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Map dividing state’s waterfowl zones set to be released Monday

Four days after what appears to have been a terrific 16-day special teal season, and with big duck season 33 days away, duck hunters should be able to settle in. It’s time to enjoy the first big push of weather to break summer’s annual hold on Louisiana, and plan the days to brush blinds, prepare decoys and make sure… Continue reading →

Macaluso: LA Creel’s how, why on red snapper

It’s not like Thursday’s news about additional red snapper days for “private” recreational fishers came like a bolt from the blue. Rumors about red snapper seasons float as heavily in the fishing community as they do among LSU football about the Tigers landing the next 10-star high school all-interplanetary quarterback — and there were rumors about more red… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY 38TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA WILDFOWL FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Castine Center, Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Drive, Mandeville. 1 p.m. auction. Wildlife carving contests of North American species, $40,000 in prize money. $5 adults, $1 12-under. Sponsored by La. Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild. Website: www.lwccg.com. TUESDAY CCA METRO NEW ORLEANS FISHING SEMINAR: 5:30 p.m., Bryan Chevrolet, 8213 Airline Drive,… Continue reading →

Fishermen may get additional days for red snapper

The state’s LA Creel Program’s efforts to produce real-time data on species like red snapper could result in additional days for Louisiana recreational red snapper fishermen. That news, plus continuing debates over duck seasons and state funds donated for waterfowl projects, dominated Thursday’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge. LA Creel is… Continue reading →

Lewis: Kendrick Perkins a steadying influence on the Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans Kendrick Perkins (5) talks with head coach Alvin Gentry during NBA training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For the first time he can remember, Kendrick Perkins is the oldest player on his basketball team. And even though Perkins won’t turn 31 until Nov. 10, meaning he’s hardly a graybeard, the new elder statesman of the Pelicans is feeling his years, especially after three days of training camp… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Anglers Against Autism PIERRE PART — Saturday’s top 11 teams and top 3 in the big-bass standings from the 5th annual Anglers Against Autism bass tournament with fishing teams, their 5-bass limit catch weights and prize money: Top 11: 1, Byron Keith-Scott Thibodeaux, 14.32 pounds, $1,921. 2, Sandy Gaudet-Tommy Scioneaux, 13.58, $969. 3, Garrett Kemp-Brett Chatelain, 13.38, $873. 4,… Continue reading →

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File photo/JOE MACALUSOTrue to lifeThis Carolina wren carved by Richard Reeves from Chalmette was among the standout entries in a past contest, and shows the artistry that will be on display Saturday and Sunday in the 38th annual Louisiana Wildfowl Festival and Gulf South Open Championship Carving competition at the Castine Center in Mandeville's Pelican Park. Competitive categories include North American birds, Decorative Song Birds and non-North American Wild Fowl in Professional, Amateur and Novice divisions.

THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. QDMA/SOUTH LOUISIANA BRANCH ‘GUN BASH’ BANQUET: 6 p.m., 4-H mini-Farm, Ag Center Drive, LSU, Baton Rouge. Tickets $100, $800 tables. Call Bill Shockey (225) 291-7500. FRIDAY-SUNDAY LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: Lake Concordia, Ferriday. Sponsored by Red Stick… Continue reading →

Anglers score big at bass tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSOChad Porto, left, and Kevin Medine show four of the five bass they took from the Verret Basin during Saturday's fifth annual Anglers Against Autism bass tournament. The fishing partners, Verret veterans, used their catch to finish fifth in the new 70-boat fundraiser, and their story showed how going back to the basics paid off in their fave-bass catch.

Think of modern electronics and fishing, and smart phones, while “smart,” seldom figure into the picture among depth/fish finders, mapping, GPS locators and side-view imaging. Until Saturday that’s what Eric Gilchrist thought, too, until he was checking out the LSU-Syracuse football game on his phone while competing in the Anglers Against Autism bass tournament. “I was watching (Leonard)… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: North winds should be a big help

The season’s first major cold front brings wide ranging changes for freshwater and coastal action, not the least of which is northerly wind, breezes stiff enough to move lots of water throughout south Louisiana. We’ll come to dread 20-knot north winds later in the year and the action-killing high barometric pressure cold fronts bring, but this first front… Continue reading →

