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Archery buck taken this weekend at Bayou Cocodrie NWR. Very little sign in the woods, and almost no acorns. Supposedly the hurricane knocked them off early. Usually the place os covered up in acorns. Not this year. Saw nothing other than this guy, who walked right into my wheelhouse. Wait, tons of armadillos. Thinking deer must be in CRP where there is more browse, which is off limits hunting or off refuge. The muzzleloaders guys are going to have a tough time next week, given the lack of deer. The youth hunters, who got to hunt this past weekend in the prime CRP only killed 4. Maybe the deer are living underground?

December 31, 2008 at 10:02am

My favorite online topo map source has gone to a pay site. Topozone used to allow me to view and print USGS quads for free, but now it's $50 per year. Does anyone know of a free map site where 1/24K quads are searchable and viewable? Preferably with section numbers. Thanks for any help you can provide.

June 27, 2008 at 12:30pm

I am headed to the Hi Blue Yonder for the weekend, and can't afford to hire Capt. Box. Between consuming large quantities of beer and seafood, I plan to fish the marsh NW of LUMCON for reds. Any tips on where and what they are biting would be appreciated. Also, can you get some crabs/shrimp to boil at this time of year? Hook a brutha up!

January 30, 2008 at 3:48pm

I just spent a weekend bowhunting Bayou Cocodrie NWR. Like Deermeat said in an earlier post, this refuge has really gone down. I saw a good bit of sign, mostly pigs, but not one deer. My daughter and I saw 12 deer one day in the CRP fields north of Brooks Brake, but that is for lottery hunts only. The orange army is going to have a tough time with the muzzleloader hunt this week.

January 06, 2008 at 6:32pm

I went to Big Lake yesterday with my buddy from Ruston. We hit Calcasieu Point for live shrimp, then drove to Hebert's to cut down on water time as we were headed south. The line at Hebert's was waaaay up the street, and it took us about 20-30 minutes to launch. We headed to the Tank Batteries, but got distracted by birds. We'd catch a few under each flock, but the wind pushed us all over the place, so eventually we went thru the levee break and fishd the marsh by Lambert Bayou. Anchored by a cut and caught 3 barely legal reds, and several trout, including a 3.5#, and got rained upon. Then went back out into the lake and hit some more birds. everything caught on live or dead shrimp under popping cork. No luck on top dog, glow/chart tout, spot remover or any artificial. Finished with 23 trout and 3 reds. We threw back around 10 or so undersized trout. All in all, a decent trip, except for the weather.

Before I forget, we absolutely wore out the gafftop catfish. It seems like the last couple of years the lake is overrun with them. When a kid i think we kept and ate these, but the slime seems too prohibitive to put in the box. Does anyone eat these?

May 29, 2007 at 7:35am

I'm headed to Cocodrie this weekend. I usually fish near Bay Antoine, sometimes near Lapeyrousse canal, and occaisionally our on the backside of the islands. Any tips on where to go right now? Maybe I should put a locator device on Capt. Box's boat and just follow him around.

May 02, 2007 at 1:37pm

I went out of Hebert' yesterday on my first trip to Big Lake this year. We headed south and the whe water was pretty muddy everywhere, especially near long point and the ship channel. Muddy at the jetties, and no bait to be caught anywhere. Wind predictions of 5-10 were underestimated. It blew 15-20 until afternoon. Stopped by Crabman in Cameron and got some market shrimp, then went into West Cove, still muddy. Caught one trout at cross reef on shrimp under a cork. Tried a few spots in the channel, then reefs along the south end of the lake. Fished the washout by the weir, then went into the marsh. Caught an undersized red on a spot remover, then an undersized trout in the marsh. Saw Erik Rue in the marsh at 2pm, so I know it sucked everywhere, as he would not be there that late unless struggling to get clients some fish. Maybe we should have gone North. Threw glow/chart all day, then motor oil cocahoes, along w/the dead shrimp. I wound up frying my one trout and my bait shrimp, which were nice sized, for supper.

April 28, 2007 at 11:12am

After hearing reports of big sac-a-lait numbers being caught at the diversion canal, I went yesterday afternoon. We caught 3 sacs, 4 barfish, lots of shad and one nice bluegill. Whoever was there Saturday wearing them out must've gotten wet. Water is pretty low for this time of year.

