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.
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
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.
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.
Caught 6 dozen in a few hour by the sulfer mine in larose the other day. Not too too bad
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!!!
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
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.
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: email@example.com.
NEED WE SAY MORE ABOUT YALL'S GENETICS THEORY?
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?
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.
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!!
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!!!!
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!!!