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Anyone on here know of a taxidermy school in SE Louisiana? If not maybe a taxidermist willing to teach the trade? Preferably somewhere between Slidell and Baton Rouge. Thanks

January 23 at 6:03pm

There are no shortage of reports coming out of Bayou Bienvenue around the Chalmette Wall. I was out there Sunday morning from sunrise till 11:00 am and got only 2 bites. We were right in there with the other 200 other boats. Not only were we not getting any bites but I hardly saw anyone else catching. We fished by the wall, by the rocks and everything in between. I may have seen a total of 10 fish caught all morning among all the other boats. In fact we hung around the longest. Most everyone I saw would pick up and leave after not catching only to be replaced by new boats coming in. Everyone I told how few the trout were couldn't believe it. I'm sure someone out there did good but it got me wondering are there really that many trout being caught out there or is everyone flocking out there, me included based on just a few people posting really good reports.

November 19, 2019 at 6:30pm

Not the greatest in Reggio. Been many many years since my last duck hunt. Small turn out at the marina for opening day compared to years ago. I can remember when you had to show up an hour or so early in the hopes of finding a parking spot. That was certainly not the case Saturday morning. We did see several flocks of grays, 3 or 4 small bands of teal and couple dosgris. That was pretty much it. Nothing seemed remotely interested in landing not only in our spread but anywhere in the surrounding marsh. My son?s first duck hunt and did at least have opportunity to shoot 3 different times at fly bys but wasn?t able to connect. Biggest concern for rest of season is there were no ducks at all that I saw anywhere on the boat ride back in. As if any ducks that were around had no interest in staying.

November 10, 2019 at 3:07am

Went to Reggio yesterday. Planned on fishing the morning then make evening Hunt with my son yesterday for youth weekend. Wind howled all day. Dirty water everywhere only managed one red fish. Ducks almost non existent not only on our property but everywhere we fished. From Reggio marina to lake amadee to the twin pipeline. All day only saw several pair mottles, 5 or 6 teal, handful dos Gris and a migrating flock of a dozen greys. All that was on our property was a few mottled ducks and a single teal and it’s over 1,000 acres in size. Needless to saw we didn’t even bother hunting.

November 03, 2019 at 1:18pm

Came across a herd of 20 pigs while squirrel hunting this afternoon with my boy on Pearl River WMA. Dropped one at about 40 yards with 12 gauge 3.5 inch T shot. Any doubts I had using this load on pigs are long gone. Was a running broad side shot and rolled in his tracks. There are 64 bbs in the round I'm shooting. 9 bbs entered the rib cage. 3 went all the way through to the other side and were laying under the skin. 1 made a complete pass through. Keep in mind this was a smaller pig, around 50-60 lbs but feel confident now this round could be used on something a bit larger if need be, especially at closer distance.

October 19, 2019 at 11:33pm

Lake Pontchartrain by the Rigolets. Live shrimp under popping cork. They are spread out and have to weed through some throw backs but they are there. Tons of bait everywhere, mullet and pogies jumping all over.

October 17, 2019 at 11:28pm

Forgot to take a pic but we finally put some speckled trout on ice yesterday morning fishing the Rigolets/Lake Borgne area. Three of us managed to catch 17 trout along with 2 reds. No specific plastic seemed to be any better than another and believe me we threw the tackle box at them. They are definitely scattered out. We never did anchor, just drifted shorelines and oyster reefs in about 3 to 5 ft water using popping corks. Been a long summer without a trout to speak of for us so I couldn't be happier.

October 15, 2019 at 2:30pm

I was stopped and checked by a game warden on Pearl River WMA yesterday 10/12/19. We had finished the morning squirrel hunt and headed out. He approached my vehicle and asked routine questions. No problem, everything went smoothly. Let me add I have no issues being stopped/checked and have been countless times over the years. I applaud game wardens for doing a hard job that is needed. While looking over my license game warden asked what weapons were used and if any more in the vehicle. At no point did he ever ask to see the weapons and I was just being honest. Told him my son had a shotgun and I a .22 rifle. I also had my .40 cal pistol in the truck. Game warden perked up and wanted to know what the pistol was for which I replied self defense. He proceeded to explain that since no gun season was presently open for deer that I was breaking the law by having the pistol on the WMA. He handed me a copy of the regs with the language highlighted which I've attached. He let me go with a warning and added that if I had a concealed carry permit I would be ok to have it on the WMA as long as I wasn't hunting with it. I'm sure this has to be a very misunderstood law since he had the regs with the highlighted language ready to go. Also, many hunters I come across in the woods have a pistol on their side, presumably for defending against hogs during squirrel season. Anyway thought I'd share this experience.

