Grunts & Gobbles

While hunting season wasn’t great, some fine deer lined the walls during the 2016 Louisiana Sportsman Show Big Buck Contest in Gonzales.

The tale of the tape for the 2015-16 deer season

The Louisiana Sportsman Show is over and the big bucks have been scored
May 12, 2016 at 8:53am
The author saw no deer on his property after Nov. 20, but he captured this photograph of six deer feeding on Feb. 25. It could be he was the victim of abundant acorns and poor weather conditions.

2016 deer season begins now

April 12, 2016 at 9:00am
Turkeys began feeding in the green patch where the author had plowed up the summer strip the day after he worked it. Turkeys should continue to feed here as the turkey season begins.

A new year, a new wildlife administration

March 11, 2016 at 11:00am
Retired biologist Jimmy Stafford shows off one of his kills.

What to do about the ‘carry-over’

Another low harvest means deer will have to depend on stressed habitat
February 12, 2016 at 8:55am
Mark Bible, retired Pearl River WMA supervisor, took this hog at the management area with a .444.

Mother nature is messing with us

Haven’t killed a deer yet this season? Blame the weather
January 12, 2016 at 9:00am
Jimmy Stafford with sons David James (left) and Brandon (right) and a fine public land longbeard.

Veteran turkey biologist retires

Jimmy Stafford plans to stay active with wildlife activities
December 12, 2015 at 9:00am
This doe has its head in a hole where a trophy rock once sat. The hole is about a foot deep, and the doe generally comes to the mineral site every day.

Oh, happy day!

Hunting season is upon us
September 11, 2015 at 2:00pm
This is the best turkey production the author has seen on his small tract of land in East Feliciana Parish in eight years.

Put your trail cams to work

Remote cameras provide great insight about wildlife recruitment
August 12, 2015 at 9:00am
Planting summer deer plots might not be necessary this year because of all the rain, but it’s a good idea to provide green patches for turkeys, like this one killed by Kendall Reed.

Summertime fun

Planting and predators
July 12, 2015 at 9:00am
This trail cam photo shows a buck at a trophy rock in Desoto Parish.

There’s gold in them there woods

Rains have produced lush habitat
June 12, 2015 at 9:00am
The 7 ½-year-old buck David Reynerson arrowed on bottomland hardwood/agriculture habitat had the nutrition to grow big antlers, whereas the 6 ½-year-old 10-point the author killed in Bossier Parish did not, as evidenced by its small mass and short tines.

Does your deer herd measure up?

The deer season is over, so now is the time to look at the data
May 12, 2015 at 8:57am
Just because there was an abundance of mast this fall doesn’t mean you don’t need to pay attention to spring and summer plantings.

Impacts of the 2014 acorn crop

Following the excellent mast crop, do we need to plant food plots in 2015?
April 12, 2015 at 9:00am