February 11, 2013 at 2:38pm
I grew up hunting the Pearl River WMA. Over the years I have witness the area close due to high water, only to open back up when the water level dropped below 16.5 feet. The area was closed twice this year, September then in January. Each time this high water occurs Oil Well Road usually remains closed after the reserve is opened. This is understandable as Oil Well Road washes out in a few spots. Once it is fixed Oil Well Road opens for vehicular traffic. Well, the water rose in January causing the area to be closed, only to open just prior to the February HOG season with dogs. Now I'm no hog dog hunter, but I'm a hunter who anticipates a season as do the hog dog hunters. With Oil Well Road remaining closed with no intentions of opening this road until next September, is deprieving the hog dog hunters of access to this part of the reserve, and others who hunt down that road, including me. I road my bike in to hunt and noticed a few areas where the road was washed out. These spots were not that washed out, I road my bike though them without a problem. What concerns me is why can't the roads get fixed in a timely manner, literally a few hours would have it passable. How about making Oil Well Road a 4-wheeler trail after the high water, if its gonna take that much time to fix it. We are in the last month to hunt the area and can't get to our favorite spots without making great efforts. I find that this is poor management by the DW&F. They have the machinery right there to take care of the road, but would rather do it later, after the season is over. They want the hogs to be killed but want to make it more difficult to kill them. I'm just asking to be reasonable with this issue, fixed the road in a timely manner or make it a 4-wheeler trail when the road is closed.