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November 13, 2017 at 7:55pm

Had a decent hunt this morning, one group was very, very kind to me, ended up the hunt with 5. Other than that, not many around. More wood ducks flying than teal. Back at them tomorrow.

September 15, 2017 at 10:47am

Beautiful mount picked up yesterday! Taxidermy by Kevin Hynes. Unreal colors, picture does not do it justice.

July 21, 2017 at 8:13am

Yesterday after the bad weather moved through, it became crystal clear, and buddy and I had the super bright sun directly in our faces (hate when have to hunt like that). When high flocks of ducks passed right through the sun and they would relieve themselves, the bright sunlight would cause those ducks to look like mini pressure washers! I had never observed that before so clearly. That proves my point that those ducks are all full of ____!!! None of those large flocks wanted to decoy, but at least we had a really good laugh!

January 23, 2017 at 5:51pm

Had best hunt of year this morning. 5 drake greys and 1 young drake duck that has characteristics of both wigeon and gadwall. Looks to be pretty young and not all colored out (too bad). Has blue bill with black stripe down middle and bill a little longer than regular wigeon bill. Feet are dull gold color more like a gadwall, not bluish grey of a wigeon. Head has faint green patch, but no white crown at all, actually crown is brown. Wings have a little more black than a regular wigeon, and has small area of green in speculum. Pictures attached. Opinions?

December 27, 2015 at 1:13pm

Opinions...this hen was taken today. Came in with a big greenhead (both stayed)! Strongly resembles a hen mallard except for:

Speculum a little on green side (not very evident in photo) not quite as blue as true hen mallard

White wing bars not as heavy and distinct as true hen mallard

Bill has more of an olive color, not the orange of a true hen mallard

Thinking a mallard/mottled hybrid or a Mexican Duck? Opinions?

November 22, 2015 at 5:30pm

Hey, who's making the toys for all the good girls and boys??? Not this guy, he's out huntin!!!

December 17, 2012 at 2:19pm

Step-son's first duck on Sunday, November 11, 2012, a mature Gadwall drake. He ended day with 4 Greys and 1 Dosgris.

Follow-up Note: Gadwall mounted by Jack Piniero at Beauty of Nature Taxidermy (985) 863-3802. Excellent customer service, very reasonable prices, quick turnaround time, willing to answer questions along the way, highly recommended taxidermist! He is on Facebook also.

November 11, 2012 at 3:49pm

What luck...4 teal knocked down with 1 shot...probably will never happen again!

Also repainted the 'ole pirogue as a project to help satisfy the itch before duck season!

September 14, 2011 at 5:41pm

Looking for any suggestions on reputable, reasonably priced duck hunting guide services within 2-3 hours of Slidell. Would like to make a hunt before the end of the season and bag something other than just greys and teal. If specific names, locations and prices could be shared it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

January 05, 2011 at 9:28am

Took my step-son for his first duck hunt this teal...but he had fun nonetheless. I told him that a bad day hunting is better than a good day at school (or work)...he agreed!

September 25, 2010 at 12:15pm

First teal this year...very slow.

September 18, 2010 at 11:22am

Nothing but mottled ducks flying today. Too bad they reduced the limit to 1. Could have easily got 7-8 this morning, as they were decoying like they do during teal season. Where's all the other ducks??? Horrible season so far.

December 23, 2009 at 1:34pm

Oh well...hopefully November will bring some ducks. Slow teal season but looking forward to the big duck season.

September 27, 2009 at 6:26pm

Saturday...The only duck that came in today could only be shot by the camera. He swam around my decoys for over 20 minutes! Maybe in November??? No teal in sight today...just mottled ducks and this woodie.

Second picture from Sunday's hunt...2 teal...that's it.

September 19, 2009 at 11:49am

Slow morning...only managed 1 hen woodie. Maybe next time I'll find her a boyfriend!

November 26, 2008 at 12:23pm

Bagged 5 in a 5 minute period early on Sunday. After that, nothing. Pretty much the only thing I saw was a few mottled ducks. Could have shot a few more of them, but I was already at the limit of 3. Ended up with 3 mottled ducks and 2 ringnecks.

November 23, 2008 at 12:28pm

No ducks today, but nice scenery. Maybe next time!

November 15, 2008 at 12:21pm
A comment titled: Re: True Black Duck NShore in response to a report titled: True Black Duck NShore

Stay tuned, Mandevillian will be posting pics of the American Black Duck mount shortly...a true trophy!

May 05, 2016 at 2:25pm

Yep, Mallard/Gadwall hybrid. Also known as a Brewer's Duck. Plenty of pics on the Internet, just google Brewer's Duck. Awesome bird!

January 16, 2016 at 12:49pm
A comment titled: Re: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ??? in response to a report titled: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ???

Nice mount, Proud Pop. Unfortunately mine has less coloration than yours and is likely even younger, otherwise he would have gone to the taxidermist too! In nearly 40 years of hunting this was my first hybrid...hopefully if there is another it will be more 'wall-worthy'. Also still looking for my first banded duck...hopefully I'll get one before too long!

