Epic hunt today in the marshes of SE Louisiana. 2 hunters with limits by 7:30 of 7 different species consisting of Teal, Wood duck, Mottled, Widgeon, Redhead and Mallard and Gadwall.
With record numbers of waterfowl and a highly anticipated season I just want to remind everyone to be safe and courteous out there.
10 COMMANDMENTS OF PUBLIC DUCK HUNTING
1. Thou shalt not SKY-BUST*
2. Thou shalt not set up within 250 yards of another group
3. Thou shalt not set up in a traveled boat trail/cut/slough
4. Thou shalt not run around in their boat, unless coming or leaving, after legal shooting hours
5. Thou shalt not shoot swing ducks
6. Thou shalt not hail call working ducks and/or hail call all day long
7. Thou shalt not move towards other hunting groups shooting; or hunt the same pond if you are being SHINED
8. Thou shalt not block the boat ramp unless launching your boat (should only take a couple minutes, MAX)
9. Thou Shalt not divulge spots they did not personally find to others.
10. Thou shalt not give spot specific duck reports (good or bad) of public hunting grounds on the net.
11. Thou shalt not leave trash in the woods, waterways or landings. (thanks CS)
* Sky Bust=shooting at any waterfowl that are not w/in 40 yards of your blind or at birds working other hunters (swinging).
Why is it legal for gill nets to be utilized in areas of brackish water like the Pearl?
I was speaking to a commercial gar fisherman the other day who told me that he had over 80 DEAD REDFISH in his gill net just that day. That is one gill net and one day. He is forced throw away the redfish that he does catch. Said it took him 2 hours just to get rid of all the red's out of the net so that he could harvest his gars.
I would just like to understand why it is ok to destroy so many red's to take a few gar? Saltwater gill nets were done away with for a reason.
Thanks for your responses.
Ended teal season in fine fashion taking 5 limits in about an hour.
A couple issues ago in Marsh and Bayou there was an article about a CCW course that had a special Ops/Seal type spin to it. Can anyone help me with the name of the company?
Our last 3 teal hunts have been phenomenal with limits for 3 hunters by 8:30 at the latest (Sunday). I just wish we would get some cooler weather before Saturday but i will take it regardless!
Back to where you can search by most recently posted or updated so we don't have to go through literally 100's of pages to see what new is out there!!!!!!!
It used to be that you could search the classifieds based on most recent or most recently updated. Now there is no option for that so when you browse the classifieds you have to weed through things that were posted back in March???? This is crazy and just isn't timely at all. Can't we get this changed so the most recent come up first?
Didn't decide i was going to fish Saturday until i woke up at 4:30am with the fever. Hooked up the Pathfinder and pulled it to Dockside in Slidell. Well by the time I arrived they had already gone through 7000 live shrimp and were out. To make matters worse, my trolling motor is in the shop so hammering the pilings was out of the question. I almost just headed back to Ponchatoula but bought a tub of fresh shrimp and made my way to the Pearl. First hour of the day was totally unproductive but i stayed with it and put 2 reds and 5 flounder in the boat. Could have had 10 flounder if i hadn't of forgotten the net at the house.
Great day on the water!
We took a LSU law student originally from NC with us on Saturday. He had posted that he wanted to kill some ducks on the final weekend of the W.Zone, DONE. 16 birds 6 species including the first Canvasback of the year.
Took a good buddy the next day to same spot..DONE 17 ducks all greys and mottled with one bonus drake merganser.
Hunted Sat-Monday. Saturday was a waste with all kinds of mechanical issues. From frozen flywheel to breaking the handle on the 23 go-devil motor so we got everything repaired up and headed to the island for Sunday. Had birds decoying the best yet this year. Killed 13 and lost a couple cripples. On the way back to the launch saw hundreds and hundreds of greys and thousands of teal. Guys, those birds have not left, you just have to change up your game plan late in the year to get on them. Monday's hunt was interesting in that with no wind every lake that was 2' deep of less had frozen over. Had to run through the dekes several times to free up some water in the pond. Unfortunately i had to get my nephew to the airport for a 4pm flight so we didn't get to hang long enough but still managed 2. On the way out the birds were rafted up in the larger bays that had not frozen by the thousands. Wish we could have held until they decided to fly around.
