- Main issue - Louisiana BASS Nation president, Kevin Gaubert explains what he hears from Louisiana fishermen is the main waterway issue.
- Can’t restrict resources - Kevin Gaubert, president of Louisiana BASS Nation, says fishermen shouldn’t be restricted access to public resources on private property.
- Number of ways - Paul Frey, Executive Director of the Louisiana Landowners Association says there are ample fishing opportunities on Louisiana’s public and private waterways.
- Listed as land - Louisiana Landowners Association Director Paul Frey explains that the marshlands in dispute are clarified in public records.
- State record - Louisiana outdoor writer Dave Moreland gives his observation on the declining quality of Louisiana’s deer population.
- Lower standard - Dave Moreland, Louisiana outdoor writer, says deer hunters need to lower their expectations.
- Feral hogs - Trent Thibodeaux, a Louisiana hunter for nearly 30 years, describes the destruction caused by feral hogs to deer habitat.
11/17 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
For decades Louisiana has proclaimed itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” But for today’s hunters, changes to Louisiana’s landscape have caused a decline in the quality of the state’s deer habitat and smaller game. For coastal fishermen, private property rights often unduly restrict access to waters that are considered public in any other state.
Louisiana Public Square explores some of the challenges that the state’s hunters and anglers face on “Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?” Wednesday, November 22 at 7p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, November 21)
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LDWF and Louisiana does a great job preserving our paradise. I do not feel there is a problem at all, aside from coastal erosion. We have many public hunting areas, and the fisheries are managed so well that folks from other states clamor to come here to fish. Keep up the great work.
Posted by Will Grant on 11/15 at 01:36 PM
Will this broadcast be available online? thanks
Posted by Roger Peak on 11/22 at 11:14 PM
I want to thank Ben Weber for taking up for the public. I’m a commercial crawfishsherman from saint martinville Louisiana. In Saint Martin parish and we have the same problem here with Rudy Sparks and Vic Blanchard about access they want us to lease from them and we are not because water should be navigable. We been to federal court with them beat them and they still after us. They will never leave us along. Thanks for people like y’all Ben. Again thanks very much for the fight.
Posted by Kenneth Vicknair on 11/23 at 09:49 AM
Our property is bordered by a small bayou. Everyone kept referring to respecting the landowners and also erosion of property/land/habitat in regards to fishing access etc. Personally, we do not mind people on boats passing by and fishing by our land, however we have a bigger issue with planes spraying herbicides all over our property alongside the water and killing our trees and grasses and plants therefore leading to more of our land washing out and eroding into the bayou. We have witnessed this firsthand. It has been very noticeable. The local drainage board said there is nothing we can do to stop it. They say they are trying to improve the flow by preventing “overgrowth”, but all the dead stuff that falls in and clogs up our waterways with the resulting washing away of the dirt that no longer has the plants to hold it together seems to be harming our drainage more in our view. We also feel these chemicals and their effects are damaging habitats. (We certainly can’t even use our own land there for gardening if we wanted to in this situation.)
Posted by David Bulla on 11/24 at 01:10 AM
I totally get the fact that people own property !
But when public water flows in and out of marshes deep enough to float a boat in and out of . Who owns the land ?
The state water bottoms are owned by the state who we pay taxes to ,
If the land owners don’t want people in their so called property then hire a excavator and go block off all water flow ! Now dnr says if they stop water flow the marsh dies ! Well install culverts and regulate your water in and out !
This issue of having people police the waters and writing tickets and threatening people is totally out of control !
Best option is sell permits to fish on property and regulate people that way
1million dollar ins policy and a yearly fee to recreational fish only
Every individual ask how can they post water ? Who did they buy the water from ? God !!
Only in Louisiana
Posted by Keith bergeron on 11/27 at 09:36 PM
We once fished coastal marsh where there was a “Posted No Trespassing” sign on a pole in what any reasonable person would call a tidal lake. Maybe even a bay. Many acres of open water——20, 40, or more. It looked ridiculous. We took a picture, and fished on, I guess illegally. Sorry, but regardless of what it used to be, even as recently as 2004, that open tidal bay might be something, but it’s not land. That property owner might retain mineral rights, but that’s about it. In the early 1900’s, my ancestors owned a Tensas Parish plantation along the Mississippi River near St. Joseph. The river changed course and flooded most of their land. I don’t think they even considered attempting to post and prevent public access to their former plantation, now covered by many feet of flowing water. If they had, and had been successful in demanding hefty access fees for every ship and barge and fisherman that traversed what used to be their cropland but what suddenly became the Mississippi River, I’d be rich as Bill Gates! What’s the difference?
Posted by Miiriam Davey on 11/28 at 07:52 PM
I disagree with Dave Moreland’s comments about deer declining because of herbicides used to manage pine plantations. The herbicides are used to control unwanted hardwoods such as sweetgum. These hardwoods provide little browse for deer. Deer dont need acorns to survive the year. They don’t bury acorns during the winter and dig them up later like squirrels. Herbicide create mores weeds briars and grasses after they are applied The forestry industry contributes $10 billion per year to Louisiana ‘s economy second only to oil & gas. Trees are the #1 agricultural crop covering 14 million acres. The same timber companies own land in Arkansas and Mississippi their deer populations are good. I think we need to control the hogs and institute antler restrictions and lower the bag limits. The problem is not the forest management its the Wildlife management
Posted by James Moss on 11/30 at 09:38 AM
I totally agree with Keith Bergeron an if a land owner wants you out. Take that excavator block all water access around your property pump the water out remove all the public fish out of it and STOCK it with what you want in there. But what is REALLY WRONG is the public tax dollars rebuilding private land back up. No one is building my property if I want this done it has to be out of my POCKET. Just look at what was done from Fourchon to Elmers Island ALLLLLL PRIVATE. NO ACCESS while Grand Isle is washing away. This is only 7 more miles that could of been added to save an island that is home to so many.
Posted by Mike Guidry on 12/04 at 10:04 PM
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