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after 63 years I have a chance to fish Toledo Bend around Many. Any pointers would be appreciated as we have never fished sac a lait in a deep water lake only shallow water and have no clue. Thought about a guide but who. Will be there april 21-23 2017 Thanks, Ray

April 14, 2017 at 12:25am

Looking for any info for fishing Toledo Bend around the Many area. Never been there but getting a chance for my 63rd birthday. Bringing my boat but know nothing about the lake or how to fish it. Any assistance would be appreciated and if u are kind enough to give up a spot or two we would very much appreciate that also. Come on and help a couple of yound at heart elders out. Thanks Ray

April 14, 2017 at 12:20am

Went to Rollover last week to cast-net. Weir is removed on the left with 2 barges in the canal and a tug. All the weirs on the right are closed I guess for duck season to keep in the water. Caught 6 doz med crabs that were not full. Go on to Joesph's Harbor to throw your net.

September 26, 2015 at 4:15pm

The spring shrimp season will open may 21st in zones 2 & 3 from the mouth of the Atch River to the LA/Texas border Good fishin', Ray

May 04, 2012 at 11:41pm

This article was originally published in Pravda.RU on November 21, 2008. Since then illegal immigration all over the world has only gotten worse. The author has made a few changes and additions to reflect current events.

'Why Americans don’t want illegal immigrants'

http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/15-02-2012/120506-illegal_immigration-0/

March 10, 2012 at 8:57pm
NRA

NRA official: Obama wants to outlaw guns in 2nd term
By Sean Lengell February 10, 2012,
A top official with the National Rifle Association said Friday that President Obama will move to 'destroy' gun rights and 'erase' the Second Amendment if he is re-elected in November.
While delivering one of the liveliest and best-received speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said the president's low-key approach to gun rights during his first term was 'a 'conspiracy to ensure re-election by lulling gun owners to sleep.'
'All that first term, lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term,' he said.
'We see the president's strategy crystal clear: Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearms' freedom, erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.'
Mr. LaPierre said the president's two Supreme Court appointees — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan— are 'two of the most rabid anti-gun justices in history.' He also accused Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of being a foe of gun rights.
And with the possibility of two or more Supreme Court justice positions opening during the next four years, the NRA official warned that gun ownership would be in jeopardy if Mr. Obama stays in office.
'If we get one more like those three, the Second Amendment is finished,' he said. 'It'll be the end of our freedom forever.'
Mr. LaPierre, who said 'there is no greater freedom than to own a firearm,' predicted that gun owners will rally en masse to defeat Mr. Obama in November.
'All of what we know is good and right about America, all of it could be lost if Barrack Obama is re-elected,' he said. 'It's all or nothing.'

February 10, 2012 at 10:38pm

Fisherman not happy about being linked to illegal dam in Atchafalaya Basin

Henderson – Jody Meche, a commercial fishermen and vice president of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association – West, is threatening to sue the state for linking his name to an obstruction in one of the Basin’s natural bayous.

Meche and others complained about culverts blocking Brown Bayou in Iberville Parish to the Atchafalaya Basin Program (ABP), which operates within the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The culverts were installed to build a road that the fishermen and Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Dean Wilson, say was not properly permitted.

Not only does the road block the fishermen from the swamps at high water but it also stems the life giving flow of fresh floodwater in winter and spring, they say.

Meche says the state agency ignored their complaints until 2010 when the culverts became so rusty they began to collapse and needed to be replaced.

By that time, ABP, which for decades had spent millions on tourism projects outside the Basin, had begun to concentrate on projects to improve water quality in the Basin. When the agency’s officials asked for suggested projects in a public meeting, Meche proposed the state remove the culverts from blocking the bayou.

“The Atchafalaya Basin Program changed my proposal to read ‘change existing culverts in Brown Bayou’ instead of removing the dam,” Meche said. “By doing that they are planning to use public funds to remove the dam, place new culverts and rebuild the dam again for the land owner for free, and legitimizing the landowner’s illegal activities.”

Adding insult to injury, he said, DNR refused to remove his name from of the “proposed project by Jody Meche.”

Meche said he will sue in civil court to have his name removed from the project.

Read more: TecheToday.com - Fisherman not happy about being linked to illegal dam in Atchafalaya Basin

November 02, 2011 at 6:18pm

Fight for the Atchafalaya Basin

Fight for the Atchafalaya Basin centers on sloppy permitting
by Ken Grissom
9 days ago |
Basinkeeper Dean Wilson (by big cypress in background) explains the problem of damming in the Basin
Dean Wilson, the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, is fighting the destructive practice of building dams across natural bayous and stemming the life giving sheet flow of floodwaters into the swamps.

Wilson is part of the Waterkeepers Alliance founded by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and several on-the-water activists whose histories stretch back to the battle for the Hudson River in the toxic ’60s.

With the significant reforms of the federal Clean Water Act in the 1970s – and locally the somewhat grudging recognition that east-west spoil banks and other boundaries are destroying the natural bounty of the Atchafalaya Basin – one might not expect the damming practice to still be going on. Wilson’s message is that it is happening right now right under the noses of the government regulators.

Case in point is a culvert lying on the ground near a branof Brown Bayou in Iberville Parish. The hunting club that leases the land from A. Wilbert & Sons LLC apparently has the intention of building a road across the east branch of Brown Bayou, locking commercial fishermen out of the swamp during the spring flood and retarding and eventually blocking sheet flow and fish migration.

