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I just had some work done on my hunting rifle before the season starts and wanted to share. Its not often I do this but I'm extremely satisfied with the work. He polished the feed ramp, the action, and the safety. To finish it off he installed a new stock and applied a beautiful Cerakote finish. I love it. Highly recommend this gentleman to tune up your rifle before the season starts. Robbins Gunsmithing and Tactical Innovations in Sulphur 337-533-8126.

July 27, 2014 at 8:18pm

Looking for a gunsmith in the Lake Charles area. If anyone has any recommendations on a good one Id be grateful. Thanks

April 16, 2014 at 10:39am

Gents I'm looking for some suggestions on a reputable business in the Lake Charles area I can use for a metal shop in my back yard. I know many of you have these and this is going to be my first experience having one of these built so any info would be helpful. I'm not exactly sure of the size I want because I have no idea how much these buildings can run. Any info on who to call and more importantly who to stay away from would be appreciated. Thanks fellas....

March 31, 2014 at 8:58pm

I have some friends coming in from out of the country and was thinking of taking them on a bowfishing trip. How is the shooting in July?? Can anyone recommend a guide?? I went once with a guy out of Port Sulphur and had a horrible experience!!! Thanks fellas...

June 18, 2013 at 3:05pm

Is Fin and Feather in Venice still opertational? Its been over a year since Ive been there but Im looking to get back down to their cabins. Tried to contact them via their website but got no response. Capt. Kirk always took good care of us.

February 11, 2013 at 4:36am

Any given day on any given outdoors media the cries to get the youth of America involved in hunting and fishing can be heard. The fear of these sports becoming extinct is frightening and intolerable. To combat these fears many of us have taken to openly volunteering to introduce young boys and girls to a passtime that we all cherish dearly. I am one of these volunteers. However, I find it more and more difficult to get young people involved in a sport I love dearly yet am losing faith in. Due to life being unpredictable and ever changing I recently made a move to the Lafayette area which has forced me to give up my duck lease in the SE portion of the state. One that Ive spent many youth hunts on with kids of friends and colleagues. Longing for the thrill of early winter days on the pond and the excitement of whistles over decoys, I began my search for a lease in my area of operation. I responded to a classified from this very sight and was appalled at the cost of enjoying a hobby!! The advertiser wanted $5500 per blind. Really?? The use of an 8'X4' piece of property for a few months hardly dictates this kind of moneitary gain. This is one example and a quite expensive one to boot. However, I have found others in the $4000 range. This is absolutely ludacris!! My brother and I work overseas and occassionaly get to enjoy half a season together if we're lucky. Due to the price gouging I will be hanging up my waders and not be allowed to get involved in the sport. I cant afford it. Greedy land owners have driven the prices so high that the average Joe can no longer afford to enjoy a once favorite passtime, much less be able to allow others to be introduced to it as well. For the prices being asked in the local area we have decided to take one or two guided trips a year elsewhere. So while those high dollar leases are lining the pockets of land owners, my dollars are headed north! We are pricing ourselves out of a sport, pricing oursleves out of what once was a family activity. Shame on us, we are the ones to blame!

June 20, 2012 at 10:06pm

I just returned to my camp after pulling two young guys out of the water after sinking their boat. Crossing the Pen with the winds this bad in a 14 ft flat is probably not the smartest decision someone could make. Their desire to fish over ruled their judgement and they paid a heavy price. Know the limitations of your abilities and your gear. Check the weather and make informed decisions. The outcome couldve been much worse but thanks to the good lord these guys are dry and safe. To the guy on the bank that alerted me to these guys, thanks. They owe you their life. Stay safe guys. HDG

February 23, 2012 at 3:10pm

Gentlemen, I have some questions about this game. Unofrtunately I have been in Germany since October and due to the government I cannot watch any ball games. I cant even get them on the internet, its all blocked by GEMA. I watched the highlights of this game and dont understand what the heck happened. I havent been able to watch any of the games so I dont know what the feeling is from the team. Why didnt Jared Lee play? Isnt he the one that took them to 9-0 while Jefferson was thugging around??? I think its a kick in the face for Jared Lee to not even allow him to step on the field in what would be the biggest game of his life. Am I missing something??? Can someone please explain what happened?? Its difficult to get a feeling of the game from ESPN highlights.

