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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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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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To be a serious bass fishermen today, you might need to mortgage the house and hold off on paying for your kid’s college tuition for a few years. Some bass boats cost more than the first house I bought brand new. With reels with computer chips and rods made of the latest space-age materials,…

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I’ve made this trip at least half a dozen times over the years and each time, my senses receive a fresh charge. This year’s venture to Gaston’s Resort on the White River in north Arkansas was no exception.

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A 59-year-old Chatham man was cited for turkey violations after agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducting surveillance allegedly watched him hunt over a baited area.

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The arrival to my mailbox of turkey hunting magazines and catalogs advertising the latest in turkey hunting gear and a spring that is approaching quickly have turned me on to the upcoming wild turkey season in Louisiana.

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As I was reading my morning devotionals this week, I ran across a phrase from the New Testament, Mark 6:4 in the Living Bible and I thought of my friend, Dr. James Dickson. The passage reads…”A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own home town…”

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There is a real good chance that when I hit the woods in a few weeks checking for turkey sign, I’ll find a bonus. Likely, I’ll find a shed buck antler or two. Seldom does a year go by that I don’t run across discarded headgear from a good buck or a dinky little spike or fork-horn.

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Joey Pender coached high school football for 33 years, retiring from West Ouachita high school after the season just ending.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Louisiana Field Office partnered with Warrior Hunts and the National Wild Turkey Federation to host the Fifth Annual Patriot Hunt on December 3, 2016 at Columbia Lock and Dam.

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As I sit at my computer writing this week’s column, it’s chilly; it’s nasty; it’s raining outside. Once I get my column done, I’ll likely kick back in my recliner, pour a cup of coffee and chill out with a good book, preferably outdoors themed.

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Justin Lanclos, from Sulphur in southwest Louisiana, is a serious bow hunter. He is into the sport so much so that he designed and is owner of a popular bowhunting site, Louisianabowhunter.com.

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There is a special segment Sunday nights on a Shreveport television station highlighting a hometown hero who served in the military. Most of those featured were from the Greatest Generation, having served in World War II.

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One of my very favorite times to bass fish is this time of year. There is not better time for me to be on the water than when daylight is just starting to creep in.

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Early summer surveys on the Canadian and U.S. breeding grounds revealed overall duck numbers are similar to last year and holding steady, according to a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Two members of the University of Louisiana Monroe’s fishing team will be competing in the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Ky. July 28-30.

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I was picking blackberries down on my Jackson Parish hunting club earlier this year when I heard a familiar bird call that caught my attention.

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Note: In view of the insanity taking place today regarding our Second Amendment rights, I felt it timely to share with readers my column on the subject I wrote 10 years ago this week.

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This is about the time when I’ll receive a call from a concerned citizen about finding an abandoned baby deer that the mother has obviously deserted or else the mother has met with an untimely fate.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for the 2016 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish through July 25.

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In 2012, I wrote a story about Brad Doughty and his amazing success in bagging big bucks on public land. He and I made a visit to Jackson Bienville wildlife management area to give my story more realism because this public area has been good to Doughty in his quest for waylaying public land bucks.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking bids from experienced alligator hunters to work in 13 wildlife management areas, two properties owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and a state wildlife refuge.

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“Okay”, said Matt Loetscher, “we’re on top of the brush pile. Drop your shiner straight down and you ought to get a bite.”

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You’re out on the lake on a beautiful spring day. The fish are biting and all is well. You scarcely notice the bank of dark clouds on the horizon as you put another fish in the boat.

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved the 2016-18 hunting season dates and 2016-17 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting rules and regulations at its April meeting last week in Baton Rouge.

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Saturday morning was nearly blue pure perfect for opening day of turkey season in Louisiana. Clear skies and a chill in the air greeted me as I parked my truck, gathered my gear and began making my way to the spot I had already picked out.

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Perhaps it’s because I live on the sunny side of the Mason-Dixon Line that I seem to have gravitated to the southern reaches of several states when it comes to hunting wild turkeys.

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There’s one thing about being a hunter or fisherman. You’re for sure not going find yourself bored or disinterested when the moment of truth arrives.

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While most of my time is spent in the here and now, it does me good to occasionally take a walk down the back roads of my memory, thumbing through the now-yellowed pages of articles I wrote a few decades ago.

