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Science vs. opinion

What are the roles of science and public opinion in the process of structuring hunting or fishing regulations?

It’s easy to say that we, the hunting and fishing public, should get what we want — as long as game species are protected from overharvest. After all, we pay the bills.

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Yesterday at 7:00 am
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VIDEO: 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, coastal restoration work still to be done

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Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina barreled into the Louisiana coast. The monster storm cut through the marshes of Southeast Louisiana, tearing out huge swathes of the already ailing wetlands and pushing water up the long-pilleried Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to flood New Orleans and Chalemette.

And, while the MRGO finally has been sealed off, there remains a lot of work to shore up the coast and offer protection for the marshes and communities, the National Wildlife Federation recently pointed out in a Youtube video.

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August 28 at 12:57 pm
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VIDEO: Is this the world-record tuna

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The heaviest tuna I ever landed was a roughly 115-pound yellowfin. But the meanest one was a 90-pounder that almost killed me. I mean the danged thing just refused to give up, and I almost threw the rod, reel and stand-up belt overboard in capitulation.

So I can't imagine hooking into the monstrous tuna videoed by a remotely operated vehicle inspecting a deepwater Gulf of Mexico rig.

Watch the attached video to see this brutish fish, which has been estimated to be 18 feet long.

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August 21 at 2:05 pm
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MicroWave guides no gimmick

I’d heard of American Tackle Company’s MicroWave guides, but figured they were just gimmicks.

I mean, they just look so weird — really a guide within a guide.

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August 19 at 5:30 am
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Hogs a major problem for deer hunting

While loss of habitat is likely a main driver in Louisiana’s falling deer populations, biologists say feral hogs “continue to be a primary concern” even as the number of hogs killed is skyrocketing

A mail survey of hunters indicates 299,500 hogs were killed during the 2014-15 hunting season, according to the 2014-15 Louisiana Deer Report.

That’s a staggering 63-percent increase from the 183,600 hog kills reported in the 2013-14 deer report.

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August 18 at 8:10 pm
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Gun hunting kills majority of deer

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that gun hunters are far more successful than those using stringed weapons.

The 2014-15 Louisiana Deer Report shows that 131,300 of the 139,900 deer (94 percent) killed last season were taken by some form of firearm.

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August 18 at 7:50 pm
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Shorter deer seasons, lower limits eyed by LDWF

The halcyon days of the 1990s when deer hunters could go out and shoot any deer on any day of the season ended two years ago when so-called “doe days” — hated by many — returned amid biologists’ concerns about falling herd populations and overharvest.

The worries about the number of deer haven’t changed — and neither have the complaints over the dreaded doe days.

So Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists are considering alternative season frameworks that could mean some combination of shorter seasons and lower limits as early as the 2017-18 season.

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August 18 at 2:25 pm
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How to save your reel

I’m a little hard on my tackle. I’ve been known to step on my rods and twist the eyes, and my reels? Well, let’s just say I pretty much ignore them as long as they work.

So, no, I don’t clean my reels.

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August 17 at 5:00 pm
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Picking apart a flat

Mississippi’s Capt. Ronnie Daniels said effectively working a flat extending off an spit of marsh is about knowing how trout relate to the underwater structure.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Louisiana fishing limits are OK when launching in Mississippi

The entire Biloxi Marsh is located in Louisiana, but what if you decide to launch in Mississippi? Do you have to abide by the 15-fish daily creel because you’ll cross Mississippi waters on the way in?

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Expert shares how to learn new fishing areas

An intimate knowledge of a specific area can produce quick limits, Capt. Ronnie Daniels said. He simply knows where he should go given the specific conditions on a given day.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Youngster launches jig company

David’s Custom Tackle launched in the spring of 2014 after David Sanders had an epiphany while pouring jigs with his father.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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The Express Lane Trout-fishing tips for the Biloxi Marsh

I arrived at the small-boat harbor in Pass Christian, Miss., 15 minutes before our 2 p.m. appointment — as storms just to the north of the coast broke loose.

So the next hour or so was spent visiting with Capt. Ronnie Daniels and the father-and-son fishing team of Dana and David Sanders while the rains passed.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Bear recovery has far-ranging benefits

I don’t know many outdoorsmen who would argue against habitat management. We all want more forests to support more deer, squirrels, turkeys and rabbits. We all want to protect our marshes so we can watch swarms of ducks cup into a spread of dekes. We all want to ensure our favorite fishing hole doesn’t fall victim to the gnawing effects of erosion.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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How to limit on Lafitte reds

Thursday it took one stop for guide Dominick Ochello to put his clients on all the Lafitte redfish they could stand.

“We caught 27,” Ochello said. “They were schooled up.”

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July 31 at 2:55 pm
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7 steps to clean trout

Admit it: The worst part of a fishing trip is not finding trout, but cleaning the day’s catch.

Yeah, we all say it’s part of the experience, but few people really like getting their hands full of slime and fish guts.

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July 21 at 1:55 pm
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