Wilson says he cannot find a permit for this work but adds that he does not find this surprising. This isn’t the first unpermitted de facto dam built across the Dallas, Texas, family’s property in the Basin.

“In June 2000, on the same piece of property, Bridas Energy applied for a general permit to ‘lay boards on an existing road, and to excavate and place fill to install and maintain a ring levee, drill site and appurtenant structures to serve the A. Wilbert’s Sons Well No. 3.’ The permit also asks for the replacement of existing culverts,” Wilson said.

“In reality, there was no existing road and no culverts,” he said. “They ended up building a 2.6-mile elevated road from east to west, forever blocking the natural north to south water flow through the wetlands, and damming Brown Bayou. Brown Bayou is a state-owned water bottom. The well was dry, but they never removed the structures after they finished. In addition, they used the dam and the road to bring in heavy equipment to cut down wetland cypress forest.”

In 2007 Bridas Energy applied for another general permit to build a ring levee and to lay boards on an existing logging road for another well, Wilbert’s Sons Well No. 1, Wilson said. “Again they built over a mile of elevated road using tons of limestone to make it permanent, and blocking three bayous and the natural north to south water flow of the wetland system.”

Wilson describes the modus operandi he has uncovered:

“They applied for a general permit and gave false information to get it,” he said. And instead of “laying boards” they elevated the new road and paved it with limestone.

“They built dams and elevated roads, but since they had applied for a permit, in the eyes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it becomes a permit violation instead of a Section 404 violation (under the Clean Water Act).

“If there is no action from the Corps for over four years, the Corps won’t take action against them after that time. If they get caught, enforcement will give them a cease and desist but it will be considered a lack-of-compliance issue and will be referred to the Permitting Department where they most likely will get an after-the-fact permit,” Wilson said.

“It would have been very hard, maybe impossible for them to get a permit if they would have tried to do it the right way, applying for a regular permit giving the accurate facts,” he said.

In this latest case involving the hunting club, Wilson’s informants tell him the club has been told not to worry about the permit, to go ahead with the work.

And to top it all off, Wilson said, the landowner received over $1 million in federal tax dollars for an environmental easement to “permanently protect wetlands in the Atchafalaya Basin.” The easement includes a provision not to build any permanent structures on the land.

Wilson said that he sent the Corps a full report last year detailing the 2000 violations of the Clean Water Act and Rivers and Harbors Act, the fraudulent permit application, and the violation of the environmental easement. The Corps responded that since it had been over 10 years since the incident took place and the Corps would not taking any action.

Waterkeepers, of which there are now some 200 across the globe, network through the Alliance but are otherwise individual non-profits dependant upon local memberships, donations and fund-raisers to operate.

Read more: TecheToday.com - Fight for the Atchafalaya Basin centers on sloppy permitting

November 02, 2011 at 6:14pm

St. Martinville – After years of official eye-rolling, scoffing, and even chiding, it appears that the State of Louisiana is conceding that local commercial fishermen might know a thing or two about the hydrology of the Atchafalaya Basin.

With the considerable help of state Sen. Fred Mills Jr. and state Rep. Sam Jones of Franklin, Mike Bienvenu and Jody Meche, president and vice president of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association - West, all but hijacked the Atchafalaya Basin Program’s annual planning program and redirected it where they have been wanting to go all along: opening up the natural bayous.

At the close of a nearly four-hour hearing in St. Martinville Aug. 17, all sides had agreed to “laser-focus,” as Mills put it, on opening from top to bottom and down to its historic depth one bayou as a model project, possibly Bayou La Rose in the Cocodrie Swamp area east of Catahoula.

Mills vowed to call all stakeholders, including and maybe even especially the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, into a meeting to address the issues of opening up one natural bayou choked to insignificance by channelization and the spoil banks of pipeline and well location canals.

“We need to choose one bayou and laser-focus on opening it up,” Mills said. “We need to hit one home run” which could serve as a model for future projects, he said.

ABP acting director Stephen Chustz suggested the Cocodrie Swamp Project, for which $1 million in funding is authorized for this fiscal year.

“We shouldn’t be spending taxpayers’ money to unplug these bayous,” said Bienvenu, noting that the standard permit issued by the Corps of Engineers for dredging states that the permit-holder must bear the cost of re-opening navigable waterways impacted by the project.

Bienvenu said the job could be done with the type of excavator used by Parish Government to clean out drainage canals along with compact track loaders to remove the spoil.

“I could open up five or 10 bayous with a million dollars,” he said.

Parish President Guy Cormier pledged his support to what he called the “perfect project” to test the fishermen’s theory.

Jones, who represents lower St. Martin Parish, said there also needs to be an examination of how the Corps enforces its dredging permits.

Earlier, Meche, who is also a member of the Henderson Town Council, expressed his frustration at the Corps apparently issuing an after-the-fact permit to a private company to lay a permanent road across Brown Bayou, in the Bayou Des Glaises unit. Originally an access road to a well that went dry, the road now sprouts hunting camps, said Meche. Plugged with culverts, dirt and shell, the bayou no longer carries its traditional flow and navigation into the swamps via the bayou has been curtailed.

Another natural waterway to the north, Bristow Bayou, is on the verge of being similarly plugged up, Meche said.

