The duck hunting was so good
November 27, 2006 at 4:49pm
in Manchac back in the late 70's that as a child in Junior High we would simply walk in from the Rail Road Tracks to a small pot hole to shoot our limit (100 points) of mallards. We were still on a point system back then.
I quit hunting Manchac several years ago and the last time it produced well for me was in 1999-2001, but of course you could of killed ducks anywhere during those two seasons.
It is ashame, but the main reason why Manchac is not good anymore is because of HUNTING PRESSURE. You would think that with the LDWF check points and the biologists out there that the LDWF could figure this out. Even on weekdays, there are at least 10-20 blinds in the prairie alone! The LDWF needs to limit the # of days that we can hunt it and should at least go to a lottery on opening weekends of each split. LDWF should also set aside an area that is off limits to the hunters (such as Johnson Island at the Pearl River WMA) so that the ducks have a place to rest with out hunting pressure.
The other problem is that the area just doesn't hold the numbers of ducks as it once did. Back in the 70s and 80's there were areas like Garyville and the Reserve Canal area now Maurpeaus WMA, the Blind, Ticfaw, and Tangipahoa Rivers which had ample flooded cypress tree swamps with duck weed and not a single patch of hyacinth or salvania. These flooded timber areas use to hold very large numbers of mallards, gadwalls, and woodies, but since Salvania has taken over these areas they are just about void of ducks. There is no open water anymore in many of these flooded cypress tree swamps. Before the salvania took over, I use to hunt this timber and literally watch thousands of ducks leave the timber each morning at day break and then return between 9 and 11 in the morning. I firmly believe that the ducks that would use the flooded timber in the area would feed in areas such as Manchac and they would roost in the timber. Manchac has also lost many ducks over the last two decades due the decrease in the numbers of ducks in the timber surrounding Lake Maurpeaus. We can blame Salvania for this lost in our duck populations in our timber.