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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.

September 17, 2012 at 9:02am

I know they are hauling them in down in Dularge and Delacroix, but is anybody having success around the Rigolets?

December 20, 2011 at 3:52pm

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.

March 03, 2011 at 5:22am

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.

Thanks

December 13, 2009 at 7:00am

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.

December 13, 2009 at 6:53am
A comment titled: Tough time in response to a report titled: Pearl river perch

I wish you luck. When the river hits around 10' they will be coming out the flooded areas and be stacked up in the river. Until then, it will be tough. But if you can find clear water then who knows.

May 04, 2014 at 5:58am
A comment titled: yea in response to a report titled: PEARL RIVER HOGS

I didn't ask if you have hunted all over the state. I asked if you have hunted the PRWMA. I have. For about 30 years. Last I checked, no crops of corn and soybeans were being grown in the marshy bogs south of hwy 90, so that is irrelevant for purposes of this topic. And you keep saying LWF owns the land. Actually, we do. Our tax dollars paid for it. Our tax dollars go to up-keeping it. But pro big-government advocates often make the mistake of calling PUBLIC land the governments. Not sure when that became a normal practice.

Now, I will ask again. Are you aware of ANY official study showing the impact of hogs in this particular environment (low lying marshes). Not farms. Not private property. Not somewhere in Alabama or Texas. And are you actually defending the allocation of money for this particular purpose over the laundry list of other more pressing and important things that the money could be used for to beautify and improve THIS WMA. Not some other one. This one with its unkept trails, empty food plots for deer, and piles of trash lining its banks. All problems they say they have no budget to do anything about.

Also, can you not see what a waste it is to spend thousands of dollars to kill hogs when you could instead MAKE money by selling permits to the general public to hunt the land. And lets not get off track with poaching deer. If somebody wants to poach deer they don't need a hog season to do it. They will do it regardless. Except for a few isolated incidents, deer poaching is a problem on private land and in hunting clubs. Not on the Pearl River WMA.

And how do you explain the use of all this money to kill hogs, while also writing tickets for somebody having the wrong type of gun or bullet with them during squirrel and rabbit season. Don't bother answering that, because we know the reason. It is a way to write tickets and take more of our money. We are law enforcement's mobile ATM machines so they can generate money to do stuff like fly around and shoot hogs.

If you can't see how ignorant and wasteful this use of tax money is, well I can't really help you either.

March 07, 2014 at 1:29pm
A comment titled: Come on man in response to a report titled: PEARL RIVER HOGS

Seriously slickhead. Have you really hunted the PRWMA much? Have you hunted the marsh south of 90? The forest north of 90? South of 90 is a marsh. Hogs absolutely root around in the marshy, muddy soil for worms, roots, snakes...whatever. How much damage is that causing to a marsh? When the water rises and then falls, you can't even see where the hogs had been with the exception of their commonly walked trails. Alligator populations are off the chart south of 90, as is evident if you frog during the summer months, so hogs destroying alligator nest certainly doesn't seem to be a problem. If you can find the time to not just make anecdotal comments, let us know what kind of permanent 'damage' is being caused. And not just opinions. Surely if they are about to spend thousands killing hogs from the air, there is some legitimate study published somewhere on exactly what this damage is and why it is worth spending thousands to try and stop it. And hunting them from the air in areas without forest is absolutely effective. And now instead of hunters like myself being able to enjoy hunting them and bringing home meat, we will come home empty handed. And again. The attention being given to this 'problem' is silly. The paper mill in Bogalusa poisons the river and kills thousands of fish and other wildlife, and two weeks after it happens it is forgotten. But a hog roots a hole in the mud and it's time to sent guys with guns into the air to irradiate the horrible threat to the environment. And again, lets not discuss how unbelievably trashy the marsh is. There are still refrigerators from Katrina out there. But hey, picking that stuff up is not near as fun as shooting hogs from the air!! And of course, lets make sure and write tickets to anybody caught hunting hogs using something bigger than a 22 or BBB shot during closed deer season, because that is also really helping.

March 07, 2014 at 9:11am
A comment titled: Unbelievably Stupid!! in response to a report titled: PEARL RIVER HOGS

This is about the dumbest crap I have seen in a very long time. First of all, I have hunted the WMA since I was 12 years old. I am 42 now. I see a fraction of the hogs I used to see hunting the rivers. Especially since they turned dog hunters loose on them. This \'Hog Problem\' is just a bunch of sensationalized bull crap that people see on TV or hear repeated by some dummy who has never stepped foot in the swamp.

