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Can anyone explain why I'll be sitting in my house while hunters are allowed to kill ducks in: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska? Their seasons close on Jan 28. Our west and coastal zones are closed!!

January 23 at 7:38pm

I vote for a national ban on mojo's

January 08 at 10:58am

A group of fishermen/women have banded together to fight and reclaim our God-given resource. Freedom2fish.org is headed by Capt Tom Hilton (of Hilton's realtime navigator). This the real deal folks-different from all other organizations. It's time to end this ridiculous selfishness of the commercial fishermen and their puppet, the gulf council. Please go to freedom2fish.org and check it out. It's time we all banded together.

May 24, 2017 at 11:49pm

I'm hearing mixed reports about tiger pass. Some say it's not marked and a fella last week couldn't find any water deeper than 2 feet. Any comments and advice appreciated. Would anyone share a waypoint(s) to aid in navigating this pass?

February 22, 2017 at 9:37pm

So 'they' want to expand the Flower Garden National Marine Sanctuary, effectively stealing our God given resource. At the same time, 'they' say nothing to the fact that a floating LNG will be placed 50 miles off our coast---30 miles from the flower gardens themselves!!!! We have seen the studies. We know the millions of sea water used with the resultant killing of millions of organisms. Yet, 'they' are silent!!!
Hypocrisy at its finest.
I'm all for the FLNG, but leave our reefs alone!!!!!!!!!

August 20, 2016 at 9:15am

Fishing deep this past weekend and landed a 25# speckled hind...but,
it was landed with an electric reel, therefore it did not qualify. could have been in the #2 spot.
Caught several other grouper as well in 400-600 fow.

August 11, 2016 at 5:07pm

There is a push to expand the flower garden marine sanctuary to include a majority of reefs off our coast. Now let me get this straight: it's ok to blow up rigs, destroying habitat and thousands of snapper and marine life, but we need to 'protect' the ecosystem by expanding the sanctuary.

July 12, 2016 at 10:08pm

Your president along with the NOAA are going to push to expand the Flower Garden National Marine Sanctuary. If successful, the sanctuary could cover 900+ square miles and include some of our favorite reefs and salt domes, to include the Sonnier and Ewing Banks, to name a few. If not stopped now, this will continue to expand, and next on the list will be the Midnight Lump (Sackett Bank). What this means to the fisherman, is that anchoring will be prohibited. They've taken your snapper. Now, they will be taking your rights to fish these areas. What's next?? Off limit areas like you see in California.
There is a site for public comment, I urge everyone, including those that don't venture offshore to post a comment.
More importantly, call your congressman now and say 'hell no!'
Time to act is now!!!!

June 08, 2016 at 7:21am

There have been public meetings throughout the state regarding next years duck season. Anyone been and have anything to report?
Anyone have an educating reason as to why we can't have a season that extends into the first week of February?
Thanks

January 26, 2016 at 10:29pm

As many may be aware there has been a valiant effort by Garret Graves to move control of red snapper from Feds to state management. Last year when it came to vote, representative John Fleming abstained from voting. That's right, he turned his back to us. Graves has a lot of national support and will be introducing a similar bill this year and has a good shot of getting it done. Keep an eye out and call your congressman!

On a side note, John Fleming is running for the U.S. Senate seat (Vitter's). Please don't support this adversary of the Louisiana sportsman. We don't need another enemy in Washington.
Charles Boustany is running for the same senate seat. He supports Graves 100%. He is a friend of the sportsmen of this state. We need allies in Washington. Boustany is in full support of changing red snapper management from the Feds to the states!

January 23, 2016 at 11:33pm

Being that we are almost at the end of 1st split, this is a great time to post. Although there may be a select few areas killing ducks, most in this state are sharing the same sentiment: no ducks. Now if I had posted on Feb 1st to say that my lake was loaded to the gills with birds, the skeptics would say, 'those are not new birds, those are the southern birds that are starting to migrate back north. There are a lot of birds because of no hunting pressure'. You can't say that this year because the fact is that there are no birds south. The fact is that the birds migrate later. Period. North Dakota is still loaded with mallards despite one degree weather. There are other all-knowing great hunters that say, 'Get off your butt and go find those birds. You have to work to get em. Etc., etc.' The fact is brother I work (and pay taxes) everyday. Hats off to you commando. The birds will arrive by Christmas.

