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#6986366 - 12/07/17 04:34 AM Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season?
Bluesea112 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/13/10
Posts: 188
Loc: West, TX
I hunt public water in North Central Texas and this is the worse season I have ever had. I cannot find ducks on any of the lakes or rivers I hunt.
The first half of the season is always bad, and I have come to expect that. However, it usually gets better after the split. This year it has remained bad after the 2nd half opener. I have hunted every lake, puddle, river, and creek I know and there are no birds anywhere. I am almost burned out and ready to throw in the towel. This season sucks.

Am I the only one who cannot locate the birds, or are you guys having the same problem?

I wish they would wait until Thanksgiving to start duck season. Early November is just to early for the birds to be here.

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#6986403 - 12/07/17 06:32 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
BradyBuck Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5561
Loc: Abilene, TX
I hunt in the Abilene area and opening day is usually our best hunt of the year.

Not sure about the public water you are hunting. In general i feel like most people are having better than average seasons so far in most areas.

Sorry to hear about your luck so far. You seeing any ducks on stock tanks in the area?

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#6986472 - 12/07/17 07:28 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
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Registered: 09/06/17
Posts: 86
the big push has not happened yet... South Dakota will be freezing up within the next couple days unless it already has.
Kansas and Oklahoma will be the place to be for the next couple of weeks..

But we have been having a good season so far. It seems that birds are alot more skittish this season, but the numbers are here.


Edited by WreakinHavoc (12/07/17 07:48 AM)

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#6986523 - 12/07/17 07:58 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 1678
Loc: North Tejas
waterfowl here have been highly concentrated you find the food you’ll find the ducks. We have had the best first half ever lots of big ducks early as well.

There’s a lot of waterfowl staging south of the red river in North Texas right now should be a good weekend
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#6986526 - 12/07/17 07:58 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: WreakinHavoc]
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 1678
Loc: North Tejas
Originally Posted By: WreakinHavoc
the big push has not happened yet... South Dakota will be freezing up within the next couple days unless it already has.
Kansas and Oklahoma will be the place to be for the next couple of weeks..

But we have been having a good season so far. It seems that birds are alot more skittish this season, but the numbers are here.


The big push no but we had a major push the first week of November and many of the birds stayed. Because of the lack of wind and cloudy days I have shrunk my decoy spreads by half an added more motion this has helped tremendously


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#6986591 - 12/07/17 08:41 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: WreakinHavoc]
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Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 108
Originally Posted By: WreakinHavoc
the big push has not happened yet... South Dakota will be freezing up within the next couple days unless it already has.
Kansas and Oklahoma will be the place to be for the next couple of weeks..

But we have been having a good season so far. It seems that birds are alot more skittish this season, but the numbers are here.



This is my first year hunting public around NTX. It is slow but we see a fair amount of ducks every time we go out. The problem is that the birds who are around have been around for a while and know exactly where to avoid. It just hasn't been cold enough up north to push new birds down yet. Hopefully this freeze hitting up north will bring some in.

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#6986683 - 12/07/17 09:30 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
Triple7 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 03/06/13
Posts: 182
Bad season for me currently. I hope this weeks cold fronts will help to push some down.

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#6986687 - 12/07/17 09:32 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
CleerCreekDC Offline
Tracker

Registered: 03/03/08
Posts: 529
We have only had 2 bad hunts out of about 10. Our best hunt was sat after the split. Our worst hunt was yesterday... only killing two ducks.

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#6986717 - 12/07/17 09:46 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 4084
Loc: The Great State
2/3 of my hunts have been hi fenced ducks. Limits each time and holding lots of ducks all season so far... will only get better.

The other third on public was not bad. The only one that sucked was when I went to a walk in place... a loooooong walk in. I don't go there to scout first, I figure I'd scout on the hunt. Well, literally 5 minutes AFTER LST I see a headlamp coming my way. Well over an hour after LST here comes a couple of other guys. I packed up and left, prolly won't go back.
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#6986793 - 12/07/17 10:18 AM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
Erichugh22 Online   content
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 2411
Loc: Duck blind
It's been awful around my parts. Birds I scout seem to leave overnight and never show the next morning.
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#6987021 - 12/07/17 12:19 PM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
RiverRunner Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 382
Loc: Texas
All public for us so far...haven't hunted quite as hard as normal with only 7 hunts to date.

Finding birds has not been a problem...3 of our hunts were South Zone and the remainder were around N TX. Very few teal for us this year, but lots of Gadwall and Mallards are around in decent numbers.

Averaging about 4 birds/person per hunt.

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#6987048 - 12/07/17 12:37 PM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
Wytex Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/07/16
Posts: 271
Loc: Wyoming
We're starting to freeze up up here so be patient. Our last push left a while ago and haven't had any new birds down yet but with temps hovering around 20 during the day and down to single digits at night the freeze up is coming fast. I found 3 greenwing teal last weekend and that was it, on an open creek. Still water is already partially frozen. The Dakotas and Canada should be sending some birds down soon.

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#6987143 - 12/07/17 01:45 PM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 11614
Loc: Lewisville, TX
With the warmer and sunny weather I've hunted in lately, (Stephens County near Breckenridge, TX), it's been slow. A few weeks ago it was hot and heavy when it was colder with some clouds. I hunted last weekend, and it was sunny and warm and I was sweating in my waders. We had only 2 groups of duck think about landing, which they did not come in. We left without firing a shot. Now that the cold weather