Grassed blinds today saw more birds than I expected. Checked 4 ponds, best had 250 mostly grays, worst had a few dozen bluewings. Saw birds trading in fair numbers . The key is going to be widgeon grass and seclusion. Between the sight fishing for reds and the surface drive motors I think the birds are keying in on really isolated locals where they can avoid disruptions. Hopefully there will be.... Read More
Scouted 10 ponds from pisana to the southernmost border of Biloxi WMA. No teal seen. Did catch enough fish for dinner. Not happy but not terribly worried often don't scout well out there for teal and then do well for the opener. Wish the giant high north of us would dissipate!
Made a snipe hunt yesterday and they were thick, dog worked well and we were done in less than an hour. Killed 8 in 15 shots which is pretty good for me shooting snipe. The birds were holding in the short grass regrowing in a burn from this October.
Did anybody go on the self guided White Lake Rice Field Hunt last weekend? I don't think they flooded the fields this year due to the drought. My buddy drew for this weekend and we were just trying to see how it worked out as a dry field goose hunt. Tried contacting the folks at White Lake but no response so far.
Went and scouted my ponds on both sides the MRGO in Hopedale. Checked 5 ponds and saw at least 1000 ducks on those ponds (combined not each)with more trading around towards reggio. Ponds with grass held DUCKS ponds with bare bottoms not so much. west of the MRGO it was mostly a mix of BW and GW teal, east of the MRGO it was mostly grays. Should be fun this weekend. Everyone be safe this weekend..... Read More
Took the teal about 20 minutes to get flying with the fog but then it was on. My dad and I had 8 by 7:24. Tried fishing some spots around the launch and wound up with about 20 throw back rat reds and 6 keeper trout. Bugs were minimal and the weather was beautiful. Dog did well. All in all a great day.
Well it seems that the Morganza Spillway will be opened for the first time since 1973. I seem to remember people talking about deer drowning and altered hunting regs in the basin after the 1973 opening (Before I was born but apparently it made enough of an impression on my relatives that they were still telling tales in the early eighties). Can any of you 'boomers' out there remember how it.... Read More
A waterfowl hunting season is being proposed on the portion of Bayou Sauvage NWR lying outside the hurricane protection levee. However there is a bit of a catch, to hunt any adult must be in the company of a youth (under 16) who can demonstrate the ability to fire their weapon. Now I think encouraging kids to hunt is great but I would think some of the space or some of the days could alotted for.... Read More
Nothing is official yet but the recommendation of the Adaptive harvest management group is for a 2 Pintail per day limit the full 60 days this winter. Won't make much diff to me in Hopedale but I imagine for the mouth of the river crew it's good news
Yat Yaz's comment about 4.5 ppm being described as a high mercury hair level got me motivated enough to read a significant chunk of the CDC's 676 page tome on mercury and health. First in the CDC's studies on the health effects of methyl-mercury (the type bioacummulated by fish) investigated many groups with dietary mercury exposure much higher than the typical American diet such as the.... Read More
For everyone who fears duck season is going to be closed completely the USFWS has already stated that at this time there is no indication that the oil spill will affect waterfowl regulations. In my correspondence with Larry Reynolds (head of waterfowl division at LWF) he indicated the same with the caveat that there likely would be closures in areas with cleanup crews for safety reasons. Nothing.... Read More
I don't think anyone has posted yet but when they were not angering the world (especially Linda Faulk), the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved teal season for this year. Dates are 9/11 (ominous) to 9/26. Hopefully the well will be capped and killed and things can progress in some manner similar to normal.
Am I the only person who is infuriated that it took 3 months to reach the conclusion that bolting a new valve onto the flange is a good way to contain the oil. I mean what made them procrastinate so long and LIE saying the BOP would not support it. I will give you my theory. Since the inception of this disaster BP has tried to obfuscate as to the quantity of oil being spilled. When this new.... Read More
Well at least if your area is open you should have a 16 day teal season and a 60 day big duck season. Duck numbers are very similar to last year and well within the realm of liberal season regulations. At this time no regulatory changes (season length/limits) are deemed required due to the oil spill. Here is hoping the new cap the Whale and the relief wells work well and put an end to this.... Read More
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