My cousin, Travis Freeman, has been tearing up the sac-a-lait in the past 2 months. He said he caught this limit in a little over an hour. He tells me he has caught over 150 since February. His fishing area is not a secret, but you will have to travel a bit to get there. Travis lives in Texas. But when he comes to visit us here in Morgan City, at least a portion of the trip is spent in the Basin chasing reds, specks and anything else that is biting! By the way, notice the good taste Travis has in shirts. Great job, Travis!
Our first hog hunt with Brian and Torrie Eaton was very successful. Torrie put down that big boar with their daughter, Avery by her side. More to come in my column, Public Ramblings next week.
Randy Levingston and I, combined forces with our friends Brian and Torrie Eaton, for some hog hunts down at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA recently. Pictured is a very nice boar that Torrie shot on the first hunt. I will be detailing that hunt and another one that is pretty wild, on my next Public Ramblings column which should be ready in early April.
After reading this article, in my opinion this is an extremely irresponsible action that is getting ready to happen in Texas. Way too many variables that no one can control. It sounds like they are so desperate that no matter what the cost they are going to do it anyway. Interesting comments from Louisiana's State wildlife vet, Jim Lacour, who seems to be thinking more along my lines.
The link to the article is below the story. Then check out the comments section. The readers comments are very enlightening as to the potential dangers of this plan.
Here is the story:
'Texas to feral pigs: It's time for the 'hog apocalypse' to begin'
Texas has a new plan for its 2.5 million feral hogs: total annihilation.
Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, just approved a pesticide â called 'Kaput Feral Hog Lure' â for statewide use.
'The 'hog apocalypse' may finally be on the horizon,' Miller said in a statement on Tuesday.
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'This solution is long overdue,' he added. 'Wild hogs have caused extensive damage to Texas lands and loss of income for many, many years.'
Texas's agriculture commission estimates that feral hogs cause $52 million in damage each year to agricultural businesses by tearing up crops and pastures, knocking down fences and ruining equipment.
The so-called hog lure is derived from warfarin, a blood-thinning agent that's also used to kill rats and mice in homes and buildings. Animals don't die immediately from eating the odorless, tasteless chemical. That would be too kind. Instead, they keep eating it until the anti-clotting properties cause them to bleed to death internally.
This week, Miller approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code that allows landowners and agricultural producers to use Kaput â essentially warfarin-laced pellets â to keep feral hogs off their property.
Proponents of the hog toxicant, including the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, say it's an effective tool because it's only strong enough to kill the swine, and not other wildlife populations or livestock.
In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered Kaput's hog bait under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a move that made the product available for general use.
Still, environmentalists and hog hunters alike staunchly oppose using warfarin to stamp out Texas's feral pig problem.
Pigs poop, after all, and other animals could ingest the warfarin along the way. Some Texans hunt the pigs for sport and food, and they're worried about eating poisoned swine.
'For Texas to introduce a poison into the equation is a bad decision in our opinion and could likely contaminate humans who unknowingly process and eat feral hogs,' the Texas Hog Hunters Association said in a Change.org petition to block the rule change.
Louisiana might become the next state to use Kaput to quell its feral hog population, which worries state wildlife veterinarian Jim LaCour. He said local black bears and raccoons could easily lift the lid to the cages containing the warfarin-laced pellets.
'We do have very serious concerns about non-target species,' LaCour told the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
'When the hogs eat, they're going to drop crumbs on the outside, where small rodents can get them and not only intoxicate themselves but also birds of prey that eat them. Since the poison will be on the landscape for weeks on end, the chances of these birds eating multiple affected animals is pretty good,' he told the newspaper.
The pesticide's manufacturer, Scimetrics Ltd. Corp., assures the pesticide is safe for humans and wildlife â just not for feral pigs.
Meet Kelsey Michel, whose whole life has been wrapped around the sport of hunting and fishing.
She learned the ropes from her grandfather Jon Michel, her great grandfather Carol Vinning and now her step dad Dwayne Bergeron. She has adapted well and honed her skills at hunting and fishing. From a young age, she was introduced to the outdoors, starting with fishing, not only for reds and specks, mind you, but also for alligator. Carol and Jon had been hunting alligators for many years, bringing many nieces, nephews, children and grandchildren out with them to experience the outdoors and the lessons that can be learned from it.
