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I hope LS will quickly provide more background on JBE's recent appointee to the Wild Life and Fisheries commission Telley Savalas Madina. From what I can determine he looks like an odd choice. Sure he has some association with the Louisiana Oystermen Association but no real qualification via life experience or education involving wildlife or biology. Most information I find involves him being a bit of a leftist activist. Hopefully there is more to this story, some non-political affinity for the broad issues at stake for our states natural resources, commercial fishers and sportsman. Appointing folks with no personal understanding of hunting and fishing is the first step down the slippery slope to losing our heritage as The Sportman's Paradise. I'm not sure 'advocating for minority fishing communities ' after BP is really a key qualification to being a top level decider of critical wildlife management decisions. Hopefully LS sportsman can get an interview and some more background.

June 04, 2016 at 5:22am

Y'all see this !

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2015/12/popular_fishing_area_off-limit.html#incart_river_mobileshort_index

Wonder what the ticket is??? Is the channel itself really part of the refuge??? Crazy! Why not have lottery hunting on the portion inside the levees where the ducks actually are and leave the brackish marsh as a rest area and not screw over fisherman??? Typical they give with one hand (limited crappy hunting) and take with the other!

December 04, 2015 at 5:48pm

Well after prolonged Indian summer, it looks as though liquid water will be in short supply north of MO by turkey day. Will this result in a glut of birds and an end to gripin or will the tales of short stopping by DU and it's endless acres of flooded sauna heated corn fields commence????

PS can't post pics from my iPhone quatro.

November 22, 2015 at 6:20am

Was done at 6:15 this morning. We aren't holding as many birds as opening week last year but the ponds with good wigeon grass have grays. Set up alone (you should've been there pops), and was done quick with decoying grays. Water was back down to normal and there were gulls on trout in Bayou Louttre on the way in.

November 10, 2015 at 6:25pm

I was helping a friend run gator lines today. Saw several flocks of 5-20 teal trading.

August 26, 2015 at 11:28pm

The science of waterfowl management is presumably THE MOST data driven set of hunting regulations in the world, certainly the scale and effort of data collection is an amazing thing. This data is used to generate season frameworks and by all appearances AHM has succeeded in ending decades of contentious and reactionary waterfowl management by federal fiat.

However in stating that maximizing harvest counts is the ultimate goal of setting zonal seasons within the federal framework I feel you are missing the mark. Waterfowl hunting is by its nature a recreation and a pastime. As such one can readily argue that hunter satisfaction with the waterfowling experience is the most realavant statistic. Ordinarily such a mark would be emphearal and hard to quantify, but lo and behold we find ourselves with data showing the previous season's dates produced and unprecedented level of satisfaction amongst coastal zone hunters! It would seem logical to continue in the vien of such sucess.

As to the concept that 'no other game season is managed by popular opinion' realize that most resident game seasons are 4-5months in length and involve hunting realatively static quarry. In other words rabbit season opens in early October but by preference we (the members of my hunting club)will not hunt rabbits on our leases until December or later. If folks in another area choose to brave the heat and snakes their success will in no way be to my detriment and since the rabbit season is long I can get several rabbit hunts in in cool weather while those who prefer it hot can make a fair number of hunts in their preferred conditions. Also hunting rabbits on their property does not affect the behavior of rabbits in my area.

The waterfowler on the other hand is faced with a much more limited season, he is faced with a widely ranging quarry who will become more wary as the season progresses regardless of whether or not a given piece of acerage is hunted. Thus it is much harder for us to 'pick our days' and most of us will simply hunt when we are off. Waterfowling also differs from deer and turkey hunting where optimal hunting period (as determined by breeding behavior of males) occurs in a highly geographically predictable manner. In reality we all know that wind, rain, temperature and tidal conditions frequently have more to do with duck hunting sucess than raw duck counts. There is no way to predict these factors ahead of time but we can predict with fair certainty that balmy and buggy conditions often prevail for the first week of November! In the end however a duck hunter feels a fool for foregoing the opener in the way many rabbit, squirrel and bow hunters do. The season is too precious and the birds too transient to wait on weather. On the other hand in a variety of settings we have voiced our preference to delay said opening till mid November when more enjoyable environmental condition are possible if not likely.

