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!
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.
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
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.