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Set the hook on these dates

Take out that new calendar that you got as a Christmas present or from the bank or the feed store and start marking down some important dates!

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Jarad Riser. Is this the big one?

Big Buck: For starters, check off Saturday, February 20. That’s the date of the second annual Union Parish Big Buck Contest Banquet. It will be held once again at the Willie Davis Recreation Center and even if you didn’t kill a big buck, you’ll want to be there to see who did.

The event is a fund-raiser for outdoor activities of the local Chamber and also calls attention to the great deer hunting in the parish. There’s not another one like it anywhere that I know of.

Masters of Crappie: The first ever Louisiana State Championship for crappie fishermen in the Bayou State is set for two days, Friday and Saturday February 26-27. It’s a big weekend for Lake D’Arbonne as fishermen from around the state and the country will be testing their skills against some pretty dad gum good local guys. It’s a big money

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Speaking of crappie, how about the first  crappie caught by Dalton DeTraz of El Dorado, fishing with granddad Mark Smith on the ‘Bone

tournament with implications on the whole tournament trail for professional crappie fishermen.

You will probably recall that Duck Commanders Jay Stone and John Godwin won last year in their first-ever tournament appearance. They make their living duck hunting, but they make their fun at the end of a B’n’M crappie rod.

For more information, click on the CrappieMasters link on this page or go to: http://www.crappiemasters.net/home/

King or Queen?: Rainy weather, a slow bite and lots of other activities didn’t dampen the spirit of the first ever King of Kings tournament on D’Arbonne last year. The winner of the biggest bass and crappie are named “King” of the lake for the year. The second edition of that tournament will be held Saturday, April 2 on D’Arbonne.

Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 10.11.08 AMOne of the unique things about this tournament is that you don’t have to have a boat to fish. You can fish off a pier or the bank or in a boat. The unique thing about that is that last year, Andy Taylor landed a 2-pound crappie was caught off the bank right in front of several other competitors fishing in big fancy boats. Monk Anderson won big bass for the tournament with a 6.84 lunker. Both claimed $500 first prize checks!

If you like to fish, it’s worth the small entry fee to give it a shot. I’m waiting for one of you good fisherladies to step up and become Queen of Queens! I know there are some of you out there that can do it!

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Big Crappie Contest:  As part of the new Lake D’Arbonne Crappie Report Facebook page promotion, Anderson’s Sports Center will be sponsoring a Big Crappie Contest starting Feb. 1. There’s only one catch. The fish must be caught in Union Parish.  Winner will get a $ 25.00 in store voucher and  be entered into the big Crappie of the year. You must weigh it in at Andersons!

2016 – 17  Hunting Seasons:   Take a deep breath before you read this one out loud…. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons, 2016-17 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, 2017 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2016-17 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period. This year is the first inclusion of waterfowl seasons, regulations and bag limits in the annual NOI process.

To view the full notices of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, you can visit:


PS – If you do that, get yourself a drink and a snack. There are 61 pages….

Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through April and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m., April 6, 2016. Additionally, LDWF will collect public comment at public hearings to be held across the state, including in Monroe on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Office.




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