You are correct in contending that a winter weighted season (with most days in late December and January)is sub-optimal for coastal gunners. Most coastal bags consist of species who migrate based on photoperiod as much as weather. You are incorrect however in extrapolating that because a given duck species is not migrating to flee ice-up weather is not still part of the equation and thus 'earlier yet is even better' for duck season. You are also misguided to ignore the recomendations of your head waterfowl biologist who's life work and passion centers on this very topic (who is also a coastal zone waterfowler with skin in the game). He is indicating to you the wisest way forward balancing the realities of hunter preference, meterorogical conditions and both population and harvest data.

August 17, 2015 at 1:25am

Hey was anybody at the commission meeting to know how they set the snipe season? Just curious if they split it the way they have been (hoping they did).

August 06, 2015 at 8:16pm

http://cdm16313.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16313coll45/id/1/rec/334

Here is a study from immediately before and after the MRGO opened. It basically proves the point of both those who want the MRGO to stay closed and those who want it reopened. It addresses Lake Borgne but one can be certain that Lake Pontchartrain was no saltier. The operative point is that L. Borgne had a mean annual salinity of 5 ppt. Also that most speckled trout over 12 inches were captured post and pre spawn in the fall and spring. Bottom line is as always we can' have our cake and eat it too, we can have a dying system that due to saltwater intrusion provides ready near launch access to all esturine species (until final collapse) or we can have a dynamic surviving or even growing system where certain halophilic species will have a seasonal abundance in the upper parts of the estuary.

July 08, 2015 at 2:51pm

Hunted in the winds this morning. The MRGO was rocking when we crossed it in the dark! Got to my pond and set up with 15 decoys just upwind of the point the blind was on. It's a good thing I set up that way because 30 MPH winds made it hard to finish the birds. But despite half the flocks landing short we managed 7 grays, 3 bluewings, 1 greenwing and a spoony by 7:15. Saw more high migrators coming in so you weekend warriors should have fresh birds next Saturday. Even saw a lost lone snow but couldnt get him to circle by the time I dug my goose call out. Altogether a memorable day.

November 17, 2014 at 5:52pm

Hunted my lease in Hopedale this morning. Had a limit of teal by 8 am. If our shooting had been better we would have been done by 7:15. Decoyed 200-250 teal in flocks of 2-30. My friends in the area also limited (12 hunters total). Some had mostly grays, some a mixed bag. Some divers were killed (2 dosgris) and one Greenhead.

November 15, 2014 at 12:54pm

Hunted alone this AM and limited out by 7:45. Would have been no problem to have had a second person limit with me. Had teal coming in as I picked up the decoys. Water is VERY high though and the birds are in the flooded marsh think of the shallowest pond you know and go there. Road around some bayous checking on thins for a friend and it looks like birds were holding on the small potholes just off the ridges where the three corner grass and pig weed was growing. Stopped at a high point on the back levee (on my lease) on the way in and got three rail as a bonus (makes the dog really happy to get some actual hunting in as apposed to just retrieving). Hope everyone finds some this weekend, I'm done since I work the next four.

September 24, 2014 at 11:09am

Killed 5 teal between two hunters in Hopedale this morning. If only we could shoot BBWDs in September ............, I could break out the big gumbo pot. Didn't hear much shooting around me and water was goofy high.

September 20, 2014 at 12:41pm

Got 4 this morning with two of us in the blind. Could have had a couple more. From what I heard the we were top of the leader board in Hopedale. Hopefully we get some more birds down soon. I'll be back at it Tuesday!

September 13, 2014 at 7:23pm

Saw about 100 teal in 4 flocks when I went to dress blinds today. Fingers crossed.