“Why do we have to follow the rules and (oil companies) don’t?” Meche demanded.

The atmosphere at last week’s hearing was vastly different from those days when the Atchafalaya Basin Program was laden with money, much of it federal, which then-director Sandra Thompson funneled into tourism projects like the Duchamp Opera House and Uncle Dick Davis RV park instead of water management projects. These annual project review meetings back then were crowed with happy local officials who, for the most part, did not welcome the intrusion of the crawfishermen crying for better water quality.

Even when water quality came into vogue, the simplistic concept of simply reopening old bayous was pooh-poohed by the administrators and engineers alike as hopelessly archaic. Meanwhile some of the projects designed to take the place of natural bayous have tended to fill the swamps with sediment instead of flushing them out with floodwater.

Since becoming secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, St. Martin’s own Scott Angelle has placed a high priority on water management projects and early-on sought the advice of the fishermen in how to proceed.

Another factor in the fishermen’s new-found gravitas has been their political clout, which they sometimes wield like a maul.

“I can get 10,000 votes,” Bienvenu warned. “Ask (former state Sen.) Craig Romero and (former Sheriff) Charles Fuselier what I can do.”

There are still plenty of non-water-management projects on the ABP’s list, like the Catahoula community center, parks in Belle River and Stephensville, and Morgan City’s Lake End Park, but money is a lot tighter nowadays and the emphasis has definitely shifted toward keeping the Basin a healthy habitat for its native species.

Read more: TecheToday.com - 15156597

August 31, 2011 at 5:51pm

Cocodrie Swamp Project Meeting scheduled for August 31st 2011 @ 4:00 pm @ the St. Martin Parish Council Building in St. Martinville. Discussions regarding possible project design. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND!!

August 18, 2011 at 1:45pm

This video was sent to me by NRA whom has filed a lawsuit on this issue.

Obama Justice Department Orders Gun Registration: Wayne LaPierre Denounced Action and Unveils NRA Lawsuit

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1095760427001/fierce-battle-over-gun-rights

August 07, 2011 at 8:37pm

Does anyone know of a place around Lafayette/Abbeville where I can purchase a pair of leaf springs for a 1500 lb Easy Loader Boat Trailer. I broke one in half and it caused the fender to blow out a tire, due to our great roadways and saltwater. Tried Tractor Supply but they only carry the spring with both ends closed while I have one end closed and one end bent in a U shape. Thanks Ray

June 25, 2011 at 6:57pm

ICE agents warn Americans 'to brace themselves for what's coming'•June 23, 2011 9:04 pm ET
Dave Gibson

Click here to read the now infamous memo: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/secure-communities/pdf/prosecutorial-discretion-memo.pdf

Continue reading on Examiner.com ICE agents warn Americans 'to brace themselves for what's coming' - National Immigration Reform | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/immigration-reform-in-national/ice-agents-warn-americans-to-brace-themselves-for-what-s-coming?fb_comment=34692736#ixzz1QKkO7Mu5

June 25, 2011 at 6:51pm

LOUISIANA: Hunting Included in Plan for Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan that will direct the management of the Atchafalaya Refuge for the next 15 years. The 44,000-acre Refuge is one of 8 refuges managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Three options for managing the refuge are addressed in the plan. Alternative A is the current management plan and serves as the basis for comparing Alternatives B and C. In all three options, hunting opportunities will continue and be managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as part of the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area.

The public comment period for the plan is open until June 23rd and comments may be emailed to tina_chouinard@fws.gov. The plan is posted online at: http://southeast.fws.gov/planning under “Draft Documents.” For further information, you may call Ms. Chouinard at 731-432-0981.

June 05, 2011 at 8:01am

With the floodgates open shouldn't the areas flooded show what the normal high water mark is and what's under water determine State Water Bottoms, I was always told the normal high water mark was around 21 ft at Butte LaRose Landing?

May 14, 2011 at 6:49pm


NRA Warns Against New Gun Control Push ... From EPA Environmental agency ponders whether lead in bullets is poisoning wildlife

The National Rifle Association, already on high alert over gun control rumors, has gone to battle stations to fight a new scheme before the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict hunters and anglers from using lead bullets, shot and sinkers.

Chief NRA lobbyist Chris Cox charges in a letter to the EPA that the effort amounts to 'a vehicle to implement gun control' and could end hunting by most who can't afford the higher priced alternatives to lead.

At issue: lead, the most widely used material for making bullets, shot, and sinkers. The Center for Biological Diversity says in a 100-page petition that lead used by outdoorsmen and women can be blamed for causing deaths in some 130 species of birds like eagles. 'Lead-based bullets fragment on impact, distributing toxic lead particles widely throughout carcasses, and making it impossible for scavenging animals or humans to avoid ingesting lead along with meat,' says the center, joined on petition by the American Bird Conservancy, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and two other groups.

The NRA counters that claims lead is causing a horrific toll on wildlife is bogus. The proof, they say, is the population explosion of American Eagles around the nation, including some inside Washington's beltway.

But more importantly, says the NRA, the EPA is barred from regulating ammo or fishing sinkers under the Toxic Substances Control Act. But the ammo foes think that they have found a way around that by asking the EPA to regulate elements of ammo and the element they want banned is the lead.

