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Old 11-07-2017, 06:40 AM   #21
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Gearhead,

I've got a GWP that points woodcock but refuses to retrieve them. Several of us hunt them around the marshes in this area. Of the 10+ of us, nobody has a dog that will retrieve them. Some say it's the odor, but my dog will retrieve anything except for "doodles". Woodcock are pretty much a "worm eater" and the dogs won't mouth them, at least that's what we think. As for hunting around that area, Castor Plunge Road, just off Twin Bridges Road (watch for the Claiborne Bombing Range signs) had some good "doodle hunting", but it's tough walking through the bogs and without a dog, it's very much a "hit and miss" kind of event. Some days you may walk up on 6 or 8 and other weeks you may hunt every day and never see a single bird. If you do stay at Kincaid Recreation Area campground, you might find some birds around the Wild Azalea Trail. That's about 2 miles southeast of the campground, but it's been at least 5 years since I've been back there, so it might be a shopping center now

Most of the "old guys" that I hunted with are no longer above ground. Two are in a nursing home and last time we were there, neither remembered who I was, so they wouldn't be able to give you any advice.

Grits Gresham built a sporting clays/skeet range in Natchitoches. Some of the old guys that walk that range hunted "doodles" around the Cane River area. You might start there. It's a public facility, open to anybody who doesn't "flinch at gunfire"..... Grits is long gone, but his range is still going strong. http://www.natchitochesshooting.com/
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:56 PM   #22
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Good info John. I'd heard about dogs that would point them but not retrieve them.
This is a bucket list item that is no where near the top of the list. I just want to walk a right of way in that area on a frosty morning with the Citori 20 over my shoulder and be able to say "heck yeah, I've been woodcock hunting".
I'm thinking load the Bigfoot and hit a couple Forest Service campgrounds, walk around in the morning, take a nap after lunch, build a fire and sip some bourbon. Real low key.
I forgot Grits was from LA. He could tell a story.
Grandpa used to walk us down his driveway to the "hole". Best I remember his story was a airplane missed the Claiborn bombing zone. I don't know, he had a lot of good stories.
Mom went to college in Nachitoches and pretty much put the fear in me about anything to do with Cane River. I'll leave it at that. But I do hear they have a nice Christmas celebration.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:34 PM   #23
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If you've never been to Natchitoches for the Christmas Lights, it's something you should try to do. It's not a "3 or 4 day thing" but definitely worth spending an evening at the WalMart campground and walking the Cane River from the lower bridge up to the end. As for woodcock hunting, it, like quail, is a "later in the morning" kind of "civilized hunting". The birds don't come off the roost until the frost is gone, then it's a quick feed, water and fly back to the area they feel safe. You'd do your best "sightings" around 9 or 10 AM and then again just before dusk. Be careful in Kisatchie in the late afternoon. Once the sun goes down, that place is unforgiving and it's real easy to get turned around. While you're in Natchitoches, walking the river road, looking at the lights, take your pick of food stands for hot chocolate and meat pies.... They're the authentic ones, unlike the "touristy things" you'll find across the street in the restaurants for double the price.....
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:08 PM   #24
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After I wrote that about the Christmas festival I went to their website. We discussed going a while back, we might have that conversation again.
I have a GPS I can carry and probably would.
Those Natchitoches meat pies are dang good and we're overdue.
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Spent 3 nights last weekend at the new Grand Ecore RV Park in Natchitoches. Son in law was up there hunting in Kisatchie so my daughter and her two boys and the wife took in the festivities in town. 2nd time in 4 yrs going up there. The new RV park is on the Red River and Bayou Pierre and only a few miles from town. Not many trees but the ones they have are pecan trees and the boys had fun picking them up off the ground. Wife already booked nights for next year!

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We had a good time at Indian Creek. Sites were a little close and pads somewhat short, but not bad. We mostly rode bikes around the area. A lot of people go all out for their setups. They have a lot of double pull through sites. They set them up with carport type shelters with golf carts and large outdoor kitchens. I'll have get the pics from the DW. They have 3 beaches, one of which is dedicated to the camping area.
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Yeah post up the pics from Indian Creek when you can.
PawPaw thanks for posting about the new campground. We will probably visit it.
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:11 PM   #28
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Yeah post up the pics from Indian Creek when you can.
PawPaw thanks for posting about the new campground. We will probably visit it.
No problem...$40 bucks a night but worth it. Everything is new and in working order! 262 miles from my house in Lafourche Parish.
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Here's a few more pics for 'ya Gearhead!! All have concrete pads and lots of room...my rig is 56' and I catch detach with room to spare and not block traffic.








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196 miles from me. 3.43 hours. Nice drive.
You ready for some snow??
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