I love it when I can open my freezer and dig out a package of venison marked “back strap” or “tender loin”. I know that this time tomorrow, I’ll be sitting down to dine on steaks that are not only delicious but some of the healthiest food to be found anywhere.
Deer season begins in Louisiana in a couple of months and I realize I’d have to eat venison just about every day between now and then in order to finish off the packages of venison I have in my freezer. Once season opens, I hope to take another deer or two so I’m faced with a dilemma – where will I put this year’s steaks? There are too many packages left in my freezer from last season.
Hunters for the Hungry to the rescue. This organization, formed in 1994 in Baton Rouge, has the perfect solution to your problem. A group of hunters gathered to discuss sharing game and fish in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Contacting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, donations were given to their dining hall. The response was so great that the Society ran out of storage room so they enlisted help from the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
The organizations is now in operation statewide and has partnered with five major food banks around the state. Their mission is to encourage hunters and anglers to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors by sharing their bounty of wild game and fish in order to combat hunger.
The organization annually schedules Clean out the Freezer days to allow hunters to do what many of us need to do; clean out freezers to make room for more this year and donate the excess to this worthwhile program. Clean out the Freezer days this year are set for September 23-26 around the state at conveniently placed locations, namely businesses that process wild game. To find out locations near you, visit http://www.cleanoutyourfreezer.com. Not only do these processors take donated wild game, should you wish to donate a deer you down this coming season, you can do so at no cost to you; the Hunters for the Hungry program pays the processing fee for deer being donated back
to the program.
How popular has this program become? Just last year, a total of 50,347 pounds of wild game and fish were donated to the program. It is also gratifying to note that the area of the state donating the most was here in northeast Louisiana with a total of 17,226 pounds provided for the hungry.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been good one day; slow the next. Soft plastics fished very slow are picking up a few. Crappie are scattered and bream are fair. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream are fair; crappie are scattered and slow to fair. Bass are best around the edge of the grass and trees on soft plastics and jigs. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323- 8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Bass have been fair at the mouth of the cuts on shad imitations. Crappie are around the tops in the river and in the river lakes. Jigs and shiners are taking a few. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass fishing has been fair with some schooling fish hitting topwaters and Rat-L-Traps. Bigger fish are in the deep channels with some caught on jigs, crank baits and soft plastics. Plastic frogs and spinners are taking some around the moss and grass. Crappie are in the channel with some caught on shiners and jigs fished 15-22 feet deep in 25-30 foot water. Bream fishing is fair around the beds on worms and crickets while channel cats are biting cold worms off the banks. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream fishing continues to be fair to good on crickets. Crappie have been best fishing 10 feet deep in 17 foot water around submerged tops on shiners or jigs. Best jig pattern this week has been the Purple Mist. Bass have been better at night fishing around the lighted piers on soft plastics. Stripers have been schooling and hitting shad imitation lures and trolling white bucktails when they’re down. No report on catfish. For latest information, call Misty at Kel’s Cove at 331-2730 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
CANEY LAKE – Bass are schooling and hitting a variety of shad imitation topwater lures. Some bigger fish are hitting soft plastics and crank baits fished in the deeper channels and drop-offs. Some are hitting black spinners along the banks at night. Crappie fishing has been best fishing jigs or shiners around the deeper tops. Bream fishing is fair on worms and crickets around bedding areas. Catfishing is fair fishing a variety of baits around the piers and boat docks. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been fair with mostly smaller fish being caught on the far side of the lake in the “jungle”. Bass, crappie and bream are slow. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – Crappie are quite slow. Bream are scattered and fair. Bass are best early mornings on topwaters with soft plastics taking some up in the day. Catfishing is fair to good on yo-yos baited with shiners. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is on a slight rise but fishing has been good, especially for
catfish. Crappie are slow to fair fishing 10-12 feet deep around the piers. Bass in the 2-3 pound
range have been fair to good. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.
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