I have a 2001 Ford Excursion 4X4 with 200K miles. Need to get the springs/suspension checked out. Read a little bit on it and it seems that the weak link in the Excursion was the springs off the factory line. With a good knowledgeable service tech, an upgrade can do wonders for the ride and towing. I am looking for recommendations from everyone on a competent springs/suspension technician in.... Read More
Looking for a cull buck or doe management hunt for my kids to take a deer. Had to give up my lease this year. Money is tight but I still want my kids to have a hunt or two and put meat in the freezer if I can. Used to see several 'doe hunts' or management hunts here, but I been searching for hours and can't find any this year. Would be interested in LA/TX/MS. Any info contact me at.... Read More
After watching my son make many hunts, my 10 year old daughter now wants to kill a hog or deer too. I don't have a deer lease so I wanna put her on a hog while she is out of school. Land of Lakes is booked through New year. Anybody know of another paid hunt place where she has a great chance to put a hog down? Doesn't have to be a super challenge, I want to focus on the safety and gun.... Read More
Got a question for your ATV wizards out there. Sunday night at about 8pm I started my Honda Foreman 450 on the first crank and put it in the back of the truck to hunt the next morning. Got to the lease and just before 6am Monday morning, I went to start it and the battery was very weak. Turned over a couple of times, but quickly died and couldn't start the engine even with pull cord. Brought.... Read More
I wanted to do a little survey from the rice field hunters out there...As many of you know, I found a rice field lease this year after losing my marsh lease. I am kinda skeptical about rice fields, and as I thought, I am not having much success. To be honest, I have had to work on many of the better hunting days, but I have been able to make seven hunts so far this year. We killed 7 ducks.... Read More
Well, we had a rough first split, but I figured I could enjoy the few ducks we were able to shoot tonight. Breast strips with bell pepper and onion slices, topped with a little cream cheese, then wrapped in bacon and broiled to medium. Accent that with a fine bourbon on the rocks in an LSU insulated cup. Sure would be nice to put a few more in the freezer for the second split!
Finished the first split in the rice field blind with a bust. Other than opening morning, the first split has been disappointing. I saw lots of ducks the weekend before the season opened, but after the first morning of getting shot at--POOF! They are gone. Not even getting many looks. Most of the ducks I am seeing are sky high. This rice field hunting is a lot different than the marsh. .... Read More
I have a trip planned to Natchez for my 12 year old to make a deer hunt. We went last year and saw lots of deer and had a good time. I learned yesterday that the weekend we are going is primitive firearms in MS. I was able to borrow a .444 and 45-70, but have never shot either one. Lookin for opinions from deer hunters about which one will be more suited for a 12 year old. I will be using.... Read More
We were getting swarmed by birds at first light this morning. Well, it was Poule D'eau to be specific, but they were all over us! Didn't see the concentrations of ducks that were on the lease last weekend, but we still had a fun time. My son's shoulder is gonna be purple from blasting away at those coots! Ended up with two spoonbills, 1 teal, and 17 coots. Lost another teal in the grass. .... Read More
I ran into a strange problem with my ATV this weekend and could use some help identifying the problem. Seems as though each time I take my Honda Foreman 450 into the rice field (water), the engine runs very rough, sputters, and dies. It cranks back up, buts goes 4 or 5 feet and sputters/dies. I had to start it up over 20 times to get 100 yards across a rice field. As soon as I get back on.... Read More
Had a close call this morning!! For those of you following my blog, you know that I have moved to a new lease in a rice field and have very little experience in rice fields. We went out at dusk yesterday to put out the decoys and ran into another hunter on the lease. He said 'There's lots of ducks in the fields. Hope they stay here till next weekend!' I told him I was going get them.... Read More
I am looking at some used Ford Excursions. Want to go with a diesel. I found an '01 with the 7.3L diesel and an '04 with the 6.0L. Both have about 170K miles and are the same price. I have heard nothing but great things about the 7.3 and mixed reviews on the 6.0's. Looking for some opinions...is the 7.3L that much better of an engine to give up 3 years of age for the same price, or is the.... Read More
Its bad enough that I couldn't get outta work to take my son duck hunting today, but watching the sun rise on this cool morning wondering how many ducks flew by the blind is tough. Worst of all, now I see wood ducks flying down the vermilion river in Lafayette! If that doesn't kill a duckhunter, nothing will!!!
Just brought my lab Mico on his last trip to the vet. It was a very difficult ride to take, but I couldn't let him suffer any longer. I know it was the right thing to do. At least I still have lots of great memories in the marsh with him.
I am gonna need some new tires soon. Looking for an All-Terrain tire that can get me through an occasional muddy spot at the hunting lease, but they will spend more time on the road than in the field. I have had great success with the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/As and am considering the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac. Anybody used the new Goodyear Duratrac and how did they perform?
Checked out the rice field blind near Whiteville this morning and I was pleased. I saw several hundred ducks on the field, mostly big ducks too. They seemed happy where they were, because they just hopped up, crossed the field, and went back down. I sure hope they stay there a while.
My field has rice that was cut early and made a second head. It has plenty of standing rice, but the ducks.... Read More
I thought this might be interesting to some of the deer hunters. While watching the LSU game Saturday, I cut into a piece of BBQ pork steak from a hog my son shot with a Remington 30-06 CoreLokt. The shot struck shoulder blade on entry and stayed in the opposite shoulder, but dropped the hog. Take a look at how well the round mushroomed, but still held its base and probably most of its weight.... Read More
Well guys, I was getting real nervous because duck season is about 7 weeks away and I still had no lease. But good news--I found a rice field lease that was available and affordable, so I am good for the winter! I hunted mostly marsh all my life with only a few seasons of rice field hunting under my belt. I didn't have much success in rice fields, but just having the ability to spend time.... Read More
A fun trip to Cypremort Point turned ugly when the blistering rain limited vision. Got a little off track and caught the rock jetty at hi tide. Bad news-punched a hole in one lower unit and cracked the other. Good news is-everyone got back safe/sound. Been wanting to repower with a single for a while. Powerheads and gears/shaft are still good in case anybody is looking for parts/repair.... Read More
Considering a PTO powered generator for use during storms to power the house. Currently have a 7KW LPG generator that can't keep up with the demand. Since I have a tractor and transfer switch already, I figure the PTO unit will give me more power to the house and I can use it in other situations too. How 'clean' or consistent the power is coming off a tractor PTO? I lost a few appliances.... Read More