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Larry Reynolds, I understand that the proposed duck hunting dates for the different zones were recently published for the duck season for 2016-2017. Where can we find this info?

January 21 at 9:42am

Looking for a .410 shotgun. if anyone has one they are looking to sell, please let me know.

July 28, 2015 at 12:46pm

Don't get a chance to shoot many of these. This is only the second one i have shot in over 35 years of hunting. I have shot many of the more common black-bellied whistling ducks. It was shot on Salvador WMA this morning.

January 13, 2015 at 4:12pm

This white pouldeau was shot on Lake Boeuf.

January 22, 2014 at 7:13am

everyone, this cold blast reminds me of the unfortunate incident where 2 young guys (22 yrs. old) from New Orleans lost their lives (died of hypothermia) in the manchac prairie marsh back in Dec. 1983 when they went duck hunting. the news report mentioned that they froze in their pirogue which had taken on water. please be safe out there and be prepared for the worst. Monday night, the average temps. for the northshore will be 12 deg. and for the southshore 20 deg. there will be other days to hunt. with the marshes freezing, my experience has been that the ducks are not going to be there anyway; until it thaws out.

January 05, 2014 at 9:39pm

I am sure that everyone has noticed that salvinia is continuing to spread and people are out spraying it to get it under control. When i was hunting the maurepas swamp, we would spray it also and found out that, if it is sprayed too early (October), it will come back and be just as thick as if you didn't spray it. We would always wait until mid to late November (temps. are colder) to spray it and it would not come back until the next year.

October 23, 2013 at 10:55am

he obviously did not make it to louisiana this year!

October 01, 2013 at 2:27pm

Got him back from the taxidermist. The only one I have ever killed. Shot him during the 2011-2012 hunting season close to the Mississippi River.

February 26, 2013 at 8:24pm

The next year, the Wongs have a new baby.
The nurse brings out a lovely, healthy, bouncy, but definitely a Caucasian, WHITE baby boy.

'Congratulations,' says the nurse to the new parents...
'Well Mr. Wong, what will you and Mrs. Wong name the baby?'

The puzzled father looks at his new baby boy and says,
'Well, two Wong's Don't make a white,
So I think we will name him...

Are you ready for this?

Sum Ting Wong

December 05, 2012 at 10:02am

The 1919 permit cost Albert Baye one dollar, and allowed him limits hunters can only dream about 93 years later.

More than likely it was because there were fewer hunters, surely more available hunting lands and, possibly, more game.

Certainly fewer hunters, a less mobile citizenry and weaponry were factors, but hunters were hunters and it’s certain Mr. Baye, then 53 years old, was a waterfowl hunter. Evidence is that he bought his license in advance of the duck and goose seasons, but not seasons for upland game.

And it’s waterfowl seasons that astounds today’s hunters.

Mr. Baye could take up to 25 ducks a day in a Nov. 1-Jan. 31 season, and add to that a 25-a-day limit combined among poule d’eau, gallinules and rails, which is less than what’s allowed hunters today.

There’s more: Hunters were allowed to take plovers, curlews and sandpipers and something called a “chorook,” a species of sandpiper, up to 12 a day in the aggregate of those birds.

It’s doubtful that Mr. Baye took part in putting gros bec, the yellow crowned night heron, on the table.

Yes, taking gros bec was legal in 1919. The season ran July 1-Nov. 1 and there was a 15-a-day limit.

Talk to older south Louisiana folks, those who came through the Great Depression, and they’ll swear there’s no finer eating bird than a gros bec, especially a young gros bec.

That alone would have made hunting near his Lafourche Parish home a dream.

Still there’s more: While hunters were allowed to take 10 geese, similar to today’s daily limit on blue, snow and Ross’ geese, that 1919 limit included all geese, including speckledbellies and Canadas. As if that wasn’t enough, there was a 25-a-day limit on snipe, though it’s doubtful any subsistence hunter would have used shotgun shells on such a small bird.

Dove hunters had a Sept. 15-Dec. 31 season with a 25-a-day limit; quail hunters could take 15 a day in a Nov. 15-Feb. 29 (a leap year in 1920) season — when wild quail were much more abundant than the 8-per-day take now, although the season is just as long — and there even was a Nov. 15-March 31 turkey season with a limit of one per day.

