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Past Duck Hunting Memories

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Thought someone might enjoy the slideshow. Wonderful memories of the glory days of Maurepas Swamp, Joyce WMA and Manchac. Made some great memories with good friends and my boys.

Here's another attempt at the link to the second slide show, this should play on iPhones. Couple of more pics of Tatoon's, Sarpy Deer Club area, etc.

http://youtu.be/XLGLMGEG550
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great slideshow
looks like yall had fun and killed some good birds.
great slideshow of yall memories
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Nice!
Nice, would kill to be able to experience those swamps. Ought to send this to the State, DU/Delta, and the Army Corp Project Head for the diversion project in the Maurepas Swamp!
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Days Gone but Never Forgotten.
You are a great Daddy. I am sure your boys know that. Your music selection was superb, I hope you start a trend for others posting a hunt. I love the Post it made my day! May God Bless all your family.
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Thank
Gaston, thanks, I'm happy you enjoyed it. I'd give my right arm to have some good duck hunting these days. If any of you guys know of a good lease with good people I'd be grateful.

Josh and cmko, thanks also for the compliments.
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awesome
chris, that is awesome. we experienced the same thing. it is amazing what a little enemy like salvania can do to a swamp.
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You're right. Just imagine.....
Swamp, true statement. For all intents and purposes, the state has lost most of its freshwater wintering grounds from lake Maurepas south to Houma/bayou Black area. Just look at the photo of me with the mallards in that tall timber off Reserve Canal, along with the pretty pothole in the cypress (with the dekes in the water) and imagine what all that swamp looked like back then. My kids will never experience that down here.

Glad you enjoyed it.
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Wow!
That's an awesome slide show. I miss those days and miss that swamp so much. I use to do a lot of my duck hunting in the Garyville swamp, not far from the reserve canal. Those were the days! Louisiana hasn't seen mallards like it use to since the giant salvania took over.
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memories
ive heard storys about the ducks down there about how the sky would turn black cause there was so many loved the pics an also the storys to go with them ill never see any days like that
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slideshow
That was great,Thanks for sharing!!
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Good Ole Days
Reminds me of the good ole days on the Cypress Hunting Club lease in Manchac, when I was 12 about 30 plus years ago. I wish my son could experince what I did with my dad. We still have the lease but with very little ducks.
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I share your memories
Back in the late 70's-early 80's we had the same success on Lake Fausse Point. When we'd get one of those arctic fronts, the day before, day of, and day after,it was raining ducks.Even went out on a day when it was 10 degrees. The lake and all the canals were frozen. An airboat sure performs well on ice.(LOL)Thanks for the memories, my sons missed out on a lot!
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ApplicationTool?
This was a great slide show! What tool did you use to build it?
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Reserve Rod and Gun Club
Reminds me of the winters I used to spend back in the late 70s and early 80s as a junior member of the Reserve Rod and Gun Club. Unfortunately, I did not have enough appreciation for the outdoors back then like I do now. Wish I could have those days back.
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Great Show
Can't emphasize how awesome this slide show is. I hunt marsh now because it's what there is available, but I would trade it for good hunting in the woods all day long.

Salt water and invassive water species = not good for South Louisiana.
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ORGANIZE
We need to ORGANIZE to rid south Louisiana of SALVANIA!!!!
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Great place to start
I know a great place to start!
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Find old Swamp Thread and Bump.
There is an old thread that we had going for a while with info about the diversion and some of the ideas for the River Parishes. Might want to bump that thread. I know they have one diversion running, but they need multiple diversions and to open up the Bonnet Carre Spillway multiple timies. Wish some spraying would get done a good bit too.
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IPhoto
I did it on my Mac using IPhoto. Create a slideshow, then drag your pics to it, then click settings and music, choose music from samples or from your ITunes, and choos 'fit slides to music'. There's a lot you can do with the basic program. I also used the 'vintage photos' settin, I think. Good luck!
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IPhoto
Thanks! Once again, GREAT SLIDE show. I showed it to my dad and his eyes watered up. He doesn't typically react to things this way, so you really touched alot of duck hunters with this slide presentation. I know that duck hunting kept me out of trouble when i was young, and now my kids love to get out there and call those ducks in.
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Made My Day
Falgoke, thank YOU. You made my day!
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Nice, Nice
Great slide show of the past. I hunted these these area in the 70's and 80 when we had a point systems. We didn't have all the modern fancy stuff, hunted in tennis shoes but had lots of fun and memories. I have been following the diversion issue, working with various people within state and federal government but there is no easy solution to the problems within this basin. Thanks for your presentation as it is an eye opener for those that did not witness the slow changes.
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Awesome ! !
What else is there to say ! ! !
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Still love this slide show....
I just showed this to my 9 and 6 year old boys trying to explain to them what the good ole' days of flooded timber hunts were like in SE LA. My boys hunt about 20 days a year with me, but it's all marsh hunting. I much prefer the timber hunts we had back in the day in Garyville. My 9 year old is still trying to kill his first green head. It's all he talks about. He has shot grays, pintail, widgeon, teal, dosgris, spoonbills, red heads, mottled ducks, buffleheads etc. but not a mallard yet.
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Stay Tuned
Coot,
Check back in a couple of days - I added more pics but haven't uploaded yet . Got one of Tatoon's (Poncho's) camp on Reserve Canal - that oughta bring back some memories. The pic you see of me carrying the ducks, looking up through the cypress trees, was taken at roughly the 3-mile line east of the oil well canal - in the tall timber north of the Sawmill Run, just about at the Sarpy Deer Club line.

