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Guys I hunt on a lease in St Helena parish, right now our management practices are 6 point or better, and doe over 80 pounds. With that rule in affect we havent had many bucks come off the lease this year. In fact the guys were talking and we are 17 bucks less than what we were last year. However all the bucks killed this year were 6 point or better with one 7 point, and two 10 points, 19 bucks total. Thats what was said, not what I've seen tho. Well we had a discussion sat nite at the fire and now they are saying for next year they are changing the rule to 8 point or better for bucks, and doe will be 60 pound minimum rather than 80. How long do you think it would take to see those good quality 8 points roaming the lease? I havent seen any yet.

January 04, 2010 at 10:22am

Ok guys, I don't know if any of you would agree with this or not, because I'm a little skeptical of it myself. Our club just recently had a professional from one of the colleges, (not gonna name which) come to our lease, he'd been working it for the past maybe year or so, he tells us how many deer in the heard are to be taken down, numbers wise that is, how many doe to kill ect ect. Trying to educate us on how to manage our lease so to say. Which for the past 10 years has been 6 point or better. Everyone in the club pitched in money to get this guy out here. Well anyways on to my point.This guy notices the bags of corn and rice bran on the 4 wheelers and begins to tell us that "Yall are screwing up, feeding those deer like that. Pouring feed on the ground or setting up feeders is not the way to go. I dont know who told the hunters this would bring deer in but they are wrong." Those were his exact words. Then he continues on and says "those deer are smarter than you think they are, and they know when something dont belong. They know that corn didnt magically appear. Sure you will have a couple that will eat it during daylight hours, thats just like humans theres always a couple dumb ones in the bunch. But what we are doing will force the deer to go nocturnal long before any hunting pressure would." Just a reminder, his words not mine. He continued with " If you insist on feeding the deer to bring them in especially here in Southern La you have to do it as naturally as possible, with a spring and summer food plot that will keep food in for them into the hunting season. Something you can have prepared long before the hunting season that you can keep out of during the hunting season and leave little or no human presence at all. You cant accomplish that by filling a feeder or dumping bags of corn, its impossible. Why do you think the majority of pictures over a pile of corn or at a feeder are at nite?" He concluded by telling us for next season in the spring to make small individual food plots with soy beans or clay peas, which once its down in the spring it will last theu summer, fall and well into hunting season, and you will not have to go into it and you wont have any human presense what so ever, the deer will feel its naturally there and they will feel safe. Set up a stand minimum of 100 yards away and hunt" And that was it. Wondering what you guys thoughts are? I kinda think it makes since, but still kinda need to be convinced because I've shot deer over my corn piles already. lol

December 07, 2009 at 2:59pm

Went to Illinois to visit friends and do a little hunting, with great success. Ended up killing 2 doe and a nice 5 point. 1st doe was killed Thursday morning with my bow, 2nd killed friday evening also with my bow. Buck was killed saturday morning with a 12 gauge slug at 80 yards. Doe weighed 102 and 108 pounds, buck weighed 175 pounds. It was a great week for visiting friends and hunting.

November 24, 2009 at 4:39pm

Went crabbing in the Sulfer mine in larose a few days ago with "THE PEOPLE" and we caught 6 dozen in a couple hours before the rain ran us off. Not too too bad.

August 28, 2009 at 2:29pm

Caught 6 dozen in a few hour by the sulfer mine in larose the other day. Not too too bad

August 28, 2009 at 7:03am

Here what I caught today in an hour before the rain got me. Fishing at the boat launch on side the road on 3127 not too bad I think!!!

July 31, 2009 at 12:23pm

Me and my padna from work hit the lake again to catch those reds, we caught our limit and managed to reel in a nice bass in the process. I think we found our honey hole. We only saw 2 other boats on the lake today. I guess that's the advantages of working shift work! lol

May 12, 2009 at 12:12pm

Me and a co worker went out to Lake Salvadore yesterday morning, and limited out on redfish. They didn't start biting until about 8 ocklock, but once they started we had our limit of keepers by 1030. Biting on gold and silver spoons. It was very fun pulling them in. All were between 17 and 19 inches that we kept.

May 06, 2009 at 10:32am

Just what IS a trophy bass?
By Norman A. Latona, Jr.