Raffle to help charter skipper Lance ‘Coon’ Schouest

Giving is an attribute shared in Louisiana’s hunting and fishing communities, and all anyone has to do is look at the support for such worthy causes as Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s Children, Saturday’s Anglers Against Autism bass tournament, and other benefit events that work to better our communities. Two more surfaced in… Continue reading →

Macaluso: It’s a day to remember and share

It’s the last Sunday in September and, for Louisiana outdoorsmen, the last weekend before we launch into months of a hunting season. True, we’ve had our practice time through the first splits of the dove season, and we’ve taken our fair share of early migrating teal. Yet it means more: It’s Clean Out Your Freezer Day in the… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, Bluebonnet Boulevard. Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. THURSDAY WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. FRIDAY-SUNDAY LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: Lake Concordia, Ferriday.… Continue reading →

Rewarding offseason has Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson leaner and more prepared

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson greets students from KIPP elementary during theunveiling of the team's new Mardi Gras uniforms at Mardi Gras World on Thursday. Anderson said he's amazed at the support for the Pelicans he's seen since returning to New Orleans after the offseason.

This was the summer Ryan Anderson was waiting for. On the heels of consecutive grueling offseasons, the New Orleans Pelicans’ forward enters training camp lighthearted and light on his feet for the first time in three years. In between a road trip across the country, an outing at the legendary Pebble Beach golf course and an… Continue reading →

Outdoors notebook: National Hunting and Fishing Day set for Saturday

Photo provided by LA. DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIESBubba Corbin, left, from Houma, teamed with Slidell angler Tristan Ordone, right, to take Saturday's final 2015 regular-season Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish tournament. The winners ran from Cypremort Point to waters in southern Terrebonne Parish for their 13.78-pound, two-redfish winning catch. The final LASS event of 2015 is the Oct. 9-10 Redfish Championship set for Venice Marina.

If you have youngsters interested in the outdoors, don’t forget Saturday’s local celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Waddill Wildlife Education Center. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features a kid’s fishing tournament, giveaways of rods and reels to the first 50 registered youngsters, goodie bags for the next 100 and food, and… Continue reading →

Clean Out Your Freezer Day is Sunday

Got game, as in wild game — and fish — in your freezer? Well, Sunday is Clean Out Your Freezer Day. It’s the Hunters for the Hungry drive to collect frozen game, fish and other frozen meats to furnish the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank with valuable protein sources to distribute to area shelters and soup kitchens.… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Photo provided by LA. DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIESBubba Corbin, left, from Houma, teamed with Slidell angler Tristan Ordone, right, to take Saturday's final 2015 regular-season Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish tournament. The winners ran from Cypremort Point to waters in southern Terrebonne Parish for their 13.78-pound, two-redfish winning catch. The final LASS event of 2015 is the Oct. 9-10 Redfish Championship set for Venice Marina.

Louisiana Saltwater Series CYPREMORT POINT — Saturday’s top 10 teams from the Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish tournament with anglers, the total weight of their two redfish catch in pounds (16-inch minimum; under 26 inches maximum)-prize winnings where applicable: 1, Tristan Ordone-Bubba Corbin, 13.78 pounds, $1,450. 2, Brandon Treadaway-Kevin Bergeron, 13.38, $860. 3, Chris Schieble-Christian Orfanello, 13.1, $600. 4, Adam Shields-Ben… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. THURSDAY-SATURDAY ANNUAL CAMINADA REDFISH RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Call marina (985) 787-2500. FRIDAY-SUNDAY BUTTERFLY BLAST: 9 a.m.-dark, all days, Allen Acres, 5070 La. 399, Pitkin. Butterfly, moth & hummingbird viewing, counts & tagging, and seminars. Call… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: Let bass, reds take up the slack

OK, all you speckled trout fishermen, don’t press the panic button yet. It’s the first week of the fall season and you know what happens when the sun begins dipping lower in the sky — trout go on the move and they become difficult to find, therefore difficult to catch. The good news is that you don’t have to… Continue reading →

Four youngsters to be big winners at CCA evemt

Photo provided by TOMMY BERNARDA 'Stella' catchCatholic High sophomores Michael Bernard, left, and Beau Richardson made it a summer-long quest to catch this alligator gar they nicknamed 'Stella" in late May after they hooked the fish that, after a battle on light tackle, broke their line, then watched the big fish swim off into the middle of the canal at Pointe Fourchon. Beau's mom, Ann Bernard, said the young anglers researched fishing books to find out the best way to lure, hook and catch alligator gar and tried throughout the summer to lure the fish that had staked out a good feeding spot in the canal. They eventually settled on heavy tackle, a wire leader and used trout bellies for bait. The teenagers won the months-long battle this month. Stella measured 51 inches long, weighed 34 pounds, but was far short of Jimmy Thompson's state-record 179 pounder. Nevertheless, the quest provided a trophy memory of summer 2015 for Bernard and Richardson.

