Waterfowl & DuckHunting

Matt Grabert's boat capsized early Saturday morning during a duck hunt in cold, windy conditions on the Mississippi River out of Venice.

Duck hunters survive capsizing in frigid Mississippi River Saturday

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Ryan Arena filed this report for the St. Charles Herald-Guide.

After a weekend duck hunt that nearly ended with catastrophe in the cold waters of the Mississippi River, Matt Grabert called Saturday’s experience “the scariest thing I’ve ever been through.

“When you get thrown into the water at 4:45 in the morning, helpless in the middle of the river … it could have been a much different result,” said Grabert, of Boutte. “I could barely process it when it was happening.”

January 10 at 9:52am
The Wetland Seat

The Wetland Seat

The Wetland Seat from Delta Waterfowl Gear by ALPS OutdoorZ is a lightweight, easy carrying seat perfect for flooded timber and marsh hunting. The seat is built using a single aluminum leg designed with a wedge end that can be driven into marsh soil and provide a firm foothold. The Wetland Seat itself is 12 x 8 inches, padded, and folds flat against the frame for easy storage. It also includes a D-ring so hunters have a place to hang a game strap.

January 01 at 7:00am
LouisianaSportsman.com user Frogslayer posted this picture from the opening weekend of the second split in Pecan Island. December's aerial survey by the LDWF revealed 3.6 million ducks in the state - the highest December number since 1999.

December aerial survey of 3.6 million ducks highest since 1999

Below-freezing temperatures and snowfall in the upper-Midwest states appears to be benefitting Louisiana duck hunters, as the state’s annual December aerial waterfowl survey completed last week revealed 3.61 million ducks in the state — the highest estimate since 1999.

December 21, 2016 at 10:22am
Warm weather and south winds kicked off the opening day of the second split on Saturday, but hunters were greeted with rain and winds howling from the north by Sunday morning.

Weekend weather extremes greet second-split duck hunters

Second-split Louisiana duck hunters were greeted by a neurotic Mother Nature this weekend, with relatively warm conditions and south winds on Saturday morning — followed by rain, lightning and howling north winds on Sunday morning.

December 19, 2016 at 2:20pm
Larry Reynolds, the state's waterfowl study leader, said it's possible the December aerial survey could be lower than the 3 million-bird estimate from last month — but he's trying his best to complete the survey on Friday.

Day 1 of December aerial survey: More mallards, potentially fewer birds overall

Socked-in clouds out of Baton Rouge prevented Larry Reynolds from starting December’s aerial waterfowl survey as planned on Wednesday, but he flew 13 transect lines on Thursday in Southwest Louisiana from the Texas line eastward to Rayne.

December 15, 2016 at 9:38pm
Tony Soileau’s camouflaged kayak blended perfectly into the natural habitat.

How Soileau became a kayak duck hunter

Tony Soileau cut his teeth hunting ducks from conventional blinds in the Cypress Creek Hunting Club in Evangeline Parish.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Picking up decoys alone is a snap with a kayak.

Top 10 reasons duck kayaks are cool

Tony Soileau had no problem quickly rattling off 10 reasons why duck hunting from a kayak is cool:

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Tim Clark, 32, of South Lake Charles, shows off the two banded wood duck drakes he shot during a morning hunt on Sunday, Dec. 4 on Lacassine Bayou. Both birds were banded and hatched in 2015 — one in Gueydan and the other in Barlow, Ky.

One hunt yields two banded woodies on Lacassine Bayou

Tim Clark started duck hunting with a 20-gauge Remington 870 Express Magnum when he was just 10 years old, and finally shot his first and only banded duck — a mallard hen — back in 2005. 

December 13, 2016 at 11:18am
Taylor Broussard, 23, of Estherwood, shot this South American ringed teal on a duck hunt near Pecan Island on Dec. 1.

Rare South American ringed teal shot near Pecan Island

When Taylor Broussard and a couple of buddies went out for a duck hunt near Pecan Island, he was the only one who reacted when a teal buzzed their boat blind early on the morning of Dec. 1.

December 09, 2016 at 11:30am
The stability of the NuCanoe allows Tony Soileau to take his son Andrew hunting with him.

Sneaky ducks — How to use a kayak for duck hunting

The hunt didn’t last long. Good hunts never do.

The ducks never had a chance.

Just before daylight, Lafayette dentist Tony Soileau slipped his camouflaged kayak across the pond’s open water and maneuvered it into an island of flooded buttonwood bushes surrounded by a fringe of dry, brown indigo.

December 01, 2016 at 7:00am

Two cited for alleged migratory game bird violations near Laplace, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men for allegedly being over the limit on wood ducks and shooting after hours last weekend in St. John Parish.

November 29, 2016 at 11:08am
Mojo Flock A Flickers produce random momentary flashes of spinning-wing action from six small units pre-programmed with random on/off timers.

Mojo Flock A Flickers

One of the newest items in the Mojo line of motion decoys, the Flock A Flickers consists of six small units pre-programmed with random on/off timers that produce momentary flashes of spinning-wing action. 

November 18, 2016 at 8:00am
Banded Redzone waders keep you toasty warm on cold winter hunts in the blind, without the bulk and weight of neoprene.

Banded Redzone Breathable Insulated Waders

“These are probably going to be my No. 1 Christmas present for the waterfowler again this year,” Lindsey Simmons-Roberts at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop said. “They’re definitely my No. 1-selling wader.”

November 18, 2016 at 8:00am
Plastic decoys with shot holes and cracks often fill with water but don’t drain easily. Drill a hole on top of the decoy to drain it quickly, and then use silicone to seal the holes and cracks.

Become a Decoy Doc

We all know that guy — the one who seems to find new ways to destroy any duck or goose decoy in his midst. He leaves decoys in the back of his pick-up until July 4 or so — including the ones he borrowed from you two years ago and never returned — and in an unceremonious act of glory, tosses them behind the garage so they can be dealt with later.

Perhaps you are that guy.

November 16, 2016 at 10:00pm