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Fishing in Southeast Louisiana

hunters orange

While in the lower Pearl River WMA bass fishing and looking for hogs to shoot, my buddy and I spotted a black object across the marsh and we just knew it was a hog. It was out of range so we just watched it and talked about maybe trying to stalk it. Then as it got closer to us we noticed it was in a boat and had a fishing pole in its hand. There is no law or rule stating fisherman or boaters have to wear orange vests or simiply just an orange hat but I would just like to say we should all think about safety for ourselves when entering public lands where we know people will be hunting. This guy was wearing a solid black jacket with a hood on. Its not against the law nor was he doing anything wrong but was that really the safest thing to decide to wear inside a public hunting area? Just wanted to make a safety announcement.
December 26, 2012 at 5:06pm
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Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:19pm
Firearm safety / Hunter orange

I beleive, many year's ago, a fisherman was actually shot by a hunter or hunter's who 'thought' they were shooting a hog/pig in the Honey Island Swamp area near Pearl River.

Everyone need's to be aware of their intended target and what's actually behing it as well, regardless of the Hunter orange requirement for 'Hunter's'.

Thank's for sharing your experience.

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Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:21pm

sure would be a good idea!! luckily yall sound like safe and seasoned hunters!! some other hunter mite just have taken a pot shot at the object for the heck of it just to see if they could of hit it and mite have, not good!!

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Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:38pm
hunters orange

A few years back a man and his son were bass fishing in a boat in the Pearl near Bogalusa. Another father and son were deer hunting and the son shot the boy in the boat for a hog, killing him. The shooter claimed it was not his fault because the boy in the boat had no hunter orange on. Most people don't even know when deer season is open and people are in the outdoors doing many activities. I was always taught it was the shooters responsibility to know what he was aiming at but again down here in the south killing a deer is the most important thing in life to some people.

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JIMMY WProfile Photo
Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:57pm

If it is holding a fishing pole it most likely is not a hog!!

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papa-pProfile Photo
Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:59pm

You never ever shoot at something you think is something. Just stupid thing to do.

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:14pm

i agree, u never ever shoot, unless u know what u are shooting at, the #1 golden rule!!!

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mike the tigreProfile Photo
Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:58pm

why should the fisherman wear orange if you can't see CLEARLY WHAT IT IS DON'T RAISE THE GUN if you can't tell if it has four legs and horns how can you tell its a buck IF YOU DON'T HUNT WITH THIS ATTIDUDE YOU DON'T DESERVE TO CARY A GUN YOU ARE DANGEROUS AND ANYONE ELSE LIKE YOU YOU NEED TO STAY HOME

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Admiral RabbitProfile Photo
Posted December 26, 2012 at 10:20pm
'Gee Wizz I Didn't See'ya'

...most boats I had was w/a radio...at the end of the antenna was 3 or 4 ft of orange florescent tape flagging in 'da wind !!!...if you don't have a antenna the same tape tied to a clothesspin clipped to a rod tip sitting in the holder almost 10 ft above the water works just as well...every little bit in the pursuit of brains helps too...cheers

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Posted December 27, 2012 at 6:50am

to clarify: we always only have either shotguns or unscoped rimfire rifles, so our range is not too far. my story was in the matter of maybe a minute from when we saw the hog like image to realizing it was a man wearing all black. Im not blaming this guy for wearing black clothes, just simply saying I wouldnt do that. I always try to idiot-proof everything.

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Posted December 27, 2012 at 7:55am

Since the boy was shot in the river @ Bogalusa a few years back all my fishing friends wear a hunter orange cap starting in the fall. I t's a wonder one of the May-Haw crowd hasn't been shot for a bear (shaking the trees). Your right there are a lot of idiots out there with a gun that sincerely believe its your responsibility to protect yourself from them.

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Mike Guerin, Louisiana Sportsman Field ReporterProfile Photo
Posted December 27, 2012 at 11:11am

The only reason we have hunter orange laws is because some people are stupid. If you are shooting at a deer or a hog and cant tell what part of the animal you are shooting at you shouldn't be shooting.

Orange helps but you can't cure stupid and now with people thinking everyone will have orange on, makes it quadruple as dangerous for anyone that isn't hunting and not wearing blaze orange.

Be smart people, wear the orange even if you aren't hunting. Sad it has come to this. You can walk around me while I am hunting and not need to fear for your life even without blaze orange. Most but not all people are that way unfortunately.

CaptJSProfile Photo
Posted December 27, 2012 at 11:21pm
Please don't ask why anyone needs a fence

I had an idiot look though a loaded guns scope to see if he knew me. Last time I hunted with that club that gun was pointed right at me and I hit the ground and had some @@@ words for him.

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Admiral RabbitProfile Photo
Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:51am
Cheers ?

...'Ya guys are always complaining !!! Google up:


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 the fishdoctorProfile Photo
Posted December 29, 2012 at 7:28pm
dead right

The only thing dead right will get you is 6' under.

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abeastandasavageProfile Photo
Posted December 29, 2012 at 7:41pm
hunter orange???

if yall aint noticed lately, some people are just hard headed, even though its a simple thing to do and makes a lot of sense??? strange aint it???? not funny, just strange!!!

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keakarProfile Photo
Posted January 03, 2013 at 8:06pm
wearing orange = less fish

fish can see you sitting in the boat and especially in clear water so wearing bright colors or hunter orange might help hunters see you but it also might make those reds stay out of casting range as well.

the more you wear colors like white grey or light blue to blend in with the sky background the less you spook fish, especially tailing redfish in the marsh where you are most likely to end up near hunters if you are in a hunting area so dont forget about that.

i find its much better to just give a shout out once and a while, hunters will let you know if they are there and a momentary shout wont scatter the fish if you are not near any hunters.

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Chris Holmes , Louisiana Sportsman Field ReporterProfile Photo
Posted January 03, 2013 at 9:49pm

I'll take a spooked fish over a bullet in my head any day. Better safe than sorry!

Truebluecoonass9393Profile Photo
Posted January 04, 2013 at 6:22am
Identify your target

I don't know what goes through peoples minds these days. My dad always tought me as a kid and I have seen it myself as I grew older. Never shoot at anything unless you absolutely know what it is your shooting at. There are some hunters who simply do not wear hunters orange. We as fellow hunters can not stop it but can use the knowledge that was tought to us to prevent any major accidents or deaths by hunting like sportsman and not like scavangers. Hope I don't offend anyone this is just my opinion.

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Posted January 04, 2013 at 6:37am

I have one of 2 sons that hunts. I taught him early on that no deer walked on 2 feet/carried a rifle or was 6 ft tall--SO he better be damn sure of his target and ALL gobblers heads were different than hens and be sure of the beard. He knows I have been stalked by other turkey hunters. He knows not to move but to say HELLO in a loud voice if someone gets close to him.
THAT SAID, I wear an orange cap in my boat while fishing . Other boat operators see it quickly and slow and give me a wide berth . If I should break down I will be easier to spot too. Maybe Im just an old man .

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CCWoodyProfile Photo
Posted January 07, 2013 at 7:40pm
duck hunters

Wearing orange makes a lot of sense even though it isn't required. Better safe than dead. But remember the duck hunters will be in boats or wading and wearing camo. Be certain of your target!

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