Indian Bayou Deer and Duck Hunt
A two day deer and waterfowl hunt for five disabled veterans was held on January 13th and 14th, 2019.
On 13 January our WWH hunters were surprised when they were given final directions to where they would be staying for this two day hunt. “Drive down the road, when you see the red tape on the road sign, turn right. Now drive about a mile into the sugar cane field, go into the woods. Turn right at the first deer stand and you will see the camp.” The camp we stayed in was the perfect setting for what we thought was going to be a relaxing time.
Everyone found a bunk, unpacked, and relaxed. The Saints were playing, lots of food, good company, and relaxation; little did any of the veterans know the next day they were going to be setting a record. Everyone was woken up at 4:00 AM, on the road at 5:00 AM and heading to Indian Bayou to a special deer hunt put on by the Army Corps of Engineers for WWH. Once the safety brief was given hunters were taken to their handicap accessible blinds, not knowing what was in store for them. Right at day break the boom of a rifle rings in the swamp, and a message is sent out that Stacey Rice has dropped an 8 point! A little while longer, another shot and the message goes out that Stacey Rice dropped a doe. He is the first one to complete his Louisiana daily deer limit. Minos Cashat kills his first buck of his life, a butterball fat 6 point. By lunchtime everyone was on the way to reaching a limit. Lunch is served and everyone who needs to shoot deer to finish out their limit hurry back to the stands. At the end of the day when the smoked cleared the 5 WWH hunters on this trip harvested a buck and doe each, for a total of 10 deer, a first for this hunt. The Army Corps of Engineers personnel cannot believe everyone limited out. I have never seen this much laughing and joking on a WWH hunt. You would have thought we won the lottery!
When we arrived at the camp the local Ducks Unlimited chapter was waiting for us with a great meal. We had to eat in shifts due to the work that had to be done. Everyone ended up outside at the cleaning area. There was a fire, lots of laughing, and admirers, as it isn’t every day you see 5 hunters with 10 deer! Everyone chipped in to help. We had WWH members, Ducks Unlimited members, and members of the hunting club whose camp we were using, Louisiana game wardens, and Army Corps of Engineers personnel helping. The cleaning area was finally cleared at 11:00 PM!
The next morning, 15 January, the alarm went off at 3:00 AM, and I can tell you everyone was dragging their feet. 4:00 AM we were on the road heading to the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area for a waterfowl hunt. After the safety brief hunters were taken to the blinds. This year was not a good year in Louisiana for waterfowl hunting, but we managed to scratch out a nice mess of ducks.
Upon return to the camp our hunters packed up their gear and started on cleanup. Our goal, as with all WWH events, is to leave it in better condition than we found it. Even a leaf blower came into play! One member of the hunting club was at the camp and said not to worry about it, but we told him we wanted the members to return to a clean camp, it was a small token of our appreciation for letting us stay there. Everyone said goodbye and left with a smile on their face, as they left with lots of good meat for the freezer and knowing they set the record for this hunt that is going to be hard to beat.
We would like to give a special thank you to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Army Corps of Engineers, members of the Coulee Hunting Club, Ducks Unlimited, and all the other volunteers for making this a very memorable trip. I want to personally thank our WWH members that went on this hunt….Josh Droddy, Seth Eaves, Stacey Rice, and Minos Cashat for setting the bar in conduct, attitude, and sportsmanship. We do what we do, because of you guys!
Mike “Gunny” Cheramie
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