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#6168151 - 02/03/16 03:02 PM Worst duck season ever...
yakinthebox Offline
Tracker

Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 644
Loc: Deer Park
Man, I hate that it's gone, but I'm definitely looking for a better 2016-17 season. I hunted a total of 11 times this year and I shot 7 ducks. YES, your read that right, 7... I'm a freelance hunter and can't afford and don't think I'd really even like to do a guided hunt. So this and every other season I've ever hunted is all public, with the exception of 1 hunt at a small piece of family property where I got the woody.


3 Redhead Drakes
1 Pintail Drake
1 Bufflehead hen
1 Scaup hen
1 Wood Duck drake
1 coot

And those ducks all came on 3 separate hunts. So I got skunked 8 times. 8 TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm on the coast and I think that there was waaaaay too much water. I also don't ever have the time and money to scout real heavily. So the problem is that my typical go to spots weren't holding ducks like they have in previous years. My observation is that, at least on the gulf coast, the hunting is significantly better during the dryer years.

Hope everyone else did much better than me.
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#6168169 - 02/03/16 03:12 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
kdub Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 7596
Loc: In the yak
Did you scout birds before hunting?


No offense, I didnt kill a lot of ducks this year, mostly because I just didn't hunt very much. But the people I know that scouted hard killed birds.

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#6168179 - 02/03/16 03:16 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: kdub]
LarryCopper Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 4087
Loc: The Great State
Originally Posted By: kdub
Did you scout birds before hunting?
Originally Posted By: yakinthebox
I also don't ever have the time and money to scout real heavily.

Originally Posted By: kdub
But the people I know that scouted hard killed birds.

worthless
ninja
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#6168206 - 02/03/16 03:28 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
Esh and Hattie Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 379
Loc: N Texas
On the bright side, good job not counting the coot as a duck!

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#6168221 - 02/03/16 03:34 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
kdub Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 7596
Loc: In the yak
Duck ninjas don't post pics.

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#6168241 - 02/03/16 03:46 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
Captain Chunk Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 33
It was our worst season in many years too. So bad, in fact, that the last 5 trips out were complete skunks. There was an abundance of water of everywhere and it really never got too cold. But there's always next year...

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#6168267 - 02/03/16 04:00 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: Esh and Hattie]
Buffs 1 Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 484
Loc: Mansfield
Originally Posted By: Esh and Hattie
On the bright side, good job not counting the coot as a duck!


I hear ya. Things got so slow on one hunt this season I had to shoot a coot just to give my young dog some work.

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#6168310 - 02/03/16 04:19 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
Esh and Hattie Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 379
Loc: N Texas
Haha I've thought about it, the duck gods were watching though, the couple times I got itchy we got some action to hold us over.

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#6168361 - 02/03/16 04:43 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: kdub]
LarryCopper Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 4087
Loc: The Great State
Originally Posted By: kdub
Duck ninjas don't post pics.

yingyang

But on the other hand, they're very glad that others often do.
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#6168437 - 02/03/16 05:27 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
sallysue Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 2808
Loc: Belton Tx
Same here just didnt have the birds this year

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#6168444 - 02/03/16 05:33 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: kdub]
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 1682
Loc: North Tejas
Originally Posted By: kdub
Duck ninjas don't post pics.



They do when they can't stand all the posts aim
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#6168825 - 02/03/16 09:19 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: Greekangler]
LarryCopper Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 4087
Loc: The Great State
Originally Posted By: Greekangler
Originally Posted By: kdub
Duck ninjas don't post pics.

They do when they can't stand all the posts aim

Private land hunting pics don't count! stir
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#6168918 - 02/03/16 10:15 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
Guy Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 27343
Loc: Lake X
I prefer to look at it as the most challenging duck season ever vs the worst.

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#6168983 - 02/03/16 11:21 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: Guy]
Duck_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 10/30/14
Posts: 4745
Originally Posted By: Guy
I prefer to look at it as the most challenging duck season ever vs the worst.


Positivity. I like it.

Since you went all public this year, how did you do? Did you wish you had a lease at any point during this season? Did you scout well and did it pay off?

I did not have a successful season, based on bird count, but I had a safe one, I had fun, I learned a lot and I made a new hunting buddy.
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#6169005 - 02/03/16 11:56 PM Re: Worst duck season ever... [Re: yakinthebox]
jorge Offline
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Registered: 02/01/11
Posts: 4182
Loc: Lake Jackson, TX
Lower laguna was very good this year for reds and pintails and teal was good as well. If you ever wanna go lemme know. Im not a duck guide just public duck hunter.
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