Waterfowl Hunting in Louisiana
Question for Larry Reynolds regarding teal?
I am no scientist, however considering that Larry's (LDWF) teal count last week for early teal season is the lowest on record could the teal be changing their migration pattern in SE LA? The reason I ask this or possibly think it is because over the last decade (from Katrina on to Isaac) it seems that SE LA has had a tropical storm or hurricane pushing HIGH water into the area when the teal move through on their early migration. We all know teal prefer very shallow water to feed in. If the water is high then it displaces the teal pushing them into to the rice fields in SW LA and elsewhere unless they can find feed like wild millet seeds etc growing in the brackish waters in our SE marshes in the high water. Even without a storm in the gulf this past week we still have above normal tides with the SE winds creating high water. So my thinking is the teal are learning that SE LA always has high water this time of the year and they are shifting their migration more to the west to SW LA and Texas. What do you think Larry? What about others out there. Chip in your two cents.