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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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(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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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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