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Got in 28 total hunts that included the early speck opener in Avoyelles Parish ag land, so 27 duck hunts. Logged 186 ducks on those 27 hunts for a per-hunt average of 6.9 ducks. Mostly hunted Delacroix area and a few hunts near Bunkie/Avoyelles Parish rice. Species breakdown is as follows: 56 GW teal 9 BW teal 82 grays* 11 mottleds* 12 shovelers 6 scaup/dosgris 1 bufflehead 1 woodduck 6 mallards 2 blackbelly whistling ducks 7 specklebelly geese *82 grays is more than the prior two seasons combined, only 27 in 2017 and 35 in 2018, and is more in line with some of the bigger seasons we've had. *11 mottleds is an all-time record, besting the previous record of 8. Even so, I can recall a number of hunts when ops on mottleds were missed, this could have easily been 15 or more. Also of note, greenwings were back up from a recent low of 26 last year. They were not as prevalent on Delacroix lease as in 2016, 2017 but better than last year. Photo herein shows stats from recent prior seasons to compare against, shakes out as pretty decent and certainly better than last year. Wasn't the best one but we've had much worse as well. Know it was a tough season for many, but some had a really productive one, including a lot of SE La public land. Weather just didn't get it done for us in much of late November and through December, was just fairly mild with pacific fronts. Nonetheless had some great times at camps with great food and people. We'll look forward to doing it again in the fall.

January 27 at 12:28pm

Had two decent hunts to kick it off near Delacroix over the weekend, though overall reports were mixed from full limits of mostly teal to 'didn't even think about shooting'. The usual shooting well before legal shooting time while I'm throwing decoys was mostly absent on opening day so that's often a tell-tale of how many birds are around. When the birds are thick, it's a war zone......in the dark. Otherwise, it's quiet like it should be. Three of us managed to strap 11 on Saturday, a mix of grays, mottelds, a few dosgris, a spoon, and a GW teal. On Sunday, passed on the dosgris and strapped 10 birds, mix of grays, GW and BW teal, and mottleds. Little better shooting each day and we get near a 3-man limit but would have had to be perfect, and also shoot more dosgris. As a bonus, caught some pretty freshwater cats off the dock at the camp. That combined with a big Tigers win, made for a solid opener weekend. Try them again later this week after calling off Tuesday's hunt with the gale warnings. Good luck and be safe out there

November 13, 2019 at 1:52pm

Not a whole lot to say other than that it was the slowest season we've had in quite a while, definitely in recent memory. Not only from a numbers standpoint but also in the patterns of birds observed, just entirely off. Hard to judge numbers too far back because I didn't always make the number of hunts that I routinely get in now but numbers way down along with overall sightings. At first we thought something was off in our marsh but at least took slight comfort when reports in person and online were rampant with the same message 'Where's the birds!??' Quite the frightening question considering no storms to hit south Louisiana coupled with one of the harshest, most persistent winters in many years. Front after front came, but brought little to no change more often than not.

Species breakdown was as follows:

29 grays (101 last season, 153 year before!)
10 mallards
8 mottleds
1 Mexican duck
29 GW teal (62 last season, 61 year before!)
7 BW teal
11 spoon
1 ringneck
6 pintail
1 wigeon
4 redhead
2 dosgris

109 ducks on 30 hunts, also 6 specks, 1 snow and 1 blue
This is down from last year's 221 ducks on 28 hunts, and 270 on 28 hunts the year before. Would have made more hunts had I thought it would be worth the effort, passed on a few weekdays I'd usually be in the blind.

Grays and GW teal still led our harvest which is about the only glimpse of normalcy in that breakdown. Scaup (dosgris) were far below our normal harvest, yet mallards and mottleds were up.

Nonetheless, we had some good times and I made some new hunting friends and enjoyed hunting with those of previous hunts. In total, I was fortunate to hunt in Delacroix Island/Hopedale, Slidell, Creole, Klondike, Welsh, and Bunkie/Whiteville. Regardless of any changes in upcoming seasons, we'll be hard at it one way or another. Good luck fishin'!

