Black bear page points out problem

Unmanaged and unmitigated growth in the restocked population of black bears is causing turmoil in the Louisiana outdoors, especially in some parishes. Because of the growing problem and a lack of any effort to address the problem from the state, a group of hunters has started a Facebook page to call attention to the issue.

The name of the Facebook page is Louisiana Black Bear Report.

It gained almost 1,000 members the first day. You can join the group, too. Check it out and keep up with what people are saying on this important issue at:

https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=louisiana%20black%20bear%20report

Big Buck Contest Time!

You know what time of year it is. It’s time for the annual Simmons’ Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest. You can keep up with all the latest information right here on this link, which can also be found on the Simmons’ Sporting Goods Home page on the internet:

https://simmonshuntingreports.com/big-buck-contest/

Another LA license option…

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has partnered with LA Wallet to bring digital hunting and fishing licenses to Louisiana citizens. Effective today, October 18, 2021, citizens with a Louisiana Driver’s License or State ID can use LA Wallet to display their purchased LDWF licenses on their smartphone.

Licenses can be purchased on the LDWF website through an approved retail vendor or at the LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge. The LA Wallet app is free for the public (Download at Google Play / Apple Store).

To connect your LDWF licenses to LA Wallet:

Tap the LDWF Licenses credential shown on the homepage.
Read the disclaimer, then tap the yellow Connect LDWF Account button at the bottom.
Once your LDWF account is found, tap Yes to add your licenses.

Your LDWF account information will display at the top of the screen, along with your hunter education number and federal duck stamps, if they are found. To see your individual licenses, tap the category to expand the licenses in that category. You will only see the categories for which you hold licenses. Expired licenses will display for 30 days in LA Wallet.

LDWF has developed a video demonstration to walk through the steps above.

As always, official hunting and fishing licenses may still be carried in several other ways:

Email - If an email address is available in our system and a license is purchased, a digital version of that license will be emailed.
Image - An individual can also take a photo of their license and store that photo on their phone.
Paper – We recommend folding the license and storing it in a zip-top bag or laminating the paper print between two pieces of packaging tape.

LA Wallet is a free legal, digital version of a citizen’s driver’s license, LA Wallet can also hold the official digital version of a citizen’s COVID-19 vaccination status on file with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), and now, your official Louisiana hunting and fishing licenses on file with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Eligible users can renew their driver’s license or request a duplicate driver’s license from the app for a fee.

Big news for deer hunters:

Tag Your Deer and Turkey via Text Message

Ditch your paper tags and tag electronically! 

Hunters can now tag and validate their deer or turkey harvests directly from their smartphone (via text) immediately after the animal is harvested. Log into your account at LouisianaOutdoors.com then click ‘E-tag/Text-to-Tag’ to enroll in electronic text-to-tag, then follow the steps below to tag and validate your harvest via your smartphone. As long as you complete the electronic tag before moving the animal, you do not have to attach a physical tag. 

You must have a physical copy or a picture of your harvest tags on your smartphone to use this feature.

If there is no cellular signal, hunters can still use traditional paper tags and validate them via phone (225.267.9998) or online within 72 hours of harvest. 

If you’re using paper tags, we recommend using snack-size zip-top bags and zip ties to secure the paper tag onto the animal or attaching the paper tag to the animal and then covering the tag in packing tape.

How to text-to-tag and validate your deer or turkey

  1. Send any text (e.g. ‘Report’) to 225.267.9988.
  2. Confirm your identity. Reply ‘1) Yes, that’s me’ or ‘2) No, that’s not me’.
  3. You will be asked if you have moved the animal. Reply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
    1. If you have moved the animal, reply ‘Exit’ and use traditional paper tags.
    2. If you have not moved the animal, reply ‘Continue’.
  4. To continue tagging by text, reply ‘Text’ to the text message.
  5. Reply to each prompt:
    1. The tag number you will be using for this harvest
    2. The animal’s sex: ‘Buck’ or ‘Doe’
    3. The harvest date
    4. The parish of harvest
    5. ‘Public’ or ‘Private’ land
    6. Deer harvest area
  6. Verify all of your responses. Reply ‘1) Yes, validate my tag’ or ‘2) No, I’d like to start over’.
  7. You will receive a text to confirm that your harvest was successfully tagged and validated.
  8. You are now ready to move your animal.

