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Looks like the water level is becoming normal. Has anyone been able to get out and survey the situation as it relates to aquatic vegetation damage? I hunt the east side close to Phoenix. The tropical weather earlier in the summer seemed to have higher water with little damage to the vegetation.

August 30 at 10:33am

Breaking News: USFWS Cancels Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. Breaking News: https://deltawaterfowl.org/breaking-news-usfws-cancels-waterfowl-breeding-population-and-habitat-survey/

May 05 at 1:39pm

Been waiting for anyone to discuss the status of aquatic vegetation on the east side of the river after Nate.

So, what is it looking like in Delacroix, Hopedale, etc.? Tried to get out last week to take a look near Pointe a la Hache, but the water was up and did not get out.

I was told by fisherman that there was still plenty of grass. I look forward to responses, it's getting to feel like fall.

October 24, 2017 at 1:29pm

Like the famous slogan of Mossy Oak, waterfowl hunting is not a passion for me, it’s an obsession.
I would rank the 2016-2017 season as great. Why? There are many ways I measure a season and they are:

1. Number taken – 194
2. Opportunity
3. Species seen and taken
4. Retriever work
5. Camp life: food and friends
6. Sunrises
7. Smell of the marsh
8. Migratory birds seen – had many bald eagles on my lease this year
9. Weather
10. Any mechanical issues
11. Shooting accuracy

This year the blue wing teal dominated. Out of the 194 ducks my boat took, 75 were blue wing teal, 54 were grey ducks. Looks like the blue wings no longer head to Mexico.

Normally, I would take 11 to 12 species of ducks a year, however, this year we took 8. The eighth came on the last day of the season, when a prime redhead drake committed suicide.

Very strange year, teal were abundant until the opening of the second split. That is when the grey ducks finally started showing up in numbers. When the wind shifted east or south east with any speed, the water level rose and the ducks left. However, when the water dropped, it was on!

Every late season the grey ducks raft up in numbers on open water and the only way to counter them is to setup near them where grass was matted on top of the water (looking for food). You would pick ones and twos off with their feet down, I love when they are committed. Foggy days were very successful for me, grey ducks were vocal and you could call them in very easily.

Like many of you, I am having withdrawals. Staying busy catching up on yard work and retriever training helps me gradually come off the high. I have shared a few pics that represented my season, hope you enjoy. Until next year!

February 04, 2017 at 7:41am

Season has been very good without cold weather. Teal have been abundant until after the weekend before Thanksgiving blow. Grey ducks have began to show up this past weekend, however, their numbers are very low.

Sunrises have been spectacular. Good luck the remainder of the season.

November 28, 2016 at 11:22am

Wow, the moon was beautiful this weekend and the duck hunting was hot! Need another cold front, will get back at them this weekend.

November 13, 2011 at 5:12pm

Results of Saturday's Novice Stake
1st Place: Lady Brooke of Backen Fen 'Brooke' owner/handler Mike Smith
2nd Place: Gunner of Bracken Fen ' Gunner; owner/handler John Hurley
3rd Place: Bracken Fen Glen 'Boo'; owner: David Victory, handler: Tom Hamilton
Certificate of Merit: Jan's Precious Bella of Madison 'Bella'; owner/handler Tom McDonnell
Certificate of Merit: Shane of Bracken Fen 'Shane'; owner/handler Walter Gex
Guns Choice: Gunner of Bracken Fen 'Gunner'; ownre/handler John Hurley

Results of Sunday's Open Stake
1st Place: Gunner of Bracken Fen 'Gunner'; owner/handler John Hurley
2nd Place: Cardy Jack of Millbuies 'Quill'; owner Mike Adkins, handler Mark Turner
3rd Place: Leen Judge 'Leen'; owner/handler Shane Corr
4th Place: Lady Brooke of Bracken Fen 'Brooke'; owner/handler Mike Smith
Certificate of Merit: Team Wild Wings Sweet Barley 'Barley'; owner Joe Davin, handler Cody Bellanger
Guns Choice: Gunner of Bracken Fen 'Gunner'; owner/handler John Hurley

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gulf-Coast-Chapter-British-Field-Trial-Society-of-America/120850274661229

October 31, 2011 at 3:46pm

The British Field Trial Society-Gulf Coast Chapter will hold its fall trial on October 29th and 30th.

Saturday, October 29: 16 dog Novice Stakes, sign-in at 7:30 am. Entry fee $100.00
Sunday, October 30: 12 dog Open Stakes, sign-in at 7:30 am. Entry fee $100.00

HELD AT: Antler and Wings Hunting Plantation, 4240 Jana Lane, Perkinston, MS 3957

We will also host a Judge/Trainers Seminar with Ireland Judges/Trainers Declan Boyle and Thomas Hughes, Jr. Seminar starting at 8:00 am. $75.00 per person.

