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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.

Yesterday at 8:55am

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.....

January 08 at 4:01pm

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.

January 01 at 12:12pm

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.

December 28, 2017 at 5:56pm

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.

December 23, 2017 at 6:50pm

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 17, 2017 at 7:36pm

December 2017 and 2016 Waterfowl Numbers to compare. 2017 is first.

December 14, 2017 at 10:18pm

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.

December 09, 2017 at 4:41pm

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.

December 04, 2017 at 5:19pm

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.

November 30, 2017 at 1:05pm

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...

November 26, 2017 at 9:29pm

Date Hunted 11/15/2017:

Mileypop is Delta Duckman on YouTube.

November 16, 2017 at 8:58am

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November 12, 2017 at 9:41pm

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.

November 12, 2017 at 8:09pm

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.

November 05, 2017 at 7:05pm

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.

October 06, 2017 at 9:24am

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.

September 30, 2017 at 10:48pm

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.

September 24, 2017 at 11:00pm

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.

September 18, 2017 at 1:50pm

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

September 05, 2017 at 5:10pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

It seems all of us participating in this thread are in agreement 'ice eaters' are a manipulation of the natural process thus allowing hunters to shoot ducks in circumstances that are not natural. We all know that laws have been passed to stop these negative practices for the good of the animals being hunted.

A possible solution would be to make Congressman Steve Scalise the current house Majority Whip aware of what is going on. Maybe legislation could be passed to stop the 'ice eating' for duck hunting purposes. I have no issue if a farmer is doing it to water cattle, however if 'ice eating ' is being done for the sole purpose to shoot ducks and geese it should be illegal.

January 09 at 11:17am
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

The only hope we may have in Louisiana is for ducks to change their desires in the food they like to eat. If we could get ducks to like eating boudin, crackling, gumbo, pickled quail eggs, jamabalaya, andouille and some good etoufee we would be in great shape. I know those farmers up the line could not compete in that arena, all they have up there is potatoes and beans. We need some good coonasses to go up to the pothole region and start feeding the ducklings to get it started.

January 04 at 7:19pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Wow, the rubber is starting to hit the road now!!

I have been fortunate to have made two hunting trips to Canada to hunt ducks and geese. I went to two different provinces; the last time was two years ago. For those who have never been what I have seen with my own two eyeballs is the most waterfowl anywhere. It is absolutely phenomenal what is going on up there in the pothole region. There are so many ducks and geese it makes your head spin. There are thousands and thousands of agriculture fields to feed the ducks and geese. The only reason to leave would be if they can?t get to the food.

So, based on what I have seen somewhere between Canada and Louisiana the ducks are stopping. I don?t claim to know exactly where they are going, all I do know for sure is they are not coming to southeast Louisiana this year except for the Dosgris.

It seems the real issue is up the line where the farmers figured how to make the system work for them. In a ducks life the only things that matter are eating, water and breeding. Until the food is taken away from the ducks up the line they are not coming here, why would they? Hello???

January 03 at 9:42pm
A comment titled: Re: No Changes On The Ducks in response to a report titled: No Changes On The Ducks

Just for the conversation regarding the different types of ducks we can shoot and what we see in the field is by rule we can shoot 6 Wigeon and 3 Scaup (Dosgris) per man per day. I have not killed or seen the first Widgeon this year and the Dosgris are like kamikazes buzzing the blind in bunches.

I am as discombobulated with this duck season and the overall set up of things as I have ever been. I know mother nature does not follow the rules we humans set up and ducks migrate, where they choose to go is a wildcard at best but there have been patterns in the past that were somewhat reliable. We have the vegetation in the ponds for the ducks to eat. We have the cold weather. What we have going now is not making sense at all.

January 01 at 5:03pm
A comment titled: Re: SWLA Marsh hunting in response to a report titled: SWLA Marsh hunting

kenspeck,

Ditto your post in SE LA with the exception of ring necks in our area. Very few greys and teal, although I did see several nice bands of green winged teal buzzing over the marsh prairie last Sunday. Since it will be about 17 degrees at the Louisiana - Arkansas line tomorrow night if we don't bust up the ducks this weekend I think all hope will be gone for the year.

