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First things first

I love this time of year. College and high school football games are so much fun to watch. Hunting seasons are just around the corner and before you know it we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. School’s back in and families have lots of activities to share with each other. Did I mention that … Continue reading

Boat trailers get exemption

Sportsmen are, for the most part, a law abiding group. We buy licenses, wear life jackets, put numbers on our boats…etc. etc.  But there is one law that is probably broken in Louisiana more than any other by otherwise good folks. Did you know you have to have your boat trailer inspected every year, just … Continue reading

Making a date with the ducks….

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has set season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2014-15 migratory waterfowl season. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recommended a 60-day season for ducks, coots and mergansers in the three zones in place for the 2014-15 hunting season. Shooting hours begin one-half hour before … Continue reading

NWTF: Putting words into action

I don’t turkey hunt. Somehow I’ve escaped the fever in my 50+ years of outdoor pursuits. But I do have great respect for those that do turkey hunt. It’s a challenging, one-on-one sport. And I have even more respect for those who put their love into action to help preserve and maintain the sport. Among … Continue reading

The treasure of the Ouachita

A few weeks back, the Monroe newspaper ran a series of articles outlining the rich environmental heritage and economic value of the Ouachita River. Of course, most of it hinged on commercial value of the river and the efforts of the Ouachita River Valley Association to keep the river open for commerce. The main group … Continue reading

Live like it’s Little League

I love watching the Little League World Series. As a former Little Leaguer myself (some of you are having a good laugh trying to picture that….) I played right field wearing No. 7 for Green Brothers Dairy and also as an adult coached youth baseball for more than a decade. I had my fair share … Continue reading

Ouachita schedules Youth fishing tourney

There’s something about taking a kid fishing that makes any fishing trip a success. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just a pole, some bait and the hope of seeing the cork go under or feel a fish grab the lure. That’s one reason the annual Sept. 13 D.A.R.E. Youth Fishing Tournament sponsored by … Continue reading

Shhhhh!!!! Please don’t tell ANYBODY!

I shouldn’t share this, but since I’m a nice guy…. Apparently, there’s a lure out there that ANYBODY can catch ANY fish on in ANY condition. I found out it Monday while I was forced away from my rigorous outdoor routine by a flash thunderstorm. After almost deciding to keep this information to myself, I … Continue reading

Towns reappointed to Lake Commission

I’m very happy to report that Terri Towns of Farmerville has been reappointed to the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission, or as we call it, the Lake Commission. Terri has been “on the lake” her entire life and as a local resident and owner of Lester’s on the Lake, she knows first hand the issues … Continue reading

Bassin’ with George….or John Brown?

My fishing buddy George and I hit Lake D’Arbonne in search of summertime largemouth bass a couple of days ago. Anybody can catch fish on topwaters at daylight or on a worm right before dark, so we weren’t challenged by that. So we went at 2 p.m. in the middle of August in an East … Continue reading

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