Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

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
Pintail whistles are the men’s bread-and-butter calls.

Delta’s dirty dozen

December 15, 2017 at 7:00am

LDWF aerial survey: December duck count at 3.02 million birds

Figure is double November’s estimate, but 16 percent below last December
December 14, 2017 at 6:27pm
LSU grad student Elizabeth Bonczek attaches a telemetry transmitter to a mottled duck hen that was captured late this summer — when the birds are flightless — at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge..

Mottled duck telemetry study underway in Southwest Louisiana

Goal is to determine nesting success of reclusive ducks
December 14, 2017 at 6:00am
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
December 13, 2017 at 9:45am
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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 9:00am
Gadwall and green-winged teal are some of the most common species in early season bags, and are usually decoy friendly.

Top 5 tactics for early season success

November 15, 2017 at 6:00am
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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 5:00pm