Date Hunted 1/13/18:
We had low water conditions in the marsh Saturday with windy conditions of about 17 mph out of the northwest. Temperature was a chilly 35 degrees. We set up shop in one of our regular blinds hoping the conditions would bring some better action. We shot 1 motled duck for the day and had a chance to get the pair but partner missed the other one. We had two blue winged teal come at us for a good shot and missed both of them, not sure what happened but it did.
That is my report for the day and that is all of the chances we had. We hunted until 8:45 and came out with 1 duck. My friends in another blind on the lease shot 2 dosgris.
On Sunday I tried a totally different area more like a scouting trip with a gun hoping to see some ducks but not to be. I didn't fire my gun but I was not surprised by the results.
One more week to go and we intend on going until the last day.
What a difference a year makes. Normally this time of year we are banging the ducks here in southeast Louisiana and I make videos of the good duck hunting. With the really bad year we are having on the ducks instead of afternoon duck hunts we are doing afternoon fishing trips from the camp. We caught some big reds last week in no time but Saturday we had to work for them catching a lot of undersized fish to keep 7. Still fun and better than sitting at home.
Duck hunt report for Saturday - 3 dosgris and 1 pouledeau. SAD!!!
The video shows some of the action from this past Saturday afternoon. For you YouTubers out there at times the audio is muted in the video because we had the radio on in the boat for some of the time and I had copy write infringements on songs not downloaded so the video was banned until I muted the audio. That is nuts.....
Dates Hunted December 30 - 31:
At the camp in SE Louisiana we were all hoping the past cold fronts and all the other things that are supposed to drive the ducks our way would make some sort of difference in the duck hunting. Unfortunately this past Saturday and Sunday it made no difference with the big ducks or teal in our area. The same scenario keeps on happening with plenty of Dosgris available and not much else. It doesn't do any good to change hunting tactics if there are no ducks to influence with the changes. Never have seen it stay this way for so long. We may see an occasional flight of greys or pintail in the distance and very few teal. We will keep going until the end hoping for some change in the results but not looking good.
After hunting Saturday we did go catch a limit of redfish. That is helping make up for the lack of ducks.
Date Hunted 12/28/2017:
The Rooster and his daughters went out this morning for the annual holiday season duck hunt. The girls hung tough despite the cold and nasty conditions lasting until 10:00am. 4 ducks were shot - 3 dosgris and 1 grey. Rooster told me there were more ducks in the area then this past weekend so that is a good thing.
Date Hunted 12-23-17:
Report for today was 6 ducks and 6 gallinule. 4 Dosgris - 1 Teal - 1 Hen Redhead. Still way off our regular pace. Obviously we are not having cold temps as my son was in his shorts after the hunt.
In the other picture was the Great Blue Heron near the entrance to our property. If you look good you will see a bass in its mouth.
Dates hunted December 16 & 17 2017:
After what were really good conditions for duck hunting Saturday we only shot 2 ducks for the hunt, 1 teal and 1 dosgris. Today we shot 1 pintail, 1 bufflehead, 1 dosgris.
We SE Louisiana duck hunters are in trouble. I don't recall of such poor results since I have been hunting in the area I have been for 25 years. It is really bad. Teal are nearly gone, hardly any greys and even the dosgris are spotty. We have plenty feed in our area so its not that.
Usually we bang them up this weekend and start the steady decline of production until we get to the finish line. Well, we got the finish line results this weekend. I am scratching my head on this one. Usually I post videos of the hunts over the weekend but can't do it due to the lack of action.
The only thing that saved the weekend was we launched the big boat and busted up the specks with three of us limiting out with 75. Plastics deep under a cork did the trick.
December 2017 and 2016 Waterfowl Numbers to compare. 2017 is first.
Dates Hunted - December 2 - 3 2017:
The last weekend of the first split was very slow for all of us at the camp. Not a lot of video action to choose from. Did shoot a real nice drake pintail.
I know there many ways to clean ducks but this is the way we do most of them when we are eating them at the camp, not transporting them.
After many years of buying and using spinner duck decoys I had enough of them falling off the top of the stick into the pond when guys were picking them up while in the boat. Had enough of having to buy stick extensions because we need them for the depth of our ponds. Had enough of stuffing the decoy under the bow of the duck boat and tripping on the stick that protrudes from the bow. Had enough of buying AA batteries to power them. Had enough of the on / off switches going bad.
It is my belief the duck decoy on the end of the stick of the spinners makes no difference rather it is the motion that attracts the ducks. I bought all of the parts off of the internet except for the 6 volt battery that can be recharged. I cut out the wings to the size I like and painted them. I made and have hunted with three of them this season. So far they are working as I thought they would.
We all had a good time this weekend for the Fins & Feathers Extravaganza 2017 at the camp. The best day for duck hunting and fishing was on Friday. 2 blinds shot limits and the other was short. We shot 2 nice drake canvasbacks and a mix of other ducks.
After we hunted Friday am we caught 60 specks - 2 reds - 1 bass - 1 catfish - mostly using live shrimp under the cork.
We hunted Saturday and the ducks did not cooperate. We all came up short on the limits, greys and teal are hard to come by in our area which is strange for this time of year. We fished again finding 12 specks. Went to the same spot with live bait where we caught the sixty the day before.
Sunday we had similar results on the ducks.
