Posted: Sep 7, 2010 6:34 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Sep 7, 2010 6:38 PM
BP's clean-up crews want hunters to know they'll be in the wetlands and to watch where they aim.
This weekend kicks-off teal season and BP is taking steps to protect their workers and the shoreline itself.
First, crews are going to be held-back until nine in the morning- giving hunters a little more time to finish shooting teal.
Secondly, BP is asking hunters to steer clear of any boom still in water.
"We'd like them to remain 20 meters or 60 feet away from the boom," BP's Judith Paul said.
Paul says boom stretches across Louisiana's coastline and the teal season could bring hunters dangerously close to sinking it.
"Don't cross it, if you have dogs, make sure they stay off of it as well," Paul says.
More inland, hunters expect a good season.
"There's a lot of birds," Jim Mixon says.
Many area farmers picked-up a state-wide program and flooded their fields to make more bird-friendly habitats- boosting the tourist appeal in Louisiana... for birds at least.
Mixon however, a manager at G&H Seed Company in Gueydan, doesn't expect the cash to be flying through the doors.
"With the economy the way it is, the moratorium, the low price of rice, that's a lot of my clients." Mixon says, "sales are going to be down some."
Still, Mixon expects hunters to flock to the fields and wetlands this weekend- so long as the booms stay up and the oil stays out.
"It's a sport that we in Louisiana have been doing for hundreds of years," Mixon said. "It will continue."