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LDWC approves fishing regulations out to 9-mile limit

Recreational and commercial fishermen will have no changes in daily nor sized limits and the state will not alter current federal commercial fishing regulations on the use of gear in state waters out to nine miles. The one-year rule pushing state boundary waters out to nine nautical miles from the state’s wildly meandering coastline was given Congressional… Continue reading →

Step up to the big clean-up of derelict crab traps

Photo provided by Department of Wildlife and FisheriesBoat operator Damian Bourque is hidden behind Lauren Porter during the 2015 derelict crab trap removal effort in the Sabine area in southwest Louisiana. Joseph Gregory, left, holds the hook the three used to lift abandoned crab traps. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is looking for volunteers to remove traps in two areas in the coming weeks.

If you’ve ever had a crab trap tangled in your boat’s prop, then you know the chore it is to remove it — especially when it happens in the dead of winter, especially when it’s icy cold and you’re having to remove it without gloves while leaning over the stern in a position only a contortionist could love. So… Continue reading →

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Calendar THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. CAJUN LONG SPURS CHAPTER/NWTF BANQUET: 6 p.m., 4-H Mini Farm Building, LSU, Baton Rouge. Tickets $50, $65 couples, $275 sponsors. Call Kerry Bedell (225) 673-4110. Email: kerrycbedell@eatel.net. SATURDAY ORVIS FLY FISHING 201: 9-11 a.m., Location TBA. On-the-water casting,… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: Mardi Gras bringing lots of sun

The good news is there is little chance of rain through the Mardi Gras holiday. The bad news is the wind coming in with the current cold front and the one predicted to move in Monday. More good news is, despite the influx of freshwater through the Bonnet Carre Spillway, speckled trout continue to bite in several Lake Pontchartrain… Continue reading →

LDWF reopens State Deer Area 8 to deer hunters

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ announced Friday the reopening of State Deer Area 8 Saturday to deer hunters for the remainder of the season. While the modern firearms season is closed, hunters can use primitive firearms through Sunday (Jan. 31), then can hunt through Feb. 15, the end of the either-sex archery season. The reopened… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Red snapper battle nothing new in Louisiana

Recreational fishermen should feel pretty good after coming through relatively unscathed from last week’s four-day Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting. There are lingering issues, especially the continued battle over allocation of the annual recreational quota between private and for-hire subsectors, and the continued insistence by the Environmental Defense Fund and their cohorts that recreational fishermen “need” to… Continue reading →

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TUESDAY Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board MeetING: 9:30 a.m., Suite 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Call Ty Lindsey (225) 765-2387. Email: tlindsey@wlf.la.gov. Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting: 1 p.m., Suite 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY REGIONS I & 2 COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT PLANNING TEAM MEETING: 8 a.m., USFWS Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Call Brad Inman (504) 862-2124. NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. THURSDAY-SATURDAY BASSMASTER SOUTHERN OPEN: Kissimmee… Continue reading →

Macaluso Fishing Report: Window is opening for red snapper

Remember that announcement about the opening of the state’s recreational red snapper season, and about how, at least this year, we’ll have a nine-mile state boundary into the Gulf of Mexico. There’s no need to remind anyone about the stormy next weekends of 5-11 foot seas and near gale-force winds. Not this weekend: With gentle 5-10… Continue reading →

Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs results

NEW ROADS — Saturday’s age-group results from the monthly Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs tournament held on False River with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit) and total catch weight in pounds. Also big-bass age-group winners: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Alex Heintze, Denham Springs (5) 10.37 pounds. 2, Evan Maddie, Greenwell Springs (2) 4.75. 3,… Continue reading →

Garrett Smith’s massive buck likely headed to state record books

Photo provided by LeAnn ThompsonGarrett Smith will find his name in the Louisiana Big Game Records after taking this giant 12-point buck on a mid-January hunt in Spokane in the northern reaches of Concordia Parish. Smith, like all deer hutners, will have to wait 60 days before his trophy can be scored officially for the record book, but the massive whitetail's antlers had a "green score" of 183 inches, more than enough to make the state's Typical Antlers record list .

