aunt betty wrote:If you paint it as ugly and horrible on-line. Maybe less people would come.PC76 wrote:Not sure why everyone wants to give bayou meto it's bad name I have hunted it 4 times and they have all been good experiences. I am sure their are those bad apples but every place seems to have em.
Kind of like saying there ain't any fish in the lake we just pulled our boat out of. "Don't look in the live-well".
Bayou Meto is terrible.
aunt betty wrote:Just having a lil fun and telling it the way I see it. Not bashing. The truth hurts sometimes.
UofAduckman1987 wrote:More like your $20 Cannon, but very well said.
cannon wrote:UofAduckman1987 wrote:More like your $20 Cannon, but very well said.
Can't help it. I've been getting paid by the word for the last 15 years. It's a bad habit.
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CraZyMatt wrote:Well, I guess I'll see y'all on the internet.
Olreedboy wrote:It is very frustrationg at times, but I now get up much later and find where people are mostly concentrated and back about 400-500 yards off of them
aunt betty wrote:Yes, that bridge...
Underradar wrote:Well, its sad really. One day he's happily posting pics of road killed coyotes he posed as if he shot them, the next, he's stomped down the shower drain like a soft turd.
cannon wrote:aunt betty wrote:Just having a lil fun and telling it the way I see it. Not bashing. The truth hurts sometimes.
I knew where you stood with it, and I wasn't trying to be pushy. It's just that OOS'ers on this sub-forum seem to like to make a habit of accusing the locals of not wanting them down here shooting "our ducks." Fact is, that ain't the issue, and it never has been. Unfortunately, if you're an OOS'er and/or didn't live here 20 or 30 years ago, you simply don't have a frame of reference.
30 years ago, I could walk out into the Bayou, as a resident of the Natural State, and have my self a good time, whether there were or weren't ducks in the area. I didn't get molested, I didn't have to race to a hole, and I didn't have to worry about being followed in by some shmuck with a GPS. I did the work, I found the spots I wanted to hunt, and I enjoyed them, away from the throngs of idiots.
You simply can't do that anymore. On the rare occasion when I travel to public lands nowadays and actually allow someone to go with me, I make them leave their cell phones and any other electronic devices at the truck, lay in the bottom of the boat, and cover their heads for the trip in and out. It's not because I don't want them to kill ducks. It's because I would love to be able to find a decent spot to hunt the next time I want to go without walking into a spot and finding that guest and 7 of his buddies in it when I get there. Now, given that I'm the guy that took the time to scout and find the spot, I don't think that being irate with someone who'd do such a thing to be that unreasonable. Hold on, I'm getting to a point . . .
With all the above in mind, old locals (like myself) can remember a time when every WMA wasn't a retarded free-for-all. We can remember a time when we actually did the work, without the aid of a computer or satellite system, and found ways to hunt in our backyard. We found the holes on Big Lake without the AGFC giving us a map to 'em. Heck, we went so far as to build blinds in those holes. People were kind and courteous, and there wasn't a knock-down, drag-out at the launch ramp every morning. It didn't matter whose boat was fastest and it certainly didn't have anything to do with an unwillingness to share "our ducks." It was about being able to enjoy rural recreation without the crowded crap associated with urban living. That fond memory leaves a bit of bitterness when you see the way things are on public lands today, and folks from out of state getting on public forums ranting about what a paradise it is down here leaves a bit of a sour taste in our mouths, because it magnifies the problem. Sure, every WMA in Illinois and South Carolina are probably the same way. However, the fact that it's crappy in your neck of the woods doesn't mean we like the idea of it being that way down here.
I've had some phenomenal harvest days on public land, and I probably still would if I could tolerate hunting 'em. Thing is, it ain't ONLY about the ducks. I love to kill ducks, but I love duck hunting even more. When going duck hunting becomes a high-stress, confrontational pasttime, it loses it's utility in my book.
Let's face it: you've personally told me that the inhabitants of your state have RUINED any opportunity for great public duck hunting up there. Why would someone like yourself want to take a stab at making this state the same way? If it's a "misery loves company" mentality, I can somewhat understand. On the other hand, I get the impression that you actually like hunting down here. Be that the case, I can't imagine why you'd want to make a mediocre situation into a bad one by taunting the locals to complain to congressmen until there's a quota or OOS'ers are forced to pay a price for admission that is prohibitively high.
Now, you know me well enough to know that I'm a straight-shooter and I mean exactly what I say, so consider this: With rare exceptions, I don't hunt public land anymore. That's because it tends to suck about 80% of the time, and by "suck" I mean that it's an over-crowded free-for-all, and any possibility of a good time is almost certain to be pissed on by some band of idiots that just can't keep to themselves. In the meantime, you haven't hunted public land too much over the last couple of seasons either, despite having to put up with some pretty rude crap to keep in the good graces of the proprietors. You've told me that the reason you've put up with that was because the private hunting was so much better, which is a fact that I can attest to. The point is, there was a day not so long ago that I did more than 50% of my hunting on public ground, even though I owned the same land back then that I own now. That's because, back then, the public hunting was just as good as the private hunting has ever been. Clearly, things have changed. My reason for cautioning you was that some of the crap you've been pulling on this forum is exactly the sort of crap that makes that situation worse. I can't imagine why someone who enjoys hunting down here would want to do that.
Just my $.02.
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