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2019/2020 Season Close Out

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2017 Harvest Count-278, 2018 Harvest Count -318, 2019 Harvest Count -160, 2020 Harvest Count -100

2019/2020 Season was a 38% reduction from last season, like in 2019 very late migration arrival of birds, birds that where here where hit and miss hunting depended on the day you where there. Did notice a considerable reduction at the lease launch this season of hunters, Still not seeing large rafts of Coot or Grays, Teal are still the main stay of the lease with the occasional big duck, all in all I'll count our blessings for what we did harvest birds in the freezer and hunts with good friends with all of the wonders that Mother Nature has to display in our Southeast Louisiana Marshes, Look forward to next season! I'll nose around the lease in a couple of weeks to see just how many birds have shown up, last year when this was done there were birds everywhere, I'll finish up Deer Hunting than Fish!
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I think plenty of hunters got discouraged maybe early and hung it up. In my travels in the marsh I routinely saw birds flushing from ponds I knew to be hunted earlier in the season, but hadn't seen anyone in weeks. As a result, their land became refuges and made our hunting more difficult.
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I believe your right on this we witnessed the same on our end, while we didn't make as many hunts as we usually do we still shot a few birds, over the years we have seen highs and lows in bird numbers and we'll just ride it out and be thankful for what mother nature throws our way.
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mulletsquisher,De Nuck and Futz Duo saw thousands of geese and many hundreds possibly thousands of ducks on our 2-day Lake Village,Arkansas trip and the common theme was lack of hunting pressure as lotta folks had serious fatigue from the rigors of duck hunting and where we hunted were huge flooded rice fields,loaded up with geese that would get up very lazily and travel from field to field,mostly picking those fields with no plastic parades and NO hunting pressure,to speak of,to get em to move!!!We were astounded at the variety and certainly the quality of waterfowl up there and GB3 was telling us that the campgrounds near there basically a ghost town after this past Sunday(HUGE MISTAKE)as this fine area was loaded up with plenty of waterfowl and we hope and pray to head back next season!!!Guess the precise balance of hunters and enough space between hunting parties is what helps keep dem ducks and geese moving and we did meet crop duster(where was he when we most needed him!!!).Guarantee ya dat had dat crop duster decided to fly over huge flocks of geese and ducks,low enough,we woulda had ample shooting opportunities.Was neat experience,hunting a totally different environment and hunting pit blinds and bet there are tons of teal hitting those flooded rice ponds,the farmers do not flood those ponds til well after teal season,typically flood em in November but if one were to get with a farmer willing to flood his field tad earlier,who knows how many teal would swarm to dat pond!!!

Mandevillian
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Mande
More than once in our area this season and same as Darren reported we would find large rafts of ducks sitting and feeding in areas that were hunted earlier in the season but folks just said enough is enough and quit hunting for one reason or another, one of our die hard hunting lease neighbors was very light on hunts this year. Birds would float in and out just needed to be patient the efforts usually produced birds, twice this year I set up in the wrong spot for that day and didn't squeeze the trigger and corrected the next day and shot a few birds also needed to increase the decoy spread seemed to help. Made one hunt this year out of Lake Lardo area Honey Break Lodge 20,000 acers of water level controlled WRP and it was great hunt, was definitely impresses with the stewardship and the way they manage and care for the habitat and run the whole operation. I'll put this in another post.
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Yep,Management of duck resources most assuredly ups the odds in favor of those fortunate enough to capitalize.Ya know ya addicted to quack when ya already scheming for teal season and de Nuck and Futz Duo already talking bout strategies,locations to scout/hunt,etc.What is so incredible about Arkansas is the shear volume of waterfowl we saw on just two days and there are also plenty of opportunities for one to free-lance,just got de same scenario played out there with Federal/Public Land and Wifey and I always toy with the idea of purchasing a small parcel of land,possibly in NE corner of Arkansas.Rainbow trout up there about as prized as our specks and reds are here and their smallmouths make largemouths seem like wet dishrags by comparison.They also have some trophy sac a lait and Lake Chicot is perhaps a shining example!!!Hope de Nuck and Futz Duo gets invited to join de Big and Al Duo to thin out thriving waterfowl population up there.Their last hunt was very indicative of lack of pressure to move waterfowl-they had two teal and a speckled-bellied goose,at least dey did not scratch!!!Rogers Sporting Goods running their typical end-of-season specials and I got plenty of waterfowl gear but can ALWAYS use shells!!!

Mandevillian
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