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New To Sportsman Network? House Bill 691 is up for a vote in committee tomorrow. I disagree with this restructuring, and am opposed to this bill. Some gems included are registration of paddle craft and a fee (and yes this does include currently owned pirogues and kayaks etc); youth hunting license requirements and fees; doubling of the lifetime licenses as well as numerous other increases. One good thing to result from Covid is that we can email our support or opposition to a bill in committee as if we were there in the room filling out a green or red card and it will be counted and presented to committee members, hopefully as guidance, and then it is recorded as part of the legislative history for the bill. PLEASE EMAIL BY NOON TOMORROW (WED 5/6/21) If you oppose merely state VOTE NO TO HB691 in the subject heading of your email and same in the body stating also that you oppose HB691. You do not need to provide reasons but you can. Make sure to include your name and address so that it will be counted same as you would be required if you were in committee filling out a red card.

May 04, 2021 at 9:22pm

My wife spent a few hours doing some research on this bill and found these numbers in a matter of minutes. These are her thoughts and her letter to the Louisiana House of Reps. Please contact your reps if you agree. This is scheduled for a floor vote today.

Dear Representatives,
Please vote NO to HB687. Though I appreciate the effort to reduce licensing from about 117 to 35, I do not feel the trade off of any increase, much less a whopping 25-30% increase in the fees is worth it. I do not understand why we cannot reduce the number of licenses without any increase at all. I do understand that sometimes fee increases may be necessary to provide a service we want, but based on the budget numbers I'm not convinced LDWF can justify this increase to the people of LA nor do they need it. If the expenses of the LDWF exceeds its current revenue the solution is to figure out a more efficient budget, not fleece the taxpayers who hunt&fish.

In voting you should ask 2 QUESTIONS:

1. Why is the increase needed?
In light of LDWF Budget----
$129,306,376 FY15
$135,307,786 FY16
$190,720,090 FY17

Isn’t this budget just shy of that of our LA State Police? If so one would ask where are the priorities of Louisiana as evidenced by where it spends its money. We spend roughly $200 Million for LSP TO PROTECT PEOPLE and it seems like a bad joke to learn that we spend just about the same ($191 Million) for LDWF TO PROTECT WILDLIFE!! What the heck? This is absurd! We should not be spending anywhere near that amount on LDWF when our state is headed towards bankruptcy because all government spending is far exceeding the economic growth in LA. I understand money for LDWF does not come from the general fund, however whether it comes from there or from fees, the money for all LA government originates from TAXPAYERS like my family and many others!!!! Digging into our pockets and that of other hardworking Louisiana residents has got to stop from all aspects of LA GOVERNMENT INCLUDING ITS AGENCIES-BOARDS &COMMISSIONS!

2. At what rate has LDWF grown in the last decade? The annual average growth rate for LDWF over 30 years is 6.5%. Our economy only grows at below 2%. How is this right? And how can you in good conscience vote to continue to this INCREASED SPENDING trend for LDWF? LDWF must learn to spend within its already expansive budget. Moreover, LDWF should have its budget cut, if the legislature does anything.

My family lives on a tight budget largely because of this tax and spend Governor's policies but I don't spend the same amount on essentials such as security, food, education and health insurance that I spend on hunting and fishing or any other non-essential because that would be absurd and I certainly don’t increase spending on non-essentials when revenue is not enough. So why would you all allow this for LDWF? If we are short on revenue, in our family, we do not allow more spending on non-essentials. We first try to work within the budget we have for the non-essentials and then if that doesn’t work we cut from non-essentials such as the luxury of hunting and fishing, and then if necessary we cut from the essentials such as healthcare, education, maintenance of our home or food too; but if any of our essentials ever get unnecessarily bloated as they are in LA govt, we cut from there too, so I don't see why the state, who forcibly takes my money is NOT required to exercise the same priorities and frugality. It is your obligation as our representatives to vote in a manner that is respectful of that practice or better yet follows that practice.