October 13, 2019 at 10:16pm

Anyone on here ever shoot hogs with T shot? I have some 12 ga 3.5 in T shot. First squirrel hunt of the year today. Came across some hogs and got within 40 yards. Not knowing how effective it would be I wanted to get closer before attempting the shot but they spooked. These were small to medium sized pigs ranging 50 to 100 lbs. I know many will recommend a .22 mag but that's not an option at the moment. Any first hand knowledge or experience shooting T shot at hogs would be appreciated. Thanks

October 12, 2019 at 12:13am

My boy got his 1st squirrel this afternoon on Pearl River WMA. Also his first animal taken with his new 20 ga. Saw several more throughout the afternoon just couldn't get on them. Going back in the morning. Looking forward to a cool morning. We also walked up on 5 hogs. Got within 40 yards before they spooked.

October 11, 2019 at 11:51pm

Anyone ever hunt Bayou Macon WMA in NE Louisiana? Looking to try something different and this place peaked my interest. Will primarily be going after deer. Any info on accessibility, terrain, campground or past experiences would be greatly appreciated. Looking to make a scouting trip soon then go back sometime Nov-Dec timeframe. Thanks in advance

October 11, 2019 at 1:28am

Anyone been fishing around Lake Borgne or Rigolets since the spillway opened? Just looking for reports of any catches, not spots. Thanks

April 04, 2019 at 7:29pm

After reading the recent article on this site regarding a poor migration I found myself needing to vent. It seems everyone is in agreement that a wet mild winter across much of the country allowed ducks access to food sources and resting areas causing them to stop short. I think most have figured that out by now on their own and can live with that. When Mother Nature gives you a blow you just got to roll with it. Every year can’t be a banner one. But what no one wants to comment about is that these very same conditions have been artificially created more and more throughout much of those areas to the north, short stopping at least in part, natural migration even in favorable years. My work has carried me across much of the country for the last 15 years, specifically the central and midwestern states. I’ve been on over a thousand farms and worked with the owners in these areas. It is almost unimaginable how many farms I’ve been on, create artificial conditions that replicate the mild wet winter we just experienced. Whether it be pond heaters or water control structures that keep water moving so it won’t freeze. It’s not just one or two farms doing it. It’s widespread and growing. Unless something is done there is no end in site, especially when there’s large so called conservation groups backing and funding these artificial practices. Sorry for the vent just had to get my 2 cents out there

January 28, 2019 at 11:09am

picked up a farmers almanac recently and found this map in there. Seems to coincide with the lack of migrating ducks. I know there’s more to it than that but weather is an important piece of the puzzle. if I was a duck and had all the food I wanted and access to it year round, why the heck would I fly thousands of miles south? Just my 2 cents

January 11, 2019 at 9:19am

Congrats to my little buddy on a nice buck taken from Pearl River WMA.

December 22, 2018 at 10:39pm

Anyone seeing ducks in the Delacroix/Reggio area? I haven't been seeing much if any at all when fishing the last couple weekends. Maybe this front will push some down. Hope to hear some good reports. Thanks

November 09, 2018 at 4:05pm

Anyone know the rules/regs related to putting a houseboat on the Biloxi Marsh WMA? Thanks

October 02, 2018 at 9:03pm

Anyone know the rules/regs related to putting a houseboat on the Biloxi Marsh WMA? Thanks

October 02, 2018 at 9:01pm

Took my Pops fishing Saturday 9/22 in Lake Borgne. Rising tide all morning with stiff easterly winds building. Fished points and cuts along the western lake shore till we couldn't take the wind anymore. We were just shy of a two man limit of reds and also caught a nice flounder. Wanted to hit Lake Catherine and try our luck at some specs but as we headed there a big storm was building up right on top of us and decided to call it a day and head in.

