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Lord_Ford
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Teal birds
Have not seen a post about teal sightings yet, and the season opens in 5 days! Anyone seeing any marsh missiles in your area? I hunt Hopedale but haven't been able to make it down there in the past couple weeks to check it out.


Motorboat
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re: Teal birds
I have not seen a teal with my own eyes but I'm hearing good reports out of the rice fields. Was in Pecan Island this past weekend brushing and saw nothing, but granted, I didn't get out until late and some alligator hunters probably pushed them out early.


Duck Fever
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re: Teal birds
Saw about 20 in Delacroix 4 weeks ago then none the two weeks after that. They showed up Sunday. Saw about 50 in mostly small flocks of about 5 while running gator lines.


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AlxTgr
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bluemoons
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re: Teal birds
There were a few in St. Bernard this weekend. Nothing to write home about, but good to see them.


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keyboard_warrior9
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If you have water in SWLA, you have birds


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Boudreaux35
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Teal ducks!


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bootlegger
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re: Teal birds
Saw a few small flights around the Lake Borgne area on last weekend's trip. None this morning.




CypressTrout10
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re: Teal birds
Downvote. Because I can


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MrWhipple
West of the Mississippi
Member since Jun 2016
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re: Teal birds
TX report - Saw a big push last weekend. We roller chopped several ponds and they are filling up on those ponds. Got a 1000+ on a flooded flat South of Eagle Lake. Mosquitoes are epic.
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MWP
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re: Teal birds
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TX report


A little more specific, SE TX report. Quite a few in rice around Winnie and a bunch bouncing around the marsh down on Oyster Bayou.


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GoldenD
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Houston
Member since Jan 2015
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re: Teal birds
Will be out around eagle lake this weekend so this is good to hear. Not looking forward to heat or mosquitos though.


Churchill
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re: Teal birds
I saw good numbers this past Sunday south of Lake Arthur along with two whooping cranes. That was the first time I saw some in person.


Dale Doubak
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Only positive seems like out west.


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DownSouthTiger
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re: Teal birds
There is some water holding in the back of a 40 acre crawfish pond on our property where some beavers blocked up the overflow. I was out trimming for some deer stands Monday and was surprised to see a couple really big flocks get up throughout that pond looked to be 200 to 250 teal.


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MWP
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Member since Jul 2013
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Not looking forward to heat or mosquitos though.


Add Gators to that list. Got a big female with babies right by where we launch the boat from. Gonna have to fricking move the entire operation because of that big bitch. We got a tag and she might bite it this weekend.


OGhunter777
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re: Teal birds
Haven’t seen anything in Houma. Will be out there this weekend, though.


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Mac
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Member since Nov 2007
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re: Teal birds
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Add Gators to that list


Yep, we had a gator sunning itself on the lid of our pit in the marsh


Pup to the left <--- is definitely staying home for teal season


MWP
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Member since Jul 2013
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Pup to the left <--- is definitely staying home for teal season



Yeah, my Yellow dog will not see any action for teal in the marsh. Might get her on a rice field hunt or 2 though.


Tigah D
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jul 2008
1048 posts

re: Teal birds
Survey's out, 115,000 birds. Pretty weak, though about double last year's count.

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Larry Reynolds, the LDWF’s waterfowl study leader, crunched preliminary numbers Wednesday evening after his final day of flights across the coast this week, and said he expected the total estimate for this year’s survey would be only around 115,000 – likely the third- or fourth-lowest count on record. Up at Catahoula Lake, Reynolds and his crew counted only about 5,000 birds.

“No matter how you look at it, it’s a weak survey,” Reynolds said Wednesday. “And there were some indications there were expansions of invasive aquatics across coastal Louisiana, and that habitat conditions are probably a little bit below-average.”

With the exception of the September 2017 survey — when Reynolds estimated more than 350,000 blue-wings in the state, the last several years have been pretty poor. Last year’s total was just 59,000 birds, the second-lowest estimate in the survey’s history. Including this survey, the most recent five-year average for September teal is 178,400, and the long-term average is 236,000.



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