January 29, 2014 at 11:57am

Didn't bother with the East Zone this week with the goofy weather, complete with fog and little to no wind this weekend. This season had a lot of ups and downs as we had to constantly move to keep up with the birds. Just when we thought we'd found a honey hole to hammer out a few good hunts, we'd find them working somewhere else the next trip forcing us to make too many mid-hunt moves. Also, when the water went out with the few strong fronts we did get, our birds left with it or would raft on big lagoons. Did notice more mallards this year than usual and a good few found their way to our straps sporadically. Likely could have had all we wanted if we took the time to target them in small waters.

Species breakdown as follows:

101 grays, 62 GW teal, 3 BW teal, 1 mottled, 12 spoons, 26 dosgris (1 greater, the rest lesser scaup), 3 buffleheads, 10 mallards, 3 wigeon; 3 specklebelly geese. Total is 221 ducks on 28 hunts, down from 270 last season.

1st split averaged 11 ducks per hunt but 2nd split fell off drastically to around 5.5/hunt. We usually saw quite a few birds but had a tough time really getting on them in big numbers as the 2nd split wore on.

Note: If we were just hunting numbers, dosgris numbers could easily be doubled if not more. 1st split we passed on them in droves holding out for later gray flights that sometimes never panned out. Second split we mostly took them when opportunities presented, though not nearly as many as earlier in season.

Hunted mostly in southeast La with only one trip to the Whiteville/Bunkie area rice in January. Plenty of good times with good friends and even got some guys their first greenheads for the wall. Time to trade the flat and shotgun for the bay boat and rods but I'll be raring to go again come September. If you're on facebook you can keep up with my hunting and fishing trips at http://www.facebook.com/DigbyOutdoorMedia
good luck fishin'!

January 27, 2013 at 8:02pm

Pretty solid start to the season, hunting both the Coastal Zone and East Zone Isaac-battered marshes. Weather was treating us pretty good until last week when this warm-up started, glad to see us shut down this week with the warm forecast.

Been doing a lot of post-hunt scouting or afternoon fishing, though most who know me know full well that the binoculars stay in my hand far more than a fishing rod this time of year. Have been moving around about every hunt but really have yet to find any particular 'hole' they're piling into. By moving around we just try to give them a different look each day.

Species breakdown as follows:
64 grays, 5 spoons, 41 GW teal, 1 BW teal, 1 mottled, 1 wigeon, 1 greenhead, 3 buffleheads, 16 dosgris. Total is 133 ducks on 12 hunts, averages out to about 11 birds/hunt. Some days were great, some days we'd have 2-6 and glad to have them. Last Thursday we were covered up in dosgris but opted to let them all pass, not looking to pad numbers, but instead just shot our 6 grays and missed on a few others. Long-range forecast shows better weather a week out so hopefully it cools down by the 15th. good luck out there

December 03, 2012 at 7:49am

Guys I'm looking for some reel care tips from those of you who routinely fish multiple days per week and are hard on equipment in the saltwater. Like many of us, I've got an assortment of rod/reel combos in varying conditions and values but looking for tips on maintaining smooth reel operation for the long haul.
In short, what do you do to your spinning and casting reels when you get home after each and every trip when chasing specks and reds? Maybe some of you guides can chime in on what's worked for you since you rely so heavily on your equipment. thanks guys and good luck fishin'

February 16, 2012 at 12:44pm

Had a great year hunting around the state, though most hunts made throughout southeast Louisiana marshes, both public and private land. Plenty of miles on the truck, boat and ATV and had some great times with old friends and new. Was lucky enough to hunt Delacroix, Bayou Bienvenue, Chef Pass, Whiteville/Bunkie rice, and Lake Arthur fresh marshes along with various SE La WMA's.

Final tally was 270 ducks on 28 hunts, so averaged a shade under 10 birds per hunt. Most were two-man blinds but also had two solo limits and one 4-man limit. Didn't really chase the geese as much this year, took only 1 speck and no snows or blues.