How to tag and validate your deer or turkey via website (initiated through text)

  1. Send any text (e.g. ‘Report’) to 225.267.9988.
  2. Confirm your identity. Reply ‘1) Yes, that’s me’ or ‘2) No, that’s not me’.
  3. You will be asked if you have moved the animal. Reply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
    1. If you have moved the animal, choose ‘Exit’ and use traditional paper tags.
    2. If you have not moved the animal, reply ‘Continue’.
  4. To continue tagging through a website, click the unique link in the text message you receive.
  5. Confirm your profile on the LouisianaOutdoors.com customer portal.
  6. Click ‘Next’ and follow on-screen prompts.
  7. Locate the tag you will be using for this harvest and select ‘Report’.
  8. Fill in the harvest date, animal’s sex, parish of harvest, public or private land, and deer harvest area.
  9. Click ‘Save’ to validate your tag.
  10. You will receive a text to confirm that your harvest was successfully tagged and validated.
  11. You are now ready to move your animal.

All the answers…

Here’s the book with all the answers about Louisiana Hunting seasons, limits and special regulations. Make sure you understand how and when you can hunt and follow the rules.

There’s even a number to report outlaw activity so that we can all work together to keep our woods and waters safe for hunters today and in the future. Safe hunting:

The hunting pamphlet is available at sporting goods stores like Simmons’ Sporting Goods and is also available online.

Don’t miss ATH podcasts!

Simmons’ Sporting Goods All Things Hunting podcast episode 10 what’s hot in 2021 Archery equipment, and archery hunting tips and strategies is live. You can find it on the Simmons Sporting Goods YouTube page and all podcast platforms.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about the outdoors and outdoor gear on this social media outlet.

It’s a teal. Isn’t it?

Duck hunters almost need a lawyer to stay legal during the season with all the rules, regulations, time restrictions, etc.  And it’s tougher during teal season because you are only supposed to shoot teal. So knowing how to ID your target is of utmost importance. Take a look at this and freshen up on your spotting skills before you pull that trigger.

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Clean out your freezer day has area drop-off points:

Screen Shot 2021-09-12 at 9.51.00 PMOpening days of the various deer seasons ares fast approaching and so is another big day for deer hunters and other sportsman. If you’ve been blessed with more meat – or fish – than your family can eat, here’s a great way to share it.

Louisiana’s Hunters for the Hungry is hosting it’s annual “Clean Out Your Freezer” days in September. Despite Covid concerns in 2020, the group collected more than 24,000 pounds of venison, fish and other game to be used to help food banks and other worthy charities feed people in need.

If you are interested, check out the website below and come to one of these dropoff points in Lake D’Arbonne Country:

Sunday, September 26, 2021 — RUSTON DROP-OFF LOCATION
1:00PM-4:00PM Dubach Deer Factory & Smokehouse, 599 Hwy. 167, Dubach. All items collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana and distributed to their local agencies.

September 23-25 — MONROE Area DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
Saturday, September 25, 10:00am-2:00pm — Delhi Pentecost Tabernacle UPC, 6045 Highway 17

Thursday & Friday, September 23-24 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturday, September 25 1:00pm-3:00pm

Northeast Louisiana Food Bank, 4600 Central Avenue. All items collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana and distributed to their local agencies.

https://www.h4hla.org/freezer-day

All eyes on deer movements

It’s deer camera time.  In fact, if you are a bow hunter and haven’t been checking game cameras yet, you are a little bit behind. Keeping up with deer movements is made much easier these days with a wide variety of cameras that help you maximize your time in the woods. Seeing where the deer are, what trails they are using and what time they are moving is a huge time saver.

Of course, what the camera shows isn’t always what happens on the day you may go hunting. But it sure puts the odds in your favor. Make sure you set you cameras close to where deer move and check the angle to make sure you don’t get photos of deer hooves or the sky.  And put your cameras in locations where you don’t have to invade the deer’s layup areas any more than you have to. You don’t want to change movement patterns because you were out there stirring the deer up putting out cameras.

If you need help picking out the best deer camera for your hunting, come see us. We’ve got a huge selection and some great prices. As usual, count on Simmons’ Sporting Goods for all your outdoor needs.

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