• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 12:00pm
    In the right situation, snipe can be found in wetland habitat in sufficient numbers for a fun shoot and, later, great meals.

    Snipe hunting is for real — and it’s fun

    If you think ducks, geese and doves are the only migratory birds to hunt in winter, you couldn’t be more wrong.

    January 05, 2017 at 8:35am
    The Wetland Seat

    The Wetland Seat

    The Wetland Seat from Delta Waterfowl Gear by ALPS OutdoorZ is a lightweight, easy carrying seat perfect for flooded timber and marsh hunting. The seat is built using a single aluminum leg designed with a wedge end that can be driven into marsh soil and provide a firm foothold. The Wetland Seat itself is 12 x 8 inches, padded, and folds flat against the frame for easy storage. It also includes a D-ring so hunters have a place to hang a game strap.

    January 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Regardless of the weather conditions in the Delta, cold weather from Canada to Memphis should push plenty of ducks into the Mississippi Delta this season.

    Looking for a repeat — 2017 duck-hunting forecast

    Farmers and duck hunters are well known for lamenting the weather forecast, which makes it doubly tough on Steve Prather of Leland.

    He is both a farmer and an avid duck hunter — a guide, as a matter of fact, for Mississippi Delta Hunters.

    January 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Austin Partridge of Terry killed his first black duck Wednesday on a WMA hunt in the Delta.

    Arctic blast pushed ducks down

    Last week’s severe arctic cold blast that raced across and froze out most areas of the upper Mississippi River flyway was an early Christmas gift to duck hunters in the Magnolia State.

    December 22, 2016 at 3:00pm
    Delta duck hunters with the ability to pump water will have the advantage again when the second three-day weekend season opens Friday (Dec. 2-4). Their dogs may have some more ducks to retrieve.

    Second brief duck season opens today

    Normally, a three-inch rain similar to the one that hit Mississippi on Monday and Tuesday this week would have a dramatic impact on duck habitat in the Delta.

    December 02, 2016 at 9:20am
    Gumbo mud caked on his boots prevented Jay Gunn from moonwalking after retrieving a double double in the 2015-16 season.

    Christmas goose — How to kill Mississippi Delta geese

    December is all about the jingle.

    For some, it’s the money, leaving and/or filling their pockets. Still others cherish the sounds of the Christmas season.

    For serious waterfowlers, like Jay Gunn, it’s that familiar sound that emanates from the waterfowl blind when the duck and goose bands on his call lanyard come in contact to make a kind of music only hunters can appreciate.

    December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Plastic decoys with shot holes and cracks often fill with water but don’t drain easily. Drill a hole on top of the decoy to drain it quickly, and then use silicone to seal the holes and cracks.

    Become a Decoy Doc

    We all know that guy — the one who seems to find new ways to destroy any duck or goose decoy in his midst. He leaves decoys in the back of his pick-up until July 4 or so — including the ones he borrowed from you two years ago and never returned — and in an unceremonious act of glory, tosses them behind the garage so they can be dealt with later.

    Perhaps you are that guy.

    November 17, 2016 at 6:00am
    The key to effective decoy spreads is to make them realistic.

    Tips for opening-day decoy spreads

    Lively discussions about decoy spread strategies have probably gone on since wood carvers starting crafting lifelike dekes in the 1800s.

    November 13, 2016 at 6:00am
    Jacob Sartain (right) is a dedicated waterfowler who knows that mornings like this are no accident, and that it takes a year-round commitment to produce quality duck hunting.

    The season that never ends — Keys to managing duck-hunting habitat

    Mallards suddenly appeared — mysteriously and seemingly out of nowhere — and begin to fly around the waterhole dotted with molded plastic representatives of themselves.

    November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    The MDWFP will begin the process of filling draw hunts for the waterfowl season on Monday (Oct. 31). The process will be done in two-week increments during the season.

    WMA waterfowl draw process starts Monday

    The drawing process for duck hunts at six of eight Wildlife Management Areas that offer draw hunts will begin Monday (Oct. 31), the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced Thursday.

    October 28, 2016 at 9:15am
    The fast-migrating blue-winged teal give duck hunters a taste of action in September, and a taste of, perhaps, duck and andouille gumbo.

    Lead for doves, not for teal

    Hunters who try for a September Delta double need to avoid one mistake that could cost them a lot of money and a day in front of a magistrate

    September 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    The advice of most land managers is to shoot dove, and/or teal, when you have them on your property. Don’t wait until another day. Saving them could mean losing them, if they decide to move on.

    Shoot teal, doves while you can

    To take advantage of September’s Delta double of dove and blue-winged teal hunting on the same day, it is necessary to create proper habitat for the two different species of migratory birds.

    September 15, 2016 at 7:00am