Can't say that guys pic is a cougar, but here's a pic of a cougar to show that some cougars DO have those markings on their ears. Some cougars have almost black tails too.
2 Deer, 1 Bullet:
Does anyone have any ideas what this is? It looks like mayhaws, but it's June 9th and they should have dropped already. They're about an inch in diameter and have a pit in the middle with 5 seeds. Tangipahoa Parish, LA
I've got the hunt/fish lifetime license; what else do I need to run recreational crawfish nets?
The Louisiana deer telemetry study that started in the fall of 2006 has yielded some preliminary findings. The study's primary objectives are to assess range and movements of male and female white-tailed deer, evaluate age and sex-specific harvest rates of white-tailed deer and evaluate survival and causes of death among male and female white-tailed deer.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana State University have spearheaded the study entitled "Population Characteristics of a White-tailed Deer Herd in a Bottomland Hardwood Forest of South-central Louisiana."
"The deer telemetry study is proceeding well and some important information is being accumulated," said LDWF Deer Study Leader Scott Durham.
According to Durham, of the 24 collared deer, two bucks have slipped their collars (one in a cutover and one collar malfunction), one adult doe died from pneumonia and two adult does were harvested by hunters. That leaves 19 deer still being monitored of which five are does and 14 are bucks. Another 16 deer are ear marked only.
"All summer long the deer showed little movement, other than one 1.5-year-old-buck that traveled over eight miles one way, two months after being collared," Durham said.
One collared doe had a core (50 percent of the locations) home range of only 14 acres. Durham said that this is a very small home range and smaller than most previous home ranges found in past studies in other places.
Durham also remarked that two adult bucks have finally begun to show increased movement, with one making about a two-mile trek and then returning.
"Researchers have been able to get amazingly close to some of the bucks while taking GPS locations. This illustrates an adult buck's ability to avoid hunters by staying put and laying low in heavy cover," said Durham.
The deer study site is in the state's latest breeding area, and deer movement likely will continue to increase into January and February.
Trapping deer for the study is scheduled to begin for the second season in early February and deer movement will continue to be monitored. Trapping efforts will be expanded to the north side of Interstate 10 and on the west side of Choctaw Bayou.
A camera survey will also be conducted in February, as well as the second herd health collection. A browse survey will be conducted in the spring.
LDWF and LSU would like to thank the volunteers and contributors that have been so helpful and generous with their time, facilities and financial donations including: Acoustical Supplies, The Southeast Deer Study Group, the Quality Deer Management Association, the Bercham Group, Acadian Sportsmen's League, Bayou State Bowhunters, and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. Also special thanks go to Vic Blanchard, Alex Chauffe, and Kenny Hernandez, whom have given LDWF and LSU great access, logistical help and work effort.
White-tailed deer are an important economic and recreational resource across their entire range. In Louisiana and other southeastern states, land managers are choosing strategies geared toward developing quality deer herds. Because this management regime involves restricting harvest of younger-age-class bucks and increasing the harvest of females to lower herd density, substantial interest exists in understanding the effects of quality deer management on population characteristics.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents rescued Mitchell Guist, 43, of Gonzales, on the St. James track of the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area on Dec. 27.
At approximately 8 p.m., agents received a call that a truck and boat trailer had been parked at the Grand Point Boat Launch all day. The truck license plate was checked with LDWF Dispatch, who notified the agents that the truck belonged to Guist. Agents contacted his residence and were told by family members that he had not checked in and had not returned any phone calls.
Agents immediately conducted a search in the surrounding swamp near the vessel location. Around 11 p.m., approximately 1 1/2 miles from where the boat was found, agents heard shouting from the waters edge. Guist was located by a small fire he had built for warmth. Guist told agents he had gotten lost while hunting and had to stop walking when it got dark because he did not have a flashlight.
Agents returned Guist to his boat and followed him in to the boat launch. Agents contacted LDWF Dispatch, who notified his family he had been located.
Agents involved in the search and rescue were Sgt. Aron Hastings and Senior Agent William Boyd.
