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Atchafalaya Delta WMA scouting trip

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I went on my 7th scouting trip down at the Delta this morning. This time it was on Big Island and for the very first time I saw a hog there. I have killed quite a few hogs the last several years at the Delta, but all of them have been on the peripheral islands. I have seen sign for the last few years on Big Island, but no sightings until this morning.

The area I was on, had over one hundred yards of turned up soil where quite a few of them have been rooting. I was able to get within 20 yards and could have gotten closer, but you never know which way those big suckers are going to run when they are spooked. Another fifty yards after he ran off and there was a fawn out browsing as well. Again I got very close before she started stomping and the tail went to full alert.

A really fun morning of scouting.

Atchafalaya Delta WMA director Cassidy Lejeune was gracious enough to send me the deer stats from last season. The deer kills have been very consistent for the last several years.

Last season there were 163 deer killed by bow, and ten more killed with guns on the youth hunts. The total of 173 is right on the average for the last several years.

The hunter kill ratio was one deer for every 15 efforts (totaling 2,460 efforts), slightly better than last season (18.6), which I believe is still pretty good for a bow-hunting-only WMA.

There was a 56% to 44% buck-to-doe ratio, which was also close to the recent average as well. There were 17 bucks harvested that were 8-point or better.

Broken down, there were six 8-pointers, six 9-pointers, three 10-pointers, one 11-point and one 12-point.

The largest live body weight for a buck was 175 pounds, and for a doe it was 120 pounds.
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Scouting Trip
That's exciting Ricky. I hope Lucas gets picked for the youth hunt this year. We haven't heard back from the DWF just yet.
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Youth hunt
One thing I forgot to add about last year's Youth Hunt, was there was a 9 point 150 lb, 3 1/2 year old buck killed on the second weekend (October 20th). If Lucas does get picked, I am confident both of you will have a great time.
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nice
cool pictures ricky, you making me want to get down there and sling some arrows, is that a hog in the back of the second pic?
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Yes it is
Yes it is the same hog as the close up picture. I started taking pics and kept walking to see how close I could get. At 15 to 20 yards I made a little sound to be sure he didn't spook towards me. He ran off at a trot. Very cool experience.
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nice
yeah ricky that is awesome, i like how ''tame'' they are in the early season, it's amazing how close you can get sometimes
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I agree
I agree. It will be totally different when the season starts and our scent hits the woods. Hogs are extremely sensitive to human pressure and will go nocturnal very quickly. But that is part of the fun trying to figure them out and then forming a strategy.
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big island scouting
unless the rules have changed no one is suppose to be on the big island until nov. 1st unless you were chosen for the youth hunt and then still you are not suppose to be on the big island until those days. just curious how you would be allowed to access it?
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Youth hunt
9 pointer from last years youth hunt.
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Youth hunt info
You may scout the Big Island any time up until October 1st. Then it becomes closed to all activities for the entire month of October for the two Youth Hunts. November 1st it reopens for all hunters.
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awesome pics
been wanting to head that way to explore some new hunting areas but wasn't sure if you could access all of that with a 16' flat boat with a outboard?
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Yes you can
I use a 15 foot aluminum custom build with a 25. Takes me about 50 minutes to get there from the Berwick Boat landing, but I can get in very shallow water and can push it over sandbars if I have to. Surface drive is the very best for the Delta area. Just be sure to watch the tides and wind very closely and you will be fine.
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