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Duck advice for new Louisiana resident

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I'm not new to duck hunting, but I'm new to Louisiana. I've really only hunted in Maryland/North Carolina my entire life. I was looking at making the trip to WMAs in Venice. I'm a poor college student, so I can't afford a john boat, but are there any areas I can kayak to? If there are, can anybody just give me some general pointers for duck hunting the WMA down there? Thanks
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I know of no Kayak duck hunting places in Venice. You need a good safe boat to hunt Venice as it is probably the most dangerous place in the country to duck hunt. Huge river with tremendous current, huge riptides in certain places, massive swells from ships and crew boats coupled with freezing water coming down from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri and I forgot to mention fog so thick you can’t see bow many times. We didn’t pick up ship on two radars on boat due to fog and he didn’t see us on his two radars. I saw the primer of the bow at 75 feet, a scary sight. You will need to go to Venice with an experienced person who has the right equipment. A poor college kid can hunt Big Branch and Pearl with a Kayak. You can hunt Pearl with no boat for that matter if your willing to walk a half mile or so.
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BigJim,Great advice and I certainly would NEVER hunt Venice without at least 20 ft bayboat and dat might be tad small but did go with very experienced Venice duck fanatic and might need more dat Venice duck hunting as Big Branch basically not much but divers and there are some teal,not sure where de resident woodies and handful of greys disappeared to!!!

Mandevillian
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bigjim

where are the walk to spots in pearl? can't be marsh, huh?
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Go down Oil Well Road and at the end of Oil Well Rd,on the right are some fields where woodies love flying over.Check out Google Maps for more walk-in ponds and there are some incredible walk-in ponds in the NShore Marsh(might have to scope out a few after we keep hearing incredible volleys from areas accessed via SPontchartrain Drive)!!All free,free,free and with the teal still hanging around the NShore Marsh,my educated guess is folks wearing out teal and coots in some dem walk-in ponds.Check out Lucille Drive.

Mandevillian
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Pvalli42 take all the advice you get about not going to venice with your kayak. The place is dangerous. A few years ago there were 8 boats that sunk in venice in one day. 3 of them were due to waves over the boat. They are all lucky to be alive. Theres no wma accessible without a boat. Do alittle more digging and find a different area my man. Good luck.
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I'm trying to kill a canvasback before the season ends. any places you'd recommend?
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Lake Pontchartrain is currently loaded up with divers of all sorts and saw your post regarding the possibilities on local WMA's-would suggest you hit the NShorelines of Lake P using your boat as a blind-stanchion it off and do your best to camo the boat.If you can get your hands on giant palmetto branches,those would work superbly to hide your flat and toss out as many of those 100 decoys you think are necessary!Get ready as I did see some canvasbacks out there and the shorelines of Lake P open every day of duck season,just make sure you are not on Fountainbleau State Park property.

Mandevillian
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I'm looking at that on google maps. At the very end, I see a road to the right (if you were driving on Oil Well rd) and see an opening with about 5 little ponds on it. Is that where you are saying wood ducks are?
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Yep,dat is de spot and ya might wanna bring maybe a pair of woodie decoys and have chest waders and maybe long paddle to assist in retrieving some fine woodies.I have shot a few teal,though not in that area,there is a pond right as you enter the WMA,on your left,just be prepared to have plenty of company.By State Regs,ya can't enter prior to 4 am and check out Google Maps for other ponds that are not that far of an access!Good luck and hope ya shoot a few dem tasty ducks!!

Mandevillian
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That is the community wood duck spot. Lots of people in one small spot. You will do much better if you get you a map of Pearl wma then open google earth and look for ponds in the woods. There are some in almost every section. Look for ponds that are small to medium in size like 1/4 acre to 1 1/2 acres in size that are up in the woods at least a quarter mile preferably with no trail. I hunt the ones 1/2 to 3/4 mile back with no trail and at times will have more than a thousand woodies come in in 15 minutes. It usually takes 2 hunts to be in the right place on the pond. A 36” Long spinning rod with braided line and a tennis ball will be extremely helpful in retrieving ducks. The short rod is easy to carry even in backpack and can be made out of any old broken fishing rod and old reel. Try to get your ducks quickly as the otters will take them. There are 6 otters on one lake I hunt and 4 on other. They are amazing to watch.
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Yes Sir,BigJim,ya got dat rite and I was pointing him in the direction of at least one spot that should produce,especially mid-week without much pressure and I have found plenty of wood duck magnets all over the Pearl River WMA,just have not ventured there this season,though given the weak results from other spots,might just have to hit some dem woodie honey-holes,pronto.There are tons of spots that most likely never get the pressure dat the Community Hole gets but I just wanted to show this fella at least one spot,my friend!!Good luck out there,probably gonna concentrate my efforts where I rarely see another hunter on any hunt!!

