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I have a '96 40 hp Force outboard.

The motor has started making a 'ticking' noise. The speed of the ticking changes with the RPM of the engine. I don't feel any unusual vibration and the engine does not get hot or loose power.

I had to run the engine about 10 miles to get back to the boat launch with it making this noise.

I ran the engine the next day in the river. The engine ran normal for the first 10 to 15 minutes [4 or 5 miles] and then the 'ticking' noise started.

Any suggestions as to what is causing the noise?

March 21, 2011 at 5:32pm

Public Dove Hunting Opportunities 2009-10

Wildlife Management Areas

Note: The drought this past summer resulted in greatly reduced production or failure of many of the crops planted as dove fields. However, vegetation in fields will be managed to encourage use by doves.

Bayou Pierre WMA, Red River Parish - 100 ac. sunflower, millet, and 1 year-old winter wheat. September 5th (opening day) is limited to successful lottery applicants only.
Big Colewa WMA, West Carroll Parish - 20 ac. sunflower
Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish - 60 ac. sunflower and sorghum on Topan tract (north of LA Hwy. 4) and 20 ac. of sorghum and sunflower in Crowe field (south of Duty Ferry).
Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish - 30 ac. sunflower and sorghum (intersection of LA Hwy 128 and 573).
Camp Beauregard, Rapides Parish -

September 02, 2009 at 9:04pm

Maybe this has been posted....but I don't remember seeing it before.

Two weeks ago...the LDWF posted a lot of information on the Deer harvest in Louisiana for all of the parishes.

Here is some of the information. Go to the link for more information.

Release Date: 08/11/2009

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has posted the results of the 2008-09 deer harvest at LDWF compiled the deer harvest data by utilizing a mail-in survey, internet/phone deer tag reports and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) managed deer hunts.

The 2008-09 hunting season marked the start of the mandatory deer tagging and reporting program. LDWF issued 227,001 sets of deer tags last year, which accounted for a reported deer harvest of 95,718. When the Deer Management and Assistance Program and WMA harvests are added, the total count comes to 116,571 deer harvested.

Union Parish led all parishes with 7,915 deer harvested last season. Rounding out the top 10 parishes are: Bienville (5,387 deer harvested), Claiborne (5,171), Vernon (4,311), Bossier (3,930), Jackson (3,689), Webster (3,652), Iberville (3,398), Natchitoches (3,384) and Tensas (3,376) parishes.

The reporting system count is substantially lower than the mail survey index (used to monitor long term trends) of 158,200. Since this was the first year of the mandatory deer tagging and reporting system, LDWF suspects there was less than 100 percent compliance with the new rules.

The 2008-09 managed deer harvest on WMAs was over 5,000. On the either-sex managed deer hunts there was an average hunter success rate of 11 hunting efforts per deer, which is better than the long-term average of 16 efforts per deer.

Jackson Bienville WMA located in Bienville and Lincoln parishes led all WMAs in deer harvested during managed deer hunts with 378 deer harvested. Red/Three Rivers WMA in Concordia Parish led all WMAs in bucks harvested during managed deer hunts with 376.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351

August 23, 2009 at 11:26am

HB 387 To ban or require gun registration is scheduled to be heard in the Cirminal Justice committee meeting tomorrow starting at 9 AM. [Tue]

I know this is late.....but I just saw this. You can watch / lessen to the meeting at:

HB 27....Authorizes concealed weapons on campuses. This is also scheduled for tomorrow [Tue].

May 11, 2009 at 11:12pm

This will restrict your gun rights. This is part of HB 44 to make it a crime to bring a gun to a public gathering.


LaFonta HB No. 44
Abstract: Prohibits possession or discharge of a firearm at a public gathering of 50 or more
Proposed law creates the crime of unlawful possession or discharge of a firearm at a public
gathering of 50 or more people.
Proposed law defines "firearm" and "public place".
Proposed law creates exceptions to the crime for hunting, law enforcement, private residences,
constitutionally protected areas, and historic reenactments.
Proposed law provides for penalties for the possession of a firearm at a public gathering of
imprisonment at hard labor for not less than five nor more than seven years, at least five years of
the sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of
sentence, and shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000.
Proposed law provides for penalties for the discharge of a firearm at a public gathering of
imprisonment at hard labor for not less than five years nor more than 10 years, at least five years
of the sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of
sentence, and shall be fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000.

April 24, 2009 at 11:51pm

This bill would require all Outboard motors 25 hp and larger to be titled. The title transfer would then be required anytime the engine is sold.

Is this a good thing or just more paperwork and cost more money?

April 21, 2009 at 1:58pm

House bill 98 would allow shrimpers to use Skimmers at Night in Cameron Parish...except Calcasieu Lake.

Would this have any real effect on the fishing in Big Lake?

