Berwick resident Michael Broussard knows a few things about fishing the lower Atchafalaya Basin. It’s like a second home for the naval architect student who works as a draftsman for Conrad Shipyards.
Hunched over my computer, deep in thought, I was interrupted by one of the young men from the engineering department. Michael Broussard is an avid sac-a-lait fisherman who also chases chinquapins, bluegills and goggle eyes during the summer.
Hunting swamp rabbits with beagles in February is a thrilling social adventure for many Louisiana hunters. In fact, the latest hunting surveys conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries show there are 22,100 rabbit hunters taking an estimated 180,100 rabbits.
And St. Landry’s Anthony Sharp is one of those Louisiana beaglers, and he’s part of at least three generations that have made running rabbits with hounds a family tradition.
“I have been rabbit hunting with beagles all my life,” the 34-year-old hunter said. “My grandfather hunted rabbits with beagles, as well as my father and uncles.”