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My grandson Baylor Allen caught his first few bass recently near Lafayette. Using a beetle spin and other baits, he caught a few bass and a ton of big perch. I believe his smile says it all!

November 21 at 7:29pm

My cousin Travis and his daughter Leigh shot this big boar and a cow horned spike in Texas on their lease.

November 21 at 7:21pm

I took my grandson down to Bayou Dularge for some bull red fishing recently. He caught some nice ones and a very nice sheepshead. Of course they were some monster black drum to complete the day. Fun day with my little buddy.

November 21 at 5:23pm

Recently I took my grandson Baylor Allen to the youth hunt hosted at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. Also attending was my friend, Torrie Eaton and her daughter Avery. We all had a blast and the details of that experience will be featured in my blog Public Ramblings in the next few days.

Avery, the only female hunter, took the biggest deer of the weekend.

Torrie recaps Avery's thrilling hunt here:

This is the story of our hunt from the 1st day- The 1st evening, we got on our stand at around 4 or so. It was very HOT and the sun was beaming on the back of our necks. The mosquitos were horrible!!! Of course Avery couldn't keep still but luckily, I brought her Nintendo DS. We sat for a while with no action, except for the coon that walked right by our stand and the two or three rabbits that were in the lanes feeding.... UNTIL...... 5:25. Then, we saw a small fawn come walking down the lane. I remembered what they said about fawns, to make sure there were NO SPOTS, so I wanted to be sure. Avery was so excited and ready to shoot, but I had to make sure, so I looked at it through the scope. I saw a lot of white, but it was a little too far to really see, so I told her we wouldn't shoot it and of course, she was disappointed. She practiced aiming at it and looking at it through her scope, and then it laid right down at the end of the lane. It bedded down, chewing it's cud for about 15 minutes and then got up. It kept walking off, then re-appearing. So this went on until around 6:15 or so. Then another one came out. It was it's twin. They ate and walked around until around 6:30, then the mama came out. I told Avery, 'there is the Mama.” They eventually walked away. She was so disappointed! She cried! We heard several other gunshots around and every time she would slap her leg with a very disappointed look, like 'Aww man, why not me?' I was upset that she didn't get a shot on the doe, but I'm glad because it was a little too far for that .223 in my opinion. They were about 120 yds away. So after they walked off around 6:45PM, I looked in the opposite direction and just as it was getting dark, I saw a bigger deer walk across the lane. It didn't stick around, and if I had to guess, it had to be a buck! So we saw 4 deer that evening.  Anyway, that was day one. October 14th, evening hunt.
       The next morning, we were on the stand for 5:30 AM. We watched some ducks fly by as the early morning light started to filter through the trees. At around 6:40 AM, I looked to my left and saw a huge black boar hog crossing the main right away. I picked Avery's rifle up to get her in position and checked the scope. It was all fogged up. I hurriedly wiped it off with my vest and by the time I got it up and got Avery in position, it had already crossed. So we sat in anticipation for a few more minutes as I encouraged her to keep quiet and hang on and not to give up, things were moving and it was still early. So we waited until around 6:55 A.M. ,then I looked to the right and saw a cow horn spike walking up the lane. Slowly he walked, not even having the slightest hunch we were even there. He fed, then walked a little. Then when he got about 60 yds away, he turned as if he were going to walk in the woods. I had the gun up and Avery was ready to shoot as I whispered, 'You got him in your crosshairs, is it behind his shoulder?' 'Yeah, she whispered.' 'I got him.' I told her to squeeze the trigger and not jerk it. She kept telling me it wasn't going off, but we realized she wasn't squeezing hard enough. I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest!!! Talk about buck fever!! I don't think I get that nervous when I'm shooting at a deer with my bow! Talk about an adrenaline rush!! So again, I told her to squeeze the trigger. With nerves shot, she tells me, 'Mama, it's not going off.' The deer started to walk away and I told her, 'If you don't shoot now, he's going to get away.' So I plugged my ears again for the 3rd time, then finally, POW! The buck did a mule kick and I knew she had made a kill shot! We sat there excited and I told her 'Good job my love, Mama's proud of you!' ' Good shot,  you got him!!' Of course she wanted to go look for it right away. We sat there until around 8:25, then at around 40 yds, the same two spotted fawns that we saw the night before came out, feeding in the morning dew with the two rabbits they had to share their breakfast with. We watched them feed as Avery practiced aiming her gun on them again, but of course I told her we weren't going to shoot them. It was a good thing I held off the night before because at 40 yds in the daylight, I could see they both had spots. They were sure pretty though, and helped the time go by as we anticipated the find of her cow horn spike she shot earlier. Then we heard a grunt. I knew it was the mother doe calling her babies. We thought she would come out, but she never did. We heard her several times grunt at her babies, but they just fed along, ignoring their mother's calls. After that, we heard a loud crash, like a tree was being cut down, then a loud squeal. It was some hogs, rooting around nearby. I picked Avery's rifle up again and aimed it in the direction we heard the sound and told her to get ready, but here again, nothing came out. So the two fawns were still there feeding, but it was nearing 9:00, so I decided to get down to start looking for her deer. We got up and the two fawns looked up at us and with flags up, gave their infantile snorts as if to announce something's weird here. It was so cute! They took off as we got down from the stand and we started our hunt for the blood trail, only there wasn't one to be found! I was really scared we weren't going to find the deer, but luckily, I went down another trail I thought he could've went down and saw a big, white belly laying there. I told Avery, 'I see a white belly Avery!!' She got all excited and ran over. 'You found him Mama?', she said excitedly! 'Yeah!', I said. Come get with your deer. And the endless picture taking started. I drug the deer to the end of the right away and we heard the side-by-side coming closer. They stopped just as I was getting to the end of the right away, and was shocked to see me dragging the buck down the lane. The game warden started taking pictures of me and Avery, sweaty and horrible as I may have looked, nothing could replace the sense of pride I felt as my little girl got her first horned deer(not her first deer, because she got a button buck a few years before). I was so proud of her and was sorry my husband couldn't be here to share in the moment. I couldn't wait to talk to him and tell him the story. I just hope Avery has the passion for hunting like her Mama does. That would make it all worth while for me!! There is nothing more satisfying or rewarding than seeing one of your children successful at something that you are so passionate about. I was so glad I got to experience that with her! Thank you Lord for a successful hunt, endless action, and most importantly, for the learning experience and the memories we made together that weekend!

