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Since it seems like every post lately is blaming surface drives for the lack of ducks, I feel it necessary to provide some insight.

Are Surface Drives the reason for no Ducks?

No. You can take a look at every LAA WMA, Federal Refuges, and WMAs with surface drive restrictions, private leases and clubs with SD restrictions and you will see that these areas suffer from the same lack of ducks as those areas that do allow surface drives.

Unless you can prove to me that these areas with surface drive restrictions hold more ducks, then you're just talking out of your @-$$

December 18, 2017 at 4:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Bad duck season? in response to a report titled: Bad duck season?

This year has been some of the best (and most consistent) hunts in recent years. I'm blessed to be able to hunt 3-4 times per week. Every hunt, except one, has yielded limits on quality ducks with 90% being gray ducks. Every hunt we've had 3-5 people in the blind.

December 19, 2017 at 11:22am

To the trespassers comment- If surface drives are restricted will trespassers stop trespassing? No, trespassers have been around way longer than surface drives. In my experience, we’ve run off more trespassers in outboards than surface drives.

If every Tom, dick and Harry that runs around in a surface drive boat trades it in for an outboard and pirouge, do you really think the ducks will return? Or would have never left?

So imagine this; (I’ll just use random number) that they’re are 5,000 surface drive rigs running the marshes of Louisiana. Then it’s established that surface drives are banned and every SD rig is replaced with an outboard rig. Do you really think that’s going to make a difference as for as pressure?
We run outboards and surface drives and I can vouch that on our route, our outboards jump just as many ducks as our surface drives rigs.

Hell we jump way more ducks as we’re fishing for redfish and trout. Figure this; we run 3-6x’s the miles while fishing than we do hunting & there are many more fisherman today than years past.

December 19, 2017 at 9:41am
A comment titled: Re: Want to get into bird hunting in response to a report titled: Want to get into bird hunting

Pay a guide service to take you; they’ll have all the gear except your gun, your camo & your shells. You’ll want to go with a guide that is somewhere known for holding ducks; Venice, usually Delacroix or Hopedale (but it seems like a decline last couple years) or SW LA.

November 23, 2017 at 8:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Teal sightings? in response to a report titled: Teal sightings?

Jimmy is probably just trying to get people away from Pearl River, which is usually a zoo anyways.

September 14, 2017 at 4:10pm
A comment titled: Re: Is anyone killing any ducks? in response to a report titled: Is anyone killing any ducks?

You missed the most important points that I made. But just to clarify, when were fishing last weeks, we weren't joy riding in the middle of the ponds to jump the 1,000's of ducks we seen. We were sightfishing in the bayous and cuts and when we were running from one bayou to the next, ducks were jumping 500- 1,000 yards away.

IN FACT, when we regularly hunt the Biloxi marsh and the bird flight slows down, we're hoping fisherman run around because they jump ducks without joy riding in the middle of duck/redfish ponds.

But to get back to the main point that I was making; less idiots in the marsh is going to be the only saving grace for WMA's, NOT telling that same idiot to show up in his outboard rig instead of his surface drive rig.

Lottery hunts for overcrowded WMA's

February 03, 2017 at 12:31pm
A comment titled: Re: Is anyone killing any ducks? in response to a report titled: Is anyone killing any ducks?

ban mud motors.....and if that don't work, ban all combustible engines......and if that don't work, ban auto shotguns.....and if that don't work ban 3' shells.....and if that don't work ,limit to 20 gauge......and if that don't work, ban duck calls.......and if that don't work ,ban decoys ....blah blah blah

You could do all of the above and if the idiots keep showing up, you're still going to be screwed. Big Branch already outlaws surface drives and you still get the idiots.

The real problem is over pressure and too many people. Someone may think to themselves, 'well if we ban surface drives, that will eliminate half the hunters'....WRONG, they're just going to start showing up in outboard rigs.

WLF can't enforce skybusting (which is only a portion of the problem) and they cannot enforce exhaust decibels.

In my opinion, Lottery hunts would be the best solution for overcrowded WMA's

Back to the subject of exhaust decibels, over the past couple weeks we been fishing in our bayboat with a 225 2-stroke mercury. That rig jumps way more ducks than my surface drive rig. Should we ban bayboats during duck hunting season? (sarcasm)

February 03, 2017 at 11:25am
A comment titled: . in response to a report titled: Immature hunters rant

You all do realize that Big Branch is limited days & outboard/pirogue only. These regulations have not made that place the kind of hunting it used to be, what makes you think it will work for the Pearl? If there was evidence these regulations would work, I'm sure sportsman would be for it, but unfortunately I do not see these working in other areas.

