The cold weather that blew in the week before duck season in our area brought with it more big ducks (mallards, pintails, gadwalls) that most hunters have seen in a long, long time. Jeff Simmons of Simmon’s Sporting Goods hunts almost every day of the 60-day season and he said the first week was as good as any he’s seen in the past 20-25 years.
As with all good things, it slowed down for many earlier this week. But there is still good hunting up along the Ouachita River, the Mer Rouge/Jones area, Hwy. 15 south of Monroe and some of the thousands of backwater sloughs and bayous in Union, Morehouse, and Ouachita parishes. Deer hunting is the big ticket in Union Parish, but we’ve got quite a few duck hunters as well. And with flooded woods in the Upper Ouachita and D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuges, we’ve got plenty of good duck areas. The river isn’t flooded into many of these areas yet but as the season progresses, it probably will be.
The first split in the East Zone ends Dec. 7 and the final split of the 60-day season is Dec. 13-Jan. 25.
If you want a daily report on what duck hunters are doing, click on the Simmon’s Sporting Goods ad on the right side of this page and then click on “Duck Report“.
Tomorrow: Deer Report