The number of ducks in the state has remained pretty consistent this season since Larry Reynolds started conducting aerial surveys last November, but his most recent flights earlier this month indicate larger concentrations of birds have begun locating in areas away from hunting pressure.
The second split of 2013-2014 season has been recognized by hunters in Southeast Louisiana as one of the poorest in many years. I, like many other hunters, struggled with low tides and what seemed to be a total lack of ducks.
The first time a couple of my hunting partners saw me stop my truck at the curb and load up an old fake Christmas tree and about 40 feet of used garland that had been discarded after Christmas, I got laughed at pretty hard.
The first official Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries aerial survey for Northeast Louisiana back in November showed more than 160,000 geese in the Mer Rouge region the week duck season opened.