Duck hunting report – 1/22/2017

Back to the Mississippi River Delta today. Supper foggy this morning and made it quite challenging to get to the blind. We arrived in a big pond close to the river and got set up. It was slow at first due to the fog and intermittent rain. The weather cleared up a little and the birds started working the pond. I had 2 kids in the group and they were taking all of the shots. Very impressing shooting by the 11 and 14 year old boys. The action was hot and we started to fill the duck strap with Gadwall, Bluewing Teal, Greenwing Teal and Mottled ducks. The wind started picking up to 20 mph and unleashed rafts of floating water hyacinth. These rafts started to take out our decoy spread and we had to chase and reposition the decoy spread several times. We kept taking ducks, but the wind continued to pick up and water started to splash over into the boat from the waves. Time to get out while we were still good to float out. We were short of full limits today, but it was a great shoot and a great way to end the season! The Coastal Zone is done for this season, but we will be working the Eastern zone for another week! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report – 1/21/2017

I got picked for a lottery hunt at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sherburne South Farm Wildlife Management Area today. I had applied for this hunt and got picked last year for the same weekend. The hunt had to be cancelled due to flooding. The hunt was rescheduled for this year and we were on. We arrived at the check station early and sat in the rain until the station opened at 4:30 AM. We checked in and drew Unit #2 to hunt for the day. We got to the Unit and waded out into the pond dragging our gear. We got the blind set up and decoys out and waited for that magical time. It was super slow and we only had 2 birds fly within shooting range. The pair of mallards passed over about 40 yards out and both hit the water and were added to the duck strap. Great shooting by our group, just wish that we would have had more opportunities to shoot. Interesting that we left consistent limits in the Mississippi River Delta to try something new in the Atchafalaya basin, but it was still fun. We will be back at it again tomorrow! Good luck out there.

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report – 1/20/2017

Foggy this morning in the Mississippi River Delta. We were able to cross the Mississippi River without issue and get into a big pond close to the river batture. We got the decoys out and slid into the boat blind and ready for shooting time. Not much flying as the fog was thick and thunder rumbled in the distance. It was slow for the first hour, but then the fog thinned and it was on. Gadwall would see the pond/decoy spread and fall out of the sky to get into the set. Big mistake as my guests were really on with their shooting. The bag co9nsisted of mostly gadwall with a couple of Greenwing and Bluewing teal in the mix. It took us a couple of hours to get limits, but a really enjoyable hunt. We got he decoys up and bagged for travel and the skies opened up with heavy rain and strong winds. We found a safe place to ride it out and sat in the rain for 30 minutes before we could run back to the boat launch. Glad we got finished with the duck limits before the rain! The good hunting continues and the area is still holding a lot of ducks. Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunt report – 1/13/2017

Excellent hunt this morning in the Mississippi River Delta. We set up in a big pond close to the Mississippi River. The wind was light at first which made the birds a little hesitant to commit. Once the wind picked up out of the East, it was on! Gadwall, Bluewing and Greenwing teal made the bag. My guests were really good shots today which made the trip quick and easy. Only one more week left in the season. It has been a good one so far. Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Duck Hunting Report – 1/8/2017

Wow, the front moved ducks down to my property in the Mississippi River Delta in mass. My guests were treated to cold and windy weather. Stiff winds out of the Northeast and temperatures in the upper 20’s is real duck hunting weather. We set up in a large pond in the middle of the property and blinded up in the middle of the pond. The ducks started to work into the pond in singles and pairs. We shot well and the numbers started to climb up on the bird strap. After sunrise, the birds started to cup in in larger groups and we limited out shortly thereafter. Gadwall, Green wing and Blue wing Teal made up the bag, but mostly Gadwall. Plenty of ducks around still. The weather is supposed to warm this week, but hopefully the birds stick around. Good luck out there.

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting Report – 1/6/2017

Ideal duck hunting conditions today in the Mississippi River Delta. Brisk winds out of the Northeast and water levels on the high side made for great hunting conditions. We hit a small pond on the North side of the property and set up with a small spread of decoys. The birds started to trickle in as daylight arrived. We harvested Mottled, Greenwing and Bluewing teal. We started to hear thunder rumbling in the distance and knowing that the strong cold front was on the way, we decided to head in early to save ourselves the beating. We got back to the dock and had everything strapped down for the ride back to town when the bottom fell out and it poured down rain. Perfect timing! This front should push down a lot of ducks and look forward to the next few hunting days. Good luck out there.

Captain Jeff

Duck Hunt Report – 12/21/2016

Wow, the hunt was over quick this morning in the Mississippi River Delta. Cool temperatures and a brisk breeze out of the Northeast combined for excellent conditions for my guests. We tried a new pond that has not been hunted this season and it paid off! The birds worked perfectly and cupped into the decoy spread just like it was planned. My guests shot well and we got in and got out in short order. The bag consisted of Pintail, Gadwall, Bluewing Teal and Greenwing Teal. The excellent hunting continues and we will be back in the blinds later this week. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck report – 12/3/2016

My guests were hit with brisk East winds and rough seas in the Mississippi River this morning. We took a little longer getting across the River this morning as I had to travel further down river into the seas to avoid getting drenched by spray from cross wind travel. No worries, cold and wet is what duck hunting is all about! The water level was slightly higher today and allowed us to hunt in a nice pond on the Northeast side of the property. We set out decoys in a species clustered pattern on both sides of the blind and ran into the blind to await legal shooting time. Plenty of early action on Bluewing and Greenwing teal. The time arrived and we had a bunch of birds down on the water. We made a loop to pick up birds and adjust decoy placement. Noticed that one of the drake Bluewing Teal had a leg band. We called the band report hotline and found that the birds was banded on 8/14/2016 in Saskatuwan Canada. Pretty cool stuff! The action slowed up after the initial flurry. Stragglers were coming into the pond in ones and twos and the harvest numbers increased. We waited out the birds to finish up our limits. Another good shoot in the Mississippi River Delta! The first split of the season closes on 12/4/2016, but we will be back out there with the second split opening on 12/17/2016. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck report – 12/2/2016

Ideal duck hunting weather this morning. My guests had brisk winds out of the Northeast and falling tides making the water level perfect for one of my ponds on the Noirth side of the property. We got a small spread of decoys set up – gadwall on the right of the blind a dozen bluewing and greenwing teal on the left. I placed a pair of mottled ducks in the center close to the blind. We drove into the blind and waited for the magic hour to arrive. Ducks were working the pond including a Mallard drake hovering over the decoys 5 minutes before legal shooting time. Good for him, bad for us. Once legal time arrived, we started dropping ducks. The action was fast and furious and the pond was full of floating ducks. We took a quick spin to retrieve ducks and pulled back into the blind to finish off the limits. The action slowed, but we were able to finish up shortly afterwards. Good bag today with Bluewing Teal, Greenwing Teal and Mottled ducks. We will be back at it again tomorrow. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunt 11/19/2016

Windy this morning in the Mississippi River Delta. The wind was whipping out of the Northwest at 30 mph and had the ducks moving. We set up in a small pond with the wind at our backs. The ducks responded well and my guests were really good shots. We limited early with the bag consisting of Pintail, Gadwall, Mottled, Greenwing and Bluewing Teal. There are a lot of ducks down and they are working well. Good luck this week!

Captain Jeff