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Grand Chenier men sentenced for alligator egg theft

Two Grand Chenier men were sentenced on Jan. 24 in Vermilion Parish for their part in stealing more than 500 alligator eggs, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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February 06 at 3:51 pm
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What's the best coonhounds?

Although he now calls himself a “pleasure hunter,” George Ricks is something of an expert on coonhounds.

He participated in competition coon hunting for 10 years and also judged competitive events.

“It got to be too much, with all my other irons in the fire,” Ricks admitted.

He said that there are six dog breeds in coon-hunting circles: treeing walkers, blueticks, black and tans, Plotts, American English and redbones.

“There are good coonhounds in all breeds, but my preference is for treeing walkers,” Ricks said. “They hunt harder, they are faster and I like their looks.

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February 02 at 2:40 pm
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How to skin a coon

George Ricks skins his coons by the open-case method, which produces a flat hide, split down the belly.

Fur buyers, he noted, only purchase closed-case skinned coons. With this method, the animal is cut from one rear leg ankle to the anus, and from there out to the ankle of the other leg. The hide is then pulled off from the rear of the animal toward its front, like a person removing a T-shirt. 

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February 02 at 2:05 pm
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11 steps to tan hides

George Ricks doesn’t end his coon-hunting experience when the dogs are put away. He continues by tanning the hides.

“Tanning gives me a chance to get closer to wildlife,” Ricks explained. “I get satisfaction from not wasting any part of the animal. When I was a kid, I was interested in trapping. I wanted to learn tanning, but instead sold my furs (untanned) to a buyer. I started tanning hides two years ago. I went on the internet and found a lot of versions of tanning.

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February 02 at 11:12 am
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Concordia Parish man busted for allegedly guiding woodcock hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA

A Concordia Parish man was ticketed for not abiding by wildlife management area rules after allegedly guiding a woodcock hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA on Jan. 4, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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January 24 at 4:50 pm
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Check out video of giant Florida gator

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Where’s Troy Landry when you need him?

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January 16 at 5:09 pm
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Saving the alligator in Louisiana

During my career with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, I was fortunate enough to witness and participate in a few conservation success stories. Perhaps most notable is the recovery in Louisiana of the American alligator. 

When I began my career in 1977, alligators were protected under the Endangered Species Act. Loss of habitat, illegal harvest and overharvest were primary reasons for diminishing wild alligator numbers.

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December 16, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Anderson 5.56 M4

If you’re ready to take the plunge and enter the AR-15 market after the contentious presidential election has reaffirmed your Second Amendment rights, Lindsey Simmons-Roberts at Simmons' Sporting Goods said the Anderson M4 might be just what you’re looking for. 

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November 18, 2016 at 8:00 am
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