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December aerial duck survey

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Was a survey conducted recently and has the results been posted to the public? Curious if I need to get out of bed tomorrow or not.
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dont know about a survey but there is definately a lot more birds down now then first split ..which is pretty normal for where we hunt in dularge . also heard a good report from the wax with more ducks also .. but you got to go to know , and if you a die hard like a bunch of us , you going to be out there regardless ..lol. hopefully ill have some good pics full of dead ducks come monday ... good luck to all this weekend and stay safe
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Steelsprayer,Wish I had better news to report but got stinking feeling dat my crew gonna get hit with very low water tomorrow,based upon my observations past two days.Like the dregder states,'Ya gotta go to know' and I am pumped as my 32 year-old son joining us tomorrow and he has not duck hunted in plenty of years-we terrorized the ducks Katrina year,possibly our best-ever year and this one not nearly stellar but I enjoy de challenges of duck hunting,especially with low water conditions(concentrates de ducks)and those willing to out-work other folks typically reap de rewards!!!Where he and I headed brings back memories of awesome hunts where we slammed some fat greenheads and fine mottled ducks and greys with some widgeons in de mix-have not seen widgeons this year but Bayoubob managed one so far SO dey might be sticking around and always got potential for woodies and teal where we headed!!!

Mandevillian
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Steelsprayer,Today was bout as tough a hunt as could be but luckily we had enough water to access the interior ponds where ducks have consistently(as consistent as anything else)wanted to be.My older son and I went to an area we had chosen via not only knowledge of the lay-out but because ducks love this particular area(was bad choice and we had to back-track as water levels a tad low)but I know a few alternate routes and put older son on fine grass-filled pond(grass to the doggone top of water surface)!!I ended up about exactly where I intended to head to,grass to de pond surface and both older son and I had blue wings come not quite close enough,had mottled ducks hang out like dey do and saw at least 3 fine greenheads(one came home with a gent that hunts Private Land)and got alternate plans for tomorrow.Getting tough finding willing participants and Second Split shaping up hopefully to be one like rest with more mottled ducks and mallards messing up(we take EXTREME pride in our camo set-up)and hope springs eternal.Raining right now in Mandeville,never forces my hand unless severe thunderstorms and lightning associated with it!!Get out,ya might find some woodies and our Plan C might be to target Honey Island/Bogue Chitto woodies!!!

Mandevillian
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Open day of the spilt not any better for us , a two man blind hunted still 10am had 6 ducks did not see a duck from 9 to 10 am. We had 100s of dogrees the first spilt only to get 1 the whole hunt to day.
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Get ready to find another hobby!!!Hate prospects of yet another rough,tough Second Split.Wish I had crystal ball and could predict when our next Arctic Front might cause ole Arkansas to freeze up,possibly sending some mallards our way.Makes for a very tough Second Split when our bread n butter greys virtually non-existent and we do not have any significant flocks of woodies,totally unusual as we saw plenty of woodies in Teal Season,perhaps the invasive Black-Bellied Tree ducks have done a job of displacing wood ducks from nesting boxes,per a good friend of mine who lives on Bayou Lacombe,sees plenty,plenty tree ducks not that far from our typical hunt locations.Sounds like even those who are attempting to target woodies likewise having tough time finding em.Guess I might need to seek out some woodies,if I can locate a few!!!Getting old having yet another terrible season!!

Mandevillian
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