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End of Season '12-'13

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Didn't bother with the East Zone this week with the goofy weather, complete with fog and little to no wind this weekend. This season had a lot of ups and downs as we had to constantly move to keep up with the birds. Just when we thought we'd found a honey hole to hammer out a few good hunts, we'd find them working somewhere else the next trip forcing us to make too many mid-hunt moves. Also, when the water went out with the few strong fronts we did get, our birds left with it or would raft on big lagoons. Did notice more mallards this year than usual and a good few found their way to our straps sporadically. Likely could have had all we wanted if we took the time to target them in small waters.

Species breakdown as follows:

101 grays, 62 GW teal, 3 BW teal, 1 mottled, 12 spoons, 26 dosgris (1 greater, the rest lesser scaup), 3 buffleheads, 10 mallards, 3 wigeon; 3 specklebelly geese. Total is 221 ducks on 28 hunts, down from 270 last season.

1st split averaged 11 ducks per hunt but 2nd split fell off drastically to around 5.5/hunt. We usually saw quite a few birds but had a tough time really getting on them in big numbers as the 2nd split wore on.

Note: If we were just hunting numbers, dosgris numbers could easily be doubled if not more. 1st split we passed on them in droves holding out for later gray flights that sometimes never panned out. Second split we mostly took them when opportunities presented, though not nearly as many as earlier in season.

Hunted mostly in southeast La with only one trip to the Whiteville/Bunkie area rice in January. Plenty of good times with good friends and even got some guys their first greenheads for the wall. Time to trade the flat and shotgun for the bay boat and rods but I'll be raring to go again come September. If you're on facebook you can keep up with my hunting and fishing trips at http://www.facebook.com/DigbyOutdoorMedia
good luck fishin'!
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