The first statewide hunting seasons of fall 2017 opened in September. Louisiana’s dove season will kicked off on Sept. 2 in both the north and south zones. The north zone’s first segment ran through Sunday, and the south zone’s through Sept. 10. The daily limit is 15 and the possession limit after Day Three is 45. Dove hunters will need a basic hunting license and Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification on their person while hunting.
In the last couple of installments of “Happy Trails” we have been peeling the onion back a few layers on the finer points of supplemental feeding. During the preseason period from late spring to early fall, consistent and properly done supplemental feeding accomplishes multiple things for your deer herd and potentially you as a deer hunter. First and foremost, the right type of supplemental feed during the right time period ensures that your resident bucks growing antlers have enough building blocks, and that does stay healthy as they provide milk for their summer offspring.
Kayak fishing is not a fad, a trend or a gimmick. It is here to stay. It is a legitimate segment of sport fishing that continues with extraordinary growth each year. Fishing kayak manufacturers continue to improve, expand and modify their models relying heavily on input from kayak fishermen. Almost every ancillary fishing product has taken notice by either designing kayak-related products or directing a portion of their marketing to kayak fishermen.
Bixpy’s Kayak Motor
When paddling or pedaling isn’t enough, an increasing number of kayak anglers are adding electric motors to lessen the physical requirements and/or increase their range. Several companies offer kits and brackets to install traditional trolling motors, but the Bixpy jet motor is a high performance motor contained in a plastic waterproof shell with a small, fully enclosed propeller. One advantage of the Bixpy is that with available accessories, it can be used to propel kayaks, SUPs or any manner of small watercraft. A removable handle with an integrated battery can be used for underwater propulsion for snorkelers and divers. With available rudder mounting or specialized brackets, the Bixpy can be adapted to almost any kayak. It can be powered with a variety of batteries, but available lithium ion rechargeables offer long run time and low weight. An included remote control changes a variety of speeds in both forward and reverse.
As they say in hunting, once the shooting stops, the fun ends and the work begins. If you’ve ever field-dressed a deer, you’ll have a rough estimation of how to do a hog, but there are a few key differences in quartering a pig for the processor.
Transition time is baffling and discouraging to fishermen who are accustomed to speckled trout staging in one area, as they do in summer and mid-winter. Some otherwise avid trout fishermen just give up and spend September watching early- season football games.
FLW pro Todd Castledine trusts his frogging to a 7-foot, 3-inch Falcon Cara swimbait rod with an 8:1 Lew’s Super Duty reel carrying 65-pound braided line. This outfit, he said, affords him the elements essential to effective frogging.