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Looking back at 2014, but moving forward into 2015

Well, another year has ended and as Tennessee Ernie Ford sang, “Another day older and deeper in debt.” The hunting version of this song would go, “Another season has ended and the freezer is empty.”

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February 11 at 3:05 pm
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Like father, like son

It is probably a fact that most dads want their sons to enjoy the same activities in which they participated growing up. It is also a fact that some dads can go overboard and push their kids a little too much to make this happen.

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January 12 at 9:00 am
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Late is great — Deer-hunting tips for late-season success

Winter officially began on Dec. 21, and January and February are the peak winter months for the Bayou State. Mother Nature has lowered the thermostat, and the number of deer hunting days are dwindling.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Area 2

The last set of photographs is from Area 2 in Desoto Parish. The habitat is mixed pine/hardwood, with no agriculture but some winter pastures for cattle and lots of oil and gas pipelines that create a lot of edge.

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December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Area 6

The next four photographs are from a tract of land along the Mississippi River in East Baton Rouge Parish. The habitat is bottomland hardwoods, but the oak component is lacking.

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December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Area 4 Shoot-Don’t Shoot Quiz

The first set of photos for you to consider shooting or passing over come from Area 4 — East Feliciana Parish.

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December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Is your deer hunting hot?

September seemed to be as hot as August was; the weatherman kept talking about the unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures in the 90s when the heat index was considered.

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December 12, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Annual Shoot-Don’t Shoot Quiz

A while back I wrote about the similarities between bass fishing and deer hunting. But there is one major aspect where the two activities are different: When you catch a bass and decide you do not want to keep it you simply drop it back into the water, while when you squeeze the trigger and a buck hits the ground, you cannot take the shot back.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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The Bayou State has bacon

Last month in this column I paid tribute to the wild hog, which has been in this country for 500 years. My point was that this critter has been able to survive despite the fact that most are out to eliminate it from the landscape.

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November 12, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Old-school again — Old-fashioned deer-hunting skills

On the cover of the 1942 issue of Field and Stream is a picture of a deer hunter who has suddenly encountered a great buck, presumably after having stalked deer for hours in the snow.

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November 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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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, 2014 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, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Louisiana’s 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 7:00 am
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