September 06, 2014 at 3:15pm

So Mary Landrieu announced her latest attempt to betray our state today, turning the bulk of the Atchafalaya Basin into a national park! While at first that may sound like a good thing, she is lauding fictitious restoration funds and 'improved acess for tourist', what it really means is a giant NO HUNTING sign in the center of our coast. Also no further oil and gas activity in the area. This designation would serve little other purpose since the bulk of this land is either state or federally owned already and the remainder is protected from development by wetland protection legislation. The main agitators behind the fiasco are the Sierra club, formerly a conservation organization but now overrun by liberal zealots who only want to block all human activity on massive areas of our nation's landscape! So call the traitor Landrieu, call Vitter and call your congressman and tell WE DO NOT WANT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LOCKING US OUT OF A BIG CHUNK OF OUR SPORTSMANS PARADISE!!!

July 24, 2014 at 3:30pm

Louisiana has always allowed small bore muzzle loaders (the 'squirrel guns' of battle of New Orleans fame) for small game hunting including on WMAs. I do believe that when the requirement was moved from 'muzzle loader' to 'primitive rifle' the wording was changed in reference to small game as well as large. So theoretically any one with a single shot cartridge rifle suitable for the 'primitive arm' deer season could get a second sub-35 caliber barrel for that rifle (it's a really inexpensive if somewhat complicated process if you have a Handirifle) and have a qualifying small game 'primitive arm' for hog killing on a WMA. Granted you won't be able to blaze away at multiple pigs but a single 308 is a lot more effective and from much farther than say 5 .22 magnums or 3 goose loads. Hopefully someone from LDWF enforcement can comment on my reading of this.

April 25, 2014 at 2:17am

Hunted a pond where I scouted 250-300 BW teal a week ago and all we killed today were grays and a couple spoonies. Plenty of grays in Hopedale today. Kill a three man limit before 7:30.

November 09, 2013 at 2:17pm

Grassed blinds today saw more birds than I expected. Checked 4 ponds, best had 250 mostly grays, worst had a few dozen bluewings. Saw birds trading in fair numbers . The key is going to be widgeon grass and seclusion. Between the sight fishing for reds and the surface drive motors I think the birds are keying in on really isolated locals where they can avoid disruptions. Hopefully there will be more by the ninth since there are a couple more fronts to come.

October 28, 2013 at 8:17pm

Scouted 10 ponds from pisana to the southernmost border of Biloxi WMA. No teal seen. Did catch enough fish for dinner.
Not happy but not terribly worried often don't scout well out there for teal and then do well for the opener. Wish the giant high north of us would dissipate!

September 09, 2013 at 10:31pm

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February 15, 2013 at 11:43pm
A comment titled: Re: Aerial Duck Survey January 2019 in response to a report titled: Aerial Duck Survey January 2019

Well, it could be worth a look. The birds I saw were between apple pie ridge and old spanish trail but there could be some north of there on the refuge. Check the map they added some land lately in that area to go with that marsh creation project.

January 18 at 8:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Aerial Duck Survey January 2019 in response to a report titled: Aerial Duck Survey January 2019

There are grays around. But man are they spooky. If you aren't on the X forget it. Had multiple flocks totaling maybe 60 or so blow me off Saturday. And there are large congregations spending the day in outer bays. Go ride old Spanish trail by the Fritchie marsh there were several hundred in there on private ground when I passed. SELA can swallow a bunch of ducks and we can still have a crap season if it's all older educated birds. Killed 9 teal and a redhead yesterday, hunting a walk in only pond. Might squeeze an evening hunt in Saturday PM before its all done in the coastal zone. Next year will be better, more water on the breeding grounds and a high survival rate this winter.

January 17 at 10:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Lack of Ducks continued..... in response to a report titled: Lack of Ducks continued.....

Also it's worth remembering that not all SAV is equal so just because there is so much grass in a pond that you need a push pole in 3 feet of water doesn't mean that it's what ducks want. At any rate I'm back at it in the AM!

