From WLF survey
'On Monday through Wednesday, when the survey flights were flown, the coastal zone held only 1.21 million ducks, which is 61 percent lower than last year's November count of 3.13 million ducks. This year's count represents the fourth-lowest November estimate since the aerial survey began in 1969.'
Counts seem to reflect what most have been saying about an early opener. I hope all who make it out tomorrow have a good and safe hunt. I am going to work and make some money b/c wont be no ducks to shoot where I'm at.
Best of luck to all.
Made a solo hunt last week. Managed a few birds, only One shy of a limit. Was a nice day in the marsh after the front.
Just got my bird back from the taxidermist. This was mine and my dog's first goose. I think it came out pretty darn good. Now I just gotta find the right place for it.
Well, its the end of another duck season and time to reflect and prepare for next year. This was only my second season duck hunting but it was an excellent one.
The season was great for me, not because I shot limits every day or because I was in a great lease or any number of the usual reasons that make a season great.
It was great for me b/c it was a better season than my first and b/c it was a season of firsts for me. I shot more birds this year, got married, bought a house, shot my first ever goose, first ever mallard and saw my dog improve her skills, and spent a lot of great sunrises in the marsh.
I can only hope that next year and all the ones to come continue to improve the way this year did.
I hope everyone had a great year and God Bless. Here are few pics of the season, enjoy.
I drive across the lake just about every morning and this morning I saw hundreds and hundreds of Do Gris rafting in the lake (first I've really seen this year) all along the bridge and I even saw a few flocks of big duck migrating. Seems the weather has brought down some birds. Hope they stick around a while.
Any old veteran Duck hunters got any tips for identifying Do Gris vs. ring necks when in flight. I had close call last season, miss id'd a scaup for a ring neck, thankfully I wasnt over the limit of 2 do gris. It was a passing shot and damned if it didnt look the exact same as a ring neck to me. Not sure I can tell the difference unless they were right in my face. Thanks.
I recently had 2 photos selected for this months Detla Waterfowl photo contest. If anyone is so inclined I'd appreciate your votes for photos #74 & 75. Both were taken last season during both my mine and my dog's first season ever. Thanks!
I need some feedback from some of you seasond guys. I'm thinking of getting a pirogue and am debating between a Ron Chapman and a Paw Paw's pirogue. Id like to hear from some people who have them and know what you all think about them. Pro's vs Con's. I have a canoe atm, but it paddles like a brick and seems to bottom out too easily with a low tide.
I'm looking for one to carry me, a dog, and gear and that will draft the least amount of water and/or be easiest to pole accross mud.
They both seem to be well built and effective so before I drop the cash on one I would like to hear from some people who are familiar with them and might hunt similar to me.
Thanks for any feedback.
A few pics of my Louisiana Speckeled Lab (AKA GSP) This was her first retrieve. think she is starting to figure out this hunting thing now. Got to work all weekend :( cant wait till next split.