Species breakdown was as follows: 153 grays, 6 BW teal, 58 GW teal, 14 mallards, 3 buffleheads, 8 mottleds, 10 shovelers, 1 wigeon, 8 dosgris, 7 black-bellied whistlers, 2 pintail.

Like most folks, we saw a ton of grays this season and had a field day with them. Hopefully they come back next year! However, troubling to see one lonely wigeon on the log after taking 35 in 2005-2006 season. Thanks to all who hosted me in different places this year, hope to do it again next fall. Good luck fishin'

January 30, 2012 at 6:40pm

Despite the warm temperatures and mosquitos, we managed to put together two solid hunts over the weekend.

Saturday the birds worked well with a stout S/SW wind all morning, 3-man limit by about 8:15 with 16 grays, 1 GW teal, 1 mottled

Sunday again had a decent wind from the SE but had to deal with the fog and ultimately wait it out. We picked away at them in the fog then finished up after 10:00am when it finally cleared out. 13 grays, 2 mallards, 1 GW teal, 1 BW teal, 1 dosgris.

January 23, 2012 at 12:39pm

Finally got some weather in here to shuffle the deck and it looks like most guys are benefitting with some good hunts.

Had a stellar trip to Doug's Hunting Lodge in Klondike last Thursday Jan 12. Three of us took 8 mallards (7 greenheads), 2 mottleds, 2 GW teal, 1 BW teal, 4 grays and 1 sprig for 8:30. Could have melted your barrel shooting squealers early on but we passed on them along with spoons and a good many teal. Winds were ripping 15-25 from N/NW all morning

Hit SE La marsh last Saturday the 14th in a late-season pothole that holds water. Unfortunately, the birds aren't really using it this year like last, despite the water being very low. Put down everything that came by, couldn't be choosy. 1 mottled, 1 spoon, 1 bufflehead, 1 dosgris. No wind, clear conditions didn't help to move what was around either.

Looks like the divers are showing up more in a lot of bags as we're getting toward the tail end of the season. Seeing a good many dosgris and buffleheads on Lake P but doesn't seem like quite as many as last year. Back in the marsh this weekend, good luck closing it out in the WZ.

January 19, 2012 at 1:01pm

The weather's been a bummer lately fighting the fog with no wind, warmer temperatures and LOW water in the marshes. If you're holding some birds you can put together a strap after the fog lifts but don't count on the weather making them move around & unfortunately it's a lot of the same birds with no fronts to move in some new faces. Been scraping together a few here and there in the marsh but no big numbers this week. Seems like everyone's seeing the grays do their usual late-season thing: move out to big water to raft up. Need this week's front in a bad way to shuffle the deck and move some birds around. On the calm days, a jerk string rig has been a game-changer for getting birds close. Made a solo hunt today and saw a surprising number of GW teal, taking my 6 in about 20 minutes, didn't even put eyes on a gray duck. They may have flown later but I was out of the marsh by 7:15. Headed to try some fresh marsh near Lake Arthur later this week, good luck out there & Go Tigers!

January 08, 2012 at 11:40am

Hunting has been pretty good from what I've seen the last week or so. Spent last weekend in the Bunkie/Whiteville area. Plenty of ducks in the general area but the masses have not yet taken to this particular section of fields like they did last year. There are, however, droves and droves of snows and specks in the area. Saturday two of us had 4 GW's and 1 greenhead, with plenty of chances on GW teal flights to get our 12. Also should have had a couple of specks at least. Sunday the ducks were even fewer on our field, though strong numbers seen in the general area, managed only to take 1 speck.

Mid-week in SE La marshes was solid with strong numbers of grays all around. Plenty of hunters taking limits of GW's and grays. Limited both days:
Wednesday 16 grays, 1 GW teal, 1 dosgris
Thursday in the rain: 21 grays, 1 wigeon, 1 GW teal, 1 spoon

Good luck out there & Merry Christmas

December 24, 2011 at 7:35am

Overall it was a solid first split in SE Louisiana marshes. Looks like the grays have shown up in force for most everyone, essentially statewide. Also saw a good many green wing teal and a smattering of mallards, spoons, few pintail. This week I noticed a definite increase in divers following the big front with more dosgris and bufflehead buzzing around. Looks like another front early next week should help us out to kick off the East Zone on the 10th.

