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Where to Public Hunt Teal

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So I recently moved to Louisiana and I'm trying to find public water to hunt teal in the next few weeks. I live in Covington and am able to travel reasonable distances. Any place I've gone out to fish/ scout I've seen no hunting signs because of management areas. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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I would suggest you look into Big Branch Wildlife Refuge on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain considering where you live or Bayou Sauvage NWR.
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   lanco1
If you are actually seeing signs that say Louisana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Management Area, then you are on public land. Go to the LDWF website and check out the map showing the location of WMAs in the state with links to maps of individual areas. Roughly the public lands within a somewhat reasonable distance would be : Big Branch NWR (a fededral area with its own restrictions including which days it can be hunted in the week), Pearl River WMA, Manchac WMA, Joyce WMA, Maurepas Swamp WMA, Biloxi WMA, Salvador WMA, Pass a Loutre WMA, Point au Chien WMA, Bonnet Carre Spillway (again federal land this time requiring a special permit), Jean Lafitte National Park ( Required you to go in person and take a test to get a special permit) Atchafalaya Delta WMA, Sherburne WMA. Happy scouting friend!
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   JIMMY W
Manchac has good numbers of Teal showing up so does Big Branch!Biloxi marsh is always on fire for Teal season and the duck season.
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   duckblind
Jimmy tell them about all the teal in the pearl
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   lanco1
So in case you haven't realized there is intentional disinformation about duck abundance on public land these days. Manchac, Big Branch and Pearl are often crowded and folks try to dissuade lap-top duck hunters.
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   GADWALL
I feel your pain. It will be tough to get solid info surfing. Everybody wants to know the same thing; 'are there any teal down?'. But it will be difficult to get someone to volunteer that info if they did the scouting. The problem with no one sharing scouting reports is that the day before the season, everyone that can get out, will try to scout last minute. And if there are any teal present, they will likely bolt. Best advice I can give is either try to get out there this week and see for yourself, or talk to some fishermen who don't hunt. They are good reporters, since they have no real interest in the ducks. And Like others have said, I would concentrate on Big Branch or Pearl River based on your residence. Good luck.
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   lanco1
Contact the biologist in charge of the WMAs and refuges you are interested in, also Larry Reynolds. They have hard data and knowledge of the conditions and required equipment (boats acess only will be the rule excepting Joyce and Sherburne). Then pick the best fit and look for isolated ponds on arial imagery. The scout those spots quietly (not by running around randomly with a mud motor at 5000 RPM) and see where birds are holding. Ask folks at the boat launches about how wind direction affects water levels (often as if not more important than lunar tides). Always have 3-4 options in case someone else is ahead of you at the spot.
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Hey everyone I really appreciate the help you've been. I know scouting for yourself is the best option I just had no idea where to scout that i could legally hunt. I will definitely be checking out the suggested areas and also appreciate the contacts given.
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   BlueShamu
See ya at the Pearl on Saturday, Jimmy!

LOL
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   BlueShamu
If it's on the dubya dubya dubya, it has to be true.

I've been seeing teal flocked up by the hundreds down in the WMA between Leeville and Grand Isle. That's where the birds are holding. Been redfishing out there every day for the past week and a half. Almost hooked a teal with a spinner bait yesterday morning.

Whatever you do, don't go down there and waste your time. No birds, no fish. Nothing but commarants and hard heads.
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come on jimmy quit lying!! you know they all in pearl river!!
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