January 15 at 4:18pm
A comment titled: Re: Lack of Ducks continued..... in response to a report titled: Lack of Ducks continued.....

It's a combination of factors. But the constant boating disturbance (kayaks, flats fisherman, mud boats ect) isn't helping. I still kill birds but mostly in isolated land locked ponds. This year has been especially bad for sure. I doubt this is the beginning of the end for SELA though. But birds, especially grays do shift to areas at the brackish/fresh divide cause that's where the wigeon grass is. Thus places that were great years ago like Reggio aren't as good now. Pressure is up, non-hunting pressure is WAY up with the proliferation of redfish tournaments, fly/flats fishing ect. On private property I guess you can block your trenasses otherwise I don't know the answer. On the other hand there is an up and down cycle to duck harvest in LA and in thinking it will get better from here, pressure will drop due to folks aging out or just quitting, the prairies are more productive when water returns after a dry spell, a less inundated lower flyway maybe some timely cold and things can turn around.

January 15 at 4:05pm
A comment titled: Re: Proposed teal limit reduction in response to a report titled: Proposed teal limit reduction

Already sent it, will try to make the meeting but there isn't one near me really.

January 11 at 8:56am
A comment titled: Re: Proposed teal limit reduction in response to a report titled: Proposed teal limit reduction

My response sent in opposition:

I just wanted to take a moment to strenuously object to the proposed reduction in the teal season bag limit. There is no evidence that this reduction will benefit teal populations or improve teal hunting. The movement of teal into the state is driven by climactic conditions during hunting season and the population of teal is driven by climactic conditions on the breeding grounds. The adaptive harvest management plan for teal is well vetted and by all accounts hunting mortality of bluewing teal is a minor contributor to overall mortality and likely compensatory in nature. Had the commissioners simply asked their own waterfowl biologist this would all have been explained. The LDWF has a long history of supporting wise waterfowl management and opposing 'knee-jerk' reduction in hunting opportunity as a response to transient issues. the very founding of the teal season is a great example of this. It would be highly contrary to that proud history (teal season, added wood duck bags, maintaining a 60 day mottled duck season ect.) to now go backwards on teal bag limits after the selfsame department expended funds and effort to achieve the increase just a few years ago. If there were ANY biological basis for surmising that this reduction would increase hunter enjoyment or was in anyway needed to protect the resource I would support it. However since neither of those conditions is the case here I again strongly object to the proposal.

I here this whole proposal is a bit of a lark.

January 10 at 11:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Hoping a Slow Season Gets Better in response to a report titled: Hoping a Slow Season Gets Better

It may not have been shot, some young pelicans just starve in their first year. We see it in Hopedale every winter. 30-40# of boykin won't make you need a bigger rogue trust me on that. And even without the training to handle you can paddle them over to the area the bird went down and just have them hunt dead ( I do that on long falls over 100 yards anyways just to keep better track of the dogs). At any rate best of luck through the end, and then rabbits, hogs and snipe!

January 10 at 7:40pm
A comment titled: Re: Hoping a Slow Season Gets Better in response to a report titled: Hoping a Slow Season Gets Better

Bob Breck had a blog about how abnormally warm this winter has been, so those mallards are still up in KS and NE. As far as flyways switching, a heck of a lot of the ducks shot in LA are hatched in the central flyway and move EAST to us. In fact at one point the LDWF tried to move us to the central flyway (didn't take). This year sucks even for calendar migrators like gadwall and teal because the jet stream has been in an atypical alignment most of the winter blowing from SW to NE hence the never ending rain. What we really want is a big dip centered right over venice so that birds have a tail wind at altitude for migration. Excessive rain also spreads out the available birds greatly obviously. Its just a bad constellation of circumstances: sub-par (for the 21rst century) breeding year, bad jet stream, warm weather, late hurricane disrupting food stuffs, about 100% more fisherman than usual during the winter ect. Its not a conspiracy or a permanent state of affairs.

