This year being the first year I've had time to hunt in 4 seasons I am looking to extend my time in the woods a bit. I was updating myself on the regs and it looks like it's legal to hunt with a pistol in addition to shotguns/ small caliber rifles now for hogs in pearl river? Anyone know if I'm reading this right? Thanks in advance
Why is it that gun owners manuals seem to give a fairly detailed break down proceedure but for reassembly usually say reverse order to reassemble. I guess maybe Im slow on the uptake but it would be nice if the assembly instructions were as detailed as the break down. It would be 1 extra page at most. I always seem to end up with a clean gun that I have to fight to get back together. Eventually I get it done but after struggling would it kill em to print out the directions for assembly without saying reverse what you just did. Just wondering if I am the only one who fights this? Yall be cool and after an additional 45 minutes of tinkering I did manage to get my Kimber reassembled but there was a point were panic definitely set in last night, LOL
I was just curious as to what yall do with your lesser grade cuts from your deer and other biggame?
By lesser cuts Im talkin the ribs, neck, shanks etc. I hate to waiste any of a deer that I get so I always take all available meat from the carcass. I used to do my best to bone out the shanks and neck cutting away rib meat and adding that all to the ground meat/sausage that I would make. I have since started cooking all that in a crockpot on low over night usually Ill add a couple cans of green chili enchilada sauce and let it braise slow until the meat peeles off of the bones----the left over bones usually ends up as treats for my dogs. This meat mix we can then use to make enchiladas, burrittos, shredded meat tacos etc. Other ideas that you could cook the same way would to make crockpot BBQ, for venison sloppy joes, add brown gravy homemade or canned to the crock with that same meat slow cook for a debris like experience. Its also really good cooked in the crock with some tomato sauce either homemade or from a can.You could even just use water and some diced vegys as it cooks when done add seasoning to your liking and some gelatin to make a pretty good 'head cheese' Just some ideas of an easy things that can be done with some of those bonier cuts also you can throw the boned out leg bones in there as well. I talk to many fellow hunters and most seam to just eat the backstraps and then make ground meat and sausage. I guess for a lack of ideas as to do with the game. Try a couple of those and remember before you throw those ribs or shanks out in the gut pile that those things can provide some good eating and more variety than burgers and sausage. If youve got electricity at your camp not much easier than taking those right from the deer popping them in your crock pot in the am and comming back to camp when its cold to a hot homestyle dinner. Just a thought yall be cool and have a great season.
Anybody got any good suggestions for cooking poul deuxs? Got a few with my daughter last weekend, I got boneless breasts, leg quarters and the gizzards any good recipes? Thanks in advance.
I am sure I saw it somewhere on here before but cant find it at the momenet Where is the sunrise/sunset chart on the website. Or if you know what time sunrise is tommorrow Nov 20th near Slidell. Lookin to go get a few duckies with my daughter in the am but not sure about the rise for tommorrow. Thanks in advance.
I tried posting this several times yesterday but my internet kept freezing up just as I finished typing the report body.
My kids and I went to huntrs place in Tensas last Sunday for the youth hunt. We got up there at about 3:30 am driving after dinner service Saturday night. At about 5:30 Mike was knocking on the window of my truck to wake us up. Groggily we all slipped into our camo, grabbing guns and gear and headed out to a pop up blind. We determined the day before that my son shoot first cause he won the coin toss. As we all got comfortable in the blind waiting for the sun to come up he got set and ready. That morning I admittedly dozed more than I wanna admit, I was working on an hour and a half of sleep with a twelve hour work day on Saturday LOL. Ansel kept a close look out as he was up first. Serena was sacked out for most of the am hunt. About 10 or so we went back to camp met up with another dad and his boys and went out looking for a deer that they were unable to find. They shot two off of the same plot the night before and found one. We took my bloodhound out and tried to track the missing deer. The dog lead me directly to the blood spot from the first deer that they found but she couldnt pick up the scent of the other deer. We headed back in and watched the Saints debacle and afterwards went out for an evening hunt. Both kids were anxious to get a turn so I had them each watch for deer out of a diffrent window as I covered the road for em. We decided if it came out by Ansel he'd shoot if on Serena's side shed shoot and if on my side Ansel would shoot because he won the original coin toss. That settled we all settled in for the evening hunt. About 5:30 I spotted a young deer on the edge of the feild that Ansel was covering. I had Ansel hold up on the deer just to practice sighting on him so when a bigger deer came out he'd be good to go. After a few minutes I pulled out the video camera and filmed the small deer mill around on the foodplot. Eventually he crossed the plot and no other deer came out that night. We had a great time though, and the kids learned a valuable lesson that hunting is just that----you dont get to shoot a deer every time you go hunting just doesn't work like that. We passed on the small deer cause both of my kids have killed before and it was important to shoot the right deer in this case a mature doe so we held out. It was a great day spent with my kiddos in the woods. Mr and Mrs Huntr are really special people for hosting this youth hunt every year. Thank you again Mr and Mrs Huntr for sharing your little slice of heaven nestled in the palmettos of Tensas with us. We had a great time. The thing that made me the most happy was that on the way home my kids were still so excited about us getting to hunt together. Killing a deer is a bonus when it happens but its the experience together that forges the memories. Thanks again huntr for a great trip.
