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I just read a story about a Covington Police officer doing an exceptional deed for a student on the northshore. The officer gave the student a ride to school and noticed the student had holes in his school uniform pants. The student told the officer he only had one pair of uniform pants and that was all his family could afford. After the officer dropped the boy off at school the officer went to the store and bought the boy two pairs of uniform pants with his own money, I salute you sir you are the type of police officer we need out there and I am also very proud of you, but you are not alone. Senior Agent Jim Matkin was on patrol in Concordia parish when he saw a man hunting on a levee, Jim made contact with the man and identified himself as a wildlife agent and asked the man to see his basic hunting license. The man began to cry and told Jim he didn't have a hunting license, Jim asked the man why he was crying and the man told Jim he didn't have any money to buy a license and that he was out hunting because he didn't have any food. Jim drove the man to his home and found the man was telling the truth, he didn't have any food at all in his refrigerator or home at all. Jim left the mans home and went immediately to the grocery store and bought the man food with his own money and took the groceries back to the man. Jim was six feet seven inches tall and had a heart just as large as he was. Jim was my partner, Jim was killed in the line of duty on March 2, 2005 in a one vehicle accident while traveling to work to setup on illegal gill netters in wildsville Louisiana. I salute both of these fine officers on a job well done.

December 12, 2015 at 11:50am

If any of you sportsman that hunt and fish out there want to get an insight of what the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is really about, I suggest you order this book Game Wars written by March Resiner. March followed an exceptional Federal Game Warden by the name of Dave Hall on his undercover pursuit of wildlife violators in the state of Louisiana and around the United States. If you do read this book be sure to read the Sac A lait chapter and the Alligator chapter of the book, I think you will be very surprised about the uphill battle undercover agents in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had to deal with from elements within the department itself. The descendents of the Bigman identified in the book are now the ones in top level command at the LDWF.

November 03, 2015 at 12:56pm

Thank You Larry for your proposal. I hope it passes. I have been waiting for this change since 2001. It will definitely have a positive impact on my hunting area. again cannot thank you enough!

October 05, 2015 at 9:28pm

I think its time for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to completely stop allowing people to build blinds on Wildlife Management areas. The law states that you can build a blind of natural materials but they cannot be used to reserve hunting locations. When are people hunting these areas going to understand this and stop thinking they own a pond on public property because they stuck up a few wax myrtles or Roseau cane! This problem needs to be addressed because I promise you it is getting out of hand. If people want to hunt these areas they should invest in a boat blind or hunt out of a pirogue.

September 15, 2015 at 8:24pm

Bottom line, the duck season in the coastal zone is opening way too early! The Greys will have just arrived with the last full moon in October and the kids will be shooting on Halloween. Not enough time for the ducks to settle in before the shooting starts.

August 14, 2015 at 10:35pm

Guys this was the last weekend of the 2014-2015 Duck season. This is why some of us would like to hunt the whole month of January. This is what it is all about hunting with my kids and their friends. The next generation of Duck Hunters.

August 10, 2015 at 9:02pm

I am very disappointed in the Duck Season dates set by the LDWf Commission! I was very happy last year when we were able to hunt to the end of January. I don't understand why we have to change the opening day or for that fact the season format every year. Growing up hunting in the East Zone which is now the Coastal zone, we always knew the season would open the Saturday before Thanksgiving and end on the last weekend in January . I am very upset but have to live with our political appointees decision but I promise you one thing if the Mallards still came to Louisiana I would really be upset for loosing the last two weeks in January! I have been hunting Ducks in Louisiana for 43 years and just wish they would have let the season in the coastal zone go to the end of January.

August 07, 2015 at 12:11am

Lakerunner, the best way to access the Montegut impoundment is to launch at the Point Barre road launch in Bayou Terrebonne and proceed up to the Madison Canal, then to Wonder Lake. pull your boat up to the Hurricane protection levee on the north side of Wonder Lake, drag your pirogue over the protection levee and into the Montegut impoundment limited access area. You can also access it from the Point Farm Unit by a drainage ditch on the west side of the impoundment but its a pretty long paddle to access the area that way.

