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Well another season is in the books, and it was a fairly decent one. How'd everyone else fair? Ended up with a total of 131 ducks and 3 geese in 13 hunts. Hunted 2 man blinds just about entire season all on public land. Limits every hunt up until New Years then slowed down just a bit. Average came out to just over 10 birds a hunt and right at 5 birds per hunter per attempt. Here's the tally....

Drakes: 69
Hens: 62
Total: 131 ducks, 3 geese

42 Greenwing teal
25 Greys
16 Shovelor
15 Bluewing teal
12 Redheads
9 Scaup
4 Wigeon
3 Canvasbacks
2 Mallards
2 Ringnecks
1 Pintail

January 26, 2015 at 9:43pm

Well here are some pics of a pintail I just finished mounting for my uncle. It's been a while since I did a mount so give me some feedback, good and bad!

A pretty slow 2013-2014 season has come to an end. Certainly a below average year on super crowded public lands. Still had a few great hunts and some pretty slow ones. My blind ended up with 103 total ducks in 13 hunts for a 7.92 bird average per hunt and hunting mostly with 2 hunters per outing the birds per hunter average was 3.96. Killed a total of 13 species, the breakdown is:

37 Greenwing
12 Pintail
12 Redhead
9 Canvasback
8 Bluewing
6 Grey
4 Mottled
3 Mallard
3 Wigeon
3 Shovelor
3 Scaup
2 Ringneck
1 Bufflehead

One significant difference from recent years way an extreme lack of greys, which certainly lowered our numbers. Also, with the increasing amount of hunters each year on public lands, we might need to add more restrictions (limited access areas, more mud motor restrictions, etc) because the birds are being driven further and further offshore each year. Anyways, could have been worse, ready for next year already!

January 21, 2014 at 5:00pm

Well this season has surely been below average compared to previous years but guess thats just hunting! Really had to deal with above average frustration and unsportsman like hunters this year but guess thats just the consequences of hunting public land. Only had the chance to hunt weekends this season which means bigger crowds and all the good weather comes during the week but all in all still had a blast hunting with friends and family. The final count looks like this:

23 greys
23 scaup
8 pintail
7 greenwings
6 spoonys
3 mallards
3 redheads
2 wigeon
1 canvasback
1 ringneck
21 geese (19 blues, 2 snows)

77 ducks and 21 geese for a grand total of 98 waterfowl in 10 hunts with 22 hunters for an average of 9.8 birds per hunt and 4.45 birds per hunter per attempt

January 24, 2013 at 3:06pm

Hey fellas, anyone knows how I can get the rules for hunting Toledo Bend? I emailed a few people but I havent gotten any responses yet. I'm sure most are the same rules as any other state lake? Everytime i fish the lake in the spring i see good numbers of ducks. Thinking about making a trip in late November and thought about trying the duck hunting if the fishing isn't so hot. I know a few shallow main lake points and coves that seem to hold ducks in the spring just was thinking about giving it a try. Never hunted north LA before so just wanting to try something new. Any info would be appreciated!

October 28, 2009 at 10:33pm

Well haven't posted in a while.... been real busy fishing tournaments, working, and gettin ready for college in the fall....i finally got to mount another bird last week...how does it look? as usuall good and bad! still no pro but gettin a little better!

July 13, 2009 at 10:26pm

Is anyone familiar or been to Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas? I recently won the Louisiana Junior Bassmasters state tournament at Bayou Signette and now I will fish the BASS Federation Nation Jr. Central Division Championship in Arkansas at the end of June to qualify for the World Championship. I will also be up there with the Louisiana Federation Nation State team. Just wondering what type of techniques work best during the summer months up there. Deep, shallow, etc.