Well after 6 years of making bowhunts it finally happened I arrowed my first deer up at Huntrs place in Tensas Monday about 4:30. Huntr had a spike buck that didnt seem like he was quite right kind of thin an an older spike, he wanted killed if I saw him. At about 4:15 he popped out the woods milled around and was headed my way as he went behind some brush I drew on him and as he popped out in my lane at 25 yards, remembered all the usual stuff anchor points and what not as my eye found him in the peep site I touched the string to my nose put my first pin just behind the shoulder and let it fly. Arrow burried in right behing the shoulder as he turned to run I could already see bright red blood starting to flow a minute or two later he was in the thick palmettos I gave him about a half hour to peter out climbed down a few feet from where he stood I found a drop of blood then a four inch circle then into the palmettos it looked like a murder scene Blood highway on the palmettos led me right to him I guess in total he went 30-40 yards and was piled up. Not the biggest deer I have ever killed but my first bow kill and having waited so long to get it done will always be special. Before this I missed every way you could miss somehow in fact I felt like I may never do i! Monday I was able to retain my composure and get it done. No pic yet as Im having computer issues with the file> Hopefully huntr will tag the pic when he sees this tonight. Thanks agin to Mr and Mrs Huntr.
I have an opportunity to make a hog hunt next week in Texas. Ordinarily I hunt with my Bolt action 7mag. But since there probably will be multiple shots at a time on hogs, I am thinking about bringing my AK with some soft points in it. My thinking is that the ballistics on the 7.62*39 are comprable to a 30/30. My question would be am I restricted to head and neck shots or will this round penetrate the grizzle plate if I shoot for the boiler room? Ive killed a couple of hogs but not with this caliber. Thanks for any advise or thoughts. Be cool
Brought the kids up to Huntrs place in Tensas for a couple days of deer hunting. First morning hunting Ansel shot a button buck with his 243, Made a good shot and dropped him in his tracks. We had a great time with Huntr and his wife. Thanks again Mr. and Mrs. Huntr for having us up to hunt with yall and the kids and dad had a great time together hunting at your place. Thanks for the guns you gave the kids---That was very nice I look forward to hunting alot more with my kiddos in the future. i forgot to put this in the original post===last night as we drove out we saw a bear on side of the road we were all very excited---Ive seen bear in other parts of the country but that was a first in Louisiana it was awesome unfortunately I could not get a pic as it was dark and the bear was moving but it was very cool! thanks again Huntr!
I was sitting in my deer stand yesterday evening, unfortunately I di not see any deer but did watch a couple hawks for a while as they tried to catch a meal. It was really cool, not sure what type of hawks they were though I see hawks alot near my house on the northshore, they had an overall appearance of being silvery with some white and black feathers and a touch of yellow/orange near the beak underside was black and white about equal in proportion. The ones I usually see at home have a brown or reddish look to them but these were kind of diffrent than any others I had seen before. Bird was fairly small in stature perhaps they were juveniles making the color diffrence. Not sure but they made my evening hunt much better. If anyone knows what kind of bird that is please tell. Oh and this was in LaSalle parish near Toulus,Thanks for the info,
Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Huntr for hosting such a nice youth hunt this past weekend at thier place in Tensas, LA. Setrena was fortunate to take a spike this year. This was her second deer of her life and her first one with antlers. I forgot to bring my camera to work with me so I'll post the pics later. Thanks again for hosting such a nice youth hunt, we are very thankful for the opportunity to hunt with yall this year.
