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....
Total: 131 ducks, 3 geese
42 Greenwing teal
15 Bluewing teal
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:
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!
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:
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
I mounted this widgeon for my brother...how does it look?
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!
(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
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
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
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
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!!!