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Flooding has forced the closure of the upcoming turkey hunting season in Richard K. Yancey and Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. 

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Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF), Delta Waterfowl (Delta), and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) this week filed an amicus brief to support the writ application filed by the State of Louisiana requesting that the Louisiana Supreme Court hear a case affecting public ownership of Cata…

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LANE FERRINGTON shows off his deer he recently harvested while on a hunt in Tensas Parish. Ferrington shot the deer with a 7mm-08 at 80 yards in Grayson. (Submitted photo)

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HAYES BOX, of Wisner, harvested a deer while on a hunt in Tensas Parish.  Hayes is the son of Brandon and Chelsea Box and a second grader at Gilbert School. (Submitted photo)

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CONGRATULATIONS GOES out to Alex Ferrington for harvesting his first deer in Tensas Parish. Alex is the son of Eric and Ashley Ferrington of Wisner. He is a first grader at Gilbert School. (Submitted photo)

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association are seeking submissions for the 2018 Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest, for the 2018 calendar year, is open to Louisiana boys and girls ages …

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Licensing Section advises all Louisiana boat owners that beginning January 1, 2019, motorboat registration will increase by $9 for each boating length category.  Motorboat registration is valid for a three-year period. 

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Franklin Parish Patriot Monterrius Blunt, #30, slams the basketball, as #11 Ezell Gaines and #20 Roderick Bingham block out opposing Tensas Parish players. (Photo by Monica Huff)

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Christmas is here but it is sometimes difficult to get a clear vision of what it’s really all about when filtered through clouds of war, political upheaval, famine and disease in every corner of the world.

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Winner of the American Legion Post 84 rifle raffle was Jeff Wright. Wright won a .257 Weatherby VFD bolt action rifle with a Burris E1 scope. Pictured above is Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb drawing Wright’s name (with his eyes closed) as Bobby Collins holds the box.

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American Legion Post 84 is hosting a fund raising raffle for a .257 Weatherby Magnum Caliber with a Burris E1 6.5 X20 X50mm mounted scope.

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Do you know what a “Bull Bat” is? How about a “Gourd Head” or a “Rain Crow”? Growing up on the rural route of north Louisiana, I’m familiar with these creatures along with a host of others retired wildlife biologist and expert writer, Kelby Ouchley covers in his new book, Bayou-Diversity 2.

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Taxidermists like Marshall Wayne Poindexter and Andy Hazel not only create lifelike replicas of animals but they insure memories will remain vivid of special events in people’s lives.

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Daniel Colvin has a knack of waylaying big bucks on family property in Union Parish. Last year, he gave himself a super Christmas present when on December 25, he downed a big 10 point buck that scored over 150 inches of antler mass.

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LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Assistant Professor Kevin Ringelman has found an interesting way to bring the lessons he teaches in the classroom to life. He arranges what some may think is an unusual field trip. He and his students visited the Pine Island Hunting Club to take part…

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As an outdoor writer, this is my favorite time of year. I get to write about all the big bucks taken by hunters around the state. People have started referring successful hunters to me, which helps a lot. Another way I find out about these buck slayers is on-line, especially checking sites l…

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We sat side by side in a goose blind in south Louisiana, John Flores and me. Guide Jude Zaunbrecher did a great job calling in specks for us. John got his limit; I got mine too.

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“Although the overall duck population remains at around 17% above the long-term average, that population has declined for the past two years,” said Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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I never thought it was possible for a human being to defy gravity but one morning many years ago, I did just that. As I eased down to the bank of a small creek, keeping my eye on the squirrel cutting beech mast across the way, it was necessary for me to hop across the creek. I made a leap an…

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A free Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunter safety course will be held at River of Life Church in Winnsboro Nov. 1-3. No registration is required.