Cox said that would counter what Congress has intended in previous laws. 'Put another way, if Congress exempts a cow from regulation, one could hardly argue that it nevertheless would allow for regulation of the hide attached to the cow's body,' said Cox.

Despite the opposition from the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearm and ammunition industry, the EPA is considering banning lead. It is seeking public comment until Halloween.

August 27, 2010 at 5:55pm

Monday, August 2, 2010 2:16pm PDT
Cheating scandal at U.S. Open rocks bass-fishing community
By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
A professional angler found to have stuffed lead sinkers down the throats of fish he submitted for weigh-ins during a prestigious bass-fishing tournament has been banned for life from that and other competitions in a scandal that has rocked the tight-knit and passionate bass-fishing community.

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/19468/cheating+scandal+at+us+open+rocks+bass-fishing+community/

August 03, 2010 at 8:22pm

Everyone must read this article about the 100 most useless things our millions of stimulus dollars were used to fund. I can only dream of the jobs and hi-ways that could have been created???

Monkeys Get High for Science (Winston-Salem, NC) - $144,541,

Ants Talk. Taxpayers Listen (San Francisco, CA) - $1.9 million and

Studying the Effect of Local Populations on the Environment...in the Himalayas (Ann Arbor,
MI) - $529,648

http://coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=e1e0624e-d02a-42d4-9dbb-f5b9f21b3572

August 03, 2010 at 1:44pm

BEIJING – China's largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves.

An official warned the spill posed a 'severe threat' to sea life and water quality as China's latest environmental crisis spread off the shores of Dalian, once named China's most livable city.

July 21, 2010 at 12:31pm

Urge Senator Mary Landrieu to Cosponsor Important Pro-Gun Reform Bill

S. 941, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Reform and Firearms Modernization Act, represents NRA-ILA's latest effort to pass legislation that will make it easier for lawful gun owners and dealers to comply with federal law and regulations, while ensuring that those who break the law are punished accordingly. This bipartisan bill also serves as a vital step toward modernizing and improving BATFE's overall operations. The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena.

Of highest importance, S. 941 totally rewrites the system of administrative penalties for licensed dealers, manufacturers and importers of firearms. Today, for most violations, BATFE can only give a federal firearms license (FFL) holder a warning or totally revoke his license.

S. 941 would allow fines or license suspensions for less serious violations, while still allowing license revocation for the kind of serious violations that would block an investigation or put guns in the hands of criminals. This prevents the all-too-common situations where BATFE has punished licensees for insignificant technical violations-such as improper use of abbreviations, or filing records in the wrong order.

Currently S. 941 has 32 cosponsors, including Senator David Vitter. To see the current cosponsor list, click here. For more information about S. 941, please visit: www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?id=251&issue=28.

June 16, 2010 at 12:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Trespassing Question in response to a report titled: Trespassing Question

We fought this for many years and even found Representatives to offer amendments but due to all the big landowners lobbyists and pull with legislators they never made it through Committee. Our Representative asked us where were all the Sportsmen that wanted the right to fish our navigable waters when none of the showed up at the meetings but the landowners had their lobbyists and lawyers there in droves. Seems the sportsmen have to work for a living and never hear of the meetings, while the landowners have ears all over the Capital. Some even took it to court were it was ruled they have no standing in the Court(only the fish have standing it seems). Fishing is going the way of hunting and as long as the landowners can name their price on leases, then we are out of luck. Most leases often require the lessee to run off the fishermen, Only when we stop hunting and fishing and the LDWF runs out of the monies that we pay will this end. Sorry but only in Louisiana does anyone have the right to block or claim navigable waterways. Lots of lawsuits made it to Court in the Basin (LCPA) and they found several land-owners had dug canals to illegally divert running waters but nothing is ever done to them despite them being caught red-handed.
Check these areas that are posted and you will find Judges and Sheriffs hunting and fishing there from their FREE camps!! Ray

September 30, 2015 at 10:01pm
A comment titled: Leased land and our rights to State properties in response to a report titled: Hunting leases

I guess some of you are right to lease what you want but what really gets me is that in today's Abbeville Meridional, LDWF has hundreds of acres of State Land in the White Lake area and through-out Vermilion Parish that they are leasing off to the highest bigger. I understood this land was donated/put in public trust with the State for all citizens to use just as Rockefeller Refuge. When Amoco had this in the 70'+s they would bring in corporate guests from all over the world to kill hundreds of ducks and other wildlife. What happened to the rights of the citizens when the best areas are leased off to the highest bidder and a few of us may get a chance at the lottery on the poorer properties. The State is making millions off of our resources and feeding us a few crumbs. Did any of you know that no Royalties from White Lake, for the oil and gas goes to the local governments such as the Police Jury of VP. The road through PI was built with dredged Indian mounds built of oysters shells and it ha always been a natural waterway which Exxon has attempted to deny in the past. Also the Humble Canal was a natural waterway for years until one land company decided to claim it to save it for our future while leasing the surrounding marsh. WE are flooding during hurricanes because our barrier and oyster reefs were raped/stolen, with the full knowledge of or legislators, with no benefit to the citizens. People that had lived on PI for generations can no longer access the marsh south of hwy 82 without paying a lease, If the marsh was sold in the 60's it was sold illegally as it was supposed to be entrusted to the State for future generations to access, not just the highest bidder. One day when there are no more hunting areas for you and your children we will be the ones to the blame for letting it happen. We are not speaking of land, such as timberland, but waterways that belong to the State of Louisiana to hold for future generations. why aren't the Monies made open for us to see where it is being spent; to keep our areas free and open for our kids. because if not then why have guns and boats we can no longer use in the not too far future. Much of the Basin is now off-limits with paying a lease which never comes back or invested. Just a few thoughts to wonder about for those of us that were once free to use our resources as God and the Fed Government intended. Ray. I have sent this and much more of evidence of our stolen resources to be should around the country for all to see the corruption in the once free Sportsman's Paradise as follows:

Ray,
We have received your attachments. Thank you very much.