Hope some of you will participate in our game.

http://www.britishlabgulfcoast.com/

October 01, 2011 at 6:50am

Below is the results of the GC Spring BLRA Trial held on April 2nd, at Antler & Wings

Congratulations!

1st Place: Cooper of Bracken Fen 'Cooper: Handler Michael Cantrell
2nd Place: Lowforge Amy 'Thorn'. Handler Mark Turner
3rd Place: Lady Brooke of Bracken Fen 'Brooke': Handler Mike Smith
4th Place: Jetty Ann of Bracken Fen 'Jettie': Handler Al Conlee
Gunner Choice: Lady Brooke of Bracken Fen 'Brooke'. Handler Mike Smith

Certificate of Merit: Team Wild WIngs Sweet Barley 'Barley': Handler Kord McCarty
Certificate of Merit: Gabby Fen Hrap 'Gabby'. Handler Bill Hrapmann
Certificate of Merit: Leen Judge 'Leen'. Handler Shane Corr

Also, thank you to all those who viewed the trial and our club members for putting on a great event

April 08, 2011 at 2:12pm

The BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter is excited to announce our April 2nd, 16 dog Novice spring trial is full. Thanks to everyone who will be participating!

The format has changed due to lack of live pheasants available. We will not have the tower shoot format, but will include a driven field with Chukars and water with mallards.

Once again Antlers & Wings Plantation will host our trial and lodging is available to participants and visitors on the grounds.

There will be a first, second, third and gunners choice award.

Lunch will be served, which will include smoked chicken, potato salad, baked beans and lots of cold beverages. Also, there will be many door prizes. Hope some of you that may not be interested in participating in a British trial at this time will come and view the trial. We all share the love for hunting and retrievers.

Antlers & Wings Plantaion: http://www.antlersandwings.com/

BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter: http://www.britishlabgulfcoast.com/

March 20, 2011 at 8:50am

The British Labrador Retriever Association, Gulf Coast Chapter, will holding a 16 dog Novice Field Trial, April 2, 2011. Location will be Antlers & Wings Plantation, 4240 Jana Lane, Perkinston, MS, 39573.

The trial is run under British Kennel Club rules and will be in the tower shoot format. Entry fee is $75 dollars. More details concerning the tower format, prizes, and accommodations coming soon. Below is a link to the entry form, Antlers & Wings Plantation and the BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter Website, which includes the rules for the British Kennel Club.

Come down to the coast and participate in our trial, while your hear enjoy all the outdoor activities we have to offer.

Trial Entry Form: http://www.britishlabgulfcoast.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/16_dog_Novice_Field_Trial_April_2_2011.pdf

Antlers & Wings Plantaion: http://www.antlersandwings.com/

BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter: http://www.britishlabgulfcoast.com/

March 13, 2011 at 8:54am

The 2010/2011 season was great! 12 species of ducks were taken. Our last hunt was Saturday morning, not fast and furious, but quality. Two mallards, on bull pintail and a ruddy duck. I hope everyone enjoyed some success this year, it will be a year to remember.

January 23, 2011 at 7:56am

This past weekend was awesome! Grey's and mixed bag, with a couple of stud Readheads. Good luck the last weekend.

January 17, 2011 at 3:03pm

This morning was nothing like Friday morning (windy), except for the number of coots. No wind and hundreds of coots made it difficult. But, we were able to get a nice mixed bag limit. If you cannot beat the coots, get close to them.

Watched several duck tornados of grey's and pintail land over and over in several hundred coots. Never seen this many coots on our lease before. Good luck to those who will try and beat the Gail force winds being forecasted in the morning. Be safe!

January 08, 2011 at 7:08pm

Another good morning in the marsh. High winds, lot's of coots to compete with. Bag consited of Grey's, teal, scaup, red head and mallard.

January 02, 2011 at 8:01pm

So far the season has been great! Saturday I took my first Canvasback. My hunting partner and I have taken 11 species of ducks.

Good luck to everyone the last week of the first split.

November 29, 2010 at 6:49am

Friday was another good day, but Saturday the fog set in and when it cleared, only one duck. Went fishing and found some real good trout, tide slowed and so did they. Going to get back on them this weekend.

November 24, 2010 at 6:09pm

Opening morning was really good; Sunday was a little challenge, but we did well. I have never seen blue wing drakes with the white face patch defined this early in the season. Also, took two read heads. Just a weird opener for the type of duck species around. Below are some pictures. Good luck the remainder of the year.

November 15, 2010 at 3:13pm

The MS GC British Labrador Retriever Association will hold it's first Trial October 30, 2010. Below are the details. We hope some of you will participate and enjoy a great weekend in South Mississippi.

