About Honey Brake

Overview

From world class waterfowl, deer and alligator
hunting to fishing, sporting clays and eco tours for the
bird watching enthusiast, Honey Brake has it all.

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What is Honey Brake?

Honey Brake, located on 20,000 acres of the old Louisiana Delta Plantation and nestled on the banks of beautiful Larto Lake and its tributaries, offers the avid outdoorsman a unique array of outdoor recreational opportunities all on one property. Louisiana’s premier duck and waterfowl hunting lodge has year round outdoor experiences.

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Conservation Efforts

Here at Honey Brake, we wake up everyday working hard to leave every aspect of what we do better than we found it in our habitat management practices. Where most people put their property in WRP and let it go, we work closely with NRCS, Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries, and LSU School of Agriculture to maximize our property to reach its fullest potential. We do this not only for our clients to have a quality outdoor experience, but to also create the ultimate classroom for LSU Ag students and 4H participants from all over the nation to learn proper stewardship of our most valued natural resources.

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Luxury Destination Weddings

The Honey Brake Wedding Experience is a unique all-inclusive wedding event that includes accommodations, activities, meals, rehearsal dinner, ceremony site options, and reception for up to 140 guests. We have everything a bridal party could need, from our lake excursions to incredible dining experiences to a variety of activities and amenities. With everything in one place and yet 9,000 acres to explore, families are sure to bond in an unforgettable Honey Brake experience!

Meet Our Team

Michael and Ron Johnson, Honey Brake founders

Michael and Ron Johnson

Founders

Brothers Ron & Michael Johnson, raised in Chicot State Park, Louisiana’s largest state park, learned valuable lessons at an early age from their father about respecting and valuing the land. Ron and Michael’s grandfather, Edious Johnson, was the first caretaker and superintendent of Chicot State Park and paved the way for his son, Dudley Johnson, to later assume the role as the park superintendent. Dudley Johnson passed on his ideas and ethics of land stewardship to his sons as they grew and began their path of education toward becoming engineers.

Ron, the elder brother, earned his petroleum engineering degree. He spent years with a major oil company before making the choice to become a farmer in order to spend more time with his family. Having spent the last 40 years as a farmer, Ron has developed a wealth of knowledge of the Louisiana delta region and agricultural operations. Michael’s education in mechanical engineering led him to a different path and eventually into ownership of an oil and gas exploration company in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ron’s experience with the oil industry and farming soon convinced Michael to consider investing in land to diversify his company assets. In 2005, when some of the Louisiana Delta Plantation property became available, Michael agreed to the initial purchase of 30,000 acres of agricultural land as an investment opportunity and for a chance to work closer with his brother, Ron.

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Drew Keeth

CEO

Catahoula Parish native Drew Keeth, CEO and waterfowl guide for Honey Brake, LTD has been an avid outdoorsman from an early age and grew up hunting the cypress brakes and flooded grain fields of our Sportsman’s Paradise of central Louisiana all his life. Drew worked in the boating industry for most of his life but also developed and managed several different hunting clubs and guide services in central Louisiana, including managing recreation and wildlife on Louisiana Delta Plantation. Drew’s passion for hunting is exceeded only by his off season obsession of preparing exceptional habitat for wintering waterfowl through moist soil management techniques that produce the most abundant food sources for ducks that are possible. Having been a waterfowl guide for over 23 years, Drew has developed the knowledge of everything duck…from flight patterns and habitat to decoys and dogs his hunting experiences have led to help establish Honey Brake as the premier waterfowling operation in North America.

Drew’s commitment to wildlife has also been demonstrated in his leadership and support of numerous wildlife conservation organizations. Having served as President of the Cenla Fantails Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, committee member of Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited local Chapters and active member of the Central Louisiana Hunter Retriever Club as well as having a seat on the LSU school of coastal and conservation. Drew understands and works to give back to the outdoors that he loves and cares about. Drew is also committed to our youth! His wife Lacey and their children, Karlee and Kolby are the light of his life but Drew has always supported efforts to encourage the development of young hunters into a life of hunting and respect of wildlife. An avid supporter of the LDWF youth hunt weekends Drew has shared his time and Honey Brake Outfitter services to help ensure that young people get a unique opportunity to experience duck hunting at its’ finest.

In Drew’s words “To be a great guide you have to have a servant’s heart, the will to please, and a passion for waterfowling. Anyone can hunt for two or three days but providing the experience of a lifetime for sixty plus days straight is what makes the professional staff that we expect at Honey Brake”.

 

 

 

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Jared Mophett

Head Guide/Habitat Manager

A dedicated professional duck hunting guide and lifelong waterfowler, Jared Mophett was raised in a family that loved and pursued hunting as a way of life. Having worked with his father as a duck hunting guide along with over 23 years of continuous guiding experience, Jared reins as one of the most experienced and successful guides at Honey Brake. Not your ordinary duck guide, Jared is a professional in every sense of the word. From competition calling to retriever training to following duck migrations, Jared is not just your ordinary duck hunter. Jared is known for his “No Days Off” philosophy and literally guides or hunts 120 days per year for ducks and geese. He has missed less than 10 days of hunting in the past 18 years. We can only assume he was very sick!

Jared has been published in numerous local and national newsprint, magazine, and waterfowl publications and has had extensive exposure on many TV shows. He’s a member of the United Kennel Club for 15 years, the Call Makers Association and many other national conservation organizations, but his commitment doesn’t end there. Jared is dedicated to waterfowl management on a year round basis and works just as hard off season to create optimum waterfowl habitats in order to reap the rewards of duck hunting during the season. Jared has served as a pro staff member for many waterfowl companies, competed in many local and state duck calling contests, and is an avid duck call collector. Some of Jared’s favorite calls include Echo, Hobo, RNT, and Zink calls, but give him any call and he can make it sing.

