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March 02, 2014 at 12:08pm

I have seen many topics on here about duck hunting this year. Like the rest of you, I get just as worked up and frustrated about the topic. I have pitched in my comments and we all have the same ideas. What are we to do though? Can anything be done to help us here in Louisiana? We can't go regulate their private property with the things they are doing. Purposely leaving 1/4 of the crop on the ground just for ducks. No till planting , farmers who don't even hunt setting up to commercially guide hunts on their land. Everyone keeps saying flooding property but you don't have flood anything, they will land in a dry field covered in beans with no problem. I have noticed that where the mass amounts of rain water is from the north to down south is where the majority of migration will follow. This year the ducks are just to the west of us. Is there anyway we can get together and start petitions ? Is it a bad thing that we are altering a federal game bird so much, other than us not getting great hunting seasons. will there be negative affects in the future? Why can't we use crops to hunt with, without planting hundreds of acres. Its the same thing i don't care what anyone says. Its baiting no matter what. Why can't we go plant wild rice on management areas? Can we get together as volunteers and make more safe havens in the state so the birds will have a place to rest? I want to hear some ideas that are progressive instead of complaints. complaining will not change anything!! I'm game for volunteering as much as possible for the sport I love! ANY SUGGESTIONS?

January 05, 2014 at 2:29pm

I Was wondering what's some of the stories my fellow sportsman have on shooting banded birds. How were they shot,have you ever shot two super close together , more than one in a day etc . Also does anyone know the odds of shooting one ?!

November 29, 2013 at 9:59pm

Looking for any information on a lease for next year! Im open to just about anywhere in the state, have no problem driving. I've had enough of the public land mayhem I cherish the opportunity and land more than most that I've seen. Clean and respectful hunter. Will treat it as if it were my own and always leave it better than I found it. Any information is appreciated, thank you for your time.

Call Chris - 225-620-8600

January 26, 2013 at 3:13pm

With the drought in most of the country, and almost all of the pothole region, things are looking great. I seen 500-1000 teal s on the 15 acre pond we hunt. All the water in there is rain water and dropping fast, yet it's still stacked with bwt. They've perched up on anything and didn't care a bit about us when we walked up. I know I was well under 50 yards for the closest group. They didn't move a lick. I'm so pumped at the odds being totally in our favor! Am I the only one?

September 12, 2012 at 8:37pm
A comment titled: Re: 2nd Banded duck in response to a report titled: 2nd Banded duck

All of them were wood ducks as well

November 14, 2015 at 10:40pm
A comment titled: Re: 2nd Banded duck in response to a report titled: 2nd Banded duck

Awesome brotha!! I shot three woodies one time and two were banded..another time i shot a banded bird dec 31st , went back the next day on new years and shot another one!!! its super
exciting and somewhat surreal!!

November 14, 2015 at 10:39pm
A comment titled: Re: LAKE OPHELIA- Going Down Hill in response to a report titled: LAKE OPHELIA- Going Down Hill

Ya can't eat horns!! Like the Admiral will say Cheers'!!

September 09, 2015 at 12:01am
A comment titled: Re: Ducks in response to a report titled: Ducks

Both are over hunted.. Amount of birds is all about hunting pressure. They come through quick and leave even faster!! Best bet is to go try and see for yourself. Had some memorable hunts up there and i wont lie about it, they are far and few between bud. Teal is hit or miss and when its good it seems the hunters outnumber the teal! Big duck season is a joke bc the birds are staying in arkansas these days. Greys and woodies is mostly what we shoot but mallards,wigeon, teal, shovelers come through in small numbers along with the occasional canvasback/ redhead/black ducks. Go give er a try, wont hurt! Happy hunting and safety before bag limits. Get a kid into the woods, its more fulfilling!!

September 02, 2015 at 3:23pm
A comment titled: Re: LATE SEASON in response to a report titled: LATE SEASON

Im all for the youth dates being after the season!! They will have a week or two break and more birds/species to pick from! Nothing better than instilling a good hobby into a young child's life! We do not have to be mad since it isn't us, c'mon man, let the kids have it!! People wanna complain but we need to be more sportsmanlike to one another in the field and concentrate on how we pressure birds instead of complaining about children getting a couple days after the season!! The birds are over pressured !!!!

