December 10, 2007 at 6:02pm
First, half of you guys commenting on this thread don't know anything about Catahoula Lake. It's a different animal than any other "public" land you've ever hunted. You have to be out there to understand it. Its not a WMA, its not state land...its a federal lake. So its not PUBLIC!!! The Govt allows people to hunt on it, and they allow the "grandfathered" in duck blinds that have been out there since the 40's and 50's. So YES, you can leave a permanent blind out there. It is LEGAL!! Don't complain on this site. That's life. Some people's grandfather's had foresight. Some didn't. Life's not fair. Sorry. So stop popping off like you know the laws when you don't. Second, If they(GOVT)decide tomorrow to stop the hunting out there, its not a dang thing anybody can do about it. So we better all start learning how to get along or they will one day. You don't just go find a "spot" on this lake. There is about a 3 month window to build a blind while the lake bed is dry. 3/4 of the hunting area of this lake is flooded every fall. The average depth of this area is 1-1.5 ft filled with willow stumps, cukka burs, and elem trees. Good luck running your go devil through that without knowing the trails..oh I forgot...there are none. Also, you can't just go "build" a blind the day you hunt. The water is just high enough to make it miserable. You can't just drive your four wheeler out in the lake and throw up a temp blind...you forgot about the hog roots. Bye bye nice Honda in 3 foot deep of water. So don't try it if you haven't scouted it. Most of you guys are thinking of the coast when you wanna compare the duck hunting situations. Sure you can pull up and throw out some decoys down there. But what works down there, doesn't work up here. Your dealing with hundreds of miles of marsh on the coast. Catahoula might have 10 total. The area is so much smaller. The bottom line is this, Catahoula is what it is. A federal lake with private duck blinds. Just like you guys get to duck hunt in the Delta til dark. All other WMA's have to close duck hunting at 2pm. Is that fair?? No. Can I change it?? NO. So I deal with it. If you want to go hunt a blind in Catahoula, you can. Nobody can stop you. Everybody knows people hunt their blinds when they are not there. That is totally cool. All they ask is you respect their stuff and leave when you see them coming. I did, and I formed a friendship with a guy. I get to hunt his blind whenever I want. I agree with Bubba, I have noticed alot of "kids" tearing people's stuff up latly, but the Cicero activty has been down alot since the lake is not as open as it used to be. Less pulldo=less cicero's..hahahaha. They don't even know what a Cicero is BUBBA. That's a catahoula thang ain't it. Anyway, Good luck everbody in the second split. I got my spots, I hope you get yours. Just don't get too close or there might be a weenie roast. hehehehehe...ahhh, the smell of burning pine at midnight.