To catch a poacher

One of the more memorable cases I recall working was during the mid-80s in Rapides Parish. It all started when the LDWF district lieutenant received a call from a state police narcotics officer in early September.[…]


Brush Busting

Growing up in Michigan, I cut my hunting molars beginning with rabbits. I often like to say that Michigan is the Sportsman’s Paradise north, but only as a close runner-up to the one here in the south — especially where rabbits are concerned.[…]

Events & Announcements

Youth-only lottery turkey hunt scheduled for Kistatchie National Forest

All five Kisatchie National Forest districts will be open for youth-only turkey lottery hunts on March 16 to provide more opportunities for young hunters, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

There are a limited number of hunting slots available: 20 youth hunters will be selected for four of the five districts, with the Caney District only accepting 15 young hunters, the Forest Service said.

The deadline for applying for these hunts is Feb. 1.[…]


Circuit Riders

Back in the earlier days of American history and due to the lack of ministers and the far distance between churches, some preachers, called circuit riders or saddlebag preachers, would journey long distances on horseback to rural churches to preach.

They traveled with few possessions, carrying only what could fit in their saddlebags. They traveled through wilderness and villages, preaching virtually every day and often several times a day at any place available (barns, cabins, courthouses, open fields, church buildings or meeting houses, or even basements and street corners).

Unlike the preachers of settled denominations, these pioneer preachers were always on the move, and some covered over 200,000 miles on horseback during their lifetimes, riding the circuts. It was grueling, demanding and sometimes dangerous, but they did what needed to be done to reach souls.

That’s what I thought of when Capt. Tim Ursin (504-512-2602) said we could “ride the circuit” to try to find some fish.