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LDWF aerial survey: December duck count at 3.02 million birds

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ December Aerial Waterfowl Survey indicates a major migration of birds into the Bayou State has occurred since last month, with 3.02 million birds counted compared to 1.55 million in November.

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2 hours ago
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Mottled duck telemetry study underway in Southwest Louisiana

The mottled duck’s ongoing population struggles, which prompted officials to reduce the daily limit to one bird eight years ago, now are the reason for a telemetry study designed to help researchers locate their nests to determine nesting success. 

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14 hours ago
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Reynolds: December duck survey ‘disappointing’ so far

EDITOR'S NOTE: Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, spoke to LouisianaSportsman.com Wednesday morning before flying the final eight transect lines of the December aerial survey. During this interview, he stressed that the entire survey is not yet complete, and his comments were based only on what he’s personally seen so far from his side of the airplane. Reynolds’ full report is expected to be released late tomorrow afternoon — check back to get the complete results.

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Yesterday at 9:45 am
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Ducks down on the Delta

At exactly 6:09 a.m. what was obviously a hen gray duck hovered close in over the coot decoys. Chip Crews chopped it down with one shot. 

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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DIY duck blind dog stand

When constructing and preparing land-based duck blinds in the marsh, we go to great lengths to ensure the hide is both comfortable and functional. But adding a retrieving dog to the mix brings additional considerations and challenges. The dog must be integrated into the hunt, but in a safe way that also hides him from circling birds. 

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November 30 at 9:00 pm
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Tips for legal, safe duck hunts

Duck, coot and merganser seasons kick off in November. Louisiana is divided into three zones: coastal, west and east. 

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November 24 at 9:00 am
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Top 5 tactics for early season success

Landing zones – Though creating defined landing zones is often a favorite decoy pattern for hunters, it only takes observing a raft of puddle ducks one time to realize they will plop down just about anywhere — regardless of an available zone. Focus on replicating a relaxed group of loafing and feeding ducks at your favorite hole, and the birds should present plenty of shooting opportunities.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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Reynolds’ season-opening decoy set

Lively discussions about decoy spread strategies have probably gone on since wood carvers starting crafting lifelike dekes in the 1800s. 

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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