What we need people is a commission that works for us. We don't need a commission that totally ignores public comment. We need commissioners that will serve the interests of the people. How many kids were screwed out of a hunt because the youth hunt was Oct 31? 'P I T I F U L' . This is insane. There are a select few that benefit from an early season. I say give it to them. The rest of us, I say start the season on Dec 15 and let it run to Feb 7th. Now that's serving the interest of the hard working tax payer! And for the rest of you that say 'OMG, we can't kill a duck in Feb. They are starting to pair up. Let's just shoot them out the nest, then '. I say get real and take your rose-colored tunnel vision PETA issued glasses off because the bird that maybe (a big maybe) be paired up in Feb., is the same duck some dude shot at in Stuttgart 2 weeks prior.

My next post will be Feb 1, and I'll show you black bird sky full of ducks.
By the way, I like my eggs scrambled!

November 28, 2015 at 5:07pm

Boy, my kids sure are excited that the youth duck hunt in the coastal zone is tomorrow!! Only problem, there are NO DUCKS. Come on, man. Evangeline parish in the coastal zone!! Really?? There are no ducks. There will be no ducks next week or the week after.
This commissioner sucks. He ignored public opinion and set the season as HE wants. What about the kids, bud????

October 30, 2015 at 11:16pm

Is it legal to hunt a place where rice, millet, or any other grain is growing and is subsequently flooded? If yes, then can a 'pond' be made like with a water leveler or similar device and still be hunted legally? I hear stories of guys hunting areas unaware that they are breaking the law. I hear all kinds of opinions. There is nothing in the pamphlet addressing this. Any experts?

October 24, 2015 at 9:44pm

I've been wanting to build this blind for a few years now. I finally put a pen to paper and gave it to local welder extraordinare, Gary Carpenter. This is what he created. Ready for duck season.

September 28, 2015 at 2:49pm

'LWF commissioner says that harvest data trumps public opinion when setting duck season dates'. Are you kidding me? What is the purpose of these surveys? They don't even listen to what the hunters of this state want?!! Is this some kind of dictator over there at the LWF? The seasons last year were guided by a survey. This stinks!!

August 13, 2015 at 9:21pm

The waterfowl dates are set and we that hunt north of I-10 in the 'coastal' zone are screwed. I'm very happy for the true coastal hunters, because that season works well for you. Youth hunt October 31----no ducks for kids to shoot. I look forward to 2016 when we hopefully get moved back to east zone. Was hoping the 2nd split would go till Jan 24. ???
I sincerely wish all a great season!

August 06, 2015 at 11:13pm

Anyone have any experience with an Argo. Been looking at them, but trying to get some feedback.

July 16, 2015 at 10:19pm

I have some tuna left over from the grill. anyone have a good tuna fish salad recipe?

July 07, 2015 at 12:36pm

The NOAA is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for amendment 28. What is boils down to is the gulf council is considering action to reallocate the red snapper harvest between the commercial and recreational sectors. The council is considering comm:rec allocation options ranging from the current 51:49 % to 33.3:67.7%, respectively. The NOAA must receive comments by july 20.
Document: NOAA-nmfs-2013-0146

That's what I'm talking about. Give everyone 1/3!
Act now! Speak up,
Tell your friends!

June 15, 2015 at 11:50pm

I went to my duck hunting spot today. As predicted, at least 7000 mallards and pintails.

February 07, 2015 at 11:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Freshwater City in response to a report titled: Freshwater City

Road is ok. There is a big hole in front of the launch (concrete slab). Does anyone knows who maintains this.? Police jury? Could use a load of limestone desperately.

June 12 at 12:08pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

DUsucks52: you said it, bro. Everyone talks about the southern parishes. Where is the data from Evangeline, allen, Vernon, Jeff Davis? These are the forgotten parishes thrown into a west zone that has the same season as coastal. Just like '52' said, we don't see ducks till mid-late December. Right when the season ends, the ducks really show up. Literally 3 days after the 21st, we were loaded. This is not redistribution-too early for that. Like others have said, the numbers just don't add up. There's too many of us complaining. You can have all the habitat, but don't mean anything if they don't come here to use it. You can build it, but it doesn't mean they will come.
'The USFWS estimates the number of active hunters, days hunted, and ducks killed based on a survey of 1500 hunters'. I don't understand this algorithm and how that can summarize the whole state. Maybe 'estimates' is the key word. How do they know how many people really hunted ducks this year?
'It takes 60 days for hunters in the Mississippi flyway to kill 12% of the banded mallards'. So this is the philosophy behind our 60 day season? A one size fits all philosophy. That's a vast area. What about in Louisiana? I just don't believe that many banded mallards were killed here. Where exactly were those bands harvested? What were the age of those ducks? If predominantly young birds, then what impact did motorized decoys have on those birds?
I'm not attacking anyone. I think these estimates do not represent, accurately, our hunting experience.

