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This seems to be an annual question. Does anyone know of a contracting service/person that cleans/digs trenasse trails that does not use an excavator, but rather a piece of equipment that discharges the material to either side? Work would be near Sabine Refuge on Hwy 27. Thanks

March 22, 2018 at 6:42pm

I found an interesting post on another site about the cane dying in Venice. Interesting to see another perspective since we are trying to find a contractor to get rid of the pest on our duck lease in SW Louisiana. It has taken over about 1/3 of our lease and continues to grow during the mild winters we have been having.

Larry, any action from WLF to maybe use this biologic in a similar manner as the weevils for Salvania management?

UPDATE: I spoke with Professor Diaz on Monday and there has been no progress on identifying the exact scale that is causing the die-back. The current plan is to put together a task force to first identify which agency is going to take the lead, find funding to do a research project and finally conduct research to control or eliminate the scale infestation.

Of major concern at this time is not knowing what other 'grasses' may be susceptible to the scale including sugar cane, rice, Johnson Grass, Smooth Cord Grass or others that have either or both an environmental and economic impact to the State. A news release is planned in the very near future to update the public.

April 16, 2017 at 1:22pm

The proposed 2016 Waterfowl Zone map is posted on Wildlife & Fisheries. If adopted, SE Louisiana will be hunting some late migrating Scaup and Ringnecks next January and not hunting Teal, Grays and Pintail in early/mid November.

Comment period open until October 30.

October 05, 2015 at 7:42pm

Good start on a new lease, but slowed down for the final week-end.

September 29, 2015 at 2:04pm

Buddies loooking to replace ~100 decoys lost this past season. If you ae interested in replacing some of your old decoys, let me know and I will put the two of you in contact for details.

April 24, 2014 at 10:53am

What I hope LDWF continues to consider when setting the number of splits and/or dates is allowing the maximum number of week-ends for those of us that have to work Monday thru Friday. I have just gone over my harvest records for the last 20 years and after the second week-end in January, the numbers fall off dramatically. In fact, I have had better success in November and December than in January. Perhaps it is the areas I hunted, but late January ducks were tough to get into shooting range and appeared to have started pairing up. The ducks we see after the season closes have been here,just not in the hunting ponds!

If you look at the survey numbers, the majority of the ducks are in Louisiana by the end of November with small increases in December and January. I would prefer more days on the front end.

July 10, 2005 at 6:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Privet Waters in Louisiana in response to a report titled: Privet Waters in Louisiana

There is a new public boat launch at the end of the old HWY 1 that has a kayak launch and is lighted for night fishing. From there, there is more public water than you can fish in a month from a kayak. Recently held a National or International Kayak Championship out of this launch!

Attached is a link to the State's GIS mapping system:

January 13, 2018 at 7:47pm
A comment titled: Re: Stoger v. Remington in response to a report titled: Stoger v. Remington

I have the Rem 1187 and the Stoeger M3000. Like both of them, but the Rem will rust as you sit if you are near salt/brackish water. Stoeger can be purchased with the camo coating.

Both Dick's and Bass Pro had the Stoeger on sale last week for $399.99!

November 29, 2017 at 9:51am
A comment titled: Re: It\'s coming your way in response to a report titled: It's coming your way

Same story another verse! Because water intersects a public waterway and runs through a piece of property does not mean it is either navigable or 'public'. There is a definition of what a navigable waterway is, used for commerce, and it was navigable in 1812. Much of the coast was dry land when LA became a State but now has water over and/or running through it. It is still private property and the owner has full rights to run you off and have you charged with trespassing. Fought this for years fishing around Leeville before Gov. Blanco had the State Land Office set up a web site to identify what is 'public' land and accessible by the public.

Fortunately, the State does have legal requirements that the owner of a land-locked piece of property (enclosed estate) has to be given access through adjacent private property. HOWEVER, the private land owner is due compensation for the access easement they grant. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT! Have paid for an easement to property I bought and have granted an easement on my current property to my neighbor, who is an Attorney.

April 25, 2017 at 4:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Live shrimp in cocodrie in response to a report titled: Live shrimp in cocodrie

New bait shop recently opened up near Sportsman Paradise last time we were down.

May 18, 2016 at 3:45pm
A comment titled: Re: LDWF Public Meetings in response to a report titled: LDWF Public Meetings

There is another option that Larry is not likely to support, but it does provide a compromise for hunters wanting a traditional 2nd. Saturday in November start and hunters wanting an earlier January closing than what is being proposed. REDUCE THE SPLIT from 12 days to 5!