August 28, 2020 at 5:31am

My above statement applies to all agricultural crops not just corn.

February 18, 2019 at 9:32pm

Fact, corn grown is legal to hunt? Fact a sack of corn thrown in a pond to hunt waterfowl is baiting! Tell me everyone, what's the difference? I think most of us know the answer to this question.

February 18, 2019 at 9:18pm

duckbuster2013, Thank you for bringing attention to this problem, you sir are spot on!

February 18, 2019 at 6:11pm

Mandevillian, you are exactly right about a Normal Agricultural operation. Shouldn't need a lawyer or the CES to determine if a corn field flooded to the ears is normal with no intent on ever harvesting the crop, but with whats going on in the world today why would anyone expect anything different.

February 18, 2019 at 5:37pm

If Flyway Federation was barking up the wrong tree as you stated, you wouldn't be on this site complaining as you are about possibly loosing your corn.

February 17, 2019 at 3:59pm

Taken directly from 50CFR, definition of a normal agricultural operation is a normal agricultural planting, harvesting,post harvest manipulation or agricultural practice that is conducted in accordance with official recommendations of the State Extension Specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service of the US Department of Agriculture. I don't think the USDA would call a cornfiled with a levee built around and flooded soley for the purpose of hunting waterfowl to be considered a normal agricultural operation. This is where you are going to have to take the fight if you ever want to see duck hunting in our state ever return to what it once was. It's normal to bring water to rice but not normal what they are doing up north. I am with you on this issue 100 percent.

January 27, 2018 at 1:30pm

Push paddle is spot on! Unless you are going to address the practice of legally being able to minipulate standing crops for the sole purpose of hunting by flooding and using ice depletion systems this organization is a lost cause. Mr. Reynolds always preaches habitat loss as one of the factors and other than the Maurpas Swamp, south of Bayou St Dennis, some parts of lower Lafourche and Terrbinne parish our habitat is better than it was in the 1970ies! If you want this to work you need to challenge the hunting methods used north of us by proving that what their doing up there is a violation of the Migratory Burd Treaty act by hunting over a baited field by manipulation of standing crops! The hunting practices up north are the main reason the puddle ducks are not migrating south anymore, perfect example the divers migrated to Louisiana this year because they are not effected by flooded grain fields and Ice depletion systems. This was the least amount of puddle ducks I have seen in Louisiana in my 47 years of duck hunting,

January 27, 2018 at 11:58am

The yellow area is private property.

September 04, 2016 at 4:01pm

Bayouboy, I applaud your effort to help your fellow waterfowlers, the maps you have posted are accurate and true, Thank you.

September 03, 2016 at 4:30pm
A comment titled: Re: shrimp trawl in response to a report titled: shrimp trawl

Stp, lengthening the bottom lead in that situation would work also, you are accomplishing the same task by lengthening your leadline you are shortening your corkline allowing your board to heel down, it all depends on how much rope lead you have on your trawl wings and your preference on how you want to do it.

May 29, 2016 at 10:11am
A comment titled: Re: shrimp trawl in response to a report titled: shrimp trawl

Stp, I know what you mean it would seem you would need to lengthen the corkline but if the board is running heavy on its nose you do have to shorten the corkline. I have my 25 ft trawl corkline leads set 10 inches shorter than my leadline leads and my boards are running perfect. When I was a teenager we used to trawl Bay Round and the Wilkinson Canal and Wilkinson Bay area in Myrtle Groove, any of you that have ever trawled that area know how soft and muddy the bottom is in that area (coffee grind), we found that if we removed all the lead weights from the leadlines on our trawls except the lead weight directly in the center of the leadline we would not fill our trawls with grass or mud, all we had to do is pick the fish out because it was so clean, But do leave the loop chain attached to the wings of the trawl. And the Robinson Canal, Lake Boudreaux areas have similar bottoms.

May 29, 2016 at 5:07am
A comment titled: Re: shrimp trawl in response to a report titled: shrimp trawl

Pamfox, I forgot to mention, while you are fishing the trawl (dragging) travel in a zig zag direction keeping the trawl out of the wheel wash as much as possible, this is very important when trawling in shallow water.