The supporters of this bill can fancy this fee increase up all they want as many have done with all the other increases resulting in a forcible taking from taxpayer's pocketbooks. However it boils down to another vote IN FAVOR of a fee increase on the taxpayer and further dedicates more money within LDWF to new funds/accounts, which we certainly DO NOT NEED. So don't vote YES on HB687 and then come to the taxpayer at election time and say you are against taxes and fee increases because after you vote for this bill, such a statement will be a blatant lie.

This increase is not fair to the residents of Louisiana and should be rejected with a NO vote from you. We do not send you to Baton Rouge to protect agencies but to protect residents from the ever-encroaching government of which LDWF is obviously a big part as evidenced by its huge budget. Please do the job that taxpayers sent you to and vote NO on HB687.

> Sara Wood (mother of 4)
> Mandeville LA
> Nikita Krushchev warned Americans in 1959
> 'Your children's children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept Communism outright; but we'll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you finally wake and find that you already have Communism. We won't have to fight you; we will so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit right into our hands [the hands of Communism].'

April 18, 2018 at 2:57pm

SB 274 was defeated in the full Senate yesterday. ( Bill to RAISE age to purchase some guns to 21.) isn't dead yet!! Sen. Carter (author of the bill) asked that it be 'reconsidered' in full Senate. The Full Senate will have to vote on whether to bring the bill back for another round!!! This reconsideration is on the Senate calendar for TODAY.

This bill MUST die. Please contact Senators to vote NO on any reconsideration of SB 274!!
Contact YOUR LA state Senator
Capitol switchboard to reach Senators: (225-342-2040).

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April 11, 2018 at 12:00pm

The ANTI -2ND AMENDMENT legislators are very busy in our Louisiana State Senate.

A NEW bill, SB 274, will be heard in Senate Judiciary C Committee tomorrow. This bill raises the age to purchase guns (some pistols, rifles, and shotguns) from 18 to 21 in Louisiana !!!

ACTION NEEDED....... PLEASE CONTACT COMMITTEE MEMBERS ASAP TO VOTE 'NO'. Details on the bill and contact info in this link:

April 02, 2018 at 7:44am

There are about 30 GUN RELATED BILLS filed in this Louisiana Regular Legislative Session!!! Some aim to INCREASE GUN CONTROL AND INCREASE PENALTIES. You need to contact your Senators now.

Please see here for more information.

March 26, 2018 at 6:15pm

There are about 30 GUN RELATED BILLS filed in this Louisiana Regular Legislative Session!!! Some aim to INCREASE GUN CONTROL AND INCREASE PENALTIES. You need to contact your Senators now.

Please see here for more information.

March 26, 2018 at 4:24pm

Everyone who lives in Mandeville may want to know that Clay Madden is proud to announce that a big priority of his was for Mandeville to get a code enforcement officer. I wish this would of been on his re-election campaign brochure, as I would NOT have supported him. If you have a boat or camper, get ready to come home to a sticker on it. I sent him a long letter stating my displeasure with this. You may want to do the same. See his email below and his email address is on the bottom.

From: Clay Madden
Sent: ‎5/‎12/‎2016 3:13 PM
To: C Madden
Subject: FW: Code Enforcement

Dear Friends,

Many of you know that, after several meetings with Homeowner Association Presidents, as well as other residents throughout the City of Mandeville, the issue of code enforcement has been a big priority of mine. In last year’s citywide budget, I placed in $25,000 to hire a part-time (no benefits) Code Enforcement Officer on a contractual basis. The city council agreed and passed this 5-0. This was after many residents requested a Code Enforcement Officer.

Please see the message below from Mayor Villere. I am happy to report that a part-time Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Mandeville has been hired and will begin in June. Ironically, Mr. Kenny Matthews is a former teacher of mine from Mandeville High School. I know him to be smart and fair, but he also knows the law. I know he will do a great job.

Lastly, I have been approached by several residents to enhance our code enforcement ordinances in an effort to improve our quality of life in Mandeville. Please let me know if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions about this as I begin to draft legislation. One example that I would like your feedback on is----------should boats and/or campers be required to be parked behind fences in a side or backyard? As always, I appreciate your feedback.

