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An important message!

Thousands of hunters and their families are heading to the woods in the next few weeks and months in pursuit of everything from squirrels to ducks to deer and more. Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates reminds hunters to take a few extra minutes to always plan safety into each of your hunting trips. “We have … Continue reading

NHF Day is Saturday!

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge 480 Richmond Place Drive Monroe, LA 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CALL 318-343-4044 for more information or to set up a booth or activity)

Welcome, K&M

Kenny and Marcy Kavanaugh are working really hard to give sportsmen on the shores of Lake D’Arbonne something they’ve needed for a long time. That is a good, well-stocked and dependable sporting goods store with live bait, artificials, line and other tackle — basically, whatever you need to catch fish — just a block from … Continue reading

Don’t miss NHF Day – Sept. 28

I’ll go out on a limb here and say something to get your attention. National Hunting and Fishing Day may be the biggest event in our area that people miss every year because they don’t really know what it is. If they did realize what a fantastic day it is, there would be 5,000 people, … Continue reading

Global warming: God’s view

Standing out on the concrete parking lot at the American Crappie Trail weigh-in at 4 p.m. and then climbing into my truck that showed 110 degrees on the inside, I might have been inclined to give serious, although short, thought to the Fable of Global Warming. But I know better. I’m reminded by a traveling … Continue reading

All the winners don’t get a trophy

All the winners in the recent American Crappie Trail tournament on the Ouachita River in Monroe didn’t receive a check and a trophy. There was one local team that, although they were crushed at the moment, won even more than that. Jason Thomas and Scotty Johnson landed a daily tournament limit of seven fish weighing … Continue reading

An American crappie dream

It would have been difficult for anybody to boat up and down the Ouachita River this past weekend between Felsenthal to the north and Columbia to the south without seeing contestants fishing away in the American Crappie Trail tournament. The pro anglers are pretty easy to spot in their $70,000+ decked out fishing machines with … Continue reading

Bass bug bites Harrell

David Harrell turned 50 years old, and the bug that had been nibbling on him for years and years finally bit hard. He couldn’t stand it anymore and his wife Stacy said, “well why don’t you quit talking about it and go do it”. That’s all he needed. The “bug” was an itch to go … Continue reading

Wehmeyer, Braun roll on the river!

Thatcher Wehmeyer and Buster Braun of Missouri carried their first day lead across the finish line to roll to a victoryon the Ouachita River in the American Crappie Trail’s tournament Saturday with a two-day total weight of 25.08 pounds. A total of 81 teams from around the country competed in the event, the next-to-last qualifying … Continue reading

Wehmeyer/Braun lead ACT

Thatcher Wehmeyer and Buster Braun from Stover, Missouri, said they had one really good spot for the American Crappie Trail tour stop on the Ouachita River for this weekend. They made it count. They landed a seven fish limit weighing an amazing 13.29 pounds to take a commanding lead in the event. They also caught … Continue reading

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