I finally was able to get out to see Bad Ripp at Louisiana outdoors today. I went out and shot the 3d range outback it was alot of fun. Its set up really nice with 3d targets all off of various trails and at varying unknown distances. I forget how many diffrent stations there are but if you shoot both distances it takes about an hour or so to complete the course. It was alot of fun and pretty good practice for judging distances and is set up alot like you would face if really hunting. After shooting the outdoor range I was soaked and decided to shoot the tecno hunt. You pick what type of game you want to target there are many choices, my son was with me and he wanted the African game so thats what we did. In addition to African game they had whitetail, elk, predators and a few other choices. Both shoots were $10. Id recomend anyone in the area that likes to bowhunt check it out I think it was alot of fun. In addition to the 2 shoots there is an indoor paper range that is 20 yards to sight in at. Brian and his staff were very helpful and knowledgable and helped me fine tune my bow a little bit. His place is really nice and he has a large selection of bows and hunting gear as well as a taxedermy shop in house. He had several mounts completed and in various stages of being completed. Great local busness to support that not only has what you need but can actually help you and recommend things from a real life what works perspective. I hope to get free one thursday night to shoot the paper target league that they have there. So again anyone wanting a first class archery shop and shooting range get over to Louisiana Outdoors in Pearl River, La and check it out. Thanks alot Brad I'll be back soon! Be cool,
Well I was out for a hike the other day with my dog and was walking along when I spotted a Golden Chantrell mushroom. Chantrelles are some of the most highly prized of all wild mushrooms for their flavor. CAUTION: Before harvesting ANY mushroom to eat extreme caution must be used in the identification, I suggest getting a good mushroom ID book like the one put out by the Audubon Society and getting with an experienced mushroom forager before trying to harvest them solo. I went two days in a row after a good rain and found a plate full each day. So if you are in the woods this time of year keep a sharp eye out for the golden chantrell(usually found near Oak trees in the leaf litter. I cooked them the first night with some fallow backstrap that I had and the next night with some crabs poached in white wine, cream and butter. Good stuff!
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I have a question regarding arrow speed. I was reading in the new American Hunter about deer that squat arrows and that a way to combat this is to A) shoot for the bottom of the vitals and B) to shoot a faster arrow. Does anyone know how you can increase your arrow speed on an existing bow. Right now I am shooting an archery research bow and am not sure about the #age. For the arrows I am shooting some Cabelas carbon arrows with 100 grain rage 3 blades I have no idea what speed these shoot at and I dont have a chronograph to test em. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks and be cool'
Well too start off, the oil has taken a month or so too begin directly impacting our marshes. When I saw the areal photo of the oil at Elmers Island and some other photos at Venice or where ever else of the oil in the Marsh it made me sick to the stomach. It got me too thinking about how much this area has meant to me threw my 37 years. My Grandpaw had a camp just before Grand Isle at Tiger Lane that he built in 69 after Betsy. this is the area that I caught my first fish at 3 years old. Countless summer days and nights were spent there taking for granted what a special place it was. I remember loading up in my grandpaws car with crab lines, baits, fishing poles and making the short drive from the camp to Elmers Island. Summer days spent catching crabs by the hampers, ice chests of fish getting cooked by the summer sun.