NumbersUSA Loved It & Lost It Team

On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 5:06 AM,Ray wrote: did you receive my info or should I send it again
---- NumbersUSA Loved & Lost loveditlostit @numbersusa.com> wrote:*June 5, 2012

Dear Mr. Ray,

We would like to thank you for your contribution to Roy’s Loved It & Lost It blog post on the NumbersUSA homepage last week. We are in the process of creating a new website in which your story, and stories like yours, can be shared and documented to illustrate the effects of immigration-driven population growth and development on the environment of the United States.

We would like to share your story about the Louisiana Marshes that has been compromised or destroyed due to population growth on this new website to increase awareness of the downsides of U.S. population growth. If you are willing to elaborate on your comment from the blog post, we would like to add your full story to our website so that we can share your words with our viewers.In addition to your personalized story, we are also looking for pictures of the place you loved and lost, or fear will be lost in the future. Before and after pictures will illustrate the extent of changes that have been made to your special place; however, any and all pictures are welcomed contributions. Along with any pictures you may have, we would also like to include the specific name and address of the place so that others may be able to locate it.

Please let us know how you would like your name to be published with your story or if you would like to remain anonymous. We’ll be sure to send you a link to the site before it is made public so that you can review your entry.

Thank you for your time and contribution!
Sincerely,
The Loved It & Lost It Team NumbersUSA*

June 12, 2012 at 10:27pm
A comment titled: Loss of hunting rights due to greed in response to a report titled: Hunting leases

I thought that's what you guys wanted
I thought that's what yall wanted? To push all the small hunters out and let only the rich have the ability to hunt. I gave hunting up many years ago because of all the posting and backstabbing by our so called Sportsman. The end result will be that with no place for the common man to hunt it will slowly die out. LDWF has as much as said so for years, Why should we support groups such as the NRA or gun rights if we can't hunt? Many I know have abandoned the cause even though we love our guns just as we no longer support CCA for not supporting us. I know the argument is to hunt public land but they will only take so much pressure and with all the unqualified yo-yo's hunting public areas you are taking a big chance. The same as operating a boat! Just because you have one does not mean you know how to use it! Ray

June 12, 2012 at 4:33am
A comment titled: Politics and corruption in response to a report titled: You can win in this KIND of fight

I thought I had seen the most crooked politics and politicians with Louisiana style backroom deals but that Chicago mafia style politics has us whipped hands down. That is the only way they will take our guns and hunting/fishing thru regulations as described in that event. It seems as if that's just the tip of the iceberg. If they can take your license because it looks like your arrow hit something how do you prove them wrong. They plan on regulating us out of the system!!! The rest of Nugent's interview blew my mind and I believe this should be on the front pages not hidden away. Ray

April 26, 2012 at 7:39pm
A comment titled: LCPA in response to a report titled: Arrested for fishing tidal waters?

switzersfab - so does that mean you agree with what is occurring to the waterways in the basin Illegally I might add or do you just have an objection to crayfishermen's free use of public waterways to earn a living? It seems to me LPCA is one of the few groups fighting and winning those cases here. By the way those comments weren't LCPA they were from Dean Wilson, the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. Wilson is part of the Waterkeepers Alliance founded by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and several on-the-water activists whose histories stretch back to the battle for the Hudson River in the toxic ’60s. I can only believe by your comments you may be one of those involved. And no I am not a member of any organization on either side just hate the hypocrisy of so called envirlomentalist who claim they are saving our State but are actually doing it for themselves. Good Fishin', Ray

April 22, 2012 at 5:44pm

With the significant reforms of the federal Clean Water Act in the 1970s – and locally the somewhat grudging recognition that east-west spoil banks and other boundaries are destroying the natural bounty of the Atchafalaya Basin – one might not expect the damming practice to still be going on. Wilson’s message is that it is happening right now right under the noses of the government regulators.

Case in point is a culvert lying on the ground near a branof Brown Bayou in Iberville Parish. The hunting club that leases the land from A. Wilbert & Sons LLC apparently has the intention of building a road across the east branch of Brown Bayou, locking commercial fishermen out of the swamp during the spring flood and retarding and eventually blocking sheet flow and fish migration.

Wilson says he cannot find a permit for this work but adds that he does not find this surprising. This isn’t the first unpermitted de facto dam built across the Dallas, Texas, family’s property in the Basin.

“In June 2000, on the same piece of property, Bridas Energy applied for a general permit to ‘lay boards on an existing road, and to excavate and place fill to install and maintain a ring levee, drill site and appurtenant structures to serve the A. Wilbert’s Sons Well No. 3.’ The permit also asks for the replacement of existing culverts,” Wilson said.