I recently read an article in a local newspaper, detailing the fortunes of two fishing buddies in California. On separate outings, the anglers boated lunker largemouth tipping the scales in the 20-pound range. The chance of two individuals - regular fishing partners at that - boating such giant fish, in a short period of time ... well, the odds of that are simply astronomical!
I've had the privilege over the years to observe some truly outstanding bass fisheries, mostly private fishing lakes and ponds throughout the southeastern U.S. While none of them, at least to my knowledge, has produced a 20 pound-plus largemouth, many have produced true trophies, the kind of fish worthy of putting on the wall and telling stories about for years to come.
A true trophy largemouth bass is a rare creature, indeed. Among anglers, nothing stirs emotion and excitement more than the prospect of tangling with the hunting equivalent of a Boone & Crockett record book animal. Catching a trophy largemouth bass, for many, takes on an almost mythical aura. For some, growing that fish, within their own private waters, is as important a part of the process as actually catching it.
And so, when my customer tells me for the first time, that his primary objective for his lake or pond is to produce trophy size largemouth bass, my question is always the same: What do you mean by trophy largemouth bass?
For whatever reason, I've always had this idea in my mind that defining a true trophy fish is best accomplished by relating that theoretical critter to the ultimate in its class; i.e., the world- record.
Further, in order to qualify, I have the notion that the individual must exceed, by greater than 50 percent, the weight of the world-record specimen. For example, the IGFA world record largemouth bass, caught by George Perry on June 2, 1932, is 22 pounds, 4 ounces. By my definition, a true trophy largemouth bass then, must weigh a minimum of 11 pounds, 3 ounces (roughly 51 percent of the world- record weight).
That is not to say that a bass must exceed 11 pounds to be worthy of the taxidermist. Case in point: several friends of mine get together once a year for a friendly, 6-8 boat buddy-style tournament on Weiss Lake in Alabama. Two years ago, after three days of fishing, our tournament leaders were deadlocked - identical weights down to the ounce.
To break the tie, we decided to have a fish-off; first man back to the pier with a bass would win the title.
After over an hour of fishing, the eventual champion came back with a spotted bass weighing just over 9 ounces. Nine ounces. Naturally, that fish is now displayed proudly on the wall of his office!
The point is, trophy means different things to different people. To me, a trophy largemouth bass must be a minimum of 11 pounds, and that is what I tell my customers. Most of them generally agree. If that's what you want, I say, then here's how to do it...
So, just how do we manage a lake to consistently produce trophy largemouth bass? What are the magic ingredients? With so many variables, can we reasonably expect to be successful in our efforts? How long will it take to see results?
There are real answers to these questions but they are somewhat complicated. What's more, the answers form the basis for a rather intricately woven management program, where the primary objective suffers if each of the parts are not implemented. Simply put, producing trophy largemouth bass requires a marriage of three, more or less controllable variables: age, nutrition and habitat. It has not been proven that genetics is a factor, considering the bass on the private lake were stocked in weghing a pound each.
Trophy bass management is all about managing age-class structure; it is all about managing forage availability; and it is all about controlling the habitat to the extent that we are able.
So I tell my customer: Clearly, we are attempting to do something special here. The implementation of this plan requires a commitment to intensive management efforts. Keep in mind, our ability to transcend the ordinary rests in your willingness to go the extra mile.
And make no mistake about it, producing trophy largemouth bass is extraordinary. Stay tuned - and let the fun begin!

Norman Latona is a fisheries biologist and owner of Southeastern Pond Management, a private lake and pond service company. Southeastern Pond Management has offices in Auburn, AL, Birmingham, AL and Jackson, MS. Norman may be reached by telephone at 888-830- 7663 or via email:


April 14, 2009 at 9:03pm

Me and my buddy Chub gonna go try lake Des allemends friday morning, to do some fishing. We will post pics Friday evening either of an ice chest full of fish or an empty one. Either way there will be pics posted. Any one have any suggestions on some hot spots?

April 14, 2009 at 6:54pm

Recently went on my first dog hunt ever. It was quite an experience, fun and enjoyable, and pretty successful I mite add also. In all as a group we killed 7 deer 2 doe, 2 spikes a 4 point and 2 7 points. For it being my first time I have to admit I enjoyed the heck out of it, though I still love and rather still hunt, I would definately do it again. The sound of the dogs running, is just something in itself. And incase you are wondering No the dogs didn't cross on to anyone elses property, or go through any posted signs. But I do need to say this, if you've never done it before, you really should try it, it's something you'll never forget.

