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Six years ago I met my future hunting buddies Ben and Kelly through this Louisiana Sportsman’s website. A simple post about trading guided duck hunts for a new hunting puppy led to a close friendship that was unfortunately cut way too short yesterday. Sadly, Ben did not survive a single car accident on a routine day doing routine things. Ben’s “Routine” was all about EVERYONE ELSE and never about HIMSELF. After our original weekend hunting together in Delacroix with his wife and a few of his self trained started hunting dogs, we became good friends. By the following season, he moved a trailer to our property and became a fixture at our duck camp. Over the past six years he has not only hunted with us every weekend but was the person that helped with everything around the camp. Wether it was clearing the lot, installing the stove, fixing the water lines after a hard freeze, rewiring the breaker box and electrical lines, fixing and tuning up boat motors, he would drop everything and take care of all the problems that seem to pop up at a camp. He never wanted to impose an inconvenience on others but would jump at the chance to make it easier for everyone else. He, along with Kelly, also trained all of our hunting dogs. I will mostly miss his presence around the camp. His constant smile and positivity made camp life just that more relaxing and enjoyable. Ben and I were usually the first to arrive at camp on Friday and that last to leave on Sunday. Ben always made sure our stock of firewood would never run low for the constant campfires where we spent so much time together reliving the past hunts and planning our next journey. It will not be the same without him around. It will be impossible to ever light another fire at the Island without thinking of Ben, and each fire in future years will be a tribute to him. Just like many others, Ben has left his Mark and Legacy as a member of our Duck Hunting Family.

May 24 at 11:07am

I always keep the last weekend of the season open to take my dad. Today we had a good hunt killing all greys. It wasn’t burn up your barrel fast but we had good action throughout the morning. Patience was important this morning and you had to stay on the call until you shot. Some people will tell you less calling is best late in the season but today if you were quiet they would land short or drift away outside the decoys. As long as you sound like a duck and read the ducks and what they respond to your calling should not cause the ducks to flare. One more day to give them all we got. Good luck to all and stay safe on the water.

January 18 at 12:31pm

Well guys, the end of the coastal zone duck season is quickly approaching. Sunday at sunset will end a season that was filled with mixed results. I can not complain about the beginning and middle of my season however that past couple of hunts have slowed down a bit. There are still a few ducks around and we will get after them as hard this last weekend as we did on opening weekend back in early November. Looks like another warm week ahead with highs in mid to upper 70’s. Not exactly January duck weather. Good luck to all for the remainder of the season and stay safe on the water!

January 13 at 7:42am

The second split has pick up right where the first ended for me. Friday?s scouting trip was promising as I saw more duck than were present the whole first split. My clients decided to pass on Saturday?s hunt due to the weather and I couldn?t blame them. I decided to sleep in myself. Today, Sunday, regulars Danny and Nick got in some pretty good shooting. We killed 16 including 9 Dogris with the remaining 7 being a mix of teal, greys and mottled. I have a few openings between Christmas and New Years. Good luck to all the rest of the season.

December 22, 2019 at 1:00pm

I had pretty good hunts this weekend. I reported earlier about my successful Hunt/Scout trip Saturday and today had a really good shoot with new friends who purchased my hunt at the New Orleans DU banquet. Oscar and West had a nice hunt with me this morning. We were able to bag a full limit of Greys, Bluebills, Redheads and Buffelhead. The shoot was pretty consistent throughout the morning and it was nice to share the blind with guys who have the same passion for ducks that I do. The NW winds and front did not blow through as hard as I hoped for but there was enough change in weather to move the ducks around in our area even with the lack of hunters and fishermen out this morning. I have openings for next weekend,(last weekend of the first split) and a few spots for the second split as well. Let me know if interested in a hunt or just want to find out more about our Delacroix Duck Hunts. Good luck to all the rest of the season! Scott FFGS 504-442-0290

December 01, 2019 at 4:18pm

Did not have any clients this morning so a buddy and I took the opportunity to try another area of our property. I have a blind I started to build a few weeks before the beginning of the season that was never finished. I wanted to finish the blind and also see if there were any ducks in that area. We brushed the blind as the morning progressed and also killed 5 greys, 1 mottled duck and 3 spoons. Not a bad for basically a scouting hunt. Good luck to all hunting the front in the morning.

November 30, 2019 at 12:20pm

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from Paw-Paw’s Pirogues and Fanny’s Family Guide Service. Hope you all have a great day and please stay Safe on the water this weekend!!.

