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I am going to attempt to make a couple of homemade duck calls. The duck call I currently use was for my great grandfather, who passed it down to my dad. This duck call has to be at least 60 years old. He gave it to me. My dad currently uses his father's homemade call.
Has anyone here ever made any duck calls. My dad says that I will have to dry out the cane reids for approximately one year so they don't crack. I already filed down a couple of combs and have the reids ready. If I could get a couple of them made, I think it would be a great gift to pass down through the generations, even though we don't have many ducks.

Any tips from you veterans would be appreciated.

December 09, 2009 at 6:21am

Does anyone know of a place that makes the pontoon tires to put on four wheelers. I am looking for some to put in a 45 acre crawfish pond that cannot be drained completely. I know of someone that has a set but was made at someone's house. Just wondering if I will have to make my own set or if there is anywhere that sells them. Thanks in advance.

June 19, 2009 at 8:37pm

I am interested in buying a winch to put on the back of my mudboat to be able to pull me over a damm at my new hunting lease. I have seen other people with them on the back of there boat. I just don't know what size I would need. I would hate to get one that isn't strong enough, but wouldn't want to spend that much money if not needed. Anyone have any experience using winches for this? Your opinion would greatly be appreciated. I have a 16' aluminum mudboat. Not sure how much it weighs?

November 24, 2008 at 12:55pm

I am going to make a hunt in Lake Catouatchie near Lake Salvador. I have only been there one time and know that it is a big lake. I went scout there a few weeks ago and most of the ducks seemed to be on the Salvador side of the lake. I will be launching at the pier 90 launch off of hwy 90. My question is how bad does the lake get with a lot of wind. I have a boat blind and would like to go across the lake but don't want to take a chance if the lake gets really rough. Someone also told me that some of the lake is part of the game reserve. I can't find that anywhere else. Any info about the lake could be useful in helping a fellow sportsman out. Thanks in advance.

December 10, 2007 at 4:50pm

Anyone bee to Lake Theriot lately? The last time I went in there the grass was starting to come up a lot. It looked like it would be a good year for ducks. I am not sure if we will be getting back in the lease. Been seeing a lot of tree ducks around the house and it is giving me an itchy finger. The Grosbecks are even more plentiful than usual. Hope it is a good sign for things to come.

July 02, 2007 at 5:55am

Does anyone know how to kill Salvinia? If you are not sure what salvinia is, just look anywhere in the canals in SE LA.
there is a herbicide that kills it but i was told that you can't eat anything from the water after. I have a crawfish pond that is infested with this nuisance. it is preventing oxygenation of the water. the crawfish aren't growing and the cages weigh 10 pounds more than they should? i read that there are weevils that would eat this, but that would probably present another problem. any body have experience with this pest?

April 11, 2007 at 4:09pm

I am looking into buying a new scope for my rifle and I am not sure what to buy. There are so many different types out there. What is the best kind to buy? I hunt in marsh that has ridges of trees in it. I would like to be able to see early in the morning and late in the evening. What does those numbers on the scope mean? What is the difference between a 6.5-20X44 and a 3.5-10X50. I should remember this because I had to design a telescope in college. My memory isn't what it used to be, the wife blames it on the beer, I blame it on selective memory. I only remember what I think is important!!! Like B-U-D-W-E-I-S-E-R= BECAUSE YOU DESERVE WHAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL SHOULD ENJOY REGULARLY! Anyway, any help would be appreciated!

March 29, 2007 at 6:37am

Does anyone know about wooden bulkheads. I want to redo approximately 150' of bulkhead on Bayou Lafourche in Raceland. The one I have now is collapsing and falling apart. It was made out of tin and those 1/2" wooden fence boards. I am thinking about using 2x12 rough cut timber boards. I am curious of anyone who has ever used wood, to tell how long it usually lasts. I would like to make this a one time project. I got an estimate from someone on putting vinyl sheetpiles and they wanted $21000. That is a little more than I can afford. I am not scared to do the work, but not twice. HAHA! Any opinions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