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Tyler Stewart and Nick Joiner from the University of Louisiana-Monroe led wire-to-wire to take the title at the Bassmaster College Series Central Regional tournament on the Atchafalaya Basin with a three-day total of 42 pounds even.

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Starting this Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold eight meetings across the state to gather public comments on proposed hunting season dates for 2016-17, as well as general rules and regulations for wildlife management areas, the establishment of a potenti…

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites high school students throughout the state to join us on April 2, 2016, for the first annual Battle for the Bass, a fishing tournament hosted in conjunction with the 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo in New Orleans City Park.

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An extremely important voice for the rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms was silenced last week with the untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Ironically, Scalia’s death came while on a quail hunt in Texas.

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I think I first noticed it around my backyard bird feeder; I’m talking about the “pecking’ order. By definition, it’s the “colloquial term for a hierarchical system of social organization.”

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Governor John Bel Edwards appointed former Congressman Charlie Melancon, a native of Napoleonville, as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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As I sit at my computer with fingers poised over the keyboard on Monday afternoon, I’m waiting anxiously for something to get done. The Iowa caucuses are tonight and I can’t wait for all that to be over and finished.

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Saturday January 23 brought news of a big blizzard hammering the northeast. Forecasts even called for a bit of snow, cold and windy conditions for north Louisiana meaning most rational thinking folks in our area were likely to put another log on the fire and hunker down under less hostile co…

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Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,800 to diligent citizens statewide in 2015.

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We know how it is, don’t we? January grinds to a chilly close, duck season, such as it was this year, comes to an end and we clean our shotguns, albeit reluctantly, because we didn’t get enough wing shooting to suit our tastes.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open registration Jan. 29 for 125 participants in the 28th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop set for April 1-3 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock.

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While going through a box in the attic, I ran across some of my old columns I had written dating back to 1972 when I took my first halting steps as an outdoor writer with the Homer Guardian Journal. One in particular was written on January 4, the day I’m sitting at my computer for this week’…

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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…

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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

  • 0

To be a serious bass fishermen today, you might need to mortgage the house and hold off on paying for your kid’s college tuition for a few years. Some bass boats cost more than the first house I bought brand new. With reels with computer chips and rods made of the latest space-age materials,…

  • 0

I’ve made this trip at least half a dozen times over the years and each time, my senses receive a fresh charge. This year’s venture to Gaston’s Resort on the White River in north Arkansas was no exception.

  • 0

A 59-year-old Chatham man was cited for turkey violations after agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducting surveillance allegedly watched him hunt over a baited area.

  • 0

The arrival to my mailbox of turkey hunting magazines and catalogs advertising the latest in turkey hunting gear and a spring that is approaching quickly have turned me on to the upcoming wild turkey season in Louisiana.

  • 0

As I was reading my morning devotionals this week, I ran across a phrase from the New Testament, Mark 6:4 in the Living Bible and I thought of my friend, Dr. James Dickson. The passage reads…”A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own home town…”

  • 0

There is a real good chance that when I hit the woods in a few weeks checking for turkey sign, I’ll find a bonus. Likely, I’ll find a shed buck antler or two. Seldom does a year go by that I don’t run across discarded headgear from a good buck or a dinky little spike or fork-horn.

  • 0

Joey Pender coached high school football for 33 years, retiring from West Ouachita high school after the season just ending.

  • 0

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Louisiana Field Office partnered with Warrior Hunts and the National Wild Turkey Federation to host the Fifth Annual Patriot Hunt on December 3, 2016 at Columbia Lock and Dam.

  • 0

As I sit at my computer writing this week’s column, it’s chilly; it’s nasty; it’s raining outside. Once I get my column done, I’ll likely kick back in my recliner, pour a cup of coffee and chill out with a good book, preferably outdoors themed.

  • 0

Justin Lanclos, from Sulphur in southwest Louisiana, is a serious bow hunter. He is into the sport so much so that he designed and is owner of a popular bowhunting site, Louisianabowhunter.com.

  • 0

There is a special segment Sunday nights on a Shreveport television station highlighting a hometown hero who served in the military. Most of those featured were from the Greatest Generation, having served in World War II.

  • 0

One of my very favorite times to bass fish is this time of year. There is not better time for me to be on the water than when daylight is just starting to creep in.