February 05 at 11:57pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Mr Reynolds
Thanks for your input and sharing.

February 04 at 11:02pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Mr Reynolds,
'17.2 ducks/hunter'. Was that from a survey? And does that figure assume every hunter in Louisiana kills ducks or even hunts ducks for that matter? Do they use that number to estimate how many duck are harvested yearly? What is that number? I assume that statistic explains why we have a 60 day season vs 100+.
Can you explain why several states north, like Nebraska, have seasons that run later than our west and coastal zones? So, what is the philosophy behind these northern seasons that run to Jan 28? Are they hunting ducks that are still migrating N to S? Or, are they shooting birds that are on the return migration?
With that question on the table, why is it that we aren't allow to hunt into the 1st week of February.

February 04 at 7:06pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Josh you are on the right track! The majority of hunters agree w you. Just like the private land owner you mentioned, I observe the same every year. My property has very little pressure. We hunt weekends, mainly because of my hectic schedule. Similar to many, limits came easy until around 2005 or so.
Let's look at the last week of the season here in the west zone:
1/12: 7 teal, 3 mallards. 1/13: 8 teal, 1mallard
1/20: 10 teal, 4 mallards. 1/21: 8 teal
1/24 approximately 1000 mallards/teal on my small pond
Approximately 1000 mallards, pintails, teal in my large field
1/31 1500 in the smaller field (60 acres)
2500 in the larger field (180 acres)
I'll be headed out there this week to video the craziness.
Please come and see for yourself. By the way, I have great habitat, feed, etc. when I get them, I can hold them.
They didn't show because of lack of pressure. They finally made their way here from THE NORTH.
These are not 'rafted' birds that showed up ....I'm in central Louisiana. To those experts that 'know where to find them', the we are seeing less ducks yearly during our season. If this pattern continues, there will be none 'to find'. I'm all for joining an organization of Louisiana hunters, for Louisiana hunters. Can we make a difference? I think so. It'll sure be fun trying. It sure beats sitting on your butt complaining.

February 04 at 6:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Bears Tear Up Everything in response to a report titled: Bears Tear Up Everything

Rigged up a varmint shocker w some electric fence wire. Hooked it up to the 12 v battery in my feeder. They left it alone.

January 27 at 10:07am
A comment titled: Re: Our seasons suck in response to a report titled: Our seasons suck

No grays on my place. Mallards, some pintail and teal.

January 27 at 10:00am
A comment titled: Re: Our seasons suck in response to a report titled: Our seasons suck

There would be nothing wrong with hunting into the first week of Feb.
Youth hunt in East zone : Feb 3 😱
The migration here does not end by early Feb. because as we've all said and know, the migration is later secondary to the short stopping of ducks. Every week I will have ducks building in my pond till March (Evangeline Parish-west zone). Like I have witnesses the last 7 or so years. If I keep my water, I can hold them till April. They migrate to eat (and breed). They do not migrate based on the calendar day. The ducks have just shown this week. Got over 1000 mallards sitting in my small pond right now. Three times that in my other. Every week more and more will show up.

Nebraska closes on 28th. Why?
All the states have the same teal season. Why?
Solution in west zone: early 1st season, longer split, later 2nd, ending Jan 31st or even Feb 10th. Yes Feb 10th! Would 2 weeks later really affect the population. Heck no. Why? Because we haven't killed any all season.

January 26 at 8:05pm
A comment titled: Re: Our seasons suck in response to a report titled: Our seasons suck

I'm in. I'll be proud to represent south-central LA.

January 24 at 6:43am
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Jgoins! Well... Let's stop talking and do something. We all agree on a ban on mechanical decoys. First thing we need is a large group of supporters. A large organization will definitely get the attention of our congressmen. Second, data supporting the ban. Is there ant data that suggests that more young birds are killed? Have the harvest numbers 'up north' increased since the mojo hit the markets?
There are many battles to be fought, but a ban on mechanical devices should not be too hard. It's time to unite.