October 30 at 9:16pm

Sam Allen and son Baylor with a nice bull red caught at Halter's Island.

October 30 at 9:12pm

Sam Allen with big bull red

October 29 at 9:23pm

Recently I took my grandson Baylor Allen to the youth hunt hosted at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA. Also attending was my friend, Torrie Eaton and her daughter Avery. We all had a blast and the details of that experience will be featured in my blog Public Ramblings in the next few days.

Avery, the only female hunter, took the biggest deer of the weekend.

Torrie recaps Avery's thrilling hunt here:

This is the story of our hunt from the 1st day- The 1st evening, we got on our stand at around 4 or so. It was very HOT and the sun was beaming on the back of our necks. The mosquitos were horrible!!! Of course Avery couldn't keep still but luckily, I brought her Nintendo DS. We sat for a while with no action, except for the coon that walked right by our stand and the two or three rabbits that were in the lanes feeding.... UNTIL...... 5:25. Then, we saw a small fawn come walking down the lane. I remembered what they said about fawns, to make sure there were NO SPOTS, so I wanted to be sure. Avery was so excited and ready to shoot, but I had to make sure, so I looked at it through the scope. I saw a lot of white, but it was a little too far to really see, so I told her we wouldn't shoot it and of course, she was disappointed. She practiced aiming at it and looking at it through her scope, and then it laid right down at the end of the lane. It bedded down, chewing it's cud for about 15 minutes and then got up. It kept walking off, then re-appearing. So this went on until around 6:15 or so. Then another one came out. It was it's twin. They ate and walked around until around 6:30, then the mama came out. I told Avery, 'there is the Mama.” They eventually walked away. She was so disappointed! She cried! We heard several other gunshots around and every time she would slap her leg with a very disappointed look, like 'Aww man, why not me?' I was upset that she didn't get a shot on the doe, but I'm glad because it was a little too far for that .223 in my opinion. They were about 120 yds away. So after they walked off around 6:45PM, I looked in the opposite direction and just as it was getting dark, I saw a bigger deer walk across the lane. It didn't stick around, and if I had to guess, it had to be a buck! So we saw 4 deer that evening.  Anyway, that was day one. October 14th, evening hunt.
       The next morning, we were on the stand for 5:30 AM. We watched some ducks fly by as the early morning light started to filter through the trees. At around 6:40 AM, I looked to my left and saw a huge black boar hog crossing the main right away. I picked Avery's rifle up to get her in position and checked the scope. It was all fogged up. I hurriedly wiped it off with my vest and by the time I got it up and got Avery in position, it had already crossed. So we sat in anticipation for a few more minutes as I encouraged her to keep quiet and hang on and not to give up, things were moving and it was still early. So we waited until around 6:55 A.M. ,then I looked to the right and saw a cow horn spike walking up the lane. Slowly he walked, not even having the slightest hunch we were even there. He fed, then walked a little. Then when he got about 60 yds away, he turned as if he were going to walk in the woods. I had the gun up and Avery was ready to shoot as I whispered, 'You got him in your crosshairs, is it behind his shoulder?' 'Yeah, she whispered.' 