There will be four young smiling faces in the crowd when the Coastal Conservation Association celebrates Oct. 22 at Live Oak Arabians in Baton Rouge. The four, 14-yar-old Eva Roger of Metairie; Austin Fox, 17, of Gonzales; 7-year-old Mamie Searcy of Lafayette; and, 9-year-old Tyler Templeton of New Iberia were drawn from among the youngsters who entered their… Continue reading →

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TUESDAY Louisiana Crab Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting: Noon, Suite 201, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. WEDNESDAY Oyster Task Force/Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee MEETING: 1 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe… Continue reading →

Macaluso: This is the week to be outdoors

In the world of south Louisiana outdoors, September’s last days usually fall in the “calm before the storm” category, mostly because hunters and fishermen await the approaching fall months. Not this week, not with the last days of what’s turning out to be an extra special teal season and of what appears to be solid dove hunting the state’s… Continue reading →

Wildlife management areas lag in first-week teal harvest

Photo provided by MICHAEL MONTALBANO III Six Baton Rouge hunters, including Trevor Bailey, left, and Elloit Boudreaux, combined to take this haul of 36 teal in the first 45 minutes of Saturday's opening day of the special September teal season from rice fields northwest of Welch. There was only one greenwing teal among the six-hunter limit. Sunday's hunt equaled Saturday's effort, and mimicked other hunters' weekend reports from the rice fields and marshes in the state's southwest parishes. Teal also showed up in large-enough numbers to give hunters a shot at limits in the east side of the Mississppi River from Buras south to Venice.

The numbers for the state’s four major public duck hunting areas are crunched after the first two record-keeping days of the teal season, and these spots are falling far short of the haul hunters found in the first days of the special 16-day season that started Saturday. State biologist Shane Granier sent along information showing an estimated 800 hunters… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Junior SW Bassmasters BAYOU PIGEON — Saturday’s age-group winners from Saturday’s Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs bass tournament held in the Atchafalaya Spillway from the Bayou Pigeon Public Landing with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit) and catch weight in pounds: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Dillon King, Denham Springs (5) 10.45 pounds.… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY ASCENSION CHAPTER/CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Trademart A, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. THURSDAY-SATURDAY FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL BASS TOURNAMENT: Red River South Marina, 250 Red River South Marina Road, Bossier City. Sponsored by La. Chapter, Concerns of Police Survivors. 2-angler teams. Fee $200. Field… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: Spillway producing small bass

Last week’s cool spell spurred freshwater and coastal action on a variety of species, but not speckled trout, which continue to hold in open-water areas in lower Terrebonne but not in “big” waters east of the Mississippi River. A high-pressure system will linger over south Louisiana with more east winds… Continue reading →

Opening day of teal season a successful one

Photo provided by SAM BARBERAAn early arrivalChris Horton from the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation traveled from Arkansas to talk fishing and fishing policy with state and national policy directors early last week, then spent time on the water Thursday around the Lake Pontchartrain bridges. He took this 'doormat' flounder weighing out at five pounds near the I-10 Twin Spans. While the bite was slow on speckled trout, Horton and his fishing buddies reported taking redfish, black drum and this founder on Gulp! Jerk Shad worked on the bottom around the bridges. Hefty flounder line this fish usually show up around the Pontchartrain bridges, the Trestles, the Twin Spans and the U.S. 11 span, in late September and linger there thorugh the first weeks in October.