February 26, 2007 at 3:16pm

I saw a deer in my food plot recently, and am planning to take my 10 yr old daughter tomorrow morning, and hunt out of my ground blind. I'm wondering what the effective range of 12 Ga Brng A-500G w/3" Federal 00 buckshot would be, as the deer was around 40 yds from where I can set up my blind. Also, what choke should I use? Any advice appreciated.

December 08, 2006 at 11:35am

I went to Bayou Cocodrie NWR near Ferriday on Saturday. Buddy forgot his stand, and it was hot, so I had few expectations. I usually hunt brake edges, but went up into middle of the woods about 2.5 miles back, and it was pig city. I just switched to a no-peep, so on first pig, I drew and went into confusion wondering where my peep was. Totally missed. Second pig and my confusion was gone. Stuck her btw shoulder blades. Third pig got front to back shoulder shot, and I was out of arrows. Need quiver w/more capacity than quickee-3. I went down and got 1st arrow, but no more pigs came close except rabbit sized shoats looking for mommy. Sadly, I left cart at truck so 2+ mile drag was quite miserable. Always bring cart...Doh!

November 27, 2006 at 4:34pm

Fished the marsh NW of Cocodrie this weekend. Caught limits of reds on Spot Remover w/motor oil tail, on outgoing tide, throwing at sparse grass points under water. After limits, caught trout on larsh under corks in open lake near point. All within sight of camps on road to Cocodrie.

November 13, 2006 at 8:39am

I went squirrel hunting/scouting for bowhunting this weekend at Lac Ophelia NWR. I was pretty disappointed with the mast crop. Virtually nothing is dropping, with the exception of a couple of nuttalls and a few willow oaks. I went under 50-75 persimmon trees and saw not one persimmon on the ground, and nothing in the trees, until I hit one loaded about 50' from the road. It seems like in years past the persimmons would be dropping by now, and I wonder if the drought wiped them out, or there is some other reason they are not producing. Anyone else having problems with the mast crops?

Oh and I saw a coyote with a squirrel, and an owl w/one, but none for me.

October 16, 2006 at 9:16am

Thinking we could sneak in some big lake fishing, we headed down to Hackberry. Stopped at Spicers, to be told we could not go into the lake, and all launches to Big Lake were closed. We could go into Black Lake, but that wasn't recommended, so we took another 45 minutes and went to Sabine Lake. Fished the jetties and caught bull reds on live and cut mullet, and spanish mackeral on live mullet, dead shrimp and blue moon dudleys. The down side to catching spanish under a cork is that when the cork goes under, frequently another spanish will hit the cork, occaisionally cutting you off. No specks seen or caught, though people wee lined up on the west side of the jetties pulling in bull reds.

June 26, 2006 at 9:02am

On my new La Sportsman, I note that swimsuit covermodel Bryce Michel is not wearing his legendary red cowboy hat. The fish also block his new svelte figure. The cameraman, Masson or whoever, needs to work on his photography to get the true essence of his subjects. Try thinking Fonville, or Ansel Adams. Further, now that it's summer, bikini clad chick w/fish beats Bryce anyday.

June 08, 2006 at 2:33pm

Got a bid for a trip w/Big Lake Guide Service Saturday. Taken out by Todd. Jeff Poe says they are already abiding by the 15 trout per person limit, though he was against it on the lack of biological basis. We fished reefs to the North, South, and followed birds, picking up a few trout in each spot. It was very slow, and the wind blew a bit harder than forecast. We finished on the NE end of the lake, with 25 nice trout, 10 reds, and a flounder. We threw back drum, gafftops and tons of big croakers, and lost at least a dozen trout and one doormat flounder by the boat. Everything caught on glow/chart tail touts, mostly sand eels but some bull minnows/chubs. Kept looking for tags on the reds but no such luck.

June 05, 2006 at 8:29am

Went bass fishing Saturday in Clear Lake. Upper end extremely grassed up, so went SE. One small bass caught on trick worm near cypress tree, the rest on green spinnerbait pitched to trees on the SE bank near the ski area. A few bites on tube jigs pitched to trees. Pretty slow. The prairie very muddy, and no bites there.