April 21, 2009 at 1:52pm

This bill has been filed by Billy Chandler (D) of Dry Prong, LA [North Louisiana] (318) 899-1193.

This Bill....if passed, would do away with the LDWF Commissioners.

Is this GOOD or BAD for the way the LDWF is run?

In his wisdom, while doing away with the Commissioners, he does not make any provisions to replace there authority to making decisions.

IF there were no Commissioners.....Who would make desisions on Hunting and Fishing issues??? The Secretary, Govenor or state legislators?

What do you think of this proposal?

April 21, 2009 at 1:47pm

The state Legislature is getting into action very soon.

I was looking over the House bills in the Natural Resources committee. This committee considers bills concerning Fishing and Hunting. Some of the Bills will effect all of us....Some good changes.....But some BAD [IMO] changes.

Here is a link. A few of the House Bills of concern are: 39, 97, 172, 231, 236, 237, 410, 478, 529, 613 and 636. Senate bill 172 could cause more land ownership problems.

To find more on the bill number and then click on "Digest" to get a short version of proposed changes. To contact the Bill's author, click on the person's name.

IMO....Some of these Bills should not be passed and we need to let our repersentatives know this. I made a phone call a little while ago about one of these bills.

April 21, 2009 at 12:37pm

Release Date: 03/17/2009

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Division is now issuing night shooting permits for coyotes and feral hogs that harm agricultural crops, seedlings or livestock.

Permit applicants must have attempted previous abatement practices on the property prior to applying for the night shooting permit. These practices would include trapping and day shooting (where legal), which are both allowed without a permit from the department provided they have a Louisiana basic hunting license.

If previous abatement practices have been applied to the property and landowners are still experiencing damage, they are encouraged to contact their regional LDWF office for a permit application. For a list of LDWF regional offices and contact information please visit

Upon submitting their completed permit application to the respective regional office, an LDWF biologist will schedule a field visit in order to document and assess damage.

Permits are issued in the length of seven consecutive calendar evenings. Permits are issued only in the landowner's name, or LDWF must have written consent from the landowner establishing they are aware of intended permit activities on their property.

A total of five individuals may be covered by one permit. All permittees must be the holder of a valid Louisiana basic hunting license and are subject to a background check through the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Interested applicants should contact their local regional office for further details.

For more information, contact Carrie Salyers at 225-763-3557 or

March 23, 2009 at 11:31am

Hog hunting is allowed on all private land but not all land open to the Public for hunting. Some of the WMA's allow limited hog hunting but many do not.

Sherburne WMA did not have any hogs until some were turned loose in the area a few years ago. Now I have seen hogs there and see lots of hog signs, but hunting them is not legal.

Would you like to see hog hunting allowed on more WMA's?

If so, Please go the the public meetings that will be held starting next week. Or contact the LDWF Commissioners.

March 05, 2009 at 11:42pm

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced meeting dates and locations for public review and comment on the 2009-10 Resident Small Game and Deer Hunting and Wildlife Management Areas Seasons and Regulations.

During the meetings, LDWF biologists will give a presentation, answer questions and take public comments on the proposed upcoming hunting season. These public comments are then forwarded to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for their consideration before deciding on the final hunting season regulations.

Hunters are encouraged to attend these public meetings and express their views concerning upcoming hunting season dates and regulations.

Public meetings will be held at the following locations:

-- Minden: March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the LDWF Region Office located at 9961 Highway 80.
-- Lake Charles: March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter located at 7101 Gulf Highway.
-- Alexandria: March 11 at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria City Hall Building located on Murray St.
-- Winnsboro: March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Winnsboro City Court Building located at 1308 Cornell St.
-- Houma: March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Houma Municipal Auditorium located at 880 Verret St.
-- Ruston: March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center located on N. Trenton St.
-- Slidell: March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Slidell City Auditorium located at 2056 Second St.
-- Opelousas: March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Yambilee Festival Building located at 1939 W. Landry.
-- Baton Rouge: March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Dr.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or

March 05, 2009 at 11:23pm

More pictures of downed trees in the woods at Sherburne WMA.

The picture looking up at the broken off tree, is the tree that I climbed to kill a Doe from this past season. The tree just to the left is too large to climb.......but I located a nearby tree to use sometime this season.

October 01, 2008 at 7:23pm

Here are a few pictures from a scouting trip 2 weeks ago. Just saying that the woods are really messed up....doesn't tell the whole are some pictures.

The pictures show the Refuge road boat launch with only a few of the dead fish in the picture....there were many more in that area, a picture alone the road and going down Happy Town road.

October 01, 2008 at 7:15pm

LSU's football opener against Appalchian State in Baton Rouge will be an instant classic.

The Tigers, who have moved up the kickoff of Saturday's game from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT) because of approaching Tropical Storm Gustav, say ESPN has switched the contest from its regular outlet to ESPN Classic.

