Outsider Destination: Honey Brake Lodge (Louisiana) for December Ducks

by Jack T. Wilder

Honey Brake Lodge is, ‘a duck hunter’s paradise’. Don’t go back to Canada or Mexico or Argentina again. Just stay in this five star lodge in Louisiana and shoot ducks like there’s no tomorrow.

This lodge was built specifically for duck hunters. The Mississippi river and nearby Catahoula lake form a convergence of the Central and Mississippi migratory flyways creating the hunting honey hole that is Honey Brake. Where ducks go to be shot.

Honey Brake Lodge. Photo: Honey Brake

Location, Location, Location in Louisiana

“The number one thing about duck hunting,” says Drew Keeth, head hunting honcho at Honey Brake. “Be where the ducks are.” You can’t argue with success.

The lodge’s proximity to Catahoula Lake, 38,000 acres of waterfowl wintering grounds, and the Mississippi River creates a “funnel” effect that brings the best that waterfowling has to offer to Honey Brake.

Located on nearly 20,000 acres of the Louisiana Delta Plantation, they boast 65 duck blinds. Some are located in agriculture fields the rest in moist soil areas within a 9,000 acre Wetlands Reserve Program, the largest in the state.

Drew Keeth and guests at Honey Brake. Photo: JTE

The Best Guides

The guides are world class and work for you non-stop. Besides Drew you’ve got a regular cast of characters. Heads and shoulders above them all is Jared Mophett. Described to me once as, “the duck huntingest duck hunter I ever duck hunted with.” Jared knows everything about hunting ducks in this area and is a champion caller and dog handler too.

You gotta be tough and smart to hang with the HB crew. Knowing how to weld a quarter inch seam of impacted steel on a War Eagle boat at 4am in a rainstorm is as useful as knowing what time the birds are feeding at the Corley blind in the morning after the fog lifts. Expect these guides to work hard and to put you on the birds all day.

A morning chasing teal and greenheads can be followed by an afternoon canvasback hunt on the lake. Or a tromp through the woods shooting sporting clays. Or chasing wild pigs. You came there to hunt and by god you’re gonna shoot something.

Photo: JTE
Jared Mophett on the chase in the War Eagle. Photo: JTE

You really have to see this place to believe it. The cabins and lodge are elevated on stilts above the constantly changing lake front. Spanish moss hangs from the trees. There are nightly crawfish boils and cold beer under the stars.

If shooting ducks is your thing this is where you want to be come December.