Oh and Im jealous of every single one of you for being able to sit in the duck blind!!!! You never realize how much you love something until you cant do it anymore. Thanks for posting pictures and stories on this site.

January 10, 2012 at 2:37am

Gents,
Im stuck in Germany for the second time in two years for opening weekend. I guess I have to live vicariously through you guys. Lets see some pics and hear some reports.

November 12, 2011 at 9:27am

Need some help gents. Have a bachelor party to plan and was looking for a guide for an overnight bowfishing trip for 8-10 guys. I have q camp in lafitte so close to there would be great because we wouldn't need lodging. However, I hear Venice is where it's at!! If anyone has any suggestions on guides with lodging in that area that can provide a memorable trip, please shoot me an email. Any info helps.

March 25, 2011 at 7:17pm

Gentlemen,

As I sit in my hotel 6000 miles away and read the reports and enjoy the pictures I cant help but feel homesick. As many of you are, I am a product of Southern Louisiana. Due to my job requirements I have been in Germany since November and have missed every single facet of what makes LA great. Sure, the sights here are beautiful, absolutely amazing. Postcard picture perfect! However, theres no better sight than the sunrise over the marsh or the stories told around a pot of sauce piqaunte! Ive missed the enitre hunting season and more importantly the experiences of enjoying the hunts with my best friends. Day in and day out my heart wants to hear the whistle of the wings and the roar of the Tigers fight song! Ill only have a few days left of the season by time I return and hope that its every bit as good as the pictures Ive received from the camp. Spoonie, Cary, and Lil B, get the GatorTrax ready and the Berettas oiled up. I got some catching up to do! I miss all of you guys and would like everyone to think of those we hunt with and love that cant be with us during those most treasured of times. '.....Lead em long'

January 06, 2011 at 2:30pm

I have a 2000 Yamaha R1 that needs a tune up with carbs syncd and the whole bike just run through. I live on the Westbank of New Orleans and the closest spot charges $70 an hour and doesnt have a good reputation. As a college student I cant afford that price. Does anyone have any info on a good sportbike mechanic at a resonable price in the New Orleans area? Thanks in advance sportsmen.

March 10, 2010 at 9:03pm

The picture says it all!! My hunting buddy!!! Its awesome to watch these guys grow!

February 28, 2010 at 9:54pm

My friend has a 24 horse Go Devil longshaft on his duck hunting boat. Its a little underpowered for his boat so I usually carry his load to and from the blind. The main problem with his boat is that it takes so much muscle to keep his prop in the water. He literally has to prop his leg on his aft bench, lay the handle of the motor on his leg and push up as hard as possible to keep the prop in the water. Ive seen other guys run a longshaft with little to no effort. Im not sure why it does this but its REAL bad. So much so that this is the only reason he is selling the motor. Any suggestions as to why it is doing this and how it can be fixed? Hate to see him sell a new motor because of this.

Thanks

February 28, 2010 at 8:16pm

Just wanted to put this out for anyone near the Westbank or Nawlins, I had a gentleman named Mr. Joe in Marrero make deer sausage for me and I have to admit its the best Ive ever had. He doesnt smoke it but Im ok with that. I was pretty nervous going into this deal with him because the price was extremely cheap. I couldnt be happier with the product I received, and Ive had a LOT of deer sausage made. If anyone is interested he can be reached at 504-341-1851. You can tell he does it because he loves it and not out there to make a killing. Thanks Mr. Joe

January 31, 2010 at 8:32pm

Although I didnt get out as often as I should have we still managed to end up with a respectable kill this year. I met a gentleman on here that posted looking for someone to take him and teach him the basics of duck hnting. Wanting to give something back to the hunting community I invited him out for a trip and showed him our setup and how we do things. Its nice to know that there are still a few good honest hunters out there. It took him some practice with the safety on that Benelli but he figured it out after a half dozen times! "Safety" I enjoyed our hunts brother and look forward to many more with you!!! I hate to see the year end but theres redfish and trout that need chasing now so we'll give the Berettas a rest and get ready to make more memories in the marsh next year.

