January 07, 2010 at 5:43pm
Where are you exactly talking about in regards to the club shooting 6 points or better and calling the police on people hunting back there? I am assuming you are talking about the guys behind Bully's? If I were those guys, I would do the same thing, as they have worked dam hard to get in managing their deer. The way you are talking it appears that you are a member. Are you? FYI, I have never come close to hunting on any club's leased land. I am no outlaw.
Regarding my opinion about the deer population along the I-10 track from Laplace to through Gville, I should have been a little more specific. That crew behind Bully's, the crew between I-10 and 55 by the weigh station, and Gville have always been fairly successful and have had good deer on their land. Now, the Reserve through Belle Terre exit stretch is a whole other ball of wax.
During my youth, I hunted with the Reserve Hunting Club with my uncle and cousin while many of my buddies hunted with Gun and Rod. When I stopped hunting with them about 10-12 years ago, those guys weren't seeing 1/4th of the deer you see today, especially bucks. When those clubs were operating, the vast majority of all hunts were either drive hunts or dog hunts. It was EXTREMELY hard to make a kill still-hunting along that stretch.
When that land was taking away and converted about 8-9 years ago, I know that they were still driving and running dogs, but this activity dropped drastically when compared to before. I quit hunting for a number of years around that time. I began hunting again a few years ago because the old crew kept on me about the deer population increase from Reserve through Laplace. When I started scouting and hunting again, I was totally shocked and caught off guard with the amount of activity prior to Maurepas WMA. Prior to the WMA, I was lucky if I saw one deer while still hunting the entire year from Reserve through the Belle Terre Exit. This year, I have seen a deer every single time I have sat on my stand.
In summary, the above is just my opinion, which is shared by many of the old timers, who have hunted that land for 30-40 years. Also, like I stated, the lease behind Bullys and in Gville is a whole other ball of wax.
Regarding that stretch you mentioned, you are definitely right about the landowners. Unfortunately, I lived and grew up in Belle Pointe. (Luckily my parents got out of there when it started going down hill). I know that Guidry land like the back of my hand and know some odd and unexpected places, where some big bucks hold down. I hunted that land my entire life with no problem until last year. I went back there to scout out and was informed that it was no leased. He was initially going to call the game warden, but he realized he knew who I was and my parents, so we actually had a pretty good conversation. I apologized to him, and he apologized to me for overreacting. I forgot his name, but now I wish I would have offered him a nice sum of money to help out with the lease if he allowed me to hunt there.
In regards to my spot, it’s not posted. I am not sure of the owner, but I have hunted there steady for 3 years with no problems. I know it is not leased, so if the owner does approach me, I will gladly offer to pay him if he allows me to hunt.
Finally, you are correct about running out of places to hunt in this area, especially if you are a guy like me without a boat. I am only 30 years old, and my generation’s interest in hunting is on a sharp decline. I tried to put together a small group of my friends, who were my hunting buddies in the past, a while back when I had an offer to lease a nice track of land in the area. They had no interest. I am basically a loner in the woods and cannot remember the last time I hunted with someone in the area. Eventually and to my dismay, I am going to have to break down and join club somewhere on the Northshore, past BR, MS, etc., I have been fighting doing this because I am in love with and attached to that swamp and the challenges associated with hunting it.