Garrett Smith is like most Louisiana deer hunters. He works a shift which affords weekday hunts, and, like many others, hunts a piece of land that’s been in his family for generations. The difference between him and others it that it’s good land, acreage in northern Concordia Parish, good for growing crops and great for… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Beware of wolf in sheep’s clothing

The wrangling over red snapper continues, and, for the umpteenth consecutive time, red snapper will dominate the Monday-through-Thursday Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council meeting in Orange Beach, Alabama. It remains difficult to believe that a species beyond its recovered goals in the western Gulf of Mexico continues to be such a contentious… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Boulevard, Houma. Call Stephen Robert, (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. TUESDAY FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 6 p.m., Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks… Continue reading →

First bass tournament reports down; hunters unhappy

Photo provided by TANNER CORMIER Last of the season limit Murphy Foster, left, and Tim Kelley show off a limit that included a pintails, wigeons, teal and a redhead duck from Cherry Ridge in the southwestern marshes on the closing weekend of the state's Coastal Zone duck season. Kelley said they took the limit by 8 a.m. and said they would wait until later in the morning to take the late-flying mallards in the area near Grand Chenier. The state's West Zone season closed Sunday, while East Zone hunters can take to blinds and flooded timber through Jan. 31.

The first bass tournament news rolled in this week, and tournament veterans Robbie Latuso and Corey Wheat said they were disappointed catches in the new Bud Light Trail event held from an Amelia launch, a spot that gave anglers access to the Verret Basin and Bayou Black canals and marshes. Latuso teamed with son, Logan, and said… Continue reading →

Weather, high water will probably make it tough on anglers this weekend

There’s no way to sugar-coat the coming days: Another cold front, maybe the strongest of the season, and continuing high water will plague south Louisiana. Conditions will be tougher on freshwater folks, but the strongest north winds of the winter will push water from the marshes and make finding speckled trout a much… Continue reading →

Randy Pausina will not retain Wildlife and Fisheries post

Randy Pausina, who led the state’s battle with federal regulators over red snapper and other marine fisheries issues, will not retain his position in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration. Charlie Melancon, Edwards’ choice to head the LDWF, confirmed Wednesday that Pausina will not be retained in the position of assistant… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar for Jan. 21, 2016

SATURDAY FLY TYING 101: 2-4 p.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No fee. Hands-on fly-tying basics of fly tying. Materials, tools provided. Preregistration required. Also same time Jan. 30. Call Alex Beane at (225)757-7286. SUNDAY SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9400 St. Landry Rd. Gonzales. NRA 200-yard/50-rounds match course. Fee $12 members,… Continue reading →

Fishing results from the Bud Light Trail bass tournament

Photo provided by TANNER CORMIER Last of the season limit Murphy Foster, left, and Tim Kelley show off a limit that included a pintails, wigeons, teal and a redhead duck from Cherry Ridge in the southwestern marshes on the closing weekend of the state's Coastal Zone duck season. Kelley said they took the limit by 8 a.m. and said they would wait until later in the morning to take the late-flying mallards in the area near Grand Chenier. The state's West Zone season closed Sunday, while East Zone hunters can take to blinds and flooded timber through Jan. 31.

AMELIA — Saturday’s top 10 from the first event of the year on the Bud Light/Louisiana South Division bass tournament held from Thibodeaux Memorial Launch with anglers, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit), total catch weight in pounds and prize winnings where applicable, and top two teams in Big Bass: Top 10: 1, Robbie Latuso-Logan Latuso (5)… Continue reading →

Lake Pontchartrain’s hot streak coming to an end, but Delacroix, Hopedale marshes could pick up slack

Lake Pontchartrain fishermen are hoping and praying the string continues on the speckled trout action on the lake’s south shore. And there’s some tackle-busting redfish in the mix of the predators continuing to work the pods of white shrimp lingering near New Orleans’ seawalls. If, but really not “if” but “when,” the muddy freshwater diverted from… Continue reading →

A look at the upcoming Outdoors events along with hunting and fishing seasons

MONDAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES FEE-FREE DAYS: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-managed refuges. Some areas have $3-$5 daily-use fees. No fee for military & families. Special “Every Kid in a Park Initiative” fee waivers at website: https://everykidinapark.gov/. TUESDAY LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Club meets third Tuesday monthly. Call (337) 232-5854.… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Duck season gone; friends remembered

