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Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • One of the few good hunts, mallards and grays
  • mixed bag on a fog day
  • specks in Klondike, La
Not a whole lot to say other than that it was the slowest season we've had in quite a while, definitely in recent memory. Not only from a numbers standpoint but also in the patterns of birds observed, just entirely off. Hard to judge numbers too far back because I didn't always make the number of hunts that I routinely get in now but numbers way down along with overall sightings. At first.... Read More
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January 29 at 11:57am
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Bunkie specks
  • SE La mallards
  • 2nd split opener
Didn't bother with the East Zone this week with the goofy weather, complete with fog and little to no wind this weekend. This season had a lot of ups and downs as we had to constantly move to keep up with the birds. Just when we thought we'd found a honey hole to hammer out a few good hunts, we'd find them working somewhere else the next trip forcing us to make too many mid-hunt moves. Also,.... Read More
January 27, 2013 at 8:02pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Coastal Zone opener gray 11/10/2012
  • marsh greenhead
  • grays in the Layflat boats
Pretty solid start to the season, hunting both the Coastal Zone and East Zone Isaac-battered marshes. Weather was treating us pretty good until last week when this warm-up started, glad to see us shut down this week with the warm forecast.



Been doing a lot of post-hunt scouting or afternoon fishing, though most who know me know full well that the binoculars stay in my hand far more than a.... Read More
December 03, 2012 at 7:49am
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Inshore Fishing in Southeast Louisiana
Guys I'm looking for some reel care tips from those of you who routinely fish multiple days per week and are hard on equipment in the saltwater. Like many of us, I've got an assortment of rod/reel combos in varying conditions and values but looking for tips on maintaining smooth reel operation for the long haul.

In short, what do you do to your spinning and casting reels when you get home.... Read More
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February 16, 2012 at 12:44pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • grays and grays
  • Lake Arthur, La
  • 4-man limit
Had a great year hunting around the state, though most hunts made throughout southeast Louisiana marshes, both public and private land. Plenty of miles on the truck, boat and ATV and had some great times with old friends and new. Was lucky enough to hunt Delacroix, Bayou Bienvenue, Chef Pass, Whiteville/Bunkie rice, and Lake Arthur fresh marshes along with various SE La WMA's.



Final tally.... Read More
January 30, 2012 at 6:40pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Sat. 1/21/2012
  • 1/22/2012
  • Sun. 1/22/2012
Despite the warm temperatures and mosquitos, we managed to put together two solid hunts over the weekend.



Saturday the birds worked well with a stout S/SW wind all morning, 3-man limit by about 8:15 with 16 grays, 1 GW teal, 1 mottled



Sunday again had a decent wind from the SE but had to deal with the fog and ultimately wait it out. We picked away at them in the fog then finished up after.... Read More
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January 23, 2012 at 12:39pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • 1/12/2012 Klondike, La
  • 1/12/2012 Klondike, La
  • 1/14/2012
Finally got some weather in here to shuffle the deck and it looks like most guys are benefitting with some good hunts.



Had a stellar trip to Doug's Hunting Lodge in Klondike last Thursday Jan 12. Three of us took 8 mallards (7 greenheads), 2 mottleds, 2 GW teal, 1 BW teal, 4 grays and 1 sprig for 8:30. Could have melted your barrel shooting squealers early on but we passed on them along with.... Read More
January 19, 2012 at 1:01pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Lake Arthur marsh 12/28/11
  • 1/8/2012 solo GW teal limit
  • 12/29/11
The weather's been a bummer lately fighting the fog with no wind, warmer temperatures and LOW water in the marshes. If you're holding some birds you can put together a strap after the fog lifts but don't count on the weather making them move around & unfortunately it's a lot of the same birds with no fronts to move in some new faces. Been scraping together a few here and there in the marsh.... Read More
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January 08, 2012 at 11:40am
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Central Louisiana
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  • Bunkie/Whiteville greenhead
  • 3 limits Wednesday 12/21/11
  • Thursday in the rain
Hunting has been pretty good from what I've seen the last week or so. Spent last weekend in the Bunkie/Whiteville area. Plenty of ducks in the general area but the masses have not yet taken to this particular section of fields like they did last year. There are, however, droves and droves of snows and specks in the area. Saturday two of us had 4 GW's and 1 greenhead, with plenty of chances on GW.... Read More
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December 24, 2011 at 7:35am
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Pile from 11/16/2011, 4 man limit
  • 17 grays, 1 GW from 11/23/2011
  • 6 GW teal, 4 grays, 1 pintail, 1 spoonie from 11/17/2011
Overall it was a solid first split in SE Louisiana marshes. Looks like the grays have shown up in force for most everyone, essentially statewide. Also saw a good many green wing teal and a smattering of mallards, spoons, few pintail. This week I noticed a definite increase in divers following the big front with more dosgris and bufflehead buzzing around. Looks like another front early next week.... Read More
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December 02, 2011 at 2:12pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • Pile of grays Wednesday 11/16
  • pintail without his pin, still a pretty bird
  • nice greenhead; his twin got away from us a few minutes before....crooked barrel issues
The hunting all around SE La has been good so far with plenty of birds down to keep things interesting. Hunters in some areas are even reporting more birds than they've seen in quite some time. Since the West Zone opener last weekend I've only not hunted on two days (Mon/Tues) making trips to Delacroix, Chef/Bayou Bienvenue, and various SE La public marshes. I was most impressed with the gray.... Read More
November 21, 2011 at 12:50pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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Wrapped up what was a great 2011 teal season yesterday with a fun hunt that was over far too quickly. Four of us had limits in hand in under 15 minutes and took our time picking up from there, taking in the show of birds against the glow on the horizon. The little front at end of last week looks to have recharged our bird supply making for two last days with plenty of limits taken. One.... Read More
September 26, 2011 at 12:36pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Freshwater Fishing in Southeast Louisiana
Guys i'm looking to head out to the Pearl River Navigation Canal and want to launch at the Lock 1 ramp (Lock 1 Road in Pearl River). I spent many years there earlier in my life but it's been at least 5-7 years or so since i've used that launch. Any chance I can launch a 21 bay boat there on a tandem axle trailer?