January 27, 2010 at 2:28pm

My father-in-law is in desperate need of a new shotgun but really doesnt want to get one that doesnt fit him. Im looking to help him out so if any one out there knows where I can find a Left Handed Auto in 12 gauge that shoots 3 1/2's please let me know. Im looking to keep the price relatively moderate which I know is hard in this day and age. Any help that you guys might be able to send my way would be greatly appreciated.

January 05, 2010 at 4:48pm

I have to admit this second split has been much better than the first. Saturday morning I was enjoying a good day in the blind with the girlfriend. Just before ending my hunt I heard shots that were entirely too close to be a neighboring lease. When I left I went to investigate. I found a bayboat with 5 guys anchored in a canal that splits our lease. They were out there shooting teal that were crossing from one of our ponds to the next!! Now, shooting ducks in a big bright white boat isnt the smartest thing Ive ever see, but apparently these guys thought it was. A lease is truly not that expensive, especially for five to split!! I put a lot of time and money into the whole hunting experience and bottom line is, these guys were stealing from me. I politely asked them to leave and went on to the camp. My question is, what can legally be done about yo-yo's like this?? Whats worse is there was a kid in the boat! Now thats passing on good hunting ethics! Knuckleheads!

December 30, 2009 at 6:12pm

Fellow sportsmen, I am a student at the University of New Orleans and have been tasked with writing a research paper for my final. The instructor made it clear that the topic should be something we are passionate about. I am an avid fisher, hunter, boater, bowfisher, etc.... I honestly believe that the state of Louisiana has more to offer in the outdoors than any other state in the country! I love this place. I am looking for anyone that is willing to participate in a poll of sorts to help me with my paper. I want to hear from the experts(biologists, LWDF agents, environmental scientists, etc...), along with the fellas that promote our wetlands and live off of them(professional guides, shrimpers, trappers, crabbers, etc...), as well as the every day recreational "average Joe". Please email me and I will respond with a series of questions that will help with my report such as "Is coastal errosion a problem?", "What can be done to help?", "Whom does it affect?". "Solutions? Things that are working or not working?" Etc, etc, etc.......I have a ton of questions to find out how we as a nation can help save what so many of us hold dearly. I want the good, the bad, and the ugly! Please, please voice your opinion. There are no repercussions for the information and all will remain annonymous unless otherwise noted. This is just a class project but it may help bring light to an issue that needs desperate help. E-mail me and I will send you the questions. Thank you for your help and I hope to hear from you.

Respectfully,

Mike
mlapoint@uno.edu

April 15, 2009 at 9:05pm
A comment titled: Another picture. in response to a report titled: Hunting rifle Cerakoted!!

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July 27, 2014 at 8:26pm
A comment titled: Seriously??? in response to a report titled: Metal Shop

No one has ANY input about their experiences with their shop? No one owns a business that could use the work? Maybe I should have asked to debate the ethics of stand versus dog hunting or dark beer over light.

April 01, 2014 at 10:07am
A comment titled: Bowfishing... in response to a report titled: Bowfishing in July

I used to have my own boat and Id shoot fish on a regular basis. I took a trip with a guide before I got into it and had a horrible time. We met at a gas station in Belle Chasse and when I met him at the pump, pot smoke rolled out of the truck. The trailer broke down on the way to Port Sulphur, and then the exhaust came off his truck as we went to launch the boat. Out of two boats, one FINALLY got in the water. No fish, but that was out of their control. They were completely unprofessional. Think Ill give Marsh Masters a try. Thanks guys

June 28, 2013 at 7:49pm
A comment titled: GoPro in response to a report titled: gopro hero 3 silver addition

Ive got the Black edition. What do you plan on using it for? I use mine for videos mostly when I dive or run. It takes pretty good videos and pictures. I wouldn't recommend using the dive housing when taking regular pictures out of the water. There are plenty of online forums that can tell you more than you want to know about your new toy. Not sure where you live but in Lafayette at Pack N Paddles they have regular seminars on the GoPro. I went to one that teaches how to use, all the functions, and how to make videos on your computer. Good info. Good luck. Look forward to seeing some of your pictures or videos here.