Back in 1919, robins were protected along with many other songbirds and wading birds, but species like turkey buzzards and comorants, great horned owls, the English sparrow, crows, grackles and blackbirds and kingfishers, when nesting in levees were considered “outlaw birds” and could be taken any time during the year.

For upland game, a bear season was the oddity. It ran Nov. 1-Feb. 15, but trapping was prohibited.

Elk, newly reintroduced into the state, were off limits, and there was a five-per-season, one-per-day limit on deer. The season was divided into zones with the state’s Northern Zone running Sept. 15-Jan. 5 and Southern Zone hunters getting their shots Oct. 1-Jan. 20.

Back 93 years ago, hunters could take 15 squirrels a day between Sept. 15-Feb. 15 and sale of squirrels was allowed during this period. Current law prevents selling squirrels.

Because it was not listed, rabbits could be taken throughout the year.

The Louisiana Department of Conservation also made an effort to advise about a “hunting ethic.”

The last two paragraphs of Mr. Baye’s hunting license read: “Every true sportsman will encourage and aid the Department of Conservation in the enforcement of the law, discourage and report infractions thereof.”

November 26, 2012 at 12:52pm

unfortunately, a lot of bashing and arguing going on here...... there is enough game and hunting for all of us. we are supposed to be enjoying our hunting. let's get out and have some fun.

November 13, 2012 at 10:45am

Forget the outcome of the election. It is done just like a good pot of gumbo!!! Let's hunt since we still have the right to do so.....

November 07, 2012 at 9:19am

duck season is here already. youth season starts saturday.

October 28, 2012 at 9:58pm

Oct. 19, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal hunting incident that took the life of a Lake Charles man in Allen Parish.

The Reeves Police Department received a report on Oct. 18 about a truck that had been parked on the side of Hwy. 190 near Rodeo Pen Road in Reeves for two to three days and notified the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO).

A sheriff’s office deputy found the truck and noticed a trail into the woods. After walking the trail for approximately 100 yards, the deputy found the body of Donald C. Hodge Sr., 60, shortly after 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The APSO deputy found Hodge under a tree with a lock on type deer stand lying next to him with what appeared to be broken straps that would normally secure the stand to the tree. Authorities did not find a safety harness attached to Hodge or the tree.

His body was turned over to the Allen Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency and do not suspect foul play.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

October 19, 2012 at 1:17pm

Would be interested in hearing about the banded birds killed this year. I killed a banded black-bellied whistling duck in the first split.

January 26, 2012 at 7:59am

Here is a Fulvous Tree Duck I killed back in 2009 in the Bonnet Carre Spillway. In my 30 plus years of hunting, this is the only one I have ever seen.

November 30, 2011 at 7:49am

Just spoke to George at the launch. Due to the floodwall construction work further up the canal, you will not be able to launch at Pier 90 until the end of January.

November 13, 2011 at 6:48pm

Does anyone know if there was anymore info released from the game warden incident? This is the one that was out on night patrol and found dead the next morning.

October 17, 2011 at 9:32am

It happens every year just before teal season. And this year is no exception. The forecast calls for significant rain with high southeast winds for the next few days.

September 01, 2011 at 8:05am

Yesterday morning, a boat sunk while entering the diversion area. Reports are that the boat hit some rocks which tore a hole in it. Anyone have an update on the hunter(s) that were in the water. I heard they were rescued and taken to the hospital and treated for possible hypothermia.

December 27, 2010 at 1:20pm
A comment titled: Re: organize in response to a report titled: organize

the waterfowl baiting laws clearly state that not abiding by normal agricultural practices is illegal. so, how is it legal for someone to plant corn and not harvest it. then, flood it during duck season strictly to attract ducks.

January 20 at 3:21pm

Awesome story, greenhead1. big hearts by both of them.

December 13, 2015 at 7:01pm
A comment titled: Re: first hunt of the year in response to a report titled: first hunt of the year

unfortunately, that is one place that has ducks. most places are really struggling.

November 28, 2015 at 10:05pm
A comment titled: Re: surf scoter in response to a report titled: surf scoter

very rare duck for louisiana. what lake was this killed on? or nearest town. i have only heard of a few of these killed in louisiana.

