"We're hoping this weather system will do us some good," states Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. "The second part of the season in our eastern and coastal zones reopened this past Saturday, and reports from hunters are mixed. Areas that have good habitat are producing well. Hunters in other areas where water and food conditions aren't so good have to work a little harder to get their birds."
For instance, Reynolds points to the southeast coastal area, where Hurricane Isaac came ashore in August, damaging freshwater aquatic vegetation in the process. "Numbers of ducks in this area are down around 25% compared to the long term average for this time of year," Reynolds says. "I'd rate habitat conditions in the southeast as poor to fair at best. Hunters there have had spotty success all year."