Mandevillian you need to look into getting a boykin spaniel for the style of hunting you like. In fact your post made do some math that earned my two half trained canines an extra biscuit and pat on the head . Sinc teal season we have downed 90 birds over the dogs of those the dogs located 85. Wish it was all 90 but that's a decent recovery rate since we have hunted mostly potholes and sloughs where a lot of birds land in grass/brush. Dogs are frustrating at times but having them really helps when its slow like this. Figure I have 4 more hunts to make this year hopefully the weather helps out a little finally!

January 09 at 8:31pm
A comment titled: Re: floodding and impact on deer hunting in response to a report titled: floodding and impact on deer hunting

If there is food and dry bedding areas available deer in lowland areas will continue life as usual with wading water covering a good bit of the ground. If they can't reach food (I've watched them feed in a foot of water) or there aren't decent bedding sites they will move up hill. Swimming water obviously will run them to higher ground. Hope that helps. Keep in mind that lots of deer are killed in hip boot country so ankle deep water isn't an issue for deer that live in lowland/floodplain areas.

January 03 at 9:22pm

It all depends on what style of fishing you like. I really like to move from st to spot until I find a concentration of aggressively feeding fish. In that scenario sensitivity isn't important as the reel is often screaming when I set the hook. In heavy grass and tight marsh cuts I think the setups I suggested give more leverage to prevent fish from going where you don't want him too. In open water when fishing a more 'search' style presentation Mandevillians rigs will out perform mine, although braid with a fluro leader can make spinning gear effective still. In the marsh, in the lake or on the beach every red you set the hook on is fun, remember to always enjoy it!

July 07, 2018 at 1:42am

As far as tips for catching, you need to build an understanding of tides in your area. And learn to read a satellite map to find likey spots that will concentrate bait on rising vs. falling tides. I like to look for large pond complexes that are drained by a single trenasse and fish the trennassse end at the bayou on a falling tide and the junction of the trenasse and the pond on the rise. Keep in mind that wind can drive tides as much as the moon in LA. Generally N to W winds accentuate a falling tide and kill the rise while S to E winds have the reverse affect. Try not to fish a slack tide if you can. Cheers!

July 06, 2018 at 2:20pm

If you are a rod&reel aficionado all the suggestions made are great. Practically speaking any decent 3500-4000 class reel on a fast action 6-7 foot rod is fine. The Pen pursuit 2 in 4000 is cheap without looking cheap. How you plan to fish matters too, if you with be mostly fishing live/dead bait on corks/sinkers fancy rods are kinda moot. If you are making more subtle presentation with plastics in deeper water a'la mandevillian then a little softer tip may help but you want the middle and but of the rod stiff enough to steer a 15-20 pound bull when needed. Because I do a lot op cast&blast and fish mostly corks I use a lot of really low end BOGO sweepfire diawas on stiff fiberglass rods from the academy home brand they work and I don't cry when they are stepped on/lost/covered in mud and dog shakings ect. As for line if you are fishing around grass (especially coontail) its got to be heavy braid (I hate losing a hooked fish). So there is my heathen point of view, cheers.

July 04, 2018 at 11:34pm
A comment titled: Re: UPDATE TO ALL WATERFOWL HUNTERS in response to a report titled: UPDATE TO ALL WATERFOWL HUNTERS

If you had a data set going back to WW2 you would find that mallards and Canada geese once frequented Venice in large numbers. That human interventions are altering migration patterns has been a long standing point of contention in LA (see LA conservationists magazines from the 50's , 60's and 70's). It's not ice eaters and flooded corn fields however it's dams, hot water outflow from electric generation, NWR's and the dramatic expansion of dry ground foraging as well as climactic changes (there was talk of a coming ice age in the 70's). I truly hope you find solutions but I think that this is far beyond an ice eater ban.

PS : while you are at it lets work on not short stopping all the snows and blues in north LA so we can get back to seeing them in St. Bernard again!