November 28, 2019 at 11:04am

Our area of Delacroix has produced limits of divers and a few teal, greys, and mottled ducks this weekend. It may not be what we would ideally hope for this time of the year but we are taking what the good lord has provided. Family and customers have enjoyed the shooting opportunities as we continue to move along through the season. Still building more new blinds to give my hunters the best chance possible of that memorable hunt. I still have some opening if interested in making a hunt. Good luck to all and stay safe on the water

November 24, 2019 at 1:11pm

I did not book any hunts for opening weekend to allow myself to take my dad. I can?t count how many hunts we have made together but it will never be enough. We ended with mostly teal, a Mottled duck and redheads for the morning. My cousins killed another two man limit of all teal and one grey. The reports I heard from other Delacroix hunters were mixed. Spent the afternoon building another blind to increase our options throughout the season. Now we are just sitting by a fire watching LSU dominate. My dad and I are getting after them again in the morning. If interested in making a hunt this season let me know. I still have some weekend and weekday availability. Good luck to all and stay safe on the water. Scott 504-442-0290 Delacroix Duck Hunts FFGS

November 09, 2019 at 6:16pm

I had the opportunity to take two youths out for a hunt on Sunday of the Youth Weekend. Mitchell and Blake finished the morning with 8 Teal and each added their first ever Mottled duck to the strap. We had pretty good action throughout the morning also spotting a few greys, some redheads and a couple large flocks of divers. It’s enjoyable to hunt with the future of our great pastime. These boys cherish the whole process of the hunt, from preparation to processing the ducks into food. The marsh and feed situation looks great and we would hold ducks all season as they continue to migrate with the cold fronts and shorter days ahead. If you are interested in getting in on the action this season I still have some weekend and weekday openings. As we approach the regular season opener this Saturday, good luck to all and please stay safe on the water. Scott Delacroix Duck Hunts FFGS 504-442-0290

November 04, 2019 at 9:45am

Just wanted to share my experience the last two weekends. Have been try to build a few more blinds to get ready for duck season. Got most of a floor down last Saturday and planned to finish it last Sunday. The tide came up about 1 1/2 ft overnight and that didn?t allow us to finish the floor and anchor it to the marsh. Went back this morning and the tide was still way too high. It has been high all week. Much of the grass that was covering the ponds is now piled up in the marsh along the shoreline. I have included a pic of the grass before the high tide. A lot of this is seasonal die off but I am hoping that we have not lost too much of the SAV. I will post another live next week when the tide gets a little lower. I did see some migrating ducks. Saw a few nice flocks of green wings and a couple flocks of pintail. All flocks were 10-15 ducks. Also raised some singles and pairs of teal along with a few mottled ducks. Hoping the tide permits me to finish the blinds the next two weekends as youth weekend is only 3 weeks away. Good luck to all as we are getting close!

October 13, 2019 at 5:14pm

Sunday I had the pleasure of helping good friends and family with a memorable gator hunt in the Delacroix marsh. Emery, Mitchell, and Jourdan all took there first gators on this trip. We had lots of excitement bringing 5 gators back to the dock that were between 8 and 11 ft. Emery jumped right in with the guys and was not afraid to get her hands dirty and really experience the hunt. It is very rewarding to help create the memories of their first gator hunt and share the adrenaline rush of seeing the enormous size of these gators as they break the surface of the water for the first time. We were able to put a small dent in the huge gator population that is growing year to year in Delacroix. Please leave your hunting dogs at home during teal season. There are big gators everywhere, even if you don’t ever see them.

September 10, 2019 at 9:22pm

Does anyone have any first hand experience owning, driving, or riding in a boat powered by a Boss Hoss 75? I have a family member looking towards a possible purchase. Any shared experience is appreciated. Thanks!

August 29, 2019 at 6:34pm

I went down to the Delacroix today. Actually saw 15 teal (one flock of 10, group of 3, and a pair) along with plenty mottled ducks and tree ducks. Seeing those fist migrating teal of the season got me excited! Soon will be time to make and brush blinds. Grass looks good also!

August 10, 2019 at 8:29pm

Looking for any Tips/advice/recommendations for frogging on the northshore. I live in the Madisonville area and looking to try something new while I have my duck boat at home. It’s a 18x60 CC gatortail. Thanks In advance for any information to help me get started.

June 09, 2019 at 2:05pm

I know for some of you it is too early to start thinking of duck season but for me it’s 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 Louisiana’s 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!

May 07, 2019 at 11:15am

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 I’m 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 “SHOW UP”. Sometimes I may doubt the assurance of a great hunt but I will be there as long as the season allows. I’ve 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. “SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE” the ducks will show up; that’s good enough for me. Good luck to all the rest of the season.

