Waterfowl Hunting in Southwest Louisiana
We're doing it to ourselves!
Any given day on any given outdoors media the cries to get the youth of America involved in hunting and fishing can be heard. The fear of these sports becoming extinct is frightening and intolerable. To combat these fears many of us have taken to openly volunteering to introduce young boys and girls to a passtime that we all cherish dearly. I am one of these volunteers. However, I find it more and more difficult to get young people involved in a sport I love dearly yet am losing faith in. Due to life being unpredictable and ever changing I recently made a move to the Lafayette area which has forced me to give up my duck lease in the SE portion of the state. One that Ive spent many youth hunts on with kids of friends and colleagues. Longing for the thrill of early winter days on the pond and the excitement of whistles over decoys, I began my search for a lease in my area of operation. I responded to a classified from this very sight and was appalled at the cost of enjoying a hobby!! The advertiser wanted $5500 per blind. Really?? The use of an 8'X4' piece of property for a few months hardly dictates this kind of moneitary gain. This is one example and a quite expensive one to boot. However, I have found others in the $4000 range. This is absolutely ludacris!! My brother and I work overseas and occassionaly get to enjoy half a season together if we're lucky. Due to the price gouging I will be hanging up my waders and not be allowed to get involved in the sport. I cant afford it. Greedy land owners have driven the prices so high that the average Joe can no longer afford to enjoy a once favorite passtime, much less be able to allow others to be introduced to it as well. For the prices being asked in the local area we have decided to take one or two guided trips a year elsewhere. So while those high dollar leases are lining the pockets of land owners, my dollars are headed north! We are pricing ourselves out of a sport, pricing oursleves out of what once was a family activity. Shame on us, we are the ones to blame!