May 30, 2018 at 2:54pm
A comment titled: Re: SHERBURNE SOUTH FARM in response to a report titled: SHERBURNE SOUTH FARM

THey posted an announcement on their site Thursday I believe.

March 26, 2018 at 2:34pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

These fights were fought and lost by the LDWF in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Google Louisiana Conservationists and read the old mags and you can see. The Canada geese went first, then the snows and now mallards , pintails and specs. Old news and we can't fix it. This was a known issue, was fought in the flyway council fought with USFWS, fought in congress. The reality is we still kill top numbers of ducks and top ducks per effort most years so we don't get any traction. The upside is that the changes or weather or the will of god have stabilized duck populations so for over 20 years we have enjoyed longer seasons, and higher limits than were typical in most of the post WW2 era. Downside is there aren't blues to hunt in Saint Bernard or Canadas in prairiville and now pretty much nothing but scrap ducks; dosgris, teal, spoonies with gray ducks, mottled and redheads being the best 'big ducks' we can really expect.
What to do? Adapt and enjoy just like they said when it went to 30/3 seasons after years of 10 point seasons. There are birds. I have 4 limit hunts against 1 scratch this year in between I have had days where teal and scaup fought off the scratch. There was a late summer drought in the southern half of the prairie pothole region and I suspect it hit gadwall production hard as a result every grey I have killed this year has been a big adult and they are crazy spooky. Pressure comes in many forms not just hunters, fishing in ponds was rare when I was a kid in the 80's people fished to catch boxes not 3-5 fish so they fished cuts, passes and bays. In Hopedale I see as many fly fishing rigs as duck hunters and day of the winter. Every one of those hombres hazes 5-10 times as many ducks as a hunter setting up shooting t and pulling out, think we can go toe to toe with CCA and shut red fishing and bass fishing down 3 months a year???? Find water that can't be reached in a power craft and you are getting warmer.

Beyond that we have to accept reality and let go of the myth that if the season ran to Mardi Gras the ducks would eventually come. Satellite tracking surveys indicate that migration is limited after Christmas, the tipping point has come and the birds will try to hunker unless all the water freezes. To me the most sensible would be a single 3 split season with 9 days tacked on to teal season in October. Then the current coastal opener with a longer split. Since I know the rednecks up in southern Arkansas would hate that I guess it's hard to do much with the dates except have a coastal zone first split a week longer and set back the reopening a week. Traditionally that has been unpopular due to school vacation times so that's tough??? But every year we do way better in November than December with mixes results in January. Probably some of the birds we shoot are passing though en route to Cuba or Mexico, we don't shoot many bands so who could say??

Well at any rate if I can get over this flu I'll get back to chasing those non-existent ducks

January 03, 2018 at 11:15pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish in response to a report titled: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish

Speck I've only been at this since 83 so I suppose I haven't seen all you have. But I saw 10 point days and lead and then 30 day 3 bird seasons with crappy 1100fps steel loads. I'm not saying there isn't an issue I'm just curious what you think should be done. Baiting really isn't going to help us, it would just make it easier for Yankees to keep the birds north and make feed stores, academy and Walmart richer. Its not entirely a money issue since the area that is now Maurepas Swamp WMA was once a duck Mecca with lots of pols in the clubs but they still can't get a diversion for the swamp (supposed to have been in the works since I was in grammar school) and no one can control the dang salvinia. Most of what is wrong is habitat issues that go back to choices made in the 1920-1960's about how to treat the MS river system. Again solutions to that have been studied and planned to death for the past 4 decades but little has or will be done saddly. I wish I did have an answer better then follow the ducks but I don't.

December 03, 2017 at 12:12am
A comment titled: Re: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish in response to a report titled: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish

Speckle searcher , what do you think the LDWF can do to make birds go to your area. They can't alter land use pattern, climate nor can they force the worthless COE to do proper restoration work. If you want to kill ducks you may have to hunt somewhere ducks want to be. There are ducks in south LA but they aren't evenly distributed. There are lots of coastal WMAs with fair to excellent duck hunting. Same for NWR lands. I'm not sure what people think can be done to force birds back into the bayou lafourche area?