“In reality, there was no existing road and no culverts,” he said. “They ended up building a 2.6-mile elevated road from east to west, forever blocking the natural north to south water flow through the wetlands, and damming Brown Bayou. Brown Bayou is a state-owned water bottom. The well was dry, but they never removed the structures after they finished. In addition, they used the dam and the road to bring in heavy equipment to cut down wetland cypress forest.”

In 2007 Bridas Energy applied for another general permit to build a ring levee and to lay boards on an existing logging road for another well, Wilbert’s Sons Well No. 1, Wilson said. “Again they built over a mile of elevated road using tons of limestone to make it permanent, and blocking three bayous and the natural north to south water flow of the wetland system.”

Wilson describes the modus operandi he has uncovered:

“They applied for a general permit and gave false information to get it,” he said. And instead of “laying boards” they elevated the new road and paved it with limestone.

“They built dams and elevated roads, but since they had applied for a permit, in the eyes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it becomes a permit violation instead of a Section 404 violation (under the Clean Water Act).

“If there is no action from the Corps for over four years, the Corps won’t take action against them after that time. If they get caught, enforcement will give them a cease and desist but it will be considered a lack-of-compliance issue and will be referred to the Permitting Department where they most likely will get an after-the-fact permit,” Wilson said.

“It would have been very hard, maybe impossible for them to get a permit if they would have tried to do it the right way, applying for a regular permit giving the accurate facts,” he said.

In this latest case involving the hunting club, Wilson’s informants tell him the club has been told not to worry about the permit, to go ahead with the work.

Read more: TecheToday.com - Fight for the Atchafalaya Basin centers on sloppy permitting

April 21, 2012 at 7:06pm
A comment titled: Changes in response to a report titled: Arrested for fishing tidal waters?

I see things haven't changed here. The one's who feel privileged still want to claim public waters as theirs to create their little paradise but then they claim to be doing it to save the environment.
The man-made water containment systems built by these people, in our marshes, are mainly for their own selfish use- to create hunting areas. They block the ingress and egress of our water-life as they attempt to move back and forth to spawn and feed. After one Hurricane I caught lots of catfish in front of a little slew which had been dammed off previously, to hold water in the marsh for duck ponds and preventing the bait from moving in and out to feed the fish. That is why some of your illegal control structures are destroyed, you destroy our fishing spots.
The biggest problem with the private dug canal argument, can be seen clearly in the Atchafalaya Basin. Public areas and lakes are drained by private individuals who block our waterways and dig illegal canals then receive an after the fact permit from the Corps. There are several lawsuits in Federal Court on this issue now. Every canal dug, leaves behind spoil banks, etc. that affect natural waterways until they silt up and are no longer passable, leaving the dug canal as the only remaining option. Blocking the natural water-flow by building these private canals is one of the reasons your fish die off every hurricane, not a size limit, when the bad water overflows the spoil-banks removing the oxygen. All those canals should be treated the same way as if someone works on your property to run a pipeline or other easement. Namely, put it back as it was originally by covering up the canal and leveling the land.
Keep up the good work all you people claiming to be saving us. Pretty soon you will have accomplished your mission and we will be like other States, where they stand shoulder to shoulder along the bank and fish with barb-less hooks, one or two days a year with a one fish limit. Good Fishin' Ray

April 21, 2012 at 6:45pm
A comment titled: Poor fishing in response to a report titled: Ted Parrish

Just think how many fish you would have caught if you would have hired a guide for a couple of trips and learned where and when to fish. Fish move with the tides and if you do not what to fish with or when and where to fish it's easy to strike out. Many people catch fish with the help of local folks, you just have to ask. I have never heard of anyone fishing anywhere in South LA for a whole month without catching fish!

April 01, 2012 at 1:56pm
A comment titled: State Land in response to a report titled: Found Public Hunting Land

Lots of State Land and lots of school board property. St Martin claims lots of the school board property and is what happened in Butte La Rose when the camps there for years were told they had to pay for the land of get. It belonged either ti the State or the school board but they did not want to fight for the land and let St. Martin sell it. Locals have pulled down most of the State Land and School Board signs and claimed it as private which a lot of it is not. If they would knock down the illegal levees and open up the natural flow of the water lots of these private lands would be public and the landowners and imitation landowners do not want that. It was one of the reasons the Corps took over the area North of I-10 because everyone hunted it and a few were trying to stop them and many would build floating blinds and when they sank they left them there. We used to hunt ducks over there just sitting in the boat and some folks wanted it for themselves. LCPA has all the info about what is really public as they have fished there for generations and is why lots of folks don't like them, they know the real truth. Good fishin', Ray

March 15, 2012 at 11:03pm
A comment titled: Eminent Doman in response to a report titled: CLOVERLY BOAT LAUNCH

Sounds like a good case for eminent domain with the local government seizing the property. Sounds like 2 out of state companies against local government that need the land to support commercial interest and the local population. When is this State going to quit building up these peoples property for them to profit from taxpayers dollars, We are losing more and more of our waters everyday

December 23, 2011 at 3:09pm
A comment titled: Government saving us in response to a report titled: BattleField America

