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Hornady has a letter they are circulating to be sent to your elected officials.

It only takes a minute to fill out the information. There are several ones that are similar. I am signing and sending everyone that comes available.

Ignore your rights and they will go away.

Remember the next time somebody asks you if you need an AR-15, it is the Bill of Rights not the Bill of Needs.

February 18, 2013 at 4:29pm

Has anybody hunted rabbits on Sherburne recently?

I was on the WMA yesterday and did not see a single rabbit nor any signs of rabbits.

Did the high water in 2011 have a detrimental impact on the population?

February 17, 2013 at 9:15am

We have been spending quite a lot of time at our camp since the dismal duck hunting season. Between fishing, trapping, nutria control program, and frogging we have been quite busy.


February 14, 2013 at 9:58am
A comment titled: Area in response to a report titled: At the Camp

We are near Franklin

April 04, 2013 at 9:58am
A comment titled: Friday in response to a report titled: La. Sportsman Show

Today I attended the show with my wife and nephew. It was the first time I went to this show.

We found the layout of the show to be very good. There were plenty of vendors representing a wide array of products and services.

Parking was good and FREE which in my experience in other shows to not be the case.

On top of that the weather was beautiful.

Now for a plug for a couple of vendors. I bought a new 115 HP OptiMax from Scotty at Cajun Outboards. It was my third outboard from him and he made a deal I could not refuse.

Savage was there with a nice booth. Savage has been more innovative in the last couple of years than Winchester, Remington, and Ruger combined. Their rifles are extremely accurate with many specialized Models and also left hand models for us southpaws.

The craziest thing I saw was a pontoon boat with a pair of 300 horsepower Yamahas. Strangely I felt the need to drive 75 MPH in a pontoon boat!

There were many other good vendors there who answered my never ending questions with a smile. Thanks to all for a good day.

March 15, 2013 at 8:39pm
A comment titled: Big Gators in response to a report titled: swamp people

'Talking only bagging 13',14', or 15' gators. Cmon man.'
I have hunted alligators since 1979 and have averaged around 50 tags per year and never caught an alligator over 13 feet long.
Last year the buyer we sell to purchased over 5000 alligators and the biggest was 12'-6'.
That is how rare a 13 foot alligator truly is, much less a 14 or 15 footer.

March 06, 2013 at 5:24pm
A comment titled: Reloading in response to a report titled: Re-Loading


I have been reloading rifle cartridgesfor over 25 years.

Supplies are difficult to find. I am not familiar with any stores in your area, however these are some good choices online. I prefer to shop locally but it is difficult at times. Keep in mind when ordering powder or primers there is usually a 25-30 dollar hazmat fee regardless of the quantity. It really drives up the cost if you buy in small quantities. Also primers and powder cannot ship together.
A couple of good internet suppliers are:
Midway USA (They may cost a little more but ship fast and have a good site)
Powder Valley (Good Pricing)
Sinclair( The sell some really cool equipment)
Have you purchased your reloading kit yet?

March 06, 2013 at 8:34am
A comment titled: Suppressors for Hunting in response to a report titled: Hunting Deer in La with a suppressor

There are always misconceptions of how suppressors perform.
If you are shooting a standard hunting round the noise level will slightly higher than a 22 rimfire. The reason is the bullet is supersonic and just like a jet it creates a sonic boom. Anybody that has ever shot a High Power rifle match has heard the crack of the bullet passing over their heads while working in the pits. Most of the sound from the muzzle blast is suppressed.
When shooting a suppressed rifle with sub-sonic rounds it does become very quite, but not totally silent. I shoot a suppressed 30-221 rifle. Firing a 240 grain bullet at around 1050 FPS it is about as loud as a pellet gun. The problem with hunting with this setup or just about any subsonic round is it does not have enough energy to hunt deer at reasonable ranges. It would kill them (most of the time) but IMO there is just not enough energy left at 100 yards to hunt deer.
Suppressors do reduce recoil, however they also add weight and length. The titanium suppressors are light but very expensive. The stainless ones can make even a short barrel rifle seem unwieldy in the woods.
A good suppressor will cost around $1800.00 (more or less depending on material and caliber) including the stamp from the Federal government. Unlike your firearms, suppressors are registered. You are fingerprinted, approved by your sheriff, and on file with the government that you own that particular suppressor. You do not screw around with legalities if you own one.
I have never bought the idea that if suppressors become legal the deer population would suffer. First of all shooting deer at night and out of season is illegal and will remain so. People can currently own suppressors in Louisiana and hunt nusiance quadrupeds. As of today the deer population has not been wiped out. Second it would be foolhearty to be caught in any illegal act with a suppressor.
As AShunter pointed out there are many good reason to use a suppressor and I believe none that are bad.
Currently approximately 27 states allow all forms of hunting with suppressors. Wyoming's governor signed a law this week permitting hunting with suppressors in his state. This is a list of what is and is not allow in each state.

