November 10, 2016 at 5:50am
Here is what he posted on another forum:
Member since Mar 2012
re: Duck reports?Posted on 11/8/16 at 9:22 am to WPsportsman
We dodged weather all day yesterday and got 4 lines (Crowley east to Intracoastal City) and Catahoula Lake completed, leaving 24 lines to fly. We had battery problems in the plane, barely getting it started after fueling up in the PM, and got back late due to weather. State hangar is closed today (Election Day holiday), so no repair until Wednesday. Planes are busy on Wednesday with coastal prairie tour for elected officials, WMA surveys, and Law Enforcement, so I won't fly again until Thursday and Friday.
If the weather cooperates, as predicted, and we bust a hump, we will get the westernmost 11 lines, and maybe 1 or 2 more lines over to Marsh Island flown on Thursday, and then finish in SE LA before dark on Friday. But there is no way to transcribe the data, do the analysis to generate the estimates, and produce the report before Saturday morning.
Kudos to my pilot and co-observer for being willing to work both Election Day and Veteran's Day holidays to get the survey done. Scheduling and approvals have been complicated; weather and mechanical problems are out of our control. We sometimes struggle in November with competing demands for aircraft. LDWF has 3 planes and 2 pilots, and we want to conduct Coastal, Catahoula, and NW LA aerial surveys, get the WMA surveys flown, and do the Law Enforcement prep the week before the opening of the Coastal and West Zone duck seasons. Bad weather, 2 holidays, and a big Departmental event really complicated things this year.
Catahoula Lake looked OK. Not the big numbers I've seen in the past, but solid numbers of pintails, with bluewings, greenwings, gadwalls, shovelers and even a good bunch of ring-necked ducks mixed in. We haven't transcribed the data to get a number to compare with recent years.
The 4 transects from Crowley east to Intracoastal City were lackluster, at least from my side of the plane, but we saw ducks in all the normal spots. No notable concentrations on those 4 lines.