Toledo wrote:You boys gonna be missing out again while we pile em high the first two weeks of November in TX.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWbY57mt ... r_embedded
Toledo wrote:The field next to it had more snipe then I've seen in years too.
Rick Hall wrote:Toledo wrote:The field next to it had more snipe then I've seen in years too.
That's more interesting than the ducks. They've been largely AWOL here the past however many seasons.
Delta1389 wrote:I've been told by guys redfishing near point au fer they are seeing lots of birds. Pintail treys shovelers teal and a few mallards. Also heard they are stacked up in the wax right now. Haven't rode out there to see for myself though.
adamdu82 wrote:made a good run in the marsh in the lake decade area today........we were in prime duck habitat and i saw maybe a handful of birds.......and that was covering a lot of ground not just some small area......the coot numbers are pretty good though........all i know is in the past few years i saw way way way more birds around this time........someone please drain all those fields to the north holding the birds please. I would almost be willing to bet that if you drove up to the red river area and arkansas area and took a look in those fields........you probably can't see any field because its so thick with geese and ducks.....just my thoughts for what they are worth.
adamdu82 wrote:Well, grass isn't a problem where we hunt because all of the marsh is washing away and the salt water intrusion constantly killing off any duck grass that was there. Its really terrible that most of us duck hunters can't even just enjoy the habitat we hunt and have to deal with all of this nonsense brought on by manipulation of mother nature. It sucks.
adamdu82 wrote:In response to Indaswamp.........first of all I want to say that I think you are one of the only ones that has showed me any amount of respect on my ramblings the other days and I appreciate that. With that in mind i'll keep my words civil. I understand that we have our issues with our marshes down here and all that has been brought on by numerous factors. I will say that I do not believe our habitat from Terrebonne to Lafourche is too degraded to support a healthy wintering duck population. This year we have feed out the a** and i can count the ducks i've seen so far on my two hands.
I have witnessed a few years back what amount of ducks an extreme drought year can bring. I would say that year the marshes are the only areas that had any water for ducks to congregate and we had more than we knew what to do with.
Years before and following years were rainy years and our duck numbers have once again bottomed out. Your buddy's pics really only validated for me for where i know our birds to be. I understand that those created habitats help the duck population and I support that. Fact is the corn, rice, bean whatever field creation/flooding has gotten way out of hand these days and WE are paying the price with mostly empty skies. On the other issue of whether or not that flooded rice, corn, bean field is a baited field.........that is just a whole other beast that I could argue for days.........its sort of like why can't i just plant corn all around my duck pond and knock it over into the water and let the ducks pour in? But they will say that's baiting. I don't find that any different than harvesting a field, knocking feed over on to the ground and then then "FLOODING" it. It should be natural flooding only allowed at the very least. My thoughts.....what's yours?
adamdu82 wrote:O and one more thought on the "degrading marsh habitat being the reason for no ducks." I cover alot of marsh area with my job and I just recently went down to the Atchafalaya delta WMA. That is the best duck habitat you ever put your eyes on and hardly any birds for an area ususally black with ducks/geese this time of year. I'm sure there are a few birds there right now but not what's normally there.
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