During the 3-duck limit days, the ducks were so plentiful and cooperative, we'd each take turns shooting so as to stretch the hunt out; a flock would come in, and I mean 10-20 yards out and over the decoys, and whether it had 2 or 20 birds in it, it was your turn and your turn only. No one taking back-up shots, just your turn and then the next flock would belong to the next guy!

I remember one hunt when I was still shooting a 16 gauge, I left the house with only 9 shells, knowing full well I wouldn't be able to bum any shells from my buddies, and knowing it would be shame on me if I couldn't shoot my limit with those 9 shells. Of course, I know I'm preachin' to the choir here .....

I'm still trying to find that lease where I can have something similar to what we had - don't know if that will ever happen but if I do, and if I need members, I'll be sure to holler at you.

Keep your posts coming ... every time I see the first few lines of report by 'Coot', I know I'm going to enjoy reading 'the rest of the story'.

Chris
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Wishin I was Fishing
Thanks Chris. Your slide just about brought tears to my eyes. I use to hunt that swamp in the 80's. The mallard roosts in that swamp during afternoon hunts was mind boggling. Just like a woodie roost, but all mallards coming in right before sunset. When it became Maurpeaus WMA I was so excited to be able to hunt that swamp again, but after extensive scouting the ducks just aren't there anymore due to the giant salvania. Plenty of deer though!

PS: I remember 3 duck limit days. There was no shortage of ducks back then. We kept hunting when everybody else gave it up. We would just hunt 4-6 man blinds to make the hunt last longer. I also remember the point system when I first started hunting. Pintails were 10 points and you could shoot 10 of them....
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salvinia
In late 70's and early 80's ,I hunted west of I55 .we used and airboat to get in and out of the lease and left pirogues in the swamp. We did really well. When Manchac WMA first opened we did real well there . Salvinia ruined it as well as some other factors such as more rice production in Mississippi and Arkansas and minimum tillage on rice and corn fields there and further north, which caused many ducks to never come this far South. Minimum tillage cause wthe waste grain to just lay on the ground and it isn't plowed under .So unless they have much snow and ice covering the fields the grain is exposed . It will never be the same. My duck hunting partners from that era are all passed away anyway.Im 60 and I was the youngest one in that crew. I do however have a few pics that I treasure.
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Thanks
Unfortunately I didn't hunt the area. My dad did alot and told me the heads on those mallard drakes were as big as your entire palm. He and a good friend got lost out there one year and it took two days for a coast guard cutter to find them. I teared up at the end with the pic of you and your sons all grown up. I miss my old man and he is looking down at me proud of the duck hunter I've become. Thanks again!
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Thanks
Turtle,
Thanks for the compliments, I'm glad so many are enjoying the pics. It's impossible to explain to people who don't hunt what a 'spiritual' experience, for lack of a better word, hunting is to many of us. I've had many hunts where, even though I didn't fire a shot, they were some of the best hunts I'd ever had.

By the way, that is a killer mount you have of the gray and wigeon.
Who did you use?
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thanks
Yeah that is my favorite mount. Makes all my other ones look average. The guys name is Kevin Hines out of Pearl River. Met him at a DU Banquet. He recieved a world champion taxidermy award on a wood duck that he showcases. Best waterfowel mount I've ever seen.
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Re: Past Duck Hunting Memories
Wow, now that's what I'm talking about. Had much the same type of hunts off of Bedico Creek and Middle Bayou.

So sad to see it go - anyone killing any ducks in SE Louisiana with this cold weather?
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Re: Past Duck Hunting Memories
No one that I know of except for a few guides doing much of anything and guide that is doing well,Proud Pop,working his fanny off putting his clients on as many good ducks as he reasonably can and they hunt Delacroix on private and leased land with permanent blinds and I know works very hard at it!!Talked to business partner that has lease in Delacroix,one in Pointe a la Hache and access to rice fields(not sure exactly where)and they are working ridiculously hard for a handful of scaup,very,very few greys,some teal and pintails but not that many.I have been hunting about as hard as I can,hunting exclusively Federal Land and have killed quality not quantity and may be getting average of possibly one duck per hunt,miserable results but keep keeping on,hoping for better results(know the definition of insanity being repeating de same thing over and over,expecting different results)!!!Jokingly started calling Bayoubob and I,Nuck and Futz,and de Nuck and Futz Duck Busters headed out tomorrow and Th headed to pristine spots in NShore Marsh,more feed than any spot I have ever hunted in my duck-hunting career(about 20 years)and have heard tons of stories about the glorious days of Manchac and Joyce and Maurepas,sad to see de destruction and wish we could get together to restore those formerly pristine marshes to where dey should be-gotta be a way to release weevils to destroy salvinia.Glad to report it is not a problem where we hunt and I chat with Mike Downey,Jr,one of the Fed Agents that manage Big Branch Marsh and advise him what I see on hunts in Big Branch,thus far not an issue with salvinia,thank God!!Hope dis ridiculously frigid weather brings us something other than scaup!!Happy New Year to all and not going down without a fight and will pray that we see some decent ducks tomorrow!!

Mandevillian
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