Simmons Weekly Blog

Bird band reporting changes

A note for duck hunters who might encounter a banded duck early this season: “I hope this finds you well whether you’re a week into the season (West Zone) or anticipating the opener in few days (East Zone), or maybe

It’s almost here…

Duck season opens Saturday, November 19. Make sure you have all your gear in order and come by and see us if you need anything. While the state duck surveys pointed out an overall lack of ducks except in southeast

November Duck report is Yuck!

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries conducted their annual November waterfowl survey this week and it doesn’t look good. The results were released Thursday night, Nov. 10. The only hope for a good opener for duck season for many folks may

Kennedy, Letlow visit Simmons’

Two of Louisiana’s– and America’s — strongest supporters of the Second Amendment and the right for peaceful citizens to bear arms were visitors to Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop Monday. U.S Senator John Kennedy and U.S. Representative Julia Letlow visited

2022-23 deer season at a glance

Always check the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunting pamphlet for rules and regulations on seasons in Louisiana before you go deer hunting. But here’s a glance at deer hunting in our area for 2022-23. For exact ares in

Cold weather should fire you up!

Deer season has already started for bowhunters and deer is next. And of course, duck hunting. If you are like most hunters, you’ve been piddling around getting things ready or just kind of putting in the effort to go hunting.

NHF Day is coming! Are you?

September 24 is National Hunting and Fishing Day, an event celebrated by all 50 states every year on the fourth Saturday in September. National Hunting and Fishing Day was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific

Teal estimates about average

The 2022 estimate of 264,000 blue-winged teal in coastal Louisiana and Catahoula Lake was 6% lower than the 2021 estimate of 281,000. It was 37% higher than the most recent 5-year average and 44% higher than the most recent 10-year

Bussey Brake on BASS “Best” list

The Bassmaster Magazine’s  “Top 100 Lakes” for 2022 includes four lakes managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Louisiana is no stranger to this annual list.  In addition to the always-present Toledo Bend and Caney Lake, which made

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