Kelsey also has had the opportunity to experience deer hunting. Even though she hasnât killed a deer to date, Iâm sure it wonât be long before this girl puts one in the freezer. Her grandfather Jon brought her out at a young age, not to hunt at first, but to experience the sight and sounds of deer, black bear, coyotes, snakes and the other many animals you see in the woods of south Louisiana. Jon taught her about gun safety and the proper way of carrying and shooting a weapon.
This year her stepfather wanting to do something special for her. So he set up a duck hunt for her eighteenth birthday and the results are in the pictures. Kelsey knocked 3 down on her first time out in the duck blind. Her smile and her attitude toward hunting and safety puts her in a unique group of young women, who love to experience the thrill of the hunt but are also about the conservation of the kill. To harvest as much of the animal as you can, donât let anything go to waste and to take only what you and your family can eat. Iâm sure this girl will be hunting for many years to come. Get your kids in the outdoors and let them experience what nature has to offer. Iâm sure her great grandfather Carol who passed recently, her grandfather Jon and her stepdad Dwayne are very proud of this young lady.
Stories like this, show that there is still hope for our youth related to hunting and fishing. If you take the time to teach them, many will stay with it for a lifetime. If you donât do it, who will?
God Bless and Merry Christmas!
Guys this is crazy! Check it out:
A Burmese python in the Everglades with a penchant for venison gulped down three whole deer â one doe and two fawns â before wildlife officials captured and euthanized it, a new study reveals.
The gustatory feat sets a record: It's the first invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) caught with three deer in its gut, said study co-lead author Scott Boback, an associate professor of biology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
The python probably attacked and ate the deer at different times over a 90-day period, Boback said. That time span may seem long, but it's actually quite surprising that a snake would eat three enormous meals in a relatively short window, Boback told Live Science. [Photos: This Invasive Python Ate Three Wild Deer]
'If a python is capable of eating three deer in three months,' what else are they eating that we don't know about, he asked. 'We don't even know how many of them are out there [in the Everglades].'
Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, but for reasons still shrouded in mystery, they became established in the Everglades during the 1990s. The snakes can grow to be up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) long in the Everglades (and up to 26 feet, or 8 m, long in Southeast Asia). They use their strong muscles to wrap around prey, obstructing their victims' blood flow until circulation stops.
It's unclear how the python attacked the deer, but the snake may have hid in the water, waiting for the deer to stop for a drink. That would have left the deer within striking distance of the snake, Boback said.
The 15.6-foot-long (4.8 m) female snake was almost done digesting its three massive meals when officials caught and euthanized it on June 3, 2013. A necropsy, or animal autopsy, revealed an empty stomach but intestines packed with poop.
The fecal matter was immense: more than 14 lbs. (6.5 kilograms), or 13 percent of the snake's body mass, Boback said. Study co-researchers Teresa Hsu and Suzanne Peurach, scientists at the Smithsonian Institution, sieved through the excrement and found mats of fur and several undigested hooves, bones and teeth, indicating that the python had eaten white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) â and not just one, Boback said.
It's no surprise that the fur, hooves and teeth were undigested, as pythons can't break down keratin or enamel, Boback said. However, they can digest bone, which would explain why the researchers found only fragments of bone in the dung, he said.
After sifting through the snake poop, the researchers found 12 white-tailed deer hooves and 10 dewclaws â the upper part of the deer's toes. The hooves are organized by individual, with the adult on the left side, the large fawn in the middle and the small fawn on the right.
The size and shape of the hooves â as well as the presence of a deciduous, or baby, tooth â indicated that the adult doe was at least 1 year old and about 99 lbs. (45 kg), one fawn was about 1 month old and 37 lbs. (17 kg) and the other fawn was about 2 weeks old and 29 lbs. (13 kg), the researchers wrote in the study. [In Images: Hungry Python Eats Porcupine Whole]
Pythons are ravenous eaters, and they've been wreaking havoc on the Everglades ecosystem, Boback said. The hungry snakes hunt the region's native animals, including birds, mammals and at least one reptile â the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), the researchers wrote in the study.
Although other Everglades studies have shown correlations between the presence of pythons and a drop in mammals â such as raccoons, opossums, bobcats and rabbits â the new report shows concrete evidence that pythons can eat more than one deer within a short period of time, Boback said.
'It just begs the question, 'How often are they eating these things?'' he said.
The study was published in the November issue of the journal BioInvasions Records.
Original article on Live Science.
