Atchafalaya Basin

Youngster learns to master swamp

Jonathan Cheely, left, with his father Jamie Cheely, right, and the six-point deer Jonathan Cheely shot in the Atchafalaya Basin. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of Donna Cheely)

Two days after Christmas this past year, 11-year-old Jonathan Cheely walked behind his father Jamie Cheely in knee-deep water and rain to make an afternoon hunt in the Atchafalaya Basin swamp.

Gator season

Former Stephensville Elementary School student and “Swamp People” cast member Duggie Acosta shows off an 11-foot, 8-inch alligator he caught recently. He brought the alligator to the Stephensville Elementary School to show the students.
(Submitted Photo courtesy of Linda Cooke)

With the alligator hunting season edging toward a close, most hunters have filled their tags for the season, and wildlife officials report no citations in this region.

Basin Program announces 30 new primitive camp sites, photo contest

New primitive campsite locations in the Atchafalaya Basin.

BATON ROUGE — Thirty primitive camping sites in the Atchafalaya Basin on state-owned property for use by the public and nature enthusiasts alike have recently been located and marked, the State Dep


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