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The Rut in 2017

Use the Sportsman 2017 rut prediction to start planning your hunts for this season. It might also help to look at the long range weather forecast and see when the cold fronts are predicted to roll in. […]

Deer Hunting

Genetics, age, herd or habitat

I made the statement last month in this column that now is the time to start preparing for the 2017 deer season if you want to have success. It begins with examination of the 2016 harvest data and surveying the 2017 habitat conditions. […]

Grunts & Gobbles

Shooting turkeys

When I went to work for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 1976 as a game biologist in the Florida Parishes, I quickly discovered a new species of bird to hunt — the eastern wild turkey. […]

Deer Hunting

We finished strong

The January issue of the Louisiana Sportsman had the words “finish strong” on the cover. This was in reference to the idea that January is the peak rut month for Areas 1 and 6, the land of the big bucks in the Bayou State.

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Grunts & Gobbles

The last crossing

The bottoms of my knee boots weren’t gripping the top of the sunken log very well, and I would occasionally slide as I inched my way across the slough. Fortunately, I had stick poles in each hand to help with balance. This might have been a little easier in my younger days, but it was certainly a challenge for this old man to keep his balance with a rifle and hunting pack slung across his back. I knew one thing for certain: I didn’t want to wind up in waist-deep water, so I took my time, and in a few minutes the crossing was over.

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Grunts & Gobbles

It’s time for a meat hunt

In December, seasons are open for most game species, so it is time for a hunter to put some meat in the freezer.

Generally, the term meat hunt implies a hunter is fixing to go shoot a doe to put meat on the table.

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Deer Hunting

How breeding dates are determined

Biologists determine breeding dates based on measurements of deer embryos and fetuses using a fetal scale developed through research conducted by Quality Deer Management Association founder Joe Hamilton and other deer researchers.

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Deer Hunting

Is the rut on?

Hunters frequently tell me they do not see bucks chasing does when the rut should be in full swing. Lack of cold weather will certainly be a reason for deer activity to be poor.

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