Duck Creek and Dark Cypress Swamp will be open for teal hunting. Please follow statewide regulations and hunters must fill out teal hunting cards prior to their hunt.
An official count hasn’t been done, but overall teal numbers on Duck Creek are low, only small flock (<10) has been seen here or there over the last couple of weeks. This could change cooler weather blows in from the north.
Green waterfowl hunting cards will be available for hunters to fill out prior to their hunt at the following sign-in box locations:
1. Area HQ
2. Large parking area on the north side of Unit A
3. 1st parking area at Dark Cypress Swamp
1. Pool 1 north of the refuge boundary signs
2. Units A and B
3. Dark Cypress Swamp
There are no assigned positions, nor are there limits to number of hunters. Basically, the area will be open on a first-come first-serve basis. Hunters will be allowed to self-regulate themselves as far as how far apart they hunt from one another. Each hunter must fill out a card and designate which one of the 4 units above they hunted in.
Similar to last year water levels are still high in Pool 1. The herbicide application from earlier this summer has opened up patches of water on the north side. In Unit A we have added water to the distribution channel and some of the scours in the numbered pools are still holding water. Unlike last year the Castor River has stayed down as of late. This means that while Dark Cypress is open, there is significantly less flooded habitat than last year. Remaining pockets of water are in the scattered ponds and in the borrow areas to the south and west side of the unit.
Hope everyone has a safe and successful teal season! Please remember to identify your target before you shoot. The may be young wood ducks and shovelers showing up so please know what you are shooting. Have fun!