Louisiana Specklebelly Goose Hunting – SWLA

SW LOUISIANA 0059_nSouthwest Louisiana is the indisputable specklebelly goose hunting capital of the United States. Long recognized for superior waterfowl hunting, Louisiana seasonally overwinters an estimated 9 million ducks per year, and is said that more ducks are killed during a single weekend in Louisiana than several states may kill during an entire season – more ducks than Canada and Mexico combined.  According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service figures, Louisiana accounts for about 1/5th the total number of ducks killed in the entire U.S. each year.  True.  But let’s talk about white-fronted geese, specklebellies.  Southwest Louisiana’s flat-as-a-pancake landscape is characterized by rice fields, large waterbodies, coastal marsh and state/federal sanctuaries located at the migrational terminus.  Nearly 40% of the Mississippi Flyway’s white-fronts have historically over-winter here.  White-fronted goose hunting in this part of the world is a culture, not a weekend activity.  The many number of high-end, custom-made specklebelly goose calls that originate here and dominate specklebelly goose calling contests are ample proof.

SWLA Sportsman delivers first-class Louisiana specklebelly goose hunting adventures.  Daily limits of white-fronts are the norm, not the exception.  In addition to white-fronted geese, predominate duck species are pintails, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, gadwalls, and shovelers. Snow geese are common but not targeted with decoy spreads. Guests may hunt geese, ducks, or combo. Excellent fishing is available nearby for a real cast-and-blast adventure.   Guests hunt 2-3 shooters per well-concealed pit blind.

Blinds are spacious, dry, immaculately maintained throughout the entire season, and usually located just 5 minutes from the lodge.  Comfortable shoes are all that’s required unless it’s been raining, when knee boots are suggested.  Says SWLA Sportsman’s head guide, “We do all the work to make sure that our guests can just show up and have a great time hunting.”   Using spreads of somewhere between six and 6-dozen high-quality, full-body decoys (whatever the geese want), putting white-fronts onto straps is an art form at SWLA Sportsman.  Typical of this region, spreads are set so that specks pass right over the blind – the goal is for specks hanging 15 yards directly over the guns when the shot’s called. Many guests have never seen specklebellies break down from way up and come in like this.  The entire guide staff lives and breathes waterfowling – one of SWLA Sportsman duck guides won the intermediate world duck calling championship while only 16 years old.

SW LOUISIANA 61687_nNo southwest Louisiana experience is complete without the world-class hospitality and food for which southwest Louisiana is world-famous.  SWLA Manager and hostess, April Cox, and staff personalize each group’s experience.  Home-cooked local delicacies of goose gumbo, seafood, boudin and seasonal specialties, such as cajun boiled crawfish, are always crowd pleasers.   Lodging is a luxurious “SportsBarn” that comfortably sleeps up to 12 guests.  Amenities include 132″ TV, pool table, poker table and dart board, fireplace, hot tub, outside fire pit and well-stocked open bar.

This Louisiana goose hunting package is absolutely perfect for corporate retreats, friend and family get togethers, anyone that wants to get away and be perfectly catered.  Group minimum is 3. Available package include daily, multi-day and seasonal rates, with or without exclusive lodge use, for goose hunting, duck hunting, fishing, or any combination. Whether looking to scratch white-fronts off of your bucket list or just enjoy yourself at the end of the flyway, where winter temperates rarely get below 40 degrees F, this is the place.

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SWLA Sportsman is excited to share their unique slice of Sportsman’s Paradise.  They deliver a hunting, fishing and sporting experiences in southwest Louisiana with personalized attention given to each group.  To experience some of the best specklebelly goose hunting at the very end of the flyway while enjoying the hospitality and food for which this region is legendary, contact April Cox at (337) 661-1163, email april@swlasportsman.com.

 

Timing

SWLA Sportsman is located in Louisiana’s “Coastal Zone.” Early Blue-winged Teal season: mid- to late-September.  Duck and White-fronted goose seasons: mid-November through late-January with about a 2 week split in December.

Rates

$6,000 Deluxe Louisiana Duck/Goose Hunt w/EXCLUSIVE LODGE USE (accommodates up to 12)

$600 Deluxe Louisiana Duck/Goose hunt w/Lodging (minimum 3)

$850 Deluxe Louisiana Duck/Goose Blast & Cast (minimum 3)

$100 Non-hunting guests

$15,000 per 30 hunts, Deluxe Seasonal Hunt Package.  Can be split between a group of hunters, divided any way you choose as long as there are minimum 3 hunters. Date reservations booked on first-come, first-served basis with exclusive nights taking priority.

Terms: 50% deposits required to confirm reservations.  Balance due upon arrival or before.

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Included

SWLA Sportsman Louisiana Specklebelly Goose Hunting packages include:

  • All professional guide services
  • Deluxe lodging
  • Gourmet meals, guest services
  • Open bar
  • Bird processing
  • Transfers to hunt area

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Not Included

SWLA Sportsman Louisiana Specklebelly Goose Hunting packages do not include firearms, ammo, and Louisiana hunting licenses.

 

Details

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SWLA Sportsman Louisiana goose hunts are located 5-6 minutes due west of Lake Arthur, Louisiana.Nearest commercial air services are located in Lafayette and Lake Charles Louisiana.  Both are about 1 hour from the lodge and ground transfers can be arranged.  Guests typically arrive at 3:00 PM the afternoon before their scheduled hunt and depart about 1:30 PM after their last morning hunt.

 

What To Bring – Louisiana Goose Hunting

  • Shotgun (12 or 10 gauges)
  • Layered clothing for wet-dry, cold-moderate. Check local weather forecast.
  • Knee-high boots are recommended if rain, but comfortable sneakers might be fine
  • Ammo 3″-3 1/2″( 2’s recommended)
  • Camouflage face mask.
  • Ice chest for your birds


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Louisiana goose hunting requires a small game hunting license, HIP and federal stamp, which are available online.  NR Small game hunting licenses are available by the day.

Louisiana Duck Hunting License Sales Online or call 1-888-765-2602.

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Waterfowl Processing

Bird processing is included in you SWLA Sportsman Louisiana goose hunting package at no additional cost.


Retriever Policy 

Obedient retrievers are welcome for groups that have exclusive use of pit, but guides have excellent retrievers that can efficiently make the occasional 200-plus-yard retrieve across several rice field levees.  A minimum 3 guns is required for exclusive pit use. Pets are not allowed inside lodge.


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References

Rance Gamblin (330) 388-2642

Laurence Galle (228) 327-4333

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SWLA Sportsman is excited to share their unique slice of Sportsman’s Paradise.  Delivering hunting, fishing and sporting experiences in southwest Louisiana, they give personalized attention to each group.  Experiencing some of the best specklebelly goose hunting at the very end of the flyway while enjoying the hospitality and food for which this region is legendary should be on everyone’s bucket list. Contact April Cox at (337) 661-1163, email april@swlasportsman.com.

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