Lunkers and Specklebellies: Bass Fishing and Waterfowl Hunting in Louisiana
This exhibition captures the passions behind two popular pursuits in Louisiana, bass fishing and waterfowl hunting. For those eager to catch lunkers (large bass) and shoot the game birds that winter here, including specklebelly geese and dos gris ducks (“doe-gree,” the French name for lesser scaup), Louisiana is a truly a sportsman’s paradise. Featuring more than a hundred artifacts from the Louisiana State Museum’s collection as well as from everyday anglers and hunters, Lunkers and Specklebellies will explore everything from the wildlife conservation movement to the creation of Toledo Bend Reservoir and the art of decoy carving. Artifact highlights include hand-colored John James Audubon engravings, Governor Mike Foster’s hunting coveralls, a late-nineteenth century punt gun, early twentieth-century photographs, and vintage fish tackle. A create-your-own camouflage interactive, based on the marsh-inspired designs of Louisiana women’s hunting apparel company Saint Hugh, shows how hunters use nature’s colors to their advantage. A re-created camp interior serves as a backdrop for learning about legendary Louisiana camps and hunting clubs and Louisiana’s renowned camp cuisine, brought to life with video featuring Chef John Folse.