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The dos and don’ts of dove hunting

The first statewide hunting seasons of fall 2017 opened in September. Louisiana’s dove season will kicked off on Sept. 2 in both the north and south zones. The north zone’s first segment ran through Sunday, and the south zone’s through Sept. 10. The daily limit is 15 and the possession limit after Day Three is 45. Dove hunters will need a basic hunting license and Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification on their person while hunting. 

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Yesterday at 3:00 pm
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Practical strategies for success

In the last couple of installments of “Happy Trails” we have been peeling the onion back a few layers on the finer points of supplemental feeding. During the preseason period from late spring to early fall, consistent and properly done supplemental feeding accomplishes multiple things for your deer herd and potentially you as a deer hunter. First and foremost, the right type of supplemental feed during the right time period ensures that your resident bucks growing antlers have enough building blocks, and that does stay healthy as they provide milk for their summer offspring.

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September 21 at 4:49 pm
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Teal hunters give opening weekend mixed reviews

For the first time in years, Louisiana’s teal season opened on a Friday — and with one early cool front under our belts and the highest September aerial survey in the books since 2008 — expectations were high for a banner start.

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September 18 at 12:28 pm
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Teal numbers in LDWF’s September survey rocket to 373,000

Last week’s stretch of unseasonably cool temperatures was a pleasant surprise — and it looks like it helped usher in big numbers of blue-winged teal into Louisiana in time for today’s season opener.

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September 15 at 3:21 pm
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Teal gear this Hunter won’t leave home without

There are a dozen top-notch duck hunting guns on the market today, but when Hunter Simmons heads to the teal blind, he usually has his Browning Maxus 12-gauge over his shoulder.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Coastal Wildlife Management Areas

A combination of Mother Nature and state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries technicians and biologists has left coastal Wildlife Management Areas in fair to good condition for hunters before the 2017-18 seasons.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Prepping a hog for the butcher

As they say in hunting, once the shooting stops, the fun ends and the work begins. If you’ve ever field-dressed a deer, you’ll have a rough estimation of how to do a hog, but there are a few key differences in quartering a pig for the processor.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Deer harvest, number of hunters in decline

Many years ago, in the mid-70s, there was an article in a popular hunting magazine that was titled “The Thundering Herd.” Basically it was about exploding deer numbers in most of the states in the southeast. Following deer restocking and limited bucks-only hunting along with improved habitat conditions, deer populations began to expand and numbers increased dramatically. Hunters had done a good job of protecting does and now their numbers were increasing in most states, including the Bayou State. 

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September 12 at 9:00 am
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