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Genetics, age, herd or habitat

I made the statement last month in this column that now is the time to start preparing for the 2017 deer season if you want to have success. It begins with examination of the 2016 harvest data and surveying the 2017 habitat conditions. If the data indicates that the growth and development occurring within each age class is above average and if the survey finds better than average habitat conditions, then you can expect to find quality deer available for harvest during the 2017 season.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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The madness of March is over

The madness that happens during the month of March began when the soothsayer told Caesar to beware the Ides of March. Julius did not listen and paid the price for ignoring it. Then, someone canned the saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The opening day of the 2017 turkey season was just the reverse of this as a storm front crossed the state bringing rain right at daylight in southeast Louisiana (very much maddening to turkey hunters).†

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May 11 at 4:25 pm
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Shooting turkeys

When I went to work for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1976 as a game biologist in the Florida Parishes, I quickly discovered a new species of bird to hunt — the eastern wild turkey.

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April 12 at 9:00 am
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We finished strong

The January issue of the Louisiana Sportsman had the words “finish strong” on the cover. This was in reference to the idea that January is the peak rut month for Areas 1 and 6, the land of the big bucks in the Bayou State.

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March 10 at 6:40 am
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The last crossing

The bottoms of my knee boots weren’t gripping the top of the sunken log very well, and I would occasionally slide as I inched my way across the slough. Fortunately, I had stick poles in each hand to help with balance. This might have been a little easier in my younger days, but it was certainly a challenge for this old man to keep his balance with a rifle and hunting pack slung across his back. I knew one thing for certain: I didn’t want to wind up in waist-deep water, so I took my time, and in a few minutes the crossing was over.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Farts and Bubbles: Hunt like a champ

When the Notre Dame football players leave the locker room and head for the field they pass under a sign that reads, “Play like a champion today.”

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January 12 at 9:00 am
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Itís time for a meat hunt

In December, seasons are open for most game species, so it is time for a hunter to put some meat in the freezer.

Generally, the term meat hunt implies a hunter is fixing to go shoot a doe to put meat on the table.

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December 12, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Louisiana families keep hunting traditions alive

The sport of hunting remains strong in the Bayou State because families make it a priority.

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November 10, 2016 at 9:00 am
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