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Discussion in 'Louisiana Flyway Forum' started by borntohunt, Dec 8, 2017.
I saw a bunch of mallards try to light in Sage yesterday and for a minute it looked like somebody was running a leaf blower.
How did the Catahoula Survey look?
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I can put you on all the green tops you care to clean.
Three things make the mallards leave up here. Extreme hunter pressure (not happening for a few years , so not a problem). Access to open water. Most of our water freezes dept on temps, so it can vary from late October to early December. I hunted ducks in Northern MB last year until November 30th, and there were thousands up here at that time. Once everything froze up, the birds left. Access to food. Our fields were flooded 2 years ago, so ducks had access to over 5000 acres of bent over wheat, and other cereal crops. No real hunting pressure. No snow to cover up the crop until late November early December.
This will be repeated all the way down the migration route. If they arrive somewhere that has those conditions , low pressure (season ended), open water, access to food, then they aren't going anywhere. You can hope and pray all you want, but those birds aren't moving.
So are y'all still seeing ducks up there?
Are you the Honey Brake Experience?
Mallards used to fly en mass all the way to the Gulf of Mexico every year, and every cold front would bring more. It just doesn’t happen any more. I think a variety of factors are at play- 1. warmer temps on average, 2. changes in farming practices (no till specifically), and 3. big changes in land use (re: wetlands that were specifically constructed to attract and hold ducks) that were not practical prior to two decades of liberal regs... are the big ones, in my opinion.