Hunting Louisiana’s Waterfowl Heaven At Hackberry Rod And Gun

In most years, Louisiana leads the North American duck harvest, usually accounting for about 15- to 17 percent of the national total. Many of those birds come from Cameron Parish. “Cameron Parish is one of the hot spots for ducks in the entire country,”
advised Kirk Stansel, an owner of Hackberry Rod and Gun. Hackberry Rod and Gun hunts blinds spread across four Cameron Parish parcels.
An outing there is quite an adventure … give it a try!

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Hunters Tune Up By Targeting Early Teal

Enveloped in darkness, we waited in the warm, humid boat as various frogs, reptiles, bugs, and other creatures of the marsh added their voices to the natural cacophony heralding a new day in this diverse wetland. After months of waiting, another hunting season had begun with the opening of a new September teal season.

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Converting CRP Land To Cornfields Hurts Deer

Terry T. from Kentucky
writes to ask about corn and soybeans. “I know that deer love corn and soybeans, and agricultural states that plant such crops seem to have an abundance of
healthy, big deer. Thus, since we are planting more and more of these
crops for use in ethanol, food and exportation, won’t we see more big deer in
those areas?”

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The Joys Of Owning Guns

As the Winkelman family wrapped up a recent hunting season, we shared a pastime that I’m sure you experience, too: gun cleaning. I don’t have to tell you how important it is to put guns away for their off-season nap in tip-top condition. They need to be thoroughly disassembled, cleaned, reassembled, oiled, and cased for corrosion-free preservation. For me, this event isn’t a chore. It’s not like cleaning dishes. It’s a privilege and it’s emotional.

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Old Catfish Ponds Make New Waterfowl Havens

Not long ago, catfish ponds produced millions of pounds of protein for restaurants. However, in the last few years, a bad economy combined with high fuel prices that led to high feed prices made American catfish more expensive to raise and bring to market. Some abandoned catfish ponds sat idle for years. Pond bottoms grew up in
native grasses and aquatic plants. Embankments grew thick with canes and brush. Grasses in the ponds provided food for various ducks. These ponds became ideal habitat for waterfowl!

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Hunters Reach Deep Into The Bag To Fool Wary Birds

Many old-time hunters set their decoys in V, Y, J, L or I patterns. That works, but don’t fret so much over the shape. In the wild, ducks group in pairs or clusters and constantly swim back and forth,
obliterating any tidy patterns. Instead, arrange similar species together in small bunches or pairs.

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Canada Geese: They’re Back, Big Time

Once thought extinct, the “Branta Canadensis maxima,” largest of at least 10 recognized sub-species of Canada goose, has burgeoned nationwide. The mid-America flock has grown to nearly 300,000 from a few remnant birds!

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Mississippi Sound Offers Good Redhead Action

Scattered black clouds broken in places by pink tinges obscured the eastern horizon, as speedy black specters rocketed over the water as shooting hours began. “Here they come,” whispered Steven Ladner. “Five redheads! Flying low. Heading for the outer line of decoys.” About 40 yards away, five ducks flying barely a foot over the waves attempted to land as we opened fire. Four never flew again.

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