16 Dog Novice Stake

Entry fee: $85 (payable to BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter) Includes Lunch on trail date and Mock Trial on Friday.

Entries to: Ace Berry, 5195 DW North Rd, Kiln, MS 39556

Entries close October 15; Drawing held October 16

Trial location: Antlers and & Wings Hunting Plantation, 4240 Jana Lane, Perkinston, MS 39573
http://antlersandwings.com

Sign-in starting at 7:00 am, Trial starting at approximately 8:15 am

Mock trail to be held Friday, October 29,2010

Mock trial sign-in starting at 7:00 am, Mock trial starting at approximately 8:15 am

Note: Maps to the trial and mock trial will be mailed to participants.

Trial Rules: http://www.americangundogclub.com/trials

For more information Contact:

Ace Berry – (228)216-7474
Lawayne Smith – (601)310-7829
Todd Kruebbe – (504)214-2832
Shane Corr – (228)342-5790

September 21, 2010 at 11:22am

The last few days have not been great, but I continue to make each hunt with Abby positive. This is her first year and I am very happy with her progression. She has a really good nose for cripples. Good luck the remainder of the season!

January 02, 2010 at 12:50pm
A comment titled: Re: Lack of Ducks continued..... in response to a report titled: Lack of Ducks continued.....

The key is personal responsibility. I am lucky enough to hunt a private lease and use a surface drive boat to hunt. The key is personal responsibility. We get in and out.

However, I have had hunters from boarding leases run up ducks sitting on my lease and set back up and hunt on their lease. I try to stop this, once again bad behavior.

In my opinion, the lack of presence by LA Department of Wildlife is a key to this bad behavior. This year I have listened to shooting 20 minutes before legal time. Last week I watched a boat chase resting ducks and shoot them from a boat. No presence from wildlife officers in my area is disappointing. Finally, ran hunters off setup on my lease hunting without permission.

So, how does this explain the difficult season? Just one part of the equation. We must do a better job with the younger hunters and provide them with guidance as it relates to sportsmanship and following the law. Our society is in need of help.

Be safe this weekend and Finish Strong!

January 17, 2019 at 9:05am
A comment titled: Re: Hoping a Slow Season Gets Better in response to a report titled: Hoping a Slow Season Gets Better

Beautiful full moon this weekend. Yes, the season has been slow. Like many of you have posted, I enjoy the sounds, the smell and the sunrises. The ducks are getting their prime plumage. Best of luck the remainder of the season. Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2018 at 7:28am
A comment titled: Re: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck in response to a report titled: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck

Congrats, the study is being conducted by LSU. Elizabeth Bonczek, a Louisiana State University graduate student working on her PhD is the lead. I recently met Elizabeth at an AKC hunt test, where she was competing with her lab, which was well trained.

If not mistaken, Elizabeth informed me all the ducks were fitted with a transmitter on the west side of the MS River. When you call, this should be confirmed. Below is a link to the article in Louisiana Sportsman.

I hunt near you (landmarks in your pictures background). The mottled ducks must have had a successful breeding year due to the amount being seen during hunting. We never had an early high water event this past spring and summer. I am positive this is key to the population of mottled ducks.

Once again, congratulations and continued success the second split.

https://www.louisianasportsman.com/news-breaker/mottled-duck-telemetry-study-underway-in-southwest-louisiana/

December 03, 2018 at 8:04am
A comment titled: Re: Getting Ready for the Ducks!!! in response to a report titled: Getting Ready for the Ducks!!!

Let us know about the duck food.

October 29, 2017 at 6:53am
A comment titled: Re: Decoy spreads in response to a report titled: Decoy spreads

I try to follow the natural look as Larry stated. Species grouped together with no obvious format. Below are two pictures from the blind. Gray ducks, pintail, widgeon grouped together. Teal and a few divers for color on the outside grouped together. A big hole in the middle for incoming ducks.

October 26, 2017 at 11:05am
A comment titled: Re: Teal Report - Whistling Tree Ducks in response to a report titled: Teal Report - Whistling Tree Ducks

Madevillian, I hunt the east side of the river, near Pointe a la Hache. Don't get me wrong, I saw mottled ducks and see them daily when hunting. However, the population is dwindling in the coastal marsh.

When you see more whistling ducks than mottled ducks, that is alarming to me. In addition, around October the whistling ducks seem to leave, migrate to Mexico or further south.

This teal season has been the best in a very long time. My hunting partner on Saturday morning took a banded BW teal hen. It was banded in 2015, Port Barre Louisiana. I guess they band them before they return back north.

I love the smell of the marsh!

September 20, 2017 at 2:59pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal Report - Whistling Tree Ducks in response to a report titled: Teal Report - Whistling Tree Ducks

Great points, I hunted this weekend and had tree ducks after tree ducks fly in or directly over. In addition, wood ducks in the marsh and did not mistakenly shoot one.

