*CANCELLED* Kisatchie Trail Ride Scheduled for June 11 *CANCELLED*

CANCELLED: Due to low participation registration and possible damage or unsuitable conditions to the trail from the recent deluge of rains, EASL is canceling the trail ride this Saturday, June 11. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused those who had already signed up. If enough interest is generated later this fall, we may try to reschedule.  Any questions at all, call 5718101.
-Warren Hebert

*CHANGE* Kisatchie Trail Ride is scheduled for (new date) Saturday, June 11. EASL is planning a trail ride to the Sandstone Trail in the Kisatchie National Forest projected to be on Saturday, June 11.  The date will depend on the trail’s availability, depending on the rains toward the end of May. We will monitor closely through June 4 if the trail is usable.  The ride is for regular 4 wheelers — no side by sides. They are too wide for the trail bridges. This will be a slow paced, family encouraged ride, not a race. There are many nature sights on this 26 mile trek. Riders will need to bring your own provisions: water, food and drinks, so please be self-contained on your bike. Camping is available. Any questions call Warren Hebert at 225-571-8101 or email at warrenh3@eatel.net.  Remember to check back about the date as it gets closer to the date.

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EASL’s Pan Fish Rodeo Saturday, April 9, 2016

UPDATE: The EASL held its 1st Annual Pan Fish Rodeo on Saturday, April 9. According to Mike Lambert who chaired the rodeo, 10 people weighed in fish at PJ’s Landing that afternoon. The results are as follows:
1st Place- Mac Daigle with 10.44 lbs
2nd Place- Wanda Daigle with 9.43 lbs
3rd Place- Josh Savoy with 5.58 lbs
Big Fish- Mac Daigle with .85 lbs
Congratulations to the winners!

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Announcing the Pan Fish Rodeo April 9th! The East Ascension Sportsman’s League invites you to participate in its inaugural Pan Fish Rodeo to be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  The rules are pasted below. We’d love for you join us!crappie photo

EASL PAN FISH RODEO

APRIL 9, 2016

RULES

1)       NO REGISTRATION NEEDED PRIOR TO FISHING.  JUST FISH ANY PUBLIC WATER YOU CHOOSE STARTING AT SUNRISE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 9.  REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WEIGH IN.

2)       MUST USE HOOK AND LINE, LIVE OR ARTIFICIAL BAIT.

3)       MUST BE AN E.A.S.L. MEMBER.  FISHERMEN UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A MEMBER.

4)       EACH PERSON WILL FISH INDIVIDUALLY, NO TEAMS, SO YOU MUST KEEP YOUR FISH SEPARATED FROM OTHERS YOU ARE FISHING WITH.

5)       USE YOUR OWN JUDGMENT AND KEEP ONLY FISH THAT ARE A SIZE YOU CAN EAT.

6)       RETURN TO PJ’s LANDING NO LATER THAN 2:00 P.M. WITH YOUR LIMIT OF PAN FISH FOR WEIGH IN.

7)       PAN FISH WILL INCLUDE BREAM, PERCH, CRAPPIE, AND OTHER LIKE FRESH WATER FISH.  NO BASS OR CATFISH WILL BE WEIGHED, BUT CAN BE DONATED TO THE FISH FRY.

8)       EACH PERSON’S CATCH WILL BE WEIGHED AS A WHOLE AND RECORDED.  THE WEIGHT OF YOUR BIGGEST FISH WILL ALSO BE RECORDED.

9)       CASH PRIZES WILL BE PAID TO THE WINNERS WITH $25.00 FOR 1st PLACE, $15.00 FOR 2nd, $10.00 FOR 3rd, AND $10.00 FOR BIGGEST OVERALL PAN FISH.

10)   ALL FISHERMEN WILL PREPARE A SHARE OF THEIR FISH TO BE COOKED AT E.A.S.L.’s NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TO BE HELD APRIL 18, 2016 AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 81 OFF CORNERVIEW STREET IN GONZALES AT 7PM.

 WE HOPE ALL WILL COME OUT FOR A FUN DAY OF FISHING AND WILL JOIN WITH FELLOW MEMBERS  AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR A FISH FRY AT THE APRIL MEETING. WE HOPE FOR A BIG TURN OUT. WE HOPE TO MAKE THIS A YEARLY EVENT WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION. FOR MORE DETAILS OR INFORMATION:  CALL MIKE LAMBERT at 225 644 3804.

