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No-fee boat launch opens in Leeville

Photo provided by JIM BREAUX The year's Big Kahuna Alex Heintze shows off the year's heaviest bass among the age-group winners in this year's Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs. This 5.64 pounder earned him the award at the club's annual awards fete held last week at Bass Pro Shops. Heintze also earned the King Fishermen title in the 15-18 year-old age group, an honor shared with Justin Watts from Denham Springs in the 11-14 age group and Wyatt Campbell among the 7-10 year olds competing in the club's monthly tournaments with their dads and other adult anglers.

There’s good news for the folks who like to fish Leeville-area waters. Janet Rhodus sent word that the Leeville boat and kayak launch is open with two slips for boats and two spots to launch kayaks. There’s room for 60 vehicles/trailers and she said “tons of extras.” There’s also a fishing pier for handicapped anglers. The best part is… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY Louisiana Oyster Task Force Special Meeting: 1 p.m., Suite 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Main item: proposed oyster lease moratorium legislation. HUNTING SEASONS NOTE: Consult the 2014-2015 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for complete seas ons/regulations on private, state and federal lands. WOODCOCK: Dec. 18-Jan. 31, statewide. GEESE/CONSERVATION ORDER/COASTAL & WEST ZONES: Through Dec.… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Trout here to stay in marshes

When an avid trout fisherman says he’s got more specks than he knows what to do with, you’ve got to take that report seriously. Those words came Tuesday morning: They came from a kayak fisherman working “skinny” waters on the west side of Galliano. For powerboat folks who can’t… Continue reading →

Rut appears ‘on’ in southeast parishes

Photo provided by MIKE GRACENo missing this timeAmanda Grace lived this year knowing she missed a chance at taking her first-ever deer, a big 8-point buck, during the 2013-2014 whitetail season, but she didn't miss earlier this month when she took her first deer, a doe, that ambled within range while she was hunting with her dad, Mike. The weekend also produced a first-ever whitetail for her nephew, Cayden. Cooler conditions and bucks showing the initial signs of the rutting season in the southeastern parishes should provide hunters with better-than-average hunting conditions through the rest of the month.

His phone call came with all the usual angst of a pensive deer hunter. “Where are the deer?” It’s not that Jimmy Robinson wanted for action. He’d already taken a bucks and doe in the during the early November chill that swept across southeast Louisiana. But the days after Thanksgiving had become his can’t-miss time, a… Continue reading →

Macaluso: A small win for sportsmen last week

Precisely at a time when fish are biting across the coast, it’s good news Congress made is clear last week they’re not going to side with environmental groups when it comes to eliminating lead from fishing tackle and ammunition. In Tuesday’s debate on the omnibus federal spending bill, a majority in the House… Continue reading →

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Joe Young, of Centre Hall, Pa., walks to his hunting spot at Rothrock State Forest  in Huntingdon, Pa, on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.  Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania hunters began tramping into the woods this week for the first day of the state's major deer hunting season. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark ) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Calendar deadline Friday, Dec. 26 is the deadline for submitting activities and events for The Advocate’s Outdoors 2015 Calendar scheduled to be published Sunday, Jan. 4, 2014. Please include: Event’s name, time, date and location including the site, address and city. All fees. Age limits or skill-level requirements and any… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, 7601 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org. HUNTING SEASONS NOTE: Consult the 2014-2015 Louisiana Hunting Regulations pamphlet for complete seasons/regulations on private, state and federal lands. SNIPE/WEST ZONE: Second split, through Dec. 14. DUCKS/WEst ZONE: Through Dec. 14, first split. BLUE, SNOW,… Continue reading →

