Hanna Rhodes kills first deer

Hanna Rhodes, 9, of Bayou Vista, harvested her first deer — a 167-pound, 8-pointer — Nov. 23 in St. Mary Parish. She has been following her dad from duck blinds to deer stands since she was 4 years old and loves preparing and eating wild game. Rhodes, a fourth-grader at Holy Cross Elementary in Morgan City, is the daughter of Kim and Cynthia Rhodes. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of Kim Rhodes)

Blue-winged teal opener better than last year

Steven Poole, from Mississippi, looks over the powder blue color of a blue winged teal's wings during a hunt near Welsh. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of John K. Flores)

With blue-winged teal breeding numbers at record levels — reportedly 73 percent above the long-term average this past spring — you had to know the stage was set for a spectacular opener when migrat


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