Giving is an attribute shared in Louisiana’s hunting and fishing communities, and all anyone has to do is look at the support for such worthy causes as Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s Children, Saturday’s Anglers Against Autism bass tournament, and other benefit events that work to better our communities.

Two more surfaced in the last week.

Charter skipper Lance Schouest, OK most of us call him “Coon,” is in a financial bind with medical bills and the final expenses incurred in the tragic loss of his wife, a cancer victim, earlier this year.

The Schouest family of charter captains, Joe, Chris, Lee and Lance Jr. along with Bill Lake, Bryce Michel and Galveston’s Robby Mielsch are each donating fishing trips to a raffle to help Coon pay those bills.

A $20 raffle ticket gets you into the drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip (winners will have to furnish food and drink) for one of these seven trips, six for trout and redfish and Mielsch’s is a tarpon trip.

For tickets, send a check payable to “Lance Schouest for Medical Expenses” and mailed to P.O. Box 53972, Lafayette, LA, 70505. You need to include your name, address and telephone number.

The drawing is Oct. 30 at Schouest’s Tradewinds Marina, and winners don’t have to be there.

Next is the effort by Willie and Korie Robertson to raise awareness and funds for the Drive Adoption Program from the Worldwide Foundation to help what this couple said are the 200,000 children in the U.S. in need of adoption.

You have until Tuesday to donate to the program with chances to win what Willie called a “VIP Duck Commander experience,” a tour of Duck Commander and a private-plane flight and VIP seating for the Oct. 4 Saints-Cowboys game.

Other items include limited edition T-shirts, autographed hats, a Skype session with Willie and an autographed 1840 Phowler Phrogger.

For details go to website:

App for waterfowlers

Cabela’s and Powderhook have teamed to launch Waterfowl Tracker, a free app that allows hunters to monitor waterfowl migration and “harvest” reports in their locale and in all flyways.

The app is available to download through the Google Play and Apple App stores and can be accessed via the website: on desktop devices.

According to Powderhook boss Eric Dinger, hunters will be at locations of a single report from among field employees and pro staff members of the company’s partner brands.