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Hey guys I'm looking for some new places to call coyotes on the Northshore. If anyone knows of a place or if anyone has a place and wants to go let me know. I've been trying the different WMA's in the area and have had some success, but I usually have someone squirrel hunting walk up on me and ruin my set. I live in Hammond. Shoot me an email. Shot this old male two weeks ago.

November 01, 2013 at 11:25am

Thought I'd share a few of my recent drawings. As always feedback is welcome.

September 09, 2013 at 11:53am

Here is my latest pencil drawing...criticism always welcome. Thanks for looking.

February 23, 2013 at 7:09pm

Set up this morning in the middle of three hay bails and put the FoxPro out about 20 yards from us. Shot one coyote at 75 yards, then shot this big male running at 100. Wasn't able to recover the first as it ran off and the blood trail ended, but this one fell dead in his tracks. One of the biggest coyotes I've ever seen here in Louisiana. I'm officially addicted to coyote hunting. And I'm saving deer.

November 25, 2012 at 2:40pm

If I have a small aluminum flat boat without a motor does it need to be registered and can I use it on a WMA??? Searched LDWF website but can't find any info. Thanks.

October 23, 2012 at 1:55pm

Just wanted to share my latest piece of work with you all. As always any feedback is appreciated. It's colored pencil. Thanks for looking.

October 18, 2012 at 8:21pm

Wanted to share my latest piece with you guys. I know deer hunters hate these things, and as a deer hunter I probably should as well, but they are without a doubt one of my favorite animals. Any constructive criticism is appreciated.

June 28, 2012 at 6:43pm

Well after 2 long years I finally got around to mounting the black coyote I caught near my home in Hammond. She still needs a base, but I havent decided what I want to put her on yet. Thought I'd share.

June 18, 2012 at 7:42pm

Wanted to share my latest piece of art and get some feedback. Not sure what I want as a background yet. Any suggestions? This was done entirely in colored pencil.

February 12, 2012 at 1:34am

Here a few new projects I've been working on. The wood ducks are near completion. Just have to figure out what I'm gonna put in the background. Whitetail was done yesterday.

July 16, 2011 at 1:14pm

Looking for some pointers on how to set turtle lines. I'm looking to catch snapping turtles, but have no idea where to start. What's the best hook to use, line to use, etc.If anyone has any info they are willing to share I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Derek.

March 08, 2011 at 8:37pm

Hey Roughstock I finished the drawing of your dog. I really appreciate you letting me draw this photo. Here's the photo and finished drawing. I changed the license plate number for obvious reasons. Roughstock please send me an e-mail when you see this. Derek.

February 03, 2010 at 2:50pm

Well after catching the red fox the other day I was pretty excited to say the least. That is until today when I found this black yote in the same trap set that I caught the fox in.

January 15, 2010 at 1:18pm

So after all the responses I received from the whitetail pencil drawing, I decided to do a duck in color for those that asked. Nothing elaborate just a blue-winged teal in flight. Feed back is definately welcome and appreciated.

Derek

Oh and just so everyone knows...this was done entirely with colored pencils. I do not under any circumstances paint cause I tend to be somewhat of a perfectionist.

August 20, 2009 at 6:59pm
A comment titled: Hunting in response to a report titled: Coyote Hunting

Well you'd be better off hunting them at night considering that's when they're more active. Right now breeding sounds would work best. You'll need a good light with either a red lense. Coyotes cant see red so it works better than a green light or white light. Find an open spot on your property, take a buddy so that one can run the light and the other can man the gun (shotgun would be best for wooded areas) and go call. Just watch out for fox as they're illegal to shoot.

March 19, 2013 at 8:07pm
A comment titled: Coyotes in response to a report titled: Coyote Hunting

You're gonna have a hard time baiting coyotes and being successful. They'll probably hit the baits during the night and never show up when you're there. Your best bet is calling.

March 17, 2013 at 9:28am
A comment titled: Drawing in response to a report titled: Recent pencil drawing...

Thanks guys. This one may very well be my favorite also.

February 24, 2013 at 4:36pm
A comment titled: FoxPro in response to a report titled: Coyote Hunting

I have the FoxPro Spitfire. So far I'm happy with it. It called in 3 coyotes for me on this particular hunt, and a few weeks ago I went out to Sandy Hollow to hunt crows and called in probably 40 within a half hour...only shot 1 but it was my first attempt at hunting them and it ended up being more of a learning experience than anything. The call comes programmed with 20 calls. This model has been discontinued, but I still see them at BassPro and Academy. It was only discontinued because they changed the remote system. But the Spitfire works fine. I paid $199.99 for mine but I think now they're like $129.99. Just warning you, this coyote hunting thing is addictive.

November 29, 2012 at 4:11pm
A comment titled: traps in response to a report titled: Chick-fila drive thru

To the guy who said fox can't be trapped, you obviously know nothing about trapping...no disrespect meant.

You'll never catch anything using a dead chicken. They want fresh meat. Try putting one of your chickens in a small cage outside of the coop. Then put every single one of your traps around that small cage. When the cat or yote comes by it will circle that lone chicken, looking for a way to get at it. Eventually it will hit a trap. In my case the yotes kept going into my coop at the same spot, so I laid 6 traps right by their entrance. If all else fails make a few snares.

