Hunter Simmons of Mer Rouge has been in the duck blind with some of the best duck hunters in the South since he was old enough to hold a shotgun. Well, truth be told, even before that. And that usually included not missing out on Louisiana’s early bird teal season. Even though he’s still a young hunter, his experience puts his knowledge level way beyond his years.

And his job as Chief Operating Officer of Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop keeps him around teal and duck hunters virtually 12 months a year. Last month, we featured Hunter in an article about getting ready for teal season by practicing sporting clays or skeet shooting. This month we talk about how to set up and go be successful in the teal blind. 

Successful setup

Hunter will tell you that setting up for and hunting teal is similar in many ways to hunting for big ducks. But there are lots of differences. And paying attention to those subtle differences can make the difference between having teal ducks for supper or eating a hambuger.

“Every year is different for teal hunting conditions,” Simmons says. “But whether you have a lot of water in the fields or only small bodies of water to hunt, the main thing you have to do is spend a lot of time scouting. Several weeks before the season, you or one of your hunting companions needs to be out there seeing where the teal are going.”

You can’t assume that because teal were in one spot last week, they will be there the next. Weather this time of year plays a big part in the teal’s desire to stay in one place for very long. Sometimes subtle changes in the temperature or a big rain can send teal in a different direction. An ideal climate condition is a big cold front up north of