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We have a stand in Avoyelles parish we call the zoo! Every time we hunt it, it's nothing to see 10-20 deer, some turkeys and maybe some ducks swimming by!! On new years eve, I asked Dad if I could take my youngest daughter, age 8, to the zoo stand as she hasn't seen many deer this year while hunting and I thought it would be a good experience for her and I to share together. With the rut just getting started in our area, we decided to get on the stand around 2 that afternoon to give us the most time in the stand. We didn't see our first deer till around 3:30, which was a yearling at the rice bran pile Dad had put out that morning. Around 4:00, several does stepped out at the feeder and started their normal afternoon of eating corn!! It's always exciting when the doe kept looking back into the woods, as you know something is holding their attention. A few short mins later, several more does and yearlings came out to the feeder followed by a small 6 pt and 4 pt. The 6 pt was bumping the does and pushing them around a little while the 4 pt was just worried about eating corn! While we were watching this show, I notice two more yearlings came out the rice bran pile and started eating. Around 4:30 while watching all this activity, out stepped the big boy! Dad and I call them WOW POW deer because when they come out, you say WOW and then the gun does POW!! When he stepped out around 110 yards from the stand at the pile of rice bran, it was a WOW POW moment. We had to watch him for a few mins due to the size requirements on the property to make sure he made the cut and he was facing away from us so we didn't have a good shot. Once he turned around in the shooting lane and gave us a good shot, it was a done deal!! Once we found the deer, by daughter said 'Dad, this was an answer to my prayer'. I asked her what she prayed and she said she prayed for a big buck to come out so I could shoot it!! It was a day we both won't forget for some time as we ended up seeing 14 deer and I killed my biggest buck. He ended up weighing 245 lbs and scored 150-7/8'. Take a kid hunting every chance you get as you won't regret it!!

January 05, 2016 at 11:49am

Saturday will be a day I won't forget!! As it was the opening day of duck season for the coastal zone and opening day of muzzle loader season for our property in Avoyelles parish.

Friday night I asked my 4yr if he wanted to make a duck hunt with me in the morning, his words were 'yes and I'm going to bed'!! Saturday morning around 4:45, I woke him up and we got dressed with no problem! Made the short trip to the blind with plenty of time to spare and got all the decoys placed and blind ready. As the sun started to break the horizon, we didn't see many ducks flying. It wasn't much longer before they started. Within the next 45 mins, my brother in law and I were able to knock down our 12 ducks, 8 BW teal and 4 GW teal. Once we picked up things, my little man had his chance with his BB gun to do a little shooting! All I can say is watch out decoys this year!! He made quick work of all the decoys and we called it a day.

Once we got home and cleaned all the ducks, it was time to think about making a trip to try and kill a deer. I asked my 10 yr old daughter if she was interested in making the hunt with me. Her first response was 'Can I kill one'? I said sure. We loaded the truck with my 35 Wheelen and her youth .243 rifles. Once we took care of all the issues on the property the bears are given us (I hate bears) we settled in to the stand around 3:30. While walking up the stand, we jumped a little doe out the food plot. I thought we had missed our chance as we got there too late. About an hr and half later, out stepped a little yearling and a big doe. My little girl decided she wanted to shot the big doe, so we started the process of getting her gun out the window and her moved over to the other side of the stand without the deer hearing or seeing us! It took us about 10 mins to get the shot off as she was shaking so much and we couldn't get her breathing down!!! Once we were able to calm her nerves some and get the good broadside shot, she let it fly!! The bullet hit the mark and the doe fell in her tracks!

November 11, 2013 at 3:37pm

Nothing like a little morning kiss!!

September 19, 2011 at 10:16am

I have a 2005 36 volt EZ-Go golf cart that has been jacked up about 5" and mud tires have been installed and I have purchased 6 new Interstate batteries about 3 months ago.

I am having a hell of a time keeping a charge on the batteries when I go hunting or just driving around the yard for extended periods of time. Does anybody have any experience with these carts that can point me in a direction of things to test?? My Dad has a Bad Boy buggie and he runs circles around me in terms of distance and speed. I know they are 48 volt carts, but I have ridden in 36 volt carts that are much faster and powerful than mine.

Thanks.

October 22, 2009 at 5:47pm

Well after three tries and three girls the fourth proved to be the man I've been looking for. Momma had a big bouncing baby boy Friday!!

May 25, 2009 at 4:21pm

I'm looking at booking an offshore charter trip for 15-16 people and need some references. We plan to fish on one boat. Anybody have any experience with a charter captain they would like recommending to accommodate that large of a party. Thanks.

April 21, 2009 at 4:27pm
Lab

I'm looking for a good trainer around the Lafayette area to take a 10 mth old lab. Any body deal with trainers around the Lafayette area and can recommend someone?

Thanks.

June 11, 2008 at 3:19pm

I need some help. My guns are in need of some repairs after this hunting season, and Custom Gun Works in Lafayette sold out to some different guys not that long ago. I've been in their a couple of times, but don't fell comfortable like I did when Tony owned the place. Any body know of some other good gun smith's in the area?