ID is not an issue with tree ducks, their wing color, how they posture when flying, size, and vocalizations are quite clear. The population has certainly exploded and continues to grow. I have seen ducklings near my home that have been hatched.

My real concern is why we can continue hunting the dwindling population of mottled ducks in LA? My hunting circle uses restraint in taking mottled ducks, I invite other to let them pass. I saw more tree ducks than mottled ducks.

I look forward to some movement on adding this bird to the bag and getting scientist to make decisions on updated data.

September 20, 2017 at 11:10am
A comment titled: Re: Is anyone killing any ducks? in response to a report titled: Is anyone killing any ducks?

In SE LA, yes. Weird year, first split hot with teal. Second split started off slow, but has heated up with the weather. Funny thing, during the polar blast, did not see many ducks. This weekend with the fog, smoking hot, not just the weather. Finally, the Gray ducks have showed up where I am hunting.

January 16, 2017 at 3:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Need a Taxidermist in response to a report titled: Need a Taxidermist

Kevin Hynes, Pearl River.

However, in today’s world of Taxidermy, shipping is very easy. By shipping you open up your availability to World Class Waterfowl taxidermist, such as Shane Smith and Blake Wilson in Alabama.

Wait until next month when the weather finally cools down, place the frozen goose in a cheap styrofoam cooler and back with newspaper. Your bird will arrive frozen and you will not regret the results.

Do not send to a taxidermist who does deer, large game or small game!

October 27, 2015 at 9:00am
A comment titled: Scouting in response to a report titled: Delayed migration of ducks ?

Coot, I always enjoy your reports and tips. Please respond to late season tactics when it comes to moving/scouting where the birds are.

Do you have multiple leases that allow you to move where the birds may be? Do you hunt a lot of public land?

November 11, 2014 at 2:26pm
A comment titled: Abby in response to a report titled: Retrievers

Abby with a cripple

September 14, 2013 at 5:33pm
A comment titled: Slow down in response to a report titled: Any birds

Last year we had a storm and the same thing occured with the aquatic grass. The ducks will rest and feed on everything in the mud. Last year was awesome, even after the tropical.

October 25, 2012 at 5:26pm
A comment titled: Last Years hunts in response to a report titled: teal season

Nice bag

July 24, 2012 at 5:56pm
A comment titled: Sunrise is always special in response to a report titled: SUNRISE

Sunrise is always special, here is my contribution.

April 15, 2011 at 6:49am
A comment titled: Improvements in response to a report titled: BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter Sprig Trial Update

Thanks for positive comments. We did learn a few lessons from fall trial and we have made the following improvements.

Bathrooms on the actual trial site. Trial site was in the middle of the Antlers and Wings hunting area and bathrooms were not available.

Designated area for dogs to do their business.

Configure the water section to insure there is better viewing for the gallery.

Hope to see some of you there!

March 23, 2011 at 6:39am
A comment titled: BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter Sprig Trial Update in response to a report titled: BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter Spring Trial

The BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter is excited to announce our April 2nd, 16 dog Novice spring trial is full. Thanks to everyone who will be participating!

The format has changed due to lack of live pheasants available. We will not have the tower shoot format, but will include a driven field with Chukars and water with mallards.

Once again Antlers & Wings Plantation will host our trial and lodging is available to participants and visitors on the grounds.

There will be a first, second, third and gunners choice award.

Lunch will be served, which will include smoked chicken, potato salad, baked beans and lots of cold beverages. Also, there will be many door prizes. Hope some of you that may not be interested in participating in a British trial at this time will come and view the trial. We all share the love for hunting and retrievers.

Antlers & Wings Plantaion: http://www.antlersandwings.com/

BLRA Gulf Coast Chapter: http://www.britishlabgulfcoast.com/

March 20, 2011 at 8:49am
A comment titled: Nothing like late green and gray in response to a report titled: beauty of nature

Man those late season greenheads and pintails always look good togeter!

January 25, 2011 at 5:21pm
A comment titled: Thanks in response to a report titled: Ending the season with green and pin

Just the sun on the Mallards back. Not going to mount the ruddy, gave it some thought though. Never seen one in this part of the country before. The mallard is huge, it is going with the pintail to be mounted in a dead position.

January 25, 2011 at 5:47am
A comment titled: Great last hunt in response to a report titled: Venice Finale

Nice bag! Never hunted in Venice, going to have to try one day.

January 23, 2011 at 2:48pm
A comment titled: Ruddy in response to a report titled: Ending the season with green and pin

It decoyed, flew right in to the decoys as a single.

January 23, 2011 at 2:42pm
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