Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

Larry Reynolds, who is currently flying the December aerial waterfowl survey, said numbers thus far hadn't met his expectations — considering the cold weather the state has experienced since the first split ended on Dec. 3.

Reynolds: December duck survey ‘disappointing’ so far

Numbers likely up from November, but not matching cold weather expectations
6 hours ago
The Mississippi River delta area, simply called “Venice” by most hunters, is noted for holding large numbers of waterfowl.

Ducks down on the Delta

The Delta National Wildlife Refuge at the mouth of the Mississippi River is a haven for ducks and hunters alike. Here’s what you need to know if you go, including the latest on the roseau cane die-off.
December 01 at 7:00am
Attaching a welcome mat to the stand’s deck prevents your dog from losing traction in wet, muddy conditions.

DIY duck blind dog stand

November 30 at 9:00pm
Duck hunters like Dane Humbles, pictured here with Ranger, eagerly anticipate upcoming youth hunts in November.

Tips for legal, safe duck hunts

Wear a PFD and practice gun safety
November 24 at 9:00am
During January’s annual aerial survey when hunters are in their blinds, Reynolds said he can spot spinning-wing decoys like this King Mallard from Mojo Outdoors from long distances in the plane — and from the air, they really do look like ducks flapping t

Reynolds’ season-opening decoy set

November 15 at 6:00am
Hunters need to make every shot count on opening morning, since estimates indicate about half the amount of ducks are in the state this year compared to opening day of 2016.

Duck numbers down ahead of opening day

1.54 million birds is half of last November’s estimate, LDWF says
November 10 at 2:51pm
You can “Texas rig” your decoys using basic fishing tackle if you plan on storing them hanging up.

DIY decoy rigging

Fishing tackle makes customizing dekes for your pond easy— and cost-effective
November 08 at 5:00pm
Advances in battery-powered tools like a hedge trimmer and reciprocating saw make the job of brushing your blind much easier.

Blind brushing tips for opening day

Battery-powered tools make the job much easier
November 06 at 11:00am
New Jersey artist Tim Taylor's painting of a pair of canvasbacks against a cloud-filled sky will be featured on the 2018 Louisiana Duck Stamp that will go on sale next summer on June 1.

New Jersey artist’s painting selected for 2018 Louisiana Duck Stamp

Stamp featuring canvasback pair will go on sale June 1, 2018, LDWF says
November 03 at 10:56am
Native to our Louisiana coast, the mottled duck is a trophy for marsh hunters as they are among the most wary of waterfowl.

Prepping for early season success

New birds in the Bayou State make make for action-packed early-season duck hunting, but that doesn’t mean you can just get out there and wing it. Use these tips to fill your strap on opening day.
November 01 at 7:00am
Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, shows off a nice limit of grey ducks on his lease in Cameron Parish. 

Duck commander

The state’s waterfowl study leader eats, breathes and sleeps ducks — on the job and in the blind. Learn Larry Reynolds’ top tips to shoot more birds this season.
November 01 at 7:00am
Teal hunters across Louisiana gave opening weekend mixed reviews. The 16-day season ends on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Teal hunters give opening weekend mixed reviews

Fog, excess water, birds on the move make for challenging conditions
September 18 at 12:28pm