December 02, 2017 at 4:28pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish in response to a report titled: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish

Ok duck89, I'm sorry if I was too sarcastic in my reply. I understand that some areas in the state have really struggled in the last decade that were decent duck country in the past. But you do need to realize its not the whole coastal zone. I hunted Laffite in my youth near the northern end of barataria bay and that is certainly a duck wasteland now. I hunted in Delacroix at the advent of the diversion there and saw habit improve and ducks respond. I now hunt Hopedale and I can tell you that closing the MRGO is making a big difference to our fortunes there (in my opinion at least). So at least part of this issue is habitat shift with habitat declining on the south central coast as it improves in the extrem eastern coast and the ducks following those changes. Another issue I suspect is that unlike most of the rest of the state I think a lot of baiting still goes on in the general Houma area. I base this on the fact that I pretty much live in duck hunting themed gear and frequently converse with strangers about duck hunting and it's only the terrobone/lafourche set that frequently start talking about 'you know they can't spot millet from the air' and how they lace the edges of the ponds to avoid unnatural bird accumulation. I'm not saying that everyone over there does it but apparently it's still social acceptable to bring up in conversation with a stranger. If you are competing against that it will no doubt hurt you. That being said I know co-workers who have been killing limits in PAC so it's not a complete duck wasteland down that way. Larry Reynolds is not setting seasons based around the desires of politicians in SW LA, in fact just a few years ago he ran afoul of them trying to prevent a first weekend in November opening. He is trying to balance the dates between various sets of hunters. East of the MS river hunters frequently lose access to their lease in January since even moderate west winds blow all the water out. People in SW LA like the early opener because their central flyway birds get there earlier (and specs) and their birds pull out as rain floods ag to there north. Teal season this year showed how hard it can to guess the best dates in advance, the week before the delayed opener our ponds had hundreds of teal but they left before the opening.

At any rate I hope you don't sell your decoys just yet. If your lease is consistently sucking look into a new one. If its family land or land you own call the LDWF land owner assistance program and see what they can do to help the habitat. All it may take is some controlled burns to stimulate better seed producing plants to help you hold birds, SAV isn't the whole story for duck food in the marsh. Also have some fallback spots on public land for when your lease isn't producing. Hopefully the weather just gets back to actual winter over the split and we all have ducks in our favorite ponds!

December 01, 2017 at 2:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish in response to a report titled: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish

Lord here we are again. Anyone that can't kill 18 birds a blind wants the season to open on Christmas and close on Mardi Gras. It's been a month of stale weather as Tony noted. When it's sunny and calm its harder to kill ducks. When you run a mud boat around your hunt area incessantly 'scouting' it's hard to kill ducks the LAA on WMAs bear this out). One thing is for sure, if the season were shortened the strong fronts would be sure to hit when it's closed. I have had good and bad hunts this November. I think I'm averaging about 3.5 birds per hunt but other guys on my club have struggled. The 70s and 90s were aberrations, wet on the breeding ground dry in MO, AR ect. There is no doubt that management practices and climate are affecting migration to LA but those aren't things we control. Better to have a longer season so we can take advantage of time off, strong cold fronts ect.

November 29, 2017 at 5:22pm

Wax lake, West Bay, Pass a Loutre WMA, venitian isles ect. This list is long, the data has long been obtained and the methodology is diverse and established. The reason we ate still WASTING billions on 'research' into how to fix our coast is simple: the corp believes that sea level rise is inevitable and will swallow and project they build ergo they pad their budget (and the budgets of associated NGO's) with 'research' dollars that are essentially 100% profit for their organization and fiddle while we wash away. The constant infighting amongst lousianians about dredge vs. divert just makes it easier for them to laugh while we die on the vine.

September 09, 2017 at 8:13pm
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