Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

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
Louisiana's 2016 teal season has been well below average, with fewer birds in the state, according to LDWF waterfowl study leader Larry Reynolds.

Reynolds: Teal season so far ‘well below average’

High water in marsh, warmer temps and fewer birds point to poor season overall
September 22, 2016 at 11:01am
Pop-up blinds work well in flooded marsh.

Finding secret teal-hunting treasures

September 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Total breeding ducks in the Mississippi Flyway were down 11 percent this spring, but remained 15 percent above the long-term average, according to Ducks Unlimited.

DU issues Mississippi Flyway report

Total breeding ducks down 11 percent, but still 15 percent above LTA
September 14, 2016 at 11:11am
Hunters contacted by LouisianaSportsman.com said teal were spotty at best on opening weekend, mostly because the warm weather up north has seemingly prevented a major push of birds into the state.

Hunters report slow opening weekend for teal season

But remain hopeful action will pick up with cool front, full moon later this week
September 12, 2016 at 11:13am
Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the LDWF, suspects wet conditions up north, no cool fronts and high water levels from recent flooding in South Louisiana have conspired to create the second-lowest September teal count ever.

September's aerial teal survey officially second-lowest on record

Includes fewest birds ever reported in Southeast Louisiana this month, Reynolds said
September 09, 2016 at 3:20pm
Large flocks of teal have been tough to come across this week for Larry Reynolds, the state's waterfowl study leader, who is conducting LDWF's September Aerial Waterfowl Survey in advance of the teal season opener tomorrow morning.

Aerial survey expected to show low teal numbers

Birds haven’t yet arrived in big numbers, Reynolds says
September 09, 2016 at 9:25am
When faced with hunting teal in high water, find some open water to put out your decoys and set your sights on hunting the thick vegetation.

High-tide teal

September is a time of high tides and flooded marshes, but that doesn’t mean you should stay home when teal season opens. Instead, follow these tips to fill your strap every trip.
September 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Louisiana's 16-day teal season gets underway statewide next Saturday, Sept. 10 and wraps up on the 25th.  The daily bag limit is six birds per day, with a possession limit of 18 birds.

Top 4 teal tips to bag more birds

Season set to open next Saturday, Sept. 10
August 31, 2016 at 10:33am
Most species of ducks remain well above their long-term average, according to the 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Duck numbers hold steady, USFWS says

Most species remain well above long-term averages
August 11, 2016 at 9:05am
Although he expects waterfowl breeding population estimates on the prairies to be lower this year than last, LDWF's Larry Reynolds said Louisiana hunters might actually see more birds this season if we have a colder winter.

Biologist expects lower USFWS waterfowl breeding population estimates this year

But that doesn’t necessarily mean an off year for duck hunters, Reynolds says
July 21, 2016 at 11:06am
LSU's Tiger Chapter placed second in the nation for Ducks Unlimited fundraising efforts in 2015, behind the Aggieland Chapter at Texas A&M.

LSU’s Tiger Chapter second in the nation in DU fundraising

Aggies claim top spot for 2015
May 25, 2016 at 8:03am