We will be back at it this weekend.
Hunted the lease down on da island this weekend. Had an unfortunate incident on Sunday as we backed the boat down, one of the trailer tires floated to the surface. NOT GOOD.
We we went and made our hunt and upon returning we were faced with the 2 hr trip home to get tools and 2 hrs to come back to take the axle off as the spindle was shot as well.
Jack Payne and Sweetwater to the rescue. Jack loaned us a grinder that cut through the U bolts like butter and before we knew it we had the axle off. Then to prevent us from making the long run back, he graciously loaned me an un-used trailer so I could pick my go-devil out of the water and then parked the rig in his boat house so it would be safe until my return. I told him I would be back Weds with to get the trailer fixed and pick up the boat and Jack insisted that i use his trailer to launch and make our Weds hunt so we can fix the trailer post hunt and not miss out. Oh yeah, and he wouldn't take an extra dime for doing all this.
Sweetwater marina is where I always launch and now i know why. I also toured the new lodge Jack is building and it is going to be absolutely fantastic when it is finished.
Thanks again Sweetwater!!!!!
Hunted White Lake yesterday in pouring rain. Drew blind number 2. When we got dropped off at the blind, my buddy asked Mr. Dexter if there was anyway we could hunt until 10am versus the normal 9am. He agreed. Well by 9am we were all wet and hungry and hadn't fired a shot. I would have bet $100.00 that there weren't 100 ducks within 5 miles of White Lake. Then between 9:15am and 10:30am we killed 2 limits of ducks and a speck. Probably saw 3000 birds coming out of the marsh and flying to go feed. Like I said, first 3 hours of the day we saw maybe 50 ducks and you couldn't have convinced me that there were birds in the area. Then all H#&% broke out.
Hunted the last 6 days straight with pretty decent results. The worst hunt we had was our White Lake rice field lottery hunt where we only killed 4. Other then that we have averaged 10 birds per hunt between Buras and the new Delacroix lease. Widgeon, BWT, GWT, Gadwall, Pintail and Mottled. Can't believe there are still bwt around this late in the season but we killed some more on Sunday in Delacroix and saw a flight of 300 or so. I doubt they will be around for the 2nd split opener though.
On Saturday we made a lottery hunt in the Lacassine duck pond. We saw thousands of geese and hundreds of ducks but none that wanted to be in our spot. Really pretty area but I am killing more ducks much closer to home. We left Lacassine with on BWT.
The lease in Delacroix continues to produce near limits. Even in calm conditions with no wind and tons of gnats we managed 10 ducks Sunday in Delacroix.
This is a quote from another site>>
"At 11:00 PM last night, I walked out onto my back deck and the temperature was 52 degrees fahrenheit......
only problem is, I am 400 miles NORTH of the Manitoba/North Dakota border. Normal temp this time of year is around 5-10 Fahrenheit. When my wife and I got married in 1991 this weekend, it was -40.
Don't expect "the big push" just yet."
Wildlife and Fisheries has posted the survey numbers for November and in you live SE, it ain't good! Total ducks counted in SE LA 170,000. Total ducks counted in SW LA 1,167,000. Almost a million more birds over there! Now granted the survey was somewhat impacted by the higher then normal water from IDA, however, from what I have seen and heard, this is pretty accurate.
As some of you may know, I lost my Benelli super black eagle just off the MS river due to an unfortunate incident during teal season. Well my nephew said that as a member of the nra I should contact them as just for being a member thay have an automatic 1k insurance policy that covers accidental loss.
Long story short, I contacted them last week and yesterday a check showed up in my mail for 800.00.
If you dont belong, you need to join!!
a friend sent me this. Thought y'all would get a kick out of it.
This was found about 2 miles west of Iota.
This turtle was found in the front ditch of the State School. It weighed 103#. Estimated age 100 yrs old. Tommy Hewitt picked it up. Somehow the Coushatta Indians found out and asked to put it in an aquarium they are building. So Tommy turned it over to them and in turn they gave him 30#'s of turtle meat. This is so awesome.........no one knows where it came from.....I guess the bayou.
What is the name or number of the cabins across the street from Delta Marina in Buras/Empire?