Monthly Archives: March 2016

A turkey with my name on him

There’s a big gobbler out there with my name on him, but so far he’s done me a lot like the ducks did earlier this year. I go one day and he’s roosting in one spot and comes down with a group of hens. I get all set up there and then the next day he’s roosting somewhere else with another group of hens. He has gobbled and gobbled, but I just haven’t gotten him in the right spot yet.

I’ve had him within 100 yards five times, but he still hasn’t gotten to ride in the back of my truck. I like it when they get to ride in the back of my truck. It’s about to get personal, but I’m going to get him. The law of averages are going to catch up with him.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 9.34.40 AMWe are going out to Texas this week and do some TV filming and they have more turkeys there than anywhere else I’ve ever been. They have a real liberal four turkey limit, too, so I’m looking forward to that.

Overall, it’s been kind of a slow start to turkey season. The flood has affected a lot of people and in the river bottoms, it’s scattered the turkeys.

It’s still a bit early with the gobblers hanging around with the hens, but any day now it should really get good. I’ve noticed that most of the activity has been in the morning. If you want to get out after them, that is the best time right now. In the afternoon, they aren’t even gobbling.

Remember to take extra precautions when turkey hunting. Know where your hunting partners are at all times and never, never pull that trigger unless you are sure of your target and that the bird is clear of others. No turkey is worth anybody getting hurt.

Be safe out there. And have fun!

WMA’s closed; turkey hunts halted

This may not be the last of these announcements, folks:  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed several wildlife management areas (WMAs) to all activities due to flooding, including Bayou Pierre, Big Lake, Boeuf, Loggy Bayou, and Russell Sage Wildlife Management Areas.

This closure includes the upcoming turkey hunting seasons on Boeuf, Big Lake, Grassy Lake and Loggy Bayou WMAs.

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 8.36.46 PMIncreasing water levels in associated river systems due to recent heavy rainfall has caused extensive backwater flooding on these wildlife management areas. These areas are almost completely inaccessible by vehicle and hazardous conditions exist due to high water. Once the water recedes, the areas will be assessed for reopening.

Big Lake WMA is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes and is approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert, north of La. Hwy. 4. Boeuf WMA is located in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes, north and south of La. Hwy. 4 approximately 10 miles southeast of Columbia.

Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Caldwell Parishes, approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. Bayou Pierre WMA is located in northwest Red River and east-central Desoto Parishes, 20 miles south of Shreveport. Loggy Bayou WMA is located in Bossier Parish approximately 20 miles southeast of Bossier City.

Floods throw turkey season a curve

It looks like this turkey season is starting out tough. It’s just not going to be good in some areas of Louisiana and I’ll be surprised if some areas don’t get shut down due to the flooding. It could be much worse. If it had hit in a month or so, it would have affected the hatch, so thank goodness that didn’t happen.

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 11.09.12 AMHere’s a quick look at the season dates followed by a map of the various areas open in Louisiana.
* Area A: March 26 – April 24
* Area B: March 26 – April 17
* Area C: March 26 – April 10

We went over to Mississippi Thursday afternoon and hunted. We got on a gobbler, but when he gobbled, it sounded like he was across some water and he wouldn’t come. We went around and got on the other side of him and he gobbled good and came towards us, but apparently he got in some more water and they just won’t hardly fly over water no matter how good a caller you are.

We are going to try it again over there the next few days.

A lot of people wonder what the turkeys do when their habitat floods. They don’t like to fly across water and they won’t fly very far, so a lot of times they will just sit in the trees for weeks if they have to. They can go from tree to tree and find bugs and stuff to eat. They are pretty resilient.

We’ll keep you up on how we do. Let us know how you are doing when you come in the store. We’d like to hear.

Youth seasons for turkey this weekend


Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 9.40.33 PMLouisiana’s special Youth & Physically Challenged Hunts are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20.

These special hunts are open in Areas A , B , and C on private land only). Make sure you are informed on regulations for the special seasons.

The regular season for turkeys in Louisiana is as follows:

   Area A: March 26 – April 24*

   Area B: March 26 – April 17*

   Area C: March 26 – April 10*

*For more details on the 2015 turkey season, contact your local LDWF office or refer to the 2015-2016 Louisiana Hunting Regulations . Turkey Regulations are on pages 44-49.

Get your gear ready!

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.59.29 PMTurkey season is getting close! There’s no better place to get your gear in order for the upcoming turkey season than at Simmons’ Sporting Goods. Check out our online catalog now or come by the store. If you have any questions or need help, talk to one of our staff. We’ll be glad to help you out!

It’s turkey time: 2016!

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 3.41.50 PMLouisiana’s turkey season is about three clucks and a gobble away, so it’s time to start scouting, practicing your calling and getting your gear in order.We will be bringing you regular reports about turkey season and our success through the season. Make sure and let us know how you are doing when you come in to the store for your turkey hunting needs. If you have a question, please feel free to ask one of us for help. That’s what we’re here for.

I just have one thing to say:

I hope turkey season treats us better than this past duck season! 

I think it will..

Here’s a quick look at the season dates followed by a map of the various areas open in Louisiana.

Area A: March 26 – April 24*

Area B: March 26 – April 17*

Area C: March 26 – April 10*

Youth & Physically Challenged Hunt (Areas A , B , and C on private land only): March 19-20

*Seasons Open in Areas A, B and C, on private lands only. See separate WMA and Federal

Lands Schedules for season dates on those areas.

*Make sure you check the 2015-6 Louisiana Hunting Regulations for all details about turkey hunting. For more information on turkeys, check this page out:

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