Calendar deadline set

Calendar deadline Friday, Dec. 26 is the deadline for submitting activities and events for The Advocate’s Outdoors 2015 Calendar scheduled to be published Sunday, Jan. 4, 2014. Please include: Event’s name, time, date and location including the site, address and city. All fees. Age limits or skill-level requirements and any other particulars for the event, including… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY COASTAL WETLANDS PP&R TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Brad Inman (504) 862-2124. SATURDAY FIELD PRECISION RIFLE MATCHES: 7:15 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. match, Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 60-round, 600-yard F-Class matches (35 caliber & smaller, 30-inch barrel limit). Website: www.PaloAltoGunClub.com. MONDAY RED STICK… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Ponchartrain the place to be this weekend

If you’ve been experiencing a incessant, but unfulfilled, desire to fish Lake Pontchartrain on a late fall day, then this is the weekend to feed that urge. A lengthy duration between cold fronts brings a rare calm weather weekend. A shift in the winds from the Friday-Saturday run of 5-knot northeast winds to… Continue reading →

Beaullieu family inflicted with ‘duck disease’

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKFour generations of Beaullieu men, from left, Ted Sr., Hayes, 6, Ted III, and Ted Jr., sit in Ted Jr.'s home Wednesday in Lafayette.

There’s a bug in the Beaullieu family, and no matter how hard the scientists working in the Center for Disease Control try, it’s unlikely they’ll find a cure. Worse yet, it’s spreading. There were 12 more victims fanning out Friday from Pecan Island. “It gets in your blood,” Ted Beaullieu Jr. said. “I know my dad passed it… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Today is one of ‘those’ days

All of us grow up knowing important days and dates. If you’re lucky, parents and those close to us take time to remember our birthdays. Then there’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July and Easter, days when, even at an early age, you know the world stops for a day to celebrate life… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. TUESDAY la. oyster task force meeting: 1 p.m, Suite 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. WEDNESDAY South Lafourche High School/DUCKS UNLIMITED Banquet: 6 p.m., Larose VFW, 2322 VFW Street,… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Junior SW Bassmasters The Nov. 22 age-group results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs held from the Belle River Public Landing in the Atchafalaya Basin with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit), total catch weight in pounds and big bass: 15-18 Group: 1, Alex Heintze, Denham Springs (5) 13.0 pounds. 2, Braden Blanchard, St.… Continue reading →

Milder temps haven’t chased waterfowl away

Photo provided by TIM KELLEYAnd the beat goes onDespite warmer conditions and southerly winds, south Louisiana hunters continue to take limits of ducks this week in the southwestern parishes' marshes. From left, Baton Rougeans Stephen Babcock, Angele David Kelley and waterfowl guide Clark Cormier show off their take of a dozen mallards, four pintails, a redhead and two greenwing teal with a bonus of two specklebelly geese from the Cherry Ridge Club between Gueydan and in Lake Arthur.

How good are these first splits in the duck season? Good enough that enough ducks arrived on the extra-strong November cold fronts that this week’s warm weather hasn’t had the same disastrous hunting results as runs of foggy mornings, light southerly winds and 70-degree afternoon have had on past seasons. The one problem hunters on the east side… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. FRIDAY OYSTER INDUSTRY MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 W. Park Avenue, Houma, Boat captains, deckhands updates on GPS for leases, trip tickets, weighing sacks, cooling, waste disposal, best handling practices, law enforcement & regulations. Dockside,… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Trout still holding in deep holes

A slight chance of showers advancing a cold front predicted to move across south Louisiana on Saturday night is the only hindrance to weekend plans. The current run of cool nights and warm afternoons changed patterns only slightly in freshwater and coastal waters. If there’s a common thread running across… Continue reading →

Deer hunters often spend money on other things besides latest, safest stands

Photo provided by LISA PARDUE Family double The Bankston sisters Morgan, 12,left, and Megan, 10, from Loranger took advantage of Mississippi's youth-only day when they took near identical six-point bucks from stands in Amite County, Miss. They were hunting with their dad Roy Bankston and were on target with their first shots of the whitetail season. Although Morgan removed her Hunter Orange vest for the photo, Megan wore her Hunter Orange, a good point to note for hunters young and old for the remaining two months of the south Louisiana deer season.