In my opinion the current issue has more useful deer hunting information than any other I can remember. Yes I do work for them and you can call me a homer, but if you have been reading my column and posts over the years, you should know that I tell it like it is. If you have not read the magazine this month and you are a die hard deer hunter like me, check it out. You will most likely find something in there that you have never heard before and it could be useful to your season. Good hunting and God bless!
4 of my grandkids, (Ava, Baylor and Reese Allen, Tuesday Aucoin) with intense concentration waiting for a bite! They had a great time catching largemouth bass, several varieties of perch and a few mullets. Thanks to my buddy Joey Busbice for letting us fish in his back yard in Stephensville.
More pics from my grandkids fishing trip. They had a blast catching one after another. Size was NOT an issue, if it pulled, they pulled back! Haha! Lots of of fun for all.
My 6 year old grand daughter, Tuesday Ray Aucoin from California, is here visiting us. I took her fishing in Stephensville this morning to try to catch her first fish. The mission was accomplished in short order, as her first ever catch was a largemouth bass. Within in minutes she caught a mullet and several perch. We were using earthworms under a cork and the action was fast and furious. Her Pop was doing nothing but baiting lines, taking pictures and releasing fish all morning long. Great time, great memories!
The catfish bite has slowed considerably. Had to resort to running a couple of cut bait trot lines to make up for the lack of rod and reel activity.
More pics from the Locust Bayou fishing trip.
My daughter Brooke Allen, her husband Sam and kids Ava and Baylor had a very successful red fishing trip down at Locust Bayou today. They fished several different spots without much success, until they hit Locust Bayou. They battled bull reds and bull black drum almost non stop for several hours. Shrimp, crawfish and cracked crab were the bait. Bright sunshine and almost calm conditions, made for a very enjoyable and memorable day of fishing with the family.
My 78 year old dad, Raymond Aucoin, has been out of commission (fishing wise) for nearly a year. I was honored to take him down to Bayou Dularge this morning and serve as his personal photographer and his chief deck hand. He proceeded to land one big bull red after another, just like he has done for many, many years. He caught the first bull red 15 seconds after casting out the first line. It was just that kind of day for him and I loved every moment of it! If you don't think the man was on fire, check out the photo of the 20 lb bull red with the spots aligned to read 'RA', you know like 'Raymond Aucoin'. The man was even catching personalized fish! Haha! Seriously though, it was a very enjoyable day getting my dad back on the water where he truly belongs!
Well after Baylor's Mom and big sister put it on him last week catching the most and biggest cat fish, Baylor set out yesterday to regain his title. Brooke and Ava, stayed home and gave him a chance to redeem himself, while his dad, Sam and I were his deckhands. Baylor responded with the biggest catfish of the day and even a rare sheepshead for the most exotic fish of the day. All is right with the world, as Baylor has once again become, 'THE FISHMASTER'! Take your kids out fishing, it really is a blast!
I don't think we will be changing Baylor's nickname from 'Fish Master' to 'Eel Master' any time soon!! Haha! He hauled in this big sucker and then did not want to have much to do with him once he got in the boat!
My daughter Brooke, decided to join us on an impromtu afternoon fishing trip. Baylor 'Fishmaster' Allen and big sister Ava Allen were co captains for the trip down to Fool's Point. It was very windy, but still pleasant weather. Using river shrimp, we were able to catch enough for a nice meal in a couple of hours. Brooke caught the biggest catfish of the day, Ava had the second biggest and The Fishmaster caught a huge eel. Great fun with my loved ones.
My 6 year old grandson Baylor 'The Fishmaster' Allen had a blast reeling in some nice freshwater cats at Fool's Point near Berwick last week. Check out the action pics I took. What a joy it is to experience his excitement with each and every catch.
Tired of looking at pics all of those big bull reds on the site. Decided now that hog season was over, it was time to get us some! Randy Levingston and I traded our hunting weapons, for rod and reels and headed down to Dularge. We quickly each hooked up with nice 20 pound plus bulls, but just as quickly found them hard to find for the rest of the afternoon. Beautiful day to fish though, light winds, bright sunshine, life is GOOD!
My six year old grandson Baylor Allen really put it on his Pop and Grandpa. We took Baylor fishing Sunday down to Halter's Island. He caught 6 reds and two nice freshwater catfish. His biggest red was 26 inches long and 7.50 lbs. Let's just say my Dad and I caught less than Baylor did...a lot less! Haha! We fished with shrimp and Gulp. Nothing like listening to your grandson talking smack all morning. It was like 'Hey Pop, I am the FISH MASTER!!!'
What a great day it was, with 3 generations having a good time on the water.