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Waterfowl and Duck Hunting in Southeast Louisiana

Biloxi

Going to make a a cast and blast trip next week. Can anyone tell me an area that will let me get my 1648 flat with a 40hp outboard in and have decent shot of hunting? I have never hunted there and would appreciate any advice on how to navigate out there. I will be bringing a pirouge and plan to just hunt potholes or any area I do not get stuck in. I willhave not bethe able toto scoutyour due work, but ii just wanta to getsay around safely. Thanks.
November 13, 2012 at 8:48pm
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Posted November 14, 2012 at 6:34am
ducks

The ducks are few and far between....we did great for the opener...went yesterday the water came up super high didnt kill any(of course i went late i was alone didnt wanna run in the dark by myself)....all of my spots that were great last year are virtually empty...ive never seen it this bad....there are afew birds but goodness you have to drive a 20 mile boat ride to get there...i think the high water spread them really thin...doesnt look like it will be a great year thats for sure...i think we have to wait for the water to drop and kind of concentrate the ducks...the entire marsh was flooded i mean the water came up 18 inches....the birds just sit and sit what few they have just dont move and its early season usually something that doesnt happen till late season....as far as where to go as long as you in a pond off a main bayou you be ok....just leave boat in canal. Literally my number one go to spot that had hundreds of ducks last year had ten ducks in it yesterday...its sad sad looking so far.

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Posted November 14, 2012 at 11:06am
scout

Duckhunter you need to scout new areas. Buddy tried a new area I haven't hunted yet and did well yesterday out there. It's no where close to where you hunt. My advice to new hunter is leave at daylight. Ride around and look for birds. They will fly later if you have the patience. Should be mostly greys as well. Good luck!

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Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:27pm
ducks

Dude i scouted from bayou st malo all way to the north tip of biloxi on the west side...i promise the ducks arent that thick.... scouted 5 hrs a day for a few days before the season.....we shot a 3 man limit saturday but the water was way up when i went back...

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Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:47pm
Water Level

Explain to me how the water is way up after 3 days of strong north winds?

You went today and the water was high?

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Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:54pm
ducks

Trust me it was skyy high..i think the wind was out of the northEAST which idk maybe brought it up....i hope it goes down though...ive only been hunting there for a year so im still learning it alot....but like i said all my good spots i had last year are sucking this year terrible man...you know how far i had to go to find birds a freaken hour plus boat ride lol

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Posted November 14, 2012 at 7:34pm
35 miles

I did the same thing. 35 miles round trip.

I just figured thats par for the course. Have to sacrifice to kill on public land

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Posted November 14, 2012 at 8:30pm
High water

Yeah, we hunted yesterday on my lease adjacent to the WMA and the water was high. High water and the storm will make the birds hold in different areas than normal tides a d a year without a storm. I always split some gizzards to see what they are eating and we are seeing a lot less wigeon grass ( the main food source last year) and a lot more seed from three square(corner) grass and other grass seed along with algae. I ran around a bit Monday searching for my friends missing boat (time them secure before you launch your pirogues ), and the birds were holding in very shallow broken marsh. They were in small groups but in a given area there were a good number of birds. So yeah, the places that were hot last year may be devoid of food and ducks now but there are ducks out there. My hint would be look at satellite maps and look for trenasses that come off of the Ponds you would normally consider and the pirogue into the potholes at the back of the secondary trenasses. Or just run around in circles in your surface drive and chase them onto the leads, I don't mind! Seriously though, watch for seed floating on the water and feathers in the water and hunt where you find these way back in.

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Posted November 19, 2012 at 6:58am
ANSWER:

Water Level

Explain to me how the water is way up after 3 days of strong north winds?

The answer to this question is a NE wind will always blow water into the Biloxi Marsh area. Don't be confused by this. It takes a N, NW or West wind to blow water out of that area and of course 2' tide ranges with high tide at 5am have a factor on it too.

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Posted November 19, 2012 at 7:09am
coot

Coot is right...i took me a minute to think about that...northEAST wind will push water in, northWest pushes water out.....anyway get out there fisherman and fish!...we need yall to get the birds up and fly...man they just can sit anywhere and it makes for a tough hunting conditons sometimes....lol some reason the other day a propeller plane flew right over where i was hunting that seemed to do the trick to get the birds up talk about cool and he made a few circles.

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