Supposed to take some relatives for a ride there this weekend but don't want to.... Read More
June 30, 2011 at 11:14am
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Inshore Fishing in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
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Hoped it would calm a bit this morning after ripping all day yesterday, but the wind insisted on another day of outdoing itself. Spent a few hours trolling (and rocking and rolling) on the causeway this morning in the new boat. Boxed 10 trout ranging from 13' to 20', 1 red and lost 1 lucky trout who managed to flip back into the water off the deck. Threw back a couple undersized specks. Water.... Read More
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April 17, 2011 at 9:08pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southeast Louisiana
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  • on the retrieve
  • Jan strap in the rice
  • marsh specks near Lake Pontchartrain
Got my numbers put together and it was certainly a good season. Had a lot of fun hunting a variety of places with good friends and family. Countdown is on to September!



Total for the year in my blind was 246 ducks, 8 specklebelly geese, 1 blue goose



Species breakdown is as follows:



GW teal 68

BW teal 39

Gray 35

Mottled 6

Spoon 55

Dosgris 28

Redhead 1

ringneck 1

bufflehead .... Read More
February 03, 2011 at 12:22pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Louisiana
No crazy closures as referred to in other threads, at this time. The plans below subject to storm impacts or changing oil spill conditions.



News release from today:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/?id=1912



and the plan referenced:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/Deep-Horizon-Oil-Spill-and-Waterfowl-Hunting-Season-in-Louisiana.pdf



Seems reasonable to me, again, for the.... Read More
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July 16, 2010 at 5:48pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Caernarvon in Southeast Louisiana
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  • first limit of the year
Any reports out of area south of Caernarvon, Braithwaite area, scarsdale?? Have not been lately but may try this week. Just looking for any reports from the general area. Hopefully all this high water will fall out soon!



Edit: Hunted today down there, 11/24/09 and managed a 2-man limit. Lots of teal moving around and not many big ducks. 4 greys, 3 wigeon and 5 teal.
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November 22, 2009 at 2:50pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southwest Louisiana
Saw on this site and on LDWF site the announcement for the White Lake teal hunts......only $125 per person. I was planning to put in but not at that rate. I suppose it's tough times for everyone, including LDWF but man that's rough. For those willing to pay it, should be easy to get picked with far fewer applicants.



Your thoughts??
July 17, 2009 at 1:08pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Northeast Louisiana
Anyone have any reports to share on ducks in the monterey/ferriday/jonesville areas? I may be heading up that way this weekend to hunt my neighbor's property. Never been but he says its cypress brakes, sloughs, etc. He had been seeing a bunch of greys and dos gris but hasn't been in a few weeks. They mostly deer hunt on their property and don't really fool with the ducks much......I'll take care.... Read More
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January 13, 2009 at 5:04pm
Darren Digby Profile Photo
Waterfowl Hunting in Southwest Louisiana
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  • stacked 'em
My crew and I made our annual hunt with Erik Rue and his guys in the Hayes area today. Awesome morning to be in the rice fields!



My blind: 3 mallards, 3 pintails, 6 specks (1 banded), 17 snows



Other blind in our party: 5 ducks (mallard, mottled, pintail) 1 snow, and 6 specks



Lots of fun out there, pintails galore.
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November 21, 2008 at 7:16pm

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