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With a little more than a month to go before we start our September teal season I put together some of the best video shots over the last several years. Teal are a blast to hunt and can't wait for the action to start.

August 06 at 9:35pm

Date Hunted 1-15-22 Nice day for a duck hunt compared to today. Water was high enough for us to get where we needed to get as we have been watching where the ducks want to be. This time of year it's not what you think ought to happen rather scouting where the ducks are and going there is the ticket. Not many hunters out in the marsh to keep the ducks moving so have to get the ones that do come close. Had a good hunt shooting 18 teal and 11 coots. Did not hunt today - I don't hunt on days like today. I find once the wind gets above 20MPH the ducks stay down and it's miserable hunting with wind and low water. Let the youngsters do that if they want to.

January 16 at 6:23pm

Some of you may remember I posted a YouTube video in March of 2021 that shows thousands of Black Bellied Whistling Tree Ducks (BBWD) lined up along the West Napoleon canal bank near Lafreniere Park in Metairie. My son was walking his dog yesterday and took this picture of an Eagle that had gotten a BBWD and was eating it. Apparently this Eagle saw the easy meal and took advantage of it.

January 16 at 5:58pm

Waterfowl Aerial Survey January 2022

January 12 at 4:18pm

Date Hunted 12/28/21: Four of us took the ride to SW Louisiana for a goose and duck hunt. It had been many years since we hired a guide to take us out on a hunt. We have been shooting some ducks this year but wanted to add geese to the equation. It was warm in the morning with a 10 to 15 mph breeze from the south for the beginning of the hunt, partly cloudy skies. Water height was perfect, that is what you get when you have levees and pumped in controlled water. When we got to where we were going to hunt our guide loaded up us and all our gear into a side by side with big mud tires. He took us through the flooded rice field to the sunk pit blind would be hunting in, real curb side service. The goose and duck decoys were already out in the pond so we jumped in the pit and the hunt began. Early on we shot two teal, the duck action was slow. At about 7:00 am the geese started getting restless making the racket they usually do and some started to get off the roost heading out. Some came our way and the guide did all he could calling them and were able to shoot some. Up until 10:00 am we had 6 geese and 2 ducks. At 10:00 the wind picked up and the geese began to work us better. A group of 4 speckle bellies came right at us and we knocked them all down. Then we shot a high-flying snow goose. We ended the hunt at 11:00am with 11 geese, 8 speckle bellies – 3 snows – 2 teal. Considering the status of waterfowl hunting in south Louisiana we had a good hunt and a great time. The dog our guide had retrieved all the geese and ducks for us. He made a real nice retrieve on a crippled goose that would have gotten away if not for the dog. For our hunt we used Cluckers Outfitters – Thornwell Louisiana – 337-842-4447

December 30, 2021 at 8:53am

Weather conditions were ideal for our duck hunt Friday after Thanksgiving. North wind about 15 steady with overcast skies, perfect. We had good amounts of teal and big ducks on the move right from the beginning of the hunt. We had been doing well in this spot so we had all of us in one blind for the hunt. Lots of fun cutting up, hunting, eating and some cold beer. We hunted until 10:00am. After the hunting part in the latter part of the video we have to back out of our spot because the trenasse we use we can?t turn around. The motor is a 2007 36HP Pro Drive surface drive with manual full power reverse and manual trim getting it done. She is still going strong after all these years with lots of duck hunts in the slop. The video shows us shooting 30 ducks which was surprising to me. Even more of a surprise was the very next day four of us went to the same spot on another good day for a duck hunt and shot 1 duck. Makes no sense at all.

December 02, 2021 at 8:34am

Date Hunted 11/24/21: Bad conditions for a duck hunt today. No wind at all and blue bird skies. We got in before 6:00 am hoping the teal would be on the move again but today they seemed to stay put. There were times some nice bands of teal were zigging and zagging across the marsh but today we seem to be in the spot they did not want to fly. Often times they flew just out of range. We are noticing they are starting to gang where the pouldeau are and we can't compete with that. Another issue was so few hunters out in the marsh today. I was surprised how few there were, that did not help the cause. Planning on a Thanksgiving day drive in drive out hunt. Hopefully we have some wind tomorrow. 4 teal - 1 pintail for the day.

