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Hunting off of I-10

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   yakn4fish
Today I drove to Cabelas and noticed alot of people hunting off the I-10 between Laplace and Gonzales. I saw tons of posted signs and the ones I could make out said "DMAP". I also saw a wildlife agent out there on the way back. I think people were hunting deer for fact I saw rifles. How do I hunt there? I live in Kenner and would like to try hunting that area. I am thinking the back of the spillway wouldnt be bad. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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   crabman1
all you have to do is look for the wildlife management signs.it starts and stops all along both sides of I-10, park on side the woods and go in.make sure you have hip boots cause you have to cross a little canal but it is deep in some areas.
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pretty much everything from Gonzales to about the St James Parish line off of I-10 is DMAP and/or private land and since its more bottomland hardwood, has the potential to hold more deer than just cypress swamp. I know that area gets hunted a good bit. You probably either gotta know somebody or join a club if you want to hunt that area. Just about all of I-10 and most of 641 (the road to Gramercy) in St James is in Maurepas Swamp WMA which John Q Public can hunt but that's all cypress-tupelo. Hunters are trying to take advantage of the high water in the swamp right now. A big part of the swamp north of I-10 in St John Parish is part of the WMA but most of it right off of 10 is private.
You can look at the WMA map on the LDWF website for eaxct boundaries.
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Couple clubs that date back nearly 50 years around there.
Panama, McElroy and whatever Mr. Boyce calls his place.

Dog hunters mainly with a ton of GREAT tradition.
Right now, I THiNK but not sure that the three agreed to not run dogs because of the high water.

But they are all killing deer.
Google Louisiana Hunters Against Poachers and see what you find, most of the guys support that group
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hey yakn4fish, does youre name start with a D?
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   DOG2121
I live in Laplace and have found a nice little honey hole right off I-10 nearby. It is not leased by a hunting club, rather privately owned. It is not posted, and they don't really regulate it, so I have never been given any trouble.

If you are coming from Kenner, the stretch from the 1st Laplace exit, through Laplace, to the bottom of the overpass over the Reserve Canal is all leased by a hunting club. Those guys will break your windows, call the game-warden, and run your ass off with shots in the air if they actually see you in the woods. Don't hunt in Laplace off I-10, or do so at your own risk.

As soon as you get off the overpass just past Laplace an over the Reserve canal, the land becomes the Maurepas management area, but rotates between that, Dmap, and a few leases. Pay attention to your signs carefully. Once you get into Garyville, that is all leased by the Garyville hunting club. Do NOT hunt their land, as there are some crazy good ole boys in that club. Once you hit St. James through Ascension, it is mostly management area.

I recommend that you scout out a spot approximately 100 yards on the management side of where one of the leases meets the management area, as those deer will push of that leased land for safety. I would go about 200 yards in and find you an extreme thicket with a decent opening right outside of it. Set up there if there are plenty of signs. Those deer will move right off the leased land onto the WMA to avoid the pressure.

Ever since the Reserve clubs were shut down, the dog hunting dropped significantly resulting in the population exploding the last 5 years. That stretch is full of deer now.

Based on my experience, the peak rut is usally between Xmas and through the 1st week of January, regardless of the weather, moon, etc. Good Luck!
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   yakn4fish
Thanks for all the help. I drove by again and saw th DMAP and POSTED signs. I believe I saw the WMA signs too. It appeared to be a LA state with a duck on the front.

Can you shoot rifles in their? What other type of hunting is good there? I will respect the posted signs. I do not want to trespass in any way.

No my name doesnt start with a D.
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   DOG2121
I have hunted the area my entire life, and I admit that I do not even know if rifles are allowed there. That should tell you something, though. I have always "shotgunned" there and recently bought a crossbow to use, as well. Unless you are hunting a powerline or something, there are not many quality places that would necessitate a rifle, unless you are using a .243 or something. As I stated before, stay within the management area, which is desnigated by a white sign with the shape of our state on it.

What you need to do is scout you out a nice oak patch, which usually grows on a little higer land, within the cypress swamp. Find you a nice, big thicket close to an patch of oak trees, and you may have yourself a nice little spot. I have had success hunting about 60 yards outside of a big thicket with a patch of oak trees in range. Take I-10 and get off on the Gramercy Exit in St. James Parish and look alongside of 641, instead of I-10.
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   yakn4fish
So deer is the main game out there? Are you using slugs in your shotgun? I noticed 641 may be a better place to enter. The that area still have the swampy area you must pass to get in?
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I've killed about 20 deer in that swamp over the last 15 years, both on the WMA and when we had a lease. 12ga. shotgun with 3" 00 or 000 buckshot is what you want, unless hunting the powerline or gasline. The deer season is open on Maurepas WMA until Jan 12 for modern firearms. Primitive weapons will be open for 1 more week, then it's bow only the rest of the season.
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   DOG2121
I use 3-inch Double 00 buckshot and hunt with either by Remington 1100 12 gauge auto or my Remington 870 12 gauge pump. I love my 870 and hunt with a full choke. With that gun, I just headshot a spike in the swamp at 40 yards. Hit him right behind the ear, and he dropped like a sack of potatoes. Not one bb entered his body.

