January 23, 2019 at 9:30am
Bracki7,Just outta curiosity,did most of dem bands come from Arkansas??Hunt with a diehard that has at least twice my duck hunting experience(20 plus years for me)and he has yet to bag a banded duck and the only band I can claim came from a jake killed in Sherburne WMA,probably extremely rare to shoot banded turkey as they are extremely wary and lots of folks joke that if the wild turkey had the sense of smell that deer have,they would be virtually impossible to kill,their eyesight and hearing is that keen!!Got buddy headed to the Dallas area,hunting tank ponds,hoping to shoot some mallards and I am waiting out this rain to go with a deer/duck hunting buddy to our deer club not that far from where we live.Where I duck hunt is getting bombarded with giant salvinia and hope the Feds take notice and eradicate that invasive stuff pronto or the Big Branch Marsh will suffer just like other formerly pristine duck hunt areas,like Joyce,Manchac to name just a few formerly gems of Public Land.I have gotten some incredible reports,along with pics to back up glowing reports,of fine trophy canvasbacks and pintails from Public Land(not gonna disclose area as it already has tremendous pressure)and all one would have to do is to take the time and effort to scout some Public/Federal land and possibly enjoy some incredible free hunts,pretty much any day of the week,except for Federal Lands,where hunts only allowed on Wed,Th,Sat,Sun and mudboats not allowed.Love my flatboat/pirogue hunts and know folks that hunt the mouth of the River,but they have much bigger rigs than me and I am not keen on MS River hunts,unless I go with a veteran of those hunts!!!Time to focus on balance of East Zone,get geared up for Wild Turkey,sac a lait,specks,reds,flounders,etc and Honey Island crawfishing hopefully will be outstanding after few years of slim,slim pickings!!!Hope to one day bag banded duck but quite happy with banded jake,probably much more rare!!!