March 10, 2006 at 5:48am
I could not resist not jumping in here guys. I am impartial to the the gate situation that us sportsman have been hampered with. Even though our license plates bare the title "Sportsman Paradise", does not mean we can freely roam all over.
Just face the truth, the days of Daniel Boone are all gone. But I can't remember seeing posted sign on Bill Dance or Roland Martin fishing show either. I know ya'll have not forgot about the incident for the B.A.S.S. Classic in Venice. Enough though the storm did a lot of damage on the different areas. I don't think you will see the classic tour our region anymore. This was not a gated canal either. This what I am afraid will start to happen.
I to fish a lot of the same area's you guys are talking about. An for a while I could not understand the deal with blocking off a canal. But after I give some thought to it, I can clearly see the side that the law tends to be in favor of.
It's simple but I don't really fully agree with it. I have private property I deer hunt on and it's posted. It borders the highway and National Forest that has a creek between us. There are roads that intersect with the public roads. At the very end of the road is a gate that goes to a large tract of land that is owned by private owners. Their land is posted just like ours is. Being that we're at the very starting point where the roads starts. We have farmers that access the properties to plant beans. This is considered to be commerical use but it's legally posted. I know it sounds like a double negative or a double whammy. But we cannot legally gate off this road. It's a legal access route for the other folks to get to their property. I guess this is where the confusion comes in to play. But the only difference with this is that we have no gates on either side trapping game in. We do have some folks that has the high game fences in the area.
The deer, the turkeys, squirrals, and the fish all legally breathe and eat freely. An in some case they can roam like they wish to do as God wanted it to be. An by right folks are contesting this with the fact that nobody can post free flowing water or air that we all need to on live. Legally I don't know who is right here, I don't think the judges know either. But they had made several rulings. I guess somethings are not common for everybody to enjoy.
What we need to do is to stop an give this some thought. Ask yourself the question, Will a judge rule in favor of the public when he to falls in this catagory? It's usually the lawyers, doctors, and judges that have camps on these canals. These guys aren't going to pass no law that may infringe problems on their investments. Will you? Ask the camper owner on Blind River. But then again I fish Todelo Bend too.
I have never seen any posted signs at Sam Miguels. Even though the lake is surrounded by privately owned homes. I know I cannot go into anybody yard to fish. But if I launch my boat at a public area giving me access to waters borders these folks back yards. I can fish from my boat whereas I would be perfectly legal. This a makes me chuckle, there is a lady that tries to stop guys from fishing on the bank in front of her house that is across the street (state property is the bank). This is a state owned lake. Just because she mows the lawn. She thinks she has some kind of special rights. I know the city appreciates the kind gesture of cutting the grass, but she cannot claim anything here (LSU University Lake). This is when you have to know the law. Sorry, but batture rights does not apply here. You should always refer to you property deeds. View to see where your survey markers are. This is what is considered to be the "LAW"! If you guys really want to get technical the state owns that to!
It's all about big money. Hunting and fishing has become to be commerically fraternalize in this state.
Folks these days are paying top dollar for good clean fun that their families can enjoy. In a way I really can't blame them. So they dam off areas that was once open to that everybody enjoyed from one time or another. That's hard to deal with when you have a youngsters with you all bright eyed and ready to experience the beginning of something that some will never experience. It's tough to tell them that we can't go in that place anymore. But is this fair?
Soon the intracoastal waterway will be the only fishing ground we have. From Delacriox, to Gheens, to Bayou Black will be all memories for some of us. It's will have gotten to be where you will see the life of the rich and famous reign rule in the marsh and the hunting woods. Yep, I guess we will be considered to be the "have nots".
I often wondered how Bob's, Sommes, Dioron's, Bayside, Venice Marine, Campo's and Coco mariner boat launch owners feels about this when they stop seeing the cashing flowing. I don't think the boat stores will like it when they have to pick up stake to bring the business to MS or TX. Have you ever thought of the idea of folks not owning a boat or shotgun in LA. No pirgoues! That is frightening! I think this is why some are working so hard to rebuild their places. No money! Have you ever thought this is the reason why Cabela's is coming to Gonzales. Go an ask the guys a Bowie Outfitter's what would they think about being supported by a selected few. I think they would want want the whole pie other than settling for only a small wedge of it.
Then you will start to see how selfishness effects the business owners. Yep, no more big tournments guys! Nope, no more Redfish tournments will come here because the anglers access will be limited because of gated canals. An No! I am not being far fretched here! It can happen.
I think that the pressure has to come from the business owners to. When folks start not to see the rich flow of revenue not coming in. Then you will see some action. But then again we have the poachers and the trespassers who makes it hard to fight this issue. This puts the wind in these guys sails who block the canals.
An then on the other hand I cannot blame the guys for the fences and the gate either. Few sour apples alway ruin the
So to you, Super Duck, I don't think times will get any better. You will continue to see the private golf country clubs, hunting clubs, schools, and etc. It's all right in according to the law that we all are suppose to abid by. People has the right to do what they want when they spend the hard earn money.
I having a saying, "We live in American, but we're not as free as we think we are.........."