Saturday afternoon was the perfect day for Gators. We always find they are much more active when warm temperatures meet normal tides. My daughter and her friend came down to join in the hunt. We filled 6 tags with gators that ran from just under 8 ft. to almost 9ft. The huge ones we have seen the last few weeks were elusive this day but the ones we caught were all nice and provided exciting moments for the girls. I would leave the dogs home for teal season in Delacroix. Way more gators than teal right now.
Well, a new Duck Season has officially begun. I did not expect much this morning as we did not see anything while setting the alligator lines all day yesterday in Delacroix. Had a single come in and not leave. At least we christened the new season. Please let us know your results from this morning. And good luck to all this season.
PawPaw and I went to Delacroix again today to start the process of moving Blinds that are now in water instead of on the land due to the continued erosion. The last few weeks we have been seeing one or two teal each trip. Today we saw 17 along with some mottled ducks. We saw 2 groups of 4, 2 groups of 3, a single and a pair. They were in the same area where they show up each year. Still plenty time for them to arrive before 9/15. Lots of work to do before the big duck season to get more blinds built and moved to dry land. The excitement is starting to build!!!
Delacroix has lost an icon. Lionel Serigne was indeed a great man. There are not too many of the true original ?old timers? left from Delacroix. If you were ever lucky enough to sit with Lionel Serigne, any of his brothers, or any of the other old Delacroix men and just talk about the good old days you are a lucky person. That culture is vanishing as fast as the marsh and reliving those times are special moments. He will be missed and Delacroix will be different without him around.
I was spending some time looking back through my pictures and logs from this past duck season and it has been as good or better than the past five seasons. My guide hunts went very well this year and the couple of slow hunts I had seemed to happen when I hunted with my family. We shot mostly teal and greys during the season till the greys started to get scarce the last two weekends. We still killed a few greys each hunt but shot a few dogris to fill limits at the bitter end. I made some new friends that I look forward to hunting with in the future and enjoyed the company of buddies I have been hunting with for years. I know it was a tough season for some, including some of my family, but I had a great season. Guess it was a combination of hard work and a little luck at times. As I type this I am getting messsges from some that hunted with me this year looking to book there dates for next season already. I guess it helps us all to start the planning for next year. There are boats to clean and maintain and more blinds to build. I can?t wait!!! Here are some pics from this past season. Good luck to all as we wait till we can hunt again!
The last weekend of the season I helped my buddy Jimmy from Wsterfowl Specialist with a group from North Carolina. We each had 3 hunters and worked hard to put the group on some shooting opportunities with the tough conditions and pressured ducks. Our groups averagered around 13-15 ducks per blind consisting of teal, bluebills(dogris) and some greys in the mix also. The first day someone in my group hunting Delacroix killed a drake Bluebill that was banded. On the second day that same group hunted with Jimmy in Shell Beach and killed another banded drake bluebill. When reporting the bands the two ducks were banded by the same person, two days apart in Illinois back in 2016. These two ducks were killed buy the same group, on back to back days, one in Delacroix and one in Shell beach with the actual hunting area about 10 miles apart from each other. Pretty crazy when you think about it. Two ducks, banded 2 days apart in Illinois by the same person killed in SE La. almost 2 years later on back to back days by the same hunters. It was a good closing to a good season for us down in Delacroix. I know it was tough for many including family members and good friends. Now the wait begins till we can do it again. Good luck to those hunting this weekend.
Today I didn?t book a guided trip in order to share the blind with my Father, my brother and his two children and a good friend. We all hunted together in the new blind I built. The teal action was pretty quick in the morning and we enjoyed letting the younger ones take their shots. We saw a few big ducks but not as many as we were hoping. We brought along a propane cooker for heat for PawPaw and decided to cook up some deer sausage in the blind as well. A hot meal with family while shooting ducks in the duck blind; how much better can it get! We killed 7 teal and 12 dogris. I could have been upset that we didn?t see and shoot as many big ducks as we had hoped but I sat back and enjoyed the memories we made today. Have a guided trip tomorrow and will post a report. Good luck to all!
I know this season has been a tough one for most of the Duck Hunting Community and I have had both good and bad hunts this year. I just got a report that Delacroix is loaded with ducks and the weather has indeed sent them our way. The season closes on the 21st and time is running out. We only have two choices when it comes to duck hunting. We either go, or we donât go. I will be in the blind every chance I get. I too become frustrated with slow hunts and morning with empty skies. I am going to stay positive and give the ducks all I have for the remainder of the season and enjoy what SE Louisiana has to offer. Some of my favorite saying when it come to duck hunting are; ?Don?t let your expectations ruin the experience?, and ?What if they show up and your not there?? I will be waiting form them if and when they show up! Good luck to all the rest of the season.
We will be heading out to W. Monroe in the morning to make our annual hunting trip with Phil and the rest of the DC Crew. This annual trip dates back 12 years, way before Duck Dynasty was even on their radar. Phil, Kay, and the rest of the family have not changed and they are still the same down to earth and generous family they were before the crazy success of the show. We will be bringing up some fine SE Louisiana shrimp, fish, and oysters to go along with the awesome family dish?s that Phil and Kay will cook up. Looking forward to lots of hunting, eating around the table, and sharing story?s of past hunts. Can?t wait to see those mallards coming into the timber. It will be a good change of scenery from the Delacroix marsh. I will send reports after the hunts. Good luck to all this holiday season.
