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Last Post 25 Oct 2010 08:02 AM by ujoutdoors. 4 Replies.
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20 Jul 2010 12:00 AM

    When I moved to Louisiana about 20 years ago I found deer hunting different even to my old hunting country Arkansas. The white tail deer is not a long range target anywhere except places where it is deliberately set up as such like bean fields and senderos. Other wise whitetale deer are 100 yard targets or less. In Louisiana they are 50 yard targets or less. This should tell you something about the cover in which they are hunted. The worst area that I hunt is Thisalwait WMA, if you get in a climber you cant even see the ground, as the Palmettos are up to 4 feet high. I would not even think about bowhunting such an area, and its a good idea to go by my DRT type deer rifle combination in a place like that.

    Ft. Polk, Peason Ridge and Clear Creek WMAs are a bit more open, trouble is the deer never go in the open areas and stay as far back in there as they can get making close in hunting the only way to success. Louisiana deer are elusive and seldom come out in the open, it is just their nature, seemingly different than other white tail sub species. They go to ground even more in the late season making deer hunting with dogs one good way to get your deer, but this has caused great controversy in the last few years.

    My standard advise to all Louisiana deer hunters is to never stop Bowhunting. This means always use the techniques of a bowhunter even when gun hunting and you will get your deer. Basically I try to get as far away from other hunters as I can get, which is not that difficult....they mostly want to hunt right off the side of the road due to the fact they don't want to get lost. Of course they won't tell you that.  I usually walk 200 to 500 yards off the road depending on the area and how far I feel like dragging a deer that day.  That will usually keep you away from the other guys. If you see another hunter he is probably lost. They have yet to discover the map, compass or GPS here. I only know of two laser range finders, mine and Dave's. So when a hunter tells you he made a shot at 150 yards its more like 40. When I shot a deer at 200 yards once the story went around that unethically shot a deer by luck at 1000 yards, so be ready for constant BS.

    You can truly be an all season hunter in Louisiana, You start your season with Archery season, Longbow, Recurve, Compound, or Crossbow and that is for everyone, I had something to do with this one Then starts the Primitive Season, both Muzzle Loaders and cartridge firing single shot rifles over 38 caliber, with exposed hammer with a patent date of 1899 (Just get an H&R single shot and your OK) 44 magnums and 45-70s are most popular. Then you have modern gun season and that means any center fire handgun or rifle cartridge, shotgun slugs and buckshot. Trust me on this one Buckshot really works well here.

    It is hot here, you will want a hunter orange T-shirt to gun hunt in, however 15 minutes later you may be freezing you just never know. With the heat, sent control doesn't work very well, so you want to make your area smell like a deer or food, baiting is only allowed on private land. They never figured out my old trick of using Mazola corn oil to attract hogs and deer just put  whole lot of it in a spray bottle and it works just fine and perfectly legal. 

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    24 Aug 2010 11:52 PM
    John,
    Hey I am back from Afghanistan. Getting the gear ready for the OCT Turkey hunt and the Bow Season.--Richard
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    25 Aug 2010 02:36 PM
    Welcome back to the states Richard. I hope you enjoy your hunt. UJ, we have similar deer hunting in our neck of the woods. We use rifles but shots are all pretty much under 50 yards. That's my kind of hunt!
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    25 Aug 2010 08:15 PM
    well I hope I get to hunt AAFES is working me to death for very little pay
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    25 Oct 2010 08:02 AM
    Hey got the big state job, still working on catching up...Deer hunting is slow no rain in sight the drought is messing up everything.
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