Duck season’s near the end, and if you can brag about your hunting successes, then consider yourself among the most fortunate of Louisiana hunters. It was 90 percent certain most of you would end these 60 days with a bad taste in your mouths. It doesn’t bode well for our state’s near 100,000 duck hunters when… Continue reading →

A look at upcoming Outdoors events and hunting seasons

THURSDAY GULF OF MEXICO COUNCIL/SHRIMP AMENDMENT 17A PUBLIC MEETINGS: 6 p.m., Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank, 275 Whitney Ave., Gretna. saturday GET OUT AND FISH!: 7 a.m. registration through 11 a.m. weigh-in, Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park, Chalmette. Rainbow trout & other species in Little Angler/ages 8-under, Junior Angler/ages 9-15 & Adult Angler/16-older (must have valid fishing license. No… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: Get to Lake Ponchartrain now before water does

There’s urgency in this week’s report, and it’s for anyone who wants to take advantage of the run on speckled trout along Lake Pontchartrain’s south shore. Terrific reports are a constant from waters off the seawall near the UNO campus east to the Seabrook area. It appears trout are feeding on white shrimp and all you have to… Continue reading →

Notebook: Hunters battle water everywhere

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGRamah Hunting Club president Bill Deshotels, 80, of Ramah, skins his first deer of the season, a 7-point buck taken Saturday morning. Other club members worked on packing out all the equipment and supplies from the camp, to be ready if officials open Morganza Control Structure flood gates in the coming week. Deshotels said the club has been on its site for 45 years, and got water nearly to the roof of the camp during 2011's flood, the last time the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Floodway.. 'Seems like every time we get the camp about right, an event like this comes along,' Deshotels said with a twinkle in his eye. The Corps decided against opening the Morganza Floodway gates earlier this week, but when the Atchafalaya River reached the 18-foot mark Sunday, the deer-hunting season south of Intrstate 10 was shut down due to a mandate which demands that action be taken by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Even though the Army Corps of Engineers decided against opening the Morganza Floodway, rising water in the Atchafalaya River forced the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to close deer hunting in portions of Iberville, Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parishes in Deer Area 9. The move came when then river’s gauge at Butte LaRose hit the 18-foot… Continue reading →

Bonnet Carre slated to open Sunday; Morganza on hold

A deer blind sits mostly submerged in floodwaters as a tugboat pushes barges along the Mississippi River in the background in St. Francisville, La., Friday, May 20, 2011.   Residents were leaving in the face of a mandatory evacuation order set to kick in on Saturday as Mississippi River water flowing through the Morganza spillway is expected to reach communities in the Atchafalaya Basin. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

With water levels in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers reaching record January levels, the Corps of Engineers announced a planned Sunday opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, but its plans to pull the pins on the Morganza Floodway’s bays remained uncertain as of Saturday afternoon. For all intents and purposes, the Bonnet Carre move will end the hunting season… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar: Upcoming hunting and fishing events; hunting seasons

MONDAY GULF OF MEXICO COUNCIL/SHRIMP AMENDMENT 17A PUBLIC MEETINGS: 6 p.m., IP Casino, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi. Hearing on extending shrimp permit moratorium for 10 years. TUESDAY LOUISIANA CRAB TASK FORCE MEETING: 1 p.m., Room 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. WEDNESDAY GULF OF MEXICO COUNCIL/SHRIMP AMENDMENT 17A PUBLIC MEETINGS: 6 p.m., Courtyard by… Continue reading →

Macaluso: No fight yet about ducks for 2016-17

It was Jan. 7, and because two of the then six men making up the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in August, duck hunters had only 10 days left to the state’s Coastal Zone season. That meant an early start to the season, good for some hunters but bad for others, mostly because there was… Continue reading →

Hunting seasons dates announced

So your boss is after you to get your vacation dates in for 2016, and you’ve been waiting for the proposed hunting season dates from Wildlife and Fisheries for the 2016-2017 season. Wait no longer: The dates were announced during Thursday’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting. The bonus next season is that duck, goose and migratory-bird dates were listed,… Continue reading →

Bonnet Carre Spillway and Morganza Floodway gates to open in next four days; hunting to be closed in those areas

Associated Press file photo by GERALD HERBERTWorkers use cranes to remove some of the Bonnet Carre Spillway's wooden barriers, which serve as a dam against the high water in Norco, La., Monday, May 9, 2011 in anticipation of rising floodwater. The spillway, which the Corps built about 30 miles upriver from New Orleans in response to the great flood of 1927, last opened during the spring 2008. Monday marked the 10th time it has been opened since the structure was completed in 1931. The spillway diverts water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain.