IMO, each case of buckshot patterns differently. When I purchase my shells, I get them all out of the same case at the same time, so that I can pattern those set of shells before I hunt.

Deer is the main game, but the swamp is full of rabbits and squirrels, especially squirrels. If you find a wood duck roost, you can wear their behinds out, too. I have a couple of spots FULL of squirrels. I found my current honey hole, while squirrel hunting a couple of years ago. If you find an area with an abundance of squirrels, that means you have found the acorns, which usually means you have found the deer.

Before this year, I would set out a couple of corn feeders near my spot. I had to quit doing that because the hogs would just DESTROY my little hanging feeders and bite my salt lick blocks IN HALF. The hogs would run them deer away. When I was hunting on corn feeders, it wouldn't be nothing for me to see 15-20 squirrels with at least 1/2 of them being fox squirrels, which is unusual in the swamp.
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   DOG2121
The peak rut in those swamps is between Dec. 25 and Jan. 7 regardless of the position of the moon and the weather. I also hear that there is a 2nd peak rut the last week of January going into the 1st week of February. Gun season is closed by then, so I have never hunted during that time to confirm this, but will this year with the crossbow I bought.

During the peak rut in these swamps, I have had alot of success with this strategy - I purchase a few bottles of that Code Blue Doe Estrus. The day before my hunt, I place about 10-15 cotton balls in a ziplock bag and soak them with that scent. When I get to my stand, I use those glow-in-the-dark tacs, and pin about 10 cotton balls soaked in that scene all around my stand. If it's a morning hunt or at dusk, those tacs shine a little bit without light and can catch a bucks eye, along with the scent. While on the stand, I use those Primo Doe Can Estrous calls, preferrably the Long Can. I turn the can over 2 times every 15 minutes, but get real aggressive with my calling the last 20 minutes of light or my hunt. That Code Blue coupled with those bleat calls has worked wonders for me in those swamps.
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   123abc
If you do decide to hunt off I-10 you should purchase some hip boots but if you hunt off the north side of I-10 you might want to consider some waders because it is deep on the north side the interstate.
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Dog while you do speak some truth you are wrong on a few things

The deer population has not changed in the last 5 years. Clubs are still running dogs and the same amount of deer are being pulled from the area, The club shoots 6 point or better as well that stretch has always been full of deer.

your honey whole must be anywhere between foxwood and east saint john area. Some of those landowners are banning together and making sure their land is posted. Wont eb long the land will be shut down to others hunting. The land may not be posted but it does not need to be posted to be tresspassing. just an FYI the police have been called more and more often for people hunting back there
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   DOG2121
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, itís 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 generationís 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.
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   emmatorey
i huntin i10 and the bonnet care spillway for years now and i am very succesful i have killed lots of nice deer there ......nice hunting just gotta watch for stupid people
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   eman(R)
Dog21,
Not going to say that you can or can't hunt that land. BUT, I found out the hard way that in Louisiana If you do not own, lease or have written permission for the land you are on, on your person .You are tresspassing.
I as you have hunted a piece of property since i was a teenager and now in my 50s. 2 years ago the sherrif was waiting for me when i came out from a hunt. He told me i was tresspassing and he was writing me a tickit for such.
I knew who owned all the land and that it had never been legally posted and that the owners were not even in louisiana .
He explained that ANYONE could call the sherrif and file a tresspassing complaint even if they didn't own the land as long as they knew you didn't own ,lease or have written permission to be there.
i found out from him who had called as there had been some bad blood between 2 different groups of guys who hunted this area.
Anytime either of the groups saw a truck that wasn't one of theirs they called the law.
the sherriff told me about their lil war and that i had just got caught in the middle.
He ended up not writing me a ticket but did say that it was best that i not hunt w/o permission.
Just saying hope ya get a big one but be careful.
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...man 'ya have not lived if 'ya never tryed Chef Curly's '83 vintage of "Coyote Stew" from the "8 Point Cruise Ship" on HWY 61 before I-10...or a plumber called "Seagull" that kept homemade chili hot on top of a 5000W ham/radio lineal while upsett'n the English speak'n chinks in Kong Hong ???...think it was near "Wholly Bullys" in '79...cheers
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Admiral. I actually was the one that skinned the coyote for curly to cook. One of the guys on the hunt that morning shot it off a i-10 stand. Some of them thought it was a red wolf since coyotes were never seen around there. The best was his fried nutria. He called it "parnayed" or something, but was very good. It took years but the broken glass fron all those beer bottles finally filled in the area behind the houseboat enough that they pulled it up on the bank. Looking back I don't miss the hip boots or cold boat rides but it was a lot of fun back then.
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louisiana10...do 'ya remember the black rubber snake clipped too back of a guy's pants cuff...'da snake kept up w/ him the more he ran ???...cheers w/tears ???
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   DOG2121
back there. Before last year, I shot at the same dam red fox 2 years in a row and missed him both times!
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