First Time Duck Hunting

lyle_destroys

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Western pa is not known for its incredible duck hunting but that doesnt mean there are no ducks. I took the kayak on a 4 hour float down the river on our opening day, beautiful morning to drink coffee in solitude. I would have been happy just seeing a duck so I was thrilled to take a few home. Got a drake and hen wood duck and a merganser. Got some shooting in and saw a pile of birds. Im hooked big time now. Im going to change my choke/shell combo and start floating for ducks and geese a lot more. This goes to show that just because you have never done something doesnt mean you cant.


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I've wanted to try that for a few years now, but my kayak is mango orange. Should have thought that thru a bit more before the purchase! Are there any slow moving spots where you could set up a few decoys and call at passing birds flying down the river channel?

Those woodies are the best eating waterfowl to be had. I jump a few off of a little tank almost every time I make my way into one of my deer stands. I really want a drake wood duck for the wall so I'm planning to bring a shotgun in with me as soon as the season opens up down here in TX.

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lyle_destroys

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I've wanted to try that for a few years now, but my kayak is mango orange. Should have thought that thru a bit more before the purchase! Are there any slow moving spots where you could set up a few decoys and call at passing birds flying down the river channel?

Those woodies are the best eating waterfowl to be had. I jump a few off of a little tank almost every time I make my way into one of my deer stands. I really want a drake wood duck for the wall so I'm planning to bring a shotgun in with me as soon as the season opens up down here in TX.

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I met one other hunter, he was along the bank with a dog. The river is narrow enough and has a creek feeding it where he was that they flyby and land quite often. I could use some decoys at the big slow spots. The trick is to see the slow water before you get to it and get ready. I jumped several from behind large rocks and blowdowns. The drake woodies are beautiful. The next one I get I plan on mounting also.

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Good for you!!! Never know till you go.
Going to give it a try this year too. Just bought my son
and I camo kayaks for here in the Mobile River Delta.
 
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lyle_destroys

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Also I spraypainted some paddles camo. If you take your time you could do a whole kayak and make it look real good.
I've wanted to try that for a few years now, but my kayak is mango orange. Should have thought that thru a bit more before the purchase! Are there any slow moving spots where you could set up a few decoys and call at passing birds flying down the river channel?

Those woodies are the best eating waterfowl to be had. I jump a few off of a little tank almost every time I make my way into one of my deer stands. I really want a drake wood duck for the wall so I'm planning to bring a shotgun in with me as soon as the season opens up down here in TX.

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lyle_destroys

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Got home from work early, walked down to the swamp about a mile from my house. Havent been into it where the beaver ponds are in years. Jumped about 15 more wood ducks amd nailed 2. Hit a 3rd but could find it, must have swam off through the marsh. Got a dove on the walk down too. Too much fun!

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lyle_destroys

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A wounded Wood Duck is the worst about diving,
never to be seen again.
Ya I saw the one I hit but then it dove, stood there for 10 minutes and never even saw another ripple. Blew my mind.

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Ya I saw the one I hit but then it dove, stood there for 10 minutes and never even saw another ripple. Blew my mind.

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When they dive they will bite down on grass to keep their bodies submerged. Sometimes they die like that with their bills still clamped down tight to that grass.

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BCSteel

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I just started hunting ducks this year too, it's great!

I've lost one bird this year. Hunting beaver ponds, shot down two mallards. Retrieve the close one, go to get #2 but it's still kicking. Hops over to a smaller pond, maybe 15 yards across, sees me and dives underwater. I waited 40 min, never came back up. Must be partying with Loch Ness down there???
 

NebraskaStickHunter

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I would recommend avoiding it to much because it becomes an addiction. There is nothing like a group of big geese locking their wings and laying into your setup perfectly. Doesn’t happen often for me but I am only 5 years in so a newbie as well basically. Enjoy it
 

Btaylor

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I would recommend avoiding it to much because it becomes an addiction. There is nothing like a group of big geese locking their wings and laying into your setup perfectly. Doesn’t happen often for me but I am only 5 years in so a newbie as well basically. Enjoy it
Wait til you get the opportunity to have a couple hundred greenheads settle down into a flooded timber hole and get their feet wet.
 

NDGuy

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I cannot believe this damn weather pushed everything out of ND early again this year. I haven't hunted snowy corn fields for Mallards in a long time.

It's an addiction enjoy it sir!
 

67bronco

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Welcome to another addiction. I started by float hunting. Ive hunted a lot throughout the us from fields,. to pit blinds, mallards in the timber and divers on the coast. Honestly if I had to only do one I could live with floating them up. Nothing like floating down a small creek seeing deer and turkeys and then when you surprise those ducks and they flush.

If you notice they are always close to a certain spot when floating maybe get there before daylight and throw out a few decoys. Good luck with the quest.
 
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