As many advances as there have been when it comes to deer hunting, it’s proven through years of hunters’ surveys that among the last priorities is hunter safety. Hunters show a preference for buying the latest weapons, the latest advances in ammunition, camouflage clothing and cover scents, but seldom devote the same time nor dollars for newer,… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Give thanks for Louisiana’s bounty

Hope your Thanksgiving lived up to expectations. Three days after this very special day — how many other countries stop for a day to give thanks? — we need to count our blessings. We can start with another year free of hurricanes and free of the destruction and stresses those… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. SATURDAY PALO ALTO MID-RANGE MATCHES: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 600-yard, F-Class/Prone match. Monthly event. Call Richard Bordelon (225) 753-7675. Email: bordelonrp@cox.net. AROUND THE CORNER DEC. 8 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room,… Continue reading →

Video: "The Advocate: On The Outside - Hunting Louisiana's WMA's

Outdoors Writer Joe Macaluso and LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader, Larry Reynolds discuss the best Louisiana Wildlife Management Areas for waterfowl hunting.… Continue reading →

Anglers have a lot to be thankful for

Photo provided by ANDREW McMAINSTag-team yellowfinBrothers 9-year-old Reed, Kaplan, 13 and 9-year-old Parks McMains teamed to take this 85-pound yellowfin tuna and added another yellowfin to their catch when their dad, Andrew, took them for a fall charter trip aboard the 'Poco Loco' out of Venice Marina. Yellowfin tuna begin to move closer to the Louisiana coast during the fall and usually camp out behind anchored deep-water shrimp boats. This trip was off the mouth of the Mississippi River, a prime launching spot for late fall and winter tuna trips that come with a bonus catch of the biggest wahoo of the year. With the Loop Current moving farther north towards the mouth of the Mississippi River this year, it means more yellowfins and other bluewater species are cruising the waters off the Louisiana coast.

Thanksgiving Day 2014 means more to Louisiana’s coastal fishermen than most of the millions of anglers around the country could ever imagine. Coming after disappointing spring and summer speckled trout catches, reports during the last month confirms the state’s coastal waters have trout, and this species is more than ready to erase those last months when tens… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4 DEC. 4 — LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. AROUND THE CORNER DEC. 6 — PALO ALTO MID-RANGE MATCHES: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 600-yard, F-Class/Prone match. Monthly event. Call Richard Bordelon (225) 753-7675. Email: bordelonrp@cox.net. DEC. 8 — RED STICK… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish program offers shot at bass scholarships

Teaming with the Bassmaster High School Program, Livingston Parish will offer its high school students the opportunity to compete for scholarships through a series of bass tournaments. Longtime tournament angler and state B.A.S.S. Nation Youth director Gene Hoover and Jim Breaux, the director of the Bassmaster Juniors Southwest Division, said the hope is to expand competitive bass… Continue reading →

Duck season off to flying start

Advocate staff photo by GARY KROUSEOpening week haulOutdoors writer and media show host Don Dubuc, left, joined former Baker, LSU and New Orleans Saints player and Saints broadcast analyst Hokie Cajun, center, for a trip with Ryan Lambert, right, from Lambert's lodge for Thursday's hunt on the east side of the Mississippi River across from Buras. As has been the case for opening-week Coastal Zone duck hunts, these hunters' take included teal, pintails, gray ducks, a wigeon and a lone poule d'eau. A cold front bringing rain and north winds moving across the coastal parishes Sunday will be reinforced by another, but dry, cold front predicted for Tuesday. The fronts should move more ducks into the state and the winds and chillier temperatures should move more birds into the range of shooters for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday week.