What no one understands about the Government employees is that all the cutting is the middle management that get the job done. In the military they are the NCOs. The State of Louisiana has almost completed the process by laying off the real workers that know how to do the job and replacing them with minimum wage workers that can be cut loose at any time with no benefits or job protection. Can you imagine a military with no NCO's? Also the mature workers, able to retire or those having enough of doing four times the work they are supposed to do are leaving in droves,I know because I'm gone to Texas with my 30 yrs of experience, with the monies we invested in the retirement system; which the taxpayers will have to fund as the past legislators used that money for pet projects. Jindal has been selling this to the public as a way to save money and to get rid of Civil Service. He sells out Civil Service as being like the unions while in fact it was installed during the era of the Long's to prevent cronyism and awarding of public contracts to contributors just as Obama is doing right now. Meanwhile, the Baton Rouge admin. staffs have grown and to get around the ban Jindal implemented on employee raises he gave them new job titles. The same is happening with the Legislature pushing the 9th raise in 11 years for Judges, because the Legislature gets the raise if the judges do. One more part of the bad news from Baton Rouge is a new purchasing plan to buy only from select provider's(contributors) and in turn eliminating local business in the process. This is the change Jindal represents diverting millions of our tax dollars from public projects in the name of cuts on waste then giving it to private businesses and calling it job growth much like Obama and his energy efficient plants. We need to understand that all the job cuts filter down to us with lose of taxes, more folks on the government dole and loss of local small businesses because all the monies are diverted to baton Rouge and New Orleans. Well to the new Louisiana where you will really wait in long lines by next year. Merry Christmas ans good luck; Ray

December 22, 2011 at 8:03pm
A comment titled: Against the Constution to use military on US soil in response to a report titled: BattleField America

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a massive, $662 billion defense bill that would require the military to hold suspected terrorists linked to al-Qaida or its affiliates, even those captured on U.S. soil, and detain some indefinitely
The bill would require military custody of a suspect deemed to be a member of al-Qaida or its affiliates and involved in plotting or committing attacks on the United States. American citizens would be exempt. The bill does allow the executive branch to waive the authority based on national security and hold a suspect in civilian custody.
The legislation also would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation's borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had sought an exception to the provision for U.S. citizens, but her effort failed, 55-45.
The bill would require military custody of a suspect deemed to be a member of al-Qaida or its affiliates and involved in plotting or committing attacks on the United States. American citizens would be exempt. The bill does allow the executive branch to waive the authority based on national security and hold a suspect in civilian custody.
The legislation also would deny suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens seized within the nation's borders, the right to trial and subject them to indefinite detention. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had sought an exception to the provision for U.S. citizens, but her effort failed, 55-45.

December 01, 2011 at 10:21pm
A comment titled: What's wrong with this country in response to a report titled: BattleField America

What's wrong with this country, is that the voter mentality is to vote for the person that is going to give me something. I saw a prime example during debates for the previous Presidential election. A female college student asked what Ron Paul thought of her being cut off of the birth control program. Ron Paul gave her the real answer that she should not be on free government paid for birth control or any other program if able to work and pay her way. The audience became quite and right then I knew it was the end for Ron Paul. Why do you think so many legislators from New Orleans carries the State? Why does the majority of our tax dollars go to New Orleans and Baton Rouge. My father in law was in Alaska serving the Air Force during the cold war. He always maintained 911 was put in service to listen in to conservation in private homes, even with the phone on the hook. I always thought he was full of it until some of his other statements were revealed to be correct. Fact it our government likes to spy on us. An article can out today where the smart phone sent every keystroke back to the manufacturer under the guise of helping us out? Ray http://news.yahoo.com/yes-even-iphones-spy-too-145504393.html

December 01, 2011 at 7:49pm
A comment titled: Launching in response to a report titled: Advice On Launching Boat With Trailer Slicks

I don't know what trailer slicks are but I fish my myself most of the time and launch very easy. Tie a bow rope longer than your boat, undo the winch before backing in the trailer and tie the rope to the rear of the trailer, back in until the boat floats, usually when the top of the fenders are almost under water and hit the brakes. The boat should slide off the trailer until the bow line stops it. Pull up the truck until you can untie the line from the trailer and pull the boat to the dock. When coming back in, back the trailer down the same and drive the boat up to the bow stop on the trailer. Mine just slides right up with very little power, (too much power causes backwash at the rear of the landing), a walk to the bow, hook the latch on the winch, if you can't drive up all the way you may have to winch it a few turns, get in the truck and pull off the landing and tie down. Very easy with side bumpers but it can be done without.

Or you can undo the hook, get in the boat after backing down the trailer until the fenders are almost under water, start the engine and back off tie up to the dock and move the truck, when coming back just use the same method I suggested earlier. I always unplug the boat lights just in-case water gets in the light assy. so the bulbs do not burn out. It may take some practice but is the only way I do it. Good fishin' Ray

November 20, 2011 at 6:44pm
A comment titled: Wah Wah Wah Wah Wah in response to a report titled: NORCO SWAMP HUNTER CITED

This place will soon be called the; 'stick your nose in other peoples business' site. It's getting pretty bad when a lease holder gets on a Sportsman's site and whines and whines because others get to hunt for free and no one is even on his lease. Anything to discourage others from enjoying a free hunt. I still don't see what this man with the birds has to do with the St Charles guy other than jealously! I'm sure if the guy is guilty he will pay. Can't you guys live and let live? And I know I'm going to hear the boo hoo's so come on down with your bad self. Ha Ha Ray

November 09, 2011 at 8:11pm
A comment titled: England in response to a report titled: Help...the law SUCKS!!!!

