That pile of brush in the middle of the photo is a beaver lodge near Mansura -- home base for one of the nation’s largest species of rodents and a major drainage headache in Avoyelles Parish. Beavers dam up natural and man-made drainageways, flooding large areas. Parish officials are renewing their battle with beavers.
An Abbeville man thought he was leaving Avoyelles Parish with a trophy white-tailed deer. Instead, he received major hunting violation citations for hunting without a license, without deer tags and under revocation.
Glen Toupes Jr., 40, killed the 16-point, 265-pound buck while bowhunting on a Simmesport area hunting club’s property as a guest. The hunting club called the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries to help measure the deer for record purposes.