Thank you for letting me serve.



Clay Madden
Council Chairman

May 13, 2016 at 1:41pm

Budget crunch? They average 161 million? Do you live in a vacuum? LDWF is not the only agency, board, commission, local govt, etc that always has a \'budget crunch\' looking to take more money out of the tax payers\' pockets. I don\'t want Louisiana to be like other states, though that is the intent under one \'budget crunch\' excuse at a time. There are incredible tax payers also in the private sector who cannot use the force of government to squeeze blood from a turnip (the average income in LA $49k & a 19% poverty rate). So, I\'d say LDWF needs to learn to work within its budget that is more than half of the state police budget ($300k+) and if they cannot, they need new leadership not new money; given the average annual payroll of business in LA is only $82MM. The average recreational fisherman is lucky to fish 12 times a year and hunting on average is less than that. It should not become something only the wealthy can afford as it has become in other states. We should not have to bear an $11MM increase that will only have LDWF expanding and coming for money in the near future. Only a tax and spend Democrat/RINO or a government employee, would fail to appreciate why this bill should not pass.

May 10, 2021 at 12:56pm

Update: The next step is a vote by the House Appropriations so contact your representative.\\r\\n\\r\\nHB691 passed committee without objection after some amendments, despite numerous opposition. According to the author if passed the increase will be about $11 million to recreational hunting and fishing and about $3.5 million to commercial. He also let us know that these increases will NOT be enough; meaning LDWF will continue to spend and grow and keep returning to the outdoor tax payer for more money. LDWF\\\'s budget: FY19 $173 million, FY18 $183 million, FY17 $125million; this represents more than half the budget of the State Police; and on average over the past 30 years it has grown at 6% while the economic growth for the state hovers around 2%. As to the kayaks and pirogues, it seems the goal is to register and permit everything that hits the water.

May 06, 2021 at 3:08pm

Are apple snails animals?

April 05, 2018 at 10:41pm
A comment titled: Re: HB 391 in response to a report titled: HB 391

I got this email today from CCA. They did take a stand. CCA is against the bill.

CCA Louisiana Recommends Creation of a Special Task Force
to Address Complex Waterway Access Issue
Louisiana Sea Grant study should serve as the basis of task force’s work

CCA Louisiana is recommending the Louisiana Legislature create a special task force to address the complex and contentious waterway access issue. After speaking with numerous legislators, we believe this is the next logical step toward reaching a positive resolution to the ongoing issue.

CCA recognizes the importance of the issue, and we believe that anglers should have access to public waterways. Unfortunately, there has been very little progress toward any meaningful solutions to the conflict over the years. But, in 2017, after meeting with fellow legislators, CCA members, anglers, charter captains, landowners and others, Rep. Truck Gisclair of Larose introduced legislation calling for a study of this extremely complicated issue, to be conducted by Louisiana Sea Grant. The final study report, which can be seen here, was made public earlier this year. The extensive 63-page document outlines a number of potential solutions that should be fully explored, and represents the first significant effort at cooperation between conflicting interests.

In light of this effort, CCA Louisiana believes a special task force should be created to address this issue, using the Louisiana Sea Grant report as the starting point for the proposed task force’s work. The task force should consist of stakeholders, legislators, academics and others who would add expertise and perspective to the discussions. The task force could meet regularly to consider the potential solutions presented by the Sea Grant report, and others that may arise, with the goal of identifying possible solutions that are most agreeable and beneficial to all parties.

CCA is at the State Capitol every day working with lawmakers to ensure that our marine resources are conserved and well managed. While CCA appreciates the intentions of Rep. Kevin Pearson and his House Bill 391, and has spoken with him many times since its introduction, the bill was drafted without the benefit of the findings from the Sea Grant study, and without significant input from stakeholder groups. With this in mind, we believe that HB 391, as it is currently written, could have the unintended impact of reversing the positive momentum that has been achieved in the past 18 months. Our understanding is that Rep. Pearson is considering amendments to the bill, and we will continue to work with him and other legislators towards a positive path forward.

