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I found a bag with some hunting gear in it in the middle of I510 near the intercoastal (green) bridge. If this is possibly your lost gear call or text me at 504-919-7248. Darrel.

also must be able to identify 2 items correctly in bag to be turned over to rightful owner.

January 14, 2017 at 10:34am

Last season while hunting I jumped a beautiful full piebald deer. She (I believe doe) stopped but from the diaphragm forward was in a thicket so I passed on the shot. Never seen her anymore all season but neighbors did and every year a few actually get killed within a mile or so from us. I typically don't pull the trigger much and when this deer came out I didn't have an inclining so shoot until I noticed something. When she had tilted her head up to eat I noticed an unusual white patch on her nose. I made a great shot and as I approached her I realized a majority of her nose was actually snow white. I have never seen this before nor has any of my taxidermy buddies that mount hundreds upon hundreds of deer yearly. Has anyone seen or had any experience with a patch like this?

My thoughts were that she is most likely a descendant of a fully piebald deer but it's very unlikely that if she did have leucism (gene that makes a deer piebald) it would only affect that small portion of hair/nose tissue. So my next guess would simply be a recessive gene, but id like to know why and if any others have experience with this.

July 22, 2015 at 12:57pm

I've recently gotten into shed hunting. Been doing all the reading I can and seem to have a pretty good understanding of what i'm looking for aside for just 'walking through the woods' I have a lab that I trained to shed hunt and is about 8/10 in finding planted horns with artificial scent. My dog is still young so I want to capitalize on fresh natural scent. With that said can anyone tell me a good time to start looking? Everything I've read says march 15th is the day 90% of bucks will have dropped but In extreme deep SE Louisiana I feel like I remember my cameras catching bucks still sporting horns into April. I don't want to start too early and bump a good buck and lose my chances of finding his sheds. Anyone else in my situation or can offer any advise to a newcomer? I also set out some pretty cool antler traps that should keep me occupied until the turtles start biting. Attatched is a pic of my horn trap and my first shed antler I happened to stumble upon.

February 25, 2015 at 10:03pm

Anyone knows where to find a few boxes of 10 gauge buckshot near new Orleans? seems to be just about non existent now days. Please call or text Darrel at 504-919-7248 if any leads are found

January 15, 2015 at 10:39pm

I recently went to a friends house and he had gotten back from running his troutlines and he had caught a 100lb alligator snapping turtle. He's actually having it munted. Since then im dying to go catch a few. I have some great land where I know they are but I have no clue how to catch them. I did the whole proding around in the mud thing and I did catch a few sliders but no luck on catching or even seeing snappers. A few people have been tellng me to run jug lines. But how do I know how deep to set them. Waht to use for bait? This place is infested with gators and I'm almost sure they'll eat whatever I put out. Is there any surfire signs on what to look for to let me know im in a good area? Can anyone give me a few pointers?

April 10, 2012 at 2:27pm

Hey guys, years ago (before I knew foreign ducks as well as I do now) I killed a duck that I was unsure what it was. This duck resembled a larger version of a bufflehead but I knew it wasn't. I distinctly remember the bill resembling a snow goose's bill but itwas all black and felt thicker than other ducks iv killed. For the most part the duck didnt have any color mostly black gray and white. For years I wondered what kind of duck this was but thought I'd never know. Recently while going through some old pics I came across some pice of this exact hunt. I looked and looked and figured the duck was either left out of the pic or burriedunder others. Well, I might be wrong. I found a duck seperated from the others which were in a pile. This makes sence it was there because a few people looked at it trying to make an id. Now im not sure if this even is the same duck im talking about but heres why I think it is. The duck obviously is a diver. It has little color and it has yellow'ish' feet. (like a hooded mergansers). This drastically reduces the posibilaties of what it could be to a scooter, hoodie, harlequin, or goldeneye. Judging by the foot color in the pic being yellow. This eliminates the bufflehead. I know it wasnt a Hoodie because of the bill so this relly brings me to believe it was a goldeneye hen or juvenille drake. Only problem is im as far south east in louisiana as you can go. We never see them down here and I only known one person who has actually killed one. Im posting up a pic but Im warning you, the pic is bad. Its a pic of a pic and you cant see the bill at all but maby someone who kills them frequently can spot something and help me make an Id Or someone with some computer knowledge can lighten it up and help me out.

