Record squirrel killed in Ville Platte, LA
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Being passed around on email today.I swear this is real, no photoshopping at all!
Hollywood's version of rescue:http://www.postchronicle.com/chronic/archives/2005/09/sean_penn_to_th.shtml
Point taken...If we prejudge, sterotype, misunderstand, or assume the behavior of the individual defines an entire class, then we ourselves have failed as sportsman.I would never occupy a blind that was obviously being used and maintained. Partly because I do better without and partly because of respect however no law dictates this behavior. Unfortunately, my style of duck hunting does not allow me to "own" a spot since I do not build permanent structures, so I moved on to greener pastures.Take care,
"What I would do if I found someone in my blind (if I didn't shoot em) is climb in the blind with them and make sure they don't get a shot or even a chance to shoot. I would shoot in the air, fart, whatever it takes to run them out. Then I would follow them out and get a plate number and let them know that I can find out where they live if something happens to my blind."Certainly worked out well for the LEO that pistol whipped another hunter at the Catahoula boat launch a couple years ago. If you feel you are justified in harming someone over a boat blind, I am sure they can find a spot for you in prison right next to him...
The truck in the parking lot is a bad analogy. For starters, in LA, your vehicle is an extension of your home (special rights) and also assumed temporarily occupying space. That said, if you leave it there long enough, it will get towed, jusk ask the wal-mart manager next time you're there. Also, if you left it there with the keys in it, would you be surprised to find it missing? Your insurance company sure wouldn't as they reject your claim.The closet thing I can use to describe permanent blinds on public land is a capital improvement on a lease. This is familiar to alot of people that lease land for a camp they build. When your lease is ended/given up, you forfeit the improvement to said property. Since you never paid for the use of said public land, you have no legal monetary investment or ownership. If this were not the case, you could sell your improvement (read permanent blind) to another prospective lease holder wanting the land (read spot) it sits on. None of that would hold up under the eyes of the law. Not withstanding, I am sure this probably occurs...
I used to hunt this lake but prefer to hunt standing against natural cover in the water over a small diver spread. Stealing and or destroying property is wrong, regardless of who owns it but at the same time you know it is a possibillity. I have come across many that believe they own the lake simply because they are allowed to maintain a blind on public propery. The reality is public land is first come - first serve even if it is rude in your view if someone beat you to it. If you don't like it, then leave or get up earlier. I thoroughly enjoy all the hard working blind hunters that show up at 6:30AM and drive through my spread on the way to breakfast and bourbon in the bread box.My favorite time was the old guy that built a blind in front of one of our fav spots over the split, arrived after shooting time (we set up at 4:30AM) and proceeded to tell us he warned us last split about hunting in front of his non-existent blind. Funny, we hunted that spot every weekend of the first split. When confronted by the truth, he said it didn't matter cause he's "... been huntin here for twelve years!" Needless to say he threatened to do alot of things to us but never climbed out of his comfy box blind to man up. Shinying example for us younger guys. Maybe the old-timers should be sent to Iraq to learn a thing or two?Food for thought...FWIW, I've found better places to hunt since then, all on public land. Keep your sea of bread boxes.
nutira itchBetter not be soft bottom or they'll have to worm you like a dog... Hard sand bottom and your probably good to go. Good luck,
Saint,Think your problem is overcooking, bring back to boil for only a few minutes depending on the month. For example: March-3min, April-4min, and May-5min. This has something to do with the shell getting thicker as the season goes on. 10 min is way too long to boil. Shut off heat once you reach desired time and soak to taste.Uncle Joe,
Your a better man than I if you can fit all that in a 60 quart pot. I have trouble getting a full sack in an 80 quart with no extras...Good luck...
