Well after prolonged Indian summer, it looks as though liquid water will be in short supply north of MO by turkey day. Will this result in a glut of birds and an end to gripin or will the tales of short stopping by DU and it's endless acres of flooded sauna heated corn fields commence????
Was done at 6:15 this morning. We aren't holding as many birds as opening week last year but the ponds with good wigeon grass have grays. Set up alone (you should've been there pops), and was done quick with decoying grays. Water was back down to normal and there were gulls on trout in Bayou Louttre on the way in.
The science of waterfowl management is presumably THE MOST data driven set of hunting regulations in the world, certainly the scale and effort of data collection is an amazing thing. This data is used to generate season frameworks and by all appearances AHM has succeeded in ending decades of contentious and reactionary waterfowl management by federal fiat.
Here is a study from immediately before and after the MRGO opened. It basically proves the point of both those who want the MRGO to stay closed and those who want it reopened. It addresses Lake Borgne but one can be certain that Lake Pontchartrain was no saltier. The operative point is that L. Borgne....
Hunted in the winds this morning. The MRGO was rocking when we crossed it in the dark! Got to my pond and set up with 15 decoys just upwind of the point the blind was on. It's a good thing I set up that way because 30 MPH winds made it hard to finish the birds. But despite half the flocks landing short we managed 7 grays, 3 bluewings, 1 greenwing and a spoony by 7:15. Saw more high migrators....
Hunted my lease in Hopedale this morning. Had a limit of teal by 8 am. If our shooting had been better we would have been done by 7:15. Decoyed 200-250 teal in flocks of 2-30. My friends in the area also limited (12 hunters total). Some had mostly grays, some a mixed bag. Some divers were killed (2 dosgris) and one Greenhead.
Hunted alone this AM and limited out by 7:45. Would have been no problem to have had a second person limit with me. Had teal coming in as I picked up the decoys. Water is VERY high though and the birds are in the flooded marsh think of the shallowest pond you know and go there. Road around some bayous checking on thins for a friend and it looks like birds were holding on the small potholes just....
Killed 5 teal between two hunters in Hopedale this morning. If only we could shoot BBWDs in September ............, I could break out the big gumbo pot. Didn't hear much shooting around me and water was goofy high.
Got 4 this morning with two of us in the blind. Could have had a couple more. From what I heard the we were top of the leader board in Hopedale. Hopefully we get some more birds down soon. I'll be back at it Tuesday!
So Mary Landrieu announced her latest attempt to betray our state today, turning the bulk of the Atchafalaya Basin into a national park! While at first that may sound like a good thing, she is lauding fictitious restoration funds and 'improved acess for tourist', what it really means is a giant NO HUNTING sign in the center of our coast. Also no further oil and gas activity in the area. This....
Louisiana has always allowed small bore muzzle loaders (the 'squirrel guns' of battle of New Orleans fame) for small game hunting including on WMAs. I do believe that when the requirement was moved from 'muzzle loader' to 'primitive rifle' the wording was changed in reference to small game as well as large. So theoretically any one with a single shot cartridge rifle suitable....
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....
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.....
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.