'I got him.' I told her to squeeze the trigger and not jerk it. She kept telling me it wasn't going off, but we realized she wasn't squeezing hard enough. I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest!!! Talk about buck fever!! I don't think I get that nervous when I'm shooting at a deer with my bow! Talk about an adrenaline rush!! So again, I told her to squeeze the trigger. With nerves shot, she tells me, 'Mama, it's not going off.' The deer started to walk away and I told her, 'If you don't shoot now, he's going to get away.' So I plugged my ears again for the 3rd time, then finally, POW! The buck did a mule kick and I knew she had made a kill shot! We sat there excited and I told her 'Good job my love, Mama's proud of you!' ' Good shot,  you got him!!' Of course she wanted to go look for it right away. We sat there until around 8:25, then at around 40 yds, the same two spotted fawns that we saw the night before came out, feeding in the morning dew with the two rabbits they had to share their breakfast with. We watched them feed as Avery practiced aiming her gun on them again, but of course I told her we weren't going to shoot them. It was a good thing I held off the night before because at 40 yds in the daylight, I could see they both had spots. They were sure pretty though, and helped the time go by as we anticipated the find of her cow horn spike she shot earlier. Then we heard a grunt. I knew it was the mother doe calling her babies. We thought she would come out, but she never did. We heard her several times grunt at her babies, but they just fed along, ignoring their mother's calls. After that, we heard a loud crash, like a tree was being cut down, then a loud squeal. It was some hogs, rooting around nearby. I picked Avery's rifle up again and aimed it in the direction we heard the sound and told her to get ready, but here again, nothing came out. So the two fawns were still there feeding, but it was nearing 9:00, so I decided to get down to start looking for her deer. We got up and the two fawns looked up at us and with flags up, gave their infantile snorts as if to announce something's weird here. It was so cute! They took off as we got down from the stand and we started our hunt for the blood trail, only there wasn't one to be found! I was really scared we weren't going to find the deer, but luckily, I went down another trail I thought he could've went down and saw a big, white belly laying there. I told Avery, 'I see a white belly Avery!!' She got all excited and ran over. 'You found him Mama?', she said excitedly! 'Yeah!', I said. Come get with your deer. And the endless picture taking started. I drug the deer to the end of the right away and we heard the side-by-side coming closer. They stopped just as I was getting to the end of the right away, and was shocked to see me dragging the buck down the lane. The game warden started taking pictures of me and Avery, sweaty and horrible as I may have looked, nothing could replace the sense of pride I felt as my little girl got her first horned deer(not her first deer, because she got a button buck a few years before). I was so proud of her and was sorry my husband couldn't be here to share in the moment. I couldn't wait to talk to him and tell him the story. I just hope Avery has the passion for hunting like her Mama does. That would make it all worth while for me!! There is nothing more satisfying or rewarding than seeing one of your children successful at something that you are so passionate about. I was so glad I got to experience that with her! Thank you Lord for a successful hunt, endless action, and most importantly, for the learning experience and the memories we made together that weekend!

October 27 at 4:34pm

This was sent to me from my good buddy George Blanchard:

My nephew Gabe White from Kentucky enjoyed his first saltwater trip at Pointe Aux Chenes this past Saturday. He got his first speckled trout & a rat red.Truly a Good Time along with my wife & our daughter and her husband Chris Olivier who led the way through the area. We used live cocahoe minnows, shrimp & Berkley Swim Shads, pogy scent to get the bite.

October 19 at 10:31pm

My grandkids, Ava, Baylor, Reese, Emersyn and Tuesday, along with my son Erik and my daughter Brooke and her husband Sam, had a blast recently catching one fat perch after another. My sister has a pond outside of Lafayette where the fish bite like piranhas. They caught a ton of them for a nice fish fry.

