Does anybody have experience with Pontchartrain Marine in Slidell? I have a Tohatsu that needs warranty attention and looking for any positive or negative feedback on them before bringing it in. Thanks.
I know they are hauling them in down in Dularge and Delacroix, but is anybody having success around the Rigolets?
If you are considering the purchase of a new Gheenoe, take my advice and do not purchase it from Graves Gheenoe in Hattiesburg, Ms.
Mr. Graves has moved (retired) to Florida and left his niece in charge of selling his boats. I made the mistake of purchasing one about a month ago from Mr. Graves and picking it up from her house in Purvis, Ms. It has been a fiasco since day one. She didn't have to correct seats to go with the boat (tan camo boat, green seats), only had one seat mount, knew NOTHING about boats so I had to ask for everything right down to the bolts to install the seat bases, and didn't fill out any of the paperwork correctly.
To this day I am still trying to get the paperwork signed and notarized properly so I can register the boat here in Louisiana, and I am starting to wonder if she is ever going to take care of it without my having to drive back up there and dragging her into a notary office.
I hear there is a new dealership opening in Lafayette soon. If I had to do it over again I would either wait for it to open, or drive to the Gheenoe home store in Florida to purchase my boat.
I am going to take a ride up to Ben's Creek soon and I was wondering if anybody on here hunts the area. Is it pretty crowded up there? Years back it was a really nice place to hunt, but times have changed.
I have lived in Slidell my whole life, and hunted the Pearl River WMA and surrounding areas for almost 30 years. Each year, especially since Katrina, there are more and more thieves and discourteous people walking the woods. Used to be, there was that one guy on occasion who didn't care who was hunting or where. He would walk right up the trail you scouted and cut before hunting season, right under your stand, and ruin your morning without a care in the world. Now, that one guy is just about EVERY guy out there. And yes, you can't reserve spots on public land. This isn't a question of legalities, it is a question of being courteous. Now if you hunt the maintained trails, then you have to expect to see other people. I am speaking of the people who will park right next to you off the side of the road and walk down the little foot trail you worked your ass off to cut, knowing full well your back there trying to hunt.
I also had a private property owner tear up a climber I had locked to a tree on Bogue Chitto NWR property because I was within 150 yards of his food plot hunting a game trail.
Finally, I leased a 40 acre lot of land this year to take my wife hunting, and we showed up one morning for her first hunt and somebody stole my blind, chairs and game camera. Also, every time I go out there somebody has shinned rabbits on my atv trails and left the skins right there for me to see.
I live for hunting season, but find that I go less and less each year just because I have come to expect nothing but headaches and aggravation from the people who hunt around here. Even on a private lease, you can't just go out and relax and enjoy the outdoors.
And please, don't tell me I just have bad luck, or that "those people" are just the exception. I am out there all the time. I see this stuff ALL THE TIME. I hear the guys bragging about the button buck they shot, or the 60lb doe they killed.
I guess it is just the sign of the times, but it is sad.