2021-2022 Season Log

2021-2022 Season Log

Postby jrock75 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:57 am

Date:

Time:

Location:

Cloud Cover:

Wind Direction and Velocity:

Temperature:

Moon phase:

Special Notes:

Waterfowl Activity:

Waterfowl Responsiveness:

Hunters:

Guns:

Malfunctions:

Dog(s):

Special Equipment:

Curses:

Kudos:

Birds By Species:

Photo Ops:

Lagniappe:
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Re: 2021-2022 Season Log

Postby jrock75 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:07 pm

Date: 9/11/2021

Time: Morning

Location: Saltwater marsh near High Island

Cloud Cover: Mix of sun and clouds

Wind Direction and Velocity: NE 5-15

Temperature: 65-75

Moon phase:

Special Notes: Teal season opener

Waterfowl Activity: As is typical for an opener in the far south marsh, they were not on us right at first light. Started coming soon thereafter after getting surprised in the rice. Activity slowed by 9:00 and we left at 9:30. Did not see many groups of 10+. Overall numbers of birds were significantly down from last year when more or less the same group easily managed to get its 60 bird limit.

Waterfowl Responsiveness: The two groups of >15 that we came in paid the price. Groups of 1-5 were not as responsive but the ones that came in stayed. Birds didn't really honor the NE wind. Had we not had so many hunters we would have likely set up the spread differently but we were trying to get shots for both ends. That effort was likely wasted and we should have set up optimally and just rotated spots.

Hunters: 10 hunters...an opening day tradition that I want to shake. Having Dad come down for the teal opener as he has for the last 5+ years makes an always great day that much better. Might be Grant's last teal opener without his own shotgun.

Guns:

Malfunctions: N/NE wind for several days had blown most of the water out of the pond. Looked like December/January with <3" water depth across most areas. Without water to clean the tracks, the Marsh Master almost got stuck several times which would have led to quite the entertaining walk out for a group that large many of whom showed up in just boots.

Dog(s): Roux stayed home. The soft marsh and September temps no longer suit his 13 year old muscles. He will get plenty of action next weekend when we likely hunt a harder bottom area.

Special Equipment: Mojo teal

Curses: That many shooters always makes me nervous. One eager beaver guest (not mine) who had to be called out for shooting over the ends while he was situated in the middle.

Kudos: No mosquitos! Safe hunt with that many guns. Except for the one eager beaver, the group was experienced and perfectly happy to let the logical guys shoot the birds that came to their spot.

Birds By Species: 46 BW Teal

Photo Ops:
2022 Teal Opener - Spread.jpg

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Re: 2021-2022 Season Log

Postby Duck Engr » Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:34 pm

Sweet opener and sweet swamp rig!
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Re: 2021-2022 Season Log

Postby Darren » Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:36 pm

Good deal! Thanks for the report
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Re: 2021-2022 Season Log

Postby Deltaman » Mon Sep 13, 2021 1:09 pm

Congrats on a solid opener, and the first pic of a Marsh Master I've seen, very cool!
Thanks for the report :thumbsup:
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Re: 2021-2022 Season Log

Postby jrock75 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 2:53 pm

Deltaman wrote:Congrats on a solid opener, and the first pic of a Marsh Master I've seen, very cool!
Thanks for the report :thumbsup:

They are amazing machines and can get to places that only an airboat would be able to get to otherwise. When needed we can get 10 guys, 2 dogs, and gear transported comfortably. Our ride to this blind is about a mile so the slow speed isn't too bad. We had a blind last year that was 3.5 miles in and we did that once and quickly made alternative arrangements for the next time.
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Re: 2021-2022 Season Log

Postby jrock75 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:08 pm

Looks like we received 8-10" of rain in the last 36 hours at the main farm/hunting camp. That will certainly change the landscape for the birds this weekend. The last few days the farmers were racing to get rice cut on some fields that were scheduled for the end of teal season so hopefully we will pick up a couple of new water blinds that we had written off for this year. Thankful we only got a 2' "storm surge". That shouldn't add any salt water to places where it doesn't need to be as long as the levees and gates held firm.
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Re: 2021-2022 Season Log

Postby DComeaux » Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:18 pm

Good to read you guy's came out out okay. We'll check our situation this weekend.
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