March 19, 2012 at 1:49am

While bass fishing close to my house I was throwing a top water popper and I had an explosive hit. Well turned out to be an alligator. I got him in and removed the hooks and noticed he had tags on his back feet in between his toes and his tail was notched out. Well I wanted a tag bad but didnt know if it was legal so I snapped a quick pic and released him tags intact. The gator was about 4.5-5 ft long. I did some research and found out that there is a tagging program for gators in louisiana and it's just like a duck band. Well, thats all I had to hear. I now want to buy a tag from somewhere just so I can hang up by the picture. Has anyone else ever caught a web tagged gator? or know anyone that I might be able to contact to buy a tag from?

March 15, 2012 at 12:31am

I rarely squirrel hunt or really pay any attention to squirrels when I see them but while in between wood duck hunting I spot a big red colored squirrel and shoot him. It turns out to have a white face and black on top of his head. The guy I was with is saying this is a batchmans squirrel and that they are rare. Some others are claiming it is a blaze faced fox squirrel and they are fairly common. So does anyone really know what this is and if they are common or not?

January 28, 2012 at 10:29am

Just got back from our first annual (or first biannual)goose trip with Russell Mcnabbs Specklebelly hunting club. We hunted with Russels son Cody Mcnabb and boy could this guy read geese. His calling was nothing short of amazing and he was like a psycic knowing what geese would come in or respond before we saw any indication. Being in the blind with him was hunting with an old friend. Nothing awkward about hunting with this stranger. We saw thousands upon thousands of geese and for first time goose hunters this was verry exciting. The sunken pit blind was a great setup and our most shots were literally within 20 yards. Theres no way to miss these 747's. We wound up with our limit plus a bonus snow. Specklebelly hunting comes highly recommended from me and my family! Give Russell a call at 337-304-9230 and have the time of your life!

December 05, 2011 at 1:48pm

Hi all, Im at it hard again for another louisiana duck season. Today we did very well and after retrieving a drake gadwall I noticed this bird had a complete black and white ring around his neck. I know I've seen this somewhere but cant locate any info on it. Whether its rare, or what causes this. Iv killed hundreds of gadwals and this is a first to me. Can anyone shed some light or share similar kills. I also have a purple headed gaddy that I killed last season at my taxi right now. A ring necked one might fit in well with him.

November 29, 2011 at 1:19pm

Hi all, my father and I recently bought a 48 acre tract of land in Bertrandville La. Bertrandvilles in plaqumines parish and our land is located about 6 miles south of the fery stop on hwy 39. We also have access to hunt the neighbors property which is about the same size as our land. The way these tracts are set up down here is by arpents which means on our land is maby 400 feet wide by 1.68 miles deep. Not including the neighbors land that we hunt on. Im looking for people in the area to chime in on management efforts. We opted to hunt the land for one year before joining the La landowners assistance program. Which is basically Dmap for 50 acres and under. I have about 40 or so different deer on camera since august of this year. I've passed on many small bucks and does with fawns but while hunting with a resident from the area he passed a comment saying he shoots everything he see's because if you dont the neighbors will. How practical do you think it would be to actually manage this land being that it's not verry wide across? Keep in mind we're not trying to manage for trophies, more for age keeping the young bucks around and killing does instead. The land is FULL!! of pecans, various oaks, percimmons, etc, more feed sources than the deer can ever eat. and judging by trail cam pics the der have great genetics with body weight and very semetrical racks. We are very experienced in deer hunting and the land will be mostly bowhunted while everyone around is gun hunting. No trail riding during hunting season, and we always hunt the right wind on our stands. This should keep the pressure off of our tract but do you think it's enough to put in the effort in managing ?

November 02, 2011 at 8:42am

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April 04, 2011 at 1:23pm

While hunting in delacriox last week I killed this purple headed gadwall. At first I dident even notice anything different from any other grey but as I was about to pluck him I noticed he was really pretty and decided to get a dead duck mount like iv wanted for a while. When I brought him to the taxidermist he insisted he had never seen a pure grey look like that and that he had to be hybrid. After talking to some great taxidermists I discovered he's a pure grey, with superior genetics, very old and very rare. Im super excited. Has anyone ever killed a purple headed grey in SE LA before?

January 06, 2011 at 6:36pm

Hi all, a few buds and I are making a trip to venice next tues and wed. Iv never been so Im not expecting much. I have a 20x44 godevil boat w a modded 35 sd and my buds both have 16ft flats. The plan is to hunt delta wma. Recently Iv been told theres a good wma right across from the launch in venice that allows mud motors and is WAY less dangerous than riding the river. Does anyone have experience there or can give me a few tips about hunting the delta. Thanks!