“My goal is to provide my guests with the hunt of a lifetime.” — Jared Mophett

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Scott Webber

Chief Operating Officer

Born in New Orleans and raised in Catahoula & Concordia Parishes, Louisiana Native Scott Webber truly knows the "Sportsman's Paradise State".  He was introduced to the outdoor life by his father at the early age of 7 years old and thus began his passion for hunting and fishing in this wonderful playground that God has given us.  His first job was on the Louisiana Delta Plantation at the age of 16, assisting with Farm Operations.  Now, after a 31 year absence, during which he relocated to South Carolina for work after graduating from the University of Louisiana, he has come full circle and returned to the land that he loves so much to work here at Honey Brake (part of the former Louisiana Delta Plantation) as Chief Operations Officer.  There is no greater joy than coming HOME to be with family and friends and to be a part of an organization where our goal is to leave this world better than when we found it. Bon Temps await for all those who choose to come and "Get You Some"....Bienvenue en Louisiane!

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Karsen Brassard

Chef

Karsen was born in Naples, Florida, and grew up in Kansas City. Coming from a family of chefs, his love for cooking started at a young age. Karsen would go with his father to work and watch the cooks running around and yelling out orders. “Order in: six medium rare filets.” The white jackets and the speed of dishes coming off the line was exciting to watch. That’s where the fire was lit for his passion for food. Karsen started cooking on his own when he was eight years old. When he was 13, Karsen started working at a country club as a dishwasher. Eventually, he ended up working his way up to pantry station. By his junior year in high school, Karsen was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work for Celina Tio at The American Restaurant. He competed in culinary competitions all through his last two years in high school and went to The Art Institute of Charlotte, North Carolina, upon graduation. After culinary school, Karsen went to Naples, Florida, to work at a private country club as a line cook for eight years.

Chelly Cross

Chelly Cross

Creole Specialty Chef

Louisiana Native Chelly Cross was born and raised in Houma Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun Country.  She worked for over 20 years as a supervisor and chef on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Louisiana Coast, where she perfected her beloved Creole cooking for large numbers of hungry workers.

After leaving the oil industry, she made her home here on beautiful Lake Larto, site of the Honey Brake Lodge, where she has resided for the past 17 years.  Chelly loves the socializing with our guests as much as she loves life itself.  Her other passions include raising rabbits and chickens in her backyard and fishing for Bream and Catfish on Lake Larto.  Her smile is infectious, and she possesses that joie de vivre that makes you forget about anything that may be bothering you.  Her heart is truly as big as her smile.

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Dart Deloach

Guide

Along with his labs, Buck and Duck, Dart lives in nearby Pineville, LA and is a student at LSUAlexandria. Entering his fifth season as a Honey Brake guide, Dart is well known for for his humor in the blind. Whether he's bringing the ducks in close with an Eliminator or telling a joke, everyone in the blind is sure to stay entertained.

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Landon White

Guide

Landon lives in Natchez, Mississippi, and has hunted waterfowl for 15 years. He’s an accomplished specklebelly and duck caller. Growing up in a farming family gave Landon a great interest in enhancing row crop property and the wetlands set aside areas for years. Landon also trains retrievers. His personal lab, Boss, is at the top of his game. Landon graduated from LSU in 2011 with a degree in Agricultural Management and applies this knowledge to help manage his family’s land as well as consult our group on what is best in regard to management practices at Honey Brake. Landon has been with our team for three years and works hard to ensure his clients enjoy every minute of their visit.

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Mark Herron

Guide

Mark Herron and his wife Naomi have been lifelong residents of the area for over 50 years. Mark has been hunting this area all his life with great success. He hunts blind on both private and public area and moves with the birds. He is an accomplished caller and relishes getting the birds in close for his clients. His dog, Swampy, is full of energy and she has great blind manners. He is a local businessman and has a stellar reputation in regard to customer service. Mark has a private camp on our farm and is a permanent resident during the waterfowl season. He is also an excellent bass fishing guide and has served on the Skeeter Team Pro team for many years.

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Wes Curry

Guide

Wes Curry, born and raised in south Missouri, has been blessed with truly doing what he loves everyday. He is a duck guide here at Honey Brake during his favorite part of the year, duck season. During the rest of the year, he owns and manages a wholesale fishing tackle company in Missouri with his wife Lindsey. He has been duck hunting across the globe since he was eight years old and still to this day can't get enough of it. You'll also get to share the blind with his partner in crime, black lab, Maggie Roux. Wes is a passionate outdoorsmen that shows up to the lodge every morning with a coffee and a big smile. Whether you kill 36 ducks or 2 ducks, it's impossible to have a bad hunt with Wes!

Kim Hamilton

Kim Hamilton

Office Manager

Kim was born and raised in Metro Detroit, but lived the last 30 years in Marshall, Michigan, where she raised her three children.  Her son is now a Clinical Pharmacist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, her middle daughter is a Nutritionist for the WIC program in Kalamazoo, MI, and her youngest daughter is a freshman at MSU.  Kim joined our team in July, when she and her husband moved here to Louisiana, which is his home state.  Accounting is in Kim’s family, as her paternal grandfather, her father, and youngest brother are all accountants.  She has been working in A/P, A/R and Payroll for approximately the last 32 years, though not always all at the same time, and is very excited to be a part of the Honey Brake Team!  She is sure that her maternal grandfather is smiling down on her, as he was an avid outdoorsman, who hunted and fished every season during his short life.

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