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Has anybody heard of the huge Ducks Unlimited project going on in the Louisiana Delta north farms towards Jonesville. They are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to conserve land that belongs to the freaking greedy delta owners that are not even from La.. Georgia i think they are from.. when i say conserve i mean twelve months of dirt work building waterfowl impoundments and all the trimmings..and the delta can still lease it out to farmers and make their usual rent money.. so it is a win win situation for the owners.. Oh and the good part is that anybody can buy a share in this wonderful duck paradise for roughly $400,000. Thats right not just the rich can get in this honey hole. anyone with 400,000 burning a hole in thier pocket can get in.. Oh an another thing is they will provide a nice place to hang out with the fella and stuff.. They will have a rustic little lodge for you to hang those dirty wet hip boots at when you call it a hard day in the blind.. I think the rumor is 1.9 million for the logde..Shucks it is time a place like this came to my back yard.. Now i can get out of that expensive hunting lease i am in and join this one.. Hope to c ya their fello hunters.. hahaha Naw for real the dirt work have been going on for months now.. if you dont believe me just ask a delta farmer.. well guess i am going to watch this nice ELK hunt on the world of Duck Unlimited..Oh and tommorrow its a re-run bout fly fishing in a swift moving stream that DU is conserving. I don't lie. the sign on the bank of the fly fishing guys said "this steam is conserved by ducks unlimited" in huge letters. Who would of thought it. a 6 inch deep white water trout steam loaded with greenheads.. man i knew i been hunting in the wrong places wasting my time in cypress brakes and backwater sloughs.. oh well
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WEll, actually....the little mountain streams and pools out west get loaded with ducks. When all the ponds freeze over out there, they are the last bit of unfrozen water. They stage there while feeding to fatten up for their migration south. So as a southern duck hunter, I would be very concerned about those little "trout streams". And Ducks Unlimited will work with any landowner... rich, poor, small or large property to provide habitat. They do all sorts of beneficial activities such as designing and engineering shallow water areas, water control structes, pipe drops, etc... They also do a ton of work on public property such as all the terraces that were built at Pointe aux Chene and Sabine. I still don't understand how people can be so opposed to one of the greatest conservation organizations of our time.
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BnD, you'll never get rid of the haters. DU does great things, and has for many years, for the resource. Delta Plantation is a working farm, that leases blind spots to make money. Do any of us try not to make a profit in our businesses? The last few years their costs have gone up, and they do not guarantee water, so alot of folks around here are dissatisfied. We will se whether they make much money on the farming. Right now everything up here is so dry you will have to spend thousands on $4-5 diesel to pump water into your fields, on top of the $3-5K lease price. With these tight economic times, I think the Delta is going to have a hard time filling up their blinds.
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I support DU. I also support Delta Waterfowl. I don't always agree with all of the things they do but at least they are doing something. How many of the haters have done anything anything at all to help improve waterfowl habitat? The improvements they are making at Delta are going to benefit all Waterfowl hunters not just the ones at Delta. The birds need the habitat no matter where it is. I a member on a lease and we spend a lot of money to improve the property to attract and benefit ducks. I would have to kill a lot of birds to get the money back that I spend on lease payments and improvements. That's not what it's all about. I want to have a place that gives ducks a good place to reproduce, rest and feed while also providing me with a good place to hunt and bring my kids. I don't want them to grow up thinking it's all about killing I want them to understand conservation as well. This way they will appriciate all the aspects of our hunting heriatage. It's not just about killing. We have a responsibility to the resource.
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   m.trago
DU SUCKS!!!
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I just found out that the dirt work you are talking about is actually a Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) conservation easement that the landowners decided to install. DU is actually contracted out to do all the work since they are the foremost authorities on duck and wetland habitat conservation. They are paid to design and carry out things such as hardwood tree plantings and shallow water areas to improve wildlife habitat. And remember, wildlife, espeically ducks, don't know what a property line is. So chances are, the ducks that use this particular piece of private property will likely also use much of the near by public property.
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   gunrunner
THAT IS WHY I DO NOT SUPPORT DU WITH MY HARD EARNED MONEY. ONLY THE BIG MONEY GUYS BENEFIT FROM DU PROGRAMS!!!!!!!!!!
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   TP
If it is WRP, the "greedy landowners" are agreeing to put a perpetual, read forever, easement on their property that severely limits what they can do with it. I'm not saying they are being altruistic about their efforts but it does show some commitment to helping the duck populations in the region.

PS...If it is WRP, its everybody's money (tax dollars) at work!
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DU has done more for our duck population then any other organization out there, they'll always be haters but those of us who live duck hunting know!!!!
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   bigfoot35
I have been a DU committee member in three states over the last 10 years. That said, I will admit that sometimes I get frustrated. At times, seems like it is the same old story, dry areas in the breeding grounds, Farm Bill, etc. I continue and will always continue to support them because of the amount of work that benefits all of us. If you are not happy with them, don't support them and don't send any money. Just think about how much they have done over the last 70 years that they have been in existence. How much have you done?

BF35
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I think that alot of people's way of thinking is if its not where im hunting or dosn't affect me im gonna gonna support it. In actually soo much land and has been lost over the years plowed over to make more fields or a subdivision that if sombody isn't creating habitat fewer and fewer ducks will come they will find better area's with what they need. Its not like where talking about south louisiana with thousands of acres of marsh, but central LA limited waterfowl habitat and water so any area that has vast waterfowl habitat private or public will hold more ducks in the area as a hole. To me holding more ducks In the area is fine in my book even if there on private land because the fist time they start to shoot alot of those ducks will find other area's scattering ducks all over other property's in the area. Its not like ducks stay in one place we are talking about a bird that can fly up to 300mi just to feed. I do and will continue to support DU,delta , and what ever else org they have out there because sombody has to try to stop the bleeding from loss of habitat. A ducks lifecycle take them from far north canada to the gulf and they need suitable habitat all in between not just where you hunt to support a population for hunters to enjoy for generations to come.
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   pool do
THE PREVIOUS POST IS RIGHT. IF A PROJECTS BRINGS MORE DUCKS TO AN AREA, THEN EVERYONE AROUND WILL BENEFITS FROM THAT. I WISH MORE PRIVATE LANDWONERS WOULD TRY TO INCREASE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF THEIR LAND TO DUCKS. THEN EVERYONES SEASON'S WOULD BE BETTER.
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   JWTaylor
I have much the same views and agree with you GHKiller. I am a sponsor of DU and Delta and try to do my part to ensure my grandchildren have a future duck hunting. I have a private pond with 3 wood duck boxes which are occupied during the spring and normally have between the houses up to 20 baby ducks. Many of these will not make it due to predators and other issues but do what you can to provide for them as they are loosing much of the natural areas due to development.
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