Question to all the marsh/swamp hunters:
I recently got in a lease, and it's mainly flooded cypress/tupelo swamp with a large stretch of freshwater flotant marsh traversing it. I walked the marsh, and saw a lot of deer trails through it with a few small rubs. The flooded timber is wide open with about 2 feet of water, and the marsh is floating and stays pretty dry in some areas, with about 4 foot tall brown maiden cane grass and bull tongue. My question is, will the deer bed out in that marsh grass rather than the timber? I never jumped any deer in the marsh but they had lots of trails. Where should I hunt???the swamp or the marsh? I could cover a lot of ground on the marsh, but was just wondering if they only use that at night and if they'll bed out in it. How would you hunt this set-up?
How do I stop these &$#@! from swarming my camper this season. Anybody got any ideas. They're rediculous at Red River every November. HELP!!!
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Anyone have the "Predator Camo" pattern? How you like it?
Check out the study they did on it: http://whitetail.com/camo1.html
What do ya'll think about this new magnetic air rest? It works off of magnetic repulsion via an insert at the front of the arrow. No contact AT ALL (except during draw-back). Anyone used it before? Pros, Cons? Thinkin' about picking one up.
Cougar Photo Surfaces in Louisiana. Well guys, here's the photo, and you can follow up on the link I'm providing below. It's not conclusive, but I wouldn't reveal the exact location either. You decide.
Something to think about:
About the time the original 13 states adopted their new constitution, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say in 1787:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. >From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. >From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. >From courage to liberty;
4. >From liberty to abundance;
5. >From abundance to complacency;
6. >From complacency to apathy;
7. >From apathy to dependence;
8. >From dependence back into bondage "
The United States is now somewhere between the "complacency & apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
This is why our forefathers listed the Second Amendment SECOND! It is drastically important that this right never be infringed, because it allows citizens the power to FORCE change should the need ever arise.
Patrick Henry (1736-1799): "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
The "force" Mr. Henry speaks about is our right to bear arms.
Does anyone know where any Bald Eagles can be seen this time of year in Louisiana?...without needing a boat to see 'em.
President Bush's proposed budget would put a land conservation program that protects some 35 million acres on hold in favor of boosting corn production to meet the growing demand for ethanol.
While the proposal might help lessen the country's dependence on oil, a pheasant hunting and conservation group was quick to criticize the trade-off and a state biologist said the loss of the program could put some farmers in a financial bind.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said his agency would offer no new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrollments in 2007 and 2008.
There's a lot of pressure to act because "the price of corn is very, very high," putting upward pressure on ethanol prices, Johanns said Monday during a news conference in Washington.
Dave Nomsen, vice president of governmental affairs for Pheasants Forever, said he understands that $4-a-bushel corn is a cause for concern, but he argued that putting to use land that would otherwise be set aside for conservation is not the answer.
"Clearly, we're taking a step backward if all of the sudden we start to produce corn on very marginal acreage," Nomsen said. "Because then you are talking about increased soil erosion, increased water quality problems and diminished wildlife. There's been a balance here that I'm really concerned about right now."
Nomsen said efforts to increase ethanol production should instead focus on developing alternative crops, as well as new technologies that boost crop yields.
The USDA's 2008 fiscal year budget calls for $2 billion to be spent on the conservation program, but that money would go to existing contracts. The agency expects enrollment in the program to be about 37 million acres in 2007 and drop to about 34 million acres in 2008. About 1 million acres were added during a general signup in 2006, the agency said.
Bill Smith, a senior wildlife biologist with the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, said the Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, is important because it has helped some farmers through continuing drought conditions. He said many farmers would choose to set aside land for conservation regardless of how much money a corn crop could bring.
"One thing we know here in the state is we've got landowners that are really good land stewards out there," he said. "CRP has always been a really valuable tool for those folks."
The U.S. has 110 ethanol biorefineries that can produce 5.3 billion gallons of the corn-based fuel per year, and another 63 plants and eight expansion projects are on the drawing board, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
The ethanol boom and accompanying high corn prices have some worried that farmers with expiring contracts might leave the program and use their land for crops. CRP contracts run 10 years and 15 years, and enrolled landowners can't pull out their acres without returning the government money.
Michael Held, administrative director of the South Dakota Farm Bureau, said he's heard from an increasing number of farmers during the past six months who are considering planting on CRP land after their contracts expire. For some, the high corn price is just to tempting to resist, he said.
"There's going to be lots of producers giving some thought to whether they're going to re-enroll some of their present acres," Held said.
The farm bureau supports continuation of the CRP program for environmentally sensitive land, but does not favor extending the acreage cap, he added.