101 ducks on 10 hunts; mostly grays (56) and GW teal (28) and the rest spoons, BW teal, pintail, mallards, mottleds, dosgris, and bufflehead.

December 02, 2011 at 2:12pm

The hunting all around SE La has been good so far with plenty of birds down to keep things interesting. Hunters in some areas are even reporting more birds than they've seen in quite some time. Since the West Zone opener last weekend I've only not hunted on two days (Mon/Tues) making trips to Delacroix, Chef/Bayou Bienvenue, and various SE La public marshes. I was most impressed with the gray duck flights last Wednesday in the Bayou Bienvenue area, just phenomenal with a SW wind blowing 20-30+ with the storms passing through that morning, thankfully missing us. Wave after wave of flights 50-60+ strong all morning long, really something to see. So far grays and GW's have made the bulk of the straps but have also taken BW teal, pintail, mallards, spoons, dosgris, and mottleds totaling 67 birds on 7 hunts. Yesterday was slow with the fog and a sharp decline in birds with the high water. We need this front tomorrow night in a bad way to get the water out. Good luck this week and Happy Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2011 at 12:50pm

Wrapped up what was a great 2011 teal season yesterday with a fun hunt that was over far too quickly. Four of us had limits in hand in under 15 minutes and took our time picking up from there, taking in the show of birds against the glow on the horizon. The little front at end of last week looks to have recharged our bird supply making for two last days with plenty of limits taken. One observation I noted that others have similarly seen was the unusual number of green wings down here. Though things got off to an unusually slow start in SE La following Tropical Storm Lee, the hunting picked up shortly thereafter when the water got back to normal levels.
In total, my log shows 104 teal taken on 9 hunts (101 BW, 3 GW). Some days you had to work for them, shooting well with the chances presented, and some days you could have just thrown handfuls of rocks for limits. Great times with a lot of good friends. 'Till November......Go Tigers.

September 26, 2011 at 12:36pm

Guys i'm looking to head out to the Pearl River Navigation Canal and want to launch at the Lock 1 ramp (Lock 1 Road in Pearl River). I spent many years there earlier in my life but it's been at least 5-7 years or so since i've used that launch. Any chance I can launch a 21 bay boat there on a tandem axle trailer?

Supposed to take some relatives for a ride there this weekend but don't want to get to the launch and have issues. Any drop off issues I should know about? All I've launched there in the past was my 16' flat boat.

Thanks for any help, have a good 4th weekend.

June 30, 2011 at 11:14am

Hoped it would calm a bit this morning after ripping all day yesterday, but the wind insisted on another day of outdoing itself. Spent a few hours trolling (and rocking and rolling) on the causeway this morning in the new boat. Boxed 10 trout ranging from 13' to 20', 1 red and lost 1 lucky trout who managed to flip back into the water off the deck. Threw back a couple undersized specks. Water was dirty but not terrible and the chartreuse baits were showing up well, seemed to be the color of the day. All fish caught on MirroLures, rattletraps or trailed B2 squid in chartreuse. good luck out there

April 17, 2011 at 9:08pm

Got my numbers put together and it was certainly a good season. Had a lot of fun hunting a variety of places with good friends and family. Countdown is on to September!

Total for the year in my blind was 246 ducks, 8 specklebelly geese, 1 blue goose

Species breakdown is as follows:

GW teal 68
BW teal 39
Gray 35
Mottled 6
Spoon 55
Dosgris 28
Redhead 1
ringneck 1
bufflehead 1
woodie 2
mallard 8
pintail 2

A few observations on the numbers: more mallards than usual, most around the state observed the same. Usually we’d only kill maybe 3-4 a year if that many, and we had the chance to harvest many more had we targeted them in smaller potholes earlier in the season. The number of spoons was up significantly, largely due to more rice field hunts in the Cheneyville/Bunkie/Whiteville areas this year. Dosgris (scaup) were also up; many days we’d pass on them landing in the spread 30+ at a time but on slow days we took our 2 per person. Before the season I would have thought we’d kill a hundred grays because they showed up in droves around October 15th and stayed a while BUT they disappeared right before the opener, 35 is down from 93 in 2005 but about average for the years since then (30-40), last year’s low of 11 being an anomaly. Green wing teal harvested is way up from a usual 30-40 per year; most killed in first split rice and marsh with only a few in 2nd split.

