Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

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
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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 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 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 at 5:00pm
Advances in battery-powered tools like a hedge trimmer and reciprocating saw make the job of brushing your blind much easier.

Blind brushing tips for opening day

Battery-powered tools make the job much easier
November 06 at 11:00am
New Jersey artist Tim Taylor's painting of a pair of canvasbacks against a cloud-filled sky will be featured on the 2018 Louisiana Duck Stamp that will go on sale next summer on June 1.

New Jersey artist’s painting selected for 2018 Louisiana Duck Stamp

Stamp featuring canvasback pair will go on sale June 1, 2018, LDWF says
November 03 at 10:56am
Native to our Louisiana coast, the mottled duck is a trophy for marsh hunters as they are among the most wary of waterfowl.

Prepping for early season success

New birds in the Bayou State make make for action-packed early-season duck hunting, but that doesn’t mean you can just get out there and wing it. Use these tips to fill your strap on opening day.
November 01 at 7:00am
Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, shows off a nice limit of grey ducks on his lease in Cameron Parish. 

Duck commander

The state’s waterfowl study leader eats, breathes and sleeps ducks — on the job and in the blind. Learn Larry Reynolds’ top tips to shoot more birds this season.
November 01 at 7:00am
Teal hunters across Louisiana gave opening weekend mixed reviews. The 16-day season ends on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Teal hunters give opening weekend mixed reviews

Fog, excess water, birds on the move make for challenging conditions
September 18 at 12:28pm
September's aerial survey completed this week noted more than 370,000 blue-winged teal in the state, almost four times the number counted last year.

Teal numbers in LDWF’s September survey rocket to 373,000

Almost quadruples number of birds counted in 2016, Reynolds says
September 15 at 3:21pm
Although it’s not a big expanse of water, small spots that are flooded in fields are often great teal spots during the special teal-only season.

Get ready, get set, go for teal! Part 2

This teal hunter shares his tips to get set and go after the early birds of duck hunting.
September 01 at 7:00am