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My mind hasn't stopped since saturday morning. All last week I saw incredible numbers of ducks in the burns, down in Creole at my lease, at another one of my blinds on Rutherford beach marsh, places in sweetlake, Thornwell, klondike, and some other areas. I went to the Illinois plant just north of the Laccasine pool right at dark friday and as it has been for the past week there were thousands and thousands of pintail and mallards. Come saturday and aint none of these places seeing much . The Illinois plant didn't even shoot a duck all weekend. My lease shot a total of 5 birds all weekend between two blinds. Can anyone give me an explanation as to what happened to the ducks other than they might have read over the hunting pamphlet? LOL. but seriously any ideas on what is going on. We usually kill between 400 and 600 ducks a year and all I have totaled up so far is like 81.ANYONE ????
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Look at the weather. we got stong south winds pushing this lastest cold front to the north and east.

there is a 30 degree temp change behind the front. that front made it south below Shreveport, little rock, and Jackson before being pushed back by these southern winds.

We had 3 inches of snow a few days ago, now its 60 degrees out.

I beleive our ducks retreated with that front and are sitting north of us now.

anyone else got a better idea?
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I agree with the previous explaination,when the weather gets warmer the duck will fly back north. A few years ago there was either a banded gray or a mallard I don't remember that was being tracked and that bird flew back north everytime the weather went from cold to warm, I don't remember how many times it was, but it was quite a few and it would fly as far north as Arkanasas and then back down as far south as Cameron. I blame the weather for sure.
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   turbo66
it can be confusing, the ducks move south to avoid cold weather and find food. if it warms up, then they move north? you would think that they would like the milder temp. and stay put.....my question would be, why do they move north? is it really warmer weather or some other reason?
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I feel the pain too. Went out to our lease in Kaplan three times last week, even Friday afternoon to put out the decoys and was seeing thousands of birds. Killed 5 ducks and one goose all wekend with 10 hunters in 3 blinds Sat and 6 hunters in 2 blinds Sun. I think with the front already passing through and the full moon in a clear sky Friday nite the birds moved back up north. Very discouraging to say the least!!!!!!!!!!
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Well I thought it was temperatures too till I seen they still have mallards in northern Canada. It can't be temperatures because even the mottle ducks come and go with the others. So what else could it be ??
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Seems like this year most people are struggling to see ducks much less kill ducks. I know that the numbers are down comparable to past years according to the LDWF. Remember all the ducks that everyone was seeing during the closed split? Everyone was seeing ducks where they had not all first split, then puff no ducks for the 2nd opener. Disappeared? Gone to Arkansas? Mexico? The ducks don't leave the state's refuges until dark and then head out to the ricefields to feed. When hunters go out to the ricefields in the mornings they run the ducks off and ducks return to the refuge. The same think will happen after this split. Everyone will say that the ducks didn't get here until after the season but they were really here all along, just not moving much. I hunt next to White Lake Preservation Area and most people I bring are amazed at the number of birds that enter and leave this area at dark. Just my 2 Cents.
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Duck tracking data shows that La. ducks fly NORTH into an approaching cold front . The theory presented was they know the front brings rain which puts sheetwater/puddles on agricultural fields. I figure the rains also might make the ground softer for feeding.
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Anyone else got any other ideas or opinions ?
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