Dr. Jay V. Huner -
NORTHWEST REGION DIRECTOR
Jay is a retired 65 year-old currently residing on Cotile Lake west of Boyce in Central Louisiana. He was born and raised in Baton Rouge.
Jay holds a doctorate in Marine Sciences from LSU and his credentials qualify him as both a fisheries biologist and a wildlife biologist. His career was oriented toward aquaculture with emphasis on crawfish culture. However, the conflict between farmers and birds preying on crawfish and competing for food drew him back to an emphasis on wildlife biology.
Some of Jay's earliest memories were accompanying his father, a consulting geologist, to camps in the Atchafalaya Basin and to hunts and fishing trips at Bayou Sale south of Centreville. He hunted the
Bayou Sale marshes into the 1980s and then became associated with a club at McElroy Swamp near Sorrento in the Blind River area.
Jay and his wife Judith relocated from Lafayette in 2002 to Cotile Lake. He continued to work as Director of the Crawfish Research Center at UL Lafayette until his retirement in 2005.
Jay doesn't hunt as much as he did in younger days having picked up the yen for bird watching while documenting the myriad of birds utilizing working wetlands – crawfish and rice impoundments. His Louisiana life list is 358 of the state's 463 recognized birds and includes the first report of a Garganey, the Eurasian equivalent of our Blue-winged Teal. Besides, if he passes up a dead shot on a
duck, some "Greenwing" might get his first duck!
Jay has been a member of Ducks Unlimited for over 30 years and joined Delta Waterfowl a few years ago. He has held several elected offices in the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and is currently a
Director at Large.
If Jay shoots it, he eats it. Poule d'eau are amongst his favorite birds for the pot – marinated breasts and hind quarters plus gizzards are great.