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
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.
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.
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 itâs over 1,000 acres in size. Needless to saw we didnât even bother hunting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Anyone been fishing around Lake Borgne or Rigolets since the spillway opened? Just looking for reports of any catches, not spots. Thanks
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 canât 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. Iâve been on over a thousand farms and worked with the owners in these areas. It is almost unimaginable how many farms Iâve 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 wonât freeze. Itâs not just one or two farms doing it. Itâs widespread and growing. Unless something is done there is no end in site, especially when thereâs large so called conservation groups backing and funding these artificial practices. Sorry for the vent just had to get my 2 cents out there
picked up a farmers almanac recently and found this map in there. Seems to coincide with the lack of migrating ducks. I know thereâs 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
Congrats to my little buddy on a nice buck taken from Pearl River WMA.
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
Anyone know the rules/regs related to putting a houseboat on the Biloxi Marsh WMA? Thanks
Anyone know the rules/regs related to putting a houseboat on the Biloxi Marsh WMA? Thanks
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.
Heading down to GI tomorrow through the weekend. Looking for some recent reports. Howâs the bite on the beach? In the bay? Live bait/artificial? Any fish under lights at night? Camp weâre staying at has lighted pier. How are the crabs running? Thanks in advance and Iâll post a report following the trip