January 02, 2011 at 7:57pm

A buddy and I are looking do do a paid duck hunt during the second split. I am a lifelong duck hunter and he's fairly new. We predominatly hunt potholes in the marsh and dont get many divers. Our main goal is to go to an area where we can kill a few canvasbacks for some mounts. Can anyone recommend a good guide within 3 hours of new orleans where we'll shoot some cans?

December 13, 2010 at 11:44am

Me and a buddy are planning on making a hunt in Illinois early january. Pope county to be exact. My buddy went in October but dident fill his bowtag so he asked me if I would make the run with him. I dont plan on spending 411.00 for a buck tag only to hunt a week of the season so Im trying to find out can I purchase a license, stamp, and JUST doe tags, or do I have to posess a buck tag to purchase doe tags. Iv contacted the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and noone could answer my question. Also, contacted many sporting goods places in IL and am getting conflicting answers.

December 10, 2010 at 6:38pm

I saw a post on here a while back about a doe killed with a black tail and comments that it was very rare. Would this be considered a 'black tailed doe' and about how rare are we talking?

December 09, 2010 at 7:29pm

Went to mave a stand and do alittle midday stalk today. After moving the stand I decided to make a stalk on our beautiful 85 degree november day and ran across this guy. Bigger and fatter than the other one I killed. Ecpt this one was aggressive so I left it alone. Goes to show you, dont let your guard down just yet.

November 22, 2010 at 12:26pm

Went and made a trip to academy this morning and bought some tinks smokestacks. It's a scent stick that you light like incense, cover and let smolder. From the moment I lit it I was very pleased. It was nice to see the smoke indicating the wind direction, also, it smelled ALOT I knew that if there was anything in the area and if it worked they would come in. It also smelled so strong I felt like it would cover any scent that I might give off. Well about 4:45 I dee a head. Doe, and another and another.. Turned out to be about 8 does, deer actually wasent following a predominant deer trail more of a leisurly stroll. They kept nosing up and walked straight to my scent stick. Im talking about a foot from it. But when they got close they seemed to get alarmed, kindof backed up, blew, and ran off. I know there was no human scent on the cover as i sprayed it with doe uring after handling. Not sure what to do. Has anyone else used these with any luck?

November 20, 2010 at 7:16pm

As many of you know I killed a big Timber rattler a few weeks ago. Im looking to have him made into a belt but My taxidermist nor many others that iv called do it. Has anyone had this done before or can anyone point me in the right direction?

November 11, 2010 at 7:40pm
A comment titled: Re: St. Helena Parish in response to a report titled: St. Helena Parish

Thats the worst area ive ever hunted. I have access to 100 acres of family land off of 449 and seeing 2-3 seer per season is about the norm. It's not uncommon to see the locals with 40lb yearlings on bikes riding down the highway. Everything was noctournal and at 1 point i went nearly 3 months without even a deer on camera.

October 16, 2016 at 4:08pm
A comment titled: Re: Euro Mount-Need Carwash in response to a report titled: Euro Mount-Need Carwash

The worst thing you can do is use high pressure on skulls. Even high temp boiling is bad. The pressure will blow the baloon sinus out of the front of the nose as well as the small sinus cavities under the eye orbits. Just soak it in some water with a fish heater and let time take it's course. You'll thank yourself you didnt rush in the end.

February 23, 2016 at 1:34pm
A comment titled: Re: White spoonbill in response to a report titled: White spoonbill

Since he had eye color and light coloring on wings he's not albino, he would be whats called leucistic. Its a genetic trait called leucism that affects the melanin in charge or proper coloring. He's one in millions so definitely wall worthy.

January 22, 2016 at 3:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Any suppressed deer kills yet? in response to a report titled: Any suppressed deer kills yet?

Generally any round fired at a big game animal will be supersonic anyways, meaning the bullet hits the deer before the sound. I haven't noticed enough sound difference from behind a suppressed gun to justify the stamp and high dollar suppressor but if it lessen's the stress the deer are exposed to and provides 'neighbor etiquette' I guess it's a win win.

November 28, 2015 at 9:41pm
A comment titled: Re: Hybrid? in response to a report titled: Hybrid? Mexican Duck?

No, the duck posted is actually a Mexican duck 'Anas diazi'. You can google it for a better description. Growing up I noticed that the mottled du is I shot all had a different variety of speculum coloring. Since I'm educated enough to know that its ultra rare for a true black duck to be killed in louisiana I've done some research and came to the conclusion these 'mottled' ducks are a variety of actual mottled ducks, Mexican ducks, and mallard/mottled hybrids.

Here's a discussion we had on years ago. I've included some pictures in this post showing differences in actual birds I've killed in SELA.,250606.msg1745779.html#msg1745779

November 22, 2015 at 9:39pm
A comment titled: Re: Hybrid? in response to a report titled: Hybrid? Mexican Duck?

