Planning a December trip...

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Planning a December trip...

Postby FLOODED CORN » Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:18 pm

Hey guys. I am trying to plan a trip from FL to LA in December to shoot some birds. My crew will be bringing a couple boats and are just in need to know some general ideas. We were thinking about staying somewhere a little south of New Orleans / Houma. Is most of the bayou land around there accessable to the public? What about WMAs? Is that even a decent area to try? Any replies would be greatly apprciated! PLEASE HELP!
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Postby yamaha783 » Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:39 pm

I'd stay in Hopedale and hunt the Biloxi Marsh WMA. HUGE area, will take some riding around but you should figure it out in one morning. Basically i'd take a ride the afternoon before to learn the area and see where birds are using. Mark your areas with GPS, return in morning, shoot ducks. OR wait to setup after sunrise and ride around to see what areas they're using that morning then setup. I know people that employ both of these techniques at that WMA regularly with good success. Also check out Salvadore WMA nearer New Orleans.

And yes, other than the WMA's, the marshland is generally private property.
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Postby FLOODED CORN » Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:46 pm

Thanks, you have no idea how big of a help that is! :thumbsup:

... anybody else?????
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Postby FLOODED CORN » Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:58 am

What kind of ducks could we expect to find at the Biloxi Marsh & Salvador?
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Postby yamaha783 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:13 am

gadwall (grays), wigeon, teal, mottleds in that order of abundance at Biloxi. At salvadore, grays, mallards, wigeon I think, some blue bills (dos gris) and ringnecks too at times. Nearly everywhere has teal
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Postby FLOODED CORN » Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:57 pm

Thanks, how bout any pintails, redheads, or cans????
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Postby yamaha783 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:35 pm

Occasional pintail but don't look for droves of them. Redheads can be found around Lake Borgne, cans are a rarity. I've heard Venice gets a decent amount at times. You could also go to Venice and load up on pintail, well 1 per person per day at a time. SE La is known for gadwall, wigeon, teal, some mallards.

Venice is an option for you with tons of public land, but it can be TOUGH hunting because the tides down that way fluctuate and could leave you stranded.
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Postby mergansermasher » Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:54 am

if you want to shoot a pintail or a can, go to catahoula...but its tough being from OOS and freelancing there
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Postby FLOODED CORN » Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:37 pm

Some of my buddies did pretty good at catahoula last year...

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... but still only ended up with 1 drake pintail & 1 drake can.

We are hoping to be able to put some birds on the wall that we don't really get over in FL. I think we are starting to get a game plan together. You guys are an amazing help. :thumbsup:

Keep it coming...
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Postby BAYOU_BOY » Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:14 pm

E-mail me at t.chelette@hotmail.com and i can get you in touch with a guy here that has a guide service on cathoula
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Postby Smackaduck » Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:18 pm

Looks like a lot of drake cans in that pic. Cata houla is deffinately the place for pinnies.
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Postby mergansermasher » Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:42 am

ditto what smackduck said...i see a few drake cans in there. i love catahoula, high water and the divers are still there, low water and there are plenty of puddlers
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