Monthly Archives: December 2016

Day 30: As good as you could ask for

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-7-33-59-pmIt doesn’t seem like it, but Friday was Day 30, halfway through the 2016-17 duck season. And our hunt Friday morning was as good as you could ask for. It was just Hunter, Lindsey and me and with no wind plus some less than great hunts the last couple of days, I didn’t expect much.

We had four ducks early, but when the sun popped out good, the next hour was really something. We ended up with 18 ducks and saw a lot of ducks. Twelve of the ducks we took were mallards and eleven were greenheads. The funny thing is groups of four and five were not working well, but every time we saw a single mallard, we’d hit the call once and they would lock right in on the decoys.

It was awfully good.  We heard the same thing from a lot of other folks, too. Some had to stay on up in the morning to limit out, but it was an encouraging sight.

It’s been a good season so far. The weather will be a little iffy the next couple of days, but it may even help us. Stay tuned. And be safe out there.

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Day 29: Maybe tomorrow

We didn’t do that well today and from most of the people I talked to, it was more of the same. We didn’t get but 8 ducks this morning among the three of us. The only folks that killed a lot of ducks stayed later. The key was the hunting from 10-11 or later.

IMG_3428We saw a lot of ducks and had dozens lock up and head our way, but they would fly the edge of the decoys and leave. To make things worse, we didn’t shoot that well this morning. Friday should be a bit colder and maybe we’ll have a sunny day with a good wind. Maybe tomorrow will be better. We need some colder weather to get some more ducks down here.

I understand that north Arkansas is loaded with ducks. Maybe some of our ducks went back up there. They need to come on back down here.  Keep after them. It has been a good season so far. I can’t complain about the last two days because they are the only two that haven’t been good. Compared to last year, every day is good!

Keep up with the action here on the Duck Report and be safe out there.

 

Day 28: Hunting fell off a bit

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We only got 10 ducks Wednesday morning and didn’t see nearly as many ducks flying. Everybody I talked to pretty much said the same thing in this area. Maybe this front coming through will have a good wind in the morning and blow some of these gray, low hanging clouds out of here.

We’ve been seeing and shooting a lot of ducks so hopefully today’s hunt will just be a bump in the road.

Stay tuned to the Duck Report for the latest reports. And be safe out there.

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Day 27: Duck ID test

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-5-55-06-pmMan, early this morning we were heading to the blind in a light rain, then it rained so hard we couldn’t even see where we were going. Back to the west, it looked like a tornado was coming before daylight. We shouldn’t have been out there, but we had a good day. That is, after we rode past the decoys and blind and found our way back in time to hunt. It was raining that hard. But we didn’t turn around because we were already wet.

Three of us got a limit of 18 ducks and we had seven geese. We were finished by 7:30.

But the highlight of the trip was a hybrid duck we shot. It had wing markings like a teal, the rear end and feet looked like a gadwall, the head was green like a mallard and the bill was shaped like a pintail. You take a look for yourself.

The weather is going to be erratic this week, but nothing that should move our ducks out. It should be a good week.

Day 26: Wind brought ducks back

screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-8-53-02-amI’ve been saying for a few days that this good south wind would bring back the ducks we lost in the freeze last week. Sure enough, it has. We’ve gotten good reports from all over. We’ve got lots of teal and pintails and there are specks everywhere.

This morning, three of us got our limits by 7:45. We didn’t see any big swarms of ducks, but there are lots of ducks scattered around and flying. The wind keeps them moving, too. That’s the best thing about this weather. I know a lot of people don’t like it so hot, but I’d always rather be a little warm than freezing to death. And the ducks will still hang around when it is warm. They may not feed as much, but they won’t take off back to Iowa or somewhere like that this time of the year.

If it gets below freezing, they’ll leave all the shallows as they freeze and it depends on the weather after that if they come back or not. Things are working out pretty well right now and the next week to 10 days are looking good.

Where you can see big deer

screen-shot-2016-12-24-at-9-55-55-amWe know where you can see more big deer in our area than any other one place. It’s the Simmons’ Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest photo board. Okay, it’s just pictures, but there’s always somebody there taking a look at the success of our area hunters.

We’re heading down the home stretch of deer season. Make sure you bring your big deer by and enter it in the Big Buck Contest. Lots of prizes! Check out all the photos on our homepage.

Day 25: Christmas ducks (and geese)

screen-shot-2016-12-25-at-3-13-55-pmBoss got a good Christmas workout!

Christmas morning in the duck blind is a Simmons’ family tradition. This time of year we don’t get many days off and there’s no better way to start this special holiday for us than enjoying our blessings by watching the sun come up over the decoys and waking up with the world of nature. And shooting ducks and geese!

I got to spend this Christmas morning with Lindsey and her husband, Mike, and our Lab Boss. And we also got a limit of ducks before 8 a.m. We saw mostly teal early and got 13 teal, a gadwall and finished off the hunt with four gad big pintails that came in as part of a big bunch. The wind was blowing out of the south and the ducks worked just like new ducks.

The specks were also working and we got a limit of them as well. I’d say that’s a Merry Christmas! Now we have to work on a Happy New Year! This south wind is doing just what we hoped. It’s bringing back lots of ducks that had gone south. It’s bringing the teal first and normally the big ducks will follow in good numbers.

There weren’t  many hunters on Christmas Day, but there are lots of ducks this year. Enjoy your time off and celebrate with friends and family. Be safe out there. Good shooting and God Bless you and yours. And if Santa brought you some extra spending money, come see us at the store and get that piece of outdoor gear that you’ve been wanting!

 

Day 24: Another good day

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-8-45-10-amDuck hunters are getting some pretty good Christmas presents this year. And I don’t just mean new shotguns, waders, calls, decoys, shells, etc. from Simmons’ Sporting Goods. I mean some pretty good duck hunts! And maybe even some mosquitoes. Isn’t that unbelievable?

The south wind is bringing back more ducks and will probably bring even more the next few days – and some mosquitoes! The teal are showing up in good numbers and that’s usually a sign the other ducks aren’t far behind. That’s usually how it works. We are also seeing a good number of mallards and pintails. This wind also helps hunters call and work the ducks more effectively.  It will be a bit warmer than most folks like it the next week, but I’m a firm believer that anywhere between 30 and 50 in the mornings with a good wind is optimal. It looks like that’s mostly what we will have the next week.

Have a great Christmas Day and be safe out there. No duck is worth getting hurt over for sure!  Good hunting.

 

It’s a big one!

screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-4-41-29-pmLook who’s leading the men’s rifle category of the 2016-17 Simmons’ Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest!

It’s Pittman Edwards, Jr. with a 194 1/8 12 point taken in Mississippi. That’s a big one, isn’t it!

You still have time to get your big deer in the contest. There are loads of great prizes. Check out all the leaders on the Big Buck Contest icon on our Simmons’ homepage.

Good luck hunting and be safe!

Day 23: Merry Christmas

screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-3-24-43-pm It’s Day 23 of the Louisiana duck season in our area. There are plenty of ducks flying. Conditions are setting up for a good second split. Hunters around the region are reporting good success. The south wind is back this weekend and hopefully it will blow some of the birds back our way that left ahead of Monday and Tuesday’s sub-freezing temps.

And it’s Christmas weekend!  Saturday is the last shopping day so come see us for your hunting and outdoor stocking needs. If you have questions, please ask and we will be glad to help.

But more important than the actual duck report today, we at Simmons’ Sporting Goods in Bastrop want to tell you and your family MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year. We appreciate you and are here to serve you. Thank you. Have a happy, safe holiday season.