News & Updates

The latest news, updates and events from our campaign to protect and restore the Mississippi River delta.

Apr 16 D.C. Students Given Tour of La. Coast

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Hi, my name is Sean Turner and I’m in 5th grade at Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, and the youngest member of the Vanishing Paradise Pro Staff. Recently, Mr. Chuck Perrodin (with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority ) asked me to talk to 25 high schoolers from Washington D.C. about our coast and what we’re … read more »

Feb 27 Get the science right: Diverting river sediment is key to saving the coast

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David Muth stresses the importance of diversions to the coastal wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta in a recent article on The Lens.

The Mississippi is certainly not our grandfather’s, or even our great-great grandmother’s river. We don’t generally have to face with dread the danger of crevasses and flooding each spring and … read more »

Feb 07 Garret Graves Announces Resignation

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- Photo courtesy LA CPRA This week, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Chairman Garret Graves announced he will resign on February 17. Vanishing Paradise greatly appreciates Graves’ tireless efforts to restore the Mississippi River Delta. Faced with multiple serious storms and the nation’s largest oil spill, Graves made significant strides toward creating a … read more »

Feb 06 Vanishing Paradise Team Attends SHOT Show 2014

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There’s one trade show during the year that hosts the entirety of the hunting industry – SHOT Show. Attracting industry professionals from the United States and more than 100 other countries, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) shattered attendance records in early January. It is giving industry professionals good reason to believe … read more »

Jan 17 Exploring Restoration Solutions

“Rivers have a rhythm. The rhythm is seasonal, dependent on winter snow and spring rains and spring snowmelt. The rhythm is erratic, like the weather that it depends on; one year, the river may swell but never top its banks. The next, the river may swell so greatly that it overtops its natural banks, filling … read more »

Dec 10 Celebrating A Sportsman's Paradise: The rewards and risks

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- Eric Cosby of Top Brass Tackle and the organizer of Marsh Madness with a bull redfish off the South Pass of the Mississippi River. Photo by Lew Carpenter During the significant and enduring fight to restore Louisiana’s wetlands and hold BP accountable for the damage caused by the 2010 Gulf oil spill, it is … read more »

Dec 06 Late Start to Migration Could Prove to be Blessing in Disguise

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The warmer weather across North America delayed migration slightly, impacting hunting up and down the Mississippi Flyway. In my home state of Missouri, up the river from the delta, the teal season did not open with a bang–far from it. The teal opener was poor statewide. One September morning, I was grateful to scrape up … read more »

Nov 27 3 Reasons to be Thankful this Thanksgiving

The Vanishing Paradise team has many reasons to be thankful this year. The recent announcement that nearly $68 million will be dedicated to Mississippi River Delta restoration projects is very good news, but it’s also important to thank those who have lent us a hand to help restore the delta. 1. Our Hunting and Fishing … read more »

Nov 15 Slow Start to Duck Season, but there are 67.9 Million Reasons to be Thankful

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It’s been a sloooooow start to duck season. The 2013 teal season was pretty much a bust down here in Louisiana. September 2013 went down as the lowest on record for blue-winged teal in the annual waterfowl population estimates conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). As a result, most of us … read more »

Nov 01 Blue-winged Teal Weave Thread from the Prairie to Louisiana's Coastal Marshes

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Corn and soybeans dominated the view out my truck window for most of the four-hour drive from home before the rolling hills of native prairie began to take center stage roughly ten miles from the ranch. Late summer is duck banding season in north-central South Dakota, and when the opportunity arose recently to assist biologists … read more »

Aug 21 Joule's Gems: Why T - R - A - I - N ?

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Introducing Vanishing Paradise’s column about dog training by Pro Staff member Joule Charney as a part of our new Sportsmen’s Life columns.

– Joule and Watson at Splash Dogs There are times when you may question why you are training your dog. Maybe you think your dog is ‘good enough’ already. The query … read more »

Aug 20 Watch Us on SportingDog Adventures This Week

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Vanishing Paradise joins Jeff Fuller, his three sons Clayton, Cole and Callahan, and the rest of the crew from SportingDog Adventures on an episode airing this week to talk about the waterfowl conservation issue of our generation. The SportingDog Adventure crew travels to the Mississippi River Delta to hunt with Vanishing Paradise to learn about … read more »

Aug 15 Bringing Back a Healthier Louisiana Wetlands

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- Wetlands Life seems easy on the Louisiana bayou, especially when you’re with good friends and your days are spent fishing for reds and ‘specks and you’re evenings are spent sharing great food and fishing stories. But, there’s an underlying sobering reality that smacks us all in the face every moment we’re on the … read more »

Aug 08 The Importance of Wetlands

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This time of the year, in particular, is the season for hurricanes. And no one region is more aware of it than the residents of the coastal communities along the Gulf of Mexico, particularly those in south Louisiana. The entire Mississippi River Delta juts out into the Gulf like a big bull’s eye on a … read more »

Jul 26 ICAST MAGIC

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- caption this For many in the hunting and fishing industry, two key trade shows bookend the vast scope of products, information and advocacy driving our sporting world. The first, and largest at 60,000 attendees, is SHOT Show for the shooting and hunting industry. The second is the fishing industry’s ICAST (The International Convention of … read more »