June 26, 2013 at 8:14pm
A comment titled: What Im looking for.... in response to a report titled: Bowfishing in July

Thank you sir, that is what Im looking for, someplace to stay afterwards. I will check them out.

June 18, 2013 at 5:07pm
A comment titled: Thanks guys... in response to a report titled: We're doing it to ourselves!

All good comments and suggestions. Ive thought about finding a few guys and spliting the cost but as I mentioned, Im new to the area and dont know anyone to split one with, much less anyone to trust that much. Guess itll all come in due time once I get to know a few folk around the area. Ill check out some of the public areas as well but that didnt turn out too well the last few times Ive tried. White Boots, thanks for the invite and dont be suprised when I come a calling! Love to shoot Woodies.

Again, thanks for the info fellas. And thanks for keeping this a civil discussion. Stay safe. HDG

June 26, 2012 at 11:11am

Thats a nice rig. I like this report. Not trying to push a product and gave a little background on a nice setup. My only question is where can a fella go to shoot out that far? I have some setups Id like to reach out with and really get into the longer range stuff but really about all I can find is a 300 yd range.

HDG

June 26, 2012 at 10:59am
A comment titled: Chasin dreams.... in response to a report titled: We're doing it to ourselves!

I appreciate all the posts from you guys as well as keeping it a sociable conversation. Many of these reports turn into name bashing contests. You all have enlightened me and all bring extremely valid points to the table. I do understand that it is expensive to operate this type of business. There is time and money spent in everything we do. However, is it really that expensive? One blind every other levee(if youre lucky)in a field that is more than likely still flooded from crawfish season or mother nature herself. That pump and well is pricey to run, understood, but $5K expensive? Not asking for a five star pit blind with a guaranteed limit every hunt. I can sit on a levee and shoot the breeze and make those memories just as easy in a place that costs half that and be perfectly happy. Due to the high prices more people have started hunting public land, and if youve been there, you know what a hassle that is!!!! Hunting in the marsh wasnt all unicorns and bunny rabbits either, and after the boats and all the expenses probably just the same price per bird. Once you get out of a lease its nearly impossible to find another. Im one of those hard working Americans and only want a little time in the outdoors to make some memories with friends and family but what these guys want to charge for it, I might as well go up north and get treated like a king with tons of birds a couple times a year. Its the same price. Its actually a shame, I miss the rice fields and love south Louisiana. But we got greedy and are chasing away good people. If I cant find a decently priced place Ill only be pulling out the Beretta when headed to Arkansas. Sorry but thats the truth. Lower the prices and keep those dollars in the local economy. I wish you all a good summer and stay safe. HDG

June 21, 2012 at 9:52pm
A comment titled: Sunk boat... in response to a report titled: Guys...use your heads!!!

By the way, that guys boat is still out there. He has no desire to contact anyone to try to recover it. I dont know where it is because they were in the water for 20 minutes before I got them but I will go out when the water allows and see if I can locate it. He said that his gas tank was still attached and floating last time he saw it. So if any of you guys see a gas can floating in the Pen, slow down. Id hate to see someone rip off a lower unit. Id like to at least be able to find it and mark it with a buoy. I fish in there alot and sometimes bowfish and run jugs at night. Dont want to hit it either.

February 24, 2012 at 10:38am
A comment titled: Life vests... in response to a report titled: Guys...use your heads!!!

Yeah they had life vests on. They had been in Blue Point fishing. I was anchored up at the entrance just wetting a line with my dad. Nothing better to do, but I sure wasnt crossing the Pen even in my boat. I saw a small boat on the other side heading south then lost them. When I went to leave a guy on the bank fishing heard them screaming and flagged me down. They came out of the pen and headed south to try to cross and then head back north. Not a smart move. They had been in the water for 20 minutes by time I got to them. The scary part is two bass boats had just come screaming across there wide open. With those waves theres no way those boats couldve seen two heads bobbing in the water.