With assurances the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open both the Bonnet Carre Spillway and Morganza Floodway gates sometime in the next four days, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to close deer hunting in those two areas. The order will become effective one-half hour after sunset on the days the Corps pulls the… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Main item: Presentation of proposals for resident-game, migratory waterfowl and wildlife management areas for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons. THURSDAY-SUNDAY DALLAS SAFARI CLUB CONVENTION & EXPO: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center & Omni Hotel, Dallas. Admission $20. Website: www.biggame.org. saturday… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: High water leaves very few options

OK, enough with the rain already, and with more on the way, and the topsy-turvy shift in winds, it’s no wonder south Louisiana anglers are having trouble finding fish. There’s more rain coming Saturday in advance of another cold front, and north winds should help push water from the marshes and the Florida Parishes rivers, but it won’t help… Continue reading →

Notebook: Flooding forces closures on deer hunting in some areas

Photo provided by KIMBERLY BOONEAHEAD OF THE WATERAfter staying up late to welcome the new year, Carey Boone said his son, Jackson, was ready to stay in bed New Year's Day, except that dad told his son they couldn't pass up a morning during the peak of the rutting season. With a 7mm-08 Remington in hand and with dad at his side, the 14-year-old Dunham School student from Baton Rouge went to the stand where they'd seen a trophy buck during the last two days of 2015. Carey Boone was tending to a trail camera when he said Jackson told him a doe has just crossed the area in fron to the stand. A minute later, the giant buck showed on the doe's trail. 'I told him to take a buck if it walked out, and that's what he did, and he scared me when he pulled the trigger," Carey Boone said. "He took the deer with one shot, and I'm proud that he saw that deer last season and let him walk to he could have a chance at his biggest-every buck." The elder Boone said the 8-point buck weighed out at 264 pounds and is likely to score in thr 145 range on the Boone and Crockett Scale. The Boones hunt on family land in Concordia Parish three miles north of the Richard Yancey Wildlife Management Area. Carey Boone said he and Jackson were fortunate to get the shot on New Year's Day because rising water from the Mississippi River inundated this area this week.

Flooding along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, deer hunting, big news for the state’s recreational red snapper fishermen and hunting prospects for the 2016-2017 seasons share headline for 2016’s first week. Word filtered from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries earlier this week about the effects of floodwaters from the Atchafalaya River on the deer herds in the Atchafalaya… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar for 2016

Events submitted by organizations, associations, state and federal govermental agencies. Calendar items can be submitted by email: outdoors@theadvocate.com. Fax: (225) 388-0318. TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-8957. Club meets first Tuesday monthly. wednesday PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING:… Continue reading →

Macaluso : Big changes ahead in 2016

Major changes are on the way for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons, notably setting waterfowl season dates in the first half of the year, and consideration for a single deer-hunting area in the Atchafalaya Basin. Seasons and proposed changes for the 2016-2017 seasons will be outlined during Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge. Hunting Dates… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: North winds to greet anglers in new year

Ring out the old, and ring in the new. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to say when we welcome in 2016? Well there’s nothing new to shake off the mild, blustery conditions of the past two weeks, nothing save the strong north winds that’ll ring in this new year. Weather With north winds come rough inside-waters conditions and… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar: Upcoming hunting and fishing events, hunting schedule

SATURDAY FLY FISHING 101: 9-11 a.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No fee. Casting, rigging, knots basics. Preregistration required. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286. TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-8957. wednesday PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville.… Continue reading →

