What is in a name?
For many years I have been posting reports on this great site using Mileypop as my screen name. A couple of years ago I started a YouTube channel with the screen name of Delta Duckman at the suggestion of a subscriber. Videos of us doing all sorts of outdoor activities can be found on YouTube with a simple search for the Delta Duckman screen name.
We will soon be into another duck season my favorite sport of all and I will continue posting reports and videos of the action we are lucky to be a part of in truly Sportsman's Paradise in SE Louisiana as Delta Duckman. I hope you all enjoy the future reports.
Date Frogged - 6/23/2018:
Saturday night was a perfect night for frogging. There was nice breeze out of the southwest and the tide was low exposing some the the mud bank. Between the lilies there there were bald spots that allowed for us to see some frogs. We came back with 9 but with a little luck and skill we could have had more. It is our first time out for frogs this year and it was the best we have done in our area near the camp.
As the guys who do this know the marsh changes when the sun goes down. It is a lot of fun putt-putting with a q-beam light seeing all the delta has to offer. The noises you hear, alligators all over the place and no telling what else you will see.
Enjoy the video.
Date Hunted 1/20/18:
With real nice conditions for a duck hunt we started the final weekend of our season. Water, wind and vegetation were right with about 75 decoys out we were hoping for some big duck action. Ended up being Dosgris city for us again as the three of us managed our three man limit of 9 total for the day. We still had a lot of fun doing somewhat sky busting as the Dosgris pass good size V's over the blind.
Date Hunted 1/21/18:
Two of us tried a different location to see if it would change our outcome. I had seen large amounts of Pouledeau in an area. No wind and 100% sunshine did not help our cause for the hunt. We shot 6 Dosgris - 1 teal and a bunch of Pouledeau.
As we were fishing Saturday afternoon I did see some large concentration of ducks in some areas that were not there before so more have migrated down. Unfortunately for us they did not show up on our leases.
Overall this season was the least productive since I started hunting the area many years ago. We will reload next year hoping for better results on the ducks. As far as having a good time, well its hard to beat camp life with good duck hunting friends enjoying what we all love to do for fun.
Date Hunted 1/13/18:
We had low water conditions in the marsh Saturday with windy conditions of about 17 mph out of the northwest. Temperature was a chilly 35 degrees. We set up shop in one of our regular blinds hoping the conditions would bring some better action. We shot 1 motled duck for the day and had a chance to get the pair but partner missed the other one. We had two blue winged teal come at us for a good shot and missed both of them, not sure what happened but it did.
That is my report for the day and that is all of the chances we had. We hunted until 8:45 and came out with 1 duck. My friends in another blind on the lease shot 2 dosgris.
On Sunday I tried a totally different area more like a scouting trip with a gun hoping to see some ducks but not to be. I didn't fire my gun but I was not surprised by the results.
One more week to go and we intend on going until the last day.
What a difference a year makes. Normally this time of year we are banging the ducks here in southeast Louisiana and I make videos of the good duck hunting. With the really bad year we are having on the ducks instead of afternoon duck hunts we are doing afternoon fishing trips from the camp. We caught some big reds last week in no time but Saturday we had to work for them catching a lot of undersized fish to keep 7. Still fun and better than sitting at home.
Duck hunt report for Saturday - 3 dosgris and 1 pouledeau. SAD!!!
The video shows some of the action from this past Saturday afternoon. For you YouTubers out there at times the audio is muted in the video because we had the radio on in the boat for some of the time and I had copy write infringements on songs not downloaded so the video was banned until I muted the audio. That is nuts.....
Dates Hunted December 30 - 31:
At the camp in SE Louisiana we were all hoping the past cold fronts and all the other things that are supposed to drive the ducks our way would make some sort of difference in the duck hunting. Unfortunately this past Saturday and Sunday it made no difference with the big ducks or teal in our area. The same scenario keeps on happening with plenty of Dosgris available and not much else. It doesn't do any good to change hunting tactics if there are no ducks to influence with the changes. Never have seen it stay this way for so long. We may see an occasional flight of greys or pintail in the distance and very few teal. We will keep going until the end hoping for some change in the results but not looking good.
After hunting Saturday we did go catch a limit of redfish. That is helping make up for the lack of ducks.
Date Hunted 12/28/2017:
The Rooster and his daughters went out this morning for the annual holiday season duck hunt. The girls hung tough despite the cold and nasty conditions lasting until 10:00am. 4 ducks were shot - 3 dosgris and 1 grey. Rooster told me there were more ducks in the area then this past weekend so that is a good thing.
Date Hunted 12-23-17:
Report for today was 6 ducks and 6 gallinule. 4 Dosgris - 1 Teal - 1 Hen Redhead. Still way off our regular pace. Obviously we are not having cold temps as my son was in his shorts after the hunt.
In the other picture was the Great Blue Heron near the entrance to our property. If you look good you will see a bass in its mouth.
Dates hunted December 16 & 17 2017:
After what were really good conditions for duck hunting Saturday we only shot 2 ducks for the hunt, 1 teal and 1 dosgris. Today we shot 1 pintail, 1 bufflehead, 1 dosgris.
We SE Louisiana duck hunters are in trouble. I don't recall of such poor results since I have been hunting in the area I have been for 25 years. It is really bad. Teal are nearly gone, hardly any greys and even the dosgris are spotty. We have plenty feed in our area so its not that.