Our commitment to CCA members endures: We will remain engaged in this issue and will continue to work with lawmakers, anglers and landowners to find workable and achievable solutions. In the meantime, we invite feedback from CCA members. Please contact CCA Louisiana David Cresson directly at

April 05, 2018 at 10:37pm

Concerned citizens should know that all Republicans in the Senate Judiciary C Committee voted against SB274; a bill infringing on our second amendment rights, with the exception of Sen. Fred Mills (R) of the New Iberia area. Mills voted with the Democrats in FAVOR of this gun restrictive bill. Had Sen. Mills voted as a Constitutional Republican SB274 would have died in this committee, now it will make its way through the legislature. Please take a moment to send him your thoughts on this betrayal.

Senator Fred Mills
District Phone
(337) 845-4240 Parks
(337) 365-8484 New Iberia

District Office
1010 Martin Street
Parks, LA 70582

800 S. Lewis Street
Suite 203
New Iberia, LA 70560

April 03, 2018 at 8:33pm

First of all,we do not live in a DEMOCRACY which is effectively majority/mob rule or more formally known as RULE BY MEN! We are a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC WHICH MEANS RULE BY LAW AND SPECIFICALLY REJECTS RULE BY MEN, which is not fixed but relative. This means that our elected representatives must act legislatively in a manner representing that which is fixed or set forth in our Constitution, which is why they take the OATH. TO AFFECT CHANGES TO OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS such as the SECOND ENUMERATED RIGHT THE PROPER MANNER IS THROUGH A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, TO REFLECT ANY CHANGE OR DESIRE OF THE MAJORITY OF CITIZENS FOR EACH INSTANCE. AMENDMENTS PURPOSELY, TAKE MUCH LONGER THAN BILLS BECOMING A LAW. Your comment regarding Democracy is quite common but it reflects the ignorance with which we approach legislative matters as a nation and thus we have allowed legislative and judicial erosion of the protections found in our Constitution with little to no repercussions for those officials but to the detriment of our God given rights, unfortunately.

Second, as to calling elected officials Communists, being an equivalent to Deplorables, you are again incorrect. However, you are correct in that I should not have chosen the term Communists YET because what they are, is Marxists. Marxism is a well-documented ideology of collectivism that has given way to variable forms of government (socialism, nazism, fascism and communism and many variations in between). Marxism has very clear principles and its tenets are identifiable through expression of perspective and/or policy. If you have ever studied Marxism/Communism, its history or at a minimum, read the Communist Manifesto you would also be able to readily identify its sympathizers (some of which are open members of the proud Communist Party USA and others proud members of the Democratic Socialists of America or some of which Lenin referred to as Useful Idiots because they advanced the goals of Marxism without fully understanding or identifying themselves as such). Marxism under its varied forms is a real danger to our Constitutional Republic, which has manifested itself in the murder of over 150 million lives, property theft and enslavement and it is occurring today not via revolution but more commonly through collectivism and consensus, in small doses LEGISLATIVELY AND THROUGH REGULATION. Deplorables is a derogative term and any analogy between the two attempts to place Marxism/Communism on a level with name calling, which is ludicrous because the latter is supported by voting patterns and bill proposals. The former arose from the rantings of a Marxist sympathizer, which can also be proven by her policy choices, voting patterns, bill proposals and actions taken as an elected and appointed official. With 1200 bill proposals in LA's legislature this session, do you really think they are acting to protect our freedoms? NO, they are not, but they are advancing policies and laws that align with Marxism more than they align with the goals and purpose of our Constitution. Just for you I will not call them Communists as of yet, but I will keep calling them Marxists because with most bill proposals, votes and enactments of law they whittle away more and more of our freedoms while growing government, which has never in history ended well.