Mandevillian
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is it unsafe for my dog to go? or are all the gators and snakes hibernating at this point?
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My buddy just bought a 16' john boat actually! were looking for holes deep in the WMA, and I'm bringing my dad, so hopefully we can bag a few!
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Been way too cold for gators and never have issues with snakes except possibly in teal season.Be extremely careful tomorrow as I took a ride to a few launches and found ice at end of Non-Motorized Pipeline(can lead ya to some incredibly productive ponds but try to go mid-week vs week-ends)and ice at end of Lake Road.My flat is Commercial Grade 16 by 52 Southfork with 50 Johnson on rear and she gets me to some very remote locations usually quite easily and having Power-Trim a necessity and also having GPS and depth-finder also essential!!Good luck and shoot em if ya got em!!!Hoping for decent Second Split results,especially with the down-right frigid conditions,especially N of us!!

Mandevillian
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last question- how hard is it to reach perch lake? do lots of people go there?
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Pvalli42,Gotta admit not familiar with Perch Lake and I have hunted the S Portion of Pearl River WMA,launching at last launch before the LA/MS line and head S towards the Mud Lake area,though we usually do not venture as far S as Mud Lake.Years ago had a fellow trade spots(I took him to a nice Big Branch spot and he told me where to go in Pearl)and we shot some decent ducks in area loaded with SAV.The main problem with the Pearl used to be and is probably still,extreme pressure on week ends.I tend to hunt Pearl during the week and I think Perch Lake might be tad N of where I usually hunted.There may be some decent mallard hunting and certainly wood duck hunting in some parts of the Pearl and scoping it out certainly would not hurt!!

Mandevillian
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To the original question. Try Pointe Aux Chenes WMA near Houma (commonly referred to as PAC). I haven't hunted it personally in over 10 years but it was an easy hunt back in the day with a pirogue. Also, there hasn't been a duck in Salvador WMA in years, but I'm hearing rumors. There are a number of places to pull over with a yak in Salvador and hunt. Also, Maurepas WMA offers easy access off of I-10 and can definitely be hunted from a yak to get where you are going down a canal and then over to hip boots/waders to hunt the holes. Not an easy area to hunt though and most areas are covered with salvinia. My 2 cents.
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So y'all are saying there aren't many wmas to wade? not even three rivers wma or sabine?
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There’s places to wade on almost every wma when they have water. Trick is quit internet scouting and get your shotgun or 22 and head over to whatever wma you want to hunt and go make a 4 or 5 hour slip and mark some spots on gps. You’ll never find them spots on internet. I made a 2 day squirrel hunt earlier this year and marked some spots on my gps. Went back about 4 weeks ago to scout it one more time before rifle season and brought my bow. Got 2 hogs so I scouted it 2 more times with bow ended up with 6 hogs and a yote. Got a deer and hog opening morning of rifle season. All walk in from public road. Oh yeah I got 16 squirrels on my 2 scouting trips and saw lots of ducks. Just get out there and do it. Some people talk about it, some do it.
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BigJim,Hit de nail squarely on de head and I can't begin to count the number of folks asking me for advice on the NShore Marsh and like any veteran duck hunter hunting exclusively on Public Land,I keep my spots close to de vest,only one guy or two max know exactly where we hunt and we hunt as a team.Took me many,many years and took a buddy and he and I each make predominantly solo hunts and we help each other out.I love stalking squirrels in Honey Island Swamp,just have not had time to chase de bushy-tails and likewise keep those spots close to de vest.As far as Internet Scouting,Google Maps,especially on my I-Phone an essential weapon in de arsenal and have found some incredible ponds using Google Maps and have a buddy who knows duck hunters using drones to scout the NShore Marsh,why can't de same technology assist a guy wanting to find game in Honey Island,Sherburne,etc!!!Food for thought!

Mandevillian
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