Forest Service could lead to a brand new WMA located within the Kisatchie National Forest.

Proposal would create new Wildlife Management Area within Kisatchie National Forest

Talks are underway between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Forest Service to create a new Wildlife Management Area within Kisatchie National Forest.

December 09, 2015 at 4:41pm
Bucks bed up in pine plantations, where it’s difficult for hunters to ambush them, but when the rut begins they will often work the edges of the pines in search of does.

Pinewood derby — Deer hunting tips for piney woods

There is no question that southern pines dominate the woodland landscape in the northwest, westcentral and the Florida Parishes regions of the state.

December 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Bridge right-of-ways are important access points for getting to creeks. Here, Jesh Smith lines up the eyes of his split bamboo fly rod before beginning the float.

How to find access for float-fishing trips

Long gone are the days when creek fishermen could just schlep across any property not holding posted signs to fish their favorite creek.

August 15, 2015 at 7:00am
Smith often wades rather than floats smaller creeks.

Creek-fishing tips

Thirty-one-year-old Jeshua “Jesh” Smith is a dedicated creek fisherman.

He grew up hunting deer and bream fishing. In high school he started bass fishing, first in farm ponds and later graduating to larger lakes. 

August 15, 2015 at 7:00am

LWFC approves amendment making 25 hp mud motor maximum on Biloxi WMA

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday approved an amendment allowing up to 25 hp straight shaft air-cooled mud motors on the Biloxi Wildlife Management Area, according to a press release.

April 02, 2015 at 5:00pm
The author killed this tom with an old Mossberg bolt action 12 gauge with the C-lect choke.

Tagging out — Everything you need to need to kill a turkey

If a survey was taken of all deer hunters in Louisiana and their method for hunting deer, I suspect the most-common way is to sit in a permanent box stand waiting for a deer to walk out into a food plot or visit the corn feeder.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Modern-day dog hunters make every effort to keep dogs from going onto neighboring property where they might not be welcomed. Here, (left to right) Chaston Wood, Dewayne Rachal and Jay Riche pose with a couple of nice bucks taken with hounds.

The loss of dog hunting

Like many hunters throughout Louisiana and the other Southeast states, I grew up hunting deer with dogs. Members of the family kept deer hounds, and we anxiously awaited the “with or without dogs” segment of deer season.

December 20, 2014 at 2:00pm