May 22, 2006 at 9:34am

I took wife and daughter to CLECO Lake(Rodemacher) near Boyce this weekend to catch some bream on ultralight tackle. We only caught about 4-5 undersized bream, plus one slot bass(good fight on 4# line), then the catfish began attacking. We wound up with 7 channel cats from small to 2#, plus we broke off at least 10 more bigger ones on the light line. Water was muddy, which must be from wind as we've had no rain here in a while. Fish caught on crickets under cork in back of lake, 6-8' of water, in coves protected from non-stop wind. Fish turned on 1 hr before dark. 9 y/o enjoyed fact that she caught all keepers while all mine were throw backs or broke off.

April 19, 2006 at 10:54am

I'm considering heading to Black Lake near Natchitoches on Saturday to Bass fish. Does anyone have any reports? Please let me know. I'm not averse to bringing my sac-au-lait pole if'n they're biting.

February 23, 2006 at 5:06pm

I slept in Saturday morning, thinking it would rain, then headed to Bayou Cocodrie NWR for the final bowhunt ofthe season in the afternoon. Naturally, as soon as I got in the stand it began to rain. Had a six point and an 8 point rush upon me in the rain, both within 20 yds thru the palmettos before I even saw them. Got busted drawing both times, though they were extremely interested in what must have been a hot doe trail, and stayed around out of range. Better luck next year.

January 31, 2006 at 10:50am

I took my buddy Monday to a spot in BCNWR with lots of deer sign, and he shot a doe, while I saw nothing until it was too dark to shoot(doe & two fawns wandered by while i was getting down). He owes me one. We saw/heard no rut activity, no chasing, no crashing thru palmettos. Finally saw some scrapes Monday, but it was too warm and windy to stay. If anyone sees some rut activity in the refuge, please advise.

December 28, 2005 at 10:38am
A comment titled: event in response to a report titled: Redfish Rumble II

This was a nice vent. The vast majority of the kayakers caught 5 fish limits, but a few fish went slightly over the 27" max, and thus were not included in the weight. If you fish out of a paddlecraft, this is a great club to be in, as they have tournaments all over the state, for trout, reds and flounder.

June 22, 2009 at 4:27pm
A comment titled: sheriff in response to a report titled: crab theives

call the sheriff. ldwf officers are spread too thin to do this sort of investigation.

June 12, 2009 at 5:41am
A comment titled: kayak in response to a report titled: Kayak fishing GI State Park

Fishing around the breakwaters or the jetty via kayak are good. I've had good luck fishing the backside in a kayak. If you are renting from Calmwater Charters, just ask Capt. Danny Wray and he will tell you where to go.

June 03, 2009 at 1:41pm
A comment titled: Browning in response to a report titled: Best all around deer hunting knife

I use an old Browning 3 blade that i inherited from my grandfather. It has a regular blade, a guthook and a saw, which is everything I need for field dressing. It's a bit heavy in my bowpack, but I saw the newer model that wasn't wood & brass and is probably lighter.

May 27, 2009 at 8:24am
A comment titled: public in response to a report titled: WMA deer hunting

No feed on public land, state or federal. Also, don't think there is any spot that no one goes to. Snake Plissken gets waaaay back there, and no matter how deep I go, I see his sign(bud light can).

May 11, 2009 at 9:56am
A comment titled: try out first in response to a report titled: Wade Fishing

I'd vote to try it first, before investing in alot of equipment. You can get by with a rod-n-reel, pocket full of lures, long stringer and a net. I stick the stringer point thru the sunglass loop in my shirt, and the net loop thru a button on the lower part of my shirt. I wear sandals(Tevas/Chacos) and do the stingray shuffle. If you really like it, then look at investing in belts/waders/etc. And don't be scared of sharks...they only want the fish. You taste bad to them and fight too much.

February 11, 2009 at 10:02am
A comment titled: great pics in response to a report titled: Another Louisiana Sportsman exclusive!!!

Great pics. i've sen Kings fly out of the water this high, tuna a bit lower, but have never seen makos. Good camera work.