February 19, 2007 at 9:15am

I have 120 decoys with strings and weights, 2 cases of steel shot, one Remington 870 pump shotgun, one 1542 aluminum boat with 25hp honda, with stumpjumper, one black labrador retriever,key to $1000 duck lease, bunch of duck calls and plenty of camoflauge. I am so disappointed over this hunting season I think I will pay you to get it off my hands. This is by far the worst duck season I have ever had.
In 14 total hunts a grand total of 34 ducks were taken. It is only so many b/c I decided to start shooting dogris. Out of the 34 ducks that was bagged there was 0 big ducks, yes 0 big ducks. 17 ring necks, 9 dogris, 1 ruddy duck, 5 teal, and 2 wood ducks. The one time I actually had a drove of french ducks circling to come in, a bunch of knuckleheads start running poule 'deau all over the lake around my blind. They proceeded to the next blind over from me and dropped off two people then started chasing some more. I saw quite a few ducks coming into the lake at that time but knew that I had no chance with those weekend warriors out there. That is when I decided to pick up my gun and grab the bottle of wine that i had sitting next to me. I hunted private and public lakes and also went with some buddies on their leases, but kept seeing the same thing. NOT a whole lot of nothing. Not sure what the problem or solution is, but duck hunting is not what it used to be. Can't wait till the bass and perch turn on so I can quit doing honeydo's.

January 29, 2007 at 10:04am

Someone has given me an old plywood pirogue. The person tried repairing it by putting fiberglass at the seams on the bottom. The fiberglass is peeling off on one side and it leaks like a sieve. My question is what else can I use to repair it besides for fiberglass. I thought about using some of that spray-on bedliner, but not sure if it will even keep it from leaking. Also, I think that bedliner stuff would probably be heavier. I am looking for a quick and easy way to get this pirogue up and running.

January 08, 2007 at 12:46pm

I have an older model Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun with a full choke. On the barrel it says for 2-3/4" shells only. One of my friends has the exact same gun and said he can shoot 3" shells from his gun. I didn't believe him so he proved me wrong and put 3 3" shells in his gun and fired them all off ejecting the empties all at me. My question is since the gun shoots and ejects the 3" shells will it mess up the gun. I wouldn't mind shooting the 3" shells out of the gun but I don't want to ruin a perfectly good shotgun.

December 18, 2006 at 9:12am

This was an article in the Daily Comet, the Lafourche Parish paper.

LOCKPORT - Grousing by long-time hunters of central Lafourche marshes about a new state law that bans shooting deer from permanent stands that dot state wilderness areas has drawn the attention of several local officials, leaving open the possibility of a move toward repeal.

But supporters of the law, who say they have been bullied out of marshlands by deer hunters who claim shooting rights over vast areas from the contested perches, are digging in their heels and lobbying legislators to stay the course.

Joe Eskind, an avid sportsman who owns a Houma outboard repair business, is among those who say a ban on hunting from permanent deer stands is appropriate and necessary.

“I think it is important to do away with these huge deer stands,” Eskind said. “It intimidates other people from hunting close to them because they are so high up. People in the past they chased you away. They claim ownership because the deer stand has been there so long.”

A long-standing statute already banned construction of permanent deer stands on state property. But over the years hunters built them regardless, particularly in areas near Lake Long, a sportsman’s paradise of bountiful fishing chock-a-block with various species of waterfowl and deer.

There was no law banning hunting from the stands, and sportsmen have taken to using them over the years whether they built them or not. That’s where the conflict arose, between those users and other deer hunters who say they have been run off, as well as duck hunters who say the high stands endanger them.

The ban on use of the existing stands – or those hunters might illegally build in the future – does not affect use of single-person stands that can be put up at the beginning of a hunting day and then removed.

The Lake Long stands, however, have been described by one wildlife enforcement agent as “hotels” 20 feet above the marsh that have long been the cause of disputes.

Last week, State Sen. Reggie Dupre D-Houma, said he would look into complaints from Lafourche hunters that the ban on stand-hunting destroys a long-standing tradition and heritage. The portable stands are not suitable for use on the waterlogged trembling prairies that dominate the area, they complain.

Dupre did not take sides on the issue, but said he would research it, and suggested that state leases of land or stands might be one solution.

