I know for some of you it is too early to start thinking of duck season but for me itâs a year round passion. The seasons are officially set and its time to start booking hunting dates and scheduling work days to get ready for the ducks. I know last year was a relatively slow year for most but each year the excitement builds for another opportunity to sit in the blind and enjoy SE Louisianaâs greatness experience. My calendar is already filling up with choice dates. Here are the seasons dates for all you duck hunters who like to plan ahead. DUCKS, COOTS AND MERGANSERS COASTAL ZONE: NOV. 2-3 (YOUTH ONLY) NOV. 9-DEC. 8 DEC. 21-JAN. 19 WEST ZONE: NOV. 9 (YOUTH ONLY) NOV. 16 - DEC. 8 DEC. 21-JAN.26 FEB 1 (YOUTH ONLY) EAST ZONE: NOV. 16 (YOUTH ONLY) NOV. 23-DEC. 8 DEC. 14-JAN. 26 FEB. 1 (YOUTH ONLY) Time to start praying for a cold and dry Fall and Winter! Enjoy your time in the water and stay safe!
Most of the hunters I know have had a slow season this year. Some are ready to give up as they are tired of Going through the trouble and bringing home light or empty straps. Every morning when Iâm driving the boat in the dark, that cool wind in my face starts my adrenaline rush. Putting out the decoys and settling in the blind waiting for legal shooting time is my drug of choice. This drug is on limited supply as the season ends in a month. I will continue to be there waiting for them to âSHOW UPâ. Sometimes I may doubt the assurance of a great hunt but I will be there as long as the season allows. Iâve enjoyed every minute in the blind as frustrating as it may be this season. Good times and hot breakfast in the blind with friends and family are always special moments. âSO YOUâRE SAYING THEREâS A CHANCEâ the ducks will show up; thatâs good enough for me. Good luck to all the rest of the season.
First is a report from the second weekend of the season in Delacroix. My blind killed 13 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday. Not bad considering the reports from around SE Louisiana.
As many of you know, I always end my reports with âStay safe on the Waterâ Saturday evening I went for a scouting trip to determine where to hunt Sunday. About 20 minutes into the trip I went to slow down and had no response from the throttle on my CC gator-tail rig. I told those in the boat to hold on as I pulled the kill switch to stop the boat. As we looked at the throttle cable to se what the issue could be it started to smoke and within a minute caught fire. This occurred very close to my full 12 gallon fuel tank. I quickly grabbed the fire extinguisher and put out the flames and sprayed everything in the rear of the boat. After my dad came to tow us in the 7 miles back to Delacroix we were able to inspect the cable. It was melted from console to engine alone with some other wires. Also the fuel line had melted where it came into contact with the throttle cable.
Somehow another wire was shorting out and was in contact with the throttle cable causing it to get hot enough to burn.
Being prepared and haveing life jackets on, kill switch attached, and a working fire extinguisher quickly assessable allowed us to handle a situation that could have been a bad one. (We would have been jumping out the boat if no working fire extinguisher). Being ready for the unexpected can prevent catastrophe on the water. Things can happen that you canât control, but you can control how you respond to those situations.
Please check all of the saftey equipment on your boats this Thanksgiving weekend and be prepared, just in case.
I will send reports on the hunts the rest of the week. Good luck to all and EASE STAY SAFE ON THE WATER!
This morning I had the opportunity to share the duck blind with a father and his two children. The action was not blazing fast but they each shot a full box of shells and had many opportunities at decoying ducks. We had a great time together shooting ducks and eating a warm deer sausage breakfast in the blind made the time between flocks more enjoyable. Emery and her younger brother Mitchell finished the day with 3 Teal, 2 Greys, and a Mottled Duck. It was Emeryâs fist duck hunt ever and her first duck was a drake Mottled Duck. She also added a nice Grey Duck to her first experience in the blind. Mitchell took care of the rest and was nice enough to let his sister shoot first, MOST OF THE TIME! I can tell by his passion for the hunt, and ability to distinguish ducks in the distance, that he will grow into a very good duck hunter. I was an awesome time spending my first hunt of the regular duck season with such a great family. Experiencing Emeryâs first duck with her dad and brother was the icing on the cake.
I am hoping that this next front before the weekend sends another push of ducks down to SE Louisiana. I have a couple of weekends and a weekday or two left open for the season. If you want to get in on a good duck hunting experience, I will work my hardest and utilize the many comfortable blinds we have to put you in the right spot.
Good luck to all this season, and as always, stay safe in the water!
