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I bought a lot in Terrebonne Parish and in the process of submitting a joint coastal use permit. I want to bulkhead, build a boat shed and cut a slip for my houseboat. I will cut into my land so that I don't stick out to far. The application takes about one year to complete. The Houseboat sits on my duck lease that I pay dearly for most of the year but I want to secure it to my lot for Hurricane season. Yesterday I received an invoice for over $300 a year to lease the water bottom of this bayou.Has anyone ever heard of renting the state water to park a boat against your land.

May 13 at 10:45am

Does anyone know of someone that can rebuild a ZF Hurth 450 a2 clutch. I live in the Houma area. I have worked on velvet drives before but not sure if they are close to the same. It has a clanking noise like a loose part- nut bouncing around inside. I don't think it is the damper plate. Only does it when in gear.

October 19, 2020 at 7:25am

I am submitting a Joint Permit in order to bulkhead a piece of waterfront property in DuLarge. One of the things that I have to submit is a detailed drawing of the property with all of the details of construction. The examples given seem to all be done by a draftsman (very detailed), but the instructions allow hand drawn true to scale drawings. Does anyone know of an easier or cheaper way than hiring a draftsman to produce these drawings. The surveyor told me that I could take his file of the property and use Auto Cad. I am not familiar with Auto cad. Thanks Doug 985-860-3163

August 12, 2019 at 4:12pm

I want to thank the Wildlife and Fishery Agents and Terrebonne Parish Water Patrol for the above and beyond help at Falgout Marina on Sunday. These Agents went out of their way to help dock and trailer boats keeping many of us safe and our boats from damage. Not only were they grabbing boats as we pulled in they were also in the water cranking them up keeping the launch moving. Without their help many of these boat would have banged their way onto trailers or hit other boats. Sunday was the roughest Lake Decade that I have ever seen. Thanks again. Doug

January 25, 2017 at 12:04pm

Before I get started let me ask. Please if you respond. Keep it civil so that this post doesn't get pulled. I don't want people fighting. I just want to do whats right for my neighbors on Bayou Decade and calling the law has caused me more headache than help. This Saturday I recovered my Pirogue and Paddle that was stolen from me this season. They took it during the split. I was able to determine that the pirogue was being kept behind one of the camps on Bayou Decade. On Saturday I went to that camp and recovered it. No one was there. Now I have the dilemma of what to do. I have had more than my share of run-ins with worthless people and let me tell you. A guy that has nothing to lose always wins. We live in a get even world and I don't want my camp to burn. I have wasted a lot of time in the past with the court systems only to find out that the punk has connections. Then the punk his family and posse want to get even. I'm living that now.

February 06, 2012 at 9:16am
A comment titled: Re: State Lease Water bottom rental in response to a report titled: State Lease Water bottom rental

Thanks for the information. I shaped the bulked so that I would have the ability to secure my houseboat for a bad storm. Most of the area proposed is land that I will excavate into a slip. More than half the area is presently my owned land. None of the other boat owners around me have a clue about this.Thanks again I will reach out to Les.

May 14 at 11:20am
A comment titled: Re: State Lease Water bottom rental in response to a report titled: State Lease Water bottom rental

It came from the state land office. So far no one that I talked to with my type setup is paying this. The fee is calculated based on the square footage of my proposed boat shed and houseboat. I will be leasing the water that touches my owned land.

May 14 at 9:17am

As an older sportsman, I hate most change and have not been a fan of the forum for years. The old old forum had thousands of people reading and following the forum every day. I loved reading post several times a week years ago. Tons of Personalities, pictures and reports. I Miss The Admiral and others. Everything has to change. As the older People step away from making all business decisions and take 3 day weekends with 3 hour lunches. This leaves the younger and of coarse more talented people brainstorming new ideas. Not having any opposition we get change. Learning an old system is a waist of time. Trash it. I have always and do appreciate The Louisiana Sportsman.I have sold, bought, read many reports and asked many question for help..Never once paid a fee for that. Now I have bought a hundred magazines over the years and feel I gave something back. Thanks Tony and God Bless Ann. Doug,

February 20 at 12:27pm
A comment titled: Re: Pecan island second split in response to a report titled: Pecan island second split

That a very nice group but it's hard to believe the lack of birds in that area. I traveled through there many times years ago and couldn\'t believe the the Ducks that I would see. The closest that I every hunted to that area was Intercoastal City and it was great also. I have a place just above Lost Lake south of Houma and the past few years we have had to deal with lilies and very few ducks. This season after the Storms No Lillies and just enough Ducks appear out of nowhere most every weekend. I hope my luck continues but I am hearing very few shots around me. Maybe it's a lack of hunters.