Made hunts in: Lacombe/Slidell, Delacroix Island, Hopedale, Lake Arthur marsh, Bell City, Cheneyville, & Bunkie/Whiteville

February 03, 2011 at 12:22pm

No crazy closures as referred to in other threads, at this time. The plans below subject to storm impacts or changing oil spill conditions.

News release from today:
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/?id=1912

and the plan referenced:
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/Deep-Horizon-Oil-Spill-and-Waterfowl-Hunting-Season-in-Louisiana.pdf

Seems reasonable to me, again, for the conditions as they are today. Pray for no storms!

July 16, 2010 at 5:48pm

Any reports out of area south of Caernarvon, Braithwaite area, scarsdale?? Have not been lately but may try this week. Just looking for any reports from the general area. Hopefully all this high water will fall out soon!

Edit: Hunted today down there, 11/24/09 and managed a 2-man limit. Lots of teal moving around and not many big ducks. 4 greys, 3 wigeon and 5 teal.

November 22, 2009 at 2:50pm

Saw on this site and on LDWF site the announcement for the White Lake teal hunts......only $125 per person. I was planning to put in but not at that rate. I suppose it's tough times for everyone, including LDWF but man that's rough. For those willing to pay it, should be easy to get picked with far fewer applicants.

Your thoughts??

July 17, 2009 at 1:08pm
A comment titled: Re: Season Recap in response to a report titled: Season Recap

I've heard from a number of others in my circles that noted the same thing only to discover that so many others had as well. Like mentioned above, hope they imprint now that it's quiet out there, see them in Nov.

January 29 at 12:21pm
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I think plenty of hunters got discouraged maybe early and hung it up. In my travels in the marsh I routinely saw birds flushing from ponds I knew to be hunted earlier in the season, but hadn't seen anyone in weeks. As a result, their land became refuges and made our hunting more difficult.

January 28 at 8:56am
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Delta Duckman you make a great point in that the first split didn\'t feel like it was good at all, but the tally showed 105 ducks logged so that\'s on par with some of my best 1st splits of the past since I started keeping a log for the 2002-2003 season. We weren\'t seeing all that many birds, had to shoot well with the ops we got......some days we did, some days we sure didn\'t. \r\n\r\nLikewise, we all remain optimistic for next season and I was encouraged to see some new birds on closing weekend, many of the grays we killed were observed to be immature so hopefully they imprint with the guns noW put away. We\'ll find out in November!

January 28 at 8:51am
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Re: dog He's good in the blind, he's great tolerating infants and toddlers climbing on him. Saved us a ton of birds this season by finding them in the marsh/rice stubble.

January 27 at 2:47pm

Mike, likewise had good hunts on closing weekend in Delacroix with E/SE winds, the north wind on closing Sunday was junk, scratched. I likewise heard of large numbers of grays on big shallow lagoons rafting up/feeding on low water grass flats

January 27 at 12:36pm
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photos

January 27 at 12:32pm
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More photos

January 27 at 12:31pm
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Looks like a great one to me with the birds and the crawfish!

January 20 at 9:46am
A comment titled: Re: hunting with a dog in response to a report titled: hunting with a dog

I hunt with a golden, and yes (like any dog) they like to sniff around and romp in the marsh. What has worked for me is giving him a place of his own, a dog stand next to most of my blinds. When not in those, he's in a pirogue. The command he knows is 'load up', taught in back yard in offseason with a small platform I built. Yes on first few hunts in his first season I leashed him but as he learned of his 'place' it was never an issue thereafter. When hunts are slow, he just lays down on the stand, make sure it's large enough for that. I usually make them like 3 ft long by maybe 28 in wide. Now when we approach the blind to hunt, he goes straight to his spot. Good luck, hope that helps you out.

