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Where are the Wigeon

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Just curious if I'm the only one to notice a sharp decline in the number of Wigeon this year. We normally hunt out of Venice and manage to bag a few per hunt. This year I saw 1 all season. Where are the wigeon?
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widgeon numbers are down this year
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I have noticed this trend since the year 2000 in the Reggio-Delacroix marshes. Widgeon are not as common as they used to be here. Back then it was 50/50 (grays and widgeon). Now we are lucky to get a dozen widgeon per season. Don't know what happened. It's not something that happened overnight. It has been a decline for over a decade.
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    Coot
I shot one on opening day this year and that was it. Over the last 5-10 years I tend to shoot less than 10 per year. Before that, we use to shoot plenty. One thing I noticed is that I typically only see them early in the 1st split then no more. Maybe b/c they are migrating to Mexico or South Texas and just stopping here on the way. They still shoot plenty of them in Texas.
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   noose374
Widgeon may be the latest duck that South Louisiana has lost due to the change in migratory patterns caused by new agriculture methods in the Midwest. Let’s hope that the grey ducks don’t wise up or we’ll only be shooting dogris in a few years.
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We had 2 good weekends in the first split where the widgeon were thick. Killed a couple the last 2 weekends and that was it. We did take a run down tiger pass one day last weekend and found an area that was holding a lot of widgeon but never could hunt it.
Im glad I killed a few nice ones this year. Have one getting mounted right now
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   Spooner 2
I'm puzzled just like everyone else it seems. We shot I think 7 all season. Its funny that this post came up. Me and Mike Smith of La Marsh Guide Service were just talking about the same thing last week. Like he said, it used to be 50/50 widgeon and greys. Makes no sense. I really don't think the area or feed has changed that much.
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   doug
We killed the first ones I've ever seen on the northshore this year! Maybe they stopped short!
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Used to see huge groups of dabbling grays and wigeon, now it's 95% grays in those same groups. In 2005 (katrina season) we took 35 wigeon to 95 grays so roughly 1:3 ratio there. Every hunt you'd see them or hear them. Since then i've averaged 1-2 per season, same areas. This year I think I've got maybe two on the log. Don't know what the deal is. TX coast is stacked with them and points further west from there as well
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   cmk07c
Didn't harvest a single one this year, seen a few while scouting one afternoon, but nothing to brag over. Strange, was really thinking being where I'm at this year I'd be able to check him off my bucket list. They kill a good bit of them in South Florida, so maybe like others have said they're just going farther south to Mexico, South Texas, South Florida, Cuba, etc.

Are any of you guys further west in the rice or SW marshes killing them?
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Pretty sure the ms and central flyway widgeon have shifted away from LA. I think its an imprinting issue like we've seen with Mallards/canadian gees and are currently seeing with specklebellies. it is my beleif that the widgeon are shifting west into various corps of engineers lakes with heavy submerged aquatics. As they continue to imprint on these heavily vegetated areas and the areas become more numerous due to additional lakes and aging lakes, I think you'll see even fewer in our bags. Places like the dallas fort worth system of lakes have so much submerged aquatics it is ridiculous and they keep adding lakes to the system. They are not 'really' in mexico, I checked there was a few but not many.
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Right before the season I had a conversation with Larry Reynolds about this very topic...he said there has been a definite shift in their the flyway..they are congregating heavily every year in Southeast Texas. I didn't shoot a single one this year...saw a few pairs over the course of the season.
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   BIRD DOG
I been huntin the same marsh for 20+ years and have never seen one on the Northshore.This year they were everywhere! We also shot a good bit of mallards,black ducks,and pintails! It was one of the best duck seasons ever.We hunted a good 35 to 40 days this season and almost always shot a two man limit of greys with the occasional mallard,black duck,wigeon,and pintail. NO TEAL!?? not sure what was up with that? Lots of redheads and ringnecks,but not as many dos gris(not like we want them anyway lol). So as far as the Northshores concerned things are lookin up!
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   spikey
Our marsh has changed drastically since Katrina.We hunt out of Wills Point and our bag consisted mostly of widgeons and greys. You could shoot a 2or 3 man limit of widgeons from our blinds on most days now it is rare for us to shoot any at all.Things have changed for the worse in our area.
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