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#6618863 - 01/05/17 10:38 PM duck hunt help-newbie!
lubbockdave Online   content
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Registered: 02/18/07
Posts: 1226
Loc: lubbock tx
Just booked out first duck hunt, ever-hired a guide-guide said to bring duck stamp, #2 steel shot, and waders if we can get some. Dude, I am excited but really have very little clue on what else to bring-any suggestions? and with a 20 gauge be enough gun? how many shells? a case? what do i look for in a pair of waders? I am guessing they need to be a size too big to allow for warm clothing? and what is a good % to tip? any other suggestions?

God help the poor guides who end up with the four of us!!!

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#6618868 - 01/05/17 10:48 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
nate33 Offline
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Registered: 11/16/16
Posts: 232
It will take at least a case of shells

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#6618876 - 01/05/17 10:59 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: nate33]
lubbockdave Online   content
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Registered: 02/18/07
Posts: 1226
Loc: lubbock tx
Originally Posted By: nate33
It will take at least a case of shells
what are you trying to say wink HAHAHA!! prolly bring 2 cases just to be safe!

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#6618877 - 01/05/17 11:01 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
Jbell99 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/15
Posts: 195
Loc: Texas, Harris county
Yes a 20 gauge will be enough a 12 gauge is preferred but a 20 gauge will definitely do the job. Since it's your first time I would recommend taking three boxes of shells, I normally take two boxes with me but since it's your first time your probably going to rush shots.
You don't have to have it but I recommend a mask it helps a lot exapecially if your in the cold and windy ( you want both)
As for waders if you think it's something you will only do once then buy the cheapos at academy go one size larger in the boot, if you think your going to be hunting a lot look into the better waders banded or drake I'm slowly switching everything over to drake gear.
Best advice I can give you is be patient wait for the guide to tell you to shoot and don't rush your self and don't rush the shots.
I tip 20% per person most of the times sometimes more don't tip based on success tip more of the guides working hard calling a lot and really trying to work the birds and some guides will pre set out decoys I tip those types of guides more
Also be prepared to get addicted and have fun!

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#6618881 - 01/05/17 11:07 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: nate33]
Hopedale Offline
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Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 5942
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: nate33
It will take at least a case of shells


2 boxes is plenty.

Get some wool-blend socks.
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#6618893 - 01/05/17 11:22 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
Kilo11 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/16
Posts: 92
Once you see birds, be sure not to let them out of your sight. Keep your head up and on a swivel at all times.


Edited by Kilo11 (01/05/17 11:45 PM)

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#6618902 - 01/05/17 11:38 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
brandon f Offline
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Registered: 12/02/08
Posts: 805
Loc: Tyler
Look with your eyes, not your entire head. Less movement in the blind with 5 people will be critical.

I would agree on the 3 boxes of #2 shells with a 20 gauge. Get inexpensive waders. I think the Game Winners at Academy are $40-$50.

Have $200-$300 set aside for a taxidermy mount if you want something cool to remember this first hunt.

Tip your guide well and ask lots of questions. Excellent learning experience for you with a guide. They usually like to talk anyways.

Have fun and post pictures for us when you get back.

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#6618947 - 01/06/17 04:31 AM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
JKib Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/16/16
Posts: 41
Academy has their waders all 50% off

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#6619048 - 01/06/17 07:32 AM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
oilag Online   content
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Registered: 11/14/12
Posts: 473
Loc: Houston, TX
All great advice (with the exception of the first two haha). You already have the right idea - ask questions, be helpful, and be willing to learn. Cant ask for more than that with a newb. Good luck and post some pics after your hunt!

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#6619069 - 01/06/17 07:40 AM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
rickym Online   content
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5184
Loc: texas
Tip probably 20% depends what you feel is right and what you can afford
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#6619285 - 01/06/17 09:50 AM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
Spacemonkey Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 1203
Loc: North Texas
Take you a pair of warm gloves you can effectively shoot in. A Camera, face mask,

I've never since day 1 of duck hunting ever used more than a box of shells in a day. Your only allowed 6 birds a day. Take an extra box just to be safe since it's your first duck hunt.

My best advice would be to go to the range and shoot some clays a few days prior if you haven't shot in a while. I think this is something that MOST hunters neglect to do, and would save them some frustration and missed shots...... And so many wasted boxes of shells. Also, You don't need all the fancy gadgets and bells and whistles they sell at the shops to be a successful waterfowler

Most of all just enjoy it and have fun. It is addictive!

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#6619303 - 01/06/17 10:02 AM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
Woodlands Water Turkey Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/24/16
Posts: 22
Just listen to your guide and do what he tells you. He will show you the ropes.

Just remember, Safety is the most important thing. Watch your barrel at all times and dont take that safety off until you are raising to shoot. Nothing more nerve racking then hiring "click, click" coming from the other end of the blind when the birds are still 300 yards out.


Edited by Woodlands Water Turkey (01/06/17 10:02 AM)

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#6619508 - 01/06/17 11:59 AM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: lubbockdave]
MS1454 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 2881
Loc: Houston/Sealy
Make sure your gun is plugged, you need migratory stamp as well?, A couple of boxes should be enough for a beginner.
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#6619607 - 01/06/17 12:57 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: Kilo11]
huntwest Online   content
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Registered: 09/17/10
Posts: 2003
Loc: Albany
Originally Posted By: Kilo11
Once you see birds, be sure not to let them out of your sight. Keep your head up and on a swivel at all times.


Guy comes on here and asks an honest question and this is what he gets?
OP don't listen to this keep your face down until guide says to shoot.

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#6619654 - 01/06/17 01:17 PM Re: duck hunt help-newbie! [Re: huntwest]
Kilo11 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/16/16
Posts: 92
Originally Posted By: huntwest
Originally Posted By: Kilo11
Once you see birds, be sure not to let them out of your sight. Keep your head up and on a swivel at all times.


Guy comes on here and asks an honest question and this is what he gets?
OP don't listen to this keep your face down until guide says to shoot.


Relax. It was tongue-in-cheek. His question was about what to bring, etc, and that part got covered pretty well. Actions in the blind will be covered by the guide, so that'll be taken care of.

OP, good luck on your hunt. You'll have a blast. And yes, be still and keep your face down until the birds are in close and it's time to shoot. Birds can see movement and your shiny face from a long ways away.

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