Headed to Concordia this weekend. Anyone hear anything out of the lake? Been quite a while since I've made that trip.
Been years since I fished down that way. Looks like all rising tides on the days I have to go. Any suggestions for fishing the area on a rising tide this time of year?
Also, are they mid spawn right now?
Just updated to a Lowrance Elite 5 dsi.i need help deciding on a map chip that will cover all of south LA. I looked at Lake Insight and it shows good coverage but I'd love to hear from someone with experience!
Since I was on the subject of Bayou Black, I'd planned on scouting there next weekend. I'ts been so long I've forgotten the predominant patterns for this time of year. I can figure that out pretty quick but does anybody know when the spawn starts down there. That would be a big piece of the puzzle.
Also curious what the biggest forage is. Shad? Crawfish?
Thanks for all the help y'all. It's amazing how much you forget when you take ten years off from this game.
Anybody shooting the new Marlin in .308. I spent alot of time last year bumping deer at close quarters on the way in to my stand on the only trail I could use. Three times I brought my .270 up but by the time I could get the deer in the scope....Gone. Even on 3 power. So I'm thinking get yourself a 30-30 with iron sights. I'm a fairly handy shot with open sights anyway and it's faster in close quarters.
Then along comes the new Marlin. Now this brings leverguns to a whole new level. Any of ya'll played with one yet!
Oh, and a couple more picks of Sundays buck to show off seein as I'm pretty proud of it bein my first buck and all.
I'm a jeweler so I've been a little busy this fall but it's been a good one for the little bit of hunting I have been able to do. My first deer with a bow fell at the beginning of the season. Since then, I've worked. Then I got the news that a big buck I was hunting on a friends property fell to his carpenter. A nice 200lb 8pt that I knew was on the property but had never seen him. Only his rubs and scrapes. Oh, well two seasons of work down the drain.
I took off the week this week to hunt and play with my little boy. My cousin called on Sunday at 2:00 and asked me to go out with him to some family property. It was my first time there. Got on stand at about 3:30. I was sitting twenty yard into the woods back from a food plot with a ridge behind me and a thicket coming up from the river behind that. There must have been a subdivision nearby cause at 4pm an ice cream truck started to make his rounds and this racket went on for 30 min. This was followed by kids popping fireworks for awhile. I just had to laugh and take in the beautiful evening in the not so quiet woods. It was getting close to dark and I figured about 10 minuted of shooting light left. I decided I had nothing to lose at this point as I hadn't seen a deer yet. I pulled out my great granpa's lucky rattling horns and banged all out for around 30 seconds followed by some light grunting. about 4-5 minutes later a doe came in from behind me out of the thicket grunting the whole way up. She was straight downwind(thank God for scentlok) About 40 yards from me tree she took off at a galop to the top of the ridge and slowed down. I stopped her with a grunt and dropped her in her tracks. The whole thing took about 5 second. I jacked another round into the chamber and was trying to catch my breath when I heard crashing in the thicket. I look over and a big deer walks out and is sniffing for her trail. I watch him head up the ridge and when I get him in my sight, all I saw were the antlers. Now for a guy who's never seen a rack like that on a live deer in the wood before, I liked to have fell out of my stand. I did like I was told and looked away for where to put a bullet. Quick. I stopped him before he got to the doe and got a great shot on his shoulder. I heard him make it about thirty yards before crashing down. I knew the shot was good and I also knew I wasn't gonna have much light to find blood with so I got down in a hurry. I followed where I thought he went and found him by scent. They were rutting hard and he filled the whole area up with the smell. When I saw his white belly I walked over and couldn't believe the rack on this guy. Nice pretty 11pt and the biggest thing I had ever seen. So.... Not a bad year for 6 days in the woods total.
My freezer is full and I'm a happy boy! I guess I'll have to work a little harder to top him next year. If anybody knows someone in the BR area to do a european mount, please let me know.
Good Hunting and Happy new year!
After two years of hard hunting and a whole lot of mistakes, I finally got a shot. Twenty five yards and she went down fifty yards from where I shot her. I'm hunting a small 18 acre woodlot in St Francisville.
The day before I had a shot on a doe and just as I'm reaching for my bow, out come a pair of fawns following her. I put the bow down and watched them for about 20 minutes. I took the opportunity to lift my bow into position a few times to see what I could get away with since this was the first time I'd had a deer in bow range.
The next evening the same doe walks out the the kids and I thought it would be a repeat of the day before. A few minutes later my doe walks out behind them. I had seen her from 80 yards a few days earlier and recognized her immediately. I let them feed for about 15 minutes to settle my nerves and waited for a good shot. Got a perfect pass through broadside. One thing of note. I will never use Montecs again. They fly great but I had no blood trail at all. I was pretty scared about losing the deer and I got lucky and found her 50 yards into a pine thicket.
Just finished a dinner of Backstrap and green apple wrapped in bacon. Never tasted so good.
I'll be back out looking for her boyfriend on Monday. I'm hooked now.
We'll I was feeling good last week on opening day. I've got permission to hunt a 18 acre property in St Francisville, surrounded by about 800 barely hunted acres. Loaded with deer. I put out some corn the week before and it looked like a herd of cattle had been through when I got there on Monday at 10am to put out more. I dumped about 25 pounds of corn in a clearing around my stand and returned that evening. Unfortunately, I got there too late. I had planned on getting to my stand about 4pm and made it there at 5. When I crested the hill that leads to my stand there were 5 does on the corn already and I was promptly busted. I decided to go ahead and set up. Saw one doe moving through about 75 yards away and called it a night at dark. Got busted on the way out by something mighty big. Had another doe cross the road as I was pulling out in the truck.
So.... Help me out here. I laid off the property for the whole week and I'm planning on a Monday morning and Evening hunt at two different stands. Have those deer forgotten about me? Will the monster that busted me in the dark be back around. I hope I haven't ruined my chances on this sweet chunk of land.
My friends tell me to find another way in to keep from getting busted but it really doesn't matter where I come from. That little property is overun with deer so it's hard not to get busted at some point.
Oh well, Deer 8, Layne 0. We'll see how it goes Monday.
Started to do some serious shooting to get ready for the season. Practice makes perfect but luck helps too. Here a pic of my first Robinhood this summer from 30 yards out of my den door to the target in my backyard. (If I can get the picture to post that is) Can't wait to get in a tree.
I saw the frog post and was wondering where is the best place to round up some frogs near Baton Rouge. Are there any frogs on Blood River. My Deer lease sits on the river so that would be an easy place to go.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I haven't had any frogs this year and I'm hungry. Oh, and what's the limit on the little critters.
Does anybody lease timber company land. I've heard that Georgia pacific leases land and I emailed them this morning. I also know of a couple of others with mostly young pine plantation land that is almost impenatrable. The last parcel I looked at, you could have only hunted the trail that skirted the property.
If anybody knows of other local timber companies leasing, please get back with info. I finally have a son and I realized that the woods are not the same as they were when I was a boy. You gotta pay to play.
I'm looking for an old Crack Barrel single shot 410 Winchester that I used to hunt with as a kid. Would have been manufactured in the late 40s to early fifties. Anybody know how many models of this gun were made and what availability is like. From what little I've seen, it's not an expensive gun and I wouldn't guess too hard to find.
I'm hunting just north of Thompson's Creek neer the bluffs. This is my first year to hunt this area. I saw some good rubs and a couple of small scrapes last weekend. Anybody know when the rut usually starts in this area? What are ya'll seeing so far.
Also, the back section of the property I'm hunting is all tall ridges and deep creek bottom. Any advice on the best way to get a deer out of there when I finally take one.