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What People Look for When Buying Rural Land in Louisiana

An Interview with Richard Lemoine on What People Look for When Buying Rural Land in Louisiana

On January 9th, First South Farm Credit, a rural lender specializing in agricultural, rural land, and country home loans, interviewed Richard Lemoine of National Land Realty. Lemoine joined National Land Realty in 2018 and has over 20 years of experience in land sales. Throughout his career, he has sold thousands of acres of farm property as well as hunting and timber properties. During the interview, Lemoine shared his opinion on what people are looking for when purchasing rural land in Louisiana.

Lemoine mentioned that most of his customers are looking to purchase land where they can hunt freely. “Louisiana is blessed to have successful hunting land, particularly in certain areas of the state. Hunters know where the best hunting possibilities are and they want their own private place to hunt as often as they wish.  In those thriving areas, the land may be in high demand, but you may not see as many tracts for sale. So, it is important to keep in touch with a realtor who specializes in rural land sales and can keep an eye on those areas for you,” said Lemoine.  While Lemoine’s customers are primarily searching for rural land they can hunt, he has found that they are also looking for somewhere quiet, away from busy or growing areas.

In his experience, those searching for land tend to live in neighborhoods and are looking for somewhere peaceful, away from the eyes of their neighbors. Certain areas of the state are growing quickly and his customers are searching for open, quiet spaces to serve as a retreat.  Lemoine suggests to those searching for their own rural paradise to take the initiative on that perfect property when you find it. “You do not want to be 10 years down the road and wish you had made that purchase,” he adds.

You may have found yourself eyeing a piece of land only to wish you had purchased that property when it was for sale. When you find your perfect piece of the country and are ready to make the next step in land ownership, it is important to choose a knowledgeable rural lender. As confirmed by Lemoine, “I always take care of my customers and that is why I suggest a dependable and timely lender like First South Farm Credit.”

Day 60: The sun sets on another season

ooiToday the sun set on Day 60, signalling the end of another Louisiana duck season. When it was all said and done, it was a much better season than last year. We killed four or five times as many ducks this year as last year. It was tough the last week because there was just so much water. And there just weren’t any new ducks coming down. We didn’t have the weather to drive big numbers of birds our way during the last part of the season. It was an excellent year for geese, which is a good bonus. As for the ducks, on the slow days we seemed to scratch out enough teal to make hunting worthwhile. The last day saw scattered success, mostly in the woods if the hunters were in the right spot. There was lots of water but not many ducks.

It wasn’t the best season we ever had but it sure wasn’t the worst. I think everybody felt the same way for the most part.

I’ve washed up all my gear and loaded up the truck to go spend the week in Texas deer hunting. I’m looking forward to a few days where the hunting is a little easier and I don’t have to rush to get back into work. You’d think as much time as we hunt and work at the store, we wouldn’t want to go hunting on vacation, but I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.

We’ll close out this year’s report with a big “THANK YOU” to our Simmons’ Duck Report Readers and our loyal customers at the store. Thank you for your support and your business. We couldn’t do it without you.


Day 59: A decent day

We had a pretty decent day Saturday. We had six hunters and instead of all going to one blind, we split up. One bunch got a limit of 18 ducks and our bunch got 14. We stayed a while trying to go on and get that limit, but we just never did. There weren’t a lot of ducks flying, just here and there.

Most of them were teal. We heard pretty much the same thing from everyone else. Slow shooting, but better than it could have been. It’s been a good season and we’ll wrap it up tomorrow.

Be safe.




Day 58: Not a good day

To steal an old saying from fishing, “A bad day duck hunting is better than a good day at work“.

That’s true most of the time, but this late in the season it’s pushing it. We’re not seeing a lot of ducks and shooting even less. It’s gotten pretty bad in most areas and all the water isn’t helping.

Here’s hoping for better results the last two days of the season. Maybe if enough folks go, it will stir up the ducks that we do have and make hunting a little bit better. Here’s hoping…

Be safe out there.

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Day 57: Good day for a duck

Thursday was a good day to be a duck. But maybe not to be a duck hunter.

We’ve got some reports of a few ducks killed on up in the morning, but between the rain, the cloudy weather and the general lack of new ducks, it’s tough. Most of the ducks here have seen so many blinds and so many decoys you aren’t likely to get one to go feet down into the decoy spread. There’s more and more water, too, and when there isn’t pressure to get them up and flying, they can just stay put.

But we have to make the best of what we’ve got left, which after today is three more days. Go get ’em, but be safe out there. At least the weather looks better Friday and Saturday and maybe Sunday early. I hope you close the duck season book on 2019-20 with a good chapter!

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Day 56: Duck numbers are way down

IMG_8451Duck hunting has definitely slowed down and things don’t look too promising the next couple of days. But there will be somebody somewhere who finds them. If you don’t go, it can’t be you. We didn’t have much luck the past few days and from the January aerial survey taken earlier this week by the LDWF, it’s easy to figure out why.

