Waterfowl Hunting in Southwest Louisiana
Nice bayou hunt
We had a nice hunt on the bayou Thursday (11/21). I had an invite to hunt with a buddy that kills a couple of hundred ducks every year off of the bayou. When he told me he killed that many I was hesitant to believe it, but I came around after this trip.
It was foggy and gross. Variable light wind with mosquitoes drifting here and there. We met at the pre-designated location. It was a small boat launch, and it barely looked as if it could launch a boat. There were 4 or 5 other rigs there, so I knew it was in fact a boat launch.
Me and three other men got into the boat and headed about 5 minutes down the bayou to an oxbow. We traveled down the oxbow to the curve. Ducky for sure. Right where the oxbow started to curve back toward the bayou I saw what looked like a house emerging from the woods. That was the blind, and a blind indeed it was. 12 foot long, 10 foot wide. 6-8 foot off of the bayou and camouflaged really well. We plopped some dekes out in about 20 foot of water and parked the boat behind this house on the water. Once inside the blind I could tell it was put together well. It was made of good wood and camouflaged really nice. It had electricity, a tin roof, and shooting lanes.
This guy knows what he is doing I said to myself. Shooting time arrived and I was excited. Then shooting time went and then it was 6:30....Nothing. I started to get antsy as wood duck shooting normally is done by then. Right about then In comes a pair of woodies. I heard wings cutting the air, so I knew something was coming in. Emerging from the fog were two wood ducks. Before I knew what was happening they were on us good! 12 shots went off and 1 of them fell. Blehhh! Horrible shooting.
The dog went out and retrieved. My hunting partner didn't holler and snort to get the dog to retrieve either. The dog just went and got the duck. Very nice and quick.
Not two minutes after the first wood duck and an unidentified small to medium duck decoyed perfectly into the hole in the dekes. It decoyed so perfectly I knew something was wrong. My suspicion of spoon was confirmed when the dog came back with the hen spoonie. I just laughed, man these things follow me everywhere.
Next was the best part of the morning. We all seemed to look up simultaneously as a flock of 50 teal was cupped up and diving from the ozone right into the middle of the dekes. They came in too steep to land so they veered, bunched up and made a complete circle around the dekes before lighting on the extreme left side of the spread. I'm glad none of us shot as they were on the edge of range on the first pass. As soon as they lit they knew something was wrong as their heads all went straight up. My buddy poked his gun through one of the blind holes and put two good shots on them while they were on the water. Several stayed down and the rest of the flock got up and flew right across everyone's field of vision. It was mayhem! When all was said and done 7 were killed out of that flock. All hens too!
Singles and doubles trickled in and we ended up with 14 on the day. I won't soon forget the bayou experience.