And oh by the way staying true to the nature of this forum, I will inform you that the Marxists in the Senate Judiciary C Committee PASSED SB274 to prohibit the sale of assault weapons to adults ages 18-20. It goes to the full Senate. So if you are a Marxist go ahead and call in support of it, but if you are a true American then call to oppose SB274

April 03, 2018 at 4:17pm

People need to take action NOW!!! The communist in are legislature are in full action.

Committees to Consider Anti-Gun Legislation Beginning Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, Louisiana Senate and House committees are scheduled to consider several anti-gun bills and committee members need to hear from you now!

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary C Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 155 and Senate Bill 274.

Senate Bill 155 prohibits the sale of any “weapon” to any person under the age of 21 years old. Again, this type of legislation does little to increase public safety and only impacts the rights of law-abiding adults.

Senate Bill 274, similar to SB 155, prohibits the sale of commonly owned semi-automatic rifles to any person under 21 years of age. This legislation punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals, does nothing to increase public safety and will prohibit law-abiding 18-20 year old adults from purchasing the most popular and effective self-defense rifle on the market.

Any legislative proposal that seeks to prevent law-abiding adults aged 18 to 20 years old from acquiring a firearm deprives them of their constitutional right to self-defense. This legislation is outright offensive and demeaning to Louisiana’s young adults who are otherwise allowed to vote, join the military, and exercise every other constitutionally guaranteed right.

Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary C Committee and strongly urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 155 and Senate Bill 274.

On Wednesday, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to consider two anti-gun bills.

House Bill 448 creates a petition for an ex parte order to remove someone’s Second Amendment rights and the seizure of firearms without a clear mechanism to expeditiously return firearms when the protective order expires. NRA supports efforts to keep firearms and any other weapon out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others. However, this legislation lacks due process protections as well as proper procedures for when an order is expired or terminated.

House Bill 357 would expand the list of prohibited persons by including certain misdemeanors among the offenses that would cause the loss of an individual’s Second Amendment rights. In most cases, if an offense calls for the removal of a constitutional right, it should be considered a felony offense.

Please contact members of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and strongly urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 448 and house Bill 357.

April 02, 2018 at 1:26pm
A comment titled: Re: Live Mallard Ducks in response to a report titled: Live Mallard Ducks

I just saw some at the hardware store in Folsom off Hwy 40 and Hwy 437.

March 27, 2018 at 2:19pm
A comment titled: Re: GUN CONTROL- KILL HOUSE BILL 231 in response to a report titled: GUN CONTROL- KILL HOUSE BILL 231

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The very terrible SB 231 is still alive. It was NOT heard yesterday but was moved to the calendar for TODAY (after 4pm) for a FULL SENATE vote.
We need to KILL this bill.

SB 402- to allow concealed weapons in churches ...PASSED and is on FULL SENATE calendar for TODAY.
SB 406: to allow concealed weapons in schools....... FAILED'


March 27, 2018 at 2:17pm

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The very terrible SB 231 is still alive. It was NOT heard yesterday but was moved to the calendar for TODAY (after 4pm) for a FULL SENATE vote.
We need to KILL this bill.

SB 402- to allow concealed weapons in churches ...PASSED and is on FULL SENATE calendar for TODAY.
SB 406: to allow concealed weapons in schools....... FAILED'


March 27, 2018 at 1:46pm

Yep, they take over and make a cesspool that city or area. But we are now trained not to look at facts. One would think that blacks, who came from total enslavement, would not fight to take more rights and freedoms away from anyone, including themselves.

March 27, 2018 at 1:13pm
A comment titled: Re: NRA in response to a report titled: NRA

Those that believe that this is a debate about which guns are appropriate for hunting are the ones who have been duped. The second amendment is the most clear of all rights stated in the bill of rights. Shall not be infringed means just that...shall not be violated or transgressed.

March 26, 2018 at 6:54pm
A comment titled: Re: NRA in response to a report titled: NRA

Hey retards,
The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution doesn't have the word hunting in it. I doubt you two are from Louisiana, and if so, move to California with the rest of the fruits and nuts.

March 26, 2018 at 6:06pm
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