August 15 at 5:13pm

My grandkids, Ava, Baylor, Reese, Emersyn and Tuesday, along with my son Erik and my daughter Brooke and her husband Sam, had a blast recently catching one fat perch after another. My sister has a pond outside of Lafayette where the fish bite like piranhas. They caught a ton of them for a nice fish fry.

August 15 at 5:05pm

I have attended 2 Saints practices thus far and plan to go to a couple more. My grandson Baylor has been by my side at each one. My daughter Brooke and my son Erik also came to one. Being the loyal die hard fan that I am, it has been a blast.

August 03 at 8:57am

Here is the latest on this story:

http://www.wideopenspaces.com/heres-real-story-giant-roadkilled-velvet-buck-internets-going-nuts/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=partner&utm_term=kj&utm_campaign=kj

July 27 at 6:50am

Hey guys I am looking a to buy a new crossbow for my 8 year old grandson. I have read numerous reviews and have lots of ideas, but I would value your opinion on a bow you currently have or have used. Thanks in advance!

July 22 at 8:46am

Hogzilla!!!!

http://whnt.com/2017/07/19/photos-man-kills-820-lb-wild-hog-in-front-yard/

July 20 at 5:49am

Watch the video

These fisherman showed a great deal of restraint. Had this been tried here, I am pretty sure the outcome would have been much different.

UPDATE

Got this from LDWF:

LDWF urges citizens that are being harassed while lawfully fishing in an area, to please call local authorities.

Harassment of persons lawfully fishing brings a up to a $750 fine and 90 days in jail. The harassment of persons lawfully fishing regulation provides that it is unlawful to disturb any hunter, trapper, or fisherman who is engaged in the lawful taking of a wild animal or who is engaged in the process of taking, with intent to dissuade or otherwise prevent the taking, or to prevent such person’s enjoyment of the outdoors.

So we do have laws here to prevent an event like the one in Florida.

July 17 at 6:16pm

My brother-in-law Mike Johnson found this big boy in his back yard. He lives near Lafayette.

June 27 at 4:27pm

My 7 yr old grandson, Baylor and I got in 2 quick cat fishing trips between all the rain showers. Actually not between, as one big shower did get us on the way to the boat landing Sunday afternoon. My good buddy, Scott, who is a game warden, stopped by to chat a little about the past hunting season at the Delta. When we had finished our conversation, and unbeknownst to me, he pointed out that a big shower was bearing down on us from our rear. We picked as quick as we could, but Baylor still got his first taste of riding in boat during a down pour. My windshield did block some if it, but it was pretty intense! Haha! we did not catch many fish either day, but as always, when doing anything with my little buddy, we had a good time. No sting rays on either trip, this time, thank goodness, but we did catch a few nice cats. Next trip we will looking to catch some reds. I will let you guys know how it goes.

June 12 at 2:28pm

My grandson Baylor Allen and I got up early to beat the rain and catch some more catfish. Nice morning to fish. We sat through some minor drizzle and caught 16 before heading in just in front of a big shower. Baylor caught his 5th sting ray in the last 3 trips. Today we also added a gar fish. We did have something break off our 17 lb test line for the second trip in a row. Baylor REALLY wants to catch the 'one that got away!' Maybe next trip.

June 05 at 2:34pm

Sunday afternoon we caught a few cats in the river. My son-in-law Sam Allen and grandson Baylor were with me. We caught enough for a quick supper before the rain shut us down. Baylor caught another sting ray. He was again fired up. This time his dad got to take it off the hook! Haha!

June 05 at 2:25pm

My seven year old Grandson Baylor Allen and I waited out the rain, Monday morning, then headed to the Atchafalaya River for some fishing. It turned out to be quite an eventful and enjoyable trip for us. In my many, many fishing trips during my lifetime, I do not recall myself or anyone else catching more than 2 sting rays in one day. Well my little buddy Baylor, broke that record today with 3, in freshwater no less! You know how hard they fight, well he loved catching those bad boys. His Pop was not so thrilled having to try to unhook each one of those without injury. Haha! All told we caught 17 nice catfish, 5 gaspergou, the 3 sting rays and a big ugly eel to boot! Fishing with kids is such a wonderful experience. In Baylors case, he absoluteIy loves to fish. I am happy to just bait up the lines, give him some advice and watch him have a blast.

May 29 at 8:54pm

Thanks for the input Scooter.

July 22 at 1:31pm

Yeah I tried to Enbed the video so you guys could see it without having to go to the link, but I was not successful.