November 24, 2021 at 6:30pm

Date Hunted Saturday 11/20/21: Real nice morning for a duck hunt. Temperature 52 degrees with a nice breeze out of the north east and the water levels remaining above average which is good for us for the property we are hunting now. The teal are still in the area and as soon as it starts to get light and someone in the area shoots the first shot the teal start to move. Ended up with a four-man limit for the hunt 18 teal - 4 greys - 1 pintail - 1 spoonbill. Date Hunted Sunday 11/21/21: Opened the door of the trailer at the camp to no wind at all and the stars shining bright. I told the guys if we can get a limit out of a day like today we are living right. Same start with teal buzzing around at daybreak and we were fortunate to make some good shots. Gnats came out to make it ruff on us and that lasted for about one hour then a breeze picked up. The gnats left and teal started again with some big ducks moving around. Shot a four-man limit for the hunt 21 teal - 2 pintail - 1 wood duck. After some tough years in the duck game it's great to be back on them, as long as the water stays up like it has been we should be able to have success. Enjoying it while we have it. Picture from Sunday.

November 22, 2021 at 10:09am

I have stated many times the duck game is location, location, location. Over the last several years the ducks don’t seem to want to be in an area we had success for many years. The habitat has changed and we were able to lease new property in an area the ducks, teal for the most part want to be. Teal seem to like the flats where water levels change the area from shallow ponds to mud flats and back to shallow ponds. The area we have leased has limited access and space to put the blind like I want to. Current blind set up is breaking the rules of having the rising sun at your back but in this instance we don’t have much choice, so on sunny days it will be tough looking into the sun and video will suffer. We can all deal with the issues as long as we are shooting ducks.

November 18, 2021 at 10:52am

Aerial Survey 2021

November 17, 2021 at 8:35am

Four of us had a real good teal hunt Saturday the 18th shooting a four man limit of 24. Video is some of the shots that were in the camera view.

September 28, 2021 at 3:34pm

Date Hunted 8/25/21: Four of us hunted in blue bird conditions with no wind at all but that did not stop the teal from flying. We shot a four man limit of 24. Picture is from Saturday. Date hunted 8/26/21: Four of us hunted the same location with the same type of conditions as the day before and shot 6 for the day. Overall we had a good teal season despite starting with not firing my gun opening day. The obvious moving to where the teal are made all the difference.

September 28, 2021 at 3:26pm

I tore my Achilles tendon and had some seat time to put together our best shots from 2015 to 2020 during the September special teal season in southeast Louisiana. I hope this gets the juices flowing getting everyone ready for September 11. We will be ready to go, walking boot on the leg and all.