Secondly, like a previous post stated, I have heard first hand that they don\'t have the funds to maintain the trails or plant food plots. Really?? Yet there is money for a bunch of grown men with the mental maturity of a 12 year old to go play around with guns in helicopters?? UNBELIEVABLE!! So instead of charging $75 or $100 for a permit to hunt hogs during the off season, it will now cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, for every hog they dispatch and leave laying dead in the marsh.

This is just government waste at its finest. A bunch of good ol' boys having fun on our tax money. So remember. While you are at work trying to make a living and feed your family, these guys will having fun on your nickle.

From this day forward, every bullet I purchase will come via UPS and Fedex from somewhere else. Let the ammo tax go to funding game management somewhere else.

As for people who defend this, who knows. It is a public forum. People can say and claim anything they want. Maybe they don't even hunt, or they are a state employee just taking up for their own. And then there are people who just enjoy killing stuff. Doesn't matter what for, or if it is for food or not. They just get off on the killing aspect. The state puts a 'invasive species' label on feral hogs and all of a sudden that is justification in some peoples mind to do whatever they want. And take your 'saving the swamp' horse crap somewhere else. Want to save the swamp? Spend the weekend picking up trash!! You could fill a dumpster up in an hour with all the barrels, cans, plastic bottles, mattresses, TV's, ect. ect. The same people who are championing killing hogs to help the swamp probably throw their beer cans right out of the boat as they drain them. The most invasive species I have seen on the WMA is trashy humans.

March 07, 2014 at 6:06am
A comment titled: Are you kidding?? in response to a report titled: 48 points in Louisiana, would you, could you choot this buck

This is Louisiana. That thing could have little nubs sticking out and weight 40 lbs and 90% of the hunters around here would shot it!

December 03, 2013 at 1:23pm
A comment titled: Why? in response to a report titled: LA PUBLIC LANDS HUNTING BREAKING NEWS

If I had to take a guess why this was done, I would put writing citations at the top of my list. The WMA hunting/fishing regulations are jam packed with ridiculous and unnecessary rules, all so game wardens can write tickets. There are so many obscure rules on the books that three game wardens will give you three different answers to the same question. 25 years ago when I hunted out there you would see a game warden once in a blue moon driving plain old brown (or was it green) truck. Now they are all in shiny new dodge 4x4's gunned up with weapons more suitable for a war zone. Those pretty toys cost money, and hunters get to foot the bill.

But hey, this is government we are talking about. Maybe one of the secretary's friends wanted a section to hunt all to himself. Who knows why. And if we knew, the answer would probably just piss us off more. One thing we know for certain is that the reason he gave isn't the real reason. He is a government employee and his mouth was moving, and you know what that means.

November 28, 2013 at 6:40pm
A comment titled: Done and Done! in response to a report titled: Immature hunters rant

I duck hunted the PRWMA back in the early to late 80's and it was awesome. Got busy with college, work and life, and didn't duck hunt for a decade. I made one trip out there and swore it would be the last time. Unfortunately, deer and hog hunters aren't much better. They will walk right through your hunting area without a care. About all I can tell you is that it is just a sign of the times. People are just rude and self centered. And as bad as the PRWMA was back in the early 2000's, it is infinitly worse since Katrina. Slidell went to hell in a hand basket in 2006. I will let you come up with your own conclutions as to why.

November 15, 2013 at 7:46pm
A comment titled: WMA Hunting in response to a report titled: Pearl River WMA

Unfortunately, I think you might have to get used to it. I gave up migratory duck hunting the PR WMA over 10 years ago. Nothing but problems, and from what I hear it has gotten much worse since Katrina. I only hunt wood ducks now, and only in swamps or small bayous where I can get away from 'Those People'. Deer hunting is no better. You have to travel way up river, and go way into the woods to get away from other people. There are miles and miles of river, but it never fails. At least once a year somebody will pull his boat up right next to mine and walk in just as the sun is rising or setting. You just can't fix stupid.

November 26, 2012 at 3:08pm
A comment titled: chp in response to a report titled: Conceal Carry No Permit Now ???

My dad just took the class so he could get the unconstitutional permit to carry concealed. According to the LSP (he asked when getting finger printed), the Amendment does not change the requirement for a permit to carry concealed. I don't think the side of the road is the place to debate that with a police officer, so you should just get the permit. Maybe one day we will be a Right to Carry state, but not yet.