August 29, 2008 at 4:37pm

These pictures were taken in June '08. When one of these boats left, it was not long before another boat would come and fish up next to the wier.

I have been to the wiers [Grand Bayou & Lamberts] several times in the last couple of months.....and it is the same thing with several boats up by the wier. One time when a boat left, another guy that had just stopped there asked if I was going to "move in". I told him I was going to stay where it was legal to fish. He them moved in by the wier.

A few weeks ago, I talked to 2 Sheriff officers at a boat landing to tell them what I had seen the day before at Grand Bayou. They said that the LDWF had been there and issued tickets just 2 hours before I had gotten there.

August 11, 2008 at 11:17am

Phone communications from remote locations..

I need some help..

When I go hunting, I bring a bag phone, which has more power than a cell phone and can be used almost anywhere using a 12 volt battery. At the end of the month, the bag phone technology service will be discontinued.

Cell phones do not get any signals [bars] where I usually hunt. What can I get to replace my bag phone that operates on 12 volt battery in my boat, so that if there is an emergency, I can make a phone call for help… or to let the wife know that I am ok…..but will be home very late because I am looking for a Deer or boat engine problems.

June 20, 2008 at 3:26pm

Just thought I would post a picture of the MirrOdine lure.

Here is a link to the MirrOlure web site: This lure [17MR] comes in one size and 13 different colors.

June 06, 2008 at 12:15pm

Below is an edited version of the new Red Snapper regulations. Go to this link for complete regulations:

Peter Hood January 29, 2008
727/824-5305, FAX 727/824-5308 FB08-006
NOAA Fisheries Service Announces the Publication of a Final Rule Implementing
Regulations to Rebuild the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Stock

Elements of the Rule

• Reducing the commercial minimum size limit to
13 inches total length.
• Requiring the use of venting tools, dehooking
devices, and non-stainless steel circle hooks
(when using natural baits) for all reef fish
fishery sectors.
• The recreational harvest will be constrained to the
new quota by reducing the recreational bag limit
from four fish to two fish, setting the bag limit for
captains and crews of for-hire vessels at zero, and
shortening the recreational fishing season to June
1-September 30. The 16-inch total length
minimum size limit for recreational fishermen will
stay the same.

These actions become effective February 28, 2008,
except for the requirement to use non-stainless steel
circle hooks, venting tools, and dehooking devices,
which becomes effective June 1, 2008.

The final rule can be obtained in electronic form from
the Federal Register Web site: (use advanced
search for final rules using “AT87” as a keyword).

May 26, 2008 at 11:30pm

The Louisiana inshore shrimp season in Shrimp Management Zone 1 will open at 12 noon on June 2. Zone 2 as well as that portion of the State's Outside Waters south of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line as described in R.S. 56:495 from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the River Channel Buoy Line to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude will open at 12 noon on May 12. Zone 3 will also open at 12 noon on June 2. With this action, all state outside waters will be opened to shrimping.

Zone 1 includes state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River including Breton and Chandeleur Sounds. Zone 2 comprises that portion of Louisiana's inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island. Zone 3 includes state waters from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Louisiana/Texas state line.

May 02, 2008 at 10:45pm
A comment titled: found damage in response to a report titled: Motor help

Sorry for not getting back, been busy hunting and other things.

No sparking from wires at night. Took lower unit off and found damage to the drive gears and pinion.

Looing at parts cost to rebuild vs getting another lower unit.....if I can find one???

April 09, 2011 at 10:31pm
A comment titled: 'sparking' in response to a report titled: Motor help

Computer has been down and hunting for a few days so I could not respond.

I have not had time to run the engine at night yet.....maybe tonight or tomorrow.

March 28, 2011 at 4:32pm
A comment titled: Receiver chain & platform in response to a report titled: Lock on

'What prevents the receiver and chain from sliding down the tree?' The chain grabs the bark of the tree and the weight of the receiver and stand keep the chain tight to the tree.

Something to the end of the season, either take the reciever down or loosen up on the chain to allow for 'tree growth'. If you don't, the chain might be so tight next fall you might not be able to take the receiver off.

There were a couple of comments about the size of the platform when you stand up. When you stand can easily fold up the seat, using just your leg. This will give you more room allow you to stand close to the tree to better keep the Deer from seeing you when it is coming towards you.

September 19, 2010 at 2:00pm
A comment titled: Improvements in response to a report titled: Lock on

I agree. Very easy to use.

I found the fit sliding into the reciever to be a little tight. So I took a file and took off just a little of the cornners of the piece on the seat so it would slip in smoother. Also put a little oil to help.

To keep it from making any noise while putting it together, I put some duck tape where the seat part metal rest against the 'reciever' part.

The Bow holder attachment is best I have seen.