Maybe, just maybe, if state waterfowl biologists hadn’t run into all that foul weather last week, the waterfowl count in the southeastern marshes would have been higher. State Waterfowl Study leader Larry Reynolds reported Friday that thunderstorms building in advance of Friday’s cold front cut short the aerial survey — less than half of the planned… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Grand Lake complaints were heard

Anyone who calls the Atchafalaya Basin his or her home away from home knows how this fishing paradise can change from year to year. It’s the country’s largest overflow swamp, and that means it captures spring’s annual floodwaters from three river basins, including two of North America’s major rivers, the mighty Mississippi River… Continue reading →

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MONDAY SHRIMP TASK FORCE MEETING: 10:30 a.m., Terrebonne Council Meeting Room, 8026 Main Street, Houma. RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Joe Kahler (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. TUESDAY LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and… Continue reading →

Macaluso: One good fishing day before front arrives

A cold front, the strongest of Louisiana’s late summer, is due to blow in Saturday across south Louisiana, and the forecast is good only if you’re heading out Friday and Saturday. That will give us solid one-day shots at the run on speckled trout in the Grand Isle-Fourchon area, and the extra-good bass fishing downriver from Venice and in… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY EAST ASCENSION CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Trademart A, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 South St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Tickets $25-$315 ($75-$365 at door), tables $500-$5,000. Dinner, live/silent auctions. Call Charles Labouisse (225) 266-2909. Email: EastAscensionDU@gmail.com. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: Final event of the summer, 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end),… Continue reading →

Cool front could aid teal opener

Photos provided by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers AssociationChad Bonvillain shows off the state's newest No. 1 fish, a 12.4-pound gray triggerfish he caught on a trip out of Cocodrie in June, a period when the gray triggerfish season was open in state waters. Another recently certified catch is Tim Champagne's behemoth of a mangrove snapper that weighed 18.63 pounds, which vaulted into the No. 1 spot in that category..

Waterfowl hunters will get their wishes Saturday when a cold front arrives just in time for opening day of the special 16-day September teal season. Reports from the southwestern parishes, especially those spots in the Grand Chenier and Little Chenier areas, are that teal have been feeding in marshes — some are scattered in rice fields —… Continue reading →

LDWF enforcement agent rescues eight boaters Sunday

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agent, Sgt. Nicholas Guillory braved roiling seas amidst a driving rain to rescue eight boaters Sunday in the waters near Pecan Island. In a report filed Wednesday by the LDWF, Guillory received a distress call shortly after noon Sunday about a boat that was taking on water after launching from Rollover… Continue reading →

Five honored by LDWF for saving lives

Photo provided by Terrell AverettLast of the summer lemonsJulie Ann Cutrer lives in Torbert, a community near Erwinville, and she ventured to Grand Isle last weekend with her husband Jim (those are his hands helping hold her catch) and Terrell Averett to take her first-ever cobia, alsop called 'lemonfish' by south Louisiana fishermen. 'Isn't it beautiful. It was so heavy Jim had to help hold it up,' she said. The fish measured out at 44 inches long and was taken near the Exxon platform within sight of the island. 'I could fish every day of my life, and would love to live on Grand Isle,' she said. While the Cutrer's catch included small redfish taken near Grand Isle, other offshore fishermen have reported big-time mangrove snapper and amberjack catches in addition to the late-summer run on cobia. 'I can't wait to eat this fish. That would be my first time, too,' she said. 'It looked like a shark when I looked at the fish from the side, but when I found out what it was I got every excited.'

For the first time in a generation, five Louisianans were honored by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for their actions in saving the lives of three children — two boys and a girl —in what turned out to be a fatal March 28 boating accident on the Pearl River. Folsom residents Jonie Morgan, 31, and a man… Continue reading →

Macalsuo: Commission needs a seventh member

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has turned what should be a celebration for this month’s special teal season and the 60-day duck season into a contentious subplot. The rancor from its August meeting, when the commission voted 4-2 for an early opening of the Coastal Waterfowl Zone — after a majority of that zone’s hunters asked for a… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY ANNUAL GRAND ISLE ORIGINAL REDFISH RODEO: Final day, Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Call marina (985) 787-2419. MONday LABOR DAY STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLER’S RODEO: Through Monday (Labor Day), summer-long, multi-species coastal fishing competition. CCA membership required & S.T.A.R. fee through Labor Day. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. TUESDAY SAFE BOATING COURSE/U.S. POWER SQUADRON: 7 p.m., Munholland United… Continue reading →