December 21, 2020 at 10:57am
A comment titled: Re: Golden Meadows in response to a report titled: Golden Meadows

Good luck getting help down there. First let me start by saying be respectful of other fishermen. Especially when you are learning an area. Spend some time studying Google maps. I have been to that area only a couple of times and passed lots of posted inland water. I was lucky to have someone to follow out and made a GPS track of the safe passage. Not easy telling someone where to go that hasn't ever been. Coastal marsh has lots of hazards. My advice is that you will need to go and follow someone through the broken marsh into open water. Pay attention to the other boats and do lots of scouting the first couple of trips. Priority is to learn the area and remember where the other boats are. I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO FISH ON TOP OF THEM. Keep your distance. Never crowd. Find clean water. Troll the shoreline around cuts and moving water. Don't waist time with no bites. Fish change patterns all year. Read the reports and do your homework. I promise if you put in the time these areas of the coast are loaded with fish. I hope you find some help. Maybe post a time that you will be there and someone will offer you to follow them out. Good luck. Doug,

October 09, 2020 at 12:05pm
A comment titled: Re: New Browning A5 Ejection Issue in response to a report titled: New Browning A5 Ejection Issue

I hate to hear of the Browning A5 issues, but KP I especially hate seeing a young man buy a Browning lemon. In my youth Browning A5 was known as the best duck hunting gun here in the south for many years. I couldn't afford one so I settled on a Ithaca 37. Loved it and it served me well. I have bought many guns over the years but all used in mint condition. Nothing is made in the USA any longer and is double the price. Everything is rooted in China. Forget the past of how much is a fair price. Today's cost basis is how much you GOT. Browning sold that DURA coat crap on guns for 10 Plus years, knowing all along it was crap. Doug,

September 22, 2020 at 5:52pm
A comment titled: Re: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020 in response to a report titled: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020

Mandevillian those rails and camo looks great. Every year I reseal the cypress to baby the rails a little longer. I love the cypress look but digging out a large splinter from my hand every once and a while makes me think about the new vinyl rails. I guess that I will bite the bullet and try a set. I have hunted out of many different pirogues and prefer my Chapmans mostly because of weight but I did have a couple of wooden ones that I preferred. I think they paddled a little better. Might be because I was built a little more aerodynamic in those days. Doug

July 05, 2020 at 8:58am
A comment titled: Re: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020 in response to a report titled: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020

Looks brand new. I think that I will try one set and see how it goes. Do you thing the vinyl is heavier? I will do the flat back first because its needs it the most. I would think that the vinyl would be easier to install. I used Resin with angle hair to repair the cypress rails. Not easy bending and holding in place before resin starts setting up. MESSY

July 04, 2020 at 8:38am
A comment titled: Re: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020 in response to a report titled: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020

Terrebonne Marine sells Chapman here in Houma. I might check to see if they can get the rails. Hard to believe over $100 for plastic. Oh well it's just money, time and effort.

July 01, 2020 at 10:16pm
A comment titled: Re: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020 in response to a report titled: Gearing up for Teal Season 2020

I need to do the same. Replaced the rails on three Chapman's in the past. Kind of tricky by myself mixing resin and bending rails into shape. I need to look into the plastic rails this time. I need to repair a flat back and a king. I hate to even ask how much for the rails. I made them out of cypress in the past Doug

July 01, 2020 at 8:34am
A comment titled: Re: hunting with a dog in response to a report titled: hunting with a dog

Well this makes me miss the hell out of my hunting partner. The first year hunting with my one year old Lab was by ourselves. An untrained dog will aggravate the hell out of your partners. I have listen to so many stories of guy complaining about someones worthless dog. You have to focus on training. The hunting is second at least in the first year. I realized real quick that she wanted to see and not hide in the blind. I would set up in tall grass on the edge and sit on my bucket with a raked out hole on side of me. As long as she could see she was happy and I could rest a hand on her. The years after that I would just rake a hole in front of the blind where she could see.The funny thing was she could hear and spot ducks better then me over time. She also new the difference and didn't get distracted by other type birds. Now we did have a lot more birds to shoot at back then and I had the luxury of letting groups pass while coaching her in the field. The other hunters in later years loved having her for the hunt. You never lose a bird. Also I don't think ducks worry about seeing dogs. Its the Jack in the box that scares the hell out of them. Doug,

January 26, 2020 at 9:39am
A comment titled: Re: DUCK SEASONS OVER, BOO !! in response to a report titled: DUCK SEASONS OVER, BOO !!