Ashlee Fink Wins First Place in EASL Squirrel Rodeo

EASL’s 2015 Squirrel Rodeo on Saturday, October 3rd had 19 hunters this year.  First Place: Ashlee Fink, with a limit that weighed 8.7 lbs. Second Place: Mike Brown, with 7 that weighed 8.1 lbs, and also tied for biggest squirrel. Third Place was Gary Lass with 8 at 7.1 lbs. Hunters enjoyed a jambalaya cooked by Perry Berteau. On Sunday, EASL members enjoyed a tasty squirrel gravy cooked by Todd Breaux at Merle’s place. Thanks to our cooks, Dwain Gautreaux for chairing this annual event and Merle Gautreaux for hosting.

Ashlee Fink First Place Squirrel Rodeo 2015

EASL’s 2015 Sweepstakes a Success!  

Fellow Sportsman Leaguers,

The EASL Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Sportsman’s Sweepstakes giveaway held on June 15th of this year. Thanks to the huge outpouring of support, we have clearly exceeded our expectations in securing this year’s financial budget needs. This effort would never have been possible without YOU and the board would like to congratulate everyone who participated in making this possible!

Additionally, we would like to recognize the many Corporate Sponsors or Individuals who donated either monetary support or prizes used in the sweepstakes package. We urge everyone to acknowledge these supporters in whatever way to express our club’s grateful appreciation.

Sincerely, Barney Callahan
On behalf of The Board of Directors

Sweepstakes Winners:

Ruger 1022/ .22 Cal. Rifle – Forrest Broussard

Lake Bruin Fishing Trip – Mark Shurtz

H20 Max Bait Cast Combo – Jodi Daigle

H20 Max Spin Cast Combo – Greg Cedotal

32 X 22 Matted/Framed Wildlife Print – David Cliburn

Matted/Framed Tensas Basin Print – Clay Schexnayder

Taxidermy Duck Mount – Jimmy Villar

Custom Aluminum Boiling Pot – Karl Brumfield

152 QT “MAXCOLD” Igloo Ice Chest – Gonzales Hardware Inc.

Crystal Vase & Neiman Marcus Platter – Michael LeBon

$50 Ralph’s Market Gift Certificate – Lynda Lambert

2 Framed Wildlife watercolor paintings – AMKO Fence & Security

2 Framed Wildlife watercolor paintings – Lana Taylor

2 Alex Painter Matted/framed prints – Cody Braud

2 Alex Painter Matted/framed prints – Landry’s Pharmacy

9qt Dutch Oven – Nicholas Murphy

Cypress Bat House – Buzzy Landry

1 pair Hip Boots – Greg Cedotal

 

Sponsor/ Donors:

Coast Machinery

ProServe Inc.

AMKO Fence & Security

S&S Machinery

Hutch’s Hardware

David Wilcox Insurance Agency

Gonzales Hardware

Bayou Metal Works

Carmen Duplessis/Mike LeBlanc

Mike and Lynda Lambert

Krazy Kajan Cookware/Shane Martinez

Nooley’s Po-Boys, Prairieville

United Community Bank

Fins to Feathers Taxidermy

Ronnie Braud Trucking

Representative Clay Schexnayder

Diez Signs Inc.

Harry Robert Insurance Agency

Diez Auto Parts

Jim and Warren Hebert

Rebecca Triche/Purvis Hebert

Jerry & Marcia Jimmerson

Artist, Alex Painter

Results, Article for EASL’s 55th Kids Fishing Rodeo

Check out great photos from EASL’s 55th Kids Fishing Rodeo in The Advocate’s article:

http://theadvocate.com/news/ascension/13051440-123/rodeo-offers-some-reel-quality

WINNERS:
Biggest Fish Overall: Seth Baye, 3.3 pounds
Most Fish Caught, Girls: Elizabeth Kennison, 48
Most Fish Caught, Boys: Ayden Fatheree, 58