That resulted in a flurry of phone calls from Eskind and other hunters, many from the Houma area, who thought the stand issue was resolved.

Another area lawmaker, Rep. Loulan Pitre, R-Cut Off, said he is also researching the matter.

But Lafourche Parish Council member Phillip Gouaux II said he favors the stands and plans to meet with lawmakers to have the new law amended or stricken.

“In the past there have been some problems, but I for one have utilized a stand that was pre-existing. The stands have wooden latches on the doors that would allow anybody who chooses to get on it. I understand both sides,” Gouaux said. “But on the safety side it is a heck of a lot safer to have people hunting out of fixed stands.

David Colvin, a Houma truck driver who hunts the Lake Long area, disagrees.

“I have four kids of my own. We hunt and fish all winter back there and it is getting ridiculous,” Colvin said. “When you slip into a spot most of the time you get run out or threatened. If you want a stand, all you have to do is climb a tree and sit in the fork and there’s your wide-open marsh.”

Chad Theriot, a shipbuilder who is campaigning for continued use of the stands, said he is aware that there have been disputes in the past. But law enforcement should deal with people who claim state land as their own, and the state shouldn’t eliminate a tradition he says is dear to his heart and his family.

“This is our heritage,” Theriot said. “We don’t keep anyone out of the marsh. People come and hunt from all over, from Houma, from everywhere. We welcome anyone who wants to come here and hunt.”

Eskind and other hunters, meanwhile, say the stands are not their only concern. They would also like to see the use of high-powered rifles by deer hunters eliminated because they pose a danger to people in the area.

September 27, 2006 at 6:56am

Is it legal to shoot nuisance hogs at night with a one eyed dog? I think I read that you need a special permit, but I am not sure about it. That would be an easy way to rid of these varmints that would also be a blast!!! The hogs are really getting bad. Would like to get rid of them before bow season. I keep calling the big bad wolf but he doesn't answer any of my calls.

September 20, 2006 at 9:42am

Was this is Lafourche parish?

October 21, 2015 at 10:56am
A comment titled: A picture is worth a thousand words! in response to a report titled: South Louisiana duck hunting

Where did you get that picture? That is really eye opening.

October 02, 2013 at 6:58am
A comment titled: Brad lived life to the fullest in response to a report titled: Lodging @ Venice Marina Help!!!!

Thirty-three-year-old Steven “Brad” Malcom of Madisonville was operating the bay boat and died shortly after the accident, which happened about 2:30 p.m. in Flat Boat Pass south of Venice, the LDWF said.

June 11, 2013 at 1:45pm
A comment titled: RIP my friend in response to a report titled: Lodging @ Venice Marina Help!!!!

Just found out my good friend Brad passed away in a boating accident. Don't know any details but the original poster in this thread has passed away. He has two young kids and a wonderful family. Please say a prayer for them. I will update if I hear any news.

June 10, 2013 at 8:35pm
A comment titled: peledet in response to a report titled: Pearl River WMA interrupted by warden

Are you sure that game warden's name was Dickey Babin? There was a Dickey Breaux who was a game warden in that area.

October 03, 2012 at 6:59am
A comment titled: Fish kill in response to a report titled: Fish kill, how long before water is back to normal

Didn't see many fish dead in the bayou in Raceland, but there are quite a few dead in Theriot's canal.

September 08, 2012 at 6:17am
A comment titled: I wouldn't get rid of lease. in response to a report titled: Season Totals/Lease Evaluation

You can also count not having to fight with other people being in your blind.

My totals for the year were 132 ducks in 12 hunts. One of the best years in recent memory. Out of those 132, 77 were gray ducks with 17 teal, 9 widgeon, and the rest were a mixture.

February 10, 2012 at 6:33am
A comment titled: Cayuga-mallard in response to a report titled: Green Mallard???

I was told that it was killed in Wax Lake. Definitely looks like a cayuga-mallard.

January 18, 2012 at 7:03am
A comment titled: cuttem in response to a report titled: wanting to get into duck hunting tips???

I have been shooting these xpert #6's all year and they shoot better than any shell I have shot since I was reloading lead shot for my dad in the 80's. I shoot a full choke 30' remington wingmaster and yes I can shoot them at 10 feet. I don't need bb and #2 shot because I can call them in and take good clean shots that kill.

