Does anyone know when the Louisiana Hunting & Fishing Expo will be this year. I'm talking about the big one at the Lamar-Dixon Center in Gonzales. I can't find any info on the web.
Thanks in advance!
Hope to see ya'll there.
Here's my Outdoors Christmas wish list
Posted by Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune December 03, 2008 11:34AM
Categories: Bob Marshall, Fishing, Hunting
Economists tell us we're in the beginning of a deep recession. They say Americans are cutting back -- or cutting out -- gift-giving this holiday season. But that doesn't mean we can't compile our annual Christmas wish lists. Just realize they will be more wish than reality.
So the tradition continues. All I want for Christmas is . . .
For Gov. Bobby Jindal to make coastal restoration his No. 1 priority, and become a constant and vocal leader on the issue. After basically ignoring the problem during his campaign, Jindal has since made good appointments in critical agencies, and issued strong statements about the urgency of our crisis. But he needs to do more, and quickly. Two years ago, scientists told us if we were not actively building land along the southeastern coast within 10 years, we would lose the fight in that area. Although Jindal didn't create the problem, he's the quarterback for the team in sudden death. If we don't get the job done, it will be on his record. . . .
I'd also like. . . A new strain of speckled trout that reach 10 pounds in three years. . . . A GPS unit that shows what our marsh really looks like. . . . A 12-month duck season . . . The institution of Sportsman's Savings Time, during which sunrise is at 10 a.m. That way the true heroes of our culture (hunters and anglers) can have a leisurely breakfast, wait for the traffic to clear, then still make it to the hoist or the blind by sunrise. We'd have enough energy to hunt daily without feeling pooped. And we wouldn't have to rush home after the outings. . . . Self-cleaning anchors . . . Stainless steel that doesn't rust . . . Trailer bolts that don't come loose.
I'd also like. . . President-elect Barack Obama to fill our resource agencies with administrators from hunting, fishing and environmental groups. President Bush, like some chief executives before him, stacked agencies that manage our public property with people from the industries they are supposed to regulate. It's time to give our public property back to the public.
I'd also like. . . To see a headline that reads: "Gnats going extinct." Listen, I believe in biodiversity, but what role do gnats play in our ecosystem other than driving outdoorsmen crazy? I'd rather spend a day in a dentist chair than hunt or fish when the gnats are out. Besides, a species whose name starts with a silent "g" will never be missed. . . . One outdoors show that doesn't have country music as the sound track. How about a little Led Zeppelin with the next sunrise opening? . . . Decoys with anchor lines that retract by remote control -- after they swim back to the blind. . . . LSU to get a research grant for the development of corn that grows in salt water. Then coastal sportsmen could hunt like our colleagues in the midwest: sitting in flooded fields surrounded by ears of corn as wave after wave of greenheads surround us.
I'd also like. . . The state school system to make environmental education a mandatory part of the curriculum beginning in grammar school, with a focus on wetlands that includes frequent trips beyond the levees. For a city and culture that owes so much of its history and any chance of its survival to the wetlands around us, it is always shocking to learn how many people have never been on the other side of the levees. It's like living in Denver and not understanding the role of snow in your life.
I'd also like. . . Tuna in Lake Pontchartrain, Florida-strain largemouths in the 17th Street Canal, wahoo in City Park's lagoons, tarpon at Lafreniere Park and a one-day hunting season on squirrel, ducks and doves in Audubon Park. . . . Waders with zippers. . . . Spoons that don't result in line twist. . . . A week when the fish only feed on the bank away from the sun. . . . An autumn that lasts 12 months. . . . A population of 40-inch redfish that live in 1 foot of water. . . . Some way to carry 15 rods on a 19-foot boat without catching them on my back-cast. . . . Topwater baits that cost $1. . . . A day when the tide falls at a steady pace from sunup until sundown, but the marsh never drains.
I'd also like. . . . A mountain range in southern Louisiana. Think about it: the 12,000-foot Boudreaux Range just 80 miles to the north filled with elk, mule deer, grizzlies, grouse, rainbow and cutthroats. The nation would save on energy because all the crazy Cajuns who drive out west to hunt, fish and ski could now get there by bus. And we'd have a much shorter drive during hurricane evacuations. The government is looking for large public works projects, how about this one?
I'd also like. . . A national government that won't let the recession and low fuel prices make global warming a secondary issue. Anyone living on a coast -- especially in Louisiana -- should be among the most concerned citizens on the planet about the rapidly melting polar ice. Sportsmen in northern states already have seen impacts on game and fish, but coastal residents face removal from the map.
I'd also like. . . Short-sighted mallards that feed on saltwater marsh grass. . . . Blind gobblers . . . A season when blue water moves right to the coastline, bringing tuna, wahoo, marlin and dolphin to Grand Isle and Empire. . . . One duck call that does everything - mallard hen, feed, comeback, widgeon whistle, teal and gray duck. That way I don't have to drop one and feel for the other. . . . An entire year when the breeze is never more than 5 mph (this is after gnats become extinct). . . . A return of the disease that wiped out hardhead catfish a few summers ago. . . . A cold front that freezes every drop of water between the North Pole and the Yucatan -- except for my pond. . . . Slow teal. . . . A gun that never misses.
I'd also like . . . A personal injury liability exemption for landowners who allow public hunting and fishing on their property. States like Kansas that have such laws have seen participation in outdoor sports spike in recent years. This is urgent. The number of outdoors folk continues to decline in real terms, as well as a percentage of the total population, and one of the major reasons listed is always "lack of access." Such exemptions can help reduce that issue.
I'd also like . . . A way to give every local resident a chance to hover about 1,000 feet above the city during any high tide to see just how close the Gulf of Mexico has moved to our doorsteps. . . . A way to give every kid a chance to hunt, fish, paddle, ride, hike and camp. . . . Some way to spend more than 365 days outdoors. . . . A dog that lives forever. . . . Another year like this one.
Tags: Bob Marshall, Fishing, Hunting, Outdoors
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