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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.

April 07 at 2:15pm

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

February 26 at 6:41am

Cool pic of turkeys in flight from my buddy in Texas. Should be a good spring hunt.

February 11 at 7:28am

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.

January 28 at 2:17pm

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.

January 27 at 7:43am

Good weekend, slow but fun season. Lot of geese to fill the duck shortage.

January 21 at 5:04pm

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.

January 07 at 2:01pm

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.

July 29, 2017 at 10:21pm

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.

July 01, 2017 at 5:17pm

Bamboo cane calls being made by first and second generation throwback to the Cajun roots. Enjoy the photos.

June 03, 2017 at 2:49pm

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.

May 17, 2017 at 6:24pm

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

January 29, 2017 at 6:04pm

Been a goose egg start so dug into freezer and grilled up some duck poppers and jalapeño bombs. Seeing all kinds of ducks just none of the teal variety.

September 17, 2016 at 5:53pm

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.

June 15, 2016 at 7:23am

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.

January 03, 2016 at 9:25am

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

August 14, 2015 at 8:28pm

Finally finished first gobbler. Ready for more turkey hunting.

June 20, 2014 at 7:38am

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.

January 11, 2014 at 4:37pm

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 70’s. 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.

September 21, 2013 at 6:21pm

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.

June 16, 2013 at 11:56am
A comment titled: Re: Cool pic turkeys in flight in response to a report titled: Cool pic turkeys in flight

Nothing seen or heard over 4 day hunt. Great time with old friends and had a new buddy decide to join us on a hunt lol. Will try earlier in season next year.

April 15 at 2:42pm
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Leaving tomorrow to chase them down. Going to try strikers I made and one I got from duckaholic. Making the trip with buddies from hometown. Will post our results-regardless we will have a great time chasing Rios.

April 10 at 7:31am
A comment titled: Re: Cool pic turkeys in flight in response to a report titled: Cool pic turkeys in flight

Headed to see if these guys still hanging around. Buddy has been teasing me with videos of 8-12 strutting along road.

April 07 at 2:18pm
A comment titled: Re: Huge Bobcat in response to a report titled: Huge Bobcat

Agree deer increase in Acadia parish region is unreal. Some nice deer showing up on cameras for last 5 + years. Unfortunately hogs are hard to control-buddy catches 10-20 a year east of you and does not even put a small dent in the population.

February 12 at 12:44pm
A comment titled: Re: Sherburne Turkey Hunting in response to a report titled: Sherburne Turkey Hunting

Will do. I made some single and double reed cane calls and gave most away. I will make y’all some later in year. Doing box calls and troughs for turkey. Trying to get to Tx at end of March got a couple spots that friends of ours live on with them big chickens walking about lol

February 07 at 7:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Sherburne Turkey Hunting in response to a report titled: Sherburne Turkey Hunting

Good luck in 2018, hope you and the boys track down a thunder chicken. I am looking forward to my annual Texas hunt. Turkey hunting has become my favorite season-may even make a couple calls before we go. Keep us posted on how y’all do

February 07 at 6:45am
A comment titled: Re: Duck blind sunrise in response to a report titled: Duck blind sunrise

If you don’t go you miss sites like this

January 12 at 4:33pm

Nice hunt. Great to see a quality stringer. Good luck on future hunts

January 10 at 8:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck blind sunrise in response to a report titled: Duck blind sunrise

Couple shots from hunts. Still chasing after 40+ years of hunting.

January 08 at 6:06pm
A comment titled: Re: Duck hunting south of Rayne, LA in response to a report titled: Duck hunting south of Rayne, LA

Depends a lot on weather and location. Very spotty and depending on location expect teal woodies and spoonies. Geese show up later in season usually January. Lot of crawfish ponds so deeper water ponds. Teal season can be ok. Definitely not like the 70's anymore. I can still scratch out a couple birds every so often but expect more slow days than shooting days. Once you get to pecan island then things change and much better hunts.

July 14, 2017 at 10:27pm
A comment titled: Re: Cane call-return to Cajun roots in response to a report titled: Cane call-return to Cajun roots

They have a raspy sound. Depending how tuned each is unique but I find very different from off the shelf. Also depending on the reed material they have own sound. Mylar vs hard plastic (old ace combs) make each sound different. I prefer them when not using my yentzen.I am ready for September LOL

June 05, 2017 at 11:42am
A comment titled: Re: Call making time in response to a report titled: Call making time

Let me work on making better (my dad makes the one at top right) and I am finally getting interested in making some. I will post pictures and will give you one. If ever in Rayne stop by the true value hardware store to see his calls. I am trying to do a version of his cane call but using lathe-work in progress😬

May 19, 2017 at 8:30pm

Congrats on the turkeys. I love hunting them rios in Texas. I make the trip every year-like a ritual. Always a great experience. I found some spots towards San Antonio and met some great people. Looking forward to next year -may even sneak over for a fall hunt.

May 16, 2017 at 6:50am
A comment titled: Re: End of Duck Season Recap 2016-2017 in response to a report titled: End of Duck Season Recap 2016-2017

Good luck in sherburne. I am itching to head west for thunder chickens. Duck season was enjoyable-hunted with friends and had great times. Numbers were low but as I get older it is about enjoying life experiences.

January 31, 2017 at 9:42am
A comment titled: Re: Teal Sightings in response to a report titled: Teal Sightings

Wood ducks and squealers so far. Will scout again but still early. Rice still standing in area.

September 01, 2016 at 6:37pm

Did commission vote to delay until 2017?

September 01, 2016 at 6:29pm
A comment titled: Re: turkey bug - scratching in response to a report titled: turkey bug - scratching

Ronald you were correct. Only hunting I want to do now. Implan to go to the nwtf banquet in July in Crowley. I had a god season will have to tell u about it.

June 16, 2016 at 8:25am

Today was a great day to Be in the blind. Merry Christmas and good luck- careful in fog

December 23, 2015 at 5:17pm

Good follow up hunt and enjoyed sat. Lots of birds out there. Great hunt.

December 22, 2015 at 8:53pm
A comment titled: Good hunts in response to a report titled: Starting full throttle

Glad you on the x. Looks like a great season this year. Keep at them Chris

November 23, 2014 at 6:36pm
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