Duck and nutria report

Yesterday was a nasty day for humans at the Mississippi River Delta. It rained the entire day and was cold and windy so not the best for us, but the ducks loved us. The birds did not decoy as we wanted, but came close enough to receive a pattern of steel shot! My guests took home Gadwall and 2 Greenwing teal. We saw other species, but not close enough for shots. On the ride home, we saw alot of nutria rats and hartvested a mess of them too! Good shooting yesterday and will be back at it this weekend.

Captain Jeff

Duck season opener report

Awesome start to duck season 2014! The ducks are down and they worked like the good ole days this weekend in the Mississippi River Delta. Easy limits each morning on a wide variety of species. We set up early and waited for daylight, first came the Greenwing and Bluewing teal. Each hunter bagged a couple to get the day started and then we decided to wait out the big ducks. Great idea as big groups of ducks started to dive bomb into the decoy spread. We ended up with Mallards, Gadwalls, Widgeon and Mottled ducks. Excellent shooting combined with endless opportunity resulted in easy limits. This season could be one for the ages!

Captain Jeff

Nutria Hunting

Laid down the rods and picked up the shooting irons Saturday morning at the duck lease in Buras, Louisiana. I had 2 guests from Wisconsin come down to experience the ultimate swamp tour with a twist. We rode around the 1200 acre duck lease on a quest to control the nutria population. These animals are voracious marsh destructors and need to be controlled. They have few predators and breed like rabbits. Without control, they would devour vast acreage of vegetation converting it to open water. The mudboat hit all of the bayous, canals, lakes and duckponds eliminating a dozen of the rodents. One guest was a marksman with a shotgun and the other sported a .22 rifle. Both good shots and enjoyed the experience. We saw all types of wildlife including plenty ducks of various species, wild pigs, cattle, snakes and alligators. A real swamp tour with a twist!

Captain Jeff

Duck Hunting in Venice, Louisiana

The duck hunting is excellent so far this season in the Mississippi River Delta out of Venice, LA. The birds are down in good numbers and the hunting areas have an over abundance of grasses and other duck feed. The hunting should only get better as the weather turns cold and sends more supply down the flyway our way. My guests have harvested Gadwall, Pintail, Widgeon, Mottled and BW Teal. The fishing has been outstanding as well. The Delta is loaded with redfish right now. These fish are cruising along any rock jetty. Live cocahoes, dead shrimp and various artificials are all producing fat Venice reds. The trout are a bit more challenging, but will soon fall into the fall/winter time pattern. The river is low and the water is turning a nice green color. The migration is on for both waterfowl and fish. Don’t be left out of the hot winter action! Good luck.

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat