Duck Hunting the lower Mississippi River

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  1. Redlabhunter

    Redlabhunter New Member

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    Ok so I have always heard stories from older guys around here that say they use to hunt on the Mississippi river it self. I live in Louisiana about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge, and have heard of older guys saying that they use to shoot limits of ducks hunting on the banks of the Mississippi river. My question is has anyone ever done it or heard of this? I have access to a lot of river front and the duck hunting is good when the water rises and floods the woods next to the river, so should I am thinking about giving the river itself a try this year. Any tips or ideas would help thanks in advance.
     
  2. Redlabhunter

    Redlabhunter New Member

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    To clarify I will be trying to hunt the river it self, set up a spread and hunt from the bank. Can it be done?
     
  3. Rob DeHaven

    Rob DeHaven Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes
     
  4. TheDuckSlayer

    TheDuckSlayer Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes. Usually done on shallow sandbars on the river edges. Be safe.
     
  5. peewee

    peewee Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes, it can be done and is fun when the birds are there but it is tough. First off the birds will hold next to areas on the bank that have forage vegetation that flooded or they can get out of the river and eat. For my area cyperus seems to be the vegetation of choice. If you don't have sand bars or yettis the birds will float away quickly. You almost have to have one person man a boat to get birds. A dog will work but we have had to pick the dog up before to as he was floating downstream. The cool thing is when the birds are there you can expect a wide variety of species ranging from greenheads to canvasbacks.
     
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  6. por boy

    por boy Senior Refuge Member

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    First I'm not sure what you classify as the lower Mississippi.
    I hunt pool 19 by Burlington Iowa.
    We call this the lower Mississippi.
    You may be referring to the river 300 miles South of me which would also be considered the lower Mississippi.
     
  7. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    Baton Rouge weren't specific enough?
     
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  8. por boy

    por boy Senior Refuge Member

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    My bad what I get for reading just part.
     
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  9. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    No "pools" in the southern MS River. I'd consider it south of anything below the Ohio, but I figure the OP is thinking below Vicksburg.
     
  10. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    To the OP: You be safe out there... That's a lotta water with a lotta ways for things to go wrong. Freezing temps and complete darkness on that SOB would have my pucker factor maxed out.

    Mostly speaking of being in a boat.
     
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