Here is some of the information from the aerial duck survey in Louisiana this week.

The 2.30 million ducks on this survey is 11% lower than the 2.57 million estimated in December, and 22% below the long-term January average of 2.96 million. In the last 6 years, the January estimate has been essentially the same or lower than in December, and this is the 3rd time during that period it has been at least 10% lower.

At Catahoula Lake, few dabbling ducks and a decline in ring-necked ducks (54,000 to 15,000) accounted for the estimate of 76,000 on this survey compared to 149,000 in December. Only 10,000 ducks were counted on the Northwest Louisiana survey, primarily on the locks, lakes, oxbows, and fields along the Red River and Upper Toledo Bend reservoir. That is 25% fewer than in December and 36% below the most recent 10-year average on this survey.

In Northeast Louisiana, 96,000 ducks and 126,000 geese (5% white-fronted) were counted on selected habitats during the traditional cruise survey that was standardized in 2005. That is less than half the 221,000 ducks counted last January or the 209,000 in November. The goose count is 17% below last January and less than half the 265,000 counted in November.

The December survey in this area wasn’t completed, but in November, concentrations of ducks in the ag fields in Bonita/Mer Rouge and around Grand Cote NWR accounted for 83% of the survey total, but were not evident on this survey. Geese were more dispersed across the surveyed areas than in November, with the largest concentrations in ag fields of Bonita/Mer Rouge, Saline Farms, near Grand Cote NWR, and east of Russell Sage WMA. Habitat in agricultural fields appeared similar to the partial survey flown in December, but backwater flooding has increased with rising water levels in the major river systems.

Day 55: Water and ducks fell out

We were pretty hopeful today that we would do some good this morning, but it didn’t happen. The ducks had filled  up one of our fields Monday and we thought we’d have some good shooting today, but it didn’t happen. A lot of the water fell out and the ducks went away with the water. I’m not sure where they are going or what they are doing. We thought we had some located and it was a perfect day — sunny, windy and it was cold. Man, was it cold. They said it was around 26 but that wind chill put it down about 20 or lower.

There are still some people killing ducks, but limits are rare. We were fortunate that more shallow water didn’t freeze up, but I think the wind kept the ice to just around the edges and the small potholes. We’ll try again Wednesday.

Five days to go. That would sound like bad news, but the way things have been, it may be a good thing. Give it your best shot. Wednesday should be a good day. Thursday is looking like a washout. I’m not going to sit out there in 30 degree weather in the rain unless I see  lot more ducks coming from somewhere. Be safe out there and make sure your gear is good to go.




Day 54: Pretty bad

Fortunately I haven’t said this very often during this duck season, but it was pretty bad today.  We did get some good news. We found a whole bunch filling up one of the fields. We are going to regroup and go try them tomorrow.  Most everybody we talk to says about the same thing.

You would think we’d have some new ducks in the area with the weather up above us, but that just doesn’t seem to be the case. A few people are killing some ducks, but not like we expected heading into the end of the year.

Be safe out there.

Day 53: A bad day

Windy, cold, plenty of water — and no ducks. We’ve been kind of living off the teal the last part of the season and doing pretty good, but they disappeared this morning and we didn’t have too good of a hunt. We had seven ducks. There weren’t many ducks flying and fewer working. We even hunted until 10:30 thinking it would get better. It didn’t.

It was just one of those days. To make things even more fun, we high centered the ATV on the way out and had to get somebody to come pull us out. We’ve got a good freeze coming and it’s got to affect the ducks above us. One thing that is strange right now is the ducks we are seeing are all coming from the south. Several people have told me the same thing. I’m hoping the next few days bring us a chance of luck.

We are down to the last week. Go get ’em — and be safe. Make sure your cold weather gear is in good shape.

End of the season extended weather forecast:

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Day 52: A teal-like Saturday

Screen Shot 2020-01-18 at 2.44.31 PMWe had five people hunting this morning and killed 29 ducks. About 25 of the ducks were teal. We had a lot of birds. I think the highlight of the morning was one lone greenhead that came over a mile high. I just decided to call him as loud as I could and he came down and worked a bit. He was still pretty high, but I raised up that 10 gauge and got him down. I’m glad I did. It was a banded mallard that was born in the spring of 2019 and banded in August of 2019. I called and reported it and the information they gave me was that he was from Quebec, Canada. He met his end in Mer Rouge, Louisiana. We got our ducks and were out of there about 9:30 or so.

One of my friends was with another group of hunters and they killed a good bunch of big ducks and a few geese. overall, it ended up being a good day.

We are going in the morning and see what we can do. We’ve got a spot that nobody has hunted in five or six days and it should be right. We wil see. This weather coming in is going to be perfect for the end of the season. I’m kind of excited about it.

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