  • 0

Early summer surveys on the Canadian and U.S. breeding grounds revealed overall duck numbers are similar to last year and holding steady, according to a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • 0

Two members of the University of Louisiana Monroe’s fishing team will be competing in the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Ky. July 28-30.

  • 0

I was picking blackberries down on my Jackson Parish hunting club earlier this year when I heard a familiar bird call that caught my attention.

  • 0

Note: In view of the insanity taking place today regarding our Second Amendment rights, I felt it timely to share with readers my column on the subject I wrote 10 years ago this week.

  • 0

This is about the time when I’ll receive a call from a concerned citizen about finding an abandoned baby deer that the mother has obviously deserted or else the mother has met with an untimely fate.

  • 0

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for the 2016 lottery teal hunts on the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish through July 25.

  • 0

In 2012, I wrote a story about Brad Doughty and his amazing success in bagging big bucks on public land. He and I made a visit to Jackson Bienville wildlife management area to give my story more realism because this public area has been good to Doughty in his quest for waylaying public land bucks.

  • 0

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking bids from experienced alligator hunters to work in 13 wildlife management areas, two properties owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and a state wildlife refuge.

  • 0

“Okay”, said Matt Loetscher, “we’re on top of the brush pile. Drop your shiner straight down and you ought to get a bite.”

  • 0

You’re out on the lake on a beautiful spring day. The fish are biting and all is well. You scarcely notice the bank of dark clouds on the horizon as you put another fish in the boat.

  • 0

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved the 2016-18 hunting season dates and 2016-17 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting rules and regulations at its April meeting last week in Baton Rouge.

  • 0

Saturday morning was nearly blue pure perfect for opening day of turkey season in Louisiana. Clear skies and a chill in the air greeted me as I parked my truck, gathered my gear and began making my way to the spot I had already picked out.

  • 0

Perhaps it’s because I live on the sunny side of the Mason-Dixon Line that I seem to have gravitated to the southern reaches of several states when it comes to hunting wild turkeys.

  • 0

There’s one thing about being a hunter or fisherman. You’re for sure not going find yourself bored or disinterested when the moment of truth arrives.

  • 0

While most of my time is spent in the here and now, it does me good to occasionally take a walk down the back roads of my memory, thumbing through the now-yellowed pages of articles I wrote a few decades ago.

  • 0

Tyler Stewart and Nick Joiner from the University of Louisiana-Monroe led wire-to-wire to take the title at the Bassmaster College Series Central Regional tournament on the Atchafalaya Basin with a three-day total of 42 pounds even.

  • 0

Starting this Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold eight meetings across the state to gather public comments on proposed hunting season dates for 2016-17, as well as general rules and regulations for wildlife management areas, the establishment of a potenti…

  • 0

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites high school students throughout the state to join us on April 2, 2016, for the first annual Battle for the Bass, a fishing tournament hosted in conjunction with the 69th annual Big Bass Rodeo in New Orleans City Park.

  • 0

An extremely important voice for the rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms was silenced last week with the untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Ironically, Scalia’s death came while on a quail hunt in Texas.

  • 0

I think I first noticed it around my backyard bird feeder; I’m talking about the “pecking’ order. By definition, it’s the “colloquial term for a hierarchical system of social organization.”

  • 0

Governor John Bel Edwards appointed former Congressman Charlie Melancon, a native of Napoleonville, as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

  • 0

As I sit at my computer with fingers poised over the keyboard on Monday afternoon, I’m waiting anxiously for something to get done. The Iowa caucuses are tonight and I can’t wait for all that to be over and finished.

  • 0

Saturday January 23 brought news of a big blizzard hammering the northeast. Forecasts even called for a bit of snow, cold and windy conditions for north Louisiana meaning most rational thinking folks in our area were likely to put another log on the fire and hunker down under less hostile co…

  • 0

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,800 to diligent citizens statewide in 2015.

  • 0

We know how it is, don’t we? January grinds to a chilly close, duck season, such as it was this year, comes to an end and we clean our shotguns, albeit reluctantly, because we didn’t get enough wing shooting to suit our tastes.

  • 0

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open registration Jan. 29 for 125 participants in the 28th Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop set for April 1-3 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock.

  • 0

While going through a box in the attic, I ran across some of my old columns I had written dating back to 1972 when I took my first halting steps as an outdoor writer with the Homer Guardian Journal. One in particular was written on January 4, the day I’m sitting at my computer for this week’…