Thanks

June 03, 2009 at 1:34pm

I'm fishing a very important tournament on the 21st in the bend. Not looking for specific locations but what patterns are producing the best right now? I am launching at San Miguel State Park. I only have friday to scout. Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks, greenhead

March 17, 2009 at 10:12am

made a hunt today...got a limit of 1 pintail drake and 5 greenwing drakes along with a bonus goose......saw thousands of teal...lots of pintails.....hardly any big ducks...the few i would get working would either flare right out of range or flare from someone else shooting....had 3 or 4 flocks of geese working..managed to nock one out of the stratosphere after i decided to take a hail mary shot at some...was shooting 3 inch #4s and it was a high shot...wish i woulda had some 3 1/2s......while i was pickin up the dekes about 20 tried to land...of course gun was still in boat so couldnt get a shot...hope to be at em again soon

December 23, 2008 at 11:07pm

I mounted this widgeon for my brother...how does it look?

December 03, 2008 at 8:11pm

Well turned out to be a pretty decent weekend...took a break from the ducks and made a deer hunt friday and i shot a decent doe..first deer of the year....i didnt get to make a trip to the wax during the week so sunday i had to make at least a hunt around the house and try to kill a few woodies.....i went in a flooded canefield from the rains and i found a small flock of greenwing teal...i dropped 3 in 2 shots (2 drakes and 1 hen)...my friend then called me up saying he found a few woodies in a pond along the mississippi river while he was rabbit hunting....well needless to say they were everywhere...shot our 6 real quick..i shot 3 drakes he had 2 drakes and a hen....never would have thought i could kill a full limit around here...3 teal 3 woodies..cant wait till the 2nd split!

December 01, 2008 at 10:08pm

Me and my buddy made a duck hunt today....came home with 10 and lost 2 cripples that dove under for our limit....lots of birds flying today but hard to get them down....overall seen a lot more ducks today than the opener on saturday.....more pintails and teal than anything today whereas more greys and wigeon for the opener...the teal decoyed great in huge flocks....saw some large flocks of mallards but they were in the stratosphere......we killed 2 wigeons (1 drake, 1 hen)... 3 GW teal (1 drake, 2 hens)... 1 BW teal drake....1 pintail drake....and 3 greys (2 drakes, 1 hen)......hopefully this big front will push some new birds down...probably will be after them saturday

November 11, 2008 at 7:53pm

Liberto 22 and greenhead got together on a red trip today... we caught 35 keepers and several rats...one bull around 10 lbs...all on spinnerbaits...reds were thick on one lil stretch of bank...took a while to find them so we kept the first few 17-19 inchers we caught...could have culled them all out and had a near 22 inch average but the small ones were already on ice

October 11, 2008 at 10:47pm

had a great teal shoot this morning...limited by 7:45...had several large flocks and plenty pairs and triples.....also tons of mottled ducks in the area.....cant wait till november....cool breeze felt great...heard negative reports all week in the area....played my cards right, picked the right spot and it worked out

September 20, 2008 at 11:29pm

here are a few pics of some slabs me and my friend caught this summer...i'm late posting...the fish were caught at the beginning of june...first trip had 45 and second had 50...had to use the net because their lips were ripping even with our light tackle...each trip we probably lost a 20 additional mules...we had 15-20 each time that went from 1 lb to 1 3/4 lbs...havent been able to do much fishing since then

cant wait to unload on some ducks!

July 31, 2008 at 8:22pm

between work and everything i havent been able to do much taxidermy but got to finish my last bird from the season for one of my buddies...how does this sprig look?....cant wait to see some lil blue jets buzzin around in 2 months!