Usually we bang them up this weekend and start the steady decline of production until we get to the finish line. Well, we got the finish line results this weekend. I am scratching my head on this one. Usually I post videos of the hunts over the weekend but can't do it due to the lack of action.
The only thing that saved the weekend was we launched the big boat and busted up the specks with three of us limiting out with 75. Plastics deep under a cork did the trick.
December 2017 and 2016 Waterfowl Numbers to compare. 2017 is first.
Dates Hunted - December 2 - 3 2017:
The last weekend of the first split was very slow for all of us at the camp. Not a lot of video action to choose from. Did shoot a real nice drake pintail.
I know there many ways to clean ducks but this is the way we do most of them when we are eating them at the camp, not transporting them.
After many years of buying and using spinner duck decoys I had enough of them falling off the top of the stick into the pond when guys were picking them up while in the boat. Had enough of having to buy stick extensions because we need them for the depth of our ponds. Had enough of stuffing the decoy under the bow of the duck boat and tripping on the stick that protrudes from the bow. Had enough of buying AA batteries to power them. Had enough of the on / off switches going bad.
It is my belief the duck decoy on the end of the stick of the spinners makes no difference rather it is the motion that attracts the ducks. I bought all of the parts off of the internet except for the 6 volt battery that can be recharged. I cut out the wings to the size I like and painted them. I made and have hunted with three of them this season. So far they are working as I thought they would.
We all had a good time this weekend for the Fins & Feathers Extravaganza 2017 at the camp. The best day for duck hunting and fishing was on Friday. 2 blinds shot limits and the other was short. We shot 2 nice drake canvasbacks and a mix of other ducks.
After we hunted Friday am we caught 60 specks - 2 reds - 1 bass - 1 catfish - mostly using live shrimp under the cork.
We hunted Saturday and the ducks did not cooperate. We all came up short on the limits, greys and teal are hard to come by in our area which is strange for this time of year. We fished again finding 12 specks. Went to the same spot with live bait where we caught the sixty the day before.
Sunday we had similar results on the ducks.
To see the video of Fridays duck hunt go to YouTube and search for my channel - Delta Duckman - Duck Hunt - Canvasbacks - Language is ruff in spots so don't watch it if you will be offended...
Date Hunted 11/15/2017:
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Date Hunted 11/11/17:
Opening day is Christmas day for us duck hunters. We had cool temps and nice conditions for the start of the big duck season. The amount of hunters and shots heard in our area indicated how nice the conditions were. Water was a little high and E/NE wind about 12 mph.
The very odd part of this was what appeared to be a lack of ducks in the sky as is normally the case on opening day. Then to make it more strange was the amount of dosgris (limit of 3 each was taken) in our marsh that usually occurs later in the season. Then there were not many teal for us which we usually shoot some of. We had pintail in the area limiting out on those (1each). Add 5 greys to the mix for the day. Our 3 man blind shot our limit of 18 but it was a very strange opening day but successful..
As the picture shows everyone hunting out of the camp was able to shoot a limit for the day. We are of to a good start. The only greenhead spotted was one of our hunting buddies mask that had us laughing all weekend.
Date hunted 11/12/17:
Usually the day after opening day is a dud. Conditions today had high water, lots of wind and the ducks were on the move. I did not have a lot of confidence on the way out to the blind. The teal showed up and we shot some of those, very strange in one day they were there. Dosgris still there and some greys. A redhead was shot and a spoony for us to get our 18 limit. Under the conditions a good hunt with more ducks in the sky then opening day. Very strange.
Date Hunted 11/4/17:
I took two boys out Saturday for the youth hunt. We were greeted with fog and no wind, pitiful conditions for a duck hunt. We hunted the same spot as teal season where we had decent success and the boys did not shoot a teal. We saw maybe a dozen for the hunt, makes no sense as the teal have checked out for now.
We did have a couple flights of greys work the decoys and they shot 1 out of each group. Then later 3 spoonies passed and they shot 1 each. Total for the hunt, 2 greys, 2 spoonies, nowhere close to our standards.
Opening weekend will be very interesting as I am not very optimistic that it will change much in less than a week but we will be out in the marsh for the weekend hoping to have some luck.
Date Fished 10/5/2017:
Father In Law and I went to the camp yesterday evening to get the camp ready for the storm. We had quite a few things to pick up and bring into the camp. After that was done at about 8:30 we walked to the end of the dock and was greeted by about 25 big redfish swarming under the light. We didn't fish right away we just watched the big boys bust up every minnow or live shrimp passing under the light. When they get started it is brutal down there and fun to watch.
After about 20 minutes of watching father in law tossed the lure out and it was game on. Lots of trout under the light also. We fished for 2 hours and caught 6 redfish and 39 specks. All caught on the Matrix Lemon with 1/4 jig.
I made seven hunts for the 2017 teal season. All hunts were in the marshes of southeast Louisiana. The numbers of teal shot are in order 4, 3, 5, 15, 11, 1, 9. It was a typical teal season for our area. The most surprising day was this past Friday with good conditions coming off of 15, 11 hunts the prior weekend. I thought we were going to bust them up but the teal had other ideas. Today was good but still not as many overall ducks in the area as the weekend before.
We have plenty vegetation in the ponds for the big duck season. We are all looking forward to the action.