Used to love playing with/keeping snakes when I was a kid. I am amazed that even people who have been in the woods all their lives will kill any snake they see for fear it might be poisonous. I try to educate those that don't know better, like my ignorant neighbor that killed a king snake cuz it was in his shed!We don't live in Australia so only about 1/100 snakes you see will be poisonous but even that isn't reason to kill em. I reserve that decision for only when I find em (the poisonous) near the house, since my 3yr old daughter likes snakes too. They have just as much right to the woods as we do.Thanks,
I can honestly say I will never watch an episode of the View from this point on. Of course, I never wathced it to begin with so I guess it falls in the same category as all my would-be Dixie Chicks albums...The guys are right. Big media loves sensationalism and Rosie delivered on that one big time, regardless of their own poorly biased reporting.Later,
It's a Texas Rat snake. Similar in pattern to a Gray Rat except yellow to brown instead of grey to black, Corn/Red Rat snake (red and orange), and the Yellow Rat snake (yellow and orange). T-rats are noted for their mean streak whereas most rat snakles are quite docile like king snakes. I have kept all of the above as pets at one time or another. They are non-poisonous constrictors that eat rats, mice, birds, eggs and so on. They are not water snakes by nature but can be found near it. This one may have been after the owl's nest...Not a Diamond Back Water snake either which are often confused with Water Moccasins/Cotton Mouth. They are much stouter and the pattern is interconnected diamonds instead of seperate blocks.Here's a pic I found:
http://www.texassnakes.net/unwelcomevistor.jpgShade-tree Herp lesson for the day,
I gotta a MB HyperBD with the 29 KAW second-hand and have run it hard all duck season with no issues. Have requested a few things from MB for updates/service and they shipped priority with no cost (or grief about being a second owner) to me so I consider that pretty good service.I really like the elec T/T for the long runs and tuning top end but for your use it may not matter. GT Reverse is probably a worthy time saver for you but it aint free by a long shot. Think Pro-drive reverse is more for pullin out of mud than normal duty stuff.Incidently any engine service is performed by your local B&S cert mech. There are more than a few dealers who service the outdrive with very good marks by others (namely Boat Dr). Mud Buddy is also opening a factory somewhere in SW LA so I wouldn't consider them too far gone from local commitment especially since they have been partnered with Gator Trax since almost day one.Later,
Better get the best one you can find. Since this is your livilhood, I would sue the county for lost wages, legal expenses and defamation if you can dispute all their claims with photographic evidence and expert testimony.Definitely sounds like an anti's wet dream... I like how the article mentions that they weren't used for dog fights as if that was necessary.In the long run, I'd say move to a state with less of a bias to anti hunters although we have our share of yahoos in uniform or not.
Congrats on the season Green. I don't keep count because its depressing and my wife might find receipts for the shot shells one day. Keep tellin her we ate most of them at the camp...I'll take them trash ducks over no ducks (or coots) any day but that hasn't been the problem lately. I either need Lasic or a punt gun cause the shooting over last few weeks has been kinda ugly.One more weekend to scrape out and then a whole lot of hunny-do's.Later,
Henry is right... It's not just cold snaps and a thin sheet of ice/snow that moves em. Most probably have to be starved to move on. 6-12 inches of snow is nothing to dig through. What we need is a "packed base" of about 3 feet and sustained freezing temps for the entire season. At a certain temp even flowing water will freeze, although it is much lower than the standard 32 mark. See north pole as reference...
Next step should be a spring/summer nutria season. If its good enough for squirrels, than why not nutria?
Hooray, just think what will happen when all the bobcats are gone and the coyotes move in to take their place. Trading a solitary territorial hunter for a pack of efficient community hunters is not as sweet a deal as you think. Trust me, I have spent many an afternoon watching them run all over family property looking for anything to kill in packs of 6 to 20. What's worse is they are smarter than bobcats. Ever watch the elders send in the young (stupid) ones to check bait before moving in to eat?Food for thought...
Looks more like a slot limit than a size limit.I was gonna ask why people would keep catfish less than a foot long but remembered my pawpaw loves that size for couvillion.To each his own...
Can't say we didn't get wet Sunday but did see alot of ducks. They were real hard to get in so we ended up with only a few choice shots between the showers.The stinky/fishy taste in mergansers/divers resides mostly in the fat. Like Coot says, breast filet them and soak in water to get the blood out. No one I have ever served has been able to tell the difference. This also works on pool-du/coot.Sometimes desperation is the ugly red-headed step-child of a slow hunt.Later,
Simmer down guys. This was a good-hearted post till you guys got personal. Apologies all around.The law on limits is based on the individual and not the group. Believe me, it is enforced in Catahoula on opening day. My buddy caught flack just for helping carry another buddy's dad's teal to the boat. The dad is older and the trek through the 2 foot deep mud was taking its tole on him so we carried everything out for him. The game warden at the boat eventually cut us some slack, but we learned our lesson.Good luck Friday, looks promising all around.
He might have been planting water chestnuts for the spring harvest. Can't a guy farm anymore without everyone jumping to conclusions?Oh yea, I am being sarcastic. As long as you report, you are doing your part.We reported some guys shooting woodducks on the roost till almost an hour after sunset. Even followed em to the launch to get the plate#. They must have gotten scared cause it took two weeks before they showed up again. Still waitin on some action...Later,
Might be nice for the elderly or handicapped that have no one else to go hunting with so I guess there is a legitimate use for it.Then there is the yuppy crowd that will buy anything new/cool. I say fleece them for every penny you can.Later,
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