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SOLA
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Question for the rice field hunters
Why do the ducks flock to the field of when it rains? I grew up hunting the marsh and we never did that well in the rain, but when I’ve been to the Rice Fields and it starts raining, everybody grabs a gun and heads out.
Also, it seems like a south Louisiana thing. The few times I’ve hunted up around Monroe, they didn’t want it to rain
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choupiquesushi
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
newly flooded spots - are full of feed that hasn't been touched.....


they usually don't head to stuff that was already flooded..


MWP
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
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newly flooded spots - are full of feed that hasn't been touched.....


they usually don't head to stuff that was already flooded..




This but generally the very few Mallards that do still make it into LA typically prefer to not work the woods so much in the rain thus making field hunting more productive.


SOLA
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
That’s what I was thinking, but we’ve done well a few times when it was just a light drizzle in and already flooded field


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Kyrie Eleison
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
ducks will generally always go to new water.


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choupiquesushi
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
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This but generally the very few Mallards that do still make it into LA typically prefer to not work the woods so much in the rain thus making field hunting more productive.

this too...


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CoachChappy
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
I don’t ask why, I just know to hunt after/during a rain.


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Capt ST
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
I don’t know how they know, but since I was a kid when it rains in cenla the hills drain to Red river, where it backs up the birds come and stay a couple days and leave. They do it to this day, but mallards have been replaced with grays.

But been hunting marsh for 2 decades, I know after a rain event birds are gone for a few days. Just something you have to accept


good_2_geaux
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
I believe its a feed and visibility deal. Fresh feed exposed when it rains. Its a death wish dropping into a hole with low visibility.

Also I find the first few days after geese clear out stubble in a rice field the ducks like to go sit in the spot.


Huntinguy
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
Ducks like new/rising water. It exposes feed that hasn't already been hit and isn't as decomposed as whats been flooded. Kinda like a limited time special.


They also don't like falling water and will often leave a spot when the water starts to fall out.


choupiquesushi
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
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I don’t know how they know, but since I was a kid when it rains in cenla the hills drain to Red river, where it backs up the birds come and stay a couple days and leave. They do it to this day, but mallards have been replaced with grays.

But been hunting marsh for 2 decades, I know after a rain event birds are gone for a few days. Just something you have to accept


best hunts I have ever had were in the point system era hunting previously dry hayfields, cattle pastures and bean fields that were holding about 2-3 inches of water after "wet" fronts...... gosh 10 pt sprigs were a beautiful thing...


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MWP
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
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Ducks like new/rising water. It exposes feed that hasn't already been hit and isn't as decomposed as whats been flooded. Kinda like a limited time special.


Not rice field related but this is how we kill ducks on the Upper Ouachita NWR when the water rises in the woods. Just follow the water line in the woods and you can pretty much stay on birds. We have killed them in pine thickets before up there.


choupiquesushi
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
MWP



Damn son. Chill.


MWP
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
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Damn son. Chill.


I live in TX and give zero fricks. Plus, nobody hunts that side anymore anyway. They are all over in Mollicy where the cool people with MM'ers hang out.


choupiquesushi
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re: Question for the rice field hunters
Ha. Very few of us whack em in the pines.



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