February 11, 2009 at 9:10am
A comment titled: not just term limits... in response to a report titled: Keep voting the same ones in

we need a viable third party. I've voted Libertarian the last three elections. The problem is that there really isn't that much difference btw Repubs and Dems. All they both do is work to increase their power, get re-elected, and reward their supporters with gubmint cheese. As long as there are only two parties, this will never change.

February 08, 2009 at 7:28pm
A comment titled: huh? in response to a report titled: Keep voting the same ones in

Wow, Mike you mean that the Dems, who gained control of Congress a mere 2 years ago, created this whole mess? Amazing they could send it down the tubes so fast. The reality is the the only time Repubs are fiscal conservatives is when they are out of power. They spent just as much gubmint cheese as the Dems, just on different stuff. Remember when Clinton was leaving office there was going to be a $10 trillion surplus? Disappeared. Of course, partisan blinders are worn by many on this site.

February 08, 2009 at 1:39pm
A comment titled: public vs. private in response to a report titled: Bayou Teche NWR

On private land ou can hunt pigs all year around, during daylight hours. On public land, in most places, you can hunt them during any season, with whatever weapon is used for the season in progress. For example. rabbit season goes to Feb. 28, so you can use a .22 or .17HMR until the end of the minth to pig hunt. I'd guess you can use shotguns w/#2 pr #4 shot during turkey season. They just won't let you use centerfire rifles or buckshot when it is not deer season, due to potential poaching problems.

February 08, 2009 at 1:30pm
A comment titled: huh? in response to a report titled: Keep voting the same ones in

We just voted out the ones that got us in this mess.

February 08, 2009 at 7:46am
A comment titled: port in response to a report titled: FISH LOUISIANA & GUATEMALA WITH STRIKE ZONE

What port in Guatemala will they be based in?

February 05, 2009 at 3:47pm
A comment titled: holla! in response to a report titled: Kayak Fishing

Preach it, Rev.!

January 30, 2009 at 9:27pm
A comment titled: ? in response to a report titled: WIDOWMAKERS END ZONE DANCE # 4

Shot hole looks a little high there. I thought you had switched to a recurve...or was it a spear? ;-)

January 30, 2009 at 12:58pm
A comment titled: I49 in response to a report titled: Change on Duck Season Dates

I just drove into Alexandria from the south, on I-49. The ducks in the ponds btw Alex and Woodworth were unbelieveable. Tons of every species, on the ponds and flying in. They seem to know when the season ends.

January 28, 2009 at 11:23am
A comment titled: yikes in response to a report titled: Lost Buck Need Help

Sad story. However, I have seen several bucks get shot thru the backstrap, and come out of it none the worse for wear. Let's hope this guy is still waking around, a bit sore and more educated, but availabe for next years' bowhunters.

January 26, 2009 at 2:53pm
A comment titled: $ in response to a report titled: Expensive Hunting and Fishing Gear Survey

Rest assured, your wife spends way more than that on shoes and purses, neither of which have had many technological advances in decades.

January 26, 2009 at 2:42pm
A comment titled: PAC in response to a report titled: Inshore fishing near baton Rouge

Pointe au Chien

January 25, 2009 at 6:59pm
A comment titled: Hogs in response to a report titled: 22. long rifle Remmington Yellow Jacket on a hog?

I also hunt Bayou Cocodrie NWR, mostly with the bow, but also squirrel/hog hunting with my .17 HMR. CCI makes a FMJ bullet, that I used to kill a 25# shoat with a lung shot. Put him down quickly. The ballistic tip bullets are to frangible, and just explode on impact. Those would not take a pig. However, the CCI FMJ and hollowpoint are strong enough, when you add the high muzzle velocity(2500+ fps), to kill a pig. If using a head shot, I'd go with the FMJ. The .22 would probably work, but if you have one shot, I'd do #4 buck with the shotgun.

January 20, 2009 at 8:20am
A comment titled: Du-Baby in response to a report titled: lake ophelia

DB is totally correct. They have allowed so much gun hunting in Ophelia w/o any restrictions, and keep moving the gun hunts closer to the rut, that there are fewer and fewer good bucks on that place. 90% of the bucks they kill are 6 pts or less, so you have no good age classes moving up. Pretty soon Ophelia will be no different than the WMAs, great potential but overhunted.

January 20, 2009 at 8:14am
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