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What area? Delacroix, Reggio has nothing right now
Been in the marsh the last couple of weekends fishing and doing blinds in and around Pointe aux Chene WMA. The ducks are retarded and i fished right behind the Montegut section of reserve yesterday say huge flocks of big ducks can't wait...
Ive saw some spoon bills n teal but besides that not much of anything else but couple greys
Nothing in the Lafitte areas of Blue Point and Ollie Canal
Have property in Delacroix and Reggio... Haven't been there since teal season was hoping some grays had shown up...a lot of te guys say season after Katrina was great but isk doesn't seem to be looking that way for this season :/
Around Cameron. Did not see the first duck. I was a little concerned as I thought we should have seen something. Of course there were quite a few boats running around. Maybe the birds retreated to more quiet places.
We didn't jump up any birds working on or blinds early Saturday, but from 8-9:30 we had 4 or 5 nice bunches of BWTs and one group of grays buzz us. We did see a couple of huge bunches (50+) flying mud lake, but they were to far to id. My gut says greenwings based on the way they were bunched up.
The marsh looks better than it has in 3 years, however. Everything is green and plenty of cover and lots of algae in the ponds.
That makes sense. I would think the birds would be in Sabine right now as it has been closed for about a week.
Glad the marsh looks good. I hope it is a good year for us over there.
guide in cameron parish, seeing lots of teal, greys,pintail, and even widgeon. The marsh is looking awesome with lots of widgeon grass, thanks to ducks unlimited for puttin in our flume gate to hold back saltwater from the lake. The best part is lots of specklebelly right now also
Ducks are starting to show up in lafouche and terrbonne parish in good numbers lots of Bluewings around seen a few thosand coots grays ,pintails ,wigeous,a few greenwings and MR spoonbill him self with a few divers freshwater marsh looks real good brackish water has lots of wigeous grass and the Grays love it so its time to get ready it's getting close and Team Duckman will rise again Duckman outtfitters for all your guided Duck hunts
Sounds like we're screwed in thr SE part of the state. Looked great before the storm, but seeing that ducks have started showing up everywhere but our area doesn't bode we'll for the outlook of our season down here :/.
we went to delacroix sunday and the only ducks we saw was on our way out on bayou tere boef.we did not see any ducks on the interier marshes. i have a lease in pt.ala hashe any i am getting concerned.unless tsa has them held up somewhere up north i am starting to wonder when they will show up.
i too have leases in delacroix/reggio areas . was out yesterday rebuilding the blinds that hurricane isaac took away. didnt see a migrating duck all day,and very few mottleds. seems as they have fled in search for food as well. there is no s.a.v. anywhere. i am very concerned at this point, since there are numerous reports of duck sightings in many other areas that were not heavily affected by hurricane isaac. the only ones who are optimistic about the delacroix/reggio areas seem to be the local guides that are trying to fill their schedules.
its funny, i listen to a certain fishing show every sat morn. a certain guide says he has so many ducks they are pooing on him as they fly by!he is on one side the river and we are on the other.me i dont like that side the river , you think the ducks would think the same. lol.i am just saying.
I was out in the Delacroix area 3 times in the last 2 weeks. I did not see a bird including Black ducks. I hope things turn around quickly or I will have to relocate. We should be seeing a few and are seeing ZZZipppO!!
Where at in Cameron Parish Marshrunner? Thanks.
Went to my lease in Hopedale Saturday to work on blinds and saw about 150 on one of my ponds and a few dozen in another. Grays don't show up till later in my area so not too worried. On the other hand the area we saw the most birds in had good registry of SAV after the storm. We killed birds after Katrina but after Gustav it was pretty bad except for a day or two either side of a cold front. We will see soon enough. The birds we saw were mostly green wings and blue wings with some spoonies and a half dozen grays.
Im just as worried as you guys but Im not convinced yet that we will be shut out in the SE. The Greys usually migrate with the full moon in October and that will be at the end of the month. Looks like a front may be accompanying the full moon so lets wait till early November to start worrying. We plan on making a few scouting trips after the moon phase to check it out and find our spot for opening day. All public land of course.