July 11, 2008 at 10:50pm

(finally got the pics up) well havent had much time to work on my taxidermy lately between school during the week and fishin tournaments on weekends...but i just finished this woodduck today..how does it look?

slick one30: hey mr matt if you still have them turkey tails and want me to give it a try i believe i can...i watched a video and it doesnt seem to be hard...i've been meaning to give you an answer but i been really busy lately

May 07, 2008 at 9:42pm

well check out this fish i caught yesterday off my dock in blind river on a cricket while perch jerkin....my cousin caught one bigger last year...now i was lucky enough to catch one lol....looked it up on the internet last year so i knew exactly what it was when i caught it...its a red bellied pacu....a close cousin to the pirahna(spelling may be off)...they are native to south america..it eats mostly plants....i just wonder how they got there...this is the 2nd one in a year and on the exact same dock

April 14, 2008 at 5:01pm

well guys here he is...hes finally going on the wall..finished painting and hanging him tonight...how does it look....good and bad.....he was my first pintail i ever killed and tried to mount...should have seen me running after him lol..what a rush!.....time to start skinning the other ducks in the freezer

January 30, 2008 at 7:28pm

well here he is..my first sprig i killed a couple weeks ago...i finished pinning him last night...just thought i would post the pics since a few of yall requested...i'll post when hes complete too...after about 2-2 1/2 weeks of drying he'll be ready for the wall...how does he look??...still have to paint the bill and feet but that comes later..excuse all the pins and cardboard lol

January 20, 2008 at 9:59pm

Edited:dont have time the rest of the week to mount him so i put em in the freezer untill the weekend...hope he comes out good.. and GEAUX TIGERS!!

Previous:well the hunting has been really slow but friday was a little brighter when i killed my first pintail...went back yesterday and the action was slowww...went a hour at a time without seeing a duck when out the corner of my eye a lone snow goose was coming straight to the blind..pulled up and dropped em...no limits taken either day but at least it was exciting to kill those 2 birds...im going skin out the pintail in a few minutes..cant wait to put him on the wall!!!

January 06, 2008 at 12:11pm
A comment titled: My 2 cents in response to a report titled: Duck Season Dates

Here are my beliefs. First, the birds are not 'just' getting here in time for February. With that being said, I'm not denying some new birds could have made it down here but let's think this through. Hunting season is over, that means they are no longer getting shot at or being harassed by the hundreds of mud motors running around spooking them every 10 minutes. This allows them to once again come into the interior marshes to rest and feed. Just look at the couple days leading up to the two opening weekends. We all see the birds stacking up the days approaching the opener, then after a few days or weeks of pressure, there's a decrease in birds 'seen'. Of course the big assumption is, 'They left!' These birds didn't just leave the state. They find sanctuary (lakes, bays, GULF OF MEXICO) and learn to survive. Many turn nocturnal, only returning to the marshes at night when they can't be shot only to return straight offshore before sunrise. They are wild animals, they find a way to escape the pressure. When things calm down, guess what, they try to return to the marshes! You see this during the split, after the season, and even between weekends during the season to a lower degree. Yes, this year has had below normal numbers of migraters, the numbers speak for themselves, but hey, that's nature! Things fluctuate and as much as we want to, we might not know all the answers and why or why not this occurs. I can't compare hunting now to 20 and 30 years ago, but I'm pretty sick of people saying how the ducks don't migrate here anymore like they 'used' to. Because of this I went dig up some data from the WLF website. What I saw supported my belief. There isn't a real change in numbers of birds that migrate to the state, the real change is the dramatic increase in hunters and pressure over the last 10 years. Also, some birds move north and south several times during the season pending on weather changes. We have double if not triple the hunters. Most of these have souped up mud motors who constantly harass the birds 24/7. (Personally I feel we need more Limited access areas on WMAS or stricter regulations on the use of these mud motors on WMA to alleviate some pressure.) This all goes back to the first point from earlier, this increase in human activity is driving birds into much further areas to escape pressure. Many are interpreting this as birds not migrating here, but I strongly feel the birds are still coming, we are just driving them out of the hunting grounds during hunting hours. At night, in between splits, and after season, these same birds flood back into the marsh because they are now safe. Here is the data I retrieved from the WLF website.
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/january1_averages.pdf It shows the duck population in LA from the months of nov-jan from 1977 to 2003. I also retrieved yearly counts from 2004-present to compare if there is a decreasing trend in numbers. What I found is that the last 10 years that are missing from the graph still fluctuate up and down around the long term average. This tells me that most likely the birds are still coming here in normal numbers, we just aren't seeing them during the season due to 'chasing them out the marshes' for lack of better words. A lot of guys say the hunting is terrible now compared to the 90s, but if you look at this graph, the 90s had ABOVE normal migration, hence better hunting. Of course the migration is altered slightly due to numerous factors (drought, feed, weather, etc) each year. I don't think anyone knows the true answer to why we had such a below average year this year, but I think water in the states north of us had a lot to do with it. This post wasn't to bash anyone who commented previously, I just wanted to share some of the stuff I've looked into. It's kind of hard to go against the numbers that Larry and others collect each year. I don't think its the end of the world because we had a slower season. Just a few years ago in 2010-2011 hunter success was excellent. We will have up and down years, its just nature. Until we see a steady decline away from the long term average over the course of several years, then I don't think we can make an argument that birds no longer come here and we need to extend the season into February (which won't happen anyway). Also, we wouldn't have anything to worry about if it wasn't for DU. I can't stand to see people bashing this organization and blaming them for poor seasons. If it wasn't for them conserving breeding grounds, we wouldn't even have a population of ducks to hunt anymore. Whether we want to accept it or not, human involvement is to blame. Loss of breeding grounds, change in agricultural practices, wetland loss, and extreme increases in pressure in recent years are all traced back to human involvement and likely causes for tougher hunting seasons. If you think it’s bad now, duck production on the breeding grounds has been up in recent years, but when that production goes into a downward cycle for some time (like nature ALWAYS does), then we will be in trouble! Anyways, rant over just wanted to share some of the stuff I’ve been looking at!

