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Bark up the right tree – How to make the most of squirrel hunting with dogs

Somewhere inside the small patch of woods surrounded by sugarcane fields, Hoke hunted. Maybe no more than 20 acres in size, if you flew over it the woodland would resemble a postage stamp stuck in the middle of an envelope.

A mix of hackberry, swamp maple, water and pin oaks, the isolated habitat wasn’t large enough to support a deer population, but it’s perfect for big red fox squirrels.

Hoke was used to the terrain, having hunted it before. There’d be no surprises on the afternoon. The goal was simply to spend a couple of hours hunting on a day already short because of winter, and if all went well the day would culminate with shooting a couple of the tree dwellers for the pot. […]

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Souping up surface drives

The power plant of choice for surface drive motors is the 35-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine. These stock engines can be modified to improve their performance, something done every day by Andy Johnston and his crew at The Boat Doctor Inc. in Metairie. […]