July 11, 2011 at 9:51pm
Finaly they did the right thing, but of course for the wrong reason. That flood had no affect on deer, it never does unless it occurs when the fawns are already born, which it did two years ago. Last year it didnt rain for 65 days, killing a lot of last years fawns. Two bad years in a row together with every day doe day had decimated an already dwindling herd. I guess everyone forgets about the good old days, buck a day hunting, killing a dozen bucks before Christmas, then having plenty time to duck hunt.lol Then people started hollering for bigger bucks. How did they think this would happen? Ask any biologist, cut the herd in half, get bigger bucks. So they opened up doe days and 'primitive' weapons.lol Five years ago u could see deer in the fields and roads around us, now we can hardly find a track. And we are not in a flood zone, so whats our excuse. The problem is not with LWF, they just set the seasons we demand. The sad thing is a lot of experienced people could have told them this, but they get their info these days from people that dont hunt. Personaly, i think they should have liberal seasons and limits, its up to us to recognize a problem and fix it, be it shoot more deer or less. I'm getting tired of people blaming everything on the floods. Every state that has deer has floods, they're bottomland animals, for crying out loud. They can swim for miles, and stay in water as much as land, so why is La. the only state where a late rut is caused by flooding? Its nonsense thats why. So if this were true then did it happen after they built the levees or before? If it was before the flood spred out 100 miles wide but shallow so they didnt need to leave. After the levees were built there werent any deer anyway. Until the seventies tensaw parish was wooded with very few deer, except behind the levees. Then they cleared it up for soybeans and the deer exploded. When they replanted crp and wrp 10yrs. ago the horns plummeted, no fertilized crops and grass fields are foor fare for deer yearround. Only after we got a large population of deer and we got real guns, not 32-20 or single barrel shotgunlol did we begin to kill lots of bucks, while protected does. The more the pop. got out of whack the later the rut. By the time i knew enough to recognize this, we were seeing 10 does in a herd with one or two yearlings. Then they changed from 3in. spikes to any hard horn. The first year we killed twice as many bucks, but it declined drastically every year there after. After about 5yrs. you could see 300 does a day, but we would hunt for two weeks without killing a buck, running dogs with horses. Even wily bucks cannot survive this kind of pressure. This place is now Willow Pt., or was, and within 3 yrs. after they got it you could see more bucks than does. And guess what happened, not only did the deer begin to rut earlier, they begin to make scrapes, something i never saw in hunting that island for 30yrs.