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How 'bout somebody post some good COOT recipes. I always take a few each year and usually butterfly the breast and fry like a piece of fish in Zatarains seasoned fish fry...can't tell it from a duck.

January 08, 2015 at 4:17pm

What's the outlook for tomorrow? Any new birds being reported with this last front?

December 14, 2012 at 10:19am

Just curious if I'm the only one to notice a sharp decline in the number of Wigeon this year. We normally hunt out of Venice and manage to bag a few per hunt. This year I saw 1 all season. Where are the wigeon?

January 26, 2012 at 1:01pm

My son is 10 years old and 75 lbs. Based on your experience, can anyone recommend a suitable shotgun for that age and weight? Mossberg has 20 ga. Bantam and Mini Bantam models. The Mini Bantam looks like a good fit and the stock extends as he gets bigger, but only comes with an 18 inch barrel. The Bantam extends as well and has longer barrel, but of course, is heavier.

Just wondering if any of you have kids around the same age/weight that might be able to recommend a model that won't be too much to handle or kick too much. Thanks.

January 06, 2012 at 9:20am

My son is 10 and weighs about 75 lbs.

Any suggestions on the appropriate shotgun based on his age and weight. I've looked at the Mossberg Mini and Bantam 20 qa. The mini is nice and has 3 stock extentions as he grows but the barrel cannot be changed. It is 18 inches. The bantam has the same extensions but obviously a bit larger.

Can anyone provide info based on their experiences with their kids?

December 27, 2011 at 8:01am
A comment titled: Re: Coot Recipe in response to a report titled: Coot Recipe

You guys eating the cardboard and bricks are missing out. :-)
Seriously...they are pretty good eating if prepared fresh or in a gumbo. I know people that want nothing to do with ducks...but will take all the coot you care to share with them. Hope everyone has had a great season!

January 19, 2015 at 1:47pm

When I was a kid we were fishing at the Empire jetties when a pod of dolphins appeared and started playing Frisbee with a large flounder. They would literally come half way out of the water with the flounder in their mouth and toss that flounder 30-40 feet or more and the others would scramble to get to it first and that one would do the same thing. Never saw anything like that again. A few years ago we were duck hunting in a pond no deeper than 1-2 feet. Right at daybreak I see dorsal fins IN the decoys. A pair of dolphins cruising through. After a few minutes you could hear the chatter from one and they both bolted toward the cut leading to the bayou. Made quite a racket as they tried to push through the shallow water. Another hunt a grey fell in the marsh. Before I could make my way over to look for it I heard snarling and growling like I've never heard before. Scared the heck out of me. I made my way over only to find parts of that duck ripped to shreds and raccoon tracks all over the area. This season I was hunting down Pass-A-Loutre (Pass of the Otter) when a crippled grey was making it's way to the cane. I gave chase but right when the duck made it to the edge, a big otter came from out of nowhere, grabbed that duck, circled around the edge of the cane for a bit then disappeared into the cane. You see these things and it takes a minute or two to register exactly what is going on. Ya never know what's going to happen out there. Fun stuff!

January 22, 2013 at 11:05am
A comment titled: Helpful Information in response to a report titled: Venice?

I don't get down to Venice as often as I'd like anymore. I'm fortunate to get down there for a yearly trip and usually check the reports several times a day prior to making the trip to see if I can get any little piece (nugget) of helpful information. Just wanted to give Coot a current and first hand assessment of the conditions I found down there so that he could have a pretty good idea of what to expect if he decided to make the trip. As they say, 'Ya gotta go to know' and hopefully Coot makes the trip and has a great time. Sometimes these reports are the next best thing to being there and hopefully the information provided proves to be useful to someone about to spend a lot of time, effort, and money on their next trip. Coot always gives some good reports and I look forward to reading about his next trip. I just wish I could go as often as he does :-) Go get 'em...

January 04, 2013 at 2:44pm
A comment titled: Venice - Hit and Miss in response to a report titled: Venice?

We were down Thursday thru Saturday of last week on PAL WMA. Thursday and Friday were very slow with just small pockets of ducks here and there. The front blew through Friday night bringing strong north winds (30-40 mph) and much colder temps. There were hundreds of ducks in areas where there were none the day before. We shot a 2 man limit Saturday morning in less than an hour. This was more than we had shot the previous 2 days. Previous days most ducks seen were teal. Our limit on Saturday was 10 greys, 1 drake wigeon and a drake pintail. A little more patience and we could likely have shot more pintail. Fishing had slacked off from the previous weeks reports but we still managed to catch easy limits of reds (16-18 inches)and a few white trout in the cuts off of the passes. Others were catching BIG reds in the intersections of canals off the passes. The jump was hot for trout the week before but a rise in the river pushed the cleaner water and fish closer to the gulf. No boats fishing the jump when we returned on Saturday. I did hear a report of the hunting being very good around the wagon wheel on Saturday morning. Talked to one hunter at Cypress Cove that said Baptiste Collette area had a lot of ducks, but they were mostly hanging out on the pass itself. This was my only trip down there this year. I was surprised to find a fair amount of grass in the areas we hunted, but not nearly what it would be on a hurricane-less year. If the ducks that showed up Saturday decide to hang around at all it should be worth a trip. Good Luck.

January 03, 2013 at 8:28am
A comment titled: Dog is Fine in response to a report titled: Venice

Hunted Venice for numerous years and the dog is fine. One problem is that you are normally pulling into the canes with your piroque and often you are still floating. You need to have a technique to get the dog in and out of your boat. Coming in, my lab would put his paws on the edge of the piroque then I would press firmly on the back of his neck with one arm and he would leverage himself into the pirogue with a little extra pulling in on my part. I would grab a clump of cane with my other arm (opposite the dog)to keep from tipping. Do yourself a favor and firmly tie the opposite end of the piroque to a clump of cane to keep it from rising up. The other problem is they have a tough time chasing cripples that get into the cane. The cane is too broken up and they can't make much progress. One more thing. ALWAYS bring a cup or cut milk jug for bailing water. Your lab carries a ton of water back into the boat. Good Luck.

November 16, 2012 at 8:32am
A comment titled: Why not just do the right thing?!?!? in response to a report titled: POACHING!!!

If parkduck is indeed the builder of the blind, he should show some integrity and not only pass on hunting there this weekend but also move 'his property' off of the lease. Simple solution instead of getting into a back and forth battle. Just 'do the right thing' instead of coming up with a dozen excuses/reasons as to why he thinks he can hunt there. Respect the lease and the lease owner.

November 09, 2012 at 12:29pm
A comment titled: Awesome in response to a report titled: The Murder Hole

I've never hunted timber like that. Looks to be a blast. Question. Is the water covered with salvinia? I've always heard that it made previously great areas virtually unhuntable. This video would disspell that idea....if it is salvinia.

February 02, 2012 at 3:14pm
A comment titled: Mmmm-mmm good! in response to a report titled: Easy and Quick Duck Recipes?

My favorite is to save the wings and legs for gumbo, but take the breast, butterfly 'em and dip in milk then Za'trans seasoned fish fry. Fry like a piece of fish. Awesome and simple. If you want to take it a step further, find your favorite (apple, pear) chutney and spread a bit of that on the pieces. Believe me it's slap-ya-mamma good! Do the same for coot as well.

January 12, 2012 at 10:16am
A comment titled: How times have changed... in response to a report titled: how much

Last time I had a duck mounted it was about $80 bucks (90's). Gettin' old.
Not sure if she still does it, but Dorothea Munchow (spelling) in Metairie used to mount all my birds. Awesome work. Might be worth looking her up.

January 08, 2012 at 9:21am
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