|Field judging a buck’s age, Part II
April 22 at 9:00 am
In the March installment of Happy Trails, we looked at the topic of “aging bucks on the hoof,” paying particular attention to the possible use of certain visual geometric clues regarding the relationship of the tips of the antler beams to the eye and/or nose when viewed from the side as a way to reliably judge a given buck’s age in the field.
|Are you ‘coyoted-up?’
April 15 at 9:00 am
At the recent meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group in South Carolina, the talk among the deer researchers and biologists continued to focus on coyotes and fawn depredation, the lack of fawn recruitment in various herds and the continuing spread of CWD in this country.
|Field judging bucks in the real world
March 20 at 9:00 am
In the January issue we covered the topic of “aging bucks on the hoof.” As pointed out, the art of “eyeball aging” of live bucks has traditionally relied on their being classified by relatively clear physiological body characteristics, patterns of behavior and relative antler size differences. This is, by no means, an exact science and is to a degree “in the eye of the beholder,” and requires lots of experience to be reliably accurate. This is true whether one is talking about a personal encounter with a buck in the field, or one is studying a trail camera photo.
| West Monroe high-schooler wins Yamaha ATV in Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest
March 17 at 9:11 pm
Some people are so lucky, you can’t help but laugh. Take West Monroe's Kendall Haygood, for instance.
|Time to do the math
March 13 at 9:00 am
The deer season is over, and it is now time to measure the antlers and recognize the trophy-class bucks, along with looking at the deer harvest data and determining what has been accomplished with your deer management program.
|2013 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest set for March 15-17
February 26 at 10:37 am
The Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest is back, and it's set to be bigger than ever.
This year's contest is set for March 15-17 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
|In-season feeder surveillance
February 18 at 9:00 am
Every year I take full advantage of the Mississippi regulation that allows supplemental feeding of shelled corn to deer by way of feeders between the first day of December and the last day of February of each deer season. The regulation allowing this practice is quite detailed and specific as to what you can and cannot do, so I would encourage any reader not thoroughly familiar with this regulation to go to the MDWFP Web site and check it out.
|LDWF proposes sweeeping changes to 2013-14 deer-hunting season
February 08 at 10:03 am
If Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries managers have their way, wholesale changes are coming to Louisiana deer-hunting seasons — one of the most striking being the re-implementation of designated either-sex days.
So-called “doe days” were ended in 2006, the LDWF said.
Changes listed in a notice of intent issued by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission yesterday (Feb. 7) also included the addition of three new hunting zones.
|Patience pays off with 170-inch buck
February 04 at 5:00 pm
There is an old proverb that says good things happen for those who wait. In 31-year-old John Gaiennie’s case, that good thing was a 260-pound Tensas Parish buck that green scored over 170 inches.
And the Baton Rouge hunter had to wait more than an hour with the deer in his vision before finally getting a shot of the brute while hunting on the 6,000-acre Somerset Hunting Club in Tensas Parish.
|Target June for game camera monitoring of bucks
February 01 at 7:00 am
Digital game cameras have become essential gear for deer hunters. They are our eyes in the woods even when we can’t be there, and they show us scenes we could have only imagined before.
|Some hunters scout for deer during turkey season
February 01 at 7:00 am
Curtis Simpson specifically targets big bucks when he scouts during February, so he only looks for buck signs like rubs and scrapes. Well-worn trails might be nice to discover, but it’s nearly impossible to determine whether bucks or does paved the path.
|Deer of the Year
February 01 at 7:00 am
The 2012-13 hunting season opened with real promise, as the past couple of years produced dozens of absolute hammer bucks.
Almost 50 of these trophies hit the ground during the 2011-12 season — and that’s just the ones we found out about.
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