Winter weather dangers lurk

Photo provided by DICKIE BULLIARDAnother odd duckDickie Bulliard described the morning in 1962 like it was yesterday. 'My cousin, Jimmy Bulliard, and I were hunting on a very cold day in January. We saw a flock of ducks flying overhead and I asked him if he saw the white duck. He said. 'Yeah, they call that a palmeto.' and I corrected him that it was a palamino. Well you know the rest of the story, it happened to be a leucistic duck.  Still it was very rare. The photo sent in by Kirk Rhinehart of an oddly colored duck taken by Baton Rouge hunter Joey Macsiez on a hunt off Baptiste Collette near Venice reminded Dickie bulliard of that morning so long ago. Macsiez said his odd duck, an American wigeon, was working in a flock of ringnecks. Both Bulliard's and Macsiez's ducks are not albinos, but are described "leucistic," a term that means the bird lacks the ability to produce pigment, which explains the whitish plumage. "The photo of that duckin the newspaper reminded me of that morning hunt, which, if you do the math, is 53 year ago, and that duck is the first one I've seen since," the St. Martinville hunter said.." I'm 84 now and all the years since I have not seen another duck like mine and the one Joey Macisiez killed."

A note of caution came from the National Weather Service and waterfowl organizations this week: Duck hunters, especially the guys who tackle large open-water area and the Mississippi River to pursue wild waterfowl, need to pay attention to the wild weather system moving into the state. Warnings came Wednesday after country singer Craig Strickland,… Continue reading →

Outdoors notebook: Records, ducks are the big stories of 2015

Advocate file photo Vying for Fish of the Year honors is the state record tarpon caught by David Prevost, right, from Schriever, who was fishing with longtime, tarpon-chasing buddy Jeff DeBlieux, left, in the final days of the tarpon run off the Louisiana coast near Grand Bayou. The monster tarpon weighed 246.6 pounds. Prevost's catch was weighed at Sand Dollar Marina, then certified by a state fisheries biologist on Grand Isle. It broke a 22-year-old record for this species. The previous record was a 230-pounder caught  Thomas Gibson.

What’s your top outdoors story for 2015? For hunters and fishermen, the biggest factors are the usual plans made in January: Maybe it’s the individual quest to take that trophy buck you’ve seen skirting just outside rifle range, or improving your gunning abilities for the next waterfowl season, or laying out a schedule for any number of… Continue reading →

Joe Macaluso’s The Wild Side: 2015 had its shares of ups and downs

There’s no simple way to digest what’s happened this year in Louisiana’s outdoors. The continuing battle over red snapper permeated 2015 and leaves the question about how and why certain environmental groups are engaged so heavily on the commercial side in this allocation of what appears to be a nearly fully recovered fishery… Continue reading →

Good spots, bad spots greet duck hunters

Photo provided by TERRY BERGERON A hunter rises on a flock of teal as sunrise breaks over the marshes near Lake St. Catherine east of New Orleans. Tempertures in the low 40s and plentiful ducks greeted waterfowl hunters in most areas of the coastal marshes during last weekend's opener of the second split of the 60-day duck season. Warm, rainy conditions have cut into hunters' success since Monday.

“Spotty” is reaction to initial reports from the duck season’s three-zones, second-split opening weekend, and they came in three levels: good spots, average spots and just spots. While water levels were down from the first split in the Coastal Zone, and north winds pushed more water from the marshes, prevailing southerly winds since Monday have pushed more water… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar for Dec. 24, 2015

HUNTING RAILS & GALLINULES: Through Dec. 30, statewide. DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 1: Through Jan. 3, with/without dogs, either sex. DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 4: Through Jan. 3, with/without dogs, bucks only except during either-sex days Dec. 26-27 & Jan. 2-3. DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 7: Through Jan. 3, with/without dogs, bucks only except during either-sex days Dec. 26-27. DEER/MODERN FIREARMS/AREA 3 & 8: Through… Continue reading →

Louisiana-based fishing companies can fill your Christmas stockings

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSO -- For the bass and redfish angler, this new series of square-billed crankbaits from Rat-L-Trap is a new venture for the Louisiana-based company. It's the Bill Lewis 'Echo' 1.75 and comes in a variety of colors for Louisiana waters. The new process uses a laser-photo process to imprint the pattern on the bait blanks and uses eyes that mirro the color of each lure. It was unvelied in July at the ICAST Show, and is making its way to south Louisiana markets.

There’s a newness about celebrating Christmas, a once-a-year spirit, if allowed, that can last throughout the coming year. And when it comes to giving, there’s a chance to make this spirit of giving last for more much longer than the next 12 months. It’s because most gifts for your favorite outdoors adventurer are designed to last… Continue reading →