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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 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 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 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 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