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?
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 -
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. www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting
L.D.W.F. RELEASES 2008-09 DEER HARVEST RESULTS
Release Date: 08/11/2009
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has posted the results of the 2008-09 deer harvest at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting. 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
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].
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.
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?
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?
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?
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 information....click 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.
L.D.W.F. ISSUING NIGHT SHOOTING PERMITS FOR COYOTES AND FERAL HOGS
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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov/contactus/contact.cfm?id=11.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 story......here 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below is an edited version of the new Red Snapper regulations. Go to this link for complete regulations:
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Peter Hood Peter.Hood@noaa.gov 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
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:
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html (use advanced
search for final rules using AT87 as a keyword).
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.