Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

A good group of Top Gun ducks from the rice fields of Mer Rouge.

How to be a Top Gun

November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
Colby Daniels holds up his three favorite waterfowl calls.

Shoot big for more waterfowl hunting success

November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
Observing birds from a distance is a great way to note exactly what areas the birds are using and which species may be present.

Top tactics for public waterfowling success

November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
The November 2016 aerial waterfowl survey conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries counted more than 3 million birds in the state last week, 50 percent higher than the long-term average of 2 million birds.

3 million-plus ducks noted in November aerial survey

Figure is 50 percent higher than long-term average of 2.04 million, Reynolds says
November 14, 2016 at 5:24pm
Louisiana hunters reported pretty good action for the opening weekend of duck season across the state, although things slowed somewhat on Sunday because of hunting pressure. The East Zone opens this Saturday, Nov. 19.

Hunters report solid opening weekend

Heavy pressure appeared to slow action on Sunday
November 14, 2016 at 11:13am
The opening day of duck hunting for the coastal and west zones is Saturday, but the November aerial survey is only half complete. The good news is good numbers of ducks were counted in Southwest Louisiana. Southeast Louisiana will be flown Friday.

November aerial duck survey incomplete, but Southwest Louisiana looks promising

Good numbers of ducks in coastal marsh all the way from West Cove to White Lake, Reynolds says
November 10, 2016 at 7:10pm
Scouting — while putting as little pressure as possible on the birds — is key to having more successful hunts as the season progresses.

Top scouting tips for successful duck hunts

Using surface drive motors responsibly, allowing birds to rest is key, guides say
November 08, 2016 at 4:44pm
Mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines are prohibited after 2 p.m. on Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area now through Jan. 31, 2017, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

New regs on mud boats, air-cooled engines now in effect at Pass-a-Loutre WMA

Use is prohibited after 2 p.m. through Jan. 31, 2017, LDWF says
November 04, 2016 at 9:45am
Drake Daniels with a big speck

Top Guns — Duck-hunting guides share the secrets to their success

Duck hunting is in this family’s DNA, so they know how to fill their limits. And now they’re helping others do the same. Here are some of their tricks to North Louisiana waterfowling success.
November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Putting in the time to find your own hideaway on our state’s top WMAs can be extremely rewarding when the birds cooperate.

Public prospects — Top 5 WMAs for duck hunting

Louisiana has a long reputation as a waterfowling mecca, but that doesn’t mean you have to belong to a high-dollar club. Find out why these five WMAs could be your ticket to heavy straps.
November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
A big chunk of Louisiana's rice belt will move from the coastal zone into the east zone for the 2016-17 waterfowl season, and a portion of land formerly in the east zone in Northwest Louisiana will move to the west zone.

New zone boundaries in effect for 2016-17 waterfowl season, LDWF says

Rice-growing acreage in Evangeline, Jeff Davis, Acadia and Vermilion moving to east zone
October 25, 2016 at 2:48pm

Duck Hunt in the Snow

Season 4, Episode 13
October 13, 2016 at 6:00pm
Overall, hunters reported a relatively slow teal season across South Louisiana this year, possibly because of no real cool fronts, last month's historic floods creating more water on the landscape and fewer birds making it into the state.

Slow teal season comes to an end

Fewer birds, no cool fronts and extra water on the landscape create tough conditions
September 26, 2016 at 12:27pm
LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds is considering opening the 2017 teal season on Friday, Sept. 15 — which would extend the season as long as possible through Sept. 30 — but cost hunters one weekend day.

Reynolds mulling later start for 2017 teal season

Moving opening day to a Friday next year would place 16-day season as late as possible
September 22, 2016 at 4:51pm