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Duck season: Cautious optimism

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While not sought after by most waterfowl hunters, these five coots that stopped off to rest at Lincoln Parish Park Lake are indicative of the vast numbers of waterfowl headed south for the winter, giving hunters hope of a good duck season.

This time last year, duck hunters were enthusiastic about the prospects of a super season just ahead. Reproduction was good up north so lots of waterfowl would be winging down to Louisiana to spend the winter.

What looked like a great season ahead turned out to be an overall disappointment. Roger Goodell-like factors entered the picture over which Louisiana’s duck hunters had no control, sort of like what happened to the New Orleans Saints this season.

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