August 20, 2021 at 3:50pm

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES POST OFFICE BOX 98000 BATON ROUGE, LA 70898-9000 Waterfowl Population Estimates Date: Coastal Zone: Jan. 4-6 in Louisiana?s Coastal Zone Below Catahoula Lake: Jan. 5 U.S. Highway 90 and on Catahoula Lake NE LA: Jan. 7, and NW LA: Jan. 12 Scaup Survey: Jan. 14 Reported by: L. Reynolds, J. Olszak, C. Dailey, J. Grant, D. Champagne, S. Miller, F. Burks, and P. Link January 20, 2021 COMMENTS: The 1.97 million ducks estimated on this survey is 11% less than the 2.21 million in December, 15% less than the 2.3 million last January, and 33% below the long-term January average of 2.95-million. In the last 7 years, the January estimate has been the same or lower than the December estimate, and this is the 4th time in that period it has been at least 10% lower. The long-term trend in December and January estimates is depicted in Figure 1, and locations of the 27 transects flown since 1969, 17 in SW LA and 10 in SE LA survey areas, are shown in Figure 2. The estimate for the SW survey region increased from December (1,195,000 to 1,321,000) because of large increases in estimated green-winged teal (188,000 to 327,000), shovelers (163,000 to 320,000), and ring-necked ducks (56,000 to 228,000). Estimates for other species except wigeon declined in that survey region. The largest concentrations of ducks seen in the SW LA were shovelers and ringnecks on a sewage lagoon near Rayne, and black-bellied whistling ducks (not included in the traditional estimates) in the fresh marsh near Cherry Ridge. Lower estimates from December in both SE LA (943,000 to 598,000) and Catahoula Lake (76,000 to 49,000) were largely due to big declines in the number of ring-necked ducks in those survey regions. Ring-necked ducks declined from 556,000 to 191,000 in SE LA and from 41,000 to 12,000 at Catahoula Lake between the December and January surveys. Estimates for all dabbling ducks except wigeon declined from December in SE LA, while estimates for scaup and canvasback increased. The largest concentrations of ducks seen in SE LA were ring-necked ducks in the Upper Terrebonne marshes southeast of Amelia, (although much fewer than in December), and a huge raft of scaup off-transect in the Mississippi River down from the grain elevators north of Myrtle Grove, and thus not included in the estimates. Scaup and canvasback counts at Catahoula Lake were essentially the same as in December. Over the entire survey region, only shovelers, ring-necked ducks, and canvasbacks were above long-term January averages. Species-specific comparisons of estimates from this survey with 30-year and 10-year averages are depicted in Figure 3. Notably, the estimate for gadwalls was less than half the most recent 10-year and 30-year averages. Water levels in coastal Louisiana and at Catahoula Lake were lower than in December. At the time of this survey, water level at Catahoula Lake had dropped about 2 feet from December and was at management target depth. Although providing improved foraging habitat, very few dabbling ducks were seen on the lake. Similar to December, water levels in coastal marsh ranged from optimal for foraging ducks in managed marsh to broad mudflats in tidal areas. Shallow flooding from rainfall prior to the December survey had mostly disappeared from non-managed fields and pastures of SW LA and shallow flooding was mostly limited to managed water, much of it with active crawfishing activity. Again acknowledging negative impacts from multiple hurricanes on both submerged aquatic and seed-producing annual vegetation across the coastal zone, habitat quality is well below average.

January 20, 2021 at 8:47pm

I have permission from many property owners in our area to shoot nutria on their property. After the duck hunt Saturday, we took a ride to shoot some. Conditions were ideal, cold, sunny and low water. Alligators are dormant for the most part right now so the nutria come out for us to hunt.

January 19, 2021 at 10:37am

As we all know 2020 was a very strange year in all aspects so there is no reason the last duck hunt of 2020 should be any different. Yesterday, 12/31/20 me and Rooster were making a duck hunt and a pelican landed in the pond then swam over to our boat then jumped up on the transom. After that it made its way toward the middle of the boat and stayed between us for at least 30 minutes as the video shows. Obviously in all my years of duck hunting that has never happened, but you have to be out in the marsh for things like that to happen. We ended up shooting 2 greys, 4 teal and 1 dosgris for the hunt. Considering how things have been going this season a decent hunt. The killer was while picking up ducks during the hunt three pintail went right over the decoys. We could have easily shot two of them. Happy New Year and happy hunting.

January 01, 2021 at 10:52am

Date Fished 12-29-20: Launched at the Chef yesterday afternoon with live shrimp in the boat. We fished the ICW throwing the shrimp out from the shore into the deep water pulling the bait back up the shelf. Unfortunately for us the breeze picked up in the afternoon blowing right down the ship channel making to a little difficult to fish right. Ended up with 16 specks - 1 bass - 1 catfish - 1 flounder