August 28, 2015 at 4:22pm
A comment titled: Re: Snipe season in response to a report titled: Snipe season

Typically , sea on starts mid december. Last few years its been around Dec. 18th

August 21, 2015 at 6:22pm

The concrete boat launch at the end of shell road. its down by Grand Bay, launches into the Atchafalaya River. The whole stab tires or shooting to scare someone isn't the solution in my book. All it will do is start a vicious cycle that is guaranteed to end badly. My new truck has a locking bed cover so that will solve the issue with gear in the bed. The grizzly is usually with me and i never leave my boat or pirogue unattended somewhere. It's pathetic we cannot trust in other people but, its the world we live in. Still love it out there and i will hunt it until the day i die!!

July 29, 2015 at 1:46pm
A comment titled: Re: Badlands Packs in response to a report titled: Badlands Packs

my best friend had one that got left in the woods while squirrel hunting. went back the following week and a bear had found it. still uses it to this day!! good packs

May 06, 2015 at 11:40am

Sadly, this has been happening a lot up there. Between vandalization and thieves red river is becoming a pain in the butt!! I hunt up there quite often and have seen my fair share of dirty moves. I don't deer hunt but i squirrel hunt and waterfowl hunt the whole WMA. We were duck hunting off the atchafalaya river, right there, at the launch on shell road. We left out early , made a decent hunt and trekked back to the launch. When we arrived back someone had stolen a couple chairs and our boots out the back of my truck. Who steals someone else's boots?!? Sucks to ride home with no treads on your feet! hard to explain why you were just in the woods and in your socks at the store.Another time i seen two sets of trailer tires cut and a month later someone else's truck tires were slashed. it was an ATV trailer and a boat trailer. This passed weekend i went duck hunting off the main hwy in the flooded timber off the mississippi. i was a little late so i was moving fast. Got a little hot so i took off my jacket ,threw my gear in my pirogue,and i swore i tossed the jacket on top of the decoy bags but i Left out in a rush. I usually put my keys/wallet in my jacket pocket just before i left. Cant stand to sit on my wallet and I'm weird about leaving my keys at my truck ,since its widely known,so many people do it. I set up tossed the decoys out and attempted to hide. After i cooled down i reached for my jacket. My heart sank as i realized it wasn't there. Panic set in as i tried to recount my steps that morning. A part of me swore i tossed the carhartt in the pirogue so i knew it had to be on the path. Frantically searched for hours to no avail. you would think it would be on a snag and slightly floating on the water. The more i thought about it the more i questioned whether i had thrown it on the boat or left it on my bed cover.Earlier, as i paddled to my spot, i heard a truck with exhaust slow down , stop for a second around where my truck was ,then they smashed out like they were on a mission to get away and get away fast. Now I'm confused as to whether i had it or left it there! It had my keys in it , so i was stranded out there. Had to phone a friend and wait in the cold for five or six hours since we live around Baton Rouge. Got extremely sweaty trying to prod with a 15 foot stick with a horizontal nub at the end i cut off some mangrove, hoping i would feel it and be able to pull it up. I have been searching for 3 days and am at a serious loss. There was quite a bit of cash in there and some of those keys i can't replace again. I have 4 trailers with tongue locks and the typical keys like everyone else that i have lost before so they were the spares. Feel like such an idiot for not making new copies and bringing that much money with me, a damn fool for doing so!!!! Over thinking the whole bit now I've caused myself so much story confusion, replaying scenarios in my mind! Cant stop thinking that i may have left that jacket on my truck. It sucks that no matter how good you are to the world it doesn't repay the favor. Going back out tomorrow and bringing a diver buddy wednesday. Ashamed of myself and my actions! Wish it wouldn't have happened and i would have stayed in bed with the woman, like she wanted! Super bummed out!! I don't know about you guys but, if i caught a no good sob doing some shady stuff, they wont need the sheriff or Wardens, they'll need God himself!!!!!

January 18, 2015 at 9:59pm
A comment titled: Can give you a lead to start.. in response to a report titled: Russell sage Help

Get the map printed out ,go out there and scout it out!!
No one is going to give up what they know on state land opportunities. Go put in work brother!!
Go to wlf.louisiana.gov, click wma at top right and then scroll down, look at the map of the wma's to see the areas. Then scroll down some more and click on the wma you want for the info and maps. Research on google earth and make sure to learn wma regulations then go try.

