Duck Season 2017-2018

Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:17 pm

Sat. 12/2/2017
Delacroix - South Blind
50's to start, wind 5-12+ from N/NE/E, light fog and cloudy
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Saw a few birds around and on our lease area yesterday evening when Ray and I went out to install a shelf in one of the blinds. Not tons but far more than we expected. Forecast was for no wind and plenty fog but was thrilled to wake up to no fog and a decent wind. Conditions were really nice once in the blind, enough wind to move the water and keep the bugs off. Did not see a whole lot of birds but did make the most of our ops, especially some nice groups of GW's working in well. Got 4 from two separate wads so that helped us get the strap going quick. Saw a few grays but they were not dropping in like usual, just looking and cruising by, killed the only two that gave us a chance.

(12) 10 GW teal, 2 grays

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Water was pretty low, slogging was the game, no swimming
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Figuring we had no business putting three guns in one of our blinds, Ray went with Will to another Delacroix area and managed to grind out 7, mix of teal and dosgris with a mottled and a spoon. Planning to head back to our same blind in the AM
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby DComeaux » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:31 pm

Very nice!
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:02 am

Sun. 12/3/2017
Delacroix - South Blind
50's to start, wind 3-10 from NE/E, light fog and partial clearing
Wife & I with Harry

Intermittent fog on way out but very few hunters out to move our stale birds. Ended up seeing the most grays we've put eyes on in a couple of weeks but they weren't interested in us and we didn't have as many teal as yesterday. Had one nice wad of greenwings cross the pond and I let them go to call them back around......and they didn't. Should have shot! Nice morning together away from the little one nonetheless.

(0) Should have had a couple of teal

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Off till the 16th when we open the second split!
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:20 am

First Split Totals:

89 ducks on 10 hunts, 8.9 avg per hunt

Slightly more ducks but lower average from last season's 82 on 8 hunts

Overall just saw less grays in our area, not holding on us as they did last season. Though Sunday's hunt was a scratch, what we did see gave me some hope for early second split as we saw more grays using familiar places around us.

Big front barreled through yesterday with more cold coming in later this week and for the foreseeable so hoping we're heading in the right direction.

Bonus tidbit: Harry turned 3 yesterday, had a grand birthday lounging around the house with his baby sister watching the rain fall
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby DComeaux » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:26 am

Not a bad first split. I need to get to doing mine in the near future.... I hope we get some "new" birds in for the opener. Those stale birds are teasing me.
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:36 am

DComeaux wrote:Not a bad first split. I need to get to doing mine in the near future.... I hope we get some "new" birds in for the opener. Those stale birds are teasing me.


Yea, poor Ella was frustrated to watch stale birds work us then plop down in puddles 75 yards away from us. Will adapt as necessary in 2nd split! :D
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:28 pm

Looks just right for rest of this week and throughout next week, including a forecast front before the 2nd split opener, as of now at least.

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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Ducaholic » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:50 pm

I'm not one to ever gripe about cold weather regardless of when it happens but if I was choosing I would have liked to see this stretch of weather begin on the 14th instead of the 5th.

The Rain we got has been a nice blessing and was sorely needed but it probably falls about 3-4" short of what we really needed to get things jump started in the back water areas of Central La.

I just hope we get more of both and hope it's sooner than later.
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby aunt betty » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:04 am

Then let me whine about the weather. Too dry. Too hot for too long then wham it's in the teens.
It was summer like 3 weeks ago. Lake is so low that it's a hazard to even try to navigate in the dark.
Any ducks that would have migrated thru here plain flew right over on the night of the super moon.
It's going to be 11 degrees in a couple nights. The first good clipper of the season and it's a bit too late to do me any good.

Makes me memember the year it rained every single day in November. That was a great one but back then the mallard limit was two. Lake Shelbyville was "IT" and people from all over the midwest found out despite there being no internet. Met guys from Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa all in one day that season. Crazy year it was. Hunting over vast acres of flooded corn.
Everyone was killing limits daily. Sigh...those were the days.
I've heard that it's incredibly stupid to **** around with a crazy man's head.
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:17 am

Ducaholic wrote:I'm not one to ever gripe about cold weather regardless of when it happens but if I was choosing I would have liked to see this stretch of weather begin on the 14th instead of the 5th.

The Rain we got has been a nice blessing and was sorely needed but it probably falls about 3-4" short of what we really needed to get things jump started in the back water areas of Central La.

I just hope we get more of both and hope it's sooner than later.


At least we got it, can't gripe about timing. Regardless of exact timing, we needed this event to shift a mass of birds (in theory, fingers crossed) southward. And now today it's snowing like hell here in BR
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:21 am

Certainly noteworthy for the log; Friday Dec 8, 2017 Snow Day across much of southern Louisiana

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Still coming down here, expected to last another couple of hours or so before clearing out.
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby DComeaux » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:22 am

It's pretty frigid to the north. Hope the corn freezes into corn sickles.

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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Ducaholic » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:33 am

[quote="Darren

At least we got it, can't gripe about timing. Regardless of exact timing, we needed this event to shift a mass of birds (in theory, fingers crossed) southward. And now today it's snowing like hell here in BR[/quote]


Yep we got it and we needed it!
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:44 am

Snowfall had slackened here a little while ago but has since picked back up, like a colorado ski resort wonderland. May have to break out the skis and head to the levee :lol:
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:46 am

DComeaux wrote:It's pretty frigid to the north. Hope the corn freezes into corn sickles.

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Just checked 15 day forecast for St. Louis as a reference, looks to be seasonable with lows around freezing or below each day through the 22nd. Last thing we need after this plunge is a shift to warm with south winds to move 'em right back up
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Re: Duck Season 2017-2018

Postby Darren » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:51 am

Water is currently extremely low in our marshes and has me making contingency plans to hunt elsewhere this weekend. Currently 3.65 ft or so on the USGS gage, a full foot (or more) lower than what we'd consider basically too low to fool with, ponds mudded out, etc.

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Forecast for the weekend, saturday especially, doesn't look to be exactly ideal for a field hunt, BUT the alternative is no hunt at all.
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