Observed a variety of ducks today in the draining crawfish pond. Black bellied whistling ducks, fulvous ducks, mottled ducks, Bluewing Teal in addition to wood ducks. Always enjoy watching the reverse migration of blue wings in full plumage coming through the area. Squealers in large flocks wandering around. Saw a large group of them this week sitting around a pond along 107 in Mansura.
Got this idea for a wood duck box using old pallet and kitty litter tub-5 gallon bucket may work. Will test and see how it works out. Patent pending lol
Cool pic of turkeys in flight from my buddy in Texas. Should be a good spring hunt.
You make a gumbo. Not quite the finish I was expecting. Got this fellow courtesy of a bald eagle that was harassing him on the levee. Had a fun season with a mess of a few dozen ducks and geese. Will try geese for remaining days we have to chase them. Looking forward to Turkey season and next teal/duck/goose.
Geese have helped make season fun. Best season hunting sky carp and friends. Going to keep at em for a few more weeks. Hopefully will get better at calling.
Good weekend, slow but fun season. Lot of geese to fill the duck shortage.
Hunting has been a challenge this season with mixed results. Low duck numbers but have harvested a couple on most hunts. Have done well personally on geese with great numbers of geese in the area. Overall had great time with people I hunt with and enjoyed sunrises like this. Will chase a few more times then Turkey time.
Attended the call maker meeting/show today in pineville. Talented group of call makers keeping the art alive. Unique and great looking calls. Met a lot of great people.
A few more hand made cane calls put together to pass the time before teal season gets here. Finally learning a few tips from Dad-only took a 3-4 decades to listen lol. It is addicting but satisfying. Now to find more cane.
Bamboo cane calls being made by first and second generation throwback to the Cajun roots. Enjoy the photos.
Passing the time making turkey strikers and duck calls. Will try some acrylic in the future. Come on fall. Hope we have a bountiful season in 2017.
Made a final hunt and able to get one after missing a few. Got a surprise when I got to it-looks like a woodie mallard mix. Mallard beak with woodie colors, black eyes not red, faint ring on neck. May have to get this one put on display at camp. Great end to year
Been a goose egg start so dug into freezer and grilled up some duck poppers and jalapeÃ±o bombs. Seeing all kinds of ducks just none of the teal variety.
Scratching the itch waiting for the fall and spring Texas seasons to arrive. Decided to make some boxes, troughs and strikers using slate, fossil slate, azubo, ironwood, mesquite and what ever else I could dig up around the house. Ready for season-now to make a few slate.
Made annual trip with friends and family down to chauvin for a hunt. Divers were in full force along with coots. Great time with friends and family- based on the amout of shells spent that am. Great to see ducks- been slow in gueydan Kaplan for us.
Looking for a recommended gun shop in the lafayette region that does gun bluing. I have a pre war a5 and looking for reputable shop with positive results. Not wanting a fly by night or part time-hoping for feedback from people who have had work done at a shop and had great result. Thanks
Finally finished first gobbler. Ready for more turkey hunting.
Have not posted much this year but has been good season for our small honey hole. Wood ducks and teal have been the mainstay. This AM after knocking down a few woodies we has a surprise-MALLARDS. Great hunt with great friends. A little over 50 ducks, Not bad for a spot 15 minutes from Lafayette proper LOL. Had a good goose hunt with Enticer-hope we knock a few down tomorrow.
After 35 years of pursing the obsession of downing a blue rocket, it still amazes me the adventure it will take one on to claim the prize of a teal. The morning started off with down pour and text messages between the group-you going, not going, I am going, etc. We reach the destination with high hopes of a front pushing new birds down but as we step out of the vehicle we realize that the only thing greeting us is the familiar humidity and mosquitoes. Rain has made road travel to the levee a no go and so begins the march for whistling wings. As we approach the field I see the reminiscent flashlight flash in the distance-wait I am not in Lacassine but a private pond-what the heck is happening? Turns out someone else is set up but all turns out well and we all set up with anticipation of the jet fighter roar-but none come. While sitting on the levee I hear the bushes move and a mink is attempting to pick a fight with my lab. Thank goodness my dog is occupied with eating mosquitoes and all is good (no trip to the vet).
So far this teal season is a bust but never say quit. It can only get better-right-well 2 mottles come by and time to practice calling for big season. I reach for the Yentzen. Again, what the heck, only half a call hanging from my lanyard. Depression sets in and my only hope is I see it on the way back to the car. The winds of luck smile upon me and it is found in my wader pant leg. I would have hated to lose my call from the 70s. Well our group say our goodbyes and head separate ways. I am not ready to quit on the pursuit of the first teal of the season so I head out to a farm pond with hopes that maybe with the slow moving front I can catch a couple birds off guard. I stalk through a field and get near the pond, hide in the weeds and hear a familiar sound-wood ducks on the water. Now what? Well I spy on them from a distance, enjoy listening to the sounds and notice 3 other ducks in the group that are not drakes-but what are they? Hens, grebes, maybe a teal? Need to get closer to verify. I wait in the grass for an hour (or so it seems) and finally see one stretch and flap-flashes of the familiar blue wing patches-determination sets in. I wait for an opportunity for them to swim closer. A group jumps and flies off-no teal with them. I decide it is now or never as I creep to the pond edge behind a bush. They swim up to within 5 yards and a drake woodie sees me, jumps and makes enough noise to register on the Richter scale. He flies 10 feet and lands back down, a second and third do the same. Where is the teal? Then it swims around the bush into view, I step from behind the bush and the entire group of 8 ducks jump up and fly in an opposite direction from the guy with a twice barrel. Now the challenge-where is the teal in the group. A familiar blue flashes, gun is raised, safety off, bead taken, trigger pulled and splashdown. My trusty retriever is now headlong into the water for the first teal of the season. What a way to start the season. September Blue, it is what drives this Sportsman.
Decided to make some crawfish/axis boudin and then smoke some wild turkey legs, boudin and crawfish boudin stuffed axis backstrap. Can't wait to plate and eat.