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I was in Dularge all weekend and the birds are there just flying high or sitting in ponds with feed in them. Noone freak out, we havent had enough cold fronts for big numbers of grey ducks to come down yet. The number of ducks in southeast LA will more than triple after the first week of November, trust me.
There are some birds down in SE La. I killed after Katrina and Gustov. I believe I did better after Katrina because there was little to no pressure on the birds compared to a normal season.
I hunt in the big lake area, and in the east creole, and grand chenier also.. i havent been to creole or gc but i heard good things. The ducks in our marsh and fields in biglake are are excellent. ill be water buffaloing this week or next so it should only get better
I agree with team duck eat, in SE LA ducks tend to arrive in bulk after November 1. We have duck ponds and deer stands in Hopedale and when we are setting up for deer we always look in the ponds during October but there are usually just a few teal. Then just before the season birds show up. So if the bulk of your kill the past few years has been bluewings the you might have a problem, but if you kill more grays and green wings then it's too early to panic.
Not sure how accurate I am about this statement im about to make but maybe someone with more experience can confirm or deny. From what i know many places north of us are experience big drought problems this year. I'm expecting when the migration really starts and we have nice cold weather up north and some good fronts to push the birds down. Louisiana has the possiblity to have a great season just because of the fact we do have water and feed for the birds. I know a lot of feed in S.E LA is gone thats where I hunt but im hoping there will be enough ducks where the hunting will still be good. I'm just assuming the birds will be here because of the droughts north of us. Any input from someone about theory of mine i would appreciate
I think biloxi marsh will have ducks because they go there to rest and not feed. When your best shoooting comes at 10 am its not a feeding spot so the storm really doesnt affect it too bad i would imagine. I think the birds go there to rest...Greys and gw teal dont care about saltwater. If we wouldnt of had that storm the marsh would have been insane...they had more feed than ever it was piled up in some areas matted up for two feed deep all widgeon grass to no freshwater products growing there.
The 1st week of so into Nov. we'll all be covered up
Katrina season looked like this
Gustav season looked like this
Hope to have a look around this weekend but remaining optimistic in SE La marshes despite the storm; Katrina and Gustav seasons were both good. We killed birds mostly in ponds with little or no grass at all, though some did grow back between the storm and the season opener. Not sure if anyone's seeing coots in SE La marshes yet but from my observations over the years they always precede our grays. They'll be coming, get out and scout! good luck
Storm hurt but season won't be a bust saw 100 coot and a few flock of 20 greys today..lots of huge mottled duck in salt marsh next to lake Borgne..may have even seen a goose.. Still feed grew back great some area still no big numbers yet
Thats good to hear man, thanx for the report. Im eager to see how things look down river.
Did a lot of running the past 2 days in Caernarvon and Scaresdale area and if I saw 500 birds I saw a lot! The vast majority of birds were bluewings.
Was in some areas around Reggio and there wasn't much there either. Now the birds can show up quick,but they are making a poor show so far.
Yea not even 1/10th of the ducks seen last year at this time...what ashame we were in such good shape before the storm....I prolly didnt see 150 ducks at biloxi and i rode for 20 miles one way went through the entire west side. Even areas with feed didnt have many ducks i just dont understand
We saw a few ducks by the camp this weekend in Venice, but nothing to jump for joy over. It's def still early. The water got really really low in the afternoon too. I think low tide is in the morning for opening weekend.
I'll sound like a broken record cause I always bitch about it on here, but with fewer ducks this year everyone running miles in the ponds isn't going to help. Opening morning will be fine and we'll see after that.
You should see some ducks after this cold front on Saturday.They may not stay long since there is no feed for them.
Last year we had a storm and the same thing occured with the aquatic grass. The ducks will rest and feed on everything in the mud. Last year was awesome, even after the tropical.
If your comment was addressed to me don't worry I don't run through peoples ponds. Well before or after season I will cut across areas as a short cut but I believe in not harrasing birds.
As long as you the only one running I'm the ponds it don't matter..I ran godevil in marsh ponds everytime we hunted and we slaughtered the birds...the ponds so far in biloxi it's hard to scare them birds out..now a wma like PAC or Salvador yea to many ppl birds gettin heck out dodge 40 boats running all day same spot easy access..no wma is more remote and secluded than biloxi all I can say u better have a good GPS.. No straight runs its like a maze