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LDWF proposes sweeeping changes to 2013-14 deer-hunting season

If Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries managers have their way, wholesale changes are coming to Louisiana deer-hunting seasons — one of the most striking being the re-implementation of designated either-sex days.

So-called “doe days” were ended in 2006, the LDWF said.

Changes listed in a notice of intent issued by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission yesterday (Feb. 7) also included the addition of three new hunting zones. […]

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246-inch buck shot on Giles Island

Jimmy Riley knows bucks. It’s his job, since he’s the head guide at Giles Island Hunting Club, one of the South’s premier outfitters, and a star on Mossy Oak’s “Deer Thugs” on the Pursuit Channel.

But even he was stunned at the antler dimensions of a Giles Island Buck killed Thursday (Dec. 20)by client Joshua Bruce of Alexandria, La.

“I measured him at 242 6/8 inches gross,” said Riley. Say what? […]

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Pending state-record yellowfin caught out of Grand Isle

A trip out of Grand Isle on Saturday (Oct. 13) ended with a pending new state-record yellowfin tuna hanging at the docks of Bridge Side Marina. The catch of the 251-pound yellowfin by New Iberia’s 22-year-old Elliot Sale will, if certified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, break an eight-year-old record.

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Southeast Louisiana deer regulations modified

Deer-hunting regulations in a portion of Southeast Louisiana have been modified for the 2012-13 season because of the impacts of Hurricane Isaac, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today (Oct. 4).

The changes were approved during the monthly meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the LDWF said. […]

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LDWF eyeing deer-hunting restrictions along Southeast Louisiana coast

Some deer hunters in Southeast Louisiana could face more-restrictive hunting regulations because of Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge, which is believed to have killed many of the fawns where waters were pushed the highest, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries biologists said in mid September.

LDWF Deer Study Leader Scott Durham told Louisiana Sportsman that recommendations for deer-season changes wouldn’t be made until the October meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Commission. […]

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Tax-free weekend set for Sept. 7-9

The Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday set for Sept. 7-9 is the perfect time to stock up on all the hunting supplies for the coming year without paying state or local taxes.

That means stores selling outdoor-related equipment should be hopping the second weekend of September.

The list items covered under the authorizing legislations is exhaustive but includes guns, bows, ammunition, clothing, tree stands, knives, decoys, binoculars and range finders, ATVs and pretty much anything else that can be used during the hunting season. […]

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Some recreational fishing, all commercial fishing closed off beaches of Fourchon and Elmer’s Island

State waters off Fourchon and Elmer’s Island beaches have been closed to all commercial fishing and some recreation fishing because of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on the beaches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today (Aug. 4).

Recreational rod-and-reel fishing is still permitted in the area, but other recreational fishing — such as crabbing, oystering and shrimping — are prohibited, LDWF’s Randy Pausina told LouisianaSportsman.com by text. […]

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Venice area spared from wrath of Hurricane Isaac

Capt. Brent Roy has lived through many hurricanes, returning to the Venice area after each storm because of the incredible fishing the region provides. So when Hurricane Isaac brushed the mouth of the Mississippi River, the veteran fishing guide couldn’t wait to find out how his lodges and the marinas fared.

So Friday, the owner of Venice Fishing Charters jumped aboard a seaplane and headed downriver, shooting video of flooded Highway 23 and getting a birds-eye view of his cabins before putting down at Venice Marina. […]