Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

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
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 waterfowl season dates at its April meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

2016-17 duck season dates set by LWFC

Coastal and West Zones open Nov. 12, East Zone opener set for Nov. 19
April 08, 2016 at 11:00am
Apple snails lay their bright pink eggs on hard surfaces above water, like this decoy. Babies hatch in weeks and fall in the water, where they are disbursed by wind, currents and vegetation. There is no pesticide available as of now to target the snails.

Invasive apple snails wreak havoc in Orange Grove marsh

Snails eventually will likely spread to Louisiana’s entire coastal zone, biologist says
March 22, 2016 at 9:27am

Three cited for alleged duck hunting violations in Acadia Parish

Trio busted by agents conducting surveillance on Bayou Nezpique, LDWF says
March 02, 2016 at 4:35pm

Lafayette Parish man cited for hunting ducks and geese during closed season

Leblanc allegedly shot two wood ducks and white-fronted goose on Feb. 12, LDWF says
February 16, 2016 at 4:03pm
Brandon Burke found this pintail drake dead in his front yard Monday morning after storms and lightning rumbled through Mansura in Avoyelles Parish. Three other ducks were found dead in the area, presumably all struck by lightning.

Flock of ducks apparently struck by lightning in Avoyelles Parish Monday morning

At least four birds discovered so far, including two pintail drakes near Mansura
February 15, 2016 at 4:55pm
Hampton Rutland, a urologist in West Monroe, recently completed his 2015-16 duck season recap video, which includes awesome scenery and drone footage from nine parishes across the state.

West Monroe doc documents 2015-16 duck season with video

Rutland captured footage from nine parishes across the state with drones, Sony camera
February 10, 2016 at 6:03pm
If a Notice of Intent for WMA changes is ultimately approved by the Louisiana Wildlife Commission this spring, mud boats would be banned after 2 p.m. September through January on Pass-A-Loutre WMA. A link for public comments is provided in the story.

Mud boat ban after 2 p.m. proposed at Pass-A-Loutre WMA for September - January

Public comments on potential changes being accepted through April 6, LDWF says
February 02, 2016 at 9:18pm