December 30, 2020 at 4:02pm

Date Hunted 12/26/20: It was 36 degrees Saturday morning as the hard cold front passed through the area Thursday and Friday. The marsh was drained by two days of northwest winds. We were lucky we could get to our duck blinds on the lease. I hunted solo with another boat with two guys went to one of our other blinds. I shot one dosgris that had a band on the leg that was it. The other blind shot one dosgris and two pouledeau. Date hunted 12/27/20: Temperature came up to about 45 Sunday with a slight increase in the water level, still low. Two of us went to a friend’s lease and shot two pintail. We had some chances at teal but we missed. We saw more ducks Sunday than Saturday. Two guys went back to their regular blind and shot two canvasbacks and four dosgris. We can scratch off the list of typical sayings most duck hunters use of “Cold front will bring new ducks”. The cold weather came and there aren’t any new ducks. Despite the lack of action it was exciting having the pintail work right over the decoys into the sunshine and I could see colors as we cut them. Also seeing a few teal Sunday and the banded duck Saturday made it worth the effort. Good days in the marsh with more to come.

December 28, 2020 at 9:57am

Reported by: L. Reynolds, J. Olszak, C. Dailey, J. Grant, D. Champagne, A. Mouton, F. Burks, and P. Link COMMENTS: The 2.21 million ducks estimated on this survey is over 2.5 times the 855,000 seen in November, but it was 14% below last December?s estimate and the most recent 10-year average of 2.57 million and remains 21% below the long-term December average of 2.79 million. The long-term trend in December estimates is depicted in Figure 1, and locations of the 27 transects flown since 1969, 17 in SW LA and 10 in SE LA survey areas, are shown in Figure 2. Estimates from all 3 surveyed regions increased markedly from November, and species-specific estimates increased for all species except wigeon, with the biggest increases for canvasback (4,000 to 74,000), mallards (7,000 to 50,000), ring-necked ducks (154,000 to 653,000), green-winged teal (49,000 to 302,000), and gadwalls (288,000 to 456,000). American coots increased from 520,000 to 1,780,000, the highest estimate since 2011 when 1.85 million were estimated. However, blue-winged teal and shovelers were the only dabbling duck species above long-term December averages while scaup, ring-necked ducks and canvasbacks were above their long-term averages. In coastal Louisiana, distribution of dabbling ducks was strongly skewed toward SW LA, and diving ducks toward SE LA. Nearly 75% of dabbling ducks were counted in SW LA with the largest concentrations in the marsh between Little Pecan and Grand Lake, agricultural fields north of Lacassine NWR, and the marsh south of West Cove of Calcasieu Lake. Smaller concentrations of diving ducks were seen in the open water of White Lake and flooded agricultural fields north of Intracoastal city. Similarly, nearly 77% of diving ducks on the coastal transects were seen in SE LA. By far, the biggest concentration of divers was encountered in the Upper Terrebonne marshes southeast of Amelia. Ring-necked ducks in that area accounted for 84% of the total diving ducks and 54% of the total ducks counted in SE LA. Over 84% of the coots estimated in SE LA were also counted in that habitat. Smaller concentrations of dabbling ducks were noted east of Venice and south of Delacroix. With the exception of Catahoula Lake, habitat conditions have improved since the November survey. Acknowledging the negative effects of multiple hurricanes on food availability, water levels have fallen across most of the coast, providing better access to existing food resources for dabbling ducks. Strong north winds during most of the survey created mudflat conditions in some tidal habitats. In the agricultural habitats of SW LA, recent heavy rainfall increased shallow flooding in many fields and pastures, but it didn’t appear extensive enough to last, and otherwise, flooding is limited to managed water, much of it with active crawfish farming activity. Lastly, in December and January, LDWF conducts a scaup survey on Lakes Maurepas, Pontchartrain, and Borgne. An estimated 8,300 scaup were seen on this survey including 700 on Lake Borgne and 7,600 on Lake Pontchartrain. That is less than 5% of the 179,000 estimated last December and the long-term December average of 187,000. It is the lowest estimate on this survey since 2012 when only 300 scaup were seen following hurricane Isaac passing through the New Orleans area. In years with strong hurricane activity in SE Louisiana, greatly reduced scaup estimates have often been seen, presumably due to disruption of the benthic food resources, specifically smaller size-classes of bivalves as described at: Similar low estimates were seen in 2005 and 2008 after hurricanes Katrina and Gustav respectively. With multiple cold fronts since the November survey, creating conditions favorable for ducks migrating into our state, we have seen a substantial increase in ducks in 3 survey regions. However, the overall numbers remain below average. The December survey of LDWF coastal WMAs and Refuges reported total ducks were 25% below the 2004-2020 average for those habitats. Surveys earlier in December in Arkansas and Mississippi were well below average, and the most recent bi-weekly survey in Missouri continues to be below average. However, an aerial survey in Illinois reported counts from 43-50% above average, suggesting there are still ducks holding north in the Flyway. For geese, however, there may have been an increase to above-average numbers. In December, geese are only counted in NE LA and on some coastal Refuges. In NE LA, the total goose count was 39% above the December average, and over 1-million snow geese were reported on White Lake WCA.