January 12, 2016 at 2:48pm
A comment titled: Re: True Black Duck NShore in response to a report titled: True Black Duck NShore

Here's 3 more pics of Mandevillian's Black Duck. Definitely not a Mottled Duck, and very large size, just as large as a Mallard drake.

January 11, 2016 at 8:15am
A comment titled: Re: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ??? in response to a report titled: Wigeon/Gadwall Hybrid ???

I forwarded the photos to a top-notch taxidermist and his opinion is that this duck is a juvenile drake Wigeon/Gadwall hybrid.

January 05, 2016 at 10:49am
A comment titled: Re: Hybrid? Mexican Duck? in response to a report titled: Hybrid? Mexican Duck?

Ricky, yours appears to be a Mottled Duck drake.

November 23, 2015 at 2:50pm
A comment titled: Re: Help in response to a report titled: Help

Fairly certain that you can get 'duplicate' licenses on the LDWF website, for $2 each.

Also, maybe call Academy to see if they do 'duplicates'.

As far as the Federal duck stamp, you're probably on the hook for another $25.

November 13, 2015 at 3:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Pirogue For Sale in response to a report titled: Pirogue For Sale

Got pics? Price?

September 29, 2015 at 8:25pm
A comment titled: Missing Leg in response to a report titled: Circle swimmer?

I've seen this 2-3 times on mottled ducks over the years...old healed over scars from losing a leg, probably to underwater predators.

December 29, 2014 at 1:57pm
A comment titled: Purple Headed Gadwall in response to a report titled: ???

Google 'purple headed gadwall', pics of others like yours. Beautiful bird...a true wallhanger!

December 02, 2014 at 12:52pm
A comment titled: Bait X 2 in response to a report titled: Casino buffet

Freeze 'em and use for many people can say they had shrimp that were eaten by 2 two separate fish!!! Da ultimate in recycling!!!

November 28, 2014 at 3:20pm
A comment titled: Juvenile Blue Goose in response to a report titled: Goose Identification

Looks like a juvenile blue goose, but the goose experts can verify for certain.

November 24, 2014 at 5:17pm
A comment titled: Thanks, Fatal Approach! in response to a report titled: Fatal Approach Gear Giveaway

Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing!

March 13, 2014 at 2:30pm
A comment titled: Perfect Day...Very Few Ducks in response to a report titled: Please tell me about post-season Youth hunts

Took my step-son to my regular East zone public area. Beautiful day, perfect conditions, perfect wind, only one thing missing...the ducks. Saw 3 big ducks all day and a few bands of teal. This has definitely been 'The Year Without A Real Migration'! If this last blast of Arctic air, snow and frigid temperatures did not push some ducks in, I'm stumped.

February 01, 2014 at 1:55pm
A comment titled: Leucistic in response to a report titled: Gadwall Mutt?

I believe there have been other reports with similar birds. The term used for lack of pigmentation on parts of the animal is leucistic.

December 22, 2013 at 11:42am
A comment titled: Probably Young Drake in response to a report titled: Eclipse Gadwall

I shot one that looked exactly like this one about a week ago. It looked more like a hen than a drake, but upon closer examination there were signs of drake plumage, specifically the vermiculated black/white feathers starting to show on the duck's back. So it was likely a very young drake, as yours appears to be also.

I believe there was an earlier post with comments about very immature birds being more abundant this year, which may be one reason why the ducks are so late this year...maybe a late hatch...followed by a late migration...plenty of empty skies so far.

December 17, 2013 at 2:17pm
A comment titled: Youth Hunt in response to a report titled: Waterfowl Season, where's the Quack?

Makes sense, also the late youth hunt gives the kids a chance to bag a fully-plumaged 'wallhanger' bird which could be a memory of lifetime!

November 13, 2013 at 9:55am
A comment titled: Just Curious in response to a report titled: Waterfowl Season, where's the Quack?

If the Federal guidelines state waterfowl hunting must end by the last weekend in January, why is the second East Zone Youth Hunt scheduled for Saturday, February 1st? Special exemption for the kids?

November 13, 2013 at 9:34am
A comment titled: All East Zone in response to a report titled: BIG BRANCH ZONE??

All of BB is in East Zone...all is North of Hwy 90, which is the boundary in that area.

October 31, 2013 at 8:18pm
A comment titled: Speaking of Otters in response to a report titled: What is the Strangest thing you have seen while Duck Hunting?

Actually I have seen otters in SE LA marshes for many years, and they are smart! Several years ago, I had a dead grey duck in my pirogue, which was about 15 feet away from where I was sitting in the grass hunting. I heard some noise in the pirogue, then looked over and saw an otter jump out of the pirogue with the duck, never to be seen again! It's not bad enough that they will steal ducks on the shoreline, but this guy took it to the next level!

January 22, 2013 at 10:29am
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