The coastal duck population estimates for Louisiana’s 2014-2015 season were almost off the charts compared to recent years, and hunters in the state’s East Zone are also reporting seeing lots of birds.
For the first time since 1995, the number of ducks counted in the state during November’s annual aerial waterfowl survey exceeded 3 million birds, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
If heading to the greentree reservoir at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area for some opening-day duck hunting was on your calendar, you'd better find another option: The reservoir is pretty much bone dry.
When it comes to hunting coastal waterfowl, whether in the agricultural rice fields or the National Wildlife Refuge system, a hard-hitting shotgun shell is of utmost importance, particularly where geese are in the mix.
Lake Charles is located within a 30-minute drive of some from the finest waterfowl hunting on the continent. There are numerous hotels along the city’s Interstate 210 Loop that provide access south to the agricultural areas where duck and goose hunting are part of the fabric of the region.