January 29, 2014 at 5:45pm
A comment titled: Teal in response to a report titled: A Little Positive

Nice hunts! There's more birds on that tailgate than we saw in 2 weeks! Lol Hope we get some fronts before November, too much water up north!

October 02, 2013 at 10:24pm
A comment titled: Ducks in response to a report titled: Shooting whistlers & summers

You're not alone, I thought I was the only one obeying the law Saturday. 3 different groups around us were slaying the wood ducks. Thankfully they missed way more than they killed. It was definitely a matter of them not caring because the woodducks were being very vocal yet they kept shooting! You should not be duck hunting if you cannot ID a bird before you shoot but they knew what they were doing. The joys of public land! Each year is getting worse and worse. One group was 6 younger guys the other group was a father and young son. Way to show your kid right from wrong! Not only did they shoot them out of season, they wasted them. Way to protect the sport!! Then just because I'm younger I get a bad rep from some of the older guys who don't know me cause they assume I'm doing the same. Anyways enough of that, just had to vent!

September 19, 2013 at 9:06am
A comment titled: Migration in response to a report titled: Question for Larry Reynolds regarding teal?

I may not be close to the answer but what I'm thinking is we just have an abnormally later migration this year due to a colder and pretty late spring. I believe much of the breeding grounds were still frozen in April and may which caused a late nesting, then late hatching, then ultimately a later migration. It's like a chain reaction. Everything seems to be a month behind this year, even with some fishing patterns. I think it was from the much colder spring. Could be wrong, just one of my theories!

September 16, 2013 at 7:37pm
A comment titled: run in response to a report titled: Lake verret to catouatche

I've made the run from Ameila to cat few years ago. Doirons is probably another 10-15 minutes from ameila. I was running a 20 ft triton with 225 optimax. Kept it under 5000 rpms running there cause of fog and wanted to conserve fuel. Took about 1 hr 10 minutes to get to catahoula bay if i recall correctly going 55-60 mph. So i would say doirons to cat is a good hour and 45 min to 2 hours. I have a 53 gallon tank and had a 1/4 tank to spare when i got to weigh in so probably burned around 40-45 gallons but didnt run hard. Have you been to the tank ponds lately? I've fished that area almost my whole life and since the remaining grass was killed from storm i havent been able to catch em. Great job to you if you are on em cause me and several other people who fish there regularly have been struggling. If you havent been there lately I'd check it before making that run!

