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If your hunting property doesn’t have plenty of supplemental forage, your deer herd might suffer. Forage plantings critical for deer
1378 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:00 am

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.

In this trail cam photo dated Feb. 23, the right rear leg of the buck is noticeably swollen. According to Dr. Jim LaCour, the interdigital joint is likely infected and it's unknown if the animal will survive. Buck's swollen rear leg likely the result of interdigital joint infection, state vet says
3408 Views - Posted: March 31 at 6:06 pm

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

Only through experience was the author able to determine this buck, which wasn’t on any trail-cam photos, was a shooter. Preparation meets opportunity
2033 Views - Posted: March 21 at 9:00 am

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.

Mallory O'Brien, a 17-year-old senior at Catholic High School in New Iberia, shot this big 10-pointer on Jan. 3 at her lease in Avoyelles Parish. The big buck green scored 149 1/8 inches Boone and Crockett. CHS-NI senior shoots 10-pointer on holiday hunt in January
3374 Views - Posted: March 20 at 5:24 pm

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.

Twelve-year-old Jonathon Burns won the Yamaha Grizzly 350 given away in a random drawing as part of the 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest. Burns wins Yamaha ATV in 2014 Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest
3481 Views - Posted: March 16 at 5:54 am

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.

Clayton Chauvin with the 11-point Concordia Parish buck he arrowed on Jan. 31. The big buck, which had 26-inch main beams and an 18 3/4-inch inside spread, green scored 170 1/8 inches Pope and Young. Vidalia hunter arrows big Concordia Parish 11-point on final day of bow season
2782 Views - Posted: March 12 at 2:31 pm

Clayton Chauvin definitely saved his best bow hunt for last.

Jason Archer of Ferriday shot this 16-pointer on Nov. 9 in Concordia Parish. The 288-pound brute scored 210 7/8 inches Boone and Crockett and won the Simmons' Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest this season. Simmons Sporting Goods' Big Buck Contest results
2987 Views - Posted: March 12 at 9:34 am

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. 

Tara Roszell shot 'Freaky' Nov. 24 in Avoyelles Parish, then hung on to win the women's division of Simmons' Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest by a half-inch, Roszell takes down 'Freaky' buck in November, hangs on to win women's division of Simmons' Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest
3291 Views - Posted: March 07 at 3:25 pm

Tara Roszell is a registered nurse working in the recovery room at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, and although she’s hunted deer off-and-on for 30 years since she got married,  she’s spent most of her time at home as mom to her kids.

The National Wildlife Federation says a new study shows climate change is already beginning to impact wildlife, including whitetails. Climate change impacting wildlife, study claims
2204 Views - Posted: February 21 at 6:30 am

The National Wildlife Federation is urging sportsmen to do their part to help slow down or reverse climate change, concluding in its latest report “Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World” that many big-game species across North America are already being affected and could be headed for a big fall.

The 36-page report says overwhelming evidence points to climate change brought about by air pollution and other chemical additions to the earth’s atmosphere, and that wildlife managers need to take into account possible results when managing big-game populations.

The report, which can be accessed at, points to habitat changes that have already been documented affecting North American big-game populations of moose, pronghorn antelope, caribou, bighorn sheep, mule deer and whitetail deer, and predicts that effects of further climate change could even more drastically affect those species — as well as humans.

The impact of the moon phase is a hotly debated subject in many hunting camps. Does the moon really matter?
4023 Views - Posted: February 19 at 9:00 am

As regular readers of “Happy Trails” have come to know, I am a trail/scouting camera fanatic, and use the data I derive each season from my web of cameras to tell me when and where deer, and bucks in particular, move on my personal hunting property.

I ascribe to the premise that less is not more when it comes to wringing all you can from a set of trail camera photos. I hunt and manage a several-hundred- acre tract of hunting land. There is an approximately 200-acre core area in the center of my overall property, which is accessed at some point by virtually all of the deer that use my property.

According to the indictment, the defendants bought and illegally transported deer into Mississippi from Indiana and Pennsylvania. Three Louisiana men charged with illegally importing deer in Mississippi
10396 Views - Posted: February 13 at 3:17 pm

Three men and a company, all of Slidell, are at the center of a 13-count federal indictment filed Wednesday in Gulfport involving the illegal importation of live white-tailed deer into Mississippi.

This photo taken in the emergency room shows the 7-inch gash in Bobby Neames's thigh after he was attacked by a 6-point buck near his home in Clinton on Christmas Eve. Clinton hunter gored by big East Feliciana 6-point
18219 Views - Posted: February 12 at 5:31 pm

When he closes his eyes at night, Bobby Neames still has vivid recollections of the attack he endured by a big 6-point East Feliciana Parish buck this past Christmas Eve morning.

Retired Deer Program Leader Dave Moreland, left, and Greg Hackney discuss proper herd management tonight at 6:30 on CST in another episode of Sportsman TV. Watch Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: 'Dave's Deer Management'
1867 Views - Posted: February 12 at 1:35 pm

Watch Cox Sports Television tonight at 6:30 as host Greg Hackney and retired Deer Program Leader Dave Moreland travel to Morganza in pursuit of management deer.

Jimmy White, 65, of St. Joe, with the 12-point Tensas Parish monster he shot on Jan. 12. The big non-typical buck green scored 199 3/8 inches Boone and Crockett. St. Joe hunter shoots 200-class 'Bull of the Woods'
24605 Views - Posted: February 11 at 4:55 pm

As we all know, even the best laid plans don’t usually work the way we draw them up on the chalkboard.

But that wasn’t the case for Jimmy White and his son-in-law Will Mabry on Jan. 12 in St. Joe - they devised a scheme, executed it to perfection and took down a wily old non-typical 199-inch Tensas Parish monster in the process.

Paul Breaux Bridge hunter finally shoots heavy-horned Atchafalaya Basin 9-pointer
10151 Views - Posted: February 11 at 4:49 pm

For Paul “Tee Paul” Thevenet, tracking down a big 9-point Atchafalaya Basin buck he’d been pursuing for three years became a full-time job starting this past Dec. 15.

The new Ultra-Lite Flex harness, which stays comfortably snug to the body and allows unrestricted movement on the stand, will retail for $99.95 and be available this spring. Hunter Safety Systems introduces new Ultra-Lite Flex harness
2099 Views - Posted: February 11 at 2:36 pm

If you’re in the market for a new safety harness on the stand for next year, the HSS Ultra-Lite Flex provides padded comfort and great flexibility in any direction a hunter may twist or turn.