I just wanted to start a ?Merry Christmas? post. Wishing everyone out there in LA Sportsman Land a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Fanny?s Family Duck Club and Guide Service,
It has been a great second split for us in Delacroix but it has takes some hard work. On the Friday before the second split opened I spent the evening scouting. I found that the ducks moved further outside, about 5 miles from where we had a good first split. I hunted out the boat blind and killed 52 the first weekend. On Thursday I spent the morning cutting boards. Drove down to Delacroix, cut brush on the way down. I made two 14 mile round trip boat rides to get the brush and materials to the hot location and spend till dark building a blind for todaysâs hunt with a group of 4. Owning land and private leases are pretty tough work also. Have to stay on the ducks when they move. My plan was to kill 30 ducks in the morning out of new blind. Mission accomplished! The very heavy fog lifted about 7:30 and we finished with our 6 man limit. Mostly GW teal and a mix of greys, pintail, dogris, and a couple of spooners. Had a couple of young boys in the group and they had a blast. Good luck to everyone the rest of the season.
While enjoying a warm fire after Saturdayâs Duck hunts we baited some lines with fresh duck hearts and fished of the back of he dock. We got on a good catfish bite and caught some monsters. Didnât have a scale to weigh them but this is a 100 qt. ice chest and one next to my 67 lb lab. It was a fun night and some good eating!
It was fast limits this morning in our area of Delacroix. We were a little late setting up because of havejng to run poachers off of our property. Man is that frustrating! We had a few dogris and teal belly up before we were finished setting up. We put the dogris on the no kill list and finished our limit of 24 before 7:15. All green wings, one Grey, and the few dogris from the early morning. If was as fast of shooting as I have ever experienced. The greys weâre moving to the area as we were picking up. We could have waited on them but were were happy with the green wings. Hope everyone had a good morning, some of the other hunters in Delacroix didnât do to well. All about location and we were in the right spot this morning. Good luck the rest of the season.
This afternoon this poacher showed up in my front yard. I guess he is waiting for the ducks migrating down with the weather fronts we are having. Hope the ducks enjoy the peace and quiet of the split this weekend and hang around till the 16th. Get those âHoney Doâsâ out the way and get ready for the second split.
It has been a busy Duck Season down in Delacroix. Some hunts have been better than others but the front on this past Sunday has brought more ducks to our part of the marsh. Monday?s hunt was a 3 man limit if 11 greys, 3 pintail, 2 teal, a readhead and a spoonie. There were more greys Monday than all season in the section of marsh l hunt the most. Today?s hunt was my donated hunt for Delta Waterfowl. We had a blast and it was a fun time in the blind. Our limit of 18 was a mix of greys, teal, and dogris, and a mottled Duck. The ducks worked a little better the last couple of days. Maybe because the weekday hunts were a little less crazy with fewer hunters. Looks like another front will come through Thursday and bring nice weather for the weekend. l had a group back out for this weekend so let me know if you want to make a hunt. Good luck to all this Holiday Weekend.
Man these next few nights will be difficult. 4 more sleepless nights before the duck season opener is here. l did not book a guided hunt for opening morning as l wanted to share the hunt with my dad who has just recovered from a knee replacement surgery. My successful youth hunt Sunday scratched the duck itch some and it was a great time sharing the hunt with two teenagers who limited out with 9 greys and 3 teal. But as you know, when you scratch an itch it becomes inflamed. It will be tough controlling the anxiety the rest of the week. Looking forward to creating more memories with Dad!! Good luck to all this weekend!
Fanny?s Family had a great youth hunt to kick off the Duck Season down in Delacroix. Forstall and Scott tore them up this morning killing 9 Greys and 3 Teal. My Complements to Mr Rawlings for taking the young ones hunting. Forestall had some prior experience but it was Scott?s first Duck hunt. Even with the hot tempetures and no wind, the ducks worked perfectly and provided great opportunities for the young guns. When it is as still as it was this morning, being covered and eliminating all movement while the greys are working is important. This group did a great job listening to the rules of the blind and staying down till I called the shots. If this is any indication of the season to come it will be another good one. I still have a few dates open so let me know if you are interested in making a hunt this year. Good luck to all next weekend and stay safe on the water!
Delacroix Duck Hunts
That time of year!! Brushing blinds and making final boat inspections. Will post a duck report after the weekend.
The cool weather this morning got me in the mood for some duck calling practice on the way to work. My Lanyard stays on the passenger seat if my truck this time of year so it is always accessible when I get the urge to practice. I also find some time when no one else is home and I have the house to myself. My Lanyard is full of Duck Commander Calls. I know it is way more than needed for hunting but I love them all and all have a place and time during the hunt. Whatâs on Your Lanyard?
Today I made my first teal hunt of the season. My brother and I killed five. There were a few flying around but not as many as were around the day before. We were also able to fill another alligator tag. Removed this Beast 100 yds. from my main duck blind. This is why we don't bring out dogs to hunt during teal season and sometimes not even the first week or so of the regular season. 11ft. 4 inches, over 360 lbs. Good luck the rest of the teal season.