Duck hunting report – 11/11/2018

Still windy, but much less than yesterday made for a better trip across the Mississippi River this morning. Winds were still high out of the Northeast, but were doable in the dark. We hit another blind set up for a NE wind and were set up and ready for legal shooting time. My guests shooting was not quite as fine tuned as Saturdays bunch so it took a little longer, but limits were achieved quick. We bagged Gadwall, Pintail, Mottled, Bluewing Teal, and Greenwing Teal. The action was non stop as thousands of birds passed through the pond. The birds were slightly more wary as the pressure of the opener was fresh on their minds. Nasty weather is predicted for early in the week and it should send even more birds down our way into the Mississippi River Delta. We will be back after them very soon! Good luck out there and be safe.

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report 11/10/2018

Tough weather conditions for the big duck opener this morning as we faced 30 mph winds blowing into our face as we arrived at the launch. The Mississippi River was raging to say the least. It was just too rough to face in the dark and we decided to wait till daylight to see what we were facing and where we were going. I am glad that we exercised caution because a boat capsized downriver at 5:30 AM and one of the passengers is still missing. The Mississippi River is nothing to play around with. We were able to make it across just after daylight and pulled up into a brushed blind just right for the strong northerly winds. We set out a small spread of decoys and pulled into the cover of the boat blind. We had thousands of ducks screaming through the pond and birds landing 5 feet from the blind – incredible! Great shooting and we were limited out in a very short amount of time. Our bag included Gadwall, Pintail, Mottled, Bluewing Teal and Greenwing Teal. The season is off to a bang up start. More reinforcing weather is predicted for the upcoming week and the hot action should continue. Good luck out there this week and please, please remember to wear your PFD.

Captain Jeff

Duck Hunting Report – 11/1/2018

Great morning for the kids! This past weekend was the opener for youth hunters in the Mississippi River Delta. The winds were light, the ponds full of groceries and the ducks are down. My guest on Saturday was treated to a pond full of un pressured ducks. It did not take long for a limit to hit the water. The bag consisted of Bluewing Teal with one Greenwing Teal. We saw alot of other species too including gadwall, pintail, mottled and shoveler. Good times and can’t wait to do it again. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck Hunting Report – 11/17/2017

My guests faced less than ideal conditions this morning at the Mississippi River Delta. Little to no wind and super low tides made for very challenging hunting. We set up in a small pond hoping that the birds would want to get away from big water and find some safety and security in the small waters. Not the case as there were few birds around at first light. A few stragglers started to appear and we got a few to commit and enter the pond. My guests shooting was good and we started to get a few into the bag. The bag consisted of Mottled, Greenwing Teal and Ringnecks. We could hear a boat or two running in the big waters to our North and thousands of birds filled the sky. The birds circled around a time of two and went straight back down in the same spots. It can be frustrating when you know that the birds are down, but they just would not move. The water kept getting lower by the minute and we called it off while there was still an inch of water left in the pond to allow for escape. I guess that is why they call it hunting! We will be back at it again this weekend. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting Report – 11/12/2017

Back in action again this morning. The conditions were very similar at the mouth of the Mississippi River Delta. Brisk winds and cool temperatures. Perfect duck hunting weather! We hit a small pothole with a perfectly set up blind for the conditions. As daylight broke, the birds started to pour into the pond. My guests shooting was top notch and limits were achieved quickly. The bag consisted of Pintail, Gadwall, Bluewing Teal and Greenwing Teal. We saw big flights of migrating ducks up high in the sky all morning. It is on is Southeast Louisiana! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

Duck hunting report – 11/11/2017

Near perfect conditions for the opening day of Louisiana’s Coastal Zone. Brisk winds 15-20 knots out of the Northeast and cool temperatures in the lowers 50’s had the birds migrating South. My property was loaded up with ducks and my guests limited out in mere moments. We bagged Mottled, Gadwall, Bluewing Teal and Greenwing Teal. The brisk winds and the pressure on the larger bodies of water had the birds diving into the small pothole we set up in. Looking forward to a banner year! Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff

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

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