People think since they shoot 3.5' shells that they can shoot the skyscraping birds. That shit is what is making this sport become less and less interesting.

Austin, did you get your ticket in Lake Bouef? I know it is the end of the season, but I can give you a few pointers. What type of gun are you shooting, barrel length, choke? All of this comes into play.

January 04, 2012 at 11:32am
A comment titled: HAY in response to a report titled: My pup

I have a shed that I will put my lab in during the night, but he will be outside during the day with me in the blind. If you don't want to put him in the house you could also stuff his house with hay. I used to put my dog a blanket but he would eventually eat it. I usually stuff some hay in his pen during the winter and he seems to like it.

January 07, 2010 at 5:45am
A comment titled: Dularge in response to a report titled: Ducks Ducks Ducksss

I went Saturday in Dularge and killed two teal. Saw a total of about 25 ducks, mostly summer french. Did see two big droves of ring necks flying bout 10 miles up early in the morning. Pretty depressing all together.

December 07, 2009 at 6:10am
A comment titled: Hey Jooj in response to a report titled: ducks

Have yall been doing any better? I haven't been to my lease since opening day. I hear that there still isn't very many ducks, mostly teal. And look again at those ducks, they are dogris.

November 25, 2009 at 1:07pm
A comment titled: lake bouef in response to a report titled: coots

I went to lake bouef last saturday and didn't see very many. They usually come in with the full moon, so expect them to be coming down soon.

October 30, 2009 at 8:26am
A comment titled: names in response to a report titled: Dogs names

Male black lab.
Babin's Black Magic, goes by Magic.
His mom was Lady Black, went by Lady.
Also Male Black lab named Mate.

October 20, 2009 at 6:04am
A comment titled: marsh in response to a report titled: MARSH DUCK HUNTING

flies, If it is the Dularge hunting club that you are in. You pretty much have to stay in your pond. Last year was my first in the club. Killed a total of 53 ducks in 10 hunts. There were a lot of teal early in the year. If you can be patient enough to not kill your limit of them early, you may be able to kill a few greys and widgeons. Not many french ducks, but the ones you see are usually looking to land. I used a lot of poule d'eau decoys, along with dogris, grays, and black ducks(ring necks). Good luck and be careful when there has been a strong north wind for a few days, there won't be much water, depending on where you are at.

August 27, 2009 at 7:50am
A comment titled: thread hijacked in response to a report titled: BEWARE of Triton

I pretty much grew up in Lake Boueff. Not sure why this year but the fishing has been really down. I live on the bayouside and after the hurricanes there were plenty of perch and bass dead in Bayou Lafourche. I went check on our camp about a week after and didn't see many dead fish. Not sure if the alligators ate them or if there were even any dead fish. I am not sure if this has anything to do with it, but I have never seen so many people in that lake as I have these past couple of years. Even in the middle of the week there are 30-35 boats a day at the Theriot Canal landing. Like I said, don't know if that has anything to do with it, but imagine if every boat catches 50-75 perch every day, it may hurt the population. Not sure, but this has been one of the worst years that I can remember.

May 01, 2009 at 1:29pm
A comment titled: perch? in response to a report titled: BEWARE of Triton

reddoggie, did you catch any fish in Lake Boueff? I haven't been hearing anything lately

April 30, 2009 at 11:49am
A comment titled: lake boueff in response to a report titled: Lac Des Allemands

what would this diversion do to Lake Boueff if anything? I am sure theriot's canal dam would have to stay open. Not sure how much water would make it into bayou lafourche

March 19, 2009 at 10:54am
A comment titled: BLACK LAB in response to a report titled: names

Babin's Black Magic, call him magic or as of lately when he doesn't listen i call him obama
also Gunner is a good name

December 10, 2008 at 6:58am
A comment titled: that camp friday night in response to a report titled: Duckies

yeah you right about them fillies. I walked up the stairs, got a sight and turned back around, down the stairs and back to getting my butt kicked playing pedro!

November 24, 2008 at 1:01pm
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