As to the Vegan guy, he definitely wanted to provoke the fishermen to further his cause. If they would have tossed him over the rail, of course they would have been arrested and he would have won. so kudos to them for not 'taking the bait'. When the guy threw that fish back in the water, I am not sure how I would have reacted. Probably not in a way that would have been appropriate for my family to view, I am sure!

July 17 at 7:07pm
A comment titled: Re: Huge snake in response to a report titled: Huge snake

I was told it is a rat snake.

June 28 at 3:57pm
A comment titled: Re: More cat fishing... in response to a report titled: More cat fishing...

Coubie, we threw back the 2 cats in the last pic, but Baylor wanted a photo, since it was his first ever double catch. He thought that was pretty cool! Haha!

June 12 at 4:03pm
A comment titled: Re: Catfish bite is on... in response to a report titled: Catfish bite is on...

Nice!

June 12 at 1:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Any Catfish Spots?? in response to a report titled: Any Catfish Spots??

Jed, we are catching a few in the Atchafalaya River between Candy Fleet and the Mr. Charlie rig. Also at Fool's Point 5 minutes from the Berwick boat landing. Nothing great, but enough to eat or put some in the freezer. River shrimp is the bait.

June 05 at 2:20pm
A comment titled: Re: Feral Hog Cleaning Method in response to a report titled: Feral Hog Cleaning Method

Thanks for that demonstration. I will definitely try that technique out on my next hog. Seems much quicker than the way we do it now.

April 11 at 4:42pm

Sow I agree they are out of control, but in my opinion they are putting the cart before the horse. Is it worth the risk of possibly getting even one person sick from this stuff? Or having other animals die while experimenting with the poison? Not to me. Of course I am a hog hunter, anyone that has read any of my reports well knows this. I also only hunt on public land so I do not own any land that hogs could invade. However my bias does not cloud my thinking. Putting a poison into our woods that is not one hundred per cent safe for other animals and us is not acceptable to me. We will have to agree to disagree on this matter.

February 23 at 1:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Decent 8 Pt in response to a report titled: Decent 8 Pt

That is what I call persistance. You should inspire many hunters with your comments. I am very happy for you brother!

February 02 at 10:12pm
A comment titled: Re: Basin bow kill in response to a report titled: Basin bow kill

Great job! Congrats on the nice buck!

February 02 at 10:07pm
A comment titled: Re: Grandson\\\\\\\'s first deer in response to a report titled: Grandson's first deer

What a thrill! I will bet we will see Brendon's pic again very soon with deer number 2. His grandpa is a very good hunter and he will help guide the way.

October 02, 2016 at 12:31am
A comment titled: Re: Please identify in response to a report titled: Please identify

That is one of the funniest things I have ever seen on this website! Haaaahaaaa!

August 23, 2016 at 8:53pm
A comment titled: Re: First ever fish in response to a report titled: First ever fish

We were fishing at a friend's house in Oak Harbor subdivision. He has a nice covered wharf and the fishing has always been very good there.

August 02, 2016 at 9:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Bayou black in response to a report titled: Bayou black

Glad you boys are finally getting along! Haha! No reason to get so testy. Opinions are exactly what we want here. if they were all the same, it would be very BORING! More importantly...how many days 'til deer season???

June 15, 2016 at 10:02pm
A comment titled: Re: The \'MAN\' is back! in response to a report titled: The 'MAN' is back!

Here is the 'initial fish' before he released it.

April 26, 2016 at 3:39pm

I am born and raised in Morgan City. Fished and hunted all of my life in the area. Check out my reports on this site as well as my column Public Rambling the link is http://www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=9439. I can probably tell you anything you need to know about this area if you would like.

April 16, 2016 at 12:24pm

It also freezes my computer. It actually does it as soon as I get on the site as I am scrolling through the reports.

January 29, 2016 at 12:09pm
A comment titled: Re: What is this? in response to a report titled: What is this?

Haaahaaa! I do have a few openings in my appointment book!

January 26, 2016 at 12:50pm
A comment titled: Re: First Deer in response to a report titled: First Deer

Congratulations! Great story and great buck. Sounds like you and your husband earned that deer. What a memory this will be for both of you.

January 05, 2016 at 9:10pm
A comment titled: Re: Jeremy Dubose 8pt in response to a report titled: Jeremy Dubose 8pt

Great story. Great buck!

December 25, 2015 at 10:27pm
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