Thanks,

February 01, 2008 at 12:03pm

This weekend was not great for the old hunting buddy Max. Friday afternoon I was riding the kids on the 4 wheeler and the old lab was running in the yard and swimming in the pond. While running in the back yard, he blew out his rear left knee. I heard it pop when it tore. After a couple of hrs of surgery yesterday, he should be coming home tomorrow. Has this happened before to anyone's dog? How long was the recovery time? Will he ever hunt again?

Josh

September 18, 2007 at 1:49pm

I would like to try and feed some protein this year. Was wondering how many people do this in LA, and what name brand everyone feeds? Thanks.

January 31, 2007 at 1:12pm

I'm looking at buying several pit blinds. Who has the best one out there to sink in a field and hunt 4 guys out of?

April 19, 2006 at 9:18am

Pic from our fly by today.

August 30, 2005 at 9:06pm
A comment titled: bears in response to a report titled: Black surprise

I fell your pain!! Nothing about bears in Louisiana is cool. They destroy your property and destroy your feeders. They do close to $1000 of damage a year on our property in Avoyelles parish. They also tend to push the deer out of the area when they are around.

September 04, 2014 at 2:29pm
A comment titled: Jacomo in response to a report titled: Deer moving at night

Here is a pic of a trophy deer under the feeder in the day light late in the season. It just so happened I wasn't there to shot him!!

We feed 3-4000 lbs of corn a year and see plenty of big bucks under our feeders. The feeder goes off twice a day at 10 secs.

We put up the 4 wheelers and only hunt with electric carts. Deer sightings went up 50%. Now when one of the neighbors start up there ATV'S, we watch the deer leave our plots as they know what is coming.

January 16, 2013 at 4:49pm
A comment titled: batteries in response to a report titled: Golf Cart Help

The batteries do not drain down when the cart is off or just sitting on. They only drain down when I'm using the cart.

October 23, 2009 at 9:31am
A comment titled: Cart in response to a report titled: Golf Cart Help

They are new energizer batteries. I'm seeing about 3 miles of run time on flat land with minor mud spots. Nothing hilly and no major mud. I purchased a second battery to run my lights and winch on so I wouldn't draw down the motor batteries. I have not checked the voltage or tested each battery, but will this weekend. The cables are new 4 ga wires, but I don't know if they go all the way to the controller. I do have a 36 volt charger.

October 23, 2009 at 9:29am
A comment titled: Hunter in response to a report titled: Poacher Caught Red Handed

I can't believe ya'll are accusing this man of poaching!! He has grown up all his life in that trailer and has feed his family for years off this land.

October 12, 2009 at 3:33pm
A comment titled: FFF in response to a report titled: Baby Boy

My odds are nowhere near yours, 5 boys, 1 girl, and than your wife likes to fish!!

With 5 sisters and no brothers growing up, I have never had odds in my favor!!!! I’m still out numbered!

May 26, 2009 at 4:21pm
A comment titled: Boy in response to a report titled: Baby Boy

Thanks guys. I'm already thinking about what kind of gun to buy him for when he grows up. Any suggestions!! I'm looking for something nice that can be handed down to his children.

May 26, 2009 at 4:18pm
A comment titled: Rod's in response to a report titled: What a cool place to shop!

My wife shops their all the time. Good family owned business and he loves to hunt.

May 18, 2009 at 5:30pm
A comment titled: Bees in response to a report titled: Beekeepers in Lafayette area

Send me an e-mail and I can help you out. My father in-law can go catch it.

May 23, 2008 at 9:22pm
A comment titled: Max in response to a report titled: Hunting Buddy

Thanks guys. I just hate seeing him like he is thinking he may never hunt with me again. He will be swimming in the pond as soon as he is better.

September 18, 2007 at 4:32pm
A comment titled: Lab in response to a report titled: Hunting Buddy

He is 8 1/2 years old. No prior problems seemed to be in perfect health.

September 18, 2007 at 2:02pm
A comment titled: Citgo in response to a report titled: Price of oil down down and down

The only thing I have to say about it is if you buy Citgo oil, you are supporting Hugo Chavez, who happens to own Citgo.

June 29, 2007 at 3:17pm
A comment titled: Old River in response to a report titled: Old River

Some of the biggest Sca-a-lait I have ever caught have come out of Old River within the last few years. I'm one of the young people that just got out of LSU within the last couple of years. Fish the North side by all the Cypress trees with a tube jig about 1' deep with a cork.

March 19, 2007 at 8:44pm
A comment titled: Protein in response to a report titled: Protein Feeding

We are hunting around Lake Ophelia. I'm located in the Lafayette area.

January 31, 2007 at 3:30pm
A comment titled: Blind in response to a report titled: White Lake Marsh Hunt?

CameronHunter,

Who's blind did you hunt in?

November 30, 2006 at 7:47pm
A comment titled: Good Hunt in response to a report titled: White Lake Marsh Hunt?

I hunted their opening weekend of the paid hunt. Ducks everywhere, not hard to limit out by 6:30-6:45. If you get to pick blinds, hunt as far south by the refuge as you can. Early in the morning, the Specks and ducks get up off the refuge.

November 27, 2006 at 8:32pm
A comment titled: White Lake in response to a report titled: White Lake

The state is still offering the 25K hunts. I've been in contact w/ the state and they are offering 12 hunts again this year for 12 people. Made two hunts there last year.

August 17, 2005 at 10:05pm
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