February 20, 2013 at 12:22pm
A comment titled: Ducks in response to a report titled: Season Results

We must be hunting the same area cause we gave water and food to people who were dry docked twice this year

January 27, 2013 at 8:04pm
A comment titled: Wmas in response to a report titled: Season Results

Amen! Experienced everything you stated and more. After Christmas things quieted down a lot thankfully though

January 26, 2013 at 3:47pm
A comment titled: Ducks in response to a report titled: Season Results

Yes all of these birds were killed in the marsh and open bays. I'm in pharmacy school so only had time to hunt a few weekends. Didn't get to scout much and hunt week days which made the season tougher. I use around 6 dozen decoys (greys, teal, pins, mallards, wigeon, and a few geese floaters). I've hunted an area for several years now but this year the feed wasnt there which forced me to do some exploring the last 3 weeks of season. Got lucky and found a few ponds with some ducks and plenty geese and salvaged the season.

January 24, 2013 at 5:43pm
A comment titled: cat in response to a report titled: Catch and Release

Guess I'm a little biased because I do tournament fish,and yes I do agree that tournaments are removing some fish out of the area, but it's only 5 fish a boat in 99% of the tournaments. Yes, Catouatchie is one of the best places in southeast LA but let's face it, there's not dozens of 20 lb stringers being taking out every weekend due to tournaments. As JB said, my 5 fish almost always are released alive. Yes maybe 1 or 2 die occasionally during the summer in extreme heat, but those 20 in the ice chest are definitely gonna die. A tournament boat takes out 5 a trip, a person keeping meat is taking out 10,20, maybe 30 at a time depending on number of people. As long as people are staying within legal limits no problem!! It's just sportsman like to the fish to let the big ones go during the spawn to sustain the species. It's the yahoos that catch a limit, run to the camp, come back catch another limit and repeat this 4 to 5 times during the day and multiple times during the week that I cannot stand! I witnessed this 2 years ago and reported it. The 2 guys were busted with 96 fish over the limit! These type of people are the ones that destroy the population. And believe me, there are more people out there that do this than you can imagine!

February 06, 2012 at 7:06pm
A comment titled: catouatchie in response to a report titled: Tank Pond big boys

it kills me to see the area i love so much get raped during the spawn but what really bothers me is how they are not allowing the grass to grow anymore. The grass was killed last year after teh classic and i heard even more pellets were laid down recently. This will have a serious impact on the fish population. The fry will have no where to hide. The front tank pond and the lake itself is almost void of grass compared to what it should be.

January 29, 2012 at 8:52pm
A comment titled: wax in response to a report titled: Wax ducks

Yes, it may be public land, but what happened to respenct and SPORTSMANship......Go ahead, hunt my blind if I am not there, no big deal but DO NOT DESTROY IT!!!!...I have had to rebuild my blind THREE (3) times this year!! The day before the first split opener someone chopped it down and built theirs 200 yards away...My buddy witnessed this....I rebuild, couple days after 2nd opener someone barges their way in it and mauls it over with the boat...I go rebuild last monday, my buddy witnessed someone barging their way in it again thursday...and to top it off, today after i brush again, the same guys who split it open thursday tried to come back today.....The fact that you will purposely destroy and damage another mans blind is what gets my nerves!!! Just hunt the dam blind and stop pulling it down!!! I've hunted this area for several years with no one else around so its not like I intruded on anyone! Sorry had to vent! Hate seeing my hard work destroyed every week!

December 31, 2011 at 6:25pm
A comment titled: mallard in response to a report titled: Anyone know what species this is?

definitely a young greenhead without his plumage yet...we killed one this week also just like it

November 17, 2011 at 9:24pm
A comment titled: ducks in response to a report titled: Hows the WAX looking?

Yea man it's just down right pathetic. I would not be angry if they simply hunted my blind because i cannot stop that. But tearing it down? I mean really.