Good luck out there.

December 27, 2017 at 4:42pm
A comment titled: Re: How to post a short video in response to a report titled: How to post a short video

When I post videos I use YouTube and don't have any trouble using the emended code on this website. I have not tried Vimeo.

December 20, 2017 at 4:08pm

My opinion is surface drives have very little to do with our lack of ducks in our state. Before surface drives there were long tail motors for many years with guys going all over the place with those. I just don't believe it is the factor many think it is?

An analogy would be man made global warming. Yes humans do have some impact but is so minimal in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really register as a factor.

As the old saying goes 'Opinions are like A$$holes, everybody has one'.

'Its all about the Ducks'

December 19, 2017 at 9:53pm
A comment titled: Re: 2nd Split Opener Report in response to a report titled: 2nd Split Opener Report

Proud Pop,

Happy to read you are shooting some ducks and I hope you keep on busting them up. We are going to stay at it for sure and hope our luck changes but I am not very optimistic for this year. It is a very strange year for the ducks for us because we work hard to make things right, good duck blinds, lots of decoys all to increase our chances of getting ducks to come close for a shot. When we look into the skies now we just don't see a lot nor do we jump up many on the way to our lease. Been doing this long enough to know it could all change in a day.

On the issue of would be poachers I am always nice and polite to them if it happens the first time because people do get lost or are part time hunters who don't prepare properly. It would be a different if the same people show up a second time.

December 17, 2017 at 8:47pm
A comment titled: Re: December 2-3 2017 Duck Hunts in response to a report titled: December 2-3 2017 Duck Hunts

If you are trying to find the grey ducks to hunt the best place to look is where the poule d'eau are. Greys and poule d'eau stick together. That's why it is a good thing to have grey decoys mixed with poule d'eau in the spread. The don't need to be separated in the spread, if you see them in the wild they are mixed and matched together.

December 12, 2017 at 10:12am
A comment titled: Re: Calling Techniques Used for Gadwall in response to a report titled: Calling Techniques Used for Gadwall

If the greys are heading away from the decoys hit the regular duck call hard to turn them around. If done right most of the time they will turn around. Once they start coming your way and depending on wind lighten up to a feed call or grunt to them. Reduce the volume as they get closer. If they don't get close enough to shoot and start to raise out and leave you may have to repeat the above scenario a couple of times to get them within range. With greys that is very common. Rarely do you get 10 - 15 of them to dive in so be patient. 1 - 4 will work easier. Sometimes if they are coming at you good don't do anything until it looks like they don't like what they see and that comes with experience.

If hunting with others they need to keep their head down and be still. The caller should be looking through some sort of bush or cover and try to be still for best results. If they leave then something is scaring them and if it keeps happening make some changes or try to figure out why they are leaving.

Good luck..

December 04, 2017 at 4:31pm
A comment titled: Re: Homemade Duck Wing Spinner in response to a report titled: Homemade Duck Wing Spinner

It is a dual shaft motor I found on the internet. Below is the link to the URL for information on them. Copy and paste. $14.50 each and they send it to the house no shipping.

The whole thing can be done for under $50.00. It is the functionality I was looking for rather than the cost savings. My buddy calls them the 'Headless Voodoo Duck'.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Johnson-Electric-Dual-Shaft-DC-Motor-18-VDC-2700-RPM-3-17-mm-Dia-Shafts-/282257420431?hash=item41b7da708f:g:M9wAAOSwGWNUVNjN

November 30, 2017 at 7:34pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish in response to a report titled: Duck report lower Terrebonne parish

Larry,

My vote is to leave the season at 60 days as long as we can. I am also in favor of leaving the dates in the coastal zone exactly as they are this year opening around November 11 with the split as it is. I have been through the ups and downs in southeast Louisiana for many years and those timeframes seem to be the best overall.

A while back we discussed the whistling tree ducks and I can report they have left our area. We had plenty during the teal season but I have not seen the first one since the opening of the big duck season. I sure would like to see them added to the teal season. I hope you keep trying to convince the controlling group. Good luck.