December 18, 2018 at 8:55am

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 “Stay safe on the Water” 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 can’t 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!

November 19, 2018 at 7:36pm

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 Emery’s 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 Emery’s 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

Fanny’s Family Guide Service

November 04, 2018 at 7:37pm

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. Fanny’s 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.
Scott
504-442-0290

October 27, 2018 at 1:01pm
A comment titled: Re: Ole School T-Funky Chunks 8 10 2020 in response to a report titled: Ole School T-Funky Chunks 8 10 2020

Nice trip Mande. I may try my luck on either Tchefuncte, Lacombe or Bonfuca a time or two before I bring my boat down to Delacroix for Gator hunting in two weeks. Getting busy with work now and finding the time is becoming difficult. May have more time in the evenings than the mornings. Even if not as productive it’s always nice to be on the water. Thanks for the reports!

August 10 at 7:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Squealers, teal and 2021+seasons in response to a report titled: Squealers, teal and 2021+seasons

The limit on any duck species not specifically mentioned in the regulations is 6, if you were to kill just that one species. Just like teal and gadwalls, the total limit is 6. I have never eaten one but I hear they are tasty!

July 27 at 6:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Squealers, teal and 2021+seasons in response to a report titled: Squealers, teal and 2021+seasons

It would be nice to have them included in the limit during teal season. I’m pretty sure Larry R. said the main concern is the fact that it will increase the illegal/accidental taking of Mottled ducks. Apparently there are lots of hunters who can’t tell the difference between a teal and a mottled duck or just don’t care and shoot them anyway. Looking forward to the upcoming seasons. Time to start building blinds!!!

July 27 at 2:05pm
A comment titled: Re: The loss of a Hunting Buddy in response to a report titled: The loss of a Hunting Buddy

Thanks again for the kind words. We all have memories of hunting and fishing buddies that are no longer with us. Ben and Kelly trained all of our hunting dogs and every retrieve of a fallen duck in future seasons will be made in honor of his contributions to our hunting club.

May 25 at 2:29pm
A comment titled: Re: The loss of a Hunting Buddy in response to a report titled: The loss of a Hunting Buddy

Thanks guys. I k ow some have talked about relationships that were created by connections made through these reports. I have made some good friends through this site but Ben was really a special guy. He was like family to everyone. Just another example of how quick things can be takes away from enjoy. Enjoy and cherish every day you get to spend with family and friends on the water, in the marsh, or in the woods. Those times are the best!

May 24 at 6:35pm
A comment titled: Re: Birthday trout in response to a report titled: Birthday trout

Good deal there and great job dad! I?m 53 and still remember special trips like that when I was their age. Making memories one fish at a time!!

May 21 at 8:07pm

Hey Bud, I love to see those beautiful pintails. Is the limit just one in Texas also?

January 24 at 7:10am
A comment titled: Re: Last Weekend Results in response to a report titled: Last Weekend Results

The end of this season is hitting me hard. It’s the time of year when I know my “real” job will keep me busy and out of the marsh except for a Sunday trip now and then. I still need to commit a weekend to going to remove some blind materials so they won’t float away with any high tides, and haul my 10 dozen decoys back home for off season storage. Also need to get my boat home and transition it from a duck boat to a fishing machine. Good luck to those who still get to hunt ducks. I may try to get in a few hog hunts, and maybe get after the deer with a bow hunt or two. Also have a big rabbit hunt planned once deer season is over. All of these will be an exciting time outdoors but nothing compares to duck hunting and taking out others to enjoy our shared passion. Good luck to those venturing out and as alway, stay safe on the water.

January 21 at 7:53pm
A comment titled: Re: Last Weekend Results in response to a report titled: Last Weekend Results

I woke up this morning with withdrawal symptoms as yet another duck season has come and gone. I had a good season overall compared to many I keep in touch with. We killed more grey ducks during the second split than the first. I took some effort to stay on the few ducks that were around in our area of Delacroix. I thought I was ready at the beginning of the season but built 2 new blinds and fixed more setups to give my groups the best chance at what ducks were in the area. I rotated through all of my decoys to change spreads depending on what area I was hunting and what species and numbers were in that specific area when scouting the day before each hunt. I don’t know how much the changes in decoy setups helped in the long run but I do know the extra effort did not hurt out chances. The new proposed dates for next season have been released and we are again looking forward to a 60 day season and 6 duck limit. My regular hunters are already booking and reserving their dates and now the excitement and expectations of ducks over the decoys begins to simmer as we await yet another opening Morning. Good luck to those who can still get after them!

