Buras Duck Hunt – 1/28/2023

Very little wind this morning as we crossed the Mississippi River. We got into the pond and got the teal decoy spread set out. This effort went without issue and we had a long wait till legal shooting time. We visited and waited with anticipation for that magic hour to arrive. It was slow at first as not much was moving. We had a single Mottled duck get too close and got that one in the bag. A few teal started to buzz around and we picked up a few more, but it was painfully slow. We waited it out, but the flight did not happen. We did not limit today, but it was fun nevertheless. Tomorrow is the last day of the season, but it is predicted to be bad weather so we will not hunt. Overall it has been a fantastic season on ducks in the Mississippi River Delta, will miss being out there. Chasing turkeys will be next in the que.

Buras Duck Hunt – 1/27/2023

Teal time continues in Buras. Light winds out the Northeast greeted us as we crossed the Mississippi River. We sailed into the pond and began to set out the teal decoy spread. Unfortunately I ran over a decoy string and it got wrapped up into the propellor shaft. I had to cut it out and then limp to the bank and get out of the boat to get it fully cleared out. Cost us some time, but we were able to get the rest of the spread out and get into the blind and set up before shooting time. Day break brought not much flying. The ponds were full of ducks as we could hear them quacking and whistling, but just not flying. As the shooting started around us, the birds started moving and we limited on teal in short order. Good shoot and we will be back after them tomorrow. Good luck out there!

Buras Duck Report 1/20/2023

Stiff breeze out of the Northeast this morning made it a little lumpy crossing the Mississippi River in the early morning hours. We picked a blind on the north side of a big pond. We placed out only Blue Wing and Green Wing Teal decoys in 2 groups one upwind and one downwind of the blind. We got settled into the blind and awaited legal shooting hours. We could hear Bluewings quacking and Greenwings whistling all around us as the darkness started to turn to the light. The shooting started on adjacent leases and the birds started to get up and move. A pair of Mottled ducks got a little too close and the drake found his way into the boat. Once we shot, then the groups of teal got up and started buzzing, a quick flurry of action and we had a few Greenwing and Bluewing Teal on the pond. The action really slowed and we just had a few small groups cutting through the pond. Seems the birds did not want to fly unless jumped up. We waited it out, and other hunters started to pick up and leave. Once they started running, the action picked up and we were able to finish it out strong. Will be back after them next week. Good luck out there!

Buras Duck Hunting Report – 1/16/2023

Mild temperatures and light winds at the start of the hunt this morning. The birds did not fly at first light as usual. We could hear them calling on the water all around us, but just not flying. As the first shots started to ring out in the distance, the birds began to move. We had a few teal start to buzz the decoys and we quickly decided it would be a teal kind of shoot. We began to take the teal that ventured too close to the blind. We ended up with limits of Bluewing and Greenwing Teal. Teal are a very challenging target and excellent table fare. We did not see very many big ducks during this hunt, it looks like they may have moved on. We will be back after them this week! Good luck out there!

Buras Duck Report – 12/27/2022

Light winds and cool temperatures this morning in the Mississippi River Delta. We crossed the Mississippi River and headed into a big pond that has been holding birds. The water was low due to last weeks artic front. Luckily, the tide came up last night and was just starting the fall as we got set up. Tried a different look with the decoy spread, put out scattered pairs thinking the set up might work with the light winds. Shooting hours arrived quickly and the teal were buzzing everywhere. My guests unleased and we quickly got limits of Bluewing and Greenwing Teal. We picked up and made a loop for Nutria Rats. We saw 3 and collected one. We saw 7 hogs along the way, more than I have seen in quite some time. We will be back out tomorrow. Good luck out there this week!

Buras Duck Report – 12/17/2022

The Louisiana Duck Season second split in the West Zone opened this morning. The boat launch was a zoo this morning with a lot of hunters getting out into the Mississippi River Delta. The breeze was stiff out of the Northeast as we headed to the blind. The birds started working the pond well way before shooting time. The decoys were alive with the whistles of greenwing teal that had landed. As shooting time arrived, the big ducks were not working. We could see them up in the sky, but they were not interested. The bluewing and greenwing teal were buzzing everywhere. We waited and got a couple of Mottled ducks to commit and picked them up. A lone gadwall swooped in and stayed. We decided we better take what was available and we finished quick with bluewings and greenwings. We picked up the ducks and started to pick up the decoys and saw that the big ducks were starting to work the pond. Should have waited…Good luck out there this week!

Delacroix Report 12/10/2022

The fog was back this morning with a vengeance. Had to putt down the bayou as there were alot of boats out and you could not see diddly. We finally arrived at our first spot to find conditions perfect. A strong falling tide was drifting our live shrimp on carolina rigs down the bayou toward hungry fish. We started picking up speckled trout until the bull drum crashed the party. We caught 4 in the 35-40 lb class until my guests arms got sore and we had to move. The fog finally lifted and we hit a shallow flat and tried live shrimp under corks. The tide was moving the corks so fast that it was ineffective. We switched back to carolina rigs and started picking up fish. It was large variety of redfish, sheepshead and largemouth bass. We kept at it until the tide waned and the fish quit biting. Good catch on a glorious day! Good luck out there.

Delacroix Report 12/9/2022

No fog this morning was a welcome relief. The fish pattern changed today and we only picked up a few bass working our falling tide spots with live shrimp under corks. We changed up tackle and moved to deep holes with liv shrimp carolina rigged. This change worked as we started picking up speckled trout in the 12-16″ class. A bull redfish 32″ long crashed the party and we adjusted the boat slightly to take advantage of the waning tide. We got back on the trout until the bull drum moved in. we caught 2 in the 35lb class along with 2 sheepshead and called it a day. We will be back after them again tomorrow. Good luck out there!

Delacroix Report 12/8/2022

Dense fog in the marsh this morning. Very difficult navigation so we started close to the dock. We got on redfish straight away on live shrimp under corks. These fish were 15-25″ with about 50% throwbacks. The fog lifted slightly and we moved further out to find a variety of fish under corks. We boxed more redfish, sheepshead, southern kingfish and largemouth bass. The action slowed as the falling tide movement slowed so we took it to the house early. We will be back after them tomorrow. Good luck out there!