September 24, 2018 at 11:16am

Heading down to GI tomorrow through the weekend. Looking for some recent reports. How’s the bite on the beach? In the bay? Live bait/artificial? Any fish under lights at night? Camp we’re staying at has lighted pier. How are the crabs running? Thanks in advance and I’ll post a report following the trip

LC

June 13, 2018 at 10:57am
A comment titled: Re: Chalmette Wall in response to a report titled: Chalmette Wall

Thewizard7, I used to fish Bienvenue regularly before the wall was built. Only been out there a handful of times since built. Had friends from out of town and wanted to show them around. I typically stay away from the crowds and should have known better. Lesson learned. We fished Delacroix Monday and Tuesday and filled a 120 qt each day with trout, reds, and bass. They headed back north with enough fillets for quite a while. I enjoy reading any outdoor related reports. The problem with social media today is that it gives an inaccurate account of what’s really happening. Everyone is trying to outdo the next guy with their post. It’s become more so entertainment than it is actual reports or forums

November 20, 2019 at 8:14am
A comment titled: Re: Delacoix Opening Morning Results in response to a report titled: Delacoix Opening Morning Results

Proud Pop, how'd ya'll make out on Sunday? Still seeing any amount of birds in your area of Delacroix?

November 10, 2019 at 7:35pm
A comment titled: Re: Opening Weekend 2019/2020 in response to a report titled: Opening Weekend 2019/2020

Y’all didn’t do bad considering. I haven’t seen any coots whatsoever in our area of Reggio. I did see a good bit around Lake Catherine couple weeks ago while fishing. In the past large rafts of coots would show up on our property this time of year and stay all season. As long as we had coots around we always shot big ducks. Just don’t see them anymore like used to.

November 10, 2019 at 6:04pm
A comment titled: Re: Lackluster opening day in Reggio in response to a report titled: Lackluster opening day in Reggio

Thewizard7 it is sad indeed. I guit duck hunting after we moved to the Northshore in 2005. Just wasn’t as convenient making that long drive for a morning duck hunt as it was to head to the deer camp and spend a whole weekend. My son, now 12 hears all my old stories and sees all our pics of fantastic duck hunts throughout the ‘90s into the early 2000’s and wants to experience for himself. Frustrating part of it all is that if you look at the overall population numbers there are more ducks now than we had back then. They just aren’t migrating down like they used to

November 10, 2019 at 12:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Tough day in response to a report titled: Tough day

Mandevillian, good luck with that Venice hunt. Good friends of mine that have hunted Venice the last 30 to 40 years, say mud motors have ruined duck hunting down there. People running everywhere back and forth all day long never allowing birds to sit in one place.

November 03, 2019 at 7:27pm
A comment titled: Re: Brought Home Some Bacon in response to a report titled: Brought Home Some Bacon

Thanks Steelsprayer. Came across pigs on each of 4 squirrel hunts this year on Pearl River WMA. They seem to be everywhere, much more than in the past. Going to do our best to thin them out. Got me concerned though about deer hunting. I'm not seeing much in the way of deer sign. Thinking the overpopulated hogs are pushing them out and taking over.

October 20, 2019 at 2:14pm
A comment titled: Re: Trout finally showed up in response to a report titled: Trout finally showed up

Like I said, we threw the tackle box at them. Lures that caught for us yesterday were Matrix shad, Matrix vortex, Berkeley rattle shrimp, Berkeley gulp shrimp, TKO shrimp, H and H cacahoe and H and H sparkle beetle. I did try tight lining various lures but all bites came under a cork

October 15, 2019 at 8:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Handguns on WMA in response to a report titled: Handguns on WMA

nutsabtfishing, guess I didn't clarify in my post but my son and I were already in my vehicle driving out. If your familiar with Pear River WMA, game warden was sitting at the corner of the main black top road and Oil Well Road. As we approached he stopped us. Our hunting weapons were on the back seat. My handgun was not in plain view. He did not do a vehicle search but I have had that done to me in the past. Nothing ever came of it before and I have nothing to hide. I feel as long as you are up front with the game warden, they tend to be a bit more courteous in return. Not all of them but some game wardens can be a bit on edge during the initial meeting till they see how you react. If he had done a vehicle search or spotted my handgun without me telling him it was there, I feel certain I would have gotten a ticket instead of a warning and it would have given him reason to try to find something else to ticket me for.

October 15, 2019 at 2:18pm
A comment titled: Re: Handguns on WMA in response to a report titled: Handguns on WMA

BlueShamu, I didn't highlight that verbiage in the regulation pamphlet, that's how it was handed to me by the game warden, just saying. And whether or not a ticket would hold up in court, who knows. I for one don't want to go through the hassle of finding out. I been putting off getting the concealed carry permit, suppose its time I just go ahead and get it and be done with it. Main reason I put this post on here because I know there are many folks carrying handguns in their vehicles going on WMAs. I'm sure I wasn't the first he gave a warning to and guarantee I won't be the last. Eventually those warnings will turn into tickets, whether we feel they are justified or not. If the regs would be easier to read, there wouldn't be so much grey area. And again, this is specific to WMAs, not private property or NWRs.

