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A wing and a prayer — Louisiana’s dove-hunting lives on

Nearly forty years ago, I made my first dove hunt near the desert town of Orogrande, New Mexico, while on a six-year stint in the Air Force.

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Yesterday at 7:00 am
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Mississippi state-record alligator snagged, dragged to boat

The Mississippi state record for the heaviest alligator was set last night in the wee hours of opening of the 2014 hunting season when three buddies killed a 756-pounder hunting in the state's Southwest Zone.

The beastly gator broke the record set last year by a 741.5-pounder killed by a Madison hunter.

And remember: These alligators have to be snagged manually (no set lines) and dragged to the boat to be dispatched.

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August 30 at 4:51 pm
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Potential world-record gator harvested Saturday morning in Alabama

Everything’s bigger in Texas - except alligators, apparently.

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August 18 at 4:38 pm
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Divided Supreme Court rules against 'straw' gun purchases

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that makes it a crime for one person to buy a gun for another without disclosing that fact on the federal purchase form.

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June 16 at 2:29 pm
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More days, earlier opening-day hunts expected in 2014-15 dove season

The 2014-15 dove season is expected to include an opening day that begins a half hour before sunrise instead of the traditional noon kick-off when the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approves the season structure next month.

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June 13 at 8:55 am
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Adopted nutria returns home to the high life in Chackbay

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Most folks would probably be a bit unnerved if they knew a large rodent had made a nest and was sleeping on the floor directly under their bed – but Chackbay’s Iva Evans says she sleeps like a baby every night.

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May 15 at 1:50 pm
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Maurepas Swamp bullfrog has 'secret surprise inside'

Forrest Gump might say that cleaning bullfrogs is like opening a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

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April 03 at 9:57 am
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If you shoot down a tree in the woods, will anyone hear it when it lands on top of you?

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Chainsaws are pretty effective tools for taking down trees, but admittedly aren’t much use at the shooting range.

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March 31 at 2:45 pm
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Wetland Warriors — Battling coastal erosion by hunting nutria

“The coyotes ate all the rabbits! The ducks got short-stopped! And the squirrels all live in woods leased by deer clubs who hate squirrel hunters! So how’s a kid supposed to scratch his hunting itch nowadays?” 

Artie was in another of his moods at Doc’s camp. 

“Oh, I don’t really mean hunting itch,” he continued after a hearty swig and a thunderous belch. “I mean blasting and killing itch. Oh, I know, I know. It’s not really ‘blasting and killing;’ it’s ‘harvesting,”’ he added with a smirk. “And I know, I know: It’s not all about the shooting. It’s about ‘the camaraderie, about learning sportsmanship and conservation principles, about watching the beautiful sunrise, the pretty roseate spoonbills, about blah, blah, blah.’ Sure — sure.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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LDWF seeks input from dove hunters across the state

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is surveying dove hunters across the state on season dates, hunting success, ammunition and more.

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February 24 at 1:59 pm
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SlatGrate makes a versatile cooking platform

If you’re tired of using un-twisted coat hangers to roast wieners around a campfire, or if you just want to step up your game and cook burgers or steaks over your fire pit, the SlatGrate cooking platform might be what you’re looking for.

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February 21 at 3:11 pm
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Vid shows hog charging hunter

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Hog hunting is a ton of fun, and it can extend hunting season. But as LouisianaSportsman.com user Chris Morris discovered in early February, wild pigs can be dangerous.

Morris, who goes by morrisvswild on the LouisianaSportsman.com forum, was attacked by a hog he didn't even know was there, but the danger increases when you start pushing them with dogs.

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February 20 at 12:37 pm
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Of hounds and hunters

Sharp is extremely fond of watching his beagles running — to the extent that seeing the dogs work really makes the hunt for him.

“I usually stay with the dogs,” the hunter said. “In fact, I would rather watch them than find a lane to shoot rabbits. want to see what each one is doing, how they’re trailing and how they are braying. I find this especially important when hunting with the younger beagles.

“Since I breed beagles, I am always looking for traits of a better beagle.”

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Sportsman TV tonight at 6:30 on CST: Tree Rat Smackdown

Watch Cox Sports Television tonight at 6:30 as host Greg Hackney enjoys some time in the woods pursuing squirrels and even a few raccoons in Eudora, Arkansas.

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February 06 at 12:00 am
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Pearl River WMA hog hunter becomes hunted

Chris Morris has been hunting Pearl River Wildlife Management Area outside Slidell since he was 6 years old, and he killed his first hog there when he was 15.

But none of that experience prepared him for his hunt yesterday, when a hog charged Morris and left him with serious wounds on his legs.

“I never had anything remotely like this happen to me,” Morris told LouisianaSportsman.com as he awaited a second surgery. “I went into surgery yesterday about 5 p.m.; they cleaned out the wound and explored it to see what the damage it was.

“I’m waiting on surgery right now, and they’ll go in and repair the muscle tissue and close up the wound.”

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February 03 at 4:09 pm
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Basin Romp — Rabbit hunting can be productive in the Atchafalaya Basin

Hunting swamp rabbits with beagles in February is a thrilling social adventure for many Louisiana hunters. In fact, the latest hunting surveys conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries show there are 22,100 rabbit hunters taking an estimated 180,100 rabbits.

And St. Landry’s Anthony Sharp is one of those Louisiana beaglers, and he’s part of at least three generations that have made running rabbits with hounds a family tradition.

“I have been rabbit hunting with beagles all my life,” the 34-year-old hunter said. “My grandfather hunted rabbits with beagles, as well as my father and uncles.”

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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