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For years, my favorite start for the day has been early morning when I walked to the end of our driveway to pick up the daily paper. I no longer subscribe to the paper but old habits are hard to break; I still walk the 100 yards down the driveway to the edge of our country road and pause for…

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 Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Lincoln Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited has outdone them selves. They knocked it out of the park when the final results were tallied after the banquet last week, an event that had so many folks in attendance some were almost spill…

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Lots of high action was seen at this year’s 61st Annual Deep South PRCA Rodeo. The Youth Rodeo was held last Friday and Saturday nights. The Parade rolled through downtown Winnsboro Thursday afternoon leading into Thursday night’s fun. The newly re-modeled arena provided comfortable seating …

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We had them; then we didn’t; now they’re coming back. Bald Eagles have had a “now you see ‘em; now you don’t” history across Louisiana over the past forty-plus years.

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During the 73rd annual conference of the Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association, held last weekend in Gonzales, winners in the organization’s Excellence in Craft contest were presented awards for their accomplishments over the past year.

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When Whitetails Unlimited founder and president, Jeff Schinkten, left Ruston one year ago to fly back home to Wisconsin, he set the stage for what he expected to happen this year when the annual banquet of the Lincoln Parish chapter takes place August 10.

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The Northeast Soil & Water Conservation District (“the District”) has recently purchased a Jager Pro Gate with a camera and a pen to assist area farmers and residents in capturing feral hogs.  The gate/camera works with your smart phone to aid in capturing the maximum number of hogs. The…

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This is the time of year when periodic late afternoon thunderstorms erupt around our area, giving us welcomed showers but accompanied by jagged lightning and booming thunder.

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Michael Carroll of Wisner won his fourth Panola Woods Carolyn Marshall Men’s Club Championship in five years this weekend a Panola Woods Country Club, in Ferriday, shooting a first-day 71, followed by a 75 on Sunday to finish at 146.

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I ran into a friend at the post office this morning and he asked me how my turkey season had gone. “I figure not so well since you haven’t written anything about how you did,” he said.

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Bass are easily fooled by soft plastic lures. Some bass prefer their worms Texas-rigged where the point of the hook is imbedded into the worm with a slip sinker bumping the head while others like theirs rigged Carolina style, floating free a foot below a swivel and sinker.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisiana Field Office is hosting its 13th annual Physically Challenged Deer Hunt January 20, 2018 at the Columbia Lock and Dam. Eight disabled hunters are to be selected to hunt on the approximately 400 acres in the Columbia Lock and Dam area, located at 580…

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Trail camera photos of a mature buck in Jackson Parish revealed that he was a big deer. The fact that photos only showed him moving at night for the past two years, never showing himself during daylight hours, revealed the buck’s nasty attitude. Thus, members of Two Creeks Hunting Club in Ja…

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisiana Field Office is hosting its 13th annual Mobility Impaired Deer Hunt, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at the Columbia Lock and Dam. Eight disabled hunters will be selected to hunt on the approximately 400 acres of Corps land in the Columbia Lock and Dam area…

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Every time I venture over to the eastern part of the state where the Louisiana black bear has increasingly garnered the interest along with consternation of property owners, hunters and camp owners, I have wanted to see one of these creatures. Anytime I go over that way for any reason, I hav…

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My favorite college football team, the LSU Tigers, have had a tendency this season to play tentatively and sometimes sloppily during the first half of a game. I get aggravated and am sometimes tempted to flip to the Outdoor Channel where hunters almost always get their game.

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The first thing that popped into my mind after spending time at the camp this weekend with three special fellows was a song by the late Don Williams. Entitled “Good Old Boys Like Me”, the song has a line that triggered my creative juices into action.

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Do you want to get skunked on your next fishing trip? Don’t you dare catch a fish on your first cast. If you do, you’ll have lousy success the rest of the day. It’s best to make your first cast out near the boat where no bass could possibly be lurking and reel it quickly before a fish sees it.

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We fidgeted and lolly-gagged around all summer waiting for hunting seasons and finally on September 2, they kicked off when dove season opened. The following weekend, teal season was launched and on the first day of October, archery season for deer kicked off in much of the state.

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A mid-summer phenomenon kicked off for the first time three years ago and is about to make its appearance again.

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The weatherman is just doing his job but his forecast for the next week or so does not make him the most popular guy on TV.

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Ron and Tes Jolly operate a farm in east-central Alabama. Tes is a nationally-known wildlife photographer while Ron works for the state of Alabama and is an award winning outdoors writer.

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