That is without a doubt a Mexican duck. I've only shot a handful they're not too common.

November 22, 2015 at 9:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Doe with white nose in response to a report titled: Doe with white nose

Your buck was the only other one o found aside for one other on Google. Your actually looks simple to mine enough to where it wouldn't nesseserily have enough white to think piebald, but definitely not a typical pattern. Did you look into it find any information on what may have caused it?

July 30, 2015 at 8:41am
A comment titled: Re: Elmers Island Eats Truck in response to a report titled: Elmers Island Eats Truck

mutal friend said the boy was 18 and just got the truck. only had liability since it was paid for by himself. Offerred up 800 to anyone who could get it out and last I heard they had a forklift raise the front and pulled our from rear. Had an after picture posted and the trucks actually on slicks!

June 28, 2015 at 9:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck Mounts... in response to a report titled: Duck Mounts...

I do taxidermy on the side myself and I have a few birds i'll gift you so you can keep what you put your hard work into. I also have fleshing machines and all the tools needed if your close and want to practice but cant afford all the equipment right off the bat. I live in Chalmette. 504-919-7248 Darrel

April 08, 2015 at 6:35pm
A comment titled: Re: Shed hunting/horn dropping in response to a report titled: Shed hunting/horn dropping

Bucket is just filled with corn. I do some scouting to position them in between bedding and feeding since this is the most likely place a horn will drop. When they eat the cords just put tension on the horn and when it's ready will push them right off.

March 02, 2015 at 8:30pm
A comment titled: Re: 10 GA. Buckshot in response to a report titled: 10 GA. Buckshot

Any other leads? Looked everywhere with no luck. I'll even buy or trade shells personally to get a few.

January 24, 2015 at 10:38am
A comment titled: Re: 10 GA. Buckshot in response to a report titled: 10 GA. Buckshot

Looked on every website I could think of then searched Google for 2+ hrs looking and no one, at least that I could find, has any in stock.

January 16, 2015 at 7:21am
A comment titled: teal in response to a report titled: Got a few

Around where are yall hunting? we have yet to see a teal in hopedale near the west side of hopedale lagoon.

September 21, 2014 at 2:16pm
A comment titled: ACE! in response to a report titled: Dog training

I highly recommend Ace Berry with Ace's retrievers. I go work my dog a few times a week with him and and not only is he a super dog trainer but a really good guy. He's always been honest with me and discussed his time frames and expectations. Worked a few sessions with him before I decided to commit and didnt even charge me for them. He trains with or without e collars and won't beat and abuse your dog to push him through with force. I personally will never use another trainer, this guys everything you could look for. (228)216-7474. Ace.

On the other hand there are plenty of other good trainer located in louisiana. You need to ask yourself what type of training you're looking for (meat dog vs field trials) and take it from there. My other recommendations would be Daniel Goldsby, Justin moore, or chuck mccall. All these guys are top notch.

I would advise you before making a decision or even a call watch a few videos on youtube or their website of them working or training a dog. Lets just say some dont have a light hand. If you dont want a beat, bang, burn type of trainer you should really do your homework.

September 18, 2014 at 9:43pm
A comment titled: teal in response to a report titled: HANDFUL OF TEAL IN BILOXI MARSH

awesome. thanks!

September 08, 2014 at 2:24pm
A comment titled: frog in response to a report titled: Blue Frog caught in MWMA

Damn, thats awesome. Id contact ldwf and have a biologist come take a look at him.

July 31, 2014 at 9:04pm
A comment titled: . in response to a report titled: Seized Buck

February 01, 2014 at 8:04am
A comment titled: woodies in response to a report titled: mounting

This happens to be my fav. Korey at Elite is a good friend of mine and is one of the top waterfowl guys around. Even has great prices. Check him out.

February 12, 2013 at 7:52am
A comment titled: leucistic in response to a report titled: Non eclipsed drake pintail??

I actually would say this drake is probably leucistic. A trait which effects the melanin which produces normal coloring.But the red color looks to be just staining from potatoe grass and other waters. If you still have the bird go to the store and get you some winx or 10x rust stain remover and pour it on the redish stains and if it's infact staining from the weater it will remove it all and make it snow white without harming your bird. Let us know the results.

December 23, 2012 at 7:55pm
A comment titled: duracoat in response to a report titled: Teflon Coated Guns

try duracoat or cerakote. cerakote being superior but harder to apply. I have durakoted plenty guna and it holds up great, much better than my teflon guns.

May 07, 2012 at 4:13pm
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