First NE duck numbers in

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Preliminary duck survey results for northeast Louisiana are in and even though there aren’t as many ducks here as there are in south Louisiana, the numbers are pretty impressive for this time of year. The aerial survey, done by the LDWF the past two days, showed an estimated 140,000 ducks in northeast Louisiana. That includes 37,363 mallards, 41,905 gadwalls and 19,397 pintails among them.

That’s plenty of ducks for quite a few limits this opening weekend. There’s not a lot of water in the area and some ducks went right on south due to the extreme cold the past few days, or you can bet there would be plenty more ducks (check out the previous report below to see south Louisiana numbers).

“We finished up with the numbers Wednesday evening, but I haven’t been able to talk to either observer yet to get any additional data,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF state waterfowl leader.

The NE survey also estimates a whopping 388,000 geese. The numbers haven’t been “crunched” and totally analyzed yet, but we thought you’d like to know.

Some of the areas with the most ducks include the Bonita/Mer Rouge area, Wham Brake, East of Ouachita, Delta Farms and the Bayou Lafourche area.