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7 steps to clean a squirrel

I grew up squirrel hunting, but one thing I didn’t learn was a way to clean squirrels that didn’t end with picking hair off the carcasses.

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December 18 at 7:30 am
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Top 6 squirrel-hunting tips

Keith LaCaze is a lifelong hunter, and he chases pretty much everything that lives in the wild. Deer, hogs, rabbits, squirrels and wood ducks — they’re all on his hit list.

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December 16 at 8:00 am
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Zero your scope — properly

When you open up that Christmas present and find a brand-new scope for your rifle, what is your first thought?

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December 16 at 7:30 am
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Angler hooked in lip, tries to remove it at the camp

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I've had a treble hook jammed into my jawline, so when I heard that fellow Louisiana Publishing employee Jay Forest had speared himself in the top lip with a jig hook I had to shiver a bit.

The best thing to say about it is that Jay did it to himself while fishing off a pier: At least he couldn't blame anyone else.

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December 15 at 10:55 am
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Watch the world's fastest deer skinner

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I pride myself on being able to disassemble a deer pretty quickly. But judging from this video, I have a long way to go in terms of stripping down an animal.

This fella, who apparently works at Peach Orchard Deer Processing outside of Sumter, S.C., takes the hide off a deer and dumps its guts - and trims off fat - in less than two minutes. It's a video you just have to see to believe.

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December 08 at 3:15 pm
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Enjoying a dying hunting tradition

It’s been years since I have been a member of a hunting club. I just don’t hunt enough anymore (I’m sad to say) to justify the expense, and over the years I have found other things (aka “kids”) that required money.

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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Top 5 mistakes duck hunters make

Duck hunters have spent all year looking forward to the first day of the season, and there’s nothing worse than heading to the camp and having everything go south.

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November 17 at 5:30 am
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Top 3 ways to kill a buck on opening day

If you’re in one of the areas of the state in which rifle season begins this month, it’s a sure bet you’re staying up late dreaming about opening day. The thought of making a quick kill is just too exciting to allow for sleep.

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November 16 at 7:30 am
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We’re so spoiled

We Louisiana coastal anglers are like spoiled children. No, really. We’re so used to catching gobs of speckled trout that when fishing gets tough we immediately determine there just must be something wrong with the fishery.

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November 01 at 9:00 am
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Top 6 squirrel-hunting tips

Keith LaCaze is a lifelong hunter, and he chases pretty much everything that lives in the wild. Deer, hogs, rabbits, squirrels and wood ducks — they’re all on his hit list.

But when temperatures begin to cool, what he really likes to do is stalk the woods on The Bird Camp Hunting Club near Boyce for tree rats. And, while he’ll pull out his shotgun if he thinks the squirrels will be on the move, his preference is to spend cool, still mornings picking off squirrels with his scoped .22.

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October 24 at 8:26 am
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New deer-breeding map helps nail down rut

So the deer-hunting season is open, and you’re spending time in the woods. But what you’re really waiting on is the rut, when bucks throw caution to the winds and leave their concealed haunts in search of love.

But when does that happen in your area? Well, the Louisiana Sportsman annual rut report is a good way to narrow down the best times — and now the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is nailing it down even more with a new map showing estimated breeding periods across the state.

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October 20 at 10:35 am
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Patience pays off with 140-class 11-point

Chris Evans has had a rough year, dealing with a heart condition that dictates surgery later this year. But throughout the summer, the Zachary hunter has been watching a really nice buck develop.

And after sending an arrow through the 140-class 11-point Friday, the buck will now join another monster Evans killed in 2011. Both deer were killed on the same property.

The latest kill came after Evans practiced the patience of Job.

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October 06 at 10:59 am
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How to unload an inline black-powder rifle

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True muzzleloaders aren’t as popular as they were several years ago for the simple reason that the “primitive firearms” season now allows hunters to use centerfire rifles.

But there are still some of us who love the satisfaction of killing deer with black-powder rifles.

Unfortunately, after spending a day in the stand without killing a deer means a rifle that is still loaded. Sure, you can take the firing cap off and the gun can no longer fire.

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October 05 at 6:00 am
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2014-15 Nikon Big Buck Contest kicks off

Louisiana Sportsman's annual Big Buck Photo Contest kicks off Oct. 1, and Nikon is back in the game as title sponsor.

Hundreds of photos of bucks were posted to the online contest last year, so it’s a great place to brag about that big kill while competing for monthly prizes.

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October 03 at 11:41 am
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Trout population ‘in fine shape,’ LDWF says

Many trout anglers sounded an alarm earlier this year, when their catches didn’t seem to measure up to expectations.

Biologists at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said at the time that they didn’t believe there was any cause for alarm.

And a recently completed speckled trout assessment seemed to back up that stance — at least through 2013.

“From a biological perspective, we are in fine shape,” said LDWF’s Harry Blanchet.

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October 02 at 3:00 pm
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More ducks is good news? Maybe, but …

No one who really knows me would accuse me of being a die-hard duck hunter. While I’ve spent a lot of time over the years pointing a shotgun at waterfowl (“pointing” being the operative term), what has traditionally gotten my hunting juices flowing has been the thought of climbing into a tree and having a deer — any deer — walk into range.

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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