I wrote a letter to LDWF and would like for some of you to help me spread it so they can realize what they are doing regarding pig control is dead wrong, here it is:
You guys are going about this pig control all wrong. We as taxpayers have a right to go out and shoot these things and put them on our tables.I have been reading up on louisianasportsman.com and have realized that is the place where the experts reside and you should listen to them and go against what your professors and work experience has taught you.
It has been pointed out that helicopters are no good at effectively controlling pig populations. All those videos you see in places like Texas where helicopters are being used to control pigs is b.s. It didn't happen. Scrap that plan.
Also, hunters are much more effective at controlling pigs than any helicopter could ever be. You should open up the season year round and let us use any means necessary to kill all these things. We can do it, just like we have killed all the nutria. You guys let us hunt nutria at night and even upped the ante by giving us $5 per nutria tail. We killed them all.
Also, you guys are lying about the damage these things do. That marsh that is torn up and rooted up was done by something else - mud motors. Pigs don't do that. Pigs actually HELP the marsh by rooting around and AERATING the soil. This is beneficial to the marsh. Pigs are actually helpful to the marsh, do you guys not realize this? What you should do is embrace that pigs are beneficial to the environment and actually start releasing them in new places, ESPECIALLY THE MARSH! This will completely solve our coastal erosion problem. The pigs can get in there and actually aerate the soil allowing new marsh grass to come in and colonize the area. This is a win win for LDWF and for us sportsmen. We have a newly revitalized marsh AND we get to put some pigs on the table to eat.
If the pigs get loose and get onto some farm, the damage from pigs, the farmer will just have to suck that up. They probably are receiving gov't subsidies on that property anyways from us taxpayers.
Thank you for your time in reading this and we hope you will do what is right and release some pigs in the marsh so our kids and grandkids can enjoy the marsh a little longer and eat some wild pigs, woohoo'
My neighbors shoot everything. I lease 40 acres in Allen Parish and to the north and south I have two clubs that are 'brown and down' and they hunt right on the edge of our property. I am wanting to grow big bucks but they keep shooting all my deer I am growing. We have strict rules where deer must be 12' wide and a 6 pt or better unless its a kid's first buck and they can shoot anything. Most my land is cutover and my 2 uncles and I have 5 stands. We feed corn and rice bran all year and have cameras out also. We have 3 food plots of wheat about 1/8 acre each. We have pics in the summer of several does, a spike, a 4 pt, a 6 pt, and a 7 pt and a 'good 8' but only at night. Only one of my uncles bowhunts and we both killed opening day, he shot a doe and I thought I shot at a doe (it was dark) but it was a spike (honest mistake).
Opening day of youth rifle, I brought my kid and my uncle brought his. Both kids saw does eating corn that morning but we were holding out on a buck as they had killed does last year. My kid was able to shoot a 6 pt late that evening. We tracked it but never found it as it went into a slough we couldn't cross.
Opening day of rifle, I had two does under the feeder but holding out for that big 8 we have pics of. My uncles both killed does and one of them shot the 7 pt we had on camera. It was only a basket rack 12' wide but pretty tall.
The rest of the season we hunted hard. Two times we stayed til 10:30 am but never saw that big 8 nor got pics of it. What really chaps me is that the last weekend of rifle, I watched that 4 pt feed under my feeder at daylight and he walked over to the neighbors property line and I heard a shot. I know they shot that little buck
Please tell me how I can go about talking to my neighbors about letting some deer walk so we can get some big genes into our area? And what can I plant on my property this time of year to ensure that the deer have plenty of protein to grow big antlers? Thanks in advance
Don't mean to sound cynical but this article is what is bad about deer hunting.
Every hunting show does nothing but pimp products and I understand that is their sponsors, but why in the world would an outdoor writer say these things?
From the story:
Then, as the afternoon wore on, I looked out and saw the big buck at about 300 yards. Right before dark, he came to the Ground Pound and started feeding, and thats when I shot.
The G-5 broadhead launched from his Matthews MR 8 bow did the trick.
The hunt didnt end there, however. After trailing the buck some 350 yards and hearing him get up and run, Petrus decided to resume the search Monday morning.
The next morning, my nephew joined me, and we located the deer in water, still alive, where I finished him off.
You are pimping a G5 broadhead and Matthews MR8 bow saying 'it did the trick'. Well, it obviously didn't if the deer was still alive the next day.
What if baiting for deer was banned? No corn or rice bran allowed. Would heads just explode? Would chaos ensue? Would people just stop hunting?
would more hunters actually become better hunters and more in tune to nature? deer would be less nocturnal?
What are we going to do when all the oysters, shrimp, trout, redfish, and our marshes die from all this freshwater we are getting? Some of the flows from the rivers are going at more than that Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion that has 'killed' everything south of it!
Another popular outdoor website has been very vocal with their opposition towards freshwater diversions i.e. Caernarvon diversion. However, if you have an opinion separate from theirs, your posts will be deleted! Its comical, that they claim no one listens to them, yet they are shutting down opinions themselves. All my posts have magically disappeared over there