For about 9 years there has been a large houseboat parked near Southeast Pass in Pas a Loutre out of Venice. It started as a houseboat, and a few surface drives. Each year the operation grew larger. Now it affixed to the actual land only a few hundred yards from the WMA. It has a helicopter that drops off and picks up a bunch of camo clad goons, multiple excavators ( I have no clue what these things are doing), upwards of 10 surface drives, metal boat sheds, etc. I had heard rumors that this was owned by the owner of Silver Slipper Casino, and is used to fly out fat cat high rollers from the casino to Pas A Loutre and put them on guided duck hunts in the WMA.
I am wondering if anyone can confirm this, or if that's just the urban legend.
Obviously guided hunts are illegal on public WMA. It would be doubly sacrilegious if a Mississippi entity was profiting by raping a public Louisiana WMA. If this is actually the Silver Slipper Casino, then my guess is that no money is directly crossing hands for the guide service, and it is offered as a kickback for spending a bunch of money at the craps table. Either way, it seems that something is rotten in Denmark. It also would seem that one of our fine state politicians would have to have been greased in order to allow this to happen.
The result of this compound down there is essentially the decline of hunting in Pas a Loutre. You can go look at that aerial surveys and the decline in population correlates with this compound showing up. It essentially allows 24/7 pressure on the birds with a cavalry of surface drives running in and out of every pond on the WMA looking for birds to put their customers on, and it also is almost impossible for the guy in a bay boat leaving from Vtown in the morning to compete with the batallion of 'hunters' who are waking up in Southeast pass.
Does anybody have any solid intel on this establishment? Am I way off-base? Can anyone with money just go do this on any of the state's public WMA's?