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#5390187 - 10/30/14 11:13 PM How would you hunt this?(update)
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Loc: Abilene, TX
Saturday morning three of us and two dogs will be hunting a lake about 30-40 acres. The birds are wanting to be on the north east corner.

The east bank is the dam and is very steep the north bank where the ducks are wanting to be there is not much cover. About 100+ yards down that north bank there are some big trees that would be great for cover. Wind should be 5-10 mph ENE

Should we set our spread, layouts and dog blinds on the bank where the ducks are wanting to be or should we just set our spread out where we have the better cover.

Another twist is that most of the ducks coming in the morning are just landing in with the large number of coots roosting on the lake. I'm sure we will just push them to another spot on the lake and be competeing with them all morning.


Edited by BradyBuck (10/31/14 02:16 PM)

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#5390200 - 10/30/14 11:25 PM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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I'd really want to scout again Friday AM. What do you mean not much cover? Is it cattle trampled grass or is it spotty weeds and small bushes.

The coots will give you some trouble especially on a body of water that size. Best bet you be to have a sizable spread set up where the birds want to be and hide the best you can in layouts
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#5390207 - 10/30/14 11:30 PM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
BradyBuck Offline
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We are planning on putting out a large spread. Yes, cattle trampled grass some spotty weeds


Edited by BradyBuck (10/30/14 11:31 PM)

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#5390213 - 10/30/14 11:40 PM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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I would set up on the north bank where the ducks want to be using my lowest profile layouts and take extra time to dig them in and or mud and or grass them to match the terrain as much as possible. If the ducks are already regularly using that spot on the pond anyway, I would cut my number of decoys way back and only use my best ones and include a couple jerk strings. If something don't work right with that setup or you find the X you scouted is no longer the X for whatever reason, by not using many decoys initially, it would only take a few minutes to make a move if you see the ducks doing something different that morning. On a small private lake or pond like that if I am seeing ducks land in the same spot every day, not wanting to do anything to make it look different, I have been known to hunt that spot with no decoys before. I have been known to put a large spread of mixed decoys on the opposite bank and none on the bank I am hunting if the ducks have had a lot of pressure, but I doubt that would be an issue on opening weekend.
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#5390348 - 10/31/14 05:49 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: Sniper John]
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Set up where ducks want to be with layout blind. Most of your shooting will probably be first 15 to 30 minutes of legal on ponds, so a lot of cover not realy needed. Late morning shooting requires more cover. In layout blind first 15 minutes I normally do not even shut my layout blind doors.

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#5390388 - 10/31/14 06:45 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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I'm on board with sniper and guy.
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#5390389 - 10/31/14 06:45 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Rule number 1- hunt where the ducks want to be.

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#5390468 - 10/31/14 07:44 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: mohunter]
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Originally Posted By: mohunter
Rule number 1- hunt where the ducks want to be.

This, & what the other guy said about early am hunting. I wouldn't even bother with the layout in the early am. I would just lay on shore with my spread where they wanna be. Set out enough dekes so that it draws their attention away from the coots. After the first light shoot, I'd move my spread to a spot that offers more concealment.
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#5390478 - 10/31/14 07:51 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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If it's your lake you should already have your lay outs on the X so they are youst to them being there! Lay them out today ! And get in early stay still as a mofo! And zap those dogs if they flinch!!!!
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#5390666 - 10/31/14 09:21 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: mohunter]
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Originally Posted By: mohunter
Rule number 1- hunt where the ducks want to be.


A must! Or be frustrated all morning long. We have similar a place and the ducks always want to be in one general area. Unfortunately, they pick the middle as the season goes on. bang hammer bang

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#5390705 - 10/31/14 09:37 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Sounds like you might need to recruit a pair of THF'ers to set up on the other side and keep them moving
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#5390754 - 10/31/14 10:03 AM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
BradyBuck Offline
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Thanks guys! The plan was to do as most of y'all said and use the layouts where we've been seeing the ducks land. I just started to over think it.

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#5391135 - 10/31/14 02:07 PM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
BradyBuck Offline
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Scouted this morning and the coots have moved out and I've got about twice as many big ducks including about a dozen canvasbacks. I am so pumped right now!

They were spread out all down the north bank and right in front of the big trees Id like to set up under and up on the bank and in the water. Im guessing 500+ ducks.

It's hard to see in the pic but if you zoom in you can see them. This is just about 1/4 of them. The big trees are just outside the photo to the left.





Sorry for pic quality. Taken with iPhone through binos.





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#5391156 - 10/31/14 02:22 PM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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Good luck!
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#5391165 - 10/31/14 02:28 PM Re: How would you hunt this? [Re: BradyBuck]
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That's an awesome looking place you got there. Good luck in the morning.

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