Good to know someone was seeing more than a couple of ducks in our area. I think that I hunt just north of you. I am just north of Lost Lake and most around me didn't see but a few. All around me was poor hunting but I was lucky to have a few come out of nowhere to fill my limits or close most weekends. I would set up early and hunt very late for success. So little shooting in my area the birds were not as cautious..

January 23, 2020 at 3:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Last week end of a sad season in response to a report titled: Last week end of a sad season

Yes this weekend was the end of another declining season. I hunt just north of Lost lake South of Houma. I started hunting this area with my Father In Law 20 years ago. He hunted it 30 years before that. We would spread out across the 640 acres and consistently kill limits picking and choosing making banner hunts. Now there were times when conditions and setting up in the wrong place caused us a poor hunt now and then but we new tomorrow would be a better day. I was hooked. The funny thing was the Men before me would keep talking about how good it use to be. They admitted that some years were poor but most were better by a long shot. They were comparing that to what I though twas banner hunts. Now today I hunt the lease mostly by myself moving to where I think six ducks will fly by. Other that come for the weekend as company only fish.

January 21, 2020 at 8:35am
A comment titled: Re: GREYS FOR DAYS !! in response to a report titled: GREYS FOR DAYS !!

Great hunt but you are killing me with those pictures. First split I was seeing just enough birds to fill my limits I hunt just north of lost lake and had not been seeing many birds this split. Two weeks ago someone crossed the center line and took out my boat trailer on my way home. I keep saying that I'm so glad no one was hurt but my boat is on the ground dry and will probably stay that way for a while longer. Maybe if I go to the dock and start crying I will find a ride. :)

January 02, 2020 at 6:49pm

The good fortune continues for me while all my neighbors barely shot. I hunt just north of Lost Lake south of Houma. I heard little to no shooting around me but was lucky to see just enough birds to fill my limits Saturday and Sunday. 8 Grays 3 Wigeons1 Blue wing and as one of my Elderly Partners use to say. Thank You Lord. Doug

December 02, 2019 at 10:03am

I hunt just North of Lost lake and have had 3 poor seasons in a row. 16 years before that we killed limits consistently. This year I Killed one duck on the opening weekend. Zero on the second, but shot 12 last weekend. Happy as hell. 5 Grays 2 Wigeon 3 Blue wing 1 green wing and a Spoonbill to finish limit. I was so lucky because I didn't see many birds at all. Thank you Lord. Doug

November 26, 2019 at 12:12pm
A comment titled: Re: Mitigating Property Help in response to a report titled: Mitigating Property Help

Yesterday I found out how to go on the DNR site and find old file\'s from other Permits in my area. All of them seam like a long process. I want to build my own driveway across the wet area that was created mostly by the road and ditch that holds the water. Reading through the permits looks like I will be lucky to do so without dumping a fortune. I will have to dredge a good bit from the canal into the good dry land and then bulkhead. I would like to use the spoils to raise the low area.

August 16, 2019 at 11:15am
A comment titled: Re: Mitigating Property Help in response to a report titled: Mitigating Property Help

I'll look into that. I have to do a joint permit because a portion of my lot is wet. The ditch on side of the Brady road stays full of water because it has no where to go. I need to build a driveway across that wet area and I'm sure that I will have to pay a premium price. I'll keep a log of what I have to do. I heard it will take over a year to get approval. Doug,

August 15, 2019 at 1:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Mitigating Property Help in response to a report titled: Mitigating Property Help

Thank you for the info. I will look over some of the other permits to see examples of drawings. I will also research autocad just in case. I was warned not to make mistakes because it will add a lot more time to the process. Doug,

August 15, 2019 at 10:17am
A comment titled: Re: Another Private Canal in response to a report titled: Another Private Canal

I don't think that you are allowed to block people from going to Texas, but the canal that I park my Camp Boat on was cut by the land owners years ago for the trappers. My dead end canal and I 10 being the same would be a difficult argument. I lease land on a dead end canal. About 700 yards of that canal is inside my lease then it turns into ditches that dead end. All of it surrounded by my lease. Should I be allowed to block that dead end canal at the property line. Just asking.

February 25, 2019 at 2:00pm
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