Since its creation in 1985, the voluntary CRP program has helped reduce erosion and improve air and water quality, according to USDA officials. It also has boosted the populations of ducks, ring-necked pheasants, prairie chickens, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse and other wildlife.
A study conducted for the agency last year concluded that every 4 percent increase in CRP acreage leads to a 22 percent increase in pheasant populations in areas such as South Dakota, where pheasants are common.
Pheasant hunting in South Dakota is a $153 million industry, Smith said, and a lot of that is because of the CRP program.
"Prior to CRP, we harvested about half as many pheasants as we do now," Smith said.
About 700,000 of the 1.5 million acres set aside under the CRP program in South Dakota were set to expire this October, but many landowners this past winter signed contract extensions adding between 2 years and 15 years to their agreements. The state will instead lose about 278,000 acres on Oct. 1.
"So it's not as big a loss as original, but it's still going to be a pretty good hit," Smith said.
Scouted Red River Today (Tues, Dec. 19). I walked 6 1/2 miles through different areas, and found three semi-fresh rubs and one scrape. Five years ago, it seemed like you could bail out of your truck anywhere along the road and find buck sign. What's the freakin' deal here? I was desperately looking for something to get me pumped up for bucks only, but coudn't find it.
Did someone pull Whitetails/Bloodtrails Red River post? I don't see it anymore; if so, why? I just wanted to say that maybe less deer are being killed lately because the surrounding argricultural fields are planting cotton instead of soybeans. I've only been hunting the area for 5 years, but guys have told me that when the farmers used to all plant soybeans, they'd slaughter the deer in the woods surrounding the fields. Do ya'll think this could contribute to the decline?
Mark Lotz, Panther Biologist:
Your question and photo was forwarded to me to reply.
It certainly resembles a cat track to me and if so I would surmise that it is the right front foot of a male. The track does not look very fresh and it appears the animal slid in the mud. Both of these things can distort the fine details necessary to identify an animal from a single track. Also, when I enlarge the photo it becomes too grainy to see some of the details I was hoping for. Another thing Im considering is that deep mud can make tracks appear larger than they really are (ie this could also be a bobcat). Im also curious how small the ladys hand is (length of the index finger from knuckle to tip would help with the scale comparison). For example, my wife has very small hands. Despite these things, I cannot rule out that this track is from a panther. Some of my reasons are as follows. Typically the pads of canine tracks are more triangular with the top portion of the pad being fairly pointed and both lower outside portions of the pad being somewhat pointed as well. The pad in your photo appears to have a flattened top edge and the lower corners of the pad appear to be straight or flattened rather than making a sharp angle. Both of these features are typical in panther tracks. One feature that is very characteristic of panthers is the 3 lobes on the bottom edge of the pad. Dogs do not exhibit this trait. Unfortunately, this feature is indistinguishable in your photo. The arrangement of the toes is also characteristic of a panther in that they are primarily pointing forward from the pad; dog toes tend to be splayed out more to the sides. I rarely rely on the presence or absence of claw marks when distinguishing between dogs and cats since this can vary depending on how the animal stepped and what the substrate was. However, in deep mud such as this I would expect to see blunt claw marks if they were canine. For comparison of opinion, Ive asked two other biologists with experience at identifying panther tracks. Both said, based on this single photo, that it was inconclusive.
If you have any more photos Id love to see them. It looks like it was a fairly muddy area so there should have been plenty of additional tracks. Also, if this was taken recently, is there any chance you could get back out there and make a plaster cast and send to me. Seeing the track in person is always better than looking at a photo. Im also curious where you took this photo. I noted your email address is from Southeastern Louisiana University, is that correct? Does that mean the photo was taken in Louisiana or were you on vacation somewhere?
Ive attached a photo of panther tracks that more clearly shows the classic traits associated with panther tracks. I hope this helps.
Mark Lotz, Panther Biologist
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Naples Field Office
566 Commercial Blvd.
Naples, FL 34104-4709
(239) 643-4220 SC 721-7162
Fax (239) 643-0385
I was recently doing a search of the Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve in Natchitoches Parish, and was scrolling through some photos posted by a woman from Missouri who vacationed there in 2003. I was kind of shocked when I saw one of her photos, because I knew exactly what it was. I'm posting her photo, and what's funny is that she had no idea that cougars aren't supposed to exist here. She was just posting her vacation pictures for her family and friends to see.
The original source page is: http://www.msu.edu/~spauldi1/pages/kisatchie.html