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2nd Weekend Teal Season Report

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Date hunted 9/22/2018:

Saturday was a repeat of the conditions the prior weekend. Hot, no wind and loads of mosquitoes working on us for the first 45 minutes of the hunt as we sit waiting for teal to show up. As I stated last week you really have to want it pretty bad. We had 1 dozen G&H poule d'eaus decoys out with 4 teal mixed in and a mojo in the middle on the right side. Fifteen teal decoys on the left with a mojo similar to the set up last week if you saw my video. We shot 6 teal for the day.

Date hunted 9/23/2018:

Same exact set up as the day before as I left out the decoys out overnight. Lot more action for us today we shot 9 teal with some bad shooting by both of us. We saw more flocks of teal today and they worked well listening to the duck call. Should have limited out but not to be. Most of the teal wanted to be with the poule d'eaus decoys not the teal, so get some for your spread.

A couple things have me scratching me head. The Sunday hunts have been a lot better than Saturday hunts which is the opposite of the big duck season. Next is we have two other boats out on the lease guys in the club hunting not more than 1,000 yards from us and one boat shot 1 duck yesterday the other nothing and today nothing by either boat. Teal being what they are zig and zag all over the marsh prairie and the spot I have is shooting the ducks. Strange how it works sometimes.
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Delta Duckman, we have experienced pretty much the same results in our lease which is in the same area as you. We shot a 3 man limit yesterday(Saturday) but had a buddy hunt our lease today and they only shot two. There were guys close to us Saturday who never fired a shot. We have shot 54 total on our small lease out of 4 hunts which for us is unusual, we normally don't do that great during early teal but I am not complaining. Really hoping for a major push towards the end of this week with some cooler temps in the north and the full moon you never know when they will show up in full force.
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We did good again this weekend too, but not much shooting around. It's strange, but the few teal around seem to be concentrated in small areas that have something they favor in terms of food. I heard that they were doing better down in PLH over Delacroix and Carnarvan. I think the river's influence down that way has something to do with it. Hopefully we get a nice influx this week and everybody gets some action. I know it's frustrating when someone nearby is hammering them and you are not getting any.
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Been basically practicing my calling and decoy placement hunting the NShore with nothing to show except that I did convince a fine mottled duck to join our plastic decoy party yesterday!!Have hunted three times,zip all three times-BayouBob cashed in yesterday getting three drakes and like I said,for me it has been a whole lot of nuttin' other than blowing my DC Countdown 2.0 and having a duck conversation with fine mottled duck that splashed down in our decoys after we conversed for quite a few 'quacks'!!!Hope to shoot a few this Wed/Th/Sat/Sun then gear up for Bow Season!!

Mandevillian
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Villian, a friend hunted Northshore this am and got his solo limit. Said there were 'fresh' birds down.
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Yep,Gaddie,Talked to buddy who shot two-man limit today while BayouBob and I only managed one and we do not 'chase reports',in fact the fellow who got 12 today got two yesterday and BayouBob and I saw flock of about 50 about where this gent no doubt got 2-man limit.We love exploring and did so today,saw roseate spoonbills and plenty of woodies and once again had doggone teal so tight to decoys and not budging and he finally got up just as flock of 7 swooped in and we only managed one!!Funny story here-fellow who got 12 today posts on NFR and I used to write Cane Bayou fishing report on dat site and abandoned it after two 'Premium Morons' outed a great fishing/hunting spot and dat was it for me and here comes de funny part-another fellow who posts here sent me 'my Cane Bayou Report' including ole pic of me(same pic of me on this site)and Wifey went to NFR site,saw 'my report' and that was written by me over two years ago,how bout dat,fishing reports two years old!!!

Mandevillian
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Hopefully this news of success and fresh birds lasts through the weekend.
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Jealous of the success especially today! Yesterday was my only opportunity to 'have some things I've gotta take care of' and not make it in to the jobsite until 10:30 or so...did not fire. But it was a great sunrise and felt so good to get back on the water. Good luck to everyone out there this weekend and big duck season can't get here soon enough!
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Yep,Quite possible this mini-front brought some teal with it and think the full moon Monday did not hurt.We hunt numerous spots(ya gotta move around,especially hunting Federal/Public Land)and me and BayouBob joke that there are so many ponds on all lands that are Fed/Public that one could hunt a totally different one each and every hunt and not run outta ponds,some just have ultra-thick grass and always seem to hold birds and we hunt so far from the beaten paths that we rarely see another hunter(unless they with us!!).We have unfortunately not had much success this teal season(never seem to do well on teal but there are a few memorable hunts in de ole memory bank)and use teal season to sharpen shooting skills,practice calling at ducks,decoy placement,etc(pre-season for us diehards)!!Mosquitoes hate TheromCells!!!

Mandevillian
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The weekend prior to teal season and two other occasions during the teal season I went through the duck lease to see if there were any teal there. All three times I did not see a teal. It is my opinion that just because you don't see any does not indicate you wont shoot any. The teal we have been shooting are cruising around the marsh prairie and if you use the mojos and can do the teal call they will come most of the time. Right now teal love the mojos. If you see my videos I call a lot, three quick hits like a teal does while my buddy hits the whistle.

I suggest using at least two mojos and don't face then the same way. If you look at the side of a mojo you see very little. Strait on you see the flutter from a long distance the ducks see that brings them in. By turning one of them you cover more possible angles ducks could see the flutter.

If you never see them then calling obviously will not help, but if you do see them give the above a try for better results.

Good luck!
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Agree with de Delta Duckman's assessment and would add that scouting for those blue rockets not easy as they fly so low that you could potentially miss a bunch and some folks scout by driving down Lake Road and stopping to get in bed of pick up truck and glassing the marsh for potential pockets of teal that would have possibly been overlooked.The fellow that pounded out twelve yesterday capitalized on a similar scenario,we spotted huge band of teal while I was getting my Southfork up on trailer!!!We do employ twin robo teal decoys and we just have not had big bands of teal except for yesterday when we had maybe 7 zoom in with one coming home with us!!Hope to get in two decent hunts in before Bow Season!!!

Mandevillian
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I agree completely on the aggressive calling. I have turned several teal this season that were dedicated to landing elsewhere only to stay up and swing into the death zone! I have a Mojo Dove that I will try. I thought about it but never deployed it yet. I have used it with limited success during big season, and had to eliminate it from the spread after the first split. Have not tried it in teal season, but I will tomorrow.
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Gadwall - A couple of years ago I got a good deal on the Mojo dove spinners and they worked great. Trust me, the teal don't know the difference.

Last year I made my homemade mojos that don't have a decoy on it, just 2 spinning wings and the teal almost land on it. I don't know why the flutter works but it does. Put 2 or 3 out in the spread for the teal.
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There was quite a character,Cliff Woodie(drowned in Big Branch Marsh quite a few years ago),and he fashioned quite a contraption using a full-body goose decoy and extremely long aluminum pole and huge wings and this monstrosity would routinely get attention of ducks in the stratosphere and we laughed at it til we saw the results this gent was getting.I will be doing my best tomorrow and Sunday,blowing DC Countdown 2.0(extremely crisp sounding call)and I jokingly call it my 'ATT Call' as it reaches out and touches em!!!Gonna employ two blue wing spinners and bout 20 decoys and sees what dat does,probably gonna hunt two distinct ponds,one where I had about 20 mallards circling me last season and another that always seems to harbor teal.Got Bow Season coming up and scoped out my deer food plots today and gotta say this might well be my best food plots yet and seeds germinating extremely well(got radishes and purple top turnips planted in very close proximity of stand)!!Hope springs eternal!!!

Mandevillian
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