|Congress considering extension for conservation funding
May 01 at 10:55 am
A federal program providing matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships for wetlands conservation projects lost its congressional authorization last year, but U.S. Sen. David Vitter is pushing to have it renewed.
|LDWF reaches $10 million mark with DU
April 24 at 9:15 am
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was recognized by Ducks Unlimited last month reaching the $10 million mark for waterfowl habitat restoration.
|Annual duck-hunter survey underway
April 22 at 1:26 pm
Five thousand duck hunters will be receiving surveys from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries as part of the annual waterfowl survey, the agency reported.
|LDWF holding a public waterfowl hunting meeting April 4
March 28 at 4:52 pm
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has scheduled an April 4 meeting in Monroe during which the 2013-14 waterfowl hunting dates will be discussed.
The meeting will be held at the Marriott Courtyard at 4915 Pecanland Mall Drive in Monroe, and it will start at 5:30 p.m., the LDWF said.
|How to score on a Conservation Order goose hunt
February 08 at 12:10 pm
Late-season goose hunting is tough, even with the benefit of expert calling and prime locations. New birds are a long-forgotten luxury, and existing flocks have been educated by three months worth of advanced hunting-pressure classes.
Hunters can tip the odds of getting one last waterfowl shooting fix in their favor with a large decoy and rag spread, said Goose Guide Inc.'s Clint Matthew. The Kaplan native has been guiding hunters to robust bags of specklebellies and, to a lesser degree snow geese and lesser Canadas, for more than 20 years.
|Duck numbers fell in January, LDWF survey shows
February 07 at 5:00 pm
Most duck hunters in South Louisiana would not be surprised to hear that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries duck estimate for January was below the long-term average and last January’s duck count.
The 2.62 million birds estimated to be in the state this January topped the December count in all areas except for Catahoula Lake, but results were 6 percent lower than the January 2012 estimate of 2.79 million waterfowl, the LDWF reported.
|Another season of spotty duck hunting comes to a close
January 31 at 5:00 pm
Over the weekend, many East Zone hunters were greeted with fog and temperatures reflective of a nice late March morning when they headed to their blinds. Winds were on the lighter side as another cool front stalled to the north without making a push down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Most considered it par for the course, another dip in the roller coaster ride we’ve grown accustomed to when it comes to Louisiana winters. Though many fronts did manage to push through and bring new ducks to the state, hunters without food resources to hold them continued to struggle as the 2013 hunting season came to a close.
|Duck hunting this season in lower Mississippi River Delta poor, guides say
January 17 at 11:05 am
A duck hunt last week with Cajun Fishing Adventures’ Ross Montet in Buras featured low duck numbers, which wasn’t a surprise to the guide — even after a pack of nearly 100 gadwalls flared as his boat entered the open water near the launch.
“Last year, that would have been 3,000 (birds),” Montet said. “Last year, I limited out 40 times; so far this year, I have only limited five (times).”
| Follow these tips for late-season duck limits
January 04 at 12:00 pm
Ducks hunters across Louisiana knew this season could be a tough one, especially in Southeast Louisiana where Hurricane Isaac came through and stripped out most of the submerged aquatic vegetation that attracts and holds ducks. The first split in many areas was better than expected, especially in areas that retained some of the feed that Isaac didn’t kill or areas that had a freshwater source and were able to regenerate some feed before the ducks arrived.
Most of that feed is now gone and the second split has been bleak, with very slow hunting in most areas. Even hunting around frontal passages has been difficult.
So with several weeks left in the season, is it time to hang it up and wait for next year? For a dedicated duck hunter, the answer is “no” — but you will have to change your tactics to succeed in filling limits of these Houdini ducks!
January 01 at 7:00 am
In addition to portable boat blinds, other hunters use permanent drive-in boat blinds.
|Surface drives are fishing boats too
January 01 at 7:00 am
Boats equipped with surface drive engines were not long ago seen as an oddity in anything but duck-hunting situations.
|Souping up surface drives
January 01 at 7:00 am
The power plant of choice for surface drive motors is the 35-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine. These stock engines can be modified to improve their performance, something done every day by Andy Johnston and his crew at The Boat Doctor Inc. in Metairie.
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