Besides if that is what you're looking for, why don't you hunt in big branch.

November 14, 2013 at 5:26pm
A comment titled: . in response to a report titled: Immature hunters rant

Why do you think mud motors & immature hunters go hand-in-hand? You sound like the people who yell for my semiauto handguns & assault rifles to be banned because of criminals. Get real. Should the good suffer for the bad. Sir, think of it this way, maybe you should turn in your driving license, I know many other people convicted of DWI's.

In addition, there is plenty of guys in outboards running through ponds right now. The water has been high enough that most wouldn't need a pirogue and the actions you speak of probably wouldn't change much. Whether you're driving through a pond or paddling, you're going to spook ducks. I rarely see ducks being jumped by a mud motor until you're within the ducks eyesight, which the duck would jump regardless.

I'm not saying that no points above are valid. And I bet some of these horror stories have happened. But I have never personally had these instances occur (with the exception of others setting up close but never closer than 100-150 yards- which is still too close).

The pearl river duck hunting area is not big enough to accommodate all the hunters that go there from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, and the problems are more based more on the number of hunting pressure & sportsmanship/respect, not 'mudmotors'

November 13, 2013 at 5:35pm
A comment titled: helping?? in response to a report titled: Pearl River

you want to help, go volunteer at a nursing home, don't get on here blasting about how many ducks you seen in a WMA!

if you find yourself at home just itching to give a report and trying to seem important to the hunting community at least be very vague. Don't name lakes, rivers, or WMAs

November 08, 2012 at 12:47pm
A comment titled: Camera? in response to a report titled: Teal season video

As I have been trying to video more & more hunts lately, if you dont mind sharing, what camera & mount do you use on the gun?

December 12, 2011 at 9:33pm
A comment titled: .... in response to a report titled: Fastgrass

Usually they are $40.00 but academy had them on sale during teal season for 19.99/ 4 pack, needless to say I bought about 6-8 boxes.

November 02, 2011 at 6:53pm
A comment titled: ducks in response to a report titled: ducks in big branch?

PM sent.

there are some, but there are better places around here

December 08, 2008 at 10:32pm
A comment titled: bianchinut in response to a report titled: Duck Hunting in the Pearl

now i dont recommend this but it is possible, say you go to the end of lake rd and park, you could get out and walk the shore line westwardly, which is shallow and very hard bottom. you could walk some distance and there are a few ponds close the the lake shore, im not sure how well the birds fly that close to the lake and once you are in the ponds the ground is not so hard but is somewhat walkable- i have walked through ponds to retrieve ducks in that area with chest waders. scout and check it before you just show up @ 5:00am

November 19, 2008 at 11:55am
A comment titled: noose in response to a report titled: Duck Hunting in the Pearl

big branch surrounds some private leases whether you come in off lake rd., bayou liberty, or 433. so my understanding is if you are hunting the leases you can have access through big branch marsh with your mud boat. on the other hand i have personally seen someone get written up by lw&f for hunting the big branch marsh in a long tail.

November 19, 2008 at 11:44am
A comment titled: GLR_Jimmy in response to a report titled: Color Green!

what vicinity are you talking about?

November 16, 2008 at 6:42pm
A comment titled: big branch in response to a report titled: Nice Scenery - No Ducks!

we would have had three man limit but couldnt find three crips, mostly teal, few mottles and unfortunately two hooded mergansers, but one was a pretty male

November 15, 2008 at 4:40pm
A comment titled: how close in response to a report titled: duck hunting closest to baton rouge

there are few places pirogue accessable in the big branch mgmt area, you can go in fritchie marsh off of hwy 433 (i think that the #,aka old spanish trail) towards hwy 90 and also off lake rd, i dont know about anything closer. maybe manchac or maurpas wma..

November 13, 2008 at 6:00pm
A comment titled: i pumped in response to a report titled: DUCKS

i went out today in the marsh on the northshore to see if my new boat would be able to get to hole before i spent time building boat blind and there were big ducks(greys, mottles & mallards, blacks) along with bunches of teal and loads of little divers, lets hope there still there in two weeks

October 23, 2008 at 9:27pm
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