September 16, 2010 at 11:48pm
A comment titled: Sherburne WMA regulations in response to a report titled: SHERBURNE WMA

HH.....on the left side of every page is a link to the LDWF web site.

There is lots of information on all the hunting regulation for hunting on Wildlife Managements area. There is also information give for each individual WMA.

Please read all the information so you will know the regulations.

September 07, 2010 at 8:08pm
A comment titled: Have heard the story to often. in response to a report titled: Hunting land being logged

I recommend that you go to the lease tomorrow and remove any stands, feeders, equipment etc. that you have on the property.

Don't leave anything there and expect it to be there when the loggers are finished.

May 21, 2010 at 11:02pm

I don't know where you got your information????

It appears to be incorrect or misleading.

Louisiana SB 526 Digest says the following.

Proposed law prohibits firearms or other explosive devices in any structure, building, property, or
vehicle belonging to or designated for the benefit of use by the Sewerage and Water Board of
New Orleans, unless specifically authorized.

Effective upon signature of the governor or lapse of time for gubernatorial action.

May 14, 2010 at 4:59pm
A comment titled: fishing spots in response to a report titled: Fishing Big Lake

I sent you an email

January 25, 2010 at 10:33pm
A comment titled: Very good prices in response to a report titled: Eagle claw circle hooks needed in bulk

Check out

I have order stuff from them a couple of times. Great service from them.

January 24, 2010 at 11:50pm
A comment titled: Stress could be the answer??? in response to a report titled: Buck dropping antlers?

On the opposite end of this discussion.....I saw a buck [6 pt ?] a few years ago in late March while turkey hunting at Sherburne.

January 20, 2010 at 10:45pm
A comment titled: Youth hunt in response to a report titled: what do yall think

I think guides have alway been "provided" for the youth turkey hunts.

From what I have read and heard, most of the guides are seasoned turkey hunters. But I have also heard of one or two not so good experience.

I would think most of the guides would be willing to work with you to make your father/daughter experience what you want.

January 20, 2010 at 12:41am
A comment titled: Help to find correct information in response to a report titled: Maurepas WMA Water Level and WMA Question

To enter any WMA, person must have a license or ....

See page 21 of the hunting regulation booklet and look in the middle of the page on the right side to see complete information.

You can also find this information on the LDWF web site. Look on the left side of any page on this web site for a link.

January 12, 2010 at 12:20am
A comment titled: Night fishing in response to a report titled: Asian Carp

If you really want to catch them........ride in a boat at night with a light turned on.

Watch out....they will jump at the light and some end up in the boat.

Rig up some "Butter Fly" type nets, and it should not take long to fill the boat.

January 08, 2010 at 12:20am
A comment titled: Dog returned in response to a report titled: LOST KID'S DOG

That is great news to hear.....better than any other Christmas present.

December 29, 2009 at 11:43am

Ray.....why should a land owner have to pay fence his property to keep Dogs "OUT"????

I should be the Dog owner /hunter resposibility to keep the Dogs on there hunting property.

I say that if you don't have 2000+ acres, you should be required to have a fence [4' hog wire] fence to "contain" your dogs. A permit should be required and to get the permit the fence must be inspected by a licenced contractor.

Now, this should cut down on the problem of dogs getting "OFF" the hunters property.

Oh, it 4' is not high enough....require a 6' fence. Deer can easly jump a 6' fence.

December 29, 2009 at 11:28am
A comment titled: It can happen in response to a report titled: lost bow

I know a hunter that left a small back pack along the road up there a couple of weeks. He got it back the next day from the Game Wardens and it had ~ $ 400+ of stuff in it.

December 24, 2009 at 12:37am
A comment titled: Boat ride in response to a report titled: Indian Bayou WMA scout

Travis......Back where Lake Fordoche is, how deep is the water once you get out of the normal lake bank?

Any problem getting there taking the bayou that comes in on the SE corner of the lake.

I maybe taking some people on "Swamp" boat ride back there next week.

December 24, 2009 at 12:11am
A comment titled: Need more info. in response to a report titled: My 9 point

You showed the pictures......

Where is the story???

December 19, 2009 at 5:50pm
A comment titled: They are stealing from you. in response to a report titled: Recent Outlaw Deer Kills

TA.....if what you saw was sad, did you report it?

The LDWF needs our help to catch pochers. There are not very many GW in the state, but there are 1000's of people out in the outdoors that see illegel "STUFF" going on. Please report it. I am proud to say that I have reported illegal activities 2 times in the past few years.

Most people have cells phones and the phone number to call is on your hunting or fishing license.

Operation Game Thief 1-800-442-2511

December 19, 2009 at 5:48pm
A comment titled: LSU ag in response to a report titled: P.H. of Batture Soil in WBR Parish

You might try giving LSU Ag center a call. They do a lot of soil testing.

December 19, 2009 at 4:47pm
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