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#5437715 - 11/22/14 07:35 PM Duck advice
Sq2 hunter Offline
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Hey guys I'm heading out Wednesday to duck hunt for the week and was needing some help. I've never duck hunted on the coast and was wondering what kind do decoys I should put out and what calls I should use.. Also if I should hunt the freshwater ponds or in the small saltwater bayous? Here's a pic of some of the terrain. Thanks for any advice..


Edited by Sq2 hunter (11/22/14 07:39 PM)

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#5438008 - 11/22/14 10:30 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Gotta go scout and see where the ducks are wanting to be
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#5438064 - 11/22/14 11:12 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Stay right there. Extra turkey full choke. 3 1/2 inch BB heavyshot

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#5438065 - 11/22/14 11:13 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: beaversnipe]
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Originally Posted By: beaversnipe
Stay right there. Extra turkey full choke. 3 1/2 inch BB heavyshot


^^this

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#5438067 - 11/22/14 11:17 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: malletman1009]
malletman1009 Offline
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Actually, now that I look at your post more closely, I have hunted in that exact location. Full limits in less than an hour, but only use pelican decoys. Old-timer, who grew up hunting the area and that I was fortunate enough to meet, gave me the insight, and wow!

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#5438163 - 11/23/14 05:01 AM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Where is that??

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#5438205 - 11/23/14 07:23 AM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Set up 75 yards away from the guy with the biggest spread and call very loudly and terribly all day long.
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#5438766 - 11/23/14 02:43 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
Sq2 hunter Offline
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So helpful thanks guys

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#5438956 - 11/23/14 04:45 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: RodBreaker]
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Originally Posted By: Montec Menace
Where is that??


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#5439059 - 11/23/14 05:54 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: _Scooter_]
Wisemd123 Offline
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Originally Posted By: _Scooter_
Set up 75 yards away from the guy with the biggest spread and call very loudly and terribly all day long.


Hahahaha
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#5439435 - 11/23/14 08:34 PM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Sq2 hunter
So helpful thanks guys


Go scout it for yourself. You set up where you see ducks. There, is that helpful enough? confused2
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#5439960 - 11/24/14 03:48 AM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Duck hunters are mean... boxing
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#5439962 - 11/24/14 04:27 AM Re: Duck advice [Re: Zach Attack!]
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Originally Posted By: Zach Attack!
Duck hunters are mean... boxing


Not being mean, just being real. I and a few others are trying in our own sick twisted ways to actually help the OP.

Questions are fine, but when you know the area where you want to hunt, post an aerial picture of it, and expect (or at least hope) that someone is going to tell you where they think the "X" is- c'mon man... Why not just save your pennies and hire a guide? Better yet- the satisfaction of putting in the time and effort on the ground, then enjoying the fruits of your labor or learning from your mistakes should trump the "quick fix" online forum scouter mentality.

It's simple. The question I pose to the OP and any other members of the forum who post similar inquiries is this:

Do you want to hunt ducks, or shoot ducks?

If the OP desires to shoot ducks- save the money for the decoys, calls, and save the gas money and time spent on scouting and hire a guide or go with somebody who has already done the work.

If the OP wants to be a duck HUNTER, they should go ahead and get them boots muddy. I promise the smile will be bigger and the reward is greater if you choose to hunt ducks, and you won't be as mad about not shooting a limit than if you expected your guide to deliver it to you.

It is what it is, I don't judge either side of that coin. But don't for one minute think that by our smart alecky comments that we aren't actually trying to help.
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#5440417 - 11/24/14 10:10 AM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
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Scooter we own 7000 acres so there aren't any guides familiar with my property. I just wanted to maybe be pointed in the right direction.. And I never said Mark a spot just said here is an idea of the terrain would you hunt the saltwater marshes or the freshwater ponds.. I'll just figure it out when I get there. My family owns 40,000 acres in the panhandle so I'm just used to dumb birds and just thought someone could sort of give me pointer besides put pelican decoys out or shoot ducks with Turkey chokes..


Edited by Sq2 hunter (11/24/14 10:31 AM)

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#5440468 - 11/24/14 10:32 AM Re: Duck advice [Re: Sq2 hunter]
schmellba99 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/14
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Loc: Gulf Coast, Texas
Originally Posted By: Sq2 hunter
Scooter we own 7000 acres so there aren't any guides besides that I don't waterfowl with guides just wanted to maybe be pointed in the right direction.. And I never said Mark a spot just said here is an idea of the terrain would you hunt the saltwater marshes or the freshwater ponds.. I'll just figure it out when I get there. My family owns 40,000 acres in the panhandle so I'm just used to dumb birds and just thought someone could sort of give me pointer besides put pelican decoys out or shoot ducks with Turkey chokes..


I've hunted really close to that area more than once - so here's some serious advice:

1. Like others have said, scout the area as much as you can to see where the ducks are feeding at. That will be your best indicator as to where to go.

2. You are on a large shoreline with a lot of brackish lakes and coastline with coves and small bays - so there are a lot of options in terms of where you wan to set up. If you can find an existing duck blind (very common on the south shoreline), get there early and set up. They are first come, first served.

3. Decoys - most of the time on the bay you want a decent sized spread, but you don't need the dozens and dozens and dozens that many people claim you do. It depends on where you decide to set up, but I've typically hunted with anywhere from 4-6 dozen with good success. But we also set up in a smaller cove that kept us from needing the 8-10 dozen to get birds to come in.

4. Ducks like to feed in calmer waters, so look in protected areas that have relatively shallow water with good grass and cover.

5. If the area is really easy to get to, don't go there. Because that means everybody else has as well and hunting pressure likely has been pretty hard. Find an area that you can get to that is more remote - the more remote, the better. That means more work getting in and out, but your chances of success (combined with scouting) are usually much, much better.

6. Take the time to enjoy the sunrise and watching the birds work. It really is a pretty sight to see.

7. Calling - normal calling works. Typical calls like the hail/attention getter call, feeding call, etc. work just fine. But if you aren't good at calling, you are better off not calling. Bad calling is far worse than no calling, and ducks will decoy without calling them in just fine.

8. Know your duck ID's. There are a lot of ducks on the coast you won't see in the panhandle, and vice versa. Know what you are shooting at so you don't violate any game laws.

9. We need to become friends with your panhandle land and coastal land. Just throwing that out there....

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