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  1. jhallmark5841

    jhallmark5841 Refuge Member

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    Had a ball Saturday for the youth hunt up here. Little man shot his limit by 7 at wham. Will probably be one of the only trips I take out there this year. Thought I was going to have to whoop some idiot in front of his son before we even got out of the boat.

    I love seeing that place before and after the season when there isn't any pressure on it. It could be one of the best public hunting areas in the country if it was managed a little better.
     
  2. borntohunt

    borntohunt Senior Refuge Member

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    I heard they were doing some work on wham.
     
  3. jhallmark5841

    jhallmark5841 Refuge Member

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    Nope thats what a lot of people think because the water is so low but its only because they didnt put the boards in until 2 weeks ago. The only reason it had water during teal season was because of the 12in of rain we got in august. Its crazy low right now. Very little area to hunt. There was only about 20 boats for the youth hunt and it felt crowded because of the lack of water.
     
  4. Duck Enticer

    Duck Enticer Elite Refuge Member

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    Glad your boy hammered them. Did he shoot well? Teal? A friend of mine brought his grandson just North of Crowley in a rice field that is loaded with spoons, scaup and teal. 4 15 year old youth's blistered them. The field next door same things. 8 man limit of spoons and mostly teal. They were excited about it.

    Do tell more about the "Thought I was going to have to whoop some idiot in front of his son before we even got out of the boat." experience
     
  5. borntohunt

    borntohunt Senior Refuge Member

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    Maybe the king of wham can clear things up

    Partners gathered to celebrate Wham Brake restoration project

    MONROE, La. – Nearly 40 conservation partners gathered at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area Tuesday, June 20, to celebrate the completion of the Wham Brake enhancement project. Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries partnered on the project to enhance 3,500 acres of wetland habitat in northeast Louisiana.

    “After adding Wham Brake to Russell Sage WMA, the LDWF wanted to improve waterfowl habitat in this wetland basin and provide increased public hunting opportunities,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “As always, Ducks Unlimited’s restoration and engineering expertise was vital to the success of this project.”

    Ducks Unlimited wetland engineers replaced three failing structures, a bridge that connected the entrance road to the boat ramp and levee, and a large, concrete weir water-control structure that controls much of the water level in the basin, enabling LDWF to manage habitat more effectively. This terminal structure is 270 feet wide and made of 550 cubic yards of reinforced concrete.

    “This project provides water quality, recreation and wildlife habitat benefits near a major metropolitan area,” said DU Southern Region Director Jerry Holden. “Ducks Unlimited is proud to again partner with LDWF in improving public lands for waterfowl and all who enjoy them.”

    The enhancement work is part of a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant. Project partners include LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the Walker Foundation, Biedenharn Foundation, International Paper and DU major sponsors who support the America's River Initiative.

    “The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is proud to have partnered with the department, DU and the other contributors on the Wham Brake Project as it enabled us to leverage foundation funds to rehabilitate and enhance this WMA for the benefit of wildlife and for public enjoyment for years to come,” LWFF Executive Director Kell McInnis said.

    Fast Facts:


    • LDWF and DU enhanced 3,500 acres of wetland habitat in northeast Louisiana.
    • Wham Brake project improves waterfowl habitat and provides increased public hunting opportunities.
    • Photo album https://flic.kr/s/aHskXy9tqG
    Video
     
  6. jhallmark5841

    jhallmark5841 Refuge Member

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    He shot really well for a 12 year old, better than a lot of grown men I hunt with. Didnt miss a single shoveler haha. The only birds he did miss were of course greenheads over the decoys. But it didnt make a difference to him and I didnt have the heart to tell him to pass on the shovelers and teal. He ended up with 3 gadwall, 2 shovelers, and a teal.

    I was in the ditch at wham which is only about 30ft wide right now and this idiot passed me running wide open when I slowed down to not throw wake on some boats parked on the edge. He was so close I could have touched his boat and he would have no doubt swamped any smaller of a boat. And what made it crazier was that there was only about 200 more yards and the ditch deadends but he was in SUCH of a hurry he put kids lifes in danger. Ive been extremely pissed off and screwed over on public land countless times but Ive never been that mad. I was ready to fight but I refrained and just gave him a good chewin. I made sure he understood that folks like him are why these young hunters act the way they do and no one has respect for one another on public land. A lot of ideas with his high dollar boat crossed my mind when we were leaving with our limit and they were still out there but I couldnt stoop down there.
     
  7. jhallmark5841

    jhallmark5841 Refuge Member

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    Yeah all that is finished up now. From what the biologist told me, they never put the boards in until a couple weeks ago and were really worried they built that control structure too high because of the amount of water it held during teal. He said next year that they will probably remove the bottom screw boards to ensure it gets where "they want it".
    To me, that means unless of a freak rain even in aug/sept, it wont have water for early teal anymore. Which should be good for big ducks because they will have more food but without hunting pressure regulated it wont amount to a hill a beans.
     
  8. Hiram Evans

    Hiram Evans Senior Refuge Member

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    We are spending the night out there Friday night to hold the hole we want. Blacked out, of course. With beer.
     

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