Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hoping he won't have to write a gloomy report after this season like he did a year ago. After an early forecast filled with optimism before last duck season, the results overall fell as flat as a duck's foot; the birds just never showed up in the expected numbers.
"Right now," Reynolds began, "we're shaking off the disappointment of this year's teal season. The bluewing teal numbers were only slightly lower than a year ago when they were at an all-time high. However, when it was time to open teal season last month, the birds just weren't here.