January 12 at 7:31pm
A comment titled: Re: MOJO's need to go in response to a report titled: MOJO's need to go

Kenspeck you hit the nail on the head. Motorized decoys have hurt our sport. You are spot on with your assessment of young duck mortality and how mojos are detrimental to the whole migration process.

January 12 at 7:07pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Well, my two cents: The issue, we can all agree, is that the migration has changed. If I lived in the north, I would do whatever I could to keep the ducks around as long as I can. I don't blame the 'short-stoppers'. I think we can all agree that we do get a migration, but it is after the season has ended-probably when the food up north finally runs out. The question, I guess, is why does a duck migrate south? To eat, I assume.
Why does a duck migrate north? To breed, I assume. So....can the northern migration be changed. My fields are loaded in February. If I keep water in my fields, I can hold ducks well into April. I assume they leave because they run out of food and/or because I eventually I have to let the water out. I also assume they have to leave the south because farmers need to do there thing as well. So, lets just say ecology changes force a northern migration. So I ask the question, what would happen if our environment/habitat was manipulated to encourage ducks to stay and breed here? Probably not realistic, maybe too simple, but just a question??
Also: mechanical decoys should be outlawed. It definitely gives an unfair advantage. We killed plenty of ducks without them. I have heard may theories as to how the mojo has contributed to the change in migration, but I am too embarrassed to mention at this time. But I do think outlawing mechanical decoys would help. Whats next? Will I be allowed to have tame ducks in my spread???

January 09 at 10:02am
A comment titled: Re: Swordfish in response to a report titled: Swordfish

Nice fish! Congrats. Not many caught in that area.
Did you submit it as it would place in top ten?

July 30, 2017 at 9:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Midnight Lumps in response to a report titled: Midnight Lumps

Went there 2 weeks ago... Bonito and sharks.
May try deep water rigs.

March 20, 2017 at 9:27pm
A comment titled: Re: Potential #2 Speckled Hind in response to a report titled: Potential #2 Speckled Hind

Remarkably dry.

September 27, 2016 at 12:20am
A comment titled: Re: Potential #2 Speckled Hind in response to a report titled: Potential #2 Speckled Hind

32' Donzi CC- kinda like a fountain

September 20, 2016 at 9:38pm
A comment titled: Re: More Rights Taken by Feds!!!!! in response to a report titled: More Rights Taken by Feds!!!!!

Link:
go to flower garden marine sanctuary. Its the NOAA web site.
Its all there.

July 11, 2016 at 3:43pm
A comment titled: Re: Floating Platform Coordinates in response to a report titled: Floating Platform Coordinates

Try hilton's realtime navigator.

April 08, 2016 at 10:48pm
A comment titled: Re: LDWF Public Meetings in response to a report titled: LDWF Public Meetings

That's the problem. One size does not fit all. The hunter in hopedale wants an early season and 'let the W argue amongst themselves.' Typical. Here in central LA, now the West zone, we shoot ducks late. About 3000 teal, mallards and pintail sitting on my 180 acres now. Where did they come from?? Last year, the more wise and educated than I hypothesized and were wrong. These birds came from the North.
Zones are the only feasible way to satisfy this diverse state. I am so glad that we are not 'coastal' anymore; however, we cannot have the west and coastal zones with the same dates for 2016-17. What's the point? Weren't the zones created to address the diversity? Another question: Why was I sitting on my butt for 2 weeks while the guys in Arkansas were still hammering until the 31st??
Anyway looking forward to the public meetings. Only problem here is the commission. Will the commission listen to the majority, or will it do what ever in the heck it wants?

Long split, late season!

February 01, 2016 at 11:25pm
A comment titled: Re: LDWF Public Meetings in response to a report titled: LDWF Public Meetings

Thanks L.R. I had the dates wrong. Good thing you answered, I was headed to Alex tomorrow. Lol
There's a youth hunt in Feb, this year. Doesn't that conflict with the USFW?

Slick head. I don't know where you hunt, my place is loaded with and has been loaded w ducks for weeks.
Doesn't make sense that Arkansas can keep hunting till Jan 31 and our season is closed. Doesn't make sense in that we don't fire a shot for the first split and then after the 1st week of the second, kill limits(136/11 hunts). Nothing wrong with asking the questions and trying to maximize my harvest of this wonderful resource.
Nothing wrong with trying to tweak the dates so that we can actually shoot 'ducks' during 'duck season' in an era where the migration is consistently later every year.

January 27, 2016 at 9:14pm
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