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What a blessing it was to have been reared and introduced to hunting by a dad who did it right. He started me at the bottom, tagging along behind him and watching how he did it.

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Sixteen year old Rufus crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week validating the belief that our pets are indeed special. (Photo by Glynn Harris)

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Rob Simbeck’s new book, The Southern wildlife Watcher” covers fascinating information on 36 creatures making their homes in the southeast. (Photo by Glynn Harris)

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The year was 1998. The month was December. Think back with me if you will to the days just before Christmas. Remember the massive ice storm that turned northern Louisiana into props for Ice Capades?

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Even fishermen who don’t crappie fish know that one of the best times of the year to catch big old slabs is during the spring spawn when the urge to merge captivates the attention of these tasty fish and they move to the shallows to spawn.

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If you have kept up with my writing and broadcasting for the past bunch of years, I don’t have to tell you of my interest in song birds. One of the pleasures I enjoy is to sit on my back porch, bird book, binoculars, camera and cup of coffee in hand and enjoy all the flit and flutter that is…

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The ongoing and seemingly never ending Coronavirus pandemic has put a mask on, social distanced itself from and quarantined virtually not only Louisiana but the whole universe as well. We are having to adapt to a new way of living with no real end in sight.

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The hunting rules and regulations for the 2020-21 season are now available on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LWDF) website. Go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov to see this year’s hunting seasons, rules and regulations.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for deer and waterfowl lottery hunts on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the 2020-2021 hunting season. The deadline to apply for lottery deer hunts is Aug. 31 and the deadline to apply for lottery wa…

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will resume in-person hunter education classes and field days in July. LDWF, however, is encouraging all students who need hunter education certification to take the online course then sign up for an in-person field course.

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Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Morehouse Parish will open July 15 at 6 a.m., according to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) officials.

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(Thirty years ago, I was hired to write humor columns for the now defunct Louisiana Conservationist magazine. Recently, a friend was using the down time created by Covid 19 to clean out his files. He found some of those old magazines, called me and offered them to me. Here’s one of my favori…

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David practicing the fishing skills he learned when he visited Ruston as a teenager. (Photo by Glynn Harris)

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds anglers that if you purchased your fishing license  June 1, it will be good until June 30, 2021. That’s 13 months. While current licenses will not expire until June 30, LDWF reminds anglers that they can purchase and renew today.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for residents and visitors to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise require…

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Louisiana Pastimes, authored by Dr. Terry Jones, is a great read covering our history and how life was in our state’s outdoors centuries ago. (Photo by Glynn Harris)

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Here I sit, my hands wrinkled somewhat from age but more so recently because I’ve washed them so often I’m getting dishpan hands. With the threat of a virus we still don’t have a real handle on, it just makes sense to be as cautious, or even more so, than we’ve ever been.

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“Memories of Spring” written by Ron Jolly, LA native and nationally known turkey hunter, videographer and author, is a “must have” for turkey hunters.(Glynn Harris photo)

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I felt extra special there in elementary school at Goldonna. My dad had the coolest job in the world and it made me one of the most popular kids in the sixth grade to tell my buddies gathered around all big eyed about my dad’s latest adventure.

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BATON ROUGE – A federal judge in California has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting enforcement of that state’s effort to ban the sale and importation of alligator and crocodile products, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced Friday (Dec. 27).

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It’s been a fun summer and fall watching hummingbirds at my feeder. When a bird is alone at the feeder, all is peaceful and quiet but when a male is feeding and another male approaches, the aerial combat of pursuit and chase is something to behold.     

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Last Saturday was a red letter day for eight special people who were honored by the Louisiana chapter of Legends of the Outdoors. I know who most of them are but several are special friends of mine.

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) passed a declaration of emergency during its July meeting Monday (July 1) that modifies the deer urine ban for the 2019-20 hunting season. The ban is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) and LWFC’s effort to…

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THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT of Wildlife and Fisheries released 14 alligator snapping turtles onto Boeuf Wildlife Management Area in Caldwell Parish June 26. The turtle species have been named Greatest Conservative Need in Louisiana. (Submitted photo)

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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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