Re: Plaquemines Parish public land permit
September 15 at 5:00pm
'.... Locals guides posting school board properties with written leases from people that has mineral rights only...'
This practice is not helping matters. This type of lease from a mineral rights only landowner appears to be a deficient type of legal lease. The legal mineral rights owner may well be permitted to lease his mineral rights but, it may be unlawful to lease the surface land for uses other than mineral 'production' use. Can't lease it to a local Louisiana guide service to use for his hunting/fishing business. It's time someone challenges this gentleman (fish/hunt guide). This practice started last season and has really ---ssed off hunters. Loads of hunters I encountered at the marinas have commented of their anger towards this guide service and the steps they will take to combat his guide service when they are out. While I do not condone any type of violent reaction I totally understand their anger. I believe that this guide’s actions are not helping this current 'permit' situation. While this guide has taken a stance against the 'permit' issue he quietly erected those posted signs on the public property last season. His current position against the 'permit' issue may be a smoke screen to deflect anger directed towards his (possible) illegal pseudo mineral lease actions. An important factor to not overlook is what are these types of actions doing? On the one hand we have a rouge councilman passing asinine regulations, we have misinformed individuals blaming mud motors, we have local well known guide service placing posted signs all over public lands under the guise of a 'lease' for the mineral rights, we have old hunters lamenting the good ol days when there were no mud boats, no air boats, we have people who 4 yrs ago blamed Arkansas for short stopping our ducks and now blame mud motors. What I'm saying is that we as duck hunters may be getting too 'fractured', we are losing our one voice. Our one strong, united voice is needed to stop actions by misguided local councilmen when they propose these things. But, when we have many factions we get one group whispering in a councilman's ear as to what a wonderful plan of action this new regulation is, or we get another group convincing the parish to agree to lease the public property when you really cannot lease away surface rights when you only own mineral rights. We cannot become enemies within or amongst ourselves. Full disclosure- I'm not saying I have the answers. I sure wish I did. I am just a long time plaquemine's parish (and Atchafalaya) duck hunter who has seen all the changes. Yes, I have seen the introduction of mud motors and airboats into the area. In my opinion they have not destroyed our marshes. Just my personal, non-scientific opinion on the mud motor/airboat issue: It's not the mud boats/airboats destroying the marsh, it’s not the number of boats running across the marshes. I do not believe and have not seen any long-term destruction of our marshes by a mud motor that sinks into 2-4 inches of mud and sand, or of airboats that run on top of mud or a bed of marsh grass. I would think the bigger issue would be mother nature- hurricanes, storm surges, force of waves, tides, nutria, possibly oil companies dredging canals etc. I do not believe mud motor and airboats are destroying our marshes. What I do believe is that they are easy targets/scapegoats. Oil companies love blaming someone besides themselves. Councilmen cannot regulate mother nature so pretending to 'do something' by passing asinine regulations may make him feel good, it does nothing for us. Sorry for the long diatribe but I get worried that we as a group of duck hunters are letting the minority rule us. The minority being the guide services trying to monopolize their business to the detriment of the outdoor loving 'normal' self hunter, the minority being the council trying to regulate us, the minority being the anti-mud boat/air boat group, and on & on. You get the point. We as duck hunters must present a united front and don't let ourselves get split up. That is the enemies plan- and it's a damm good plan. Conquer and divide has worked for centuries. If a minority group of anti-mud boat/airboat group says they are destroying our marshes, then we need to hold these groups accountable. Make them submit scientific data/studies that prove without a doubt a mud motor running 2-4 inches in the mud or hard sandy bottom is hurting the marsh or an airboat skimming across a mud flat or floating on a bed of marsh grass is destroying the marsh. Prove it- don’t just yell & complain about mud boats/airboats. If a minority group/person of a local guide outfitter is trying to claim public property as their own private paradise, then we need to speak up. Call out their buddies on the council who secretly approved the behind closed doors lease deals. We can’t let these people take away our love of the outdoors or how we choose to love our outdoors. If we want to use a bateau with an outboard, a bay boat loaded with pirogues, an airboat, mud motor, whatever we choose then we should have the right to choose ourselves. And lastly- if we can all use common courtesy when we are out there it will go along way. As the number of hunters increase we need to use common sense and respect our fellow hunters space. Let’s don’t fight amongst ourselves. Let’s get united and fight back for our rights to enjoy Louisiana’s incredible bounty of wildlife activities. Sorry for the long rambling, I just get caught up in loving our great outdoors.