November 26, 2014 at 9:28pm
A comment titled: They aren't a severe problem! in response to a report titled: BEARS

They aren't even a concern for endangering any animals or people!! Sorry for your feeder but we are the intruders into their land not the other way around fellas!! You want a season but have you looked into the amount of research,efforts and huge amounts of money spent on all of it along with the relocation efforts?!? I mean its untold thousands spent on these 'native' black bears! Not to mention, obviously, no one keeps track of the numbers of bears hunters love to shoot for their own ridiculous reasons. One was just shot out of concordia found floating in the red river. Seems a few are shot, every year, in red river 'richard k yancey' by people! There will never be an actual legitimate season if sportsmen can't abide by their protection laws here in Louisiana!! You want a season advocate for the laws to be abided by, just that simple!! I have been followed by a few in red river while squirrel hunting, i assume, its because i had food in my bag. They aren't necessarily scared of people but they don't show any aggression. Its quite cool to see , if you ask me!Teach hunters to leave them alone !!!!! I don't want to see them shot cause most places only do it for the hide, which is ridiculous !! Up in Canada , when they have their season, they CANT eat them because of some worms or parasites taint the animal. THEN WHY SHOOT IT!! For those who say I'm not a true sportsman for being against it , i didn't know senseless killing is what made a real sportsmen. Same goes for big game in Africa- its senseless and sickening to me. That makes you a savage and how dare you claim to be an outdoorsman/woman! Conservation is very much a part of what we do, if you don't abide by that you're not what you claim to be. There wont be a legal bear season for at least 10-15 more years.
They will have to be none killed and have steady interaction with the general public like the places that have the season now-digging in garbage cans,in residential neighborhoods , attacking cattle frequently etc. Please give me legitimate reasons why they should be harvested !!!

October 16, 2014 at 8:10pm
A comment titled: Not surprised in response to a report titled: R.Y. Black Bear stalks me and son while hunting:

I have hunted red river going on 9-10 years and this is quite common. Its happened to me 3 times , mostly in the three rivers area south of the first control structure! All of the times i had food on me in my bag. They aren't very scared of people being they have been relocated, for the most part. My only advice would be, DONT MESS UP AND DARE HURT/SHOOT AT/SHOOT OR HARM THEM IN ANY WAY! There has been many shot up there in the last five years. Most of them were after the man shot two or three opening day of rifle season about three years ago. He shot them in the section across from the wardens trailer off why 910 that goes back to the levee road taking you into the back section of red river. He claimed he thought they were hogs and shot them, wanted to stick to his word and show his daughters to do the right things. He had a warden friend whom he told and turned himself into, they treated him very poorly , blasted him all over every sporting website around then fined him an absurd amount along with taking his hunting privileges for 3-5 years. The publics response was to start killing bears. There was also one recently shot within the last month found floating in the red river. It was said to have been shot in concordia parish so thats right in that area somewhere. Like i said its happened to me a few times and most times the bears aren't wary of people but show no aggression. I never was too worried bc i have a weapon and I'm sorry LDWF if it comes at me y'all can jail me /fine me and take my licenses but i will prevail! Go get some bear mace and start carrying it. The places I've seen them are all over three rivers , the restricted land off 910 , on the river side , a mile above j the wardens main shack which was the town of Shaws , school. Never seen any north of there. When i asked a warden , which we call the old man, i believe he's the top guy or one of them, i asked him what i should do he told me and i quote'if you feel like its necessary to kill a bear you BETTER have proof on you it attacked you' So the bear has more protection than you, it is not a game, get some mace!!!!!

October 16, 2014 at 7:46pm
A comment titled: several places in response to a report titled: Where can i Find Shells

Academy has good stock if you don't wait till the last minute, bass pro is always good , so is cabbalas

October 03, 2014 at 9:43pm
A comment titled: so,so on the pics in response to a report titled: Catahoula guided hunts

Mind you, I snapped these pics with an IPhone 4S so if i can catch those in a phone, to me, that says something! LOL

October 02, 2014 at 5:44pm
A comment titled: Why complain, just leave!! in response to a report titled: Catahoula guided hunts

Catahoula isn't soley public!!! Before you gripe about it, do a little research !! The lake is primarily public then you have the restricted area for resting fowl out in the middle. The parts i wish i could hunt seem to be private areas of the lake. Hunted it twice last year, during that extreme cold spell where it was all surrounded in ice! Covered in canvasbacks,teal,a few wigeons, very few green heads . I took some pics to look back on during the off season. Had to be a couple hundred thousand birds on the lake , no joke!!! You guide on the north side and southwest part of the lake? If you're okay with telling me I'm interested to know. Not here to bash you I'm all for qualified hunters showing newbies how to hunt like a pro, i wish more learned from good guides/veteran hunters before they went out on their own! What are your rates,What area do you guide in?!

