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An afternoon scouting trip downriver from Venice. When the river level and tides are right, there is no better place. Leave your mono and flouro at home...this jungle fishing calls for heavy braid and a broomstick rod. A great day catching a lot of bass.

August 23, 2020 at 5:47pm

A July 4th weekend trip to the spillway for some bass. Smaller ones than what we'd been catching but still a fun day.

July 11, 2020 at 4:44pm

I wondered if he’d be around again this year. Hunted him last year and he outsmarted me showing up on camera 30 minutes after legal shooting hours on the last day of season after disappearing for over a month. So....the pursuit begins anew. He’s one sharp dude but I hope to put a Swacker hole in his pump house this season.

September 02, 2019 at 3:25pm

Some fast and furious bass action down in Venice recently

August 31, 2019 at 10:24am

Its that time of year when bream fishing is good. Here is a little about a setup you can use to be successful. Its a great type of fishing for kids once they get the hang of casting a flyrod. The action is usually enough to keep them interested, you can usually a find a place to go close by and don't necessarily have to make a whole day of the event, and its good 'together time'. As importantly, its just fun. Take a peak, give it a try and enjoy.

June 03, 2019 at 10:07am

Haven’t had turkeys here in years. Gonna be fun in the spring too.

September 20, 2018 at 8:19am

Any private dove hunts available near Gonzales for this Saturday? I know Sherburne and Sandy Hollow have hunts but looking for something closer to Gonzales.

August 27, 2018 at 9:19am

My nephew and I fished Venice downriver Friday afternoon and with a good tide caught 42 bass and 2 reds. Flipping the canes with soft plastics gave us a lot of fun and a good fish fry coming later this week

July 17, 2018 at 9:30pm

The deer are eating the red mulberry leaves and berries before they even get ripe. They did the same last year. I hope they leave some for me.

April 24, 2018 at 2:23pm

The deer are eating the red mulberry leaves and berries before they even get ripe. They did the same last year. I hope they leave some for me.

April 24, 2018 at 2:20pm

Come along on a little quail hunt with me and my two brothers and a dog in Tennessee a few weeks ago. Slidell raised boys now living in Memphis, Prairieville and the Woodlands, but still love to get together and hunt. First time I've ever quail hunted and first year to hunt for my brothers and the dog, Hudson. What a time!

April 14, 2018 at 2:49pm

Right after Christmas we did a little bass fishing with spinnerbaits in Venice and then followed that up with some deer hunting in Natchez where a nice 3.5 year old buck scraped up a sapling next to my stand.

January 03, 2018 at 4:45pm

Most things in life come with positive and negative aspects. Same with bow releases. I've used two different but similar types through the years. I've gone over a couple of considerations for a 'hook' style and a 'single jaw' style release in this video. Which would you choose?

July 16, 2017 at 3:28pm

I planted a couple of small soy bean plots and documented the process in this video. I hope they will continue to be successful and I will update with pictures as summer goes along. Enjoy.

June 04, 2017 at 9:19pm

Masters Casters Christian Bass Club held our monthly tournament at Okhissa Lake for the second time this year and for the second time this year a new club record has been set. Congratulations to Charles Deranger with 5 fish for 26.19#. Details and pictures on the club FB page.
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1462335593829699&id=259098547486749

May 20, 2017 at 8:47pm

This pic shows broken tops in the red mulberry bushes I planted a couple of years ago. This is the first year they've made berries and something is breaking the top branches. You'll notice the broken branches that are within the browse level of the deer have practically every berry and leaf eaten off. After thinking it over I think the coons are climbing to get the berries, breaking the branches which then fall over allowing the deer to clean off the the leaves and remaining berries. Has anyone else had this happen and can vouch for this explanation? I've got plenty of pics of the deer eating the mulberries at other bushes but I didn't have a camera on these. I've corrected that now and may have photo proof of what is going on next time I go back to the camp. But it's just as likely they'll move over to a different bush the camera is not watching. I'll post pics if I get proof. Let me know your thoughts.

April 16, 2017 at 9:52pm

I've been trying to force myself to learn to fish a little spin cast rod and reel but it's been nothing but a pain in the rear and I'd like a little input on what to do to fix it. After 20 or so minutes the line twists up so much it knots up. I don't want to use a swivel and I know I shouldn't have to but I don't know how else to prevent it from happening. I'm using 8 lb test which is the right size for the reel I use and I'm throwing either a shaky head finesse type worm or a fluke or senko. I try to let the line untwist a little at the end of each cast if it seems to need it but it still happens. My next move is to get this thing figured or break it over my thigh and forget the whole bad idea. Hoping for the first but not too ashamed to do he second. Any thoughts on what I can do different?