Age 2-4
Most Fish, Girls: Sophie Bordelon, 17
Most Fish, Boys: Leighton Fatheree, 17
Biggest Fish: Miles Bowman, .47 lbs.
Age 5-7
Most Fish, Girls: Braylee Lambert, 29
Most Fish, Boys: Nikolaus Kahn, 34
Biggest Fish: Keenan Wilson, .63 lbs.
Age 8-10
Most Fish, Girls: Kaylyn Carter, 47
Most Fish, Boys: Wesley Robinson, 41
Biggest Fish: D’Shawn Hunt, 2.80 lbs.
Age 11-14
Most Fish, Girls: Sadie Bourgeois and Karlie Delhommer, 12
Most Fish, Boys: Kanaan Watts, 27
Biggest Fish: Rosa Rodriguez, .60 lbs.

Sophie Singer win kids rodeo 2015

Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program

THE LOUISIANA HUNTING HERITAGE PROGRAM: CONTINUING THE TRADITION

article submitted by John Sturgis, LDWF

The Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program (LHHP) is a new program that focuses on reducing the obstacles that prospective hunters in today’s society face.  In the past, people learned to hunt from their family or close friends, and access to land was readily available.  Today, a person who has an interest in hunting may not have the family or social network to help them get started.  As a result, many people with an interest in hunting never give it a try or simply give up when faced with the challenges of being a hunter in today’s world.  The LHHP is not limited to any age or demographic group, but welcomes anyone who wants to learn to hunt and anyone who has a desire to help others learn about hunting.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) sponsors the LHHP and works to create a network of hunting mentors that are willing to teach others about hunting and help their apprentices become skilled and independent hunters.
Getting Involved As a Mentor…
You will be matched with an apprentice hunter and asked to guide them along their journey to becoming an independent hunter.  Activities should include participation in a hunter education class, shooting range visits, scouting trips, game care experiences and others tailored to the skill level and interests of the apprentice hunter.  Of course, you will also take them hunting.  Hunting can occur on either public or private land and can include any game animals that you and the apprentice desire to hunt.
You will receive training, support, and liability insurance coverage from LDWF and its partners.  However, it is your experience and involvement that will help your apprentice become a self-sufficient and independent hunter.  This is an excellent opportunity for experienced hunters to share their passion for the outdoors and help secure the future of hunting.
Getting Involved as an Apprentice…
You will be paired with an experienced hunter who will serve as your hunting mentor.  You and your mentor will take part in a variety of activities that will prepare you to become an independent hunter.  You will learn about the various aspects of hunting including safety, woods skills, game care, equipment needs, and finding a place to hunt.  You and your mentor will put these skills to use on actual hunts so you will become familiar and comfortable with the total hunting experience.
Your mentor will be an experienced hunter who has volunteered their time and resources to help you learn to hunt.  You will be paired with a mentor based on your level of experience, location and game you desire to hunt.  Any person 10 years of age or older is welcome to be an apprentice – youth to senior citizens are encouraged to become involved and learn about a new way to experience the outdoors.
Getting Started…
Mentor applicants should complete and return the mentor application/questionnaire.
Apprentice applicants should complete and return the apprentice application.  Mentors will attend a brief training meeting and be paired with an apprentice in the spring or early summer.   Applications and answers to frequently asked questions can be downloaded from this web page.  For more information visit our web page HERITAGE.WLF.LA.GOV or contact:

John Sturgis
jsturgis@wlf.la.gov
337-948-0255

55th EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo Set for August 1, 2015

Join us at EASL’s 55th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo for a fun Saturday morning of fishing on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 @ Twin Lakes Park (Hwy 74 in Dutchtown)This is a FREE event for children ages 2-to-14 years old. 

REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 6:30 AM

FISHING IS FROM 7:00–9:00 AM

CHILDREN COMPETE BY AGE GROUP AND GENDER, SO THERE ARE MANY WINNERS!

LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES, SO EVERY KID WINS SOMETHING!!!!!!

FREE HOTDOGS AND JAMBALAYA

Children must never be left unattended!!

PARENTS NEED TO KNOW:

  1. Bring a rod & reel or cane pole for your child to use.
  2. Crickets will be provided. You may bring other live bait, but no artificial lures.
  3. Bring a bucket to hold the fish caught.
  4. Parents can help to bait the hook, but the child must land the fish.
  5. Parents do not need to be members of EASL for the kids to fish.
  6. Bring folding chairs.