November 22, 2015 at 1:55pm
A comment titled: Re: Pirogues and alligators in response to a report titled: Pirogues and alligators

this past teal season, i spooked a 6' gator before daybreak by hitting him with my pirogue. the water was shallow and he thrashed about and actually bit the front of my pirogue. he was aggressive but i really unknowingly invaded his space. besides putting some water and mud in my pirogue, he was really not a threat to me. however, as greenhead1 stated, the larger ones sometimes will attack you.

November 21, 2015 at 3:48pm
A comment titled: Re: Game Wars By March Resiner in response to a report titled: Game Wars By March Resiner

there are some available on ebay. you can also check amazon

November 03, 2015 at 8:53pm
A comment titled: Re: Game Wars By March Resiner in response to a report titled: Game Wars By March Resiner

i got the book. amazing / unbelievable stuff in there. i will just leave it at that. you will have to read it yourself.

November 03, 2015 at 8:37pm
A comment titled: Re: early duck opening down south in response to a report titled: early duck opening down south

greenhead1, you are correct. the duck migration really is just starting. hunting until the end of january is the better thing to do. i, like you, have been hunting a long time. our experiences tell us the later the better.

November 02, 2015 at 8:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Snake Gun in response to a report titled: Snake Gun

nothing like a snake charmer .410. cottonmouths are always seen in numbers during october.

October 12, 2015 at 9:32am
A comment titled: Re: duck hunting Joyce WMA in response to a report titled: duck hunting Joyce WMA

Less than 20 years ago, before salvinia and flooded corn fields further up the flyway, the mallard hunting in the Maurepas Swamp basin was world class. Believe me, there was no better place in the world. Now, with the flooded corn fields that are Ducks Unlimited projects, the migration has changed. If you ever drive through Misourri, Kansas, Illinois, etc., you will notice how vast an area this is. So, how is growing corn and flooding it with no intent to harvest it considered to be a normal agricultural practice? It is not, it is baiting! But, big money people are involved and many of them are DU officials.

September 30, 2015 at 8:38am
A comment titled: Re: Coastal season dates way too early! in response to a report titled: Coastal season dates way too early!

yup. now we know why some of these guys want to be on the board. maybe, just maybe, they are setting the season to personally benefit them. the people spoke and it meant nothing. so much for public surveys. another waste of time and money.

August 15, 2015 at 10:39am
A comment titled: hybrid in response to a report titled: waterowl ID

looks like a bluewing teal / shovelor hybrid

January 19, 2015 at 1:25pm
A comment titled: Re: Fulvous Tree Duck in response to a report titled: Fulvous Tree Duck

There are some areas in the Salvador WMA with lots of feed. Don't know why the birds are not there.

January 15, 2015 at 7:38am
A comment titled: Re: Biloxi WMA Horse Power Restrictions in response to a report titled: Biloxi WMA Horse Power Restrictions

yep. This is the request of the landowner that leases the land to the state. It is back to flatboats and pirogue.

January 14, 2015 at 12:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Fulvous Tree Duck in response to a report titled: Fulvous Tree Duck

The hunting has been slow on the Pier 90 side this year. They have killed some ringnecks (mostly) and a few big ducks on the Bayou Gauche side.

January 14, 2015 at 12:07pm
A comment titled: duck commander in response to a report titled: Duck Call

the duck commander timber call or reacher call sounds more like a hen mallard than any other call i have heard.

January 06, 2015 at 1:08pm
A comment titled: troy miller in response to a report titled: Need a good Taxidermist

Troy Miller in Hammond is one of the best I have seen. His duck mounts look live live birds. Troy can be reached at 985-351-1674.

January 06, 2015 at 12:58pm
A comment titled: Reality in response to a report titled: Maurepas Swamp

The reality is there is a project on the books to divert fresh water either through Garyville Canal or Blind River; but no funds to do any of it.

September 11, 2014 at 3:37pm
A comment titled: season open all year in response to a report titled: LDWF SLAUGHTER FROM THE AIR

i agree that we need to keep the season open all year long and 24 hours a day to start reducing te numbers.

March 07, 2014 at 12:07pm
A comment titled: woodie stuck in tree in response to a report titled: Missing Woodie

this happened to me but the moss in the tree was so thick that i couldn't see the duck. a hawk came by after an hour or so and tried to steal the duck from the tree. but, it fell out of the hawk's claws and i retrieved it.

January 23, 2014 at 1:44pm
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