September 21, 2016 at 8:23pm

Got in 2 hours of fishing after pulling the kids around Okhissa Lake on a tube till they couldn't go any more and heading back home. Only got bit once but it was worthwhile.

September 06, 2016 at 9:32pm

It's getting to be that time to start getting the preliminary work done for food plots. Here is a little bit of a long winded (but I think helpful) video on preparing fall food plots by spraying with herbicide using a 4 wheeler prior to disking. Using a tractor mounted sprayer is quicker and easier, but many people like me are not planting enough area to justify that expense and this works very well.

August 28, 2016 at 9:38pm

Late getting the cameras out this year but got a nice one right away. A young one but the future looks good if there's a few more like this kicking around the place. I'm hoping to see some older class deer regardless of antler size.

August 12, 2016 at 8:51pm
A comment titled: Re: 2 Claiborne County studs in response to a report titled: 2 Claiborne County studs

That’s awesome. I didn’t know anything either and still don’t claim to know it all but I’ve learned s lot over the last 13 years. A lot of it through hard knocks. But a lot of it from QDMA. It’sa great organization to join but even if you don’t, their website has a tremendous amount of videos and articles on all aspects of improving deer. It makes the hard knocks fewer and less costly. There is so much you can do for almost free. If you have access to a tractor, chain saw, sprayer, etc there’s almost nothing you can’t do. I’m still learning and trying new things. This year I’m doing a no till drill for my food plots. I’d like to move that direction but I want to see if it produces s well as the traditional way. Seems like it’sa never ending learning but it keeps it fun. I think I enjoy the habitat improvement almost as much as the hunting when I see the work produce better results. Best of luck to you and enjoy it. It’s the best to have a little patch off dirt you can call your own. The Lord has blessed me with some and I thank him often for it.

August 27, 2020 at 9:45am
A comment titled: Re: Interesting Looking Buck in response to a report titled: Interesting Looking Buck

I wish we knew the story on what happened to cause the abnormal left side. Doesn’t appear to be any obvious physical marks. Maybe damage to the pedicle as he shed in the spring.

August 26, 2020 at 6:10pm
A comment titled: Re: 2 Claiborne County studs in response to a report titled: 2 Claiborne County studs

Great job being disciplined enough to let them get to the more mature age. I hope it pays off with one or both of those beasts with your bow. I agree with you in that there’s a lot of satisfaction in managing your property and herd to improve the quality of the deer. Increasing the age and keeping a good sex ratio with great habitat is an incredible combination and amazing at how fast results come. Those are really nice deer anywhere. Congrats!

August 26, 2020 at 6:04pm

What species did you elect to cut?

June 22, 2020 at 12:33pm

Ready to see those summer pics of the same area. Great browse, cover and I bet lots of deer. Bring on the pics!

June 16, 2020 at 9:34am
A comment titled: Re: Port Allen Locks Boat Ramp? in response to a report titled: Port Allen Locks Boat Ramp?

If you want to get into the river in a bass boat, how do you ask them to open the lock for you and how long do you have to wait for them to do it?

May 03, 2020 at 5:05pm

Very interesting. At first hear I dismissed the idea, but upon further review, there may be merit to it. The question I ponder is: does the sweaty t-shirt simulate the day in/day out presence of a farmer? I think you could argue that it does in the most important respect..smell. Kind of like bringing a noisy 4 wheeler, truck, etc to refill a feeder. If you do it for a while before season and the deer follow the Pavlov pattern of associating the noise with a treat, then the noise actually brings deer to the area. Ask any Texas deer hunter if that happens. I\'ve seen deer come running to and following a jeep carrying feed in a pull behind trailer in Texas hill country. I\'d love to hear if others have had success with this t-shirt thing. Also the pics were in snow, obviously not near here. Have you had success locally trying this method? Brilliant idea though.

October 30, 2019 at 2:47pm
A comment titled: Re: Dancing Rutting Buck At Scrape in response to a report titled: Dancing Rutting Buck At Scrape

That is great! I’ve only seen yearlings do that in food plots. Never an antlered deer. Good quality video too. I see it’s a Browning and wonder if it’s red IR led lights or invisible led lights. Thanks for posting it. Also where is that?

September 15, 2019 at 10:23pm
A comment titled: Re: He’s baaack. in response to a report titled: He’s baaack.

Couple more deer hanging around. Looks like another fun start to bow season. The solo fat boy is not so much antler prize but he?s mature and the age I?m looking for. Getting them in front of a camera is a lot easier than getting them in front of an arrow though. Camera dates are off one month, should say August.

September 08, 2019 at 9:12pm
A comment titled: Re: He’s baaack. in response to a report titled: He’s baaack.

Chris, that’s a spectacular looking food plot. Summer soybean plot? If so did you electric fence it?

