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Tribute to a Father and an Outdoorsmen

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Make a quick trip to the Chef this morning. In comparison to other marsh habit in Southeast Louisiana, the Chef just looks health and always has plenty of grass that provides the gin clear water which is my favorite ingredient for sight fishing Reds.

Today’s water wasn’t the best and as I meandered deep into the marsh, I stumbled upon a wooden cross with a message. It is a true tribute to a Father and an Outdoorsmen and I was instantly transported back to being an 8 year old boy on my first duck hunt.

This will bring a tear to you eye. Happy Father’s Day.

Shoot’m up!
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John, thanks for sharing this story. It really touched my heart and did bring a tear to my eye. Immediately made me think of my dad, who I grew up with in Washington Parish following bird dogs through briar thickets chasing coveys of wild quail. Or sitting in cut corn fields shooting doves with him and my three brothers. Although my dad was not a fisherman, he introduced us to the outdoors in his own special way. When he passed during the tough times after Katrina, he left me his prized 1963 model Remington 1100 12 gauge that he won many State skeet shooting competitions with back in the 1970’s. I still can’t wait until opening day of dove season every year when I take out the prized 1100 and head out to get a limit of doves. And think about all the glory my dad had with that gun shooting skeet and doves all over southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi. Loading up my boat now headed out to Bayou Lacombe with my son to chase some Reds on the grass beds and hope to catch a few crabs before my friend the Mandevillian catches them all! Happy Father’s Day to all the Pop’s out there!
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GB3,Yep,dat story indeed brought a tear to my eyes as well and looked at the obituaries(always do)and saw where my younger son's Godfather's dad passed away,a 98 year old gent who was a gem of a guy.Hurt badly and the Godfather sent me a text with his dad's pic an we exchanged messages.On a bright note,had my two boys and grandson in our huge pool today and our pool surrounded by tall trees,shading pool and NOT allowing the water to warm much above a frigid 75 degrees!!!Hope you and your son nabbed some fine Bayou Lacombe reds and crabs!!!Think they migrated slightly to E of where I last fished with ya!!Happy Father's Day and can't wait for the Jesuit Alumni Rodeo this coming Fri/Sat-ole Mandevillian MIGHT break down and toss some dead shrimp at Trestles sheepshead,got PLENTY out there and might even nab a few in thick grassbeds,possibly free-lining DOA or Vudu using light line and spinning gear(definitely not my favorite way of chasing fish,though MIGHT be productive)and ole dogs like me CAN learn NEW TRICKS!!!

Mandevillian
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Hello there, GB3 and Mandevillian! The Chef Pass area is where I hunted for my first 30 years from 1975 to 2005. My Dad and his friends also hunted there for many years before I started hunting. The actual ponds we hunted have been filled in during a recent marsh reclamation project, but the memories will always be there.
My Dad's proudest moment out there was when he and I shot 5 drake mallards on one hunt, way back when there were not a lot of greenheads around. His face lit up when he showed off our 5 trophies to his friends when the hunt was over. We had good years out there, a few bad years, but most of all we had a good time out there! Memories galore!
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Yep,bayoubob,Knew ya hunted de Chef back in de day and had to be extremely fond memories of you and ya Pops duck hunting. Think mine blessed me and my sons this past Sat allowing us to net fat red along with 50 crabs and even better is that this is the FIRST year ever that I not only had our pool ready to swim for Father’s Day but unbelievably had ph and alkalinity perfect with NO additional chemicals,other that typical chlorine Shock It plus big tabs in dispenser. Getting geared up for Teal Season and think you and I found promising spot last Teal Season. Getting vinyl gunwales for second-oldest Chapman and should have her ready real soon. I know how my consulting schedule gets ridiculously busy around Sept😬

Mandevillian
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If us as fathers do not take our children our friends children into the marsh and do this. They may never get to encounter these memories. The bond that forms with your kids and the outdoors are truly remarkable. My son has been in a pirogue with me since he was 5 years old. He would come just to be out there in the marsh watching the ducks come in. One morning we were on a hunt and even with bug spray the knats were terrible. I looked in the back of the pirogue at him at 5 years old and he had tears coming from his eyes. I asked him what wrong man. He answer was the nats were hurting him but he didn't want to say anyting because he didn't want to scare the ducks. Right then I knew that it was time to go but also that he would be in this the rest of his life. At 15 years old he was taking the boat if I couldn't go with one of my adult friends .Driving thru the marsh at night, setting decoy spreads and killing limits of ducks. Now at 18 years old hes almost off to college and all that on is mind is hoping hes off for duck season. Again if we don't take them this might not have ever happened. My son already has instructions to do the same as the picture posted above. Chances are by that time we as Louisiana hunters probably wont have many ducks to kill . But the decades of fishing and hunting memories never go away. He already talks about how different the hunting is now from when he was a kid. I tell him I fear the worse has yet to come.
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