Jul 18 Thinking big on real restoration: A trip to the Shell Island restoration project

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It’s not every day that you find yourself aboard an air-conditioned boat in Louisiana. But for some reason that’s where I found myself on a warm and overcast July afternoon last week. Having been invited to join the Governor for a tour of the barrier island restoration projects just west of Venice in Barataria Bay, … read more »

May 22 Habitat Restoration Can Drive Economic Recovery

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After years of habitat loss and abuse, the story of the Mississippi River Delta is starting to look a bit different. Following the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a monumental piece of legislation called the RESTORE Act is providing a rare opportunity to address decades of mismanagement and habitat degradation. Among other things, the RESTORE Act … read more »

Apr 03 Vanishing Paradise's New Advisory Council Paves a Path Forward

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As efforts to restore the Mississippi River Delta roll forward, sportsmen from across the nation continue to lend a hand – offering voice and influence to rebuild this special place. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) along with other important partners has been at the forefront of these efforts – nationally and regionally – for decades. … read more »

Feb 22 VP's youngest Conservation Pro Staff member owns the room at RESTORE Council public meetings

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This week, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is hosting a series of listening sessions throughout the Gulf States to gather public input on how RESTORE Act dollars should be spent. This plan will outline how RESTORE Act dollars will be translated into restoration projects that will shape the future of Gulf coast wetland habitats … read more »

Feb 18 Speak Up This Week for Sportsmen's Interests in the Gulf

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After decades of abuse and mismanagement, our delta is one of the most vulnerable in the world. The delta has lost 1.2 million acres of wetlands since the 1930s and loses a football field of wetlands each hour. Right now, hunters and anglers can play a crucial role by attending an upcoming public meeting about … read more »

Jan 14 Lake Lery: South Louisiana Honey Hole Still Recovering After Isaac

I was setting the hook before the hull of my boat had even settled into the water next to one of the innumerable grass beds lining the shores of Delacroix’s Lake Lery. The second cast of the day in the pink, pre-dawn light produced an explosive strike on a topwater Chug Bug and a nearly … read more »

Dec 22 Our Family Tradition: The Christmas Hunt

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One of the most revered traditions in my family has been the annual Christmas-time hunt. My grandfather started this tradition when my uncles were very young. I have carried on this tradition with my sons, and I hope to be fortunate enough to continue it with my grandchildren. I can remember the anticipation that I … read more »

Dec 06 What Would Justice for the Gulf Look Like?

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that I found myself on the bow of an offshore charter fishing boat trying to process the sight that lay before me. We had been working out of Venice, LA since the 2010 BP oil spill began and reports had come in from a charter captain that there was … read more »

Nov 20 Fall Fishing in the West Bay Diversion

Mark Fisher of WileyX Sunglasses with Lew Carpenter of Vanishing Paradise

There may be no better place in the entire world to catch fish in the fall than the mouth of the Mississippi. The river is low, the water is green and saltier and the cooler weather pushes redfish, speckled trout, flounder and sometimes even sea-run striped bass into passes, sand bars, rock jetties and spillways … read more »

Nov 04 Lake Pontchartrain's Best Kept Secret

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Typically, the fall’s arrival focuses the attention of Lake Pontchartrain anglers on the bridges as speckled trout, flounder, black drum and redfish gather at the pilings of the Causeway, trestles and Twin Spans to fatten up for the winter. But there is another, lesser-known area in the lake where the fishing heats up as the … read more »

Nov 02 My Son's First Hunt

Andy McDaniels with his sons Jeb and Blake

When my son Jeb was nine, he was giving me fits about taking him hunting. Back in those days, whenever I would come home from a successful hunt, Jeb would come running to the truck to stare in awe at the beautiful widgeon, mallards, gadwalls and wood ducks. We purchased his first shotgun a few … read more »

Oct 23 A Letter to the Editor: BP Must be Held Accountable

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Chris Macaluso gives a sportsman’s take on the rumors that the U.S. Justice Department may be nearing a settlement with BP over oil spill damages in a letter to the Houma Courier/Thibodaux Daily Comet.- An Oct. 17 article in The Courier and Daily Comet titled “BP settlement could remove local control” detailed purported information circulated … read more »

Oct 15 Join Our Prostaff

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Vanishing Paradise is putting together a team of passionate sportsmen and women who will help raise awareness of the importance of restoring the Mississippi River Delta across the entire country. You don’t need to have visited the delta to be on our prostaff, you just need a passion for hunting, fishing and conservation and the … read more »

Oct 09 Wide Open Bull Reds a Testament to the Delta

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The value of the Mississippi River Delta spans economic, cultural and environmental functions too great to be lost by any one generation. As the rapid loss of these wetlands continues it is important to note that we can fix this problem. We must. It’s a responsibility we have to be sure future generations can enjoy … read more »

Sep 27 A Hit-or-Miss Teal Season in the Delta

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Louisiana duck hunters have a handful of days left to toss out decoy spreads and take aim at the nimble and shifty first-of-the-year birds as the state’s 16-day special teal season ends September 30. The teal season usually gives waterfowlers in Sportsman’s Paradise a brief taste of what the regular duck season, opening in mid-November, … read more »

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