September 05, 2019 at 1:08pm
A comment titled: Re: Deer Mineral Licks in response to a report titled: Deer Mineral Licks

Fun to see the changes as the summer rolled along. Amazing how much they like what you've put out as it appears a depression has formed where you've put it out. Good hunting, Chris! See you for the opening of squirrel season. David

September 03, 2019 at 8:30am
A comment titled: Re: Ready for October in response to a report titled: Ready for October

nice looking bucks! Makes getting ready for season even more fun knowing you have some good ones to chase. Best of luck.

September 03, 2019 at 8:24am
A comment titled: Re: He’s baaack. in response to a report titled: He’s baaack.

Good luck with the trail cam thing. I use the black or “invisible” led’s and the only even decent night time pics I’ve found are with moultrie. I have not tried any cell signal cams but I’ve been thoroughly disappointed with browning and stealth. I don’t really like moultrie bc they don’t last but a couple of years but it’s the only one with good night time pics. They all take great daytime pics though. Let us know if you really like your night pics and what cam you like. Punted on cuddeback years ago with poor customer service but they did have really night time pics but that was with old red IR leds, which again most do get good night pics with those.

September 02, 2019 at 8:20pm
A comment titled: Re: Food Plot Help in response to a report titled: Food Plot Help

You certainly will not hurt yourself by waiting, in fact you may help. Army worms can destroy a plot almost overnight and can be mostly avoided by waiting till mid to late September. Other factors to consider: are you bow hunting, soil chemistry and soil pH. If you are bowhunting which starts Oct 1 most places, you want to have your plots seeded at least 2 weeks prior if possible. Soil chemistry is important especially so you don’t waste money. Say you have plenty of most nutrients but are deficient in only one of the 3 main ones. Don’t buy 13-13-13, spend your money only providing the nutrients you need, maybe a 0-0-20 or something. Send a soil sample to LSU and you should get an analysis in a week or 2 so you’ll know exactly what fertilizer to buy. pH can change everything. You can have the perfect nutrient load and with an acidic pH, those nutrients are unavailable for uptake and just sit in the soil useless. Totally wasted fertilizer money in that case. Also it takes like 6 mos for lime to increase soil pH (about 3 mos for pelletized lime), so if anyone is liming now, they’ll get no benefit for 3 months minimum to 6 mos. Liming should have been done in late spring. It’s basically too late now. Don’t waste your money at this point unless you use pelletized lime and are ok with no benefit till December, and you might be ok with that. Hope this helps and best of luck.

September 02, 2019 at 3:13pm
A comment titled: Re: Bass fishing Venice in response to a report titled: Bass fishing Venice

Now thru the end of the year is going to be fantastic. Go if you can.

September 01, 2019 at 4:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Fly fishing for Bream - setup in response to a report titled: Fly fishing for Bream - setup

The closest replacement for the Accardo Round Dinny is at Breambugs.com and called the Pultz Rollie Pollie.

June 05, 2019 at 8:17pm
A comment titled: Re: Fly fishing for Bream - setup in response to a report titled: Fly fishing for Bream - setup

A friend of mine just bought one at cabela's in Gonzales ready to fish minus the flies for right at $100. Real nice rig, It is a 5 wt, 9' and I think its a White River brand. It casts as good or better than mine. It is a really nice rig for the price. You can order it online I'm sure and not have to drive to Gonzales. Bass Pro has probably got even more selection but I just haven't been there lately looking at fly fishing rods to see what I like. Good luck and you won't have much trouble finding a rod you like at either of those places.

June 03, 2019 at 4:32pm
A comment titled: Re: Getting down with Deer around in response to a report titled: Getting down with Deer around

Just start talking to them loudly. You don’t want them to see you or smell you but if you keep talking out loud they’ll eventually get nervous and run off. An alternative is use your phone to play the sound of a bobcat from YouTube but it may not be loud enough. Talking always works. Have fun with it and tell them whatever you’d like.

November 01, 2018 at 9:57pm

I have always had the hard undercover tonneau. It sounds like you are not interested in that one but I like several features. One is that I can walk on it which is handy sometimes when launching and sometimes it’s nice to be able to set something fairly heavy on it. A second thing I like is that I can access the full size of the bed by easily removing it. With the fold up or roll up, you still have a length taken up by the stored cover. If it’s a soft roll up cover that may be a very small lost space. Another important feature is only the tonneau cover will keep water completely out. Lastly they cost a little less. Good luck on whatever you choose.

September 29, 2018 at 7:55am
A comment titled: Re: Mangrove Snapper Video in response to a report titled: Mangrove Snapper Video

great video! Really like the underwater footage.

August 28, 2018 at 8:17am
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