December 21, 2020 at 10:22am

Date hunted 12-5-20: We had a good group of people leave the camp for duck hunting Saturday morning. Total of nine guys headed out on a good weather duck hunting morning. Real nice breeze out of the north, 46 degrees and water slightly below normal. Our past trend continues with many dosgris in our area with the occasional grey duck, wigeon, redhead, teal, bufflehead or pintail. With dosgris being plentiful we easily shoot 2 each of those then it is a matter of waiting it out for the other species of ducks to come. It makes for interesting hunts because we never know what the wildcards are going to be. On Saturday hunting with Zeke two wigeon passed over our head heading out and I hit them on the duck call and they made a U turn coming our way. Just as you would draw up the play the wigeon made slight right turn over the decoys and we both shot once, he got his and I got mine. Nice to have some younger people at the camp duck hunting. If they come, they usually love it. My son had two friends and another member had his grandson. Date hunted 12-5-20: Four of us hunted two separate blinds. Similar conditions to Saturday with similar results. We will be back at it December 19 for hopefully more action.

December 07, 2020 at 9:20am
A comment titled: Re: Duck Season Re Cap 21/22 in response to a report titled: Duck Season Re Cap 21/22

Considering the current status of waterfowl hunting in south Louisiana these days we had a good season. We were fortunate to lease another piece of property where the teal wanted to be and they made up the majority of the ducks taken this year. Had we hunted our other lease only it would have been an awful year. As the crow flies it is 15 miles between properties but the difference in ducks cannot be compared. For the last day of the season we hunted the old lease to shoot some divers. Shot 2 Dogris each. The other part was the tide was low with cold temperatures and we have permission to shoot nutria on some private properties near us. 7 nutria for the day and they are fun to shoot.

February 02 at 10:49am
A comment titled: Re: Honey Island Beauties 1 20 22 in response to a report titled: Honey Island Beauties 1 20 22

Good hunt. You can't shoot them from the house, gotta go.

January 21 at 9:03am
A comment titled: Re: Youth/Veterans Duck Hunt in Delacroix in response to a report titled: Youth/Veterans Duck Hunt in Delacroix

Off to a good start. I will take that for opening day.

November 08, 2021 at 8:49am
A comment titled: Re: Bid Alabama Boar in response to a report titled: Bid Alabama Boar

Good report and enjoyed the video.

October 20, 2021 at 8:23am
A comment titled: Re: Teal Season Opener in response to a report titled: Teal Season Opener

We hunted our regular lease Saturday morning three boats going out, zero teal for the day. Hunted another piece of property Sunday and four of us shot 15 teal. It was a real nice duck hunt.

September 16, 2021 at 9:21am
A comment titled: Re: Reports in response to a report titled: Reports

I have been trying it but don't like it at all - bad move by somebody

March 12, 2021 at 9:31am
A comment titled: Re: Hunting season summary in response to a report titled: Hunting season summary

Excellent video and very well put together, I watched the whole thing. A lot of seat time to get that much good video.

February 19, 2021 at 9:12am

I am not a big fan of it. I prefer the old format. Only thing I found missing with the old format was the date of the original post below the headline.