Delacroix Duck Hunts,
Scott Dennis, 504-442-0290
Fannyâs Family Guide Service
Well, this weekend is always set aside to brush the Duck Blinds in perperation for the upcoming season. We have built 4 new blinds to replace the ones that have succumbed to the erosion and are now under water. These, added to the other blinds, will give us 10 land blinds to choose from as well as the boat blind options. Going to take lots of brush and time but we will be ready for the migration when it arrives. The youth hunters will get us started next weekend and then the fun starts for all of us. Fannyâs Family Hunting Club and Guide Service still has a couple more weekends open for hunts this season. Let me know if you want to get in on some good comfortable hunts this year. Good luck in your duck season preparations and as always, stay safe on the water.
Fanny?s Family Hunting Club and Guide Service is again offering Guided Duck Hunts on its private property in Delacroix, Louisiana. Fanny?s Family has been hunting this marsh since it was first divided and sold as trapping land. I was very fortunate to grow up and learn to hunt ducks at an early age from a family of duck hunting men. My earliest memories of hunting ducks were with my father and his uncles who always took the time to explain why and how we were going to set up that morning. These men were hunters who hunted as a way of life, to put food on the table, and when it was legal sold their bag of ducks to the market in New Orleans. I remember their stories of when times were hard and shells were too expensive to waste shooting to kill only one duck with a shot. There was a reason for the method and techniques they used and the new generation of family men still use these traditional approaches to increase their chances during the hunt. I have been hunting this area over 40 years and guiding hunts for different services for over 28 years. If you are looking for a Family Duck Hunting experience and want to learn firsthand the strategies that the ?Old Timers? used to fill their bags, This is the Duck Hunt You are looking for. We have been working hard building new comfortable blinds to make your hunts as easy as possible. I have a few weekends left open. If interested in learning more about our hunts or to book a date give me a call.
Saturday afternoon was the perfect day for Gators. We always find they are much more active when warm temperatures meet normal tides. My daughter and her friend came down to join in the hunt. We filled 6 tags with gators that ran from just under 8 ft. to almost 9ft. The huge ones we have seen the last few weeks were elusive this day but the ones we caught were all nice and provided exciting moments for the girls. I would leave the dogs home for teal season in Delacroix. Way more gators than teal right now.
Well, a new Duck Season has officially begun. I did not expect much this morning as we did not see anything while setting the alligator lines all day yesterday in Delacroix. Had a single come in and not leave. At least we christened the new season. Please let us know your results from this morning. And good luck to all this season.
PawPaw and I went to Delacroix again today to start the process of moving Blinds that are now in water instead of on the land due to the continued erosion. The last few weeks we have been seeing one or two teal each trip. Today we saw 17 along with some mottled ducks. We saw 2 groups of 4, 2 groups of 3, a single and a pair. They were in the same area where they show up each year. Still plenty time for them to arrive before 9/15. Lots of work to do before the big duck season to get more blinds built and moved to dry land. The excitement is starting to build!!!
Delacroix has lost an icon. Lionel Serigne was indeed a great man. There are not too many of the true original ?old timers? left from Delacroix. If you were ever lucky enough to sit with Lionel Serigne, any of his brothers, or any of the other old Delacroix men and just talk about the good old days you are a lucky person. That culture is vanishing as fast as the marsh and reliving those times are special moments. He will be missed and Delacroix will be different without him around.
I was spending some time looking back through my pictures and logs from this past duck season and it has been as good or better than the past five seasons. My guide hunts went very well this year and the couple of slow hunts I had seemed to happen when I hunted with my family. We shot mostly teal and greys during the season till the greys started to get scarce the last two weekends. We still killed a few greys each hunt but shot a few dogris to fill limits at the bitter end. I made some new friends that I look forward to hunting with in the future and enjoyed the company of buddies I have been hunting with for years. I know it was a tough season for some, including some of my family, but I had a great season. Guess it was a combination of hard work and a little luck at times. As I type this I am getting messsges from some that hunted with me this year looking to book there dates for next season already. I guess it helps us all to start the planning for next year. There are boats to clean and maintain and more blinds to build. I can?t wait!!! Here are some pics from this past season. Good luck to all as we wait till we can hunt again!
The last weekend of the season I helped my buddy Jimmy from Wsterfowl Specialist with a group from North Carolina. We each had 3 hunters and worked hard to put the group on some shooting opportunities with the tough conditions and pressured ducks. Our groups averagered around 13-15 ducks per blind consisting of teal, bluebills(dogris) and some greys in the mix also. The first day someone in my group hunting Delacroix killed a drake Bluebill that was banded. On the second day that same group hunted with Jimmy in Shell Beach and killed another banded drake bluebill. When reporting the bands the two ducks were banded by the same person, two days apart in Illinois back in 2016. These two ducks were killed buy the same group, on back to back days, one in Delacroix and one in Shell beach with the actual hunting area about 10 miles apart from each other. Pretty crazy when you think about it. Two ducks, banded 2 days apart in Illinois by the same person killed in SE La. almost 2 years later on back to back days by the same hunters. It was a good closing to a good season for us down in Delacroix. I know it was tough for many including family members and good friends. Now the wait begins till we can do it again. Good luck to those hunting this weekend.