February 23, 2012 at 4:32pm
A comment titled: oops... in response to a report titled: Pro Drive vs. Gator Tail vs. Surface dr

Sorry its a 35 Vanguard, not a Kohler.

February 11, 2012 at 3:27am
A comment titled: MudBuddy in response to a report titled: Pro Drive vs. Gator Tail vs. Surface dr

I have a MudBuddy with the 35hp Kohler that has had a lot of work done to it so its pretty fast. Not too many on the bayou pass me with a full load. Yes the belt breaks. Its mechanical. Its gonna break. They all do regardless of which one you get. I think they are all exceptional concepts(only a bayou boy wudda thunk about putting a lawn mower engine on a boat). A former lease member had the Pro Drive and swore by it. I drove it and gave it back, I hated it. It had too much torque and it wore me out quickly, not to mention that thing is HEAVY!!!!! If and when my MB breaks, its simple enough that I can do all the maintenance myself but with proper upkeep, you shouldnt have much to do. Earlier this year my brother and I contemplated getting another motor, maybe one with reverse like dem rich folks got. Just cant seem to get away from my MB though.

February 11, 2012 at 3:26am
A comment titled: Mudbuddy... in response to a report titled: mudbuddy

I have a 35 Mudbuddy thats no where near stock that did the same thing. I took the carbs apart and found nothing wrong. Did some adjustments to the idle screws and the backfiring eventually went away. It stills pours gas out of the vent tube when the engine falls to one side. Havent used it in the last year due to work so I havent tried to fix it. If you need some help contact Rick at the Boat Doctor in Harahan. Always helps me out.

February 07, 2012 at 8:38am
A comment titled: Best bait... in response to a report titled: the best bait

I wondered this same thing a few years ago so I did some research on the web. After getting a ton of different answers I tried just about all of them. Most worked well but there was one in particular that out fished them all. I know this is gonna sound crazy but it worked for me. I caught a bunch of shad with my cast net and laid them out on a sheet of plywood while they were still wet. I covered them with garlic powder(not garlic salt, just the powder)and let them air dry. Flipped them over and did the same thing. Once they dried I put them in a bag and put them in the fridge. Man, I still use this recipe. If I dont have the want to do this I just use big chunks of cut mullet.

February 05, 2012 at 12:05pm
A comment titled: Eden Isles in response to a report titled: East of East

My brother used to live in Eden Isles. Nice place. From time to time Id run jug lines in there and would catch some pretty big Blue Cats. Some were 30+. Between that and fishing the lights we caught a fine mess of all different species. Miss it.

January 25, 2012 at 8:51am
A comment titled: Tigers... in response to a report titled: Dem Tigers...

Its sad to hear that. Thanks for the updates guys. I wasnt able to watch the first matchup either. Being out of SELA for the winter is horrible. I miss everything that I spend all year waiting for. LASM.com is my saving grace!! Andy, its our pleasure.

January 10, 2012 at 11:33am
A comment titled: Lodging in response to a report titled: Venice Lodging

Ive stayed at Fins and Feathers in Venice a couple of times. Its right across the street from the PHI office. Capt. Kurt owns the place and is an outstanding guy. Rooms were absolutely beautiful. Highly recommended and will stay again.

November 18, 2011 at 9:44am
A comment titled: Leases in response to a report titled: Pond Leases?

This is all fine and good but how do you go about finding who has the land and putting in a bid for the lease? I know the school board has a ton of land but no one wants to share on how you go about getting to lease the property from them. There has to be a way other than just knowing someone who knows someone that has a lease.

November 16, 2011 at 7:22pm
A comment titled: Pond leases in response to a report titled: Pond Leases?

I too would like to hear any info on this. This year I gave up my lease due to occupational reasons. There is one small pond that I wanted to lease to use on my periodic visits home. I had no luck contacting the individual I used to lease from. I believe he leased it from the school board but I have no info on how to do this. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

November 16, 2011 at 3:12pm
A comment titled: Semper Fidelis in response to a report titled: Marines

Happy Birthday Marine.

November 10, 2011 at 10:57am
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