Public Ramblings

It’s the holiday season, and that means Calcasieu Lake speckled trout are hitting the hard stuff.

Ricky was born and raised in Morgan City and, while he loves all sports (football, basketball, snow skiing, tennis, fishing to name a few), his passion has become deer hunting. He also is a field reporter.

Twenty seven years ago, at age 24, he started hunting with his dad, Raymond Aucoin, who taught him quite a lot about white tail strategies and the  traits of the animal. He’s been deer hunting on public lands for the last 21 years. The property Aucoin has spent considerable time on includes Sherburne Wildlife Management, Attakapas WMA, Teche National Wildlife Refuge, Mandalay NWR, Thislewaite WMA and his favorite Achafalaya Delta WMA. He presently mostly bow hunts, but on occasion still makes a rifle hunt or two at some of the aforementioned WMAs.

Public land hunting can at times be very frustrating, but it also can be very rewarding provided you are willing to put in the time and effort to scout out an area. You must be willing to do what is necessary to avoid the crowds. Often that means walking deep into the woods to escape the pressure. Long walks into the woods are not really that much of a problem for many hunters, but dragging that deer out, can be an ordeal if you are not properly prepared.

With this blog, Aucoin will discuss his opinions and what he has learned about hunting on public land for the last 21 years. He also would like to get your input as well.

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