October 02, 2014 at 4:34pm
A comment titled: Another group of titty babies!! in response to a report titled: Public/private land Hunting

Its not only bearded maniacs or Duck Dynasty causing issues!! The problems are ignorant hunters with no ethics, new age hunters with no respect/understanding of our sport!! Even some older hunters are getting on the band wagon of how they scout out areas. There is too many duck hunters as a whole, there is no standards of how to scout like they plan to hunt that same area. Lets go check out this area like the ducks will sit still when they see hunters coming?!?! Ride the surface drive around, full speed, like an idot with no sense. It's the whole duck hunting community that is an issue!! Birds are learning from everything we do!! They come down our flyway with pressure beyond belief, they don't all get shot but they all get educated! Next season they may not come so far down or they go down another flyway. Mass of the waterfowl are starting to come down to the west of us!! May seem crazy but think of this- Older birds come down the flyway , get shot at and are pressured everywhere they go. Next season they choose to take a different flight path and learn theres less pressure so they make that the new annual way. Come south to find out they don't have to go all the way when theres more food north of us. You can say whatever but these animals aren't stupid! I've seen them standing on ice and wading in snow like it doesn't bother them one bit!! They have available food and open water to roost, less pressure and they stay!!! They also start to hunker down during the day , migrate and eat at night! We as hunters are changing everything they do. It isn't one group or another doing it all alone.. WE ALL PLAY A ROLE IN IT!! i do agree idiots scare up birds by riding around everywhere or educate them with sky busting/whatever other stunt they pull. The sport is too big with too many people involved. THATS THE PROBLEM!! Stop crying and learn how to change with the birds the way they have changed to survive bc of us. Hell go ahead and quit for me so the sport can go on without cry baby hunters as yourself. Unless they implement some off the wall laws we will not recover to the previous level of birds like the 70's and 80's!! It is not coming back ever again!!!!!! I try harder every year too and i figure it out or i stop going and save my money. I have thousands and thousands in gear also. When i do win over on the ducks its that much better!! Louisiana still claims the most confirmed kills of birds so shoot less or stop lying when you don't kill birds , supporting your little man ego!! Also , Louisiana used to be the epicenter for wintering waterfowl now its Kansas, times have changed BECAUSE OF ALL OF US!!!! Grow up, make it happen or QUIT!!!!

October 02, 2014 at 3:55pm
A comment titled: Congrats! in response to a report titled: First banded bird.

It is a great feeling to pick up a banded bird!! Done it several times myself , trust me, it never gets old brother!! I've shot 5 banded wood ducks on Richard K. Yancey WMA, formerly known as Red River WMA. All were taken in the same hole within a two week time frame, if i remember correctly. Of course ,separate years, but within the same dates. I did manage two in two days then two in one day! Out of my three bird limit two were banded. I noticed when you get into some banded birds they seem to stick together pretty well. Still waiting on that flock of double banded ones to light into the decoys!! One of the wood ducks was banded over in grassy lake WMA ,across the atchafalaya river. You banded it Mr.Reynolds! Thanks for making my day!! I am shocked it was banded in 5/25/2010 and was taken 12/31/2012. Hard to believe it happened in an area so heavily hunted!

September 20, 2014 at 3:48am
A comment titled: 8 million? in response to a report titled: teal hunting

Teal are around 10.2 million strong fellas mallards are just above that! Every year is different enjoy what we have! Our opener sucked but damn.. it was nice to be up there with some good people and a cool breeze!

September 14, 2014 at 12:59pm
A comment titled: I would stay away from both!! in response to a report titled: squirrel hunt in the alexandria state forest

Richard K. Yancey and Dewey Wills are both packed to the hilt on the opening days of every season!!. Doesn't matter if its opening day of bow season,dove season or squirrel season, they will be littered with eager hunters!

September 01, 2014 at 11:21pm

I hunt all over the state, from top to bottom!
Where ever there is ducks, is where my group goes.
I couldn't see myself getting a expensive lease and hunting the same exact spot every hunt so I never will tie myself, or money, into one location
Those that do that are their own problem, I'm tired of the crying cause birds don't fall into everyones lap!!!
we all know it Doesn't take long for birds to wise up and change their habits.
If we were being shot at it wouldn't take but once for us to never go back so lets be reasonable this season!!!!
They fly and its called hunting for a reason, so i hope everyone has a great year, get out there and enjoy the sportsman's paradise anything will beat last season! ;-)
When it becomes a hassle, is no longer cost efficient ,or successful enough , stop until the next season or lay off a weekend or two.
We have so much to be thankful for in Louisiana compared to places that have to draw lottery then draw blinds for the whole year!
We can get up and close our eyes then place a finger on the map and go wherever , whenever!!

August 09, 2014 at 7:51pm
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