November 12, 2011 at 5:47pm
A comment titled: ducks in response to a report titled: Hows the WAX looking?

i will not be able to hunt this weekend due to a prior commitment but 2 weeks ago i went set up a blind in the area i've hunted the last 4 years. My buddy has a blind several hundred yards also. Today he went to brush up his blind and witnessed some low lifes who decided that they would chop down my blind and build theirs a hundred yards or so from where mine was set up. I totally understand its public land, but why not just hunt my blind or build your's a little futher away. It completely pisses me off that someone would be so unsportsman like to destroy another man's blind simply to build their's a few yards away. Just hunt my dam blind, don't destroy it! I will rebuild again, and if they destroy it once more, theirs will be down too!! Yet these people call themselves 'hunters.' More like pathetic, poor sport, shit starters. Sorry guys just had to vent when my hard work and gas money was spent to prepare and its all washed downt the drain.

November 11, 2011 at 10:25pm
A comment titled: teal in response to a report titled: Venice

fished from daylight till 5 pm yesterday and didn't see a single teal. One mottled and one small group of black belly whistlers

August 28, 2011 at 3:07pm
A comment titled: capt in response to a report titled: Lake Cataouatche

Sorry capt, i did misread your post earlier. But yes I agree with you, that does play into it. If the grass isnt healthy and alive, cant expect to find fish there

August 28, 2011 at 3:05pm
A comment titled: grass in response to a report titled: Lake Cataouatche

I have seen them first hand spraying the hyacinths and have heard form numerous sources about the pellets, theres no doubt in my mind that is why the grass isn't growing. If it was lack of oxygen I dont believe salvador, lafitte, and des allemands would be choked with grass like it is. You said it rocknet, the fishing was great the last few years because the entire lake would grass over 5 plus years ago. Without that protection the last 2-3 years the fish population will only get smaller. This year there is almost NO matted grass.

August 26, 2011 at 1:06pm
A comment titled: grass in response to a report titled: Lake Cataouatche

Yea they can't blame this one on the diversion or saltwater. Lake salvador, Lafitte, and just about the entire Des Allemands system is loaded with grass. No I dont believe they sprayed the entire lake, but they definitely were spraying hyacinths and grass mats and the high winds and tidal movements this spring spread the chemicals. I'm only in my early 20s so i didnt really get to fish the area much before the diversion because i was so young, but I have seen the lake evolve since the diversion and I am not convinced that the grass would all of a sudden not grow anywhere in the lake. There is almost NO matted areas anywhere inside the lake. There were thick mats forming back in early March and since then you can see how they have just decayed. The few visible strands of grass, the leaves are just falling off and getting thinner by the week.

August 24, 2011 at 10:51pm
A comment titled: thank wlf for spraying in response to a report titled: Lake Cataouatche

You can thank wildlife and fisheries or whoever is in control of spraying for the lack of grass. Don't get me wrong, the heavy fishing pressure the last couple years have definitely played a factor in the fish population to an extent but without grass it can and will only get worse. I really hate to see a place I love so much get destroyed like that. It really pisses me off. Yes, you can still catch fish but the fishing is no where near what it has been the last several years and I strongly feel you can contribute that to the lack of grass. One biologist say they sprayed the next say they didn't and blames it on the diversion. I call bull on the diversion idea. There was more grass in january through march when the water was in the upper 30s with diversion running than now. You can't tell me that 'running the diversion' wiped out all the grass. They are definitely spraying!!

August 24, 2011 at 10:19pm
A comment titled: 7777 in response to a report titled: Men vs. the Boys

Not trying to start an argument, but going home early is not always a good thing....I know every place is different, but for the past 6 years 90% of my ducks are killed between 11-2. Don't get me wrong, they may not fly everyday, but you never know how good a later hunt is until you stay late to experience it. Sometimes it can be better than the morning flight.

January 13, 2011 at 11:04am
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