October 15, 2019 at 2:03pm
A comment titled: Re: Pearl River Squirrel Hunt in response to a report titled: Pearl River Squirrel Hunt

Thanks Mandevillian. Felt really good to get back in the woods especially with the timing of the cool front. My boy is hooked on the outdoors, already planning the next trip. I couldn't be happier.

October 13, 2019 at 9:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Pearl River Squirrel Hunt in response to a report titled: Pearl River Squirrel Hunt

Back at it today 10/12. Saw more squirrels today than I've seen in a long time. Very windy this morning. My boy only managed to connect on 2 today but not for lack of trying. Just need to work on the whole aiming thing. Also had a 300 lb pig starring us down about 20-25 yards away. He started at us and just that quick stopped then took off. Very intense couple minutes!

October 13, 2019 at 12:46am
A comment titled: Re: Shotgun loads in response to a report titled: Shotgun loads

Thanks for the input. I'm shooting a 12 gauge Remington 870 chambered up to 3.5 in and will check out Dead Coyote hevi shot. I currently have Federal T shot in steel. I don't feel confident in steel's ability to penetrate a hog from terribly far away. I prefer smaller pigs, 100 lbs or less. Not looking to take down a big boar, unless the situation calls for it and I do come across some big boys where I hunt. It's an unsettling feeling when a 300 lb boar is staring at you from 15 yards away and all you have is bird shot. Thanks again.

October 13, 2019 at 12:26am
A comment titled: Re: Tressels at pontchartrain in response to a report titled: Tressels at pontchartrain

Lake Borgne yesterday 4/27. Fished sunrise till mid afternoon using live shrimp, dead shrimp and plastics. Managed to put 2 reds, 4 sheep head and 4 fresh water cats on ice. Threw back several small sheep head and 6 rat reds. Pretty much everything that bit was caught. Water was chocolate milk. Visibility zero. Biologist at marina said ours was the best catch he saw all day. Till it clears up gonna be slim pickings. Good luck!

April 28, 2019 at 9:34pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

Here's the link for a report done by the USFWS dated December 3,2018. It includes data collected from HIP surveys from 1999 - 2017

https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/surveys-and-data/DataBooks/MississippiFlywayDatabook.pdf

I'm positive there is some margin of error given HIP surveys rely on honesty. But the data gives a good snap shot of whats going on year over year. There's a ton of info in this report. Digest it on your own and come up with your own conclusions. To completely deny data collected from 18 hunting seasons would be no different than throwing your head in the sand.
We shouldn't get complacent and say 'oh well, that's just how it is' and not fight for our share. It would be an injustice for our younger generations to have to try and correct. Isn't it our duty as sportsmen and sportswomen to stand up and fight for the future? Not only for ourselves for our kids and grand kids.

lanco1, pretty sure snow blowing an ag field is futile effort, Scenario that does take place often in normal winter seasons when an ag field to our north has 2 to 3 ft or more of snow, the field is flooded with warm water. Water sourced comes from ponds with heaters. Once flooded water is circulated to keep from freezing.

I'll be the first to say I am not in favor of trying to outlaw 'ice eaters' or 'circulaters' or any of the numerous other techniques used further north in the flyway to give birds access to food. Most of us would do the same under the same circumstances. I mean who wouldn't throw a couple hundred pounds of corn in their pond if Louisiana suddenly made it legal? But I do think those types of practices to our north should at the very least be regulated and limited.

February 04, 2019 at 7:26pm

Some food for thought: Throughout the 90s I can remember the SE LA marsh being loaded with birds in the weeks leading up to opening day. Ducks literally raining from the sky and filling every pond on our property while we got the blinds ready for the coming season. As the season would progress and cold fronts push the water out, many areas throughout the marsh would be left as mud flats and inaccessible to birds and hunters. If you were lucky, as we were, you still had ponds holding water in the late season. This concentrated the birds to the few areas that had water and if you could access it made for really good late season hunts. However, many were not as fortunate and by the time the second split came around their lease was one big mud flat and unable to access. I can remember a lot of folks arguing to open the season earlier at the time to take advantage of those early migrating flocks, thereby not having to deal with the lack of water in the late season. Its a double edged sword however. If the season were to open earlier but mother nature doesn't cooperate and send timely cold fronts to push the birds down having the season run later would then look more appealing.