January 20 at 9:44am
A comment titled: Re: Duck Report 12/7/2019 in response to a report titled: Duck Report 12/7/2019

Was so nice to finally have some weather for Saturday as you described. I hunted the day before......no wind, warm temps, gnats out in force......2 grays taken. Saturday we ended up with 10

December 10, 2019 at 12:42pm
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Though my numbers are surprisingly good for this first split, because I don't stay under a rock I realize there's a whole lot of historically good areas that are doing bizarrely poor, and that's very concerning. It just doesn't make sense given the weather. Nonetheless have some good fronts in the forecast (today), next week, etc. so we'll see. 105 ducks and 3 specks on 12 hunts (11 duck hunts, 1 speck-only hunt) To compare first split ducks from recent years: 67 on 10 hunts 2018 1st split 89 on 10 hunts 2017 1st split 82 on 8 hunts 2016 1st split 96 on 12 hunts 2015 1st split 108 on 12 hunts 2014 1st split Seemed to see a few more Saturday morning (post-front) than we had been seeing so maybe it\'s headed in the right direction......maybe.

December 10, 2019 at 12:33pm
A comment titled: Re: Slow Duck Hunting Continues in response to a report titled: Slow Duck Hunting Continues

Would certainly agree on your take of the duck business; it's a monster that we all shoulder a tad of the blame for, and like you said, is likely too big to fail now.

December 04, 2019 at 8:33am
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Hit Delacroix again on Thursday and overall again didn't see a whole lot. Two of us managed 5 grays and 2 dosgris on a mostly calm, fair morning with very few other hunters out. Heard of another hunt in same general area the next day, saw even fewer birds. East Zone opener yesterday in central Louisiana ag land was very strong, however, with four of us strapping our 24 consisting of mostly teal and a few spoons. Saw big flights of ducks and geese most of the morning so that looks promising. Have some weather coming in next few days so hoping to get back out soon, good luck!

November 24, 2019 at 7:25am
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Tried them again Friday and Saturday down there with mixed results. Friday had great conditions and ended up seeing decent many grays though not much of anything else. Three of us strapped five and should have had 10+ easily but failed to make the most of our chances. 4 grays, 1 GW teal Made an adjustment to a makeshift set up with some buddies on Saturday that allowed us to strap 24. 13 grays, 6 GW teal, and 5 mottleds. Overall not seeing many birds and reports are mostly pretty weak in the area from what I’m hearing. May try one more day this week down there before heading north for the east zone opener this weekend. Good luck!

November 17, 2019 at 3:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Good Hunting Continues in response to a report titled: Good Hunting Continues

Get 'em Mike! Headed down this evening to hunt next two days.

November 14, 2019 at 12:37pm
A comment titled: Re: Coastal Opener Weekend in response to a report titled: Coastal Opener Weekend

Thanks! He serves us well in the blind and at the house with the kids.

November 14, 2019 at 7:42am
A comment titled: Re: 2nd Weekend Teal Report in response to a report titled: 2nd Weekend Teal Report

Been a tough one for many in SE La, myself included. There are pockets of success in certain habitats where the birds are congregating, but outside of that, been tough sledding.

September 23, 2019 at 7:44am

Teal Season: #4 waterfowl loads, OR #6 STEEL dove loads (cheap!) via Carlson extended Skeet choke. This year will also dabble in 20 gauge during teal season. Regular season: 2's (field), 3's (marsh) via Carlson extended Light Mod for most of season, Mod or Improved Mod for late season. Seeing some new loads with blended shot sizes being offered for Fall 2019

July 08, 2019 at 10:27am
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Video's got me itching for opener 2019!

May 30, 2019 at 8:15am
A comment titled: Re: Duck Seasons Officially Set in response to a report titled: Duck Seasons Officially Set

Glad to see others have their minds right. Won't be too long!

May 29, 2019 at 12:42pm
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