It’s become a family tradition. For the past 2 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 lovely, flooded rice field. And so far, we’ve found no reason to look elsewhere for our annual excursion to limit out on excellent, fast and delicious teal. DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) invited us to join them on this special hunt, sponsored in part from the Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development & Tourist Commission. We found the offer appealing and I wanted to take my new V3 from Remington in the field to see if it would perform.
The 2-day hunt included not only some of the best teal hunting in the nation, located near Lake Arthur, but also one of the most accommodating outfitters I’ve ever met — Southwest Louisiana Sportsman Lodge. From the bunkhouse to the big gathering room — complete with a kitchen for an executive chef — the lodge came stocked with plenty of towels, lots of room, a wonderful country setting and delicious meals. And the guides? Exceptional.
I’ll tell the rest of the story, and a bit of a review on the victorious V3 in photos below.
This gun is a total workhorse, but with a soft gait. I must confess: Remington gifted this gun to me last year after a writers’ event, and I wanted to see how it would work on a teal hunt. But believe me, I would never take a shotgun afield that will not work just for the sake of a review or for a free gun — of which I didn’t ask for in the first place. I spent hard-earned money for this hunt and getting my daughter-in-law and me, via air, to our destination. I shot a few boxes of shells at clays before I left my home for the hunt, and without a single malfunction and with handling all types of loads, I knew this gun would be reliable afield.
On the hunt, I shot it again and again, going through a few boxes of steel shotshells and not a ding or bruise or mark anywhere was to be found on my person. That’s because, like its predecessor — the VersaMax — this gun comes built with a VersaPort gas system. I also appreciated its stock — synthetic and with no fancy schmancy covering.
One of the best features, and one that women will appreciate, is that its carrier features a locking-back device, so you can load the gun without it pulling off or destroying your thumbnail. If you shoot shotguns, you know what I mean.
One of our hunters, Miss Chia, discovered she brought in a banded bird, which is quite a score.
Find out more about the Gator Chateau, which is undergoing a major renovation, but will be even more spectacular. http://www.jeffdavis.org/tourism/attractions/gator-chateau.html
You can inquire about ordering a case of this bacon jam by calling Cochon Cannery: http://www.cochoncannery.com Seriously, I’m going to order a case because it’ll make super Christmas gifts and great party fare for the holiday season.
Book your own duck hunting trip of a lifetime with Southwest Louisiana Sportsman: http://www.swlasportsman.com/#contact
MSRP: $895 for the black, synthetic finish
Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at ozarkian.com. View all posts by Barbara Baird