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Wednesday morning, 43 degrees, wind from NW at 17-25mph. Perfect conditions in so many ways! We only saw 3 ducks the entire morning! Anyone know of any good timber hunting anywhere in south or south central LA on public land?
Thanks!
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Not really
We ant seen nothing but 2 ducks!
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Perfect conditions
I feel your pain brother. I'm on 3,000 acres of prime fresh marsh in Lafitte and today we took 3 birds, saw 12 ducks. It's a duck desert
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no ducks
We hunt the pointe aux chene management area and its the same thing. No ducks even with great duck hunting conditions. A very few weary birds but as you can tell ..no new birds. Ya'll have any theorys on where the ducks went? I'm guessing held up in the flooded rice fields to the north but that's just my guess.
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DUCKS
lots of ducks in south AR right now right on the louisiana Arkansas line seen them today fields full lots of new water their
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Catfish Lake area
Hunted G M area, no water and no ducks. Like i said b 4 they will b here in FEB. We need a late season in Feb. Times have change. It will b very cold up north in late Jan. and Feb.
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Conditions
You're right, it's all driven by weather
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lafitte
where yall hunt in lafiite?
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Sunday Bad, Too
My friend hunted Manchac WMA this morning, said they may have seen a total of 30 ducks! We need Southern Arkansas to freeze over, it looks like, before we'll get any new ducks!
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salt/brackish marsh
I believe the ducks are eating more than just grass. The salt/brackish marsh has alot of crustaceans and invertebrates which the ducks eat late season.. I dont really know its just an opinion.. Also low tides push alot of the ducks to the extreme outer marsh when these ponds go from 3ft deep to less than a foot. Seems to me like brackish marsh always has a few birds no matter what the conditions. Not that there is a lot but there are afew and enough to hunt in some areas but as stated the move with water levels so much. We been shooting a few but you absolutely have to get out of the boat blind and sit in grass with a facemask thats the only way to kill these wary ducks in my opinion. Let me know what yall think.
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Where are the ducks
I hunt in the Blue Point area and have for 37 years and have seen it go from brackish to primarily fresh. All of the ponds are less than 3 feet deep (perfect for dabbling ducks). On very few occasions has our lease been devoid of SAV, and it has enough now to support a healthy duck population if they were here. I believe the migration pattern has shifted to the west as a result of the repeated years of storms wiping out the food in the Venice delta since Katrina. My observation based on usually hunting about 40 days of the season, every season. Leaving now to make a mid morning hunt
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COLD
my Dad always got excited and we got lots of ducks when the highs around Memphis was 32 and the lows are in the teens. It always moved lots of ducks. He started duck hunting before WW2 in 1938 and hunted til he couldnt in the late 90's. He watched the weather every day during duck season hoping for extreme cold in Ark and North Mississippi .
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Habitat
Weather does push ducks around, always has, always will. The problem with SE La. is habitat. The large areas of marsh created by the river is all but gone. That was not only the main draw for ducks, but it's was also why they stayed. And with the little good marsh that remains, the hunting pressure pushes the ducks out quickly.
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Missing ducks
The ducks in SW LA have vanished except for the mallards. After doing a little research I believe it is due to what scientists refer to as reverse migration. Early in the season the pintail , teal, and other dabblers come straight to the marsh due to dry conditions in N LA and Arkansas. The feed is abundant and the marsh always holds water. Once enough bad weather pushes through due to cold fronts, fields up north begin to flood and expose new feed for the ducks. The dabblers ride south winds back north prior to a cold front and stay wherever they find feed in the newly flooded fields. In my opinion, the ducks were here and left. That's why you see great reports early season and then after all the bad weather no one is killing anything.
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Mid morning hunt
The mid morning hunt produced a limit of BW Teal. Saw a seasonal amount of fresh ducks today, Hunted from 11:00 to 12:30. Saw several bands of fresh TEAL and a couple bands of Grey's. Water was low and coming up. It was a Stag Party until one hen crashed the party
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