• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    Hunter Myers, Hunter Fortenberry, Jon Deron, Austin Fortenberry, and Austin Partridge found wood ducks and a few others at a private camp in Claiborne County.

    Early season Mississippi Ducks: Take ‘em or leave ‘em?

    Duck hunters have two basic, different philosophies on how to handle early arriving waterfowl in December, before the main migration finally reaches Mississippi.

    December 01 at 7:00am
    Attaching a welcome mat to the stand’s deck prevents your dog from losing traction in wet, muddy conditions.

    DIY duck blind dog stand

    When constructing and preparing land-based duck blinds in the marsh, we go to great lengths to ensure the hide is both comfortable and functional. But adding a retrieving dog to the mix brings additional considerations and challenges. The dog must be integrated into the hunt, but in a safe way that also hides him from circling birds. 

    November 30 at 6:00am
    At the conclusion of the Mississippi Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp, campers go to a public waterfowl hunting area and put into practice the skills they’ve learned at camp about hunting waterfowl.

    Mississippi’s Youth Waterfowl Camp

    Do you know a youngster who’s itching to go waterfowl hunting but needs to learn gun safety, how to identify ducks and geese and how to shoot accurately? If so, consider the Mississippi Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. 

    November 14 at 6:00am
    You can “Texas rig” your decoys using basic fishing tackle if you plan on storing them hanging up.

    DIY decoy rigging

    Today’s waterfowl decoys come in innumerable shapes, sizes and species applicable to various hunting situations. 

    November 09 at 6:00am
    Advances in battery-powered tools like a hedge trimmer and reciprocating saw make the job of brushing your blind much easier.

    Blind brushing tips for opening day

    With Mississippi’s waterfowl seasons kicking off this month, duck and goose hunters across the state will be heading out to scout and brush blinds.

    November 08 at 6:00am
    Tri-Star's Viper Max is a great pick for the budget-conscious sportsman, especially if ducks, geese and wild turkeys are on the menu.

    Tri-Star's latest shotgun debuts in time for duck hunters

    I’m reasonably certain that my quest for a shotgun to devote entirely to waterfowl hunting has come to an end.

    A successful one.

    I own better than a half-dozen shotguns, but none of them exactly fits the bill when woodies or greenheads are pitching into a hidden little pond in search of acorns.

    October 01 at 7:00am
    An often-overlooked hunting opportunity is the early Sept. 1-15 season for resident Canada geese.

    Early migratory bird seasons

    They may be part of the migratory bird hunting season structure, but two of the three September migratory seasons put resident doves and Canada geese in serious jeopardy.

    August 30 at 6:00am
    The annual waterfowl surveys by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has good news for Mississippi duck hunters.

    Annual duck survey promising

    About a half million fewer mallards — 11 percent less than last year — were found, but the overall news is good from the 2017 annual breeding duck surveys released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    August 15 at 3:15pm
    Avian-X Topflight Preener

    Avian-X Topflight Preener/Sleeper mallard

    Want to show the ducks a better spread this fall? Add a six-pack of Topflight Sleeper/Preeners created by world-famous carver Rick Johannsen. They perfectly mimic sleeping and preening mallards drakes and hens. Three of each will set you back $79.99.

    August 01 at 7:00am

    Duck Hunting Expo at Louisiana Sportsman Show in New Orleans

    If it’s mid-summer and your thoughts are already starting to drift to decoy spreads and the blind this fall, don’t miss the Duck Hunting Expo at the 2017 Louisiana Sportsman Show presented by Reed’s Metals in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome next weekend.

    July 14 at 12:30pm
    Mississippi duck hunters, like Austin Partridge, will have maximum opportunity again in the 2017-18 season, under a plan approved by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

    Mississippi duck seasons announced

    Mississippi’s Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved a plan that would allow duck hunters maximum opportunity during the 2017-18 waterfowl seasons.

    May 02 at 12:00pm
    Gatortail Mod v series

    Gatortail Mod v series

    While Gatortail made its name in the shallow water market, they now have a series that caters to open water and tight timber performance. The Mod V Series boasts a pointed bow and v-shaped front into its hull which allows for a bit more comfort when crossing open water and choppy seas. The Mod V also still performs in shallow water and mud and pairs wonderfully with Gatortail’s 37HP EFI Engine. This series is a great option for the serious duck hunter who wants to use his surface drive boat to double up as a fishing boat as well.

    March 01 at 10:11am
    When a flight of snow geese heads to the decoys, hunters come up out of their layout blinds with guns blazing and birds falling.

    Snow days — Best bets for the goose conservation season

    The geese were so high that I doubted our decoy spread and our loud electronic caller would pull those high-flying birds down to the ground within shooting range. But as the day wore on, I learned how wrong I could be. 

    February 01 at 7:00am
    When inland areas freeze, even just overnight, many ducks will relocate to the Mississippi River and hold in the backwaters and sloughs.

    When the Delta freezes, hit the Big Muddy

    While predictions for this winter’s weather tend to vary, one consistent tip for killing lots of ducks involves hunting on the Mississippi River. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    It takes a lot of gas in the truck and boat to keep abreast of areas ducks are using throughout the season because migrations, weather, and hunting pressure keep them on the move.

    No. 1 key to duck success

    Duck numbers along the Mississippi River Flyway have fluctuated both up and down throughout history. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    You don’t have to wait to get home or to the camp before breasting out ducks, if you know this trick.

    How to field-breast ducks

    Hunters who plan to only use the breasts of their ducks have little need to clean and transport whole birds from the field or camp to their home.

    January 13 at 12:00pm