January 20 at 3:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Last Weekend Results in response to a report titled: Last Weekend Results

Can’t believe it was too hot for a fire on the dock on the last night of the season. Still enjoyed some fresh fried catfish and our first crawfish boil of the season. Everyone stay safe as we get after the ducks one last time in the morning.

January 18 at 10:21pm

Good job Wizard, you keep on catching them. I want to try to catch a few trout in the afternoons after my duck hunts in Delacroix but the weather has not cooperated that last couple of opportunities that I had. I did purchase few of the hard plastic lures you have been using and I am eager to try them out. Keep up the post!

January 06 at 10:53am
A comment titled: Re: Pecan island in response to a report titled: Pecan island

Sounds like a fun time. Good luck the rest of the season!

January 05 at 7:53pm
A comment titled: Re: GREYS FOR DAYS !! in response to a report titled: GREYS FOR DAYS !!

Pile Em’ up Dredger! The entire state seems to be hit or miss this year. Your area has been a Hit! Good luck the rest of the season.

January 02 at 9:09am
A comment titled: Re: Yet another Big Branch Bust 1-1-20 in response to a report titled: Yet another Big Branch Bust 1-1-20

Keep at it Mandy! I know it’s frustrating. I consider myself lucky to have the successful season I’m having with all the horrible reports from across the state. There is one thought that always drives us die hards to keep going back. “WHAT IF THE DUCKS SHOW UP AND IM NOT THERE?” I know that thought is what keeps you going back. Good luck the rest of the season.

January 01 at 5:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Second Split Reports in response to a report titled: Second Split Reports

Had a day without clients and took advantage of the last day of the season i will have to take my dad and brother out for a hunt. They wanted to try for greys and give the teal and Dogris a break. We headed out to a different area where I spotted a few greys on my Friday afternoon scouting trip. It wasn?t fast and furious but we managed 10, including 8 greys and a drake pintail. Taking a break tomorrow before a long week full of guided trips. Will keep you posted on how we are doing in Delacroix.

December 28, 2019 at 3:14pm

Nice hunt there Dredger. Got to keep after them. Only 4 weekends left in the coastal zone. Good luck the rest of the season.

December 26, 2019 at 11:39am
A comment titled: Re: Second Split Reports in response to a report titled: Second Split Reports

Overall, based on mine, friends, and family hunts along withe the reports I get from other hunters, the second split has been at least as good to better than the first split. My second split hunts continue to raise my average kill per hunt. Please keep posting hunt results as I?m sure you all like to follow what?s going on around the state just as I do. I have some open dates that if not filled I will used to take friends and family on hunts, as well as working to keep the blinds freshly brushed. May even find time to try some of Wizards tactics for some Delacroix trout! I hate looking at the calendar this time of the years as our time in the marsh chasing ducks this season is becoming extremely limited. Let me know if you want to get in on a hunt. Good luck to all and keep the reports coming! Scott FFGS 504-442-0290

December 26, 2019 at 8:28am
A comment titled: Re: Second Split Reports in response to a report titled: Second Split Reports

Killed 14 on Sunday morning. Will hunt everyday I get the chance and kill what I get a chance to kill. Good luck to everyone throughout this holiday season.

December 23, 2019 at 4:34pm
A comment titled: Re: December 2019 Waterfowl Aerial Survey in response to a report titled: December 2019 Waterfowl Aerial Survey

We will see again what everyone sees this weekend with the opening of the second split of the coastal zone. I hope to get to Delacroix before dark tomorrow to make a scouting run. Will send a report of why I see.

December 19, 2019 at 8:57pm
A comment titled: Re: duck hunting decoy help in response to a report titled: duck hunting decoy help

Hey Garrett, I think it’s best to try and match what you see in your area as far as species and keep trying different set ups till you find what works for you. I personally have over 10 dozen decoys at the camp and change what I put out during the season. I have 3 doz. greys, 3 doz. teal, 2 doz. bluebills, a dozen black ducks, a dozen mallard/pintail mixed and a few dozen coot decoys. I usually set out 4-5 dozen but may use more or less than that depending on if hunting big water or smaller ponds. I have high end and academy brand and I think they all work equally well but some do last longer than others. Decoy placement is more important in my opinion. They need to be spread naturally and give the appearance of comfortable ducks at rest or feeding. Try setting up with a crosswind or the wind quartering off of one shoulder and setting up the majority of the decoys upwind of your blind about 20-25 yards. Good luck and let us know how your second split is going.

December 16, 2019 at 5:17pm
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