We would get in my grandpaws smalll boat and head up Thunder Bayou laying down in the boat as we passed under the Hwy 1 Bridge on a low tide to get out to Elmers Island. This is the first place I caught speckled trout two at a time on old school shad rigs(yellow and white) this was before the 25 fish a day limits. I can remeber chasing redfish in that marsh all winter long. the time when I was a kid that we saw wild porposes doing arobactics as we fished a 100 yards away. Stepping over dried out hard heads that people would litter the beaches with. As a small child the first time I saw a true Bull Red and was amazed at the size, from then on redfish was my targeted species. I can remember riding out a storm in my grandpaws boat fishing under that same Hwy 1 bridge amazed that we were still able to catch a mess of sheepshead. Elmers Island and the surrounding area will always hold a special place in my heart. I remeber my grandpaw taking me fishing hooking a redfish and passing it off to me too fight, Its where I became a Louisiana Sportsman. I remeber a time in the mid 80s that a redfish was a rare catch ancd being dissapointed that all we had caught was a box of specks. i can remember running from water spouts in the summer fishing the oyster reefs behind the Island. I remeber taking his big Boat out to 4 bayous and to the rigs off of Fourchon, i was finally old enough to make the legendary trip that all the men always talked about. I remember camping on the beach at the state park fishing at night catching my first true Bull red 25 years after seeing that first one on the beach as a little kid. I remeber being down at the state park days before Katrina camping and fishing hearing of a big hurricane in the gulf which was supposed to go towards Florida. Arriving home with several meals of speckled trout fillets and getting the word that the big cat5 storm was now heading our way. Evacuating my family to Natchez wondering in my mind whether there would be any Grand Isle left when it was all over, it recouped and was better than ever. Its the place where I have brought my family a couple times a year so they could grow to love this place like I did. dreaming of the day when I can afford to buy my Grandpaws back from the company that now rents it. I remember the first real fishing trip I took in my kayaks was at Grand Isle(where I actually caught keeper fish from the kayak) that same trip when I took my daughter for a paddle with me up grand Isles beaches and were surrounded with porposes as we paddled in the surf as they swam along with us with in paddle length from the boat. I think this was when I relized what a truly special place Grand Isle/ elmers Island was. At that moment it all clicked in my head the place that had always been there was truly special it was a place that I was now sharing with my children as my dad and Grandpaw had with me. Seeing those photos of the oil on the beach brings forth a flood of emotion Fear, Anger, sadness. Helpless because I know its inevitable that this oil will reach the interior marshes of our state and there is not much I can do to stop it. A feeling that I want to scream punch, kick, cry---A want to wake up and be told I just had a terrible night mare to be seated at the little table in my grandpaws camp with the smell of LaLa making me her special fried bannana sandwhiches for me and the smell of strong brewed coffee for my grandpaws thermos as we prepared to go out fishing. God Save our marshes. I am sure that many of you have had similar experiences either at Grand Isle or where ever in the state that you freaquented. Thanks for reading I stayed up late with all of these images swirling in my head and just thought I would share. Be cool'
Made a fishing trip yesterday with a freind that i made through LSM. It was me Hunterdude and Cajun Mike. We ended the day with a 3 man limit of Black Drum, a boat limit of crabs and I caught my biggest refish ever 38 inches! Thanks again Josh the day was great!
Made a trip to Hopedale yesterday, the water was extremely low the water-All of the spots I usually try and fish were completely out high and dry. Water looked about 3-4 foot lower than any other time I had been there. The tide was supposed to begin rising at like 9 am but by 3:30 in the afternoon it still was not going due to the wind. No fish but I did gain some insight as to the bottom structure around where I fish--a good learning day i suppose. Any area that had a bank ot trenasse was out of the water but I did see a lot of oyster reefs and bars that will be good areas to focus when the tide gets back to normal. Be cool,
I got this as an email today:
Each Friday after work, Bubba would fire up his BBQ pit and cook a venison steak. But all of Bubbas neighbors were Catholic. And since it was Lent, they were forbidden to eat meat on Friday. The delicious arouma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to thier priest. The Preist came to visit Bubba, and suggested that he become Catholic. After several classes and much study, Bubba attended mass...and as the preist sprinkled holy water over him,he said,"you were born a Baptist, and raised a Baptist, but now you are a Catholic." Bubbas neighbors were greatly releived, until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood. The preist was called immediately by the neighbors, and,as he rushed into Bubbas yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement. there stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted:
"You was born a deer, you wuz raised a deer, but now you is a catfish."
I finally was able to bring my two dogs out to the woods. we went to Pearl river unfortunately did not jump any pigs but the dogs had a great time running through the swamp.
Anybody process thier own game this year ? If so what did you make? I did all of mine, we made tamales, spicy smoked sausage, hogs head cheese, boudin, italian sausage in addition to a lot of ground venison and roasts. Freezers full. Interested in things y'all made with your game this year. Good eating and Be cool