I stand to be corrected, but I recall in the '80's and 90's that the split was for only 5 days when Robert Helm was alive and the LDWF Waterfowl Leader. I believe that Larry successfully argued that 5 days is really not a true split and LDWF adopted what we have today, 12 days. I will not disagree that a longer split is theoretically better, but I would personally prefer to have more days in December and fewer in late January. Looking at my log (Coastal) for the last 10 years, my buddies and I, have had very little success as the month of January wore on and we were seldom disappointed when it was over. This year was particularly bad in January due to the high water and high temperatures with many days of not picking the gun up.

As our opinions are generally based on individual observations, I know that a 5 day split will have a positive impact on our lease which is hunted practically every day. Public land hunters may have a completely different opinion because they can scout and move, an option that club and lease members do not have. But I also believe Larry has stated that the majority of Louisiana's waterfowl hunters hunt private land, not public. (Larry correct me if I am wrong)

January 31, 2016 at 6:33pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck Hunting West of Kenner in response to a report titled: Duck Hunting West of Kenner

Bonnet Carre SpillwayOver the years, the Bonnet Carre Spillway has developed into an extensively used outdoor recreation area with approximately 250,000 visitors enjoying the spillway each year. These lands and waters provide...[more]

Over the years, the Bonnet Carre Spillway has developed into an extensively used outdoor recreation area with approximately 250,000 visitors enjoying the spillway each year. These lands and waters provide opportunities for fishing, crawfishing, hunting, dog training, camping and wildlife watching. More specialized activities include retriever dog field trials and model airplane flying competitions. The spillway contains two boat launching sites and a primitive campground, provided by St. Charles Parish. Additional onsite management is planned to enhance the recreation and natural resource values of the project lands and waters.

P.O. Box 216
Norco, LA 70079-0216
Phone:(985) 764-0126

December 09, 2015 at 2:20pm
A comment titled: Re: Opener tommorrow in response to a report titled: Opener tommorrow

This year's aerial survey was performed 10 days earlier than last year. Survey results have to be taken in their full context and should not be taken as a simple 1:1 comparison because of the time difference. Like comparing a tomato to a potato!

November 06, 2015 at 6:10pm
A comment titled: Re: November survey in response to a report titled: November survey

Larry responded before Noon today that he was flying. Will be interesting to see numbers and what the rain has done to scatter them from their normal spots compared to other early November surveys. Last year's survey was about 10 days later than this year, but this year is a similar time frame from previous years when the opener was the 2nd Saturday.

November 03, 2015 at 7:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck Lease on 71 Plantation.... in response to a report titled: Duck Lease on 71 Plantation....

Will only say that these blinds are open for lease every year!

October 31, 2015 at 3:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Proposed East Zone Boundary Change in response to a report titled: Proposed East Zone Boundary Change


Larry was contacted within the first hour the map was available for review. I have also contacted each of the Commission members with my comments for their consideration.

Larry has made his position known, for or against, the public needs to comment now and not bitch after a decision is made if they do not.

October 06, 2015 at 6:53pm
A comment titled: Re: Proposed East Zone Boundary Change in response to a report titled: Proposed East Zone Boundary Change

If you look at the calendar for 2016 & 2017, assume that the framework for next season will be the same structure as this season, here are some potential dates: Coastal Zone will be 11/5-12/4 (30 days) then 12/17-1/15 (30days); East Zone be 11/19-12/4(16 days) then 12/17-1/29 (44 days).

Where I hunt, the overwhelming preference is to hunt more in November and less in late January.

October 06, 2015 at 3:28pm
A comment titled: Re: Proposed East Zone Boundary Change in response to a report titled: Proposed East Zone Boundary Change

Actually, the East Zone opens 2 WEEKS later than the Coastal Zone this year! Have no idea how Larry would stagger the 3 zone openings with the proposed new boundaries, but would guess that it would be similar to the past with 3 different dates.

The season dates will be the same in Venice as they will be in Monroe......DUMB!!!! SE LA would get to hunt until the end of January and set up for those late migrating Scaup and Ringnecks instead of Mallards.

October 06, 2015 at 9:25am

Yep, that is the ticket and add additional bush every time you go out to give it some contrast. No small task to get started, but it can be added to every year after you have the base established.

September 17, 2015 at 3:09pm

It works, but you need to retain the hay inside of a confined area. I have had blinds that used welded-wire mesh, but did not like for the dog. You can use green plastic fencing, line with a fabric cloth (to retain hay) and fill above the water line. Plant smooth cord grass or other marsh grasses that grow naturally around your blind and let them establish. I would stay away from rozo and cattails unless you want your blind to be eventually lost inside of their growth.

September 17, 2015 at 11:45am
A comment titled: Re: hunting dates in response to a report titled: hunting dates

I am new this year to hunting in SE LA, but I can say from the last 27 years of hunting in both the East Zone and SW Coastal area that hunting in late January has not been productive for me or any of the other hunters I know. (That includes hunting next to the Delta Plantation, Creole and Hackberry-all pretty good waterfowl areas) Water is low, birds are paired up and season-long pressure has them mostly nocturnal.

