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Duck numbers down sharply in LDWF's January aerial survey

For the second year in a row, unseasonably warm temperatures apparently prompted large numbers of ducks to bolt from the state — or at least move into areas not included in the annual January aerial waterfowl survey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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January 20 at 6:44 am
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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.”

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January 10 at 9:52 am
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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.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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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.

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December 21, 2016 at 10:22 am
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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.

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December 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm
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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.

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December 15, 2016 at 9:38 pm
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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.

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December 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
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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:

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December 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
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