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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.

November 17, 2011 at 10:29am

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 group’s 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).

October 19, 2011 at 1:20pm

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.

October 11, 2011 at 11:33am

Ended teal season in fine fashion taking 5 limits in about an hour.

September 26, 2011 at 12:35pm

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?

July 27, 2011 at 11:59am

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!

September 20, 2010 at 3:09pm

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!!!!!!!

August 16, 2010 at 2:43pm

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?

July 20, 2010 at 10:58am

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!

May 24, 2010 at 8:24am

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.

January 25, 2010 at 7:15am

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.

January 12, 2010 at 9:00am

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!!!!!

January 04, 2010 at 1:03pm

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.

December 31, 2009 at 9:22am

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.

December 07, 2009 at 2:23pm

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.

November 30, 2009 at 8:31am

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."

November 18, 2009 at 4:59pm

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.

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/hu...vember2009.pdf

November 18, 2009 at 10:56am

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.

WOW.

If you don’t belong, you need to join!!

November 05, 2009 at 8:25am

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.

October 06, 2009 at 1:29pm

What is the name or number of the cabins across the street from Delta Marina in Buras/Empire?

thanks!

September 22, 2009 at 11:24am
A comment titled: Personally in response to a report titled: LDWF adding more land to Maurepas WMA

I hope they leave it as remote and inaccessible as it is today. The salvinia needs to be dealt with but what's wrong with leaving some areas remote and not accessible to every Tom, Dick and Harry?

February 02, 2012 at 12:18pm
A comment titled: Personally in response to a report titled: LDWF adding more land to Maurepas WMA

I hope they leave it as remote and inaccessible as it is today. The salvinia needs to be dealt with but what's wrong with leaving some areas remote and not accessible to every Tom, Dick and Harry?

February 02, 2012 at 12:18pm
A comment titled: Private in response to a report titled: New to Duck Hunting

All marsh with the exception of WMA's and NWR's is considered private land.

December 28, 2011 at 1:31pm
A comment titled: bet that in response to a report titled: Pond Leases?

If it's not WMA or Refuge or school board property or public waterway then it is private. Marshes are almost all privately owned. There doesn't have to be no trespassing signs for you to get a ticket. Bet that!

November 16, 2011 at 4:26pm
A comment titled: Dog Vest in response to a report titled: Duck Dog Vest

Avery and cabela's both make excellent dog vests.

November 11, 2011 at 11:26am
A comment titled: Public is public is public in response to a report titled: 10 Commandments of Public Duck Hunting (repost)

Common courtesy would be to teach your children to respect PUBLIC property as public and that you cant reserve a spot by building a blind. Or get up early enough to beat everyone else out there. If not, then you better have plan b, c and d because that duck hole does not belong to you just because you built a blind on it.

October 21, 2011 at 11:59am
A comment titled: COme on in response to a report titled: 10 Commandments of Public Duck Hunting (repost)

House of Pain. Are you for real? There is no such thing as 'another man's blind' in public hunting areas. You are not the only person that has scouted your area and you'd better make sure you beat someone else to 'your' blind because you can't 'save' a public spot by building a blind in it.

Man am I glad I am a lease hunter now....

October 21, 2011 at 11:09am
A comment titled: Not at all in response to a report titled: Best public land to hunt ducks?

Get there about 30 minutes before LST and pick your honey hole. Thousands of ducks and no pressure.

October 18, 2011 at 1:55pm
A comment titled: Better get there early in response to a report titled: Best public land to hunt ducks?

Internet scouters out in force.

'Pearl River WMA as many ducks as stars in the sky'

Be careful out there!

October 18, 2011 at 9:21am
A comment titled: BUMP in response to a report titled: Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Good thread. Something needs done!

October 12, 2011 at 2:27pm
A comment titled: requirements in response to a report titled: Gill Nets in brackish water estuaries

I don't know what the requirements are but I do know that hundreds of DEAD saltwater sport fish are pulled out of them every day. If you think these guys 'sit' on their nets and monitor them for live releases you are completely off base.

October 12, 2011 at 10:08am
A comment titled: They are here in response to a report titled: ARRIVING BIRDS

Rode around a certain wma on Sunday. Water was real high and all the ducks were in the flooded grass. Saw some spoonies and greys along with the normal mottled and woodies.

October 11, 2011 at 11:20am
A comment titled: Way beyond 'nice' in response to a report titled: Teal 2011

Those are absolutely phenomenal pictures. What type of camera and lens are you using?

September 30, 2011 at 10:10am
A comment titled: Stoeger in response to a report titled: New Shotguns

Stoeger has the same inertia driven system as Benelli. I think they are fine guns for the money.

September 29, 2011 at 10:12am
A comment titled: Great Job in response to a report titled: New friends from up North

Great way to show some Yankees a little SE Louisiana hospitality! Paw Paw's pirogues are the best bar none! Looking forward to big duck season on the island. Slammin the teal right now down river.

September 22, 2011 at 9:08am
A comment titled: Barnes in response to a report titled: Manchac WMA is now a Limited Access Area

All very excellent points!!

August 05, 2011 at 9:06am
A comment titled: Pool Do in response to a report titled: Manchac WMA is now a Limited Access Area

I can't wait to see you take your 80lb, 100lb whatever lb thrust trolling motor and think you are gonna roll with it to the middle of the prairie. Good luck with that!!!

August 04, 2011 at 12:56pm
A comment titled: Hope it's true in response to a report titled: TEAL POPULATION

Here is the article I read that cites it.

Populations high
The 2011-12 early season frameworks, which cover migratory bird hunting seasons opening before Oct. 1, continue allowing a 16-day teal-only season when estimated breeding population of blue-winged teal is 4.7 million birds or more. A nine-day season is allowed when bluewing populations are below 4.7 million.
Preliminary estimates from the annual breeding population survey conducted during May and June on major duck nesting areas of the north-central United States and south-central Canada pegs this year's bluewing population at 8.9 million birds.
That's the highest blue-wing breeding population estimate since the standardized surveys began in 1955. The previous high was 7.4 million in 2000.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/outdoors/tompkins/7627094.html

June 29, 2011 at 4:02pm
A comment titled: And in response to a report titled: Question about MRGO

With all the boat traffic it has become a very hazardous run to say the least. You may want to read the lead story on the home page here before you go.

June 22, 2011 at 12:44pm
A comment titled: Haters gonna hate in response to a report titled: Hog Heaven

Brandon is as nice as they come and can flat out 'catch' with anybody. I guess haters just gotta hate.

June 22, 2011 at 9:18am
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