season opener the worst since 2009
Back to Main MenuReal Estate TransfersBack to Main MenuLocal Grocery AdsSpecial SectionsLocal AdsLagniappeWhen Larry Reynolds flew over Louisiana’s coastal marshes last week, he didn’t see a whole lot of ducks compared to the same time frame of previous years. The state’s waterfowl study leader reported unusually low numbers of gadwall, the bread and butter duck of hunters throughout the region.According to bag checks conducted during this Saturday’s season opener on four wildlife management areas, Reynolds was right on the money.Hunters struggled to take their six duck limits, and blue winged nike air max teal comprised the lion’s share of most bags. The checks were conducted by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists on Pass a Loutre, Atchafalaya Delta, Salvador and Pointe aux Chenes WMAs.Pass a Loutre was the most productive of the bunch, with hunters at the far southeastern tip of Louisiana scoring an average of 3.6 ducks each. Biologists checked 135 hunters, and estimated a total of 160 hunters opened the season on the WMA.Nearly two thirds of the ducks in Pass a Loutre hunters’ bags were blue winged teal (63 percent). Hunters also took gadwall (20 percent), pintail (6 percent), shovelers (4 percent), mottled ducks (3 percent) nike air max , wigeon (2 percent), green winged teal (1 percent) and ring necks (1 percent).Hunters didn’t fare quite as well at Atchafalaya Delta WMA, taking an average of 2.5 ducks each. The most productive section of the WMA was the main delta limited access area. Hunters there averaged 4.5 birds each.Biologists checked the bags of 705 hunters throughout the WMA, and estimated a total of 1,040 wing shooters hunted there Saturday.More than two thirds of the birds in the bag checks were teal, both bluewings (38 percent) and greenwings (30 percent). Hunters also bagged gadwall (9 percent), shovelers (6 percent), redheads (5 percent), mottled ducks (3 percent), wigeon (2 percent), scaup (2 percent), mallards (1 percent), pintail (1 percent) and canvasbacks. Included in the take were less than 1 percent each of ruddy ducks, ringnecks, wood ducks and buffleheads.On Pointe aux Chenes WMA southeast of Houma, the 433 hunters checked by biologists scored an average of 1.4 ducks each. Those who hunted the Montegut Unit limited access area, however, did substantially better than average, scoring 4.7 birds each.Overall, the department checked 433 bags, and estimated 725 hunters tried their luck on Pointe aux Che nike air max nes Saturday.As was the case across the rest of the coast, teal both bluewings (42 percent) and green wings (23 percent) saved the day for many hunters on Pointe aux Chenes. Hunters also bagged gadwall (10 percent), shovelers (10 percent), scaup (7 percent), mottled ducks (3 percent), redheads (3 percent), canvasbacks (1 percent) and ringnecks (1 percent).As indicated by last weekend’s youth hunt, wing shooters south of New Orleans on Salvador WMA really struggled. The 43 hunters biologists checked had taken only 0.4 ducks each.Biologists estimated only 71 hunters spent the morning on the WMA.Included in the bags were blue winged nike air max teal (45 percent), green winged teal (23 percent), gadwall (11 percent), wood ducks (11 percent), shovelers (5 percent) and redheads (5 percent).Overall, the 1,316 hunters surveyed by department biologists scored an average of 2.1 ducks. That’s the worst number since hunters averaged 1.3 ducks on 2009’s opening day.