For more information contact Bettye Lambert @ (225) 571-4588

 

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EASL Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge set for July 17-18 in Grand Isle

EASL’s Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge will take place Friday, July 17 for registration and social, and conclude Saturday July 18th with weigh in, awards and fish fry.  All activities including registration, eating, socializing, weigh-in, awards, etc. will take place at the camps behind the Cajun Holiday Motel.  This is located on the left just past the Grand Isle Bridge.

Two important Schedule notes:

  • All anglers must be registered by 8:00 pm Friday, July 17
  • All anglers must be at the weigh in by 3:00 Saturday, July 18

We will rent 3 camps.  The camps will be reserved for the first 30 people who pay $120 each for the entire weekend starting Thursday night.  This is non-refundable, if you pay and cannot attend it will be up to the individual to find someone to take their place.   Currently there are 11 unpaid spots still available.  Of those spots, six have been requested but not paid for.

So with all that said.  If you want a bed in one of the three camps, please get your money to Torrey or Keith soon.

Rules and Categories: EASL Saltwater Challenge

Categories

  • 5 largest speckled trout – combined weight (1st & 2nd place)
  • Largest trout (1st place only)
  • 2 redfish under 27” – combined weight (1st & 2nd place)
  • Biggest red (any length) (1st place only)
  • Biggest flounder (1st place only)
  • “Other”; (1st place only; $20) Definition: any legal fish except redfish, trout, or flounder
  • Cajun Slam; (optional $10/team; winning team takes all) Combined weight of each team’s biggest; Red (under 27”), Trout, & Flounder. Any fish weighed-in for the Slam, can also be entered in the other categories.

Rules

  • Entry Fee: $15/participant; $10 goes to payouts for winners; $5 goes to meals
  • All participants must be signed-up prior to Friday night start time
  • All participants older than 15 must be current EASL member. Participants 15 and younger must be accompanied by a current EASL member. Memberships will be available for purchase at Friday evening sign-up
  • Teams can have from 1 to no more than 5 people
  • Team members should remain within sight of each other while fishing
  • Fishing starts at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Friday night
  • Participants must be present at the weigh-in site no later than 3 p.m. Saturday No exceptions
  • Method of catch: Hook & line only; no flounder gigging, netting, etc.
  • Both artificial & live bait are permissible
  • Fishing boundaries: Any water within boating distance from Grand Isle/Fourchon/Leeville

**Anglers who want to participate and cannot get to Grand Isle on Friday July 17, can pay their entry fee to either Torrey or Goosie before July 17.**

**The next committee meeting will be held on June 22nd @ 6:00pm at The Fire Station in St. Amant.**

(Photo from previous year.)

Another Successful EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo for 2014

EASL’s 54th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo

By: Dane Bourgeois

Waiting for My Door PrizeOn Saturday, August 2, 2014, 175 kids showed up for the “54th Annual EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo.”  It was a big success! Once again it was held at Twin Lakes Mobile Estates in Dutchtown. Thanks to Mr. Bobby and Mr. Virgil for their hospitality and hard work in preparing the grounds so that the kids had easy access to the lakes.

OK, Let's Fish As always, there were several kids in line to register before our team of EASL members and volunteers were set up to sign them up. But it didn’t take long to get everything lined out. In just a short while, kids were getting signed up and donuts were being handed out. It seems everything was lined out.

Wait, not so fast. Did I say that “everything was lined out?” Everything but the crickets, that is. It seems like no one thought about getting cups to put the crickets in. I told a couple kids if they could carry a couple crickets in their hands, they would catch more fish. They weren’t buying it. These kids were young, but not all that gullible. We needed to do something, and do something quick! So I jumped into my truck and was off to EASL’s storage shed. Within a couple of minutes I had the cups and lids and was headed back toward Twin Lakes. As I approached the lakes I could hear everyone cheering… “Here he comes to save the day!” Not really. I don’t know if anyone even knew that I went to pick them up. What’s important is that shortly after the cups arrival, there were crickets all around the lakes and at 7:00 sharp a horn was blown to signal that it was time to fish.

