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The Speck Special

I got the call, and not a moment too soon. Sure the phone was ringing, but the quacking ringtone denoted the beckon of a hunting buddy to all within earshot of my office desk. […]

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Teal season below par, more ducks arrive with first major cool front

The dust and the feathers have settled following the 2010 Louisiana teal season, and it’s clear the numbers were down and hunters in many parts of the state had to work a little harder than they are accustomed to in order to fill limits. The warm weather seems to be culprit, as the cool front we’re enjoying now seems to have pushed a large number of birds south. […]

Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

Teal opener good for most hunters

The long off season finally ended as the 2010 teal season kicked off Saturday morning. Hunters were greeted with temperatures anything but “fall-like,” and the mosquitoes swarmed about in the largely windless, sticky morning air; par for the course here in Louisiana. However, it looks as if most were rewarded for their efforts with strong teal harvests – with only a few areas slower than normal. […]

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Duck season fizzles to close

As the duck season kicked off in mid-November, Louisiana waterfowlers held hope that Old Man Winter would arrive to bring down the hoards of birds we had all heard about. A strong spring hatch held promise for a banner duck season at the lower end of the flyway if we could only get that elusive “freeze-up” the old timers speak of. […]

Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

Second split better so far, guides look for more ducks with cold blast

It appears as though Old Man Winter arrived in earnest, making for good weather conditions to kickoff the second split of the 2009-10 duck season. However, persistent rainfall has continued to hamper some hunters’ efforts, with many of the state’s rivers at or near flood stage. Flooded backwaters and widespread flooding of typically dry fields are giving the birds a leg up on hunters hoping to target them in their traditional haunts. […]

Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

First split disappointing to duck hunters

Despite warm conditions and relatively few birds just prior to the season, Louisiana duck hunters remained hopeful that they’d get a good push of winter weather in mid-November as the season kicked off. Well, we all know the rollercoaster ride that transpired throughout November into early December as we closed out the first split. […]

Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

Duck sightings spotty, but conditions are promising

It seems like here in south Louisiana we get things in extremes. It’s either hot or cold, with rarely an in-between. Sometimes we pray for rain to alleviate drought, and other times we get floods. As it relates to the waterfowl hunting conditions here in Louisiana, it seems like more often than not we’re praying for rain to flood our fields and backwaters – but this year it looks like Mother Nature has outdone herself. […]

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Casting at the Capitol

By now the excitement of the latest video games has begun to leave the kids bored, with limited options to occupy their time before schools kicks off again. After all, the hot summer temperatures are in full force, forcing most to curtail their outdoor activities to the early and late portions of the day. […]