Our hunting season was pretty great this year! South Texas (Laguna Madre, specifically) is definitely under-utilized by duck hunters which is great for those of us who DO use it! We hunted public land and public water all season. There are several blinds that have been built that you can use if you get there first. We also hunted from beaches and islands. The only thing preventing more hunters from hunting Laguna Madre is access; you need a boat to get out there. We purchased a small Alumacraft hunting boat at the beginning of the season and it really paid off!
We hunted with some friends who live close to the Laguna. They would bring their sweet black lab, Oakley, to help retrieve ducks! I love watching Oakley work, especially when the ducks dive away from him and he has to chase them!
Early season saw lots and lots of Redheads. We would get our limit of Redheads (2 per person) almost every time we went out. Pintails were also very common in the early season, but again the limit was only 2 per person.
As the season went on we started to see more Scaup but never could capture a whole limit (6 per person). Buffleheads were few but we did take a few home.
Sarah even managed to get a banded Redhead!! It was the third duck she’s ever shot. Our boys were green with envy!
My favorite part about duck hunting in South Texas is the variety of wildlife you see! Many different species of ducks and birds, not to mention dolphins!
We hunted one week in Arkansas over Christmas and sat in SNOW and got about 2 ducks.
But in South Texas, its like you are hunting at the beach! I hunted barefoot in the sand during many of our trips this year!
This year we were lucky to be drawn for a rifle hunt at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge! We were allowed to take deer, hogs and nilgai. We never did see any nilgai on this hunt but we did get some meat in the freezers!
It was a pretty incredible hunting season. My best, for sure. Between the 4 of us, we ended up with over 100 ducks, not to mention the deer, hogs and nilgai.
Now on to fishing!!