To see the video of Fridays duck hunt go to YouTube and search for my channel - Delta Duckman - Duck Hunt - Canvasbacks - Language is ruff in spots so don't watch it if you will be offended...
Date Hunted 11/15/2017:
Mileypop is Delta Duckman on YouTube.
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Date Hunted 11/11/17:
Opening day is Christmas day for us duck hunters. We had cool temps and nice conditions for the start of the big duck season. The amount of hunters and shots heard in our area indicated how nice the conditions were. Water was a little high and E/NE wind about 12 mph.
The very odd part of this was what appeared to be a lack of ducks in the sky as is normally the case on opening day. Then to make it more strange was the amount of dosgris (limit of 3 each was taken) in our marsh that usually occurs later in the season. Then there were not many teal for us which we usually shoot some of. We had pintail in the area limiting out on those (1each). Add 5 greys to the mix for the day. Our 3 man blind shot our limit of 18 but it was a very strange opening day but successful..
As the picture shows everyone hunting out of the camp was able to shoot a limit for the day. We are of to a good start. The only greenhead spotted was one of our hunting buddies mask that had us laughing all weekend.
Date hunted 11/12/17:
Usually the day after opening day is a dud. Conditions today had high water, lots of wind and the ducks were on the move. I did not have a lot of confidence on the way out to the blind. The teal showed up and we shot some of those, very strange in one day they were there. Dosgris still there and some greys. A redhead was shot and a spoony for us to get our 18 limit. Under the conditions a good hunt with more ducks in the sky then opening day. Very strange.
Date Hunted 11/4/17:
I took two boys out Saturday for the youth hunt. We were greeted with fog and no wind, pitiful conditions for a duck hunt. We hunted the same spot as teal season where we had decent success and the boys did not shoot a teal. We saw maybe a dozen for the hunt, makes no sense as the teal have checked out for now.
We did have a couple flights of greys work the decoys and they shot 1 out of each group. Then later 3 spoonies passed and they shot 1 each. Total for the hunt, 2 greys, 2 spoonies, nowhere close to our standards.
Opening weekend will be very interesting as I am not very optimistic that it will change much in less than a week but we will be out in the marsh for the weekend hoping to have some luck.
Date Fished 10/5/2017:
Father In Law and I went to the camp yesterday evening to get the camp ready for the storm. We had quite a few things to pick up and bring into the camp. After that was done at about 8:30 we walked to the end of the dock and was greeted by about 25 big redfish swarming under the light. We didn't fish right away we just watched the big boys bust up every minnow or live shrimp passing under the light. When they get started it is brutal down there and fun to watch.
After about 20 minutes of watching father in law tossed the lure out and it was game on. Lots of trout under the light also. We fished for 2 hours and caught 6 redfish and 39 specks. All caught on the Matrix Lemon with 1/4 jig.
I made seven hunts for the 2017 teal season. All hunts were in the marshes of southeast Louisiana. The numbers of teal shot are in order 4, 3, 5, 15, 11, 1, 9. It was a typical teal season for our area. The most surprising day was this past Friday with good conditions coming off of 15, 11 hunts the prior weekend. I thought we were going to bust them up but the teal had other ideas. Today was good but still not as many overall ducks in the area as the weekend before.
We have plenty vegetation in the ponds for the big duck season. We are all looking forward to the action.
Dates Hunted September 23 - 24:
Three of us hunted the same spot in the Southeast Louisiana marsh this weekend and the hunting was a lot better than last weekend. The tide for the weekend was a little above normal with very little wind at the start of the hunt Saturday. Fortunately the breeze and the ducks flying picked up as the hunt went on. We ended up shooting 15 teal for the day.
Sunday there was a breeze early on but a few less teal on the move for some reason. We had a good shoot coming out with 11 for the day. Overall it was a good weekend in the marsh. We hunted until 9:00am each day.
Side bar: There were about half the tree ducks in our area this weekend compared to last weekend for some reason. I don't claim to know why but that is what is saw.
Dates hunted September 15 - 16 - 17:
Report from Southeast Louisiana marsh. In the blind I was hunting in we shot 4 teal on Friday - 3 teal Saturday and 5 teal Sunday. The Friday hunt there was a decent breeze and an average amount of teal for what we normally see. Saturday no breeze at all and very few teal on the move. Below average for sure. Sunday no breeze at all but a few more ducks on the move, similar to Friday. Overall we did what we normally do for beginning of teal season.
Another comment I have is the unusual amount of Whistling Tree Ducks in our area. We had them landing in the teal decoys and we had loads of them fly over the decoys we could have shot. We could have easily shot limits of them if they were included in the special teal season bag limit. Since the Whistling Tree Duck does not migrate and the population of them seems to be thriving I hope someday they will be added to the special teal season as part of the limit taken. Over the last 10 years or so it has been interesting to see how these ducks have adapted to our climate and now dominate the marshes in our area prior to the arrival of the big ducks.
Date Hunted 9/2/2017:
The 2017 - 18 hunting season officially started for us Saturday afternoon and we are off to a great start. The doves flew in our area and we were able to get the two man limit. As most know doves can be hard to hit but we were able to get some good shots. It was a real good hunt and conditions were very good.
To see video of the hunt copy and paste the YouTube URL: https://youtu.be/rGvmk-7Z7BY