Fishing results

AAA Bass STEPHENSVILLE — Saturday’s top 8 teams from the inaugural Ascension Area Anglers fundraising bass tournament held from Doiron’s Landing with teams, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit) total catch weight in pounds and winnings, and top three big-bass winners: Top 8: 1, Kevin Medine-Chad Porto (5) 17.46 pounds, $1,050. 2, Chuck Major-Will Major (5)… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 11. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. FRIDAY-SUNDAY ANNUAL GRAND… Continue reading →

Public lands available for dove opener

Louisiana dove hunters will have four sites to open Saturday’s season. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has leased acreage in three parishes, one near Wilmer in Tangipahoa Parish, two in Jeff Davis Parish and another near DeRidder. Hunting hours will be noon to sunset. Another south Louisiana public lands hunt for the season… Continue reading →

State recreational red snapper season closure set next week

The state’s fishery managers announced Wednesday that Louisiana’s private recreational red snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. The staff determined the closure based on the anticipated recreational catch through the Labor Day weekend would reach Louisiana’s “... historic and projected share of the total Gulf of Mexico private angler red snapper harvest.”… Continue reading →

Reporting banded birds gives waterfowl biologists key data

File photo J. Brandt Lieux holds a mallard with federal bird bands on both legs he took on a hunt five seasons ago near Deer Park, an oxbow lake off the Mississippi River. This rare treat for a hunter means the greenhead was captured twice and entered into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's data base. Federal waterfowl managers use reports from hunters taking birds with bands to determine flight patterns among other band studies.

Reporting bird bands is an important tool to help state and federal biologists study populations and migrations of waterfowl and other migratory birds. Migratory waterfowl and some migratory birds are banded by federal and state teams to determine flight patterns and assist in other migratory date collection and reporting. State teams band in excess of 2,000 wood… Continue reading →

Bumper mast crop could mean bountiful year for squirrel hunters

File photoContinuing a sport passed down by two generations of Bergerons, third- and fourth-generation rabbit hunters in the family, from left, Colby Bergeron, Glyn Bergeron, Taylor Bergeron and Troy Bergeron show rabbits taken during a recent hunting season in Iberville Parish swamps. South Louisiana rabbit hunters organized five years ago to campaign for more days in the field, and the state's Wildlife Division sought and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved small-game emphasis areas on more than a dozen state wildlife management areas to accommodate more rabbit and squirrel hunters.

Deer hunters went nuts last season only because there were so many nuts. Wildlife biologists call it “mast,” the food oaks, beech, hickory and other nut-producing trees provide for most of Louisiana’s wild animals. There was a bumper crop last fall, and deer hunters who sweated through the late summer planting food plots for whitetails found… Continue reading →

Like Black Friday for outdoors retailers, 2nd Amendment Weekend serves to 'jump-start' hunting season

There’s something bigger around Louisiana than Saturday’s opening of the dove season, maybe even bigger, for sportsman, than the opening weekend of the college football season. It’s the state’s seventh year of the Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday, and the benefits can last for years. The special tax-free days run Friday through Sunday, and outdoors… Continue reading →

2015-2016 Louisiana deer hunting dates

GUN SEASONS The state is divided into 10 areas for deer hunting AREA 1: Nov. 14-20 & Jan. 25-31 (primitive firearms, still hunt only, either sex); Nov. 21-Dec. 11 & Jan. 4-24 (modern firearms, still hunt only, either sex); Dec. 12-Jan. 3 (modern firearms, with/without dogs, either sex). AREA 2: Oct. 24-30 & Jan. 18-24 (primitive firearms, still hunt… Continue reading →

Things to know about deer

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW LIMITS: The daily limit is 1 antlered and 1 antlerless deer (except during bucks-only periods) on all private lands, some National Forest lands and designated federal lands/refuges. The season limit is 6, of which no more can be 3 antlered deer or 4 antlerless deer. Antlerless deer taken in the Deer Management Assistance Program… Continue reading →

Small game season dates

3/29/12. Photo by John Oubre. Two tree squirrels seem to play hide and seek as they chase each other on the campus of Southern University near lake kernan.

RABBIT Statewide: Oct. 3-Feb. 29. Daily limit is 8. Possession limit 24. SQUIRREL Statewide: Oct. 3-Feb. 29 & May 7-29, 2016. Daily limit is 8. Possession limit 24 during the fall/winter season. Daily limit is 3, possession limit 9 during spring 2016 season. The May season is open on all private lands statewide, but closed in the Kisatchie National… Continue reading →