Going to duck hunt Boloxi Marsh for the first time this weekend... I don't want to know what ponds you are hunting... but can anyone give me any information on a decent general area of the marsh to start? This place is pretty big and there are tons of ponds...so choosing one out of the bunch seems to be mind boggling... any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
I took this picture with my phone at 20 yards. The bear got within 15 yards of me. I guesstimated him to be 4'-5' feet long from head to butt on all fours. His belly just about drug the ground. His head was wide and creased in the middle with his ears looking as if they were coming out the side of his head. He was clearly a very mature big black bear. I sighted his back height (on all fours) against a tree at 15 yards to give me a reference after getting out of the stand. I measured it to be as high as the lower part of my ribs. I never expected to see a bear this big in Louisiana. I've seen some sows and cubs in south central louisiana many times but never a bore of this caliber. It was an exciting thing to see in the woods...but it really wouldn't bother me if i didn't see another. This bear walked within 15 yards of me then crossed a feild and walked within 40 yards of my buddy. So we both had a taste of the excitment.
As far as deer.....We hunted for 4 days morning and evening with only one doe sighting and one bear. The deer were moving mainly at night. We would find fresh sign every morning. I'm guessing the moon had a bunch to do with it. In all we had a great time and I can't wait to get back up there again. Hopefully I'll be back within the next couple weeks.
I rode all through Davis Pond, front of the diversion, cypress canal, tank pond, and the rice pond on monday... no ducks... we only saw 5 teal out in the lake and two more flew over us while fishing in cypress canal... The food is there..but the ducks aren't.. might be a gallinue & rail shoot.
Yall have a Merry duck hunt.. i mean.. a Merry deer...nope nope.. Merry Hogmas...DOH!!! lol... Merry Christmas yall! Don't forget what it's about.
Christmas hunting tips for 2008:
1. drink the eggnog after you get back, not before you go
2. gumbo won't make you sober enough to get in the boat
3. pack extra toilet paper before walking to your stand
4. tonight, get your buddy two shots to your one (better your chances of hunting his stand/blind)
5. make sure your new hunting toys HAVE BATTERIES before you get in the woods
6. mud and lillies make for good excuses for being late getting back ("but baby i got stuck in the mud")
Yall be safe and have a good one!
This is what it looks like pretty much after every hunt in Salvador WMA... well.. maybe a few more pouldoo than that but not many ducks. I would say we average between 4 - 8 ducks per hunt and 40 - 65 pouldoo on each hunt. The ducks we have killed thus far are.... Dogrees, Ringnecks(more blackjacks than anything else), Grays, teals, blacks, widgeons.... Not as many redheads or as many teal as we saw last year.... but PLENTY, PLENTY, PLENTY POULDOO...and I like Gumbo so it works out good for me.
Had a really good Thanksgiving weekend hunting Pomme de Terre WMA. I saw several deer and a couple hogs most of which came out between 10am - 3pm. I only saw one deer right at outside of that middle of the day time frame. In total I saw 12 deer in 3 hunts. We got in the stands before day break and stayed until dark, unless one of us killed something. The place was pretty crouded with hunters but we didn't run into any problems.. I took a 6pt. (50 yards w/3030 160grn hornady) Friday the 28th @ 12:00 pm. Then I took a hog (120 yards w/ 3030 160grn hornady) Saturday the 29th @ 13:30 pm. I also missed a doe @ 90 yards broadside...phew...i'll never let myself live that one down... i guess i rushed the shot.. but can't get um all... still had a great weekend and can't wait to get back up there... I managed to squeeze a morning bow hunt in at Lake Ophelia on Monday. I saw one doe at 80 yards but she didn't close the distance.. I can't wait to get back...
Last Saturday morning in Lafitte. Kinda slow, saw a good bit of birds just not many in range...