Today I didn?t book a guided trip in order to share the blind with my Father, my brother and his two children and a good friend. We all hunted together in the new blind I built. The teal action was pretty quick in the morning and we enjoyed letting the younger ones take their shots. We saw a few big ducks but not as many as we were hoping. We brought along a propane cooker for heat for PawPaw and decided to cook up some deer sausage in the blind as well. A hot meal with family while shooting ducks in the duck blind; how much better can it get! We killed 7 teal and 12 dogris. I could have been upset that we didn?t see and shoot as many big ducks as we had hoped but I sat back and enjoyed the memories we made today. Have a guided trip tomorrow and will post a report. Good luck to all!
I know this season has been a tough one for most of the Duck Hunting Community and I have had both good and bad hunts this year. I just got a report that Delacroix is loaded with ducks and the weather has indeed sent them our way. The season closes on the 21st and time is running out. We only have two choices when it comes to duck hunting. We either go, or we donât go. I will be in the blind every chance I get. I too become frustrated with slow hunts and morning with empty skies. I am going to stay positive and give the ducks all I have for the remainder of the season and enjoy what SE Louisiana has to offer. Some of my favorite saying when it come to duck hunting are; ?Don?t let your expectations ruin the experience?, and ?What if they show up and your not there?? I will be waiting form them if and when they show up! Good luck to all the rest of the season.
We will be heading out to W. Monroe in the morning to make our annual hunting trip with Phil and the rest of the DC Crew. This annual trip dates back 12 years, way before Duck Dynasty was even on their radar. Phil, Kay, and the rest of the family have not changed and they are still the same down to earth and generous family they were before the crazy success of the show. We will be bringing up some fine SE Louisiana shrimp, fish, and oysters to go along with the awesome family dish?s that Phil and Kay will cook up. Looking forward to lots of hunting, eating around the table, and sharing story?s of past hunts. Can?t wait to see those mallards coming into the timber. It will be a good change of scenery from the Delacroix marsh. I will send reports after the hunts. Good luck to all this holiday season.
I just wanted to start a ?Merry Christmas? post. Wishing everyone out there in LA Sportsman Land a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Fanny?s Family Duck Club and Guide Service,
It has been a great second split for us in Delacroix but it has takes some hard work. On the Friday before the second split opened I spent the evening scouting. I found that the ducks moved further outside, about 5 miles from where we had a good first split. I hunted out the boat blind and killed 52 the first weekend. On Thursday I spent the morning cutting boards. Drove down to Delacroix, cut brush on the way down. I made two 14 mile round trip boat rides to get the brush and materials to the hot location and spend till dark building a blind for todaysâs hunt with a group of 4. Owning land and private leases are pretty tough work also. Have to stay on the ducks when they move. My plan was to kill 30 ducks in the morning out of new blind. Mission accomplished! The very heavy fog lifted about 7:30 and we finished with our 6 man limit. Mostly GW teal and a mix of greys, pintail, dogris, and a couple of spooners. Had a couple of young boys in the group and they had a blast. Good luck to everyone the rest of the season.
While enjoying a warm fire after Saturdayâs Duck hunts we baited some lines with fresh duck hearts and fished of the back of he dock. We got on a good catfish bite and caught some monsters. Didnât have a scale to weigh them but this is a 100 qt. ice chest and one next to my 67 lb lab. It was a fun night and some good eating!
It was fast limits this morning in our area of Delacroix. We were a little late setting up because of havejng to run poachers off of our property. Man is that frustrating! We had a few dogris and teal belly up before we were finished setting up. We put the dogris on the no kill list and finished our limit of 24 before 7:15. All green wings, one Grey, and the few dogris from the early morning. If was as fast of shooting as I have ever experienced. The greys weâre moving to the area as we were picking up. We could have waited on them but were were happy with the green wings. Hope everyone had a good morning, some of the other hunters in Delacroix didnât do to well. All about location and we were in the right spot this morning. Good luck the rest of the season.
This afternoon this poacher showed up in my front yard. I guess he is waiting for the ducks migrating down with the weather fronts we are having. Hope the ducks enjoy the peace and quiet of the split this weekend and hang around till the 16th. Get those âHoney Doâsâ out the way and get ready for the second split.