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Boaters in South Louisiana cautioned to be aware of West Indian manatees

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has placed caution signs at boat launches throughout south Louisiana advising boaters to be aware of West Indian manatees.
Manatee sightings have been reported throughout coastal Louisiana as these marine mammals migrate from Florida to Louisiana during summer months.

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2 people from Rayne cited for shooting whooping cranes

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited a Louisiana man and a juvenile on April 3 in Acadia Parish for allegedly shooting two endangered whooping cranes.
After an almost two-year investigation, LDWF agents cited Kaenon A. Constantin, 25, and a juvenile from Rayne, for violating the Endangered Species Act, hunting from a public road and obstruction of justice.

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Cinnamon Teal like this are typically rare in a St. Mary Parish hunter’s bag but not uncommon in southwest Louisiana near the Texas state line. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of John K. Flores)

A preview of the 2017-18 waterfowl season

Only a lunatic would try to make a prediction on what hunters can expect for the upcoming waterfowl season. Essentially, there are just too many variables to consider, and it’s impossible to know. Nonetheless, the 2017-2018 season, from an opportunity standpoint, is going to be another 60-day, six-duck daily limit liberal season, the 22nd in a row. This fact alone will have Louisiana’s waterfowl hunters counting the days and giddy with excitement.

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Deer biologists have been concerned with lactation rates of does and will continue to monitor. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of John K. Flores)

Deer season underway and outlook similar to 2016

Deer season in much of St. Mary Parish has been open since Oct. 1, when archers took to the woods.
Last Saturday, the Area 7 primitive weapon deer season got underway. But, the big show starts Saturday when the firearms (still-hunt) only season begins.
With the weather being unseasonably warm the early part of October, it’s hard to get excited about deer hunting when the mercury is pushing high in the thermometer.

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Missy Elliott (front) poses proudly with her gun in hand and with her husband Greg behind her after killing a Cape Buffalo. Also seen with the Elliott’s are their hunting guides during the trip. (Photo courtesy of Greg and Missy Elliott)

Exotic hunters

For Missy Elliott, hunting was something she started doing as a way to keep the tradition of having female hunters in her family alive. For her husband, Greg, he started hunting as a child growing up in northern Evangeline Parish and never stopped.
Together, their coupled passion for the outdoor sport has now taken them across the seas to experience hunting like never before.
The couple has traveled to an array of places such as New Zealand, South Africa, Alaska, and Spain to kill animals that they would never find at home.


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