It is laughable when I see the reports from guys taking about the late migration when they go out 2-3 weeks after the season ends and see ducks on their lease.

I am happy with both the boundary lines and dates and will lobby all of my buddies to make that known to Larry and the Commission. It is highly possible that the recommendation will be made to move the Coastal Zone boundary to the Houma Canal from Hwy. 90 putting SE LA in the East Zone! This is before there is any 2015 data about harvest success, or not, in the Coastal Zone with the early date.

September 03, 2015 at 8:39pm
A comment titled: Re: LATE SEASON in response to a report titled: LATE SEASON

From the Federal Framework in the Register:

Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
Outside Dates:

States may select 2 days per duck-hunting zone, designated as ‘‘Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days,’’ in
addition to their regular duck seasons. The days must be held outside any regular duck season on a weekend,holidays, or other non-school days
when youth hunters would have the maximum opportunity to participate. The days may be held up to 14 days before or after any regular duck-season frameworks or within any split of a
regular duck season, or within any other
open season on migratory birds.

August 28, 2015 at 1:48pm
A comment titled: Re: LWF Commissioner says what? in response to a report titled: LWF Commissioner says what?

I am not Chad Courville, but I do have a degree in biology and another graduate degree in the social sciences.

Also worked for a Board of Commissioners for 14 years and once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

August 14, 2015 at 12:23pm
A comment titled: Re: LWF Commissioner says what? in response to a report titled: LWF Commissioner says what?

Regardless of what we think of Courville's recommendation, he stated that the data (objective decision)will always trump opinion(subjective decision)when he makes a recommendation to the Commission. We all know the huge effort Larry goes through (as a scientist) to try and balance between the data and opinion. But he generally weights his recommendation more on the data. That is a reality of his job to try and balance the two!

The Commission, on the other hand, is under no obligation to adopt recommendations of staff. They are employees of the Commission! I would strongly suspect most of us think we know better than our employers on all policies, procedures and processes. Hell, I know I do.

Found this from the enabling legislation:
115. Wild birds and wild quadrupeds; adoption of seasons, bag and possession limits; rules
and regulations; penalties

A. The commission is hereby specifically authorized, directed, and empowered to fix, approve,and adopt seasons and bag and possession limits and to establish other rules and regulations for the hunting, taking, possession, or protection of any species or sex of wild quadrupeds and wild birds,in any specified locality or localities of the state. Such rules and regulations shall have the full force
and effect of law to the same extent as statutory laws.
B. The commission may at any time declare any season closed or otherwise restrict hunting as
it deems advisable in the interest of wildlife management.
C. The open season for taking migratory game birds and the bag limit and other rules and
regulations affecting migratory game birds shall conform to federal regulations promulgated under
the treaty between the United States and Great Britain for a period of years in the case of certain species. No person shall take, even at the time and in the manner specified and fixed by said department, or in the aggregate during the open season, a greater number of migratory game birds than specified under federal and state regulations.

Chad Courville, like Larry Reynolds, has a scientific background. Knowing this, there should be no surprise that he is going to be more receptive to data.

A land manager for Miami Corporation, Courville is currently chairman of the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council and a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the Coastal Conservation Association and the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainable Resources from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (ULL.)

Let the data speak for itself next year.

August 14, 2015 at 11:46am
A comment titled: Re: Ran off in response to a report titled: Ran off

'But officer, I did not know this was private land.'

Finally, there is always this to consider because most HR depts today do a background check:

Conviction - A conviction means that you have been found guilty of a crime by a court or that you have agreed to plead guilty to a crime. There are many levels of crimes, including both
misdemeanors and felonies. If you are found guilty of, or plead guilty to, any level of crime, you are generally considered to have a conviction. You may have been convicted of a crime even if you did not spend any time in jail. If you paid a fine, were put on probation, did community service, or received a conditional or unconditional discharge in connection with a crime, you may still have a conviction record.

March 23, 2015 at 3:44pm
A comment titled: Re: Ran off in response to a report titled: Ran off

This is an OLD conversation that comes up every Spring. Public waterways and navigable waterways were defined in 1812 when Louisiana became a State. Becasue you can float into it, does not make it either navigable or public. Because of land subsidance, areas now that are open water were once land and continue to be privately owned. Also, if a canal was dug on private property, then it is a private canal.

Along the Mermentau River is SW Louisiana the opposite is happening. Areas that were once open water (Gulf of Mexico) are now land that the State has claimed after Hurricane Rita. Camp owners thought they had bought lots from a developer only to later find out it was State-owned.

Governor Blanco directed the State Land Office to establish what was public during her term. Use the attached link to research what is public and what is private before you venture out.

Yes, I have been run off many times in Leeville, but that LL&E land is now public.

March 23, 2015 at 10:10am
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