November 12, 2012 at 3:22pm
A comment titled: fine in response to a report titled: Sherbone WMA-citation

I can understand that, but the point I was making is that a $350 fine for not filling out a card is outrageous, and simply a way to transfer your hard earned money into their pockets. Like I said, $25 is more than enough, even though in my opinion it should be completely voluntary.

November 10, 2012 at 7:03am
A comment titled: scp in response to a report titled: Sherbone WMA-citation

That stinks man! I forget sometimes, and I am on the rivers a lot. They seem to be more strict during hunting season, but that is just my experience. Never been cited for it, and they only ask 1 out of 10 times. Lets face it though, this is just a way for them to take more money out of your hands and put it into the governments coffers. I know they say it helps them locate people who are lost, but if they want to encourage people to fill them out a $25 fine would be plenty to make most people remember.

November 10, 2012 at 5:43am
A comment titled: LWF Search in response to a report titled: wildlife agents

Buddy, a wildlife agent can search your boat with, or without your permission, anytime he or she wants if it is on WMA property. Same goes for everything you are carrying if your hunting on WMA property. Next time your fishing and your asked to open up the cooler, try telling the agent to go get a search warrant first. See how it works out for you. Agree or disagree with the laws all you want, but it was completely lawful for him to search my boat.

November 05, 2012 at 2:28pm
A comment titled: LWF in response to a report titled: wildlife agents

I have had meet and greets with LWF Agents go both ways. Typically, as soon as they see the blue lifetime license card they just tell you to have a nice day. But, there were other times that they were just determined to find a reason to write a ticket. A few years ago my boat was searched while it was tied up on the river and I was in the woods hunting. When I came out the agent had found a old buck shot shell that was so rusted it probably wouldn't have gone off if you tried. He wrote me a ticket for having it during archery season even though I didn't even have a gun to shoot it out of. Had to do 40 hours of community service at a animal shelter. Worked out OK though. I love dogs.

November 05, 2012 at 1:28pm
A comment titled: Sal's in response to a report titled: Pontchartrain Marine

Thanks, but it has to be an authorized Tohatsu repair center. It is a brand new motor and will be a warranty repair. Pontchartrain Marine is the only one in Slidell.

September 17, 2012 at 10:26am

I got harassed by a LA Wildlife Official a couple years ago while hog hunting on the Pearl River (on the WMA). He asked me half a dozen times if I was baiting the area. I told him no twice, then just refused to answer the question anymore. He said they had problems with baiting in the area. It was bull. I was in some random spot, walked in, found a tree and got in a climber. He just saw me and decided to be an jerk. No big deal. I just go deeper into the swamp, and further into the woods now. Problem solved.

December 20, 2011 at 4:01pm
A comment titled: No in response to a report titled: is it legal???

Unless there are seat belts in his truck bed, then no. Driver and passengers must all be wearing seat belts by law.

October 03, 2011 at 7:23am
A comment titled: Trailers in response to a report titled: Attention All Boat and Trailer Owners!!!

Cracking down on insp. stickers on trailers??? I pass a dozen trailers a week (in the dark) with not 1 working tail light or brake light, and have NEVER seen or heard of somebody getting a ticket for it. Maybe they should just start with that problem, and worry about the insp. stickers later.

October 03, 2011 at 7:17am
A comment titled: Paper Mill in response to a report titled: DA BLACK PEARL RIVER!

You guys defending the mill because of the people it employees make me sick. I have been hunting and fishing the Pearl River for 30+ years, and I don't care how much the community depends on it, or how many people it employees. If it is responsible it should pay OUT THE NOSE for the damages it has caused. If that shuts it down, then so be it. I don't like to see people out of work any more than the rest of you, but one has nothing to do with the other. Employing people doesn't give you a license to do whatever you want. Well, I say that, but if they pay off the right politicians maybe it does. This is Louisiana after all, and based on the obvious silence by government officials, they might be getting big fat envelopes already!!

August 16, 2011 at 7:59am
A comment titled: YES!! in response to a report titled: cameras

For the same reason they made putting up ladder stands illegal. The wardens got tired of people calling them out for theft, and there were lots of confrontations because people thought that just because they had a ladder stand in a area that nobody else could hunt there.

January 13, 2010 at 12:06pm
A comment titled: Hey in response to a report titled: Do you shoot coyotes?

CajunHopper, my Grandmother was 100% Comanche Indian and she would probably be the first to tell you that white people aren't native to this area either, and are completely out of control. Maybe we should get rid of those too??

January 09, 2010 at 8:34am
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