EASL Squirrel Rodeo Postponed to October 21-22, 2017

NOTE: Due to the weather expected with Tropical Storm Nate, EASL’s annual squirrel rodeo has been postponed to October 21-22. (It’s usually held the first weekend of Squirrel hunting season.) Per Byron Gautreau, chairman of the committee.

INFO: EASL hosts a very unique event on the opening day of squirrel season. It puts on a squirrel rodeo where entrants weigh in squirrels similar to a fishing tournament. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place “total weight”, and for “biggest squirrel”. All squirrels are donated, cleaned, and cooked up the next day at a Merle Gautreaux’s house. Every EASL member is invited to enjoy the squirrel stew — and the camaraderie of other members. There is card playing, tall tales told, hors d’oeuvres served, and sometimes a Saints game to enjoy. Todd Braud cooks up the stew, and other members bring the side dishes. The squirrel rodeo is definitely a very unique event, and one that everyone looks forward to in October.

Contact squirrel rodeo chairman Byron Gautreau for details at 225 936 9291 and see the latest EASL “Sportsman” newspaper for rules.

Pan Fish Rodeo Set for Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pan Fish Rodeo Set for Saturday, May 13

The 2nd Annual EASL Pan Fish Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 13. The format is largely the same as last year, except the weigh-in will be 3PM instead of 2PM. A complete list of rules, procedures, and details about payouts to the winners is below.

1)  No registration is needed prior to fishing. Just fish any public water you choose starting at sunrise, and register at the weigh-in.

2)  Must use hook and line, live or artificial bait.

3)  There is no fee to enter the rodeo. However, participants must be an EASL 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 judgement and keep only fish that are a size you can eat.

6)  Return to P.J.’s Landing no later than 3:00 p.m. with your limit of pan fish for weigh-in. Someone will be there for 2:00 p.m.

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 are asked to prepare a share of their fish to be cooked at our May meeting on the 15th of the month.

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 social at the May 15 monthly meeting. We hope for a big turnout, and to continue the rodeo as a yearly event with your participation. For more details or information, call rodeo chairman, Mike Lambert, at 225-644-3804.

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Save the Date! EASL Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo will be August 5, 2017

Mark your calendar to join EASL for our annual Kids Fishing Rodeo. Details to follow about Saturday, August 5th.

Memory from a past EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo:

Sophie Singer win kids rodeo 2015

Results of EASL 2016 Squirrel Rodeo

la-squirrelResults of EASL’s 2016 Squirrel Rodeo (photo of squirrel not to scale, also it’s not a real squirrel but enjoy!)

There was some discussion at the September EASL meeting as to the opening date of this year’s squirrel season. One faction contended that it opened on the third of this month and the other held to the first. Several members rose, and reminiscent of Doc Holiday at the O.K. Corral, drew their mobile phones, handily holstered on their hips, to confirm that opening day was in fact October first this year. Seems that those acting as the Clanton Boys were looking at last year’s opening date, an understandable error, and maybe even excusable. But not excusable by the State Game Wardens in a year where the first Saturday in October falls after the third of October and one is caught with squirrels in his hunting sack on the third.

For clarification, squirrel season always opens one half hour before sunrise the first full weekend in October…to simplify, the first Saturday in October. I could be partially incorrect if you bring up the Spring season. The 2017-2018 Fall season opens on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

To get to the business at hand…the rodeo was again held at Merle Gautreaux’s home. The new chairman was yours truly. Everyone was reasonably pleased with the new chair’s performance. He mostly sat in a chair, pointed his fingers and barked out orders. The past chairman graciously agreed to usher him through his first ordeal and was the only one who expressed displeasure with the new administration. The old chairman was appointed weighmaster and was called upon to weigh the bags of squirrels as they arrived. This seemed to interfere with the leisure time that he anticipated spending during his retirement as chairman.

There were seventeen hunters who participated. Fourteen weighed in squirrels. There was a total of fifty-seven squirrels weighed in. Three hunters had full limits. Most consisted of grey squirrels with a smattering of red squirrels.

The winner was Richard Gautreaux with a full limit of eight red squirrels weighing in at ten pounds even. Richard also had the largest squirrel which weighed in at one pound and five ounces. He claimed that he hunted near Opelousas in a section of woods that he had recently scouted.

Second place was Kevin Prettelt with eight squirrels totaling eight pounds three ounces; and in third place was Gary Lass with eight squirrels weighing seven pounds one ounce.

Special thanks to Perry Berteau for cooking the jambalaya and beans for the weigh-in and cleaning party. It was jam up!

