Duck Hunting Report – 11/12/2016

Perfect duck hunting weather today for my guests at my lease in the Mississippi River Delta. Brisk winds out of the Northeast and cool temperatures were near perfect. We set up in a small pond adjacent to a large Bay. The Bay is public land and was full of hunters. The shooting in the Bay started early, by my watch, 15 minutes early. The pressure had the birds spooky even before legal shooting time. By the time legal shooting came around, birds were already landing in the decoys and we started to fill our limit. We were selective about our birds and we finished up just before 7 AM. Our bag included Bluewing Teal, Greenwing Teal, Gadwall, Mottled and Wood ducks. We will be back at it again in the morning. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Youth waterfowl hunt – 11/5/2016

The youths were treated to brisk winds out of the North East and cooler than normal conditions. We picked a blind that would be perfect for the wind, got the decoys out and settled into the blind just before shooting time. When the time arrived, ducks were all over us. The kids blasted away, but their shooting skills were a little rusty. We ended up short of the limit, but plenty of shooting opportunities kept the kids entertained. We ended up with Bluewing Teal, Gadwall and Shovelers. Nice bag and big smiles on the kids faces and that is what it is really all about! The season opens for all on 11/12 and it should be fantastic. My ponds look great with plenty of submergent and floating vegetation as duck food. There were thousands of ducks all around us including Bluewing Teal, Greenwing Teal, Gadwall, Mottled, Pintail and Shovelers. They were decoying like a dream and were coming in to land with feet down in groups of 5-12. The season is looking great! Good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

Buras Duck Report – 1/3/2016

1st duck trip of the year was challenging. The Mississippi River is high and rising. The parking lot of the launch is under 2 feet of water. The water is super high in the marsh right now. We saw a good number of ducks, but they do not want the open water and are landing in the flooded vegetation. We did harvest a couple of limits of Gadwall, Greenwing Teal and Bluewing Teal. Good eating ducks and challenging shooting. We will be back at it this week and will likely change tactics slightly to look for better success. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Buras Duck Report 12/19/2015

Another duck smack down in the Mississippi River Delta. My guests were treated to beautiful duck hunting weather this weekend. Cold in the pre dawn darkness and warming up in the morning. There were plenty of ducks around although not as many as expected with the cold weather and the 2 week layoff with the season split. My guests were as little rusty at first light, but came around as the sun came up. We bagged Gadwall, Widgeon and Bluewing Teal. The ducks worked the decoy spread perfectly and offered 25 yard decoying shots. Good times for all, except for the ducks! The season runs to late January 2016 and it is looking good for us. We just need several reinforcing cold fronts and the action should remain good. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Buras Duck Report 11/20/2015

Good duck action continues in the Mississippi River Delta. Brisk NE winds behind the latest cool front brought down more new birds. We set up in a new pond this AM and the ducks had no idea what was in store for them. The blinds was brushed up well and the ducks never saw us. Easy feet down shots! Plenty of Mottled ducks in the pond and we had to be selective on what we shot. We waited out the flurry of Mottleds and were rewarded with another variety of Species – Gadwall, Pintail, Bluewing Teal, Greenwing Teal and a pair of Mallards. The good hunting continues and should only get better. Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff

Buras duck report 11/19/2015

Good duck weather this week and some small fronts have pushed ducks down and into our ponds. The Easterly winds have pushed the water really high and flooding into the marsh. Easy access into the ponds, but the extra water opens up areas in the marsh that are typically dry. The ducks love newly flooded areas! We hit a pond perfect for the wind and adjacent to some flooded freshwater marsh this morning. The action was slow as shooting time arrived with ducks trying to land in the pond in singles and pairs. After the initial flurry of action, we had 6 species in the boat – Mottled, Pintail, Gadwall, Bluewing Teal, Greenwing Teal and Widgeon. An hour into the hunt, the Gadwall started to come in in groups of 2-15 and limits were achieved shortly thereafter. Great shoot! Good luck out there this weekend!

Captain Jeff

Buras Duck Report

The duck hunting action has been steady at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Good cool fronts over the last couple of weeks and great delta habitat conditions have equaled excellent success. We have been harvesting Pintail, Gadwall, Mottled, Greenwing and Bluewing teal. We have seen many other species as well. The area is lush with duck food and is holding birds between the fronts. It looks to be a banner year! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck season final trip

Well as I write this report, our waterfowl season has ended. It was an excellent year for ducks in the Mississippi River Delta. We got limits yesterday in relatively short order. The bag consisted of Gadwall, Bluewing and Greenwing Teal. It was a bluebird day with very light winds, but the birds responded well and my guests shot very well which equals quick limits. We also encountered and harvested alot of nutria rats on the way in. We will be rat hunting until turkey season.

Captain Jeff

Duck report

The duck action remains strong this weekend at the Mississippi River Delta. Limits of Gadwall, Widgeon and Greewnwing teal have made up 90% of the bag. The birds are starting to shy a little from the big blinds so we are moving to smaller set ups with more coot decoys deployed. The action should remain strong as a few fronts move through this week to renforce the duck population with some new birds. The season is over on Sunday so good luck out there this week!

Captain Jeff

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