January 13, 2009 at 3:46am

My 15 year old daughter flew in from Alabama yesterday for the christmas holiday, and of course she's ready to go hubting, the very next morning. So we get our gear ready for a christmas eve hunt. It's a lil warm out, wet and quite windy but it didn't matter she's like me and loves to be out in the woods. We left the house around 5:15 I brought her to her stand, and then took the 4 wheeler to mine. Well around 8:05 I heard her shoot. 2 minutes later she texts me saying "I got 1". Went to her on the 4 wheeler, where she shot a button buck that weighed in at 92 pounds. Not too bad she was excited, and so was I. We got more meat in the freezer to go with the doe, I shot earlier this season. No pics yet but they coming though!! Everyone have a merry christmas, and enjoy hunting!!

December 24, 2008 at 5:06pm

I just want to put this out for all the DOG HUNTERS out there. Forget about all the jealous losers out there that try to put yall down for dog hunting. Keep on hunting the way you have fun doing, and keep in mund Still hunting deer, and dog hunting deer, are both called DEER HUNTING. Oh and for the record I don't dog hunt, never have never will. But I don't knock the people who do it though!!!!

December 16, 2008 at 5:15pm

I didn't see that vean101 posted his latest kill on here, so I wanted to let yall know he killed a big 12 point in the exact same chopped field he killed the 8 point in with his son. It weighed 206lbs. Beautiful buck. I'll see if he has pics of it and why he won't post it!!!

December 11, 2008 at 11:20pm
A comment titled: Spillwayspecial in response to a report titled: Frogin

What are you trying to prove? Do you go around from post to post doing that? If you ask me thats not enough frogs. All tou normally eat are the legs, and whe you having a big family gathering or fish fry they will come in handy. Get a life man!

February 20, 2010 at 10:31am
A comment titled: deer in response to a report titled: Louisiana Deer Harvest Tally

I had 2 in Louisiana a doe in lafitte, and a 6 point in St Helena Parish. Also killed 3 in Illinois

February 15, 2010 at 3:30pm
A comment titled: BIG in response to a report titled: Bobcat

That's a big bob cot! Congrats!!!

January 04, 2010 at 10:26am
A comment titled: Flinching? in response to a report titled: FRUSTRATION AT IT'S FINEST

Are you sure you not flinching right before you pull the trigger? I noticed my daughter doing that the other day shooting at the target by the house. She was missing high because of it.

January 01, 2010 at 9:01pm
A comment titled: morrisvswild in response to a report titled: Free Deer Meat

I hate to be the bearer of bad news to you my friend, but I just spoke to my brother who IS a game Warden who stated if you hit a deer with your vehicle you are entitled to keep it. You do not need a big game liscence to posses such deer hit by a vehicle, nor do you have to tag it. The lwf does however request thart you make a common courtesy call to them notifying them of the accident as well as getting a police report, but if you don't it's no big deal. He said if he or any others pull you over with a deer in the vehicle, they can tell if it was struck by a car, they will chuckle at you, smile and send you on your way. Those are his words, not mine!! Theres your answer guys!!

December 30, 2009 at 11:17pm
A comment titled: My point in response to a report titled: LDWF Commission's "political" views on deer dog hunting

The point I was making was that, some of you act like they are turning there dogs loose to get on your property purposely, when Im pretty sure thats not the case. I never said move to another lease. I've been dealing with this for years, I've complained and it didnt help. So i stopped complaining and went with it.

December 30, 2009 at 2:02pm
A comment titled: It is sad really in response to a report titled: LDWF Commission's "political" views on deer dog hunting

I know when I payed for the lease I hunt, I did research as to the types of hunting being done on the neighboring leases. I know that the lease I hunt in Kentwood borders a dog hunting only lease on both sides. I knew that going in and still chose to pay to get on that lease, therefore knowing before hand and taking the chance that there maybe dogs that may wander onto the property. The lease I pay to hunt in st. charles parish does not border any hunting leases, therefore I know I can hunt without being interrupted. My point is, if you research then you should already know what you are up against. It seems like or people act like they are purposely turning dogs loose on yalls property, when thats probably not the case at all. Next time you let your pet lap dog out, and he goes crap in the neighbors yard, think about it!!!