February 18, 2021 at 7:12pm
A comment titled: Re: By Heck in response to a report titled: By Heck

Here is a part from an old article from 1968. Area is near Oak River and Bayou LaCroix as the map shows. As we all know back in the day before Mardi Gras pass it was a prime-time speckle trout area.

January 31, 2021 at 7:59pm
A comment titled: Re: Pecan island final count in response to a report titled: Pecan island final count

I have gotten similar reports from people I know personally who have done the same thing you describe. Who would have thought states that once had tumbleweed crossing the roads on windy days would become duck capitals of the country.

January 24, 2021 at 10:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Pecan island final count in response to a report titled: Pecan island final count

Two of us went out this morning in foggy conditions and shot 4 tree ducks, 4 dosgris and 1 ruddy duck. Hopefully next year we have some vegetation in the ponds to help keep puddle ducks who make their way down here, here. However, as we all know the game has changed and with all the food and water up the line no reason for puddle ducks to come to SE Louisiana. Where we hunt it has become diver duck country with some exceptions but not like it used to be. Despite undesirable outcomes over the last few years we hunt on.

January 24, 2021 at 7:44pm
A comment titled: Re: Another Duck-Less NShore Hunt 1 23 21 in response to a report titled: Another Duck-Less NShore Hunt 1 23 21

Three of us hunted today and shot 6 dosgris and 2 ring necks. All divers continue but at least we are shooting some ducks holding our nose while doing it.

January 23, 2021 at 9:03pm
A comment titled: Re: ducks showed up again in response to a report titled: ducks showed up again

Nice picture and I hope good hunting continues for you.

January 19, 2021 at 8:25am

Very similar hunting report as last weekend. Two boats went out Saturday morning with very low tide and 38 degrees. My blind shot 2 dosgris and the other blind shot 2 dosgris. Sunday morning a friend and I shot 4 dosgris with similar conditions as Saturday. Did not see a teal or grey duck all weekend just divers. No vegetation in the ponds no good ducks.

January 18, 2021 at 11:23am
A comment titled: Re: Pecan island limits in response to a report titled: Pecan island limits

Slow times continue where we are. Saturday we shot 2 dosgris and Sunday we shot 1 dosgris. We tried different areas to see how things would go but results did not change much. What I don't get is Sunday was supposedly a perfect duck hunting day 38 degrees, NE wind about 12 mph with overcast skies and hardly saw any ducks in the area. Water was below normal but not real low. Probably saw 12 ducks in the sky the whole morning, it is nuts.

January 11, 2021 at 8:44am
A comment titled: Re: Fishing Trip 12-29-20 in response to a report titled: Fishing Trip 12-29-20

Mandy, I decided a couple of weeks ago when the weather forecast calls for winds less than 5 mph its time to fish. Wintertime fishing when the specks come to us is a good time and they are very tasty too. It is hard enough to kill ducks on good weather duck days much less blue bird days without any wind. Good luck trying to get the greenhead, it won't be easy.

December 30, 2020 at 9:25pm
A comment titled: Re: GREYT SECOND SPLIT HUNTS in response to a report titled: GREYT SECOND SPLIT HUNTS

Keep on busting them up, somebody needs to do it because it's not happening here and other places.

December 28, 2020 at 8:57am

Yes, looks like many of us in SE Louisiana will be shooting divers and pouledeau the rest of the season. If we don't want to do that we could always stay home and take up knitting I guess? For those consistently shooting greys over here you are really lucky, may the duck gods continue to smile on you.

December 21, 2020 at 3:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Pecan island second split in response to a report titled: Pecan island second split

Saturday was a perfect day for a duck hunt two of us shot 6 ducks. 4 dosgris - 1 wigeon - 1 canvasback. Not a lot flying around in the sky. Today we went to another lease a friend of mine has and two of us shot 1 pintail and 1 grey duck. Slow times continue.

December 20, 2020 at 8:42pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st Split Results in response to a report titled: 1st Split Results

Good to see you all are getting some gray ducks as our season is the opposite for them. It seems the gray ducks are rather concentrated, if you have them the good times will roll if not, not much will change. Good report on the season.

December 07, 2020 at 1:58pm
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