The best way to assess the first week of the duck season is the eyeball test. Because thousands of eyes were on the skies across south Louisiana for the past eight days, this first week passed with flying colors — colors like gray as in gray ducks, blues as in bluewing teal and greens as in shovelers and greenwing… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Early cold puts us back on duck map

If you want to be a duck hunter, not a sky watcher, then Louisiana is the best place to be. That wasn’t the case for the past four Novembers. But when the waterfowl-hunting stars align, like they have during the past two weeks, our state becomes the one spot in Canada and the… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd, Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. THURSDAY THANKSGIVING DAY AROUND THE CORNER DEC. 4 — LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION… Continue reading →

Video: "Advocate: On The Outside - Back On Ducks!"

Even more ducks in this edition of "The Advocate: On The Outside" with Advocate outdoors writer Joe Macaluso and videographer Gary Krouse. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: "Advocate: On The Outside - November Duck Count"

La Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries Waterfowl Study Leader, Larry Reynolds, explains the types and numbers of ducks in our 2015 duck seasons, first split. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Early duck reports promising

Photo provided by RANDY BARKSDALERemembering dadRod Haydel, left, and his wife, Pam, shared Saturday's opening-day hunt in the state's Coastal Zone with Randy Barksdale, right, in celebration of the life of Rod's dad, renowned call maker Eli Haydel, who passed away earlier this year. It's the first hunt in more than 30 years without Eli Haydel at the camp near Calcasieu Lake. The three-hunter limit included gray ducks, pintail, teal and shovelers.

Louisiana East Waterfowl Zone hunters are praying their Saturday opener goes as well as last weekend’s first chances at ducks the wild waterfowlers had in the state’s Coastal and West zones. Camo-wearers hunting on private lands and leases across the Coastal Zone couldn’t contain themselves when they reported over-the-top hunts. And why not? State Waterfowl Study leader Larry Reynolds’… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Wind, rain weekend’s bug-a-boo

The National Weather Service put a “vigorous” label on the next major change, and with 15-25 knot winds first from the east, then southeast, then south, then southwest Friday through Sunday. That means we’ll have to find redfish and speckled trout on rising water levels along the entire coast. That’s not as tough as it sounds, except… Continue reading →

Sports clays results

Photo provided by RANDY BARKSDALERemembering dadRod Haydel, left, and his wife, Pam, shared Saturday's opening-day hunt in the state's Coastal Zone with Randy Barksdale, right, in celebration of the life of Rod's dad, renowned call maker Eli Haydel, who passed away earlier this year. It's the first hunt in more than 30 years without Eli Haydel at the camp near Calcasieu Lake. The three-hunter limit included gray ducks, pintail, teal and shovelers.

GaitWay ‘Shatterin’ Clays PORT ALLEN — The top three teams from the 100-shooters, 13-station 3rd-annual “Shatterin’ Clay for GaitWay sporting clays event held at Hunters’ Run Gun Club to benefit the GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. 1, Turner Industries, Kane Altazin, Joel Gautreaux, Remi Brown, Jamie Taylor. 2, Cora Texas Sugar Mill, Frank Randazzo, Scott Kessler, Josh O’Dwyer, Brad… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 St. Landry Rd. Gonzales. NRA 200-yard/50-rounds match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15 annual Civilian Marksmanship Program membership. Final 2014 match. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com. MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225)313-3813… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis powers Pelicans past Kings 106-100

Associated Press photo by RICH PEDRONCELLI -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center, receives congratulations from teammate Ryan Anderson, right, after scoring late in the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings last Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif. The Pelicans won 106-100.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis had 28 points and nine rebound to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 106-100 on Tuesday on Tuesday night. Ryan Anderson hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Pelicans, who outscored the Kings 31-15 in the third. Tyreke Evans had 18 points, and Eric Gordon… Continue reading →

Western duck hunters fare better on opening day

Photo provided by JESSICA LEONLaney Leon proved that patience and persistence pays off when he took this 190-pound, 10-point buck on a hunt last weekend near St. Francisville. The 12-year-old from St. Amant said his 45-70 primitive weapon misfired seven times before he got off the shot that took this trophy whitetail. It was his first deer since the untimely death of his father, Lance, shortrly after the last deer season.