May 28, 2016 at 10:24am
A comment titled: Re: shrimp trawl in response to a report titled: shrimp trawl

Pamfox. sounds like you have too much weight on your leadline. Try using one lead weight directly in the center of your leadline, you may have loop chain on your wings so leave them in place to hold the wings down on the leadline. Paint the bottom iron or skid on your boards to see how your boards are running, if the paint is removed from the front of the skid shorten your corkline and if the paint is removed on the rear of the skid shorten the leadline, you want an even shine on the skid of the trawl board this will ensure your trawl is fishing properly, also set your tickler chain eighteen inches shorter than your leadline, do this by laying and flipping your trawl face down in your yard or driveway with the corkline down and the leadline up,line the boards up evenly face down with the skids touching, pull the leadline of the trawl and the tickle chain tight and measure the difference between the leadline and the tickler chain it should be set at eighteen inches. hope this helps.

May 28, 2016 at 8:58am
A comment titled: Re: Trip to Chandeleur Islands in response to a report titled: Trip to Chandeleur Islands

Rp, I am assuming you are going to leave Lafitte and travel to the Algiers locks to the industrial canal and then into the intracoastal waterway. Travel the intracoastal to the Rigoletts at Slidell and follow the intracoastal waterway past Halfmoon Island in the Mississippi Sound, after you pass Halfmoon Island and are even with Grand Pass turn south and proceed to Grand Pass, there used to be a Wildlife and Fisheries camp a long time ago at Grand Pass. Travel down Grand Pass and this will put you into the Chandeleur Sound. I think this may be the safest route for your vessel if it has a draft of six feet. I hope this helps you out.

May 10, 2016 at 7:25pm
A comment titled: Re: what do you think in response to a report titled: what do you think

Barrycoco, You should get a medal for what you did for your fellow fisherman, I for one am very proud of you! If you sink in that part of the Gulf it could very well be a life or death situation due to the exceptional high population of Sharks at the mouth of the river. A distress call in the Gulf of Mexico should be taken with the highest priority by all vessels in the area.

May 01, 2016 at 2:53pm
A comment titled: Re: Lake Runners in response to a report titled: Lake Runners

10-4 Brown and down, they are also called Shellcrackers.

April 26, 2016 at 7:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Lake Runners in response to a report titled: Lake Runners

Fishnhunt, they are biting off the channel in the northern end of the lake east of bird island, use nightcrawlers , grass shrimp or baby crawfish and fish about 20 to 24 inches deep next to duck blinds or alligator grass. Took the family Sunday and caught 43 lakerunners and eight Bluegills in the middle of the day.

April 26, 2016 at 5:23pm
A comment titled: Re: Point aux chenes night fishing in response to a report titled: Point aux chenes night fishing

Fishnhunt, you can fish adjacent to the island road at night on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA and only from island road cannot launch a boat into the Pointe Aux Chenes impoundment and fish at night. Trey, they changed the law a few years ago to let people fish at night off of Island road with one exception, you can only possess one daily bag limit of Shrimp, Fish or Crabs while fishing from Island road on the WMA. Check the rules and regulations for Pointe Aux Chenes WMA in the 2015-2016 hunting regulations book in the rules specific WMA section.

April 02, 2016 at 4:27am
A comment titled: Re: Lakerunners and Bluegill in Beouf in response to a report titled: Lakerunners and Bluegill in Beouf

Fisnhunt, They are close to the channel in the center of lake Boeuf around the duck blinds and Alligator grass. Me and a friend of mine went last week and caught 75 lakerunners and 5 sacs, they are biting on live worms, grass shrimp or baby crawfish. I just thought I would let you guys know that fish the Lake Boeuf and the Des Allemands area that one of the greatest freshwater fisherman of the last century Mister Andrew Blanchard of Bridge City Louisiana passed away last year. You may remember him from the article about fishing in Lake Boeuf in the Louisiana Sportsman Magazine. He was 84 years old.

March 19, 2016 at 4:42pm
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