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Start preparing now

As we transition through the humid and hot doldrums of mid-summer, it is time to begin preparing for the upcoming trail camera season.

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July 21 at 9:00 am
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A little game and fish potpourri

Last month I wrote about browse surveys and that now is the time to be looking at the deer habitat, seeing first-hand what is available for deer to eat and discovering exactly what plants they are actually eating.

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July 14 at 9:00 am
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Whitetail beginnings ó History of deer hunting in Louisiana

The whitetail is the oldest deer species in the world, but it has not always thrived in Louisiana.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Time for some bayou browsing

The late Grits Gresham was editor of the Louisiana Conservationist in the early ’50s. He initiated a feature column that he named Bayou Browsing, and readers could write to him and ask questions and make comments about Louisiana wildlife.

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June 12 at 9:00 am
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Archer's 16-pointer officially scores 200 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett

Jason Archer’s huge 16-point buck taken last November in Concordia Parish landed at No. 22 in the state record books after officially measuring 200 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett, according to the state’s deer program leader.†

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June 09 at 1:08 pm
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Rage Outdoors unveils the new 3-Blade Broadhead with KORE technology

Rage Outdoors, the world’s top manufacturer of expandable broadheads, just released the new 3-Blade Broadhead with KORE technology, featuring razor-sharp 1.08-inch long blades.

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May 20 at 10:40 am
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PlotWatcher Pro with Tru-Video is a real timesaver

If you’re in the market for a trail cam to monitor your food plot this summer and don’t want to waste a lot of time reviewing images, check out the Day 6 PlotWatcher Pro with Tru-Video.

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May 19 at 10:00 pm
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Native plants make good summer food plots

The Southeastern United States has long been the envy of the rest of the country for our warm temperatures and sunshine. Winter temperatures may drop even into single digits occasionally in some areas of the South, but typically only for a very short time before it is back near 70. I like to say we have cold snaps but not much cold weather. It is not unusual for us to have temperatures in the 80s at times during the winter, and farmers are usually breaking land for summer crops in February. The abundance of warm weather in the South makes for a long growing season and a lot of vegetation in the heat of summer. In more northern climates, cool-season plants dominate the landscape over a longer period of the calendar year, so the warm-season plants are not as aggressive during summer months as they are in the South.†

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May 16 at 1:45 pm
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Leave young fawns alone, LDWF says

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding everyone that a wild fawn should be left alone and undisturbed, even if the doe is seemingly not present in the area, according to a press release.

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May 09 at 4:55 pm
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Forage plantings critical for deer

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was stuck in time on a cold winter’s day that would never end. While the cold weather this year made for a great deer season, this winter in Louisiana has been one that seemed like it too would never end.

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April 14 at 9:00 am
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Buck's swollen rear leg likely the result of interdigital joint infection, state vet says

A deer spotted on a trail-cam photo with a noticeably swollen rear leg on LouisianaSportsman.com's forum likely has an infected interdigital joint, according to the state veterinarian.

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March 31 at 6:06 pm
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Preparation meets opportunity

When selecting a monthly topic for Happy Trails, my usual goal is to write about something that will allow me to share the knowledge and experience that I have gained through more than 40 years of chasing whitetails. I also like to provoke thought and discussion about certain topics and issues.

To that end, allow me this month to relate to you a story about a successful hunt that occurred this past season, illustrating the importance of watching and studying buck behavior and becoming proficient in aging bucks on the hoof.

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March 21 at 9:00 am
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CHS-NI senior shoots 10-pointer on holiday hunt in January

Mallory O’Brien and her dad, Kurt, were running a little late when they decided to head out to their deer lease near Marksville for a holiday hunt this past January.

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March 20 at 5:24 pm
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Burns wins Yamaha ATV in 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest

Sometimes it's just your time. Lady Luck showers her blessing upon you, and you just can't do anything wrong.

This year's Louisiana Sportsman Show was that time for 12-year-old Jonathon Burns of Napoleonville.

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March 16 at 5:54 am
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Vidalia hunter arrows big Concordia Parish 11-point on final day of bow season

Clayton Chauvin definitely saved his best bow hunt for last.

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March 12 at 2:31 pm
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Simmons Sporting Goods' Big Buck Contest results

Hunter Simmons, who manages the sporting goods store’s yearly Big Buck Contest, says that although there were not quite as many trophy bucks brought in, those that were entered were some of the best he’s seen in the past several years.†

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March 12 at 9:34 am
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