This attitude of everyone is a poacher proves we are headed in the same direction of England when the common people rebelled against the nobles(landowners)for the same thing that will eventually happen here. When the only ones that can hunt are the people that will pay the price demanded by the landowners. I know Apache bought up lots of land around Vermilion Bay and doubled and tripled the lease prices to get rid all hunters. The price was paid and leased out to the highest bidder and everyone who used to fish the marsh were also kicked out even tough the hunters don't fish it. People that hunted and trapped Pecan Island all their life and lived there for many years can no longer hunt south of Hwy 82 and before long it will be I-10. Amoco created their lease on White Lake and I remember stories of how their customers would go there and kill hundreds of ducks while we had to follow the limit. All these folks that no longer hunt has kids who will never hunt and so on and eventually they will turn against the hunters and join groups such as PETA. On the other hand, if this last recession had turned into a depression there would be civil war over the food supply when the landowners and the few that can lease land attempt to stop folks from feeding their families just as occurred between the Nobles and common men of England. I have seen it begin with hunting and rapidly moving into fishing with more waterways being claimed as private. Anywhere else in the country this could not happen to our waterways. Ray

October 30, 2011 at 10:11pm
A comment titled: 1500 acres in response to a report titled: Help...the law SUCKS!!!!

To hunt 1500 acres and have this big of a problem with one hunter and go though all the crap of the courts is what I see as pathetic. I sure wouldn't teach my child this type of hunting but it sounds like this is how the present generation was raised. Back when this crap began, where I lived in the 1970's, it was the Dr and Lawyers sons that were hunting daddy's lease; because they were the only ones renting marsh land, that attempted to rule the marsh pulling guns on fishermen for being in the canal that bordered daddy's lease. No one was one their lease. Now they claim the waterways, the wildlife and want everyone to hunt like them or your not a sportsman. That's a bunch of crap. These same folks are quick to check a persons crab traps, nets or trot-lines and find nothing wrong with that. They dam up the slews and small canals fish use to enter and exit the marsh and were the best fishing is due to the running waters. They do this so THEY can hunt ducks and that is illegal but nothing is done. In the basin one club dug a ditch to drain a Lake the Courts proved was navigable, all without a permit, and nothing is done while the public is shut out. But one man crosses a fence to retrieve his deer and you want to divert resources from the sheriff's office. LDWF, DA and who knows who else. Anyone can put up a fence and does not prove a property line. I have had property surveyed and the guy next door bought the next house and their survey was different so even surveys can be wrong. I was always taught to hunt 100 ft off a property line to be on the safe side and if someone hunts 1500 acres and cannot have a buffer zone with the neighbors for them to retrieve their deer is plane old chicken poop. Slab, you posted on this site to get answers and if you don't like them then their wrong, put in who's eyes. You say he cut your trees and if you have that on tape then you have a case but in my eyes the rest is not worth the time spent. All you are going to do pushing this issue to create an enemy someplace you should not want one. Two guys being butts only cause problems!! But I guess some guys have to prove their right.

October 27, 2011 at 6:32pm
A comment titled: Children in response to a report titled: Help...the law SUCKS!!!!

You two guys have been on this site about a year and one with no posts to his credit and when someone suggests ya'll cool it ya'll resort to name calling. I didn't quit hunting because of the issues, I quit hunting because you're generation became the so-called rulers of the woods and began telling folks when, where and how to hunt and what to kill. I quit before I shot one of those worms. One guy posted that the landowner next door was killing the deer they groomed and that was wrong even though they were on his property. If you notice, the guy that started the post complained about the guy on the fence-line but he was close enough to the line to record it on his phone. If I killed a deer and it ran on your property I would go get it and so would anyone else. This bull happens with-in clubs lots with other members hunted someone stand etc. I'm a 60yr old Vietnam Vet and when we met someone in the woods there was none of this crap and we all got along. Today many of you young guys spend thousands of dollars on a lease and food plots, etc. and are mad because you always want that 10 point and wind up with a doe. I have been on this site for a long time and have always fought for sportsman's rights so I don't think I will let a child run me off just like I fish where and when I want. RAY

October 26, 2011 at 9:27pm
A comment titled: Sad story in response to a report titled: Help...the law SUCKS!!!!

This is really a sad story and reminds me of why I gave up hunting. Life is too short to spend being so upset over nothing. Ya'll sound like 10 year olds!!

October 26, 2011 at 5:01pm
A comment titled: warden in response to a report titled: Help...the law SUCKS!!!!

You should have let it slide for the time being, worked with the Sheriff's office and put up a good camera to get the guy on your lease so you could have a case. Now it sounds like somebody made the mistake of calling out the man who enforces the law on a public website. Not a good idea even though I understand your anger. At least you would have had the meat until you could get him on video breaking the law. The Warden is right in that; it's the State's deer not the lease holders, even though the guy did wrong there was no proof he cut the trees, he did shoot from his lease and he didn't shoot at you as you both were in trees. I found long ago to try and get along with the neighbors. Somebody may cut down his tree stand when he's not around and now the finger is pointed at you!! Ray

October 24, 2011 at 8:09pm
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