February 21, 2013 at 6:31am
A comment titled: Our Rights in response to a report titled: If you value your guns

Landrieu's response is classic politician. I believe if her vote is needed to pass gun control she will vote for it.
I posted this in the Gun technical Section also.
Hornady has a letter they are circulating to be sent to your elected officials.
It only takes a minute to fill out the information. There are several ones that are similar. I am signing and sending everyone that comes available.
Ignore your rights and they will go away.
Remember the next time somebody asks you if you need an AR-15, it is the Bill of Rights not the Bill of Needs.

February 18, 2013 at 6:07pm

We need to stay focused on what is important, preserving our fishing rights and heritage.

When writing to our representatives, public officials, or the news media it is important to clearly and concisely voice our message. Take the high road and be polite. Of course this does not mean we cannot be unyielding about our position.

Keep the message a reasonable length. Grammar, punctuation, and syntax do matter, but the most important thing is to write and to be involved.

February 17, 2013 at 10:40pm

A couple of years ago I attended and commented at Gulf Council meetings before they changed the limit from four fish to two fish.

The council could have cared less what was said at the meetings. They showed complete lack of interest.

It is disheartening to travel 60 miles by boat (we fish out of Burns Point) and fish for 30 minutes and are limited out on two fish.

The short season is ridiculous. One or two weekends of bad weather, you have no time to fish.

Join the Fishing Rights Alliance, write your representatives, attend council meetings, and keep on fishing.

February 17, 2013 at 9:20am
A comment titled: License in response to a report titled: At the Camp

I will never argue there are too many taxes and regulations set forth by our government.

There are four basic scenarios you can kill nutria.

First one requires a regular small game licence.

'On WMAs and private property, nutria may
be taken recreationally by licensed hunters
from Sept. 1 - Feb. 29, during legal shooting
hours by any legal hunting method with
a daily limit of five, EXCEPT nutria may
be taken on Atchafalaya Delta, Salvador/
Timken, Pointe Aux Chenes, and Pass a
Loutre WMAs from Sept. 1 to March 31.
When taken with a shotgun, steel shot must
be used. On WMAs during waterfowl seasons,
nutria may be taken only by the use of
shotguns with shot not larger than F steel;
during gun deer seasons on WMAs, anyone
taking nutria must display 400 square inches
of “Hunter Orange” and wear a “Hunter
Orange” cap or hat. Recreational nutria
hunters must remove each nutria carcass in
whole condition from the hunting area,
EXCEPT that nutria may be gutted.
Possession of detached nutria parts,
including nutria tails, by recreational hunters
is illegal. Nutria harvested recreationally
may not be pelted nor may such nutria
or any nutria parts from recreationally
taken nutria be sold, including the tail.
Trespassing upon private property for the
purpose of taking nutria or other fur bearing
animals is punishable by fines and
possible jail time (R.S. 56.265). The
Coastwide Nutria Control Program is a
separate program and is in no way related
to the nutria recreational season. For questions
on the Coastwide Nutria Control
Program call the New Iberia office: 337-

The second method is during trapping season which requires a trapping license which must be purchased.

The third method is the Coastwide Nutria Control Program. You have to possess a trapping license to participate but IIRC the program is free. You are actually paid for the tails by the state.

The fourth method would be under nusiance animals:

'Landowners or their designees may remove
beaver and nutria causing damage to their
property without a special permit. Water set
traps and firearms may be used to remove
beaver; nutria may be removed by any
means (see Nighttime Take of Nuisance
Animals and Outlaw Quadrupeds). Any nuisance
beaver or nutria trapped or shot outside
open trapping season cannot be pelted
or sold. A trapping license is required to sell
or pelt nuisance beavers or nutria taken during
open trapping season.'

February 17, 2013 at 9:08am
A comment titled: License in response to a report titled: At the Camp

To participate in the coastwide nutria control program you will need to either own or lease property. The nutria must be taken on that property only. This s a link to the program rules.
In Louisiana it is illegal to possess nutria tails without the license.
A contractor for the state buys at different locations during the season.

February 14, 2013 at 9:10pm
A comment titled: Meat in response to a report titled: At the Camp

We keep some for table fare. Most are disposed as per the nutria control program regulations. Not much of a market for the meat. It is also difficult to deal with the meat in a sanitary manner at the camp.

February 14, 2013 at 7:46pm
A comment titled: At the camp in response to a report titled: At the Camp

More pictures

February 14, 2013 at 10:09am
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