Sunday’s gravy was cooked again this year by Todd Breaux. A few more squirrels were added from Saturday evening’s and Sunday morning’s hunts. Total squirrels weighed in was fifty-seven; total in the stew was around seventy-five. There was some talk about the possibility of subsidizing the stew with a couple of Merle’s laying hens in order to have enough for the crowd, but the extra squirrels gave them a reprieve.

The entire weekend was enjoyed by all, with much laughing, joking and retelling of old lies, and everyone went home with full stomachs, even the grumbling weighmaster.

There was one incident on Sunday involving a conspiracy and possible attempted theft of a chicken by one of the cooks…but then that’s another story.

— Byron Gautreau, Event Chair

 

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EASL Squirrel Rodeo October 1-2, 2016

Join us at the 2016 EASL Squirrel Rodeo on Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2. Once again, it will be held at Merle Gautreaux’s home. Squirrel hunting is Saturday, October 1, from legal shooting hours until the end of weigh-in. Weigh-in will start at 10:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. Jambalaya by Perry Berteau will be served around noon.
Sunday afternoon features the announcement of winners and the serving of squirrel gravy cooked by Todd Breaux.
Hunters must be EASL members to enter. All EASL members are invited to Saturday’s jambalaya dinner and Sunday afternoon’s squirrel gravy. Contact Byron Gautreau at 936-9291 with any questions.

(photo from 2014 squirrel hunt, Ashlee Fink.)

Ashlee Fink First Place Squirrel Rodeo 2015 squirrelrodea

EASL Turkey Contest Winners for 2016

Turkey Contest Winner 2016: Cody Braud won in the out of state category and Goosie Guice won the in-state category.

Turkey Contest winner 2016

Thad Bellow (left) with Cody Braud.

Kids and Their Families Invited to EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo August 6

Hello All, This is a reminder to all of our EASL members that our 56th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo is on August 6, 2016. Please grab your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends and bring them to the fishing rodeo.

EASLKids fishing picDon’t forget that it’s for kids ages 2-14 and they each need a fishing pole or rod and reel. There will be some crickets donated by Fluker Cricket Farms, but we encourage you to bring any live bait you’d like-just no artificial lures or baits.

The sign-up for the rodeo starts at 6:30AM at Twin Lakes Park in Dutchtown, La. The fishing starts at 7:00AM and ends at 9:00AM. There will be a weigh-in after the fishing is done. Hot dogs and jambalaya prepared and donated by the Motiva Rec Club, will be available while we tally the results.  Rodney Dupuy from CAJUNLIVINNCOOKIN, will be on hand to take pictures. You can do this while waiting for the tally or bring your fish to take a picture.

abby with trophyAfter the scores are turned in, we will give trophies for the biggest fish overall to a girl and a boy. There will also be trophies in four separate age groups for most fish (boy and girl) and biggest fish. Also, there will be a drawing in three age groups for bicycles.

We want to make sure that as many Sportsman League members as possible are out there because we all need to work together to help this event continue to be successful.

If you would like to donate items, volunteer your time, or make monetary contributions, please call me at 225-571-4588 or send info to bmworks2011@hotmail.com.  Thanks for your help with this wonderful community event.

-Bettye Lambert, EASL Chairman Kid’s Fishing Rodeo

Kids Fishing Rodeo Flyer 2016 – revised

 

EASL Terry Melancon Memorial Saltwater Challenge Set for July 15-16, 2016

EASL’s Terry Melancon Memorial Salt Water Challenge will take place Friday July 15 for registration and social, and conclude Saturday July 16th 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.

In 2015 we started having door prizes and ditty bags for all of the participants.  If you can secure items please bring them to the rodeo or to one of the EASL meetings leading up to the event.  Touch base with Torrey if you can get something.

Two important Schedule notes:

  • All anglers must be registered by 8:00 pm Friday. If you want to fish in the rodeo and cannot get to Grand Isle Friday night give your registration fees to someone that can pay for you Friday evening.
  • All anglers must be at the weigh in by 3:00 Saturday

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 get your money in 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. All three species must be caught to win.  If no team catches all 3 species 2 species will be weighed then 1.

Rules

  • Entry Fee: $15/participant; $10 goes to payouts for winners; $5 goes to meals. Meal money will be kept in a separate bucket.  We are asking that each person eating pay $5 to help pay for the 2 meals.  Drinks will not be served.  Eaters must bring their own drinks.
  • 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

SWC Team OptomismSWC Charlie Moore big trout

*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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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