Strong cold front means more ducks and geese

Waterfowl guide Will Granberry and his retriever RayRay put a group of hunters on 18 ducks and a goose while hunting on a flooded field last week. Lots of pintails worked the spread of decoys.

This week’s blast of cold weather will more than likely send big-time numbers of ducks and geese down the Central Flyway. The duck season so far has been hit and miss here in Southeast Texas, but the numbers of ducks on the middle Texas coast is definitely better than expected.

Last week I hunted with guide Will Granberry who runs duck and goose hunts near Wharton and Port Lavaca. Three of us ended up with 18 ducks and a specklebelly goose. On that particular morning we had a mild cold front moving through and it never quit raining. But the number of birds we saw was very impressive. We had several groups of pintail, teal and gadwall come in over the decoys. Just before we picked up the spread, we had a flight of 25 or so snows come in low but flare right at the last moment. The number of specks moving around was better than expected.

“We’ve had excellent hunts during the early teal season,” said Granberry. “So far this season we’re racking up good numbers of ducks over flooded fields. I think our next push of cold weather will move lots of ducks and geese our way.”

Granberry runs hunts on flooded fields and on the bays out of Matagorda and Port O’Connor for ducks, geese and sandhill cranes. For more info, check out his website at His cell number is (361) 235-0100.


Big bucks are running does

Deer hunters are seeing lots of bucks chasing does in East Texas and the Hill Country. Colder weather this week will definitely have lots of deer moving. This is a good time to tag a few does while they are still in good shape.

I talked with a couple of buddies who recently added a new twist to their deer hunts – night vision scopes. Cody Bell and Ron Jaap recently went night hunting for pigs after daytime deer hunts. Two nights going, they eased up on baited cattle tanks and shot at pigs both times.

“A night vision scope is definitely expensive, but it adds a whole new type of adventure to our pig hunting,” says Jaap. “You can hunt deer all day and pigs all night. The only problem is finding enough time to sleep.”