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Back to the deer stand

In the dark ages many years ago, when I was a young lad, school always started the week after Labor Day; summer baseball began in June and ended at the end of July, but summer continued through August; and the alphabet letters on the phone were actually part of the phone number. Our number was FR7-5452 and I don’t think there was an area code; if we were at summer camp and needed to call home we simply would make a collect call (reverse the charges, please). Life seemed a little simpler, and involved much less technology.†

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October 12 at 9:00 am
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Is your deer program working?

Deer hunting is big business.†

Hunters spend millions upon millions of bucks in the pursuit of big bucks.

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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Louisianaís big buck locations

When I retired from Wildlife and Fisheries in 2007, I predicted that within five years Louisiana would have a new state record typical buck.†

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October 01 at 7:00 am
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How the deer rut forecast is made

This forecast is based upon camera survey work that has always found major scraping to begin sometime between the new and full moons.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Be a biologist/hunter

I am always looking for sign when I am hunting — what plants deer are browsing on, where acorns are falling, are the rubs fresh, what direction is the deer coming from when it makes the rubs, are the scraps fresh, are they being worked regularly?

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Brain abscesses in deer

There has been quite a bit of research in the Southeast on the issue of brain abscesses, and researchers are finding that more bucks die because of this natural mortality than from hunting in some areas having a good adult buck component in the population.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
376 Views

Hail to the feral hog

Back in July our nation celebrated its 238th birthday. No doubt many of you celebrated Independence Day watching a traditional fireworks display; you saw the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air, and hopefully avoided the popping of a firecracker in your hand.

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September 12 at 9:00 am
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2014-15 Deer Rut Report

Feeding and breeding. These are the two activities bucks are involved with during the fall and winter months.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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More about trophy bucks and lunker bass

Many years ago (OK, it was during the Dark Ages for you young people), I was helping Louisiana Sportsman contributor Chris Berzas with an article about deer habitat. I was demonstrating the newly developed deer browse transect and how it measures browse availability and utilization.

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August 13 at 9:00 am
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A little game and fish potpourri

Last month I wrote about browse surveys and that now is the time to be looking at the deer habitat, seeing first-hand what is available for deer to eat and discovering exactly what plants they are actually eating.

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July 14 at 9:00 am
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Time for some bayou browsing

The late Grits Gresham was editor of the Louisiana Conservationist in the early ’50s. He initiated a feature column that he named Bayou Browsing, and readers could write to him and ask questions and make comments about Louisiana wildlife.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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What the heck is Spigelia marilandica?

Spring has sprung across the Louisiana landscape, and Old Man Winter is history.

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May 13 at 4:00 pm
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Forage plantings critical for deer

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was stuck in time on a cold winter’s day that would never end. While the cold weather this year made for a great deer season, this winter in Louisiana has been one that seemed like it too would never end.

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April 14 at 9:00 am
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Will you kill a gobbler this spring?

The theme this year for the National Wild Turkey Federation is “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt.” This is also the theme for the Federation’s new initiative that has set three goals or objectives: conserve and enhance 4 million acres of critical upland wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million new hunters, and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting and other outdoor recreation.

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March 14 at 9:00 am
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Was the 2013 deer season one of the best ever?

The LDWF Big Game Harvest Survey that will be mailed out shortly should provide an answer — but from what this hunter saw, it was a great season!

As you may know, the Louisiana annual deer harvest has been on the decline for the past few years and the reported kill last year was low enough to make LDWF change the deer hunting areas and reduce either-sex seasons in some of these areas.

Coyotes, hogs, hurricane damage, the drought of 2010 and 2011, low hunter reporting of harvested deer, along with commercial forestry activities have been suggested as possible reasons for this decline.†

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February 11 at 9:00 am
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Missed opportunities

Nothing bums me out more than going on a deer or turkey hunt, doing everything right, have the targeted animal come into range and then miss.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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