The chatter was deafening, but only if you were hearing it from the southwestern marshes Saturday, the opening day of the state’s Coastal Zone duck season. Although there were several good reports, the guys hunting the southeastern marshes weren’t as talkative, certainly not across-the-board excited as the wild waterfowlers busting the skies in the rice fields… Continue reading →

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WEDNESDAY TIGER CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED SPORTSMAN’S NIGHT OUT: 6 p.m., LSU 4-H Mini-Farm, AgCenter Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Alonda McCarty (386) 527-8337. Email: wanderlustaw@gmail.com. Website: www.ducks.org/Louisiana/events. AROUND THE CORNER NOV. 23 — SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 St. Landry Rd. Gonzales. NRA 200-yard/50-rounds match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15… Continue reading →

Macaluso: A few guidelines for submitting photos

Early last week, Jessica Leon sent a photo of her son, Laney, after he’d taken a magnificent buck. There was a story to tell about Laney and his trophy 10-pointer, but the photos she sent with her email couldn’t be published. It wasn’t that there was something wrong with the… Continue reading →

Cold fronts mean more ducks

Image provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and FisheriesRichmond, Va. wildlife artist Guy Crittenden's paniting of a pair of bluewing teal was judged the winner in the 2015 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition announced earlier this month. It's this image that will be the state's duck stamp for the 2015-2016 waterfowl hunting season. Crittenden placed second in the previous two state artwork contest, and his other works won this year's state competitions in Connecticut, Michigan and Oklahoma.

Two cold fronts and seven days can make a big difference in the way Louisiana duck hunters look at the opening weekend of their seasons. A week ago, wild waterfowlers were moaning over the lack of ducks in the state’s West and Coastal zones, which open the first splits of a near 20-year-run of 60-day seasons Saturday.… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY ATCHAFALAYA BASIN PROGRAM PUBLIC MEETING: 6 p.m., Morgan City Auditorium, 728 Myrtle Street, Morgan City. Public comment for Fiscal Year 2016 ABP annual plan. La. Department of Natural Resources website: www.dnr.louisiana.gov. EVANDELINE PARISH CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER: 6 p.m., Civic Center, 704 N. Soileau Street, Ville Plate. Call Gerard Smith (337) 363-5180. SOUTH LAFOURCHE CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER: 6 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Cold winds continue to plague coast

Another weekend, another cold front, and this one comes with another round of strong winds and much colder temperatures. While that’s good for duck hunters, this one likely will more adversely affect fishing than any of the past five through here during the past two weeks. Even worse, another front… Continue reading →

Modern taxidermy: An art form that’s come a long way

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGProfessional taxidermist David Cavaretta is surrounded by samples of his work at his office in Denham Springs.

Editor’s note: David Cavaretta, owner of Bayou Taxidermy and Hunting Inc., is a 30-year-plus professional taxidermist and big-game guide. His work can be found in trophy rooms and museums around the world. Today’s professional taxidermist requires many skills in the methods of reproducing raw animal skins and products into works of art for display… Continue reading →

Preparing your trophy for the taxidermist

You’ve just pulled the trigger on the trophy of a lifetime, or netted that fish you’ve seen only in a dream. No matter the quarry — whitetail buck, mallard duck, giant bass or speckled trout — it’s the next steps that will determine whether that outdoor adventure becomes a memorable trophy. Taxidermist David Cavaretta said… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. TUESDAY VETERANS’ DAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES FEE-FREE DAYS: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-managed refuges. Fee waiver does not cover concessionaire/license fees. VERMILION CHAPTER/DELTA WATERFOWL BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., V.N. Hall, La. Hwy. 338, Abbeville. Call… Continue reading →