The V3 and Me on a Louisiana Teal Hunt


It is turn out to be a household tradition. For the previous two years, I’ve treated my daughter-in-law, Tracey, to a teal hunt for her birthday. So far, we’ve only hunted teal in Louisiana — in a marsh and this year, in a beautiful, flooded rice field. And so far, we’ve located no purpose to appear elsewhere for our annual excursion to limit out on outstanding, quick and scrumptious teal. DIVA Girls Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) invited us to join them on this special hunt, sponsored in portion from the Jeff Davis Parish Financial Improvement &amp Tourist  Commission. We located the supply attractive and I wanted to take my new V3 from Remington in the field to see if it would execute.

The two-day hunt incorporated not only some of the most effective teal hunting in the nation, positioned close to Lake Arthur, but also a single of the most accommodating outfitters I’ve ever met — Southwest Louisiana Sportsman Lodge. From the bunkhouse to the huge gathering space — full with a kitchen for an executive chef — the lodge came stocked with a lot of towels, lots of space, a fantastic nation setting and scrumptious meals. And the guides? Exceptional.

I’ll inform the rest of the story, and a bit of a critique on the victorious V3 in pictures beneath.

The V3 and Me on a Louisiana Teal Hunt — in Pictures

behind scenes teal hunt early morning

You have to get up prior to the sun to get into the blinds for teal hunting.

sunrise rice field LA

This is what sunrise appears like when you are in a rice field duck blind.

V3 on point

And this … is my V3, a 12-gauge workhorse of a duck gun, at the prepared.

V3 teal

This is my V3 just after a different teal came down.


The V3 Field Sport Black Synthetic shoots from two three/four inch target loads up to three-inch mags.

Why I took the V3

This gun is a total workhorse, but with a soft gait. I ought to confess: Remington gifted this gun to me final year just after a writers’ occasion, and I wanted to see how it would operate on a teal hunt. But think me, I would under no circumstances take a shotgun afield that will not operate just for the sake of a critique or for a totally free gun — of which I didn’t ask for in the 1st spot. I spent challenging-earned cash for this hunt and acquiring my daughter-in-law and me, by means of air, to our location. I shot a handful of boxes of shells at clays prior to I left my residence for the hunt, and devoid of a single malfunction and with handling all varieties of loads, I knew this gun would be trusted afield.

On the hunt, I shot it once again and once again, going by way of a handful of boxes of steel shotshells and not a ding or bruise or mark anyplace was to be located on my particular person. That is since, like its predecessor — the VersaMax — this gun comes constructed with a VersaPort gas technique. I also appreciated its stock — synthetic and with no fancy schmancy covering.

1 of the most effective attributes, and a single that girls will appreciate, is that its carrier features a locking-back device, so you can load the gun devoid of it pulling off or destroying your thumbnail. If you shoot shotguns, you know what I imply.

banded bird teal la

This bird had been banded in Minnesota.

1 of our hunters, Miss Chia, found she brought in a banded bird, which is really a score.

GarrettCole guide teal SWLA

Verify out head guide SWLASportsman Garrett Cole and his homemade birdstrap out of gator!

teal SWLA

We are seeking forward to producing duck gumbo this year at deer camp.

Marion Fox Judy Rhodes

Thanks to the girls who created this occasion take place: Judy Rhodes (left), founder of DIVA WOW and Marion Fox, President /CEO of the Financial Improvement Tourist Commission for Jeff Davis Parish.

baby gators Jeff Davis Parish

Appear at Tracey’s expression when she got brave and held this “baby” gator from the Gator Chateau in Jennings, La. Final year, she held this similar small guy and he really was small. This year, she went outdoors of her comfort zone to hold him.

Locate out much more about the Gator Chateau, which is undergoing a key renovation, but will be even much more spectacular.

SWLA sportsman lodge april

April, who manages the outfitting business enterprise and cooks up fantastic meals when an executive chef is not going to, was not shy about the infant gators at all.

baked teal Dustie Latiolais, of Crawfish Town USA in Henderson, La. Latiolais prepared a chow-chow stuffed teal, with turnip greens, bacon jam and sweet potatoes with Tasso.

Exec. Chef Dustie Latiolais, of Crawfish Town USA in Henderson, La., ready a chow-chow stuffed teal, with turnip greens, bacon jam and sweet potatoes with Tasso.

bacon jam Dustie Latiolais

And … oh my … bacon jam on best of a block of cream cheese? Made by Dustie Latiolais, the chef, and out there for sale at Cochon Cannery in Breaux Bridge.

You can inquire about ordering a case of this bacon jam by calling Cochon Cannery: Seriously, I’m going to order a case since it’ll make super Christmas gifts and fantastic celebration fare for the vacation season.


Subsequent year, we’re going back for huge ducks! Right here are Judy Rhodes, along with her pals Suzanne and Brittany — all DIVAs — and their limits for the day. Oh, and that is Shaka, who is otherwise distracted and tired from retrieving all these ducks! (DIVA WOW photo)

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Find out much more about the V3 Field Sport:

MSRP: $895 for the black, synthetic finish

This Retro WON 1st appeared October 18, 2016.

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