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I love the early opening ... In fact it needs to be earlier ... Typically the last two weeks in January suck for us ... No water, no birds and if there are any birds they're too weary to decoy or come close to anything that looks like a blind.

This year has been excellent so far ... I've hunted 4 times and have had 3 limits of greys every hunt by 7:45.

It's all about the weather ... If you know how, when and where when to hunt you will shoot birds ... Take the time to figure it our and stop biotching.
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that's because you don't belong in the coastal zone. they need to put the coastal zone where it belongs, SALT WATER ONLY. look good at the guys that are complaining we hunt salt water, we get plenty of ducks just not till around thanksgiving on. every one is arguing about it, start looking at where people are from.
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YOU should look where I am posting ... Chef Pass / Rigolets is SALT WATER!! ... We catch li mits of specks after we kill our limits of grey ducks ... Stop crying like a little baby!!
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That's funny...The same argument can be made about late season ducks. 'It's all about the weather ... If you know how, when and where when to hunt you will shoot birds ... Take the time to figure it out and stop biotching.' Anyone with half a brain can figure out it takes cold weather and the lack of food up north to push ducks south. Yes, some ducks are early migrates such as teal and grays, but the majority are late migrates.

The bird count survey conducted before the season by LDWF indicated 50% fewer birds in the area.

With the high water and with a early season you can hunt in places otherwise you couldn't hunt before. Most of those places, we the public, can't access them because they're leased. So it's kinda hard for us to go scout and hunt birds on private land, we'll be in court within a week. In another thread 'Best opening weekend in years'. Did you notice the private property sign?? I'm not whinning or biotching, I'm still killing birds and I'll be back in the marsh this weekend. But, I think it's nonsense to give so much praise on an early season when the majority of hunters isn't doing well.
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When I say weather I mean fronts ... ducks are usually very active right before and/or after a front ... cold weather is really not needed ... gray ducks migrate with that first full moon in October ... if you scout you will find where to hunt and it doesn't have to be leased land in order to scout ... Biloxi Marsh is a perfect example ... many people regularly kill limits there, you just have to put in the effort and time to prepare yourself ... if you don't put in the time, you cannot expect to be successful ... And don't put too much faith in a few agents flying around in planes and helicopters guestimating duck populations ... impossible to do accurately.
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Mudboat you are getting more bent out of shape about this than anyone else... The big ducks are not down here yet because there has not been enough cold weather to push them down. If you have hunted as much as you claim you would know this as well, we hunt in a warm climate. Some years it doesn't matter whether you open the season November 7 or December 7 it's still hot. Gray ducks and teal are here every year earlier than any other duck. So yes, if you enjoy shooting teal and bragging that you shot your 6 teal by 7:00 good then of course you will enjoy an earlier season. And you say everyone needs to learn how to hunt and scout but then you say that we never kill birds late season because they are so wary.... Which shows a real lack of hunting experience. Everyone sitting on a levee in Louisiana can kill 6 teal on opening weekend but not many can say they get limits of big ducks much less spoonbill late December or January.
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By the way, I do not have access to a boat of any sort to go hunt in various public areas. I have a lease that consist of 80 acres rotating rice one year and nothing the next and with adjustments in calling and decoy spread have gotten limits of everything from teal to all mallard and wigeon ranging from opening day to the last day of the season. Again, as with every other hunting location any where... you have to have good weather.
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Attention everyone! I just got news the Commission plans to open 2016 Duck season on the second weekend of June. So when the egg hatch, BAM! My advice, use #6 shot.

On a serious note, you can't shoot what's not there. When I look to the sky all I see are helicopters and commercial airlines. I've been hunting the PAC WMA since the late 90's and this is one of the slowest seasons I've ever seen. I went to other public lakes nearby and still barely any birds. I've talk to several of my friends on who belong to hunting clubs in the area and they're having a slow season as well. Also, where are the LDWF bird counters in PAC??? I guess they don't want to mess-up their precious bird count ratio. Oh well, I'll be there this weekend waiting for better days.
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I've been fishing the eastern end of P.A.C. and there's shooting all morning....Most I ever heard...I see flocks of big ducks all morning , although I don't know what kind... I don't hunt ducks but been thinking of bring'n shotgun along...Usually its jan. before any ducks are around there...
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Yeah, this last Sunday there were a group of young hunters near the boat launch sitting on the first island they paddled to. We watched them shoot at cormorant's, seagulls, pelicans and anything that would fly-by. That is probably the shooting you heard. Other than that, mostly shooting poule'deau and early morning teal. We did manage to shoot a few grays, mottled duck and a redhead.
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lol yea the salt water makes it to you, but you aint south son you redneck in my book. let me put it this way then, coonasses only in coastal zone ,south of hwy 90 ONLY, and as far as im concerned you can start in july if it makes you happy.
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'The big ducks are not down here yet because there has not been enough cold weather to push them down. If you have hunted as much as you claim you would know this as well, we hunt in a warm climate'

Inthefield your argument does not make much sense. You first state that the big ducks 'aren't down here yet'. You then go on to concede that grey ducks come down with the teal (Grey ducks are big ducks). Then you go on to suggest that all the original poster could hope to kill right now is teal, when the original poster clearly stated he was killing grey ducks. Inthefield I think you are completely unaware of the hunting situation that we have in Southeast Louisiana. I will sum it up for you. We get ducks very early in November. We do not rely on cold weather, and where I hunt near Slidell, we have much better hunts on east and south winds than on North Winds.

So in conclusion, we are killing big ducks and lots of them. I understand that other areas of the state have different migration patterns, but your argument is completely invalid concerning Southeast, Louisiana. There are a number of other comments in this thread that are not based on any type of argumentative logic, so I don't know why those people made comments either.
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You're right, I don't hunt southeast where you guys apparently do so I wouldn't know. But I am in the coastal zone and the OP started the whole thread saying he thinks the season should open earlier and that the hunting right now is great.... Again if you enjoy shooting gray ducks and teal then yes it's good. I prefer to shoot what I consider big ducks ( mallards, wigeon, pintail) and even gray ducks as we do not get those here in the west until a big front bringing cold weather moves through. The statement was made speaking for the coastal zone as the OPs statement was as well. I have talked to several people around the Houma area killing limits of greys/teal no problem.... So I guess I should have said that where I hunt, I do not think the season should have opened so early, and that I enjoy shooting big ducks in my area which do not arrive until later.
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I agree, Inthefield.
I wish that SELA would get the Mallards and Pintail that SWLA gets, but that only happens when there is an extreem drought. Greys and teal are our ducks, with Redheads and Dogris to finish the late season limits. I think that the zones should be based on what species of duck uses that area. If you shoot Mallards, then you get a late season, if you shoot Grey, then you get an early season.
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Our woods are loaded down with ducks in north La. Plenty of water this year. Rice up here holding a lot of ducks and specks to. Tomorrow being opening day we might run a few teal and grays south for y'all.
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Man I would not even get out of bed for grey ducks, just saying...
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Shoot 'em up DeloutreBottom! Hope you guys have a great opener tomorrow. Should be perfect with the front coming thru. Send some birds South. Let us know how you did.
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