December 30, 2009 at 9:27am
A comment titled: No in response to a report titled: LDWF Commission's "political" views on deer dog hunting

Most of us do not want to see it banned, I know I sure dont either. They have just as much right to hunt thier way as we love to hunt our way. Like I said, banning it or complaining about it, wont solve anything.

December 29, 2009 at 1:41pm
A comment titled: Happens to everyone in response to a report titled: LDWF Commission's "political" views on deer dog hunting

We've all had our hunts ruined at one time or another, I know I have, but I just go with it. I wait on my stand and shoot whatever they drive my way. I do the right thing and just get over it. No need for me to complain about it.

December 29, 2009 at 10:24am
A comment titled: RE in response to a report titled: POST YOUR TOYS

Bushnell range finder

December 26, 2009 at 2:50pm
A comment titled: Agree in response to a report titled: Hunting with Dogs

Can't kill the dogs if they are running them legally, and turned the dogs loose on thier property. But I will say this they could have turned the dogs loose further away from the property line tho. I've actually had that happen to me already the nieghboring lease where I was hunting was a dog only lease, and they drove quite a few deer my way already. Next time just stay on stand and join the hunt.

December 26, 2009 at 2:26pm
A comment titled: RE in response to a report titled: Big Hog Taken in Choupic

I meant Choupique3 the date on the post says entered Dec 24 5:55 pm

December 26, 2009 at 2:19pm
A comment titled: Hey Chupique 23 in response to a report titled: Big Hog Taken in Choupic

Look at the date on the pic before you call someone on BS. The date says Dec. 24. Think before you type dude.

December 26, 2009 at 2:17pm
A comment titled: they get a little ridiculous in response to a report titled: Sorry excuse for outdoorsman

where I hunt, they go as far as getting mad at you for pulling in with a skirt blind around your boat instead of building one. We can just pull to a spot, lift the skirt on the boat and we have instant duck blind, and we dont ever go in there spots, normally if we see a blind even tho its in a public hunting area we dont hunt it, but it gets irritating that dumb stuff like that ticks people off. I dont understand it

December 23, 2009 at 11:19pm
A comment titled: Too early in response to a report titled: SMACKDOWN IN ZACHARY

I gotta agree with JB. That mouse was killed way too early!

December 23, 2009 at 7:13pm
A comment titled: Sorry in response to a report titled: Sorry excuse for outdoorsman

If it's public land, he has no right what so ever trying to make you move. It doesn't matter if he was hunting there the day before, the week before or whatever. It's first come gets the spot plain and simple. It's like that where I hunt in Salvadore too. If you get out there and someones in the spot you were in yesterday, move to another spot, no need complaing, get there early next time. We have a slight advantage because we have a camp on bayou des allemends 4 minutes from the reserve so we're always out there first, and it ticks them off. I love it!!

December 23, 2009 at 5:33pm
A comment titled: I have in response to a report titled: Spotted fawns

I noticed a couple myself on our lease in Kentwood, I thought it was strange myself.

December 23, 2009 at 5:22pm
A comment titled: Think before you type!! in response to a report titled: Enjoy the Outdoors and Quit Complaining

Some people just don't think. Ray Charles could see that this post what not about not having any ducks. This post was right on, and I'm glad he posted it. It's not always about killing your limit. And as far as complaining about the youth and beginners messing up a hunt, I can promise you that no one on this site was born knowing how to hunt!!!!

December 23, 2009 at 12:29am
A comment titled: private land in response to a report titled: Uncoot

Yep as long as they was on private land they can kill as many doe as they want anytime they want. As far as the capes, we do that also on our lease, and we don't hunt with dogs. It really don't matter if it's dog hunters or not, alot of people leave the capes behind in the woods or the ditch, especially at the hunting camp.

December 17, 2009 at 1:28pm
A comment titled: Rebeer in response to a report titled: Cull Buck?

Dont worry about him, that was definately a cull buck, it did not have the potential to be anything but that. Besides you cant eat the horns anyway no matter how long you cook them. Good luck the rest of the season.

December 08, 2009 at 10:46am
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