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Former LDWF enforcement agent pleads guilty in Delta NWR poaching case

A former enforcement agent with 15 years experience for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries pleaded guilty earlier this month to violating game laws on Delta National Wildlife Refuge near Venice, according to media reports.

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May 24 at 9:09 am
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Ground proving buck age

We began a general discussion of this topic in the recent February, 2017 installment of Happy Trails. Let’s now go a little further and expand the discussion. Ground proving bucks means harvesting bucks that you believe meet your minimum goals, collecting their lower jaw bones for “tooth replacement/wear” age estimates, then comparing the earlier “live on-the-hoof” eyeball age estimate with the jawbone indicated age for confirmation or clarification. For a landowner, land or lease manager, or just an everyday deer hunter who wants to further hone his or her knowledge and skill, this can be a very eye-opening exercise.

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May 19 at 10:00 am
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QDMA’s ‘Wildlife Field Day’ set for Saturday in Clinton

The South Louisiana Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association is holding a free seminar this Saturday, April 29, in Clinton on a wide variety of hunting topics, including how to butcher meat to comply with newly-implemented carcass importation restrictions.

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April 25 at 10:44 am
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Get the best sight picture

The deer hunter flips up the collar of his fleece jacket to better protect his neck from the chilly, late-afternoon breeze, remaining alert, hoping that an unsuspecting doe will meander by before dark. Success would be two-pronged, as he needs venison for his freezer, and his camp needs a few more does harvested to reach the year’s quota.

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March 22 at 9:00 am
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Full-body mount of Lusco’s 11-point highlights Sportsman’s Big Buck Contest

The Louisiana record for a gun-killed typical buck was set 74 long years ago by Don Broadway’s Madison Parish bruiser that measured a whopping 184 6/8 inches.

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March 13 at 10:01 pm
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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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Public Rambling: A down deer season on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Well, it was a tough Atchafalaya Delta WMA bowhunting season for me and my buddy Randy Levingston — in a variety of ways. 

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March 01 at 6:06 pm
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Cervid carcass importation ban goes into effect March 1

The importation prohibition of cervid carcasses into Louisiana goes into effect March 1, the Louisiana Department of Willdife and Fisheries said.

The new regulation passed last fall by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is aimed at preventing the spread of chronic wasting disease into Louisiana's white-tailed deer population.

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February 23 at 2:48 pm
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