This was from last saturday on the Barataria side... two of us..6 birds... saw plenty but just not in range of us...still not bad
busted this one in the early bow season at 5 yards while hunting on the ground... I wasn't sure what it was exactly walking through the needle grass on side of me... right before it popped out I went to full draw.. it stuck its head out onside of the palmetto bush and pinned its ears back when it saw me... i didn't know what to expect but i did know one thing... it didn't flench and wouldn't take that one more step i needed... getting the better of me i let it fly through the thin/half dead palmetto hitting the cat in the chest and exiting the rear end of the cat... he ran 60 yards before he let out a growling hiss that ensured me it was over... and my heart ran for another 160 yards before i could get up off the ground to go start tracking.... exciting stuff man... Bowtech Allegiance #70 Easton Axis 340's muzzy 100grn 4bld.... this is my second kill with this bow and hopefully there will be many more to follow..
We scouted Friday before the season opener and found good numbers of grays and teal.... but... i think the ducks wrote the dates instead of the WLF... ha ha ha...the ducks played a disapearing act on us... Thank the good Lord for a decent number of pouldoo... even with that the pouldoo numbers aren't as high as normal for this place...it's usually much much higher... we ended opening morning with 43 pouldoo and 4 teal.. Sunday we hit Timken Island for hopes of change... finished even worse with 1 gray, 1 teal, 9 pouldoo... Hopefully some more will push in with the coming fronts...
These are a couple marsh deer in the Lafitte Barataria area. The pictures were taken in early to mid August with a wildview extreme 2 camera. The dates and times were all wrong...we forgot to set that when we put up the cameras.
The deer stopped hitting this feeder soon it showed up. This in South Alabama. Turnerville....
After all of the hunts I put in this year....finally drew blood... He's no monster but he still managed to get my blood pumping..
Being the deer are starting to rut down here, I got out early.. 12pm. I saw two deer at 2pm. at 390yds according to my range finders.... I watched them running back and forth through the cut grass for a while.. they disappeared for a while...then at 3:30pm they stepped back out so I pulled out the rattle bag and the buck roar and made some noise... with these deer being upwind of me they couldn't hear my calls...so I picked watched them through the scope for a second and was putting the rifle down when I caught movement from my left side... I looked over to see this buck walking straight to me..he heard it.. I set up on him in and waited for the shot... he presented it to me at 85yards broad side..i stopped him and tried my hardest to keep the crosshairs still... I squeezed one off and shot right over his back... the deer started to run straight towards me... i ejected one from my 30-30 and when I did...the deer stopped at 65 yards facing me... I put one in his chest.... He stumbled for another 10yds and fell over.... what a relief... I've been carrying my bow in the woods for a while and have seen a few deer just out of range of it.. I needed to get the bug out..so I pulled out the rifle... It did the job and I'm happy as can be...
Have any of yall ever tried the Buck Roar? results? I just purchased one yesterday and i'm pretty excited about it...I've heard really good things about it from others but haven't brought it to the woods yet. I know its that time of the year so I think my timing is perfect. Let me know if you have tried it and what happened... thanks!!
I purchased a 35mm Stealth Cam 2years ago from Louisiana Archery. It sat in the case untill this year. Got it in the woods and the thing don't work... It shows that it is taking pictures..but the film never moved... The film didn't move from its original position when loading the camera.. I don't know whats the matter...maybe its junk... Do any of yall have any advice? I am thinking of going buy another camera...digital this time...unless someone may know a possible fix. Thanks!!
Anyone have any duck reports about the Lafitte, Barataria area? I believe the season opens this coming weekend and I haven't had the chance to go check things out...but was debating on going deer hunting or duck... It's been a while since there have been any amount of ducks down there. Just curious..
I found out where all the ducks from down home went. There in Texas. I spent this past weekend hunting ducks in El Campo, Tx with South Texas Waterfowl (southtexaswaterfowl.com). The ducks are in extremly high numbers down there right now.... A blind of 5, we limited opening morning by 0730 and 0700 on Sunday morning... The guides were awesome and the lodging was nice.. We all had a great time... It's been a while since I've seen that many ducks and geese except for on TV. We killed mostly teal with some pintail, widgeon and a couple spoonys. Great place and people...