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Louisiana: Sportman's Paradise or Problem? (2017)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-11-22

Duration: 00:57:47

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | HUNTING | FISHING | Landowners | COASTAL EROSION | COASTAL RESTORATION | Bass fishing | DEER | Louisiana. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Macaluso, Chris Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Thibodeaux, Trent Interviewee
  • Moreland, Dave Interviewee
  • Gaubert, Kevin Interviewee
  • Frey, Paul Interviewee
  • Rhodes, Michael Speaker
  • Gohmert, Don Speaker
  • Bouquoi, Anthony Speaker
  • Sparks, Rudy Speaker
  • Carpenter, Daryl Speaker
  • Blanchard, Vic Speaker
  • Myers, Randy Speaker
  • Banks, Patrick Speaker
  • Wilson, Aaron Speaker
  • Dionne, Canlin Speaker
  • Darden, Taylor Speaker
  • White, Quad Speaker
  • Lavigne, Ryan Speaker
  • Woods, Henry Speaker
  • Johnson, Warren Speaker
  • Robbins, Sean Speaker
  • Montoucet, Jack Panelist
  • Weber, Ben Panelist
  • Frey, Paul Panelist
  • Moreland, Dave Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 22, 2017, features Chris Macaluso leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the issues facing Louisiana’s hunters and fishermen. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Trent Thibodeaux, a Louisiana sportsman; Dave Moreland, a Louisiana outdoor writer; Kevin Gaubert, the president of Louisiana B.A.S.S. Nation; and Paul Frey, the executive director of the Louisiana Landowners Association. The audience members then discuss the challenges facing hunters and fishermen, coastal land loss, and access to waterways on private land. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Secretary Jack Montoucet of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Ben Weber, the executive director of the Louisiana Charter Boat Association; Paul Frey, the executive director of the Louisiana Landowners Association; and Dave Moreland, a former deer biologist and Louisiana outdoor writer. They discuss: the declining numbers of hunters and fishermen in the state; liability for private landowners; the impact of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society not allowing fishermen to fish on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River during a 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series event in order to protest Louisiana’s land management laws; deer management; the possibility of pushing back the hunting seasons; coastal restoration projects on private land; and the feral hog epidemic. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Chris Macaluso