Patience Before the Horn BlowsThere was a big chance of rain early in the day. But as the morning played out the weather gods shined on us. The sun never poked out from behind the clouds, so the temperatures stayed a little cooler than normal which was a blessing. There was a lite sprinkle for a few minutes, but didn’t discourage any of the kids, or should I say “the fishermen”. It actually felt good.

Well as always before you knew it, two hours had passed by and the horn sounded once again. It was time to stop fishing and start counting and weighing fish.

Kids Rodeo 2014 A Weigh We GoWhile the fish were being counted, a delicious jambalaya cooked by Mr. Pete and Jeff Bourque and Mr. Barrett Jenkins was being served, as well as all the hotdogs and cool-aid one could want. Thanks to some fast counting & weighing, it was time to announce the winners.

Kids Fishing Rodeo and Bike Winners

 

 

There were 175 kids that participated – 116 boys and 59 girls. The results are as follows:

Overall Winners:

Biggest Fish – Caden Hughes with a 2.7 lb. catfish

Most Fish (Girls) – Mikaylah Bordelon with 54

Most Fish (Boys) – Ayden Fatherree with 48

Age Group 2-4:

Biggest Fish – Miles Bowman with .33 lb.

Most Fish (Girls) – Abbygail Lambert with 9

Most Fish (Boys) – Phoenix Townsend with 21

Age Group 5-7:

Biggest Fish – Cleore Billiot with .59 lb.

Most Fish (Girls) – Lillian McClure with 53

Most Fish (Boys) – Kace Poche with 40

Age Group 8-10:

Biggest Fish – DeShawn Hunt with 1.05 lb.

Most Fish (Girls) – Emilee Kennison with 43

Most Fish (Boys) – Caleb Gautreau with 41

Age Group 11-14:

Biggest Fish – Garrett Leeper with .73 lb.

Most Fish (Girls) – Elizabeth Kennison with 31

Most Fish (Boys) – Garrett Leeper with 29

Bike Winners:

Girls – Olivia Hutchinson and Tiffany McCormick

Boys – Carson Dabadie and Jackson Peltier

 

Support from Shell Pipeline Company LPAfter the rodeo and bike winners were announced, all kids registered were awarded a pickup truck full of door prizes. Thanks to the following sponsors & contributors who helped make this possible:

-Twin Lakes Mobile Estates

– American Sportsmen Against Poachers

-Benton Equipment Co.

-Shell Pipeline Company LP

-Bayou Metal Works

-Motiva Rec Club

-Parish President Tommy Martinez

-Pure Fishing

-Fluker’s Cricket Farm

– St. John Knights of Columbus council 8342

-Cabela’s

-Jumonville’s Bakery

-Riverside Barber Shop

-Canal Bank

-Acadian Ambulance

– Diversified Materials & Consulting

-Industrial Consulting & Supply Corp.

-Robert Taylor Enterprises

-Harry Robert Insurance

-Diez Sign Co.

-Hutch’s Ace Hardware

-Ryan Shilling

-Mike & Carrie Brown

-any others I may have failed to mention

All the kids were on their way home by 11:00a.m. I tip my hat to all EASL members who helped put this together and made it such a success. We will need a rodeo chairman for next year. There is a list of things that need to be in place prior to the weekend of the rodeo and it’s the chairman’s duty to see that these things are being taken care of. I ask that someone consider stepping up and volunteering to chair this outstanding event. I promise it will be a rewarding experience.

 

2014 EASL Squirrel Rodeo Set for October 4 & 5

Join us at this year’s EASL Squirrel Rodeo on Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th.  Once again, it will be held at Merle Gautreaux’s home.

Squirrel hunting is Saturday, October 4 from 10am to 2pm with weigh in on Saturday, October 4 at 3pm.  Jambalaya will be cooked on Saturday by Perry Berteau.

Sunday afternoon features the announcement of winners and serving squirrel gravy cooked by Todd Breaux.

Hunters must be an EASL member to enter.  All EASL members are invited to Saturday’s jambalaya dinner or Sunday’s squirrel gravy dinner.

For more information, contact Dwain Gautreaux, 225 921 4173.  (photo from 2013 squirrel hunt.)

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