November 23, 2012 at 9:25am
A comment titled: Traps in response to a report titled: Chick-fila drive thru

Man I lost probably 20 chickens this year to coyotes. Trap them, it works. I kept the traps covered during the day and told all my neighbors to make sure their cats/dogs were in by dark. I caught two coyotes and haven't had any problems since. Saw a gray fox in the yard the other night, and reset the traps.

November 22, 2012 at 8:45pm
A comment titled: Coyotes in response to a report titled: Dog problem

Man post this photo on trapperman.com Someone on that forum is bound to live in that area and will gladly come catch those coyotes without disturbing your hunting area. The blacks alone are worth $150-$200 to a trapper. Dont use sponges and meat with hooks. That's the most eff'd up thing I've ever heard. Yea that many will hurt a deer population but nothing deserves to suffer that much. Trapping is the only real solution. What city/town is this in? I know a few guys in Alabama and an old man in eastern Mississippi that may be willing to spend a week catching these dogs. Email me and we can discuss it further.

November 22, 2012 at 8:36pm
A comment titled: Squirrels in response to a report titled: Hybrid Squirrel?

There is no such thing as a cat squirrel. That just a term that some coon@ss came up with just like there's no such thing as a dogris...it's a Scaup. There are only Gray squirrels and Fox squirrels in Louisiana. A fox squirrel can give birth to a normal fox squirrel, a black squirrel and a Bachman's (blaze face) all in the same litter because they are all the same species. Just like there are black, yellow and chocolate labs. Gray squirrels can also be black.

October 22, 2012 at 9:59pm
A comment titled: Piebald in response to a report titled: Piebald Spike

Awesome...I'd take that over a big rack any day.

October 22, 2012 at 9:55pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Latest work...Treed lion

Thanks guys...I use a lot of photo reference when drawing these. I treat my wildlife art just like my taxidermy work and try to make the drawing as lifelike as possible.

October 19, 2012 at 8:47am
A comment titled: snake in response to a report titled: snake i.d.

based on the description given.

October 19, 2012 at 8:44am
A comment titled: snake in response to a report titled: snake i.d.

It's a coachwhip. Very similar to a racer. They're harmless.

October 18, 2012 at 10:58pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: My latest piece...

It's done entirely in colored pencil and its 11' x 14'. I did a TX background because the reference photo i used for the yote was taken on a ranch in West TX. And im not worried about negative comments. I draw, I'm a musician and im a taxidermist. If I weren't able to take constructive criticism I wouldnt be where I am now in those 3 fields.

June 29, 2012 at 8:23pm
A comment titled: yote in response to a report titled: Black coyote finally mounted...

Thanks

June 19, 2012 at 9:07am
A comment titled: Tanning in response to a report titled: Tanned Deer Hides

And unless it's done by a professional tannery don't expect a soft pliable hide. Taxidermists aren't equipped with the equipment needed to produce the type of tan you're looking for.

January 25, 2012 at 9:19am
A comment titled: Tanning in response to a report titled: Tanned Deer Hides

Contact these people. They are in Merryville LA.

http://thetrophyroom.us/tannery.html

The reason most tanneries will not accept a green unfleshed hide is because it can spoil in transit. Whereas a salt dried hide wont.

January 25, 2012 at 9:17am
A comment titled: Taxidermist in response to a report titled: Taxidermist

Go to www.downsouthoutdoors.com His name is Cody Bellanger. He's in Marrero. His ducks are incredible.

January 24, 2012 at 8:41am
A comment titled: Not a hybrid in response to a report titled: Green Mallard???

It's a farm duck that flew away. There are several different color variations of mallards that are bred in captivity. This particular duck is called a black mallard. There's also snowy mallards, blonde mallards, etc. I think they crossbreed mallards with cayugas or black east indies ducks. Both of those are very similar to mallards and have green and black feathers that cover the entire bird (google it). Very cool for someone to have shot it while hunting though. But it definitely isnt a mallard canvasback hybrid. You ever see anything green on a canvasback?

January 17, 2012 at 8:36pm
A comment titled: Prices in response to a report titled: taxidermy prices

I got into taxidermy because I enjoy doing it...that being said, I'm not gonna short myself because it's 'honorable'. My reputation is based solely on the quality of my work, not my price. Sure I could charge $150-$200, but if I invested the usual amount of time that I spend on each mount I'd be making less than minimum wage. And I'd love to see some of these $150-$200 mounts.

March 16, 2011 at 7:18pm
A comment titled: Taxidermy prices... in response to a report titled: taxidermy prices

I'm charging $350 and can tell you that as a part time taxidermist even that is too low and I'll definately be raising my prices for next season. And $50-$60, not sure where you guys are buying supplies, but I have roughly $90 into each deer in just supplies. Now factor in every cape that I have to fix because 70% of them come in cut to short, or split up the brisket, or even better when there's a 5 inch exit hole in the neck because someone didn't want to waste any meat. And I probaby go through 40+ lbs. of clay each season which isn't cheap. To call anything over $200 ridiculous or outrageous is absurd. I find it amazing how people spend thousands on hunting leases and hunting equipment and don't complain, but when it comes to the taxidermist, we should just give the work away. Do you go to Walmart or the grocery store and tell them that their prices are outrageous? Do you try to get a deal every time you buy something? No...so why does this mentality apply to taxidermy? When I first started I was cheap, and it led to several mounts sitting on my wall for months because the people who brought them to me were to cheap to come pick them up. I'm sure this comment will offend some of you and I hope that it does. Better yet rather than be offended, go to work tomorrow and work for free...or is that only an option for taxidermists?

March 16, 2011 at 6:34am
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