Mileypop

November 29, 2017 at 7:03pm
A comment titled: Re: Guess the species in response to a report titled: Guess the species

Another probability why divers are somewhat disliked down here is if you are going to pluck the ducks to clean them the divers are really tough to do compared to puddle ducks. Years ago most people I knew plucked the ducks completely then gutted them cleaning out the cavity. These days many hunters breast out the ducks cutting the meat off of the breast plate which is a lot easier, but considered somewhat wasteful by some.

November 27, 2017 at 9:15am
A comment titled: Re: Mid-Week Hunt - Duck Limit in response to a report titled: Mid-Week Hunt - Duck Limit

As the video shows we do have a lot of decoys out. Depending on the size of the pond you are hunting in if you have a big open pond put out as many decoys as you can. Also put out spinners. In a big pond there is no such thing as to many decoys. Good luck..

November 18, 2017 at 7:25pm
A comment titled: Re: East Zone Opener 2017-2018 in response to a report titled: East Zone Opener 2017-2018

Don't feel bad Mandy we went out today and only shot 6 ducks in my blind. 5 Dosgris and 1 hen redhead. We scratched out the limit Wednesday and today stunk. I am not sure where this season is going to go but not looking good.

November 18, 2017 at 7:19pm
A comment titled: Re: Hogzilla in response to a report titled: Hogzilla

Taking no prisoners - way to bust em up!!

November 07, 2017 at 10:31pm
A comment titled: Re: Decoy spreads in response to a report titled: Decoy spreads

Duckaholic that is a fumy story about the match the hatch. I am amazed how some can make a relatively simple sport into a such a complex sport. If ducks were as smart as some people seem to think they are then why do they fly to groups of plastic decoys? Again, I know ducks do have their ways and can be difficult to hunt but don't over think it as many seem to do.

October 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
A comment titled: Re: Decoy spreads in response to a report titled: Decoy spreads

As Proud Pop states if you are able to make the changes it is more important to pick the right place to set up to hunt than what you do with the decoys. Wind direction is always a factor unless you are able to set up in the middle of a pond. I have permanent blinds set up in the middle of ponds and I like that a lot. Most hunters are not able to do it that way so if you are going to set up on a shoreline I always try to set up on a peninsula of some sort. I don?t like hunting in coves.

Shoreline hunting:

If you set up on a peninsula with wind in general direction from behind then I like to put lots of decoys on either side with very few directly in front. It took years for me to figure out ducks often will fly outside or around the decoy spread until they commit to land in the decoys. So do the math, if you are in a cove and decoys are 30 yards in front you that makes for long shots. Do all you can to decrease the length of the shot.

With the decoys I don?t worry much about mix and match just don?t put them close together and depending on how many you put out there should be MOJOS in the mix. Grey?s and teal love the spinners.

There are so many factors that goes into how to set up, pond size, wind direction and even how hard the wind is blowing can affect outcomes. All ducks do have tendencies of how they react to circumstances but there are always wildcards that come into play. The best way to increase the odds of success is to spend the time in the marsh or timber and learn what the ducks do.

October 26, 2017 at 10:23pm
A comment titled: Re: Calling Instruction in response to a report titled: Duck Calling Instructions

I have used many different types of calls over the years. Oddly enough the one I use the most now and like a lot is a from a Ducks Unlimited banquet a few years ago. A friend of mine wins a table and with it are a few of the Primos orange looking duck calls. He cant blow a duck call and gives them to me, so I opened if up and hit a few times on the way home have been using it ever since for the majority of my calling. I think they are 20.00.. But as most will say 'it's not the arrows it's the Indian'...

October 09, 2017 at 5:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Calling Instruction in response to a report titled: Duck Calling Instructions

My suggestion on duck calling is to listen to the ducks out in the marsh or wherever you hunt. Once you hear the teal, grey's etc. try to duplicate that sound. The sounds they make are not real complicated and don't need to become complicated. If the calling is bad then its best to hold off until it gets better.

When and the volume of the call are probably most important. If ducks have passed your spread and are leaving hit it hard to turn them. If the ducks are coming at you nothing or a little grunt feed low volume is good. The man with the call should be peaking - looking at the ducks to see what they are doing and blow the call based on what is seen.

Good luck and keep practicing.

October 09, 2017 at 5:02pm
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