Ask Captain Paul

Locating benchmarks

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am interested in joining a geocaching club. Part of the activities are finding benchmarks shown on topographical maps, taking a photo of the benchmark and logging it and the photo in a club book. I have several topographical maps that show specific numbers next to a small X. Is that the benchmark for that area? […]

Hog Hunting

Apex Predator’s 31-hog smackdown

This season I had a mission to fill my freezers by stalking hogs to help train for ultra-marathons. It’s been a major success so far, as I harvested 31 pigs in 18 days of hunting on R. K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area and Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge. […]

Deer of the Year

Impressive 8-point down in Claiborne Parish

Austin Vidrine of Monroe accepted an invitation from his friend Scott Gill to hunt one of his stands on the 1,230 acres Gill and his family own in rural Claiborne Parish. On Halloween afternoon, Vidrine downed the first buck he had ever taken — an impressive 140-class buck that had never been seen on game cameras. […]

Deer of the Year

160-inch 8-point drilled in Grant Parish

Jason Futrell is serious about managing deer on the 400-acre tract of Grant Parish land he and a friend lease not far from his home in Colfax. As a result of trying to do things the right way, the 36-year-old hunter put the crosshairs of his scope on a heavy-antlered 8-point buck Oct. 28, opening day for still hunting in Area 2. […]