• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    Alpz Doggie Duck Blind

    Alpz Doggie Duck Blind

    You’re pretty good at hiding yourself beside your favorite duck hole — camouflage clothing, some brush and maybe a little camouflage cloth — but that big, black, yellow or brown dog next to you, that’s another story. He wants to see those mallards come into the decoys as much as you do, and he needs to see them splash down when you make a good shot.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Mississippi waterfowl hunters get another liberal shot at ducks and geese in the 2018-19 season.

    Duck seasons virtually unchanged

    Mississippi duck hunters won’t see much change in the 2018-19 season under a plan announced this week by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

    May 02 at 9:15am
    January ducks don’t act the way they did back at Thanksgiving when the season opened. It takes slightly different approaches to keep bagging them consistently.

    Late season waterfowl tips

    Until Jan. 28, when the regular waterfowl season ends in Mississippi, duck hunters need to adjust their tactics to be more successful on late-season ducks. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Cabela’s Instinct Hi Vis Layout Blind lets you hide from ducks and geese in plain sight.

    Top new gear choices for 2018

    Newer and better technology keeps the hunting industry moving and duck hunters digging in their pockets. These items are worth a look:

    January 15 at 7:00am
    A retriever bringing back a prize is a common sight in the Delta in January.

    Great duck outlook

    If early December is any indication, Mississippi waterfowlers are in for a great January season.

    January 11 at 9:00am
    Duck hunting veteran Torch Tindle from Bolivar County, like most Mississippi duck hunters, can only hope that November’s early push of ducks into the state is a good sign of better things to come during January’s peak migration.

    Try these late-season tips for Mississippi Delta ducks

    The Central Flyway is probably the most-utilized of all of the flight paths that bring numerous species of waterfowl from their prairie pothole breeding grounds in the United States and Canada to the southern wintering grounds. 

    January 01 at 7:00am
    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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 12:30pm