February 02, 2019 at 10:35am
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

lanco1, you make many good points but I would have to disagree on some. There can be all the habitat restoration and WRP land in the world created up and down the Mississippi flyway to support waterfowl along their migration and no one could argue the long term benefit of it. But consider this, cyclical weather patterns come and go, triggering ducks to continue south in search of food, resting areas, etc. Ducks stop along the natural route where these areas become available, i.e. south of frozen water and snow covered fields. As winter patterns push south so do ducks. Of course these patterns are cyclical with the past season being a prime example of what a mild and wet winter can do as far as not forcing a complete migration. I believe the main argument though is the fact that in cold, dry seasons, because of the artificial practices being implemented to our north to keep these newly created habitat restoration lands and WRP free of ice and snow, it has a big impact on how many birds actually make it down to Louisiana. And yes, there are far more than just a few ice eaters to our north. I would have never believed it coming from someone else but I've seen first hand just how widespread these types of practices are. Things like WRP can exist and benefit the local landscape and economy but keeping it free of ice and/or snow has nothing to do with its intended purpose except to short stop waterfowl. There is a world of data compiled from HIP surveys and is available on the USFWS website. It covers from 1999 thru 2017. Yes Louisiana and Arkansas are pretty much the top two states as far ducks killed year over year. Per their report, it is interesting to note however that in 2012 Louisiana peaked at an estimated 103,589 registered duck hunters but has declined since to 46,879 as of 2017. That being said our long term average seasonal bag per hunter remains the highest of the entire flyway at 23.2 ducks per hunter per season. That tells me that fewer ducks are making the migration to Louisiana but are concentrated into smaller pockets, allowing far fewer hunters to harvest a higher average, giving the allusion that ducks are everywhere in our state. Also, no matter the amount of rice fields converted to sugar cane, that shouldn't affect the number of birds in Venice which has seen fewer and fewer birds showing up year over year. In fact, the argument could be made that wintering ducks in Venice should increase given that circumstance. That's my take on it. I'll see if I can put the link on here for the USFWS report if anyone is interested.

February 01, 2019 at 2:30pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

2 thumbs up for Josh Goins and Flyway Federation. Bout time someone stepped up to the plate.

January 30, 2019 at 9:13pm
A comment titled: Re: Hammer 8pt!! in response to a report titled: Hammer 8pt!!

Is it same deer in both pics? If that’s two different deer man you got some really good genetics floating around. Either way congrats. Awesome rack!!

January 30, 2019 at 9:09pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

The proposed reduction of teal limits is yet another example of the incompetence and lack of sound management practices of those creating regulations for Louisiana. Doesn’t take a genius to look at limits throughout Mississippi Flyway and see that it is 6. Louisiana would be the only state with a 4 teal limit. According to data teal numbers are above the long term average. Numerous other factors causing poor migration. Are these Einstein’s aware that waterfowl migrate and if there was a real threat or concern in managing the teal population it would have to be a collaborative effort throughout our flyway. Is it too much to ask our officials to pick up the phone and discuss concerns with other states in the flyway before making a knee jerk reaction following a bad year. C’mon Man! Another example of why we are the laughing stock of our nation and the future here is bleak at best

January 29, 2019 at 11:37pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

RJA-67, I too quit duck hunting many years ago when I saw a notable change in wintering ducks here in SE La. i started chasing deer and haven’t looked back till recently for my kids sake. Duck hunting has been part of my family since the early 1900’s when land was purchased and passed down generations. I had a charmed life growing up and blessed to have this large property to hunt on. We had so many memorable hunts through the 80s and 90s I couldn’t even begin to describe. Even back when it was the point system then 3 duck limit and shorter season there really was no shortage of ducks coming here. And that’s around the time conservation groups kicked into high gear north of us. Money really does talk. Louisiana is the laughing stock of our nation in many regards. Whether it be education, oil industry or management of our wildlife and fisheries. You name it we are at the bottom. Don’t know that “Sportsman Paradise” is really fitting anymore. I’d really like to pass on to my kids our heritage of duck hunting but the future for La doesn’t look promising. And for those going to banquets, fundraisers, buying magazines, etc to benefit these conservation groups you really have to look past the smoke and mirrors, ask yourself how many of those dollars come back and benefit Louisiana.

January 28, 2019 at 10:08pm
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