Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

Brock Baudoin, 27, of New Iberia, dropped this rare leucistic greenhead on Jan. 17 in Vermilion Parish near Abbeville. Leucism causes a partial loss of pigmentation on an animal, in this case the drake's head.

Hunter shoots rare white-headed mallard drake

Leucistic bird went down in Vermilion Parish
January 31 at 5:19pm
Prairieville's Michael Campo shot this rare leucistic gadwall Jan. 16 while hunting in Delacroix.

Blond gadwall killed in Delacroix

State waterfowl biologist says leucistic grey duck is rare
January 23 at 4:32pm
January's aerial survey indicated big increases in mallard numbers, from 94,000 in December to 188,000 earlier this month.

January's aerial waterfowl survey similar to December numbers

3.07 million ducks is 17 percent higher than recent five-year average
January 18 at 4:51pm
Canaan Heard, with Faulk’s Game Calls, said if second-split ducks appear interested in your spread, keep the calling to a minimum and avoid blowing any long hail calls. Less is more at this point in the season.

Late-season duck calling tips

January 15 at 7:00am
Riceland Custom Calls helped these hunters get the job done on their hunt.

Riceland Custom Calls

January 15 at 7:00am
Caddo Lake has large numbers of permanent “private” blinds. The posts driven in a circle in front of the blind were part of a fence used to attempt to keep floating salvinia from obscuring the hunters’ decoys.

Caddo as a duck lake

January 15 at 7:00am
When traveling with their boat on plane, hunters must travel in narrow, but marked, boat roads because of the risk from submerged tree stumps. The marker pilings are placed on the left side of each road as a boat travels upstream.

Caddo Lake has some challenges

January 15 at 7:00am
Floating blinds offer the advantage of being able to be moved to areas of high waterfowl usage — and to avoid competition with permanent blinds.

The skinny on Lake Caddo

January 15 at 7:00am

Seven cited for alleged goose violations in Vermilion Parish

Birds taken from a moving vehicle on a public road, LDWF says
January 08 at 2:15pm
Benjamin Page with Southwest Louisiana rice field ducks.

Little things that count — Late-season goose-hunting tactics

Geese are famous for being finicky. For staying just out of range, chuckling as hunters grind their teeth in frustration. But these guides know small adjustments can result in birds on the ground.
January 01 at 7:00am
In coastal marshes, tide levels determine the location of duck “honey holes.”

Late-season lowdown — How to kill ducks in January

You can’t stick with your early season tactics and continue killing ducks this month. Here’s how to adjust to track down waterfowl honey holes.
January 01 at 7:00am
Most of the duck hunting in the lake is done in areas with trees.

Ducking Caddo

|This cypress-filled gem on the Louisiana-Texas |border offers up some great waterfowl hunting — |but knowing some of its idiosyncrasies beforehand |will up your odds of bagging a limit.|
January 01 at 7:00am
Barry Brown with Tebow: Scenes like this make it easy to understand why duck hunters love the sport so much.

Working the duck beat

Recalling early assignments on WMAs in Avoyelles Parish
December 15, 2017 at 2:29pm
Large, open-water ponds provide lush feeding areas for waterfowl, but little natural vegetation besides roseau canes to camouflage hunters. Permanent blinds are prohibited on Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Why hunt Delta National Wildlife Refuge?

December 15, 2017 at 7:00am