Re: Biloxi WMA
February 03, 2015 at 2:16pm
Here we go again! Back in 2011, the LAA issue was debated for the Manchac Management area. As I said then and at the public meeting, any of the so called damage done in the low water pond areas by the mud motors was repaired by Mother Nature. The deeper bayous and cuts are causing erosion due to natural tidal flow, high water issues and hurricanes. Take a ride out to these pond areas in the summer and you will see that grass growth and natural tidal movement flattens out any rutting in the shallow water ponds.
Now, as far as the Biloxi area is concerned. I have hunted it for many years until 2010. I can say that it was not heavily hunted then and as I read on this site complaints about not enough hunters out there to keep the birds moving. So, what do you want? More hunters, less hunters, more birds, no mud boats, more pirogues, etc?
If this request is from the land owner, then that is his right.
Now I am not going to debate all of this again but again I will state why I do not like the present LAA policy. I ask why can't exceptions be made to the present LAA policy?
1)Handicapped individuals are being discriminated against because there is no mitigation plan to allow them to hunt on any public management area of their choice which may have a LAA area. Guys, this may very well include amputee veterans. This is a no-brainer and should already be an exemption for existing LAA's.
2)A young hunter and a parent who hunt on youth hunting days are not allowed to utilize a mud boat in a LAA area for that day. When taking a youngster on a hunt, it is much more enjoyable to keep them in a safe dry boat then in a pirogue. This is a no-brainer.
3)Senior hunters who do not have to buy a license any more should be allowed to utilize a easier and safer mode of travel to hunt on public land. All of you younger hunters will one day be in this situation. My Dad stopped duck hunting at 65 and now at 94 I could still bring him to hunt where I wanted if it was allowed.
I brought out all of these items in a 2011 public meeting and still nothing has changed. Someone once told me to try to change the same policy that exist on the Federal areas first.
Well for reasons of my own, I think about this every time I make a duck hunt on public land with a LAA. I positively believe that if the ACLU had complaints filed against the state and federal land management areas by handicapped individuals especially veterans, the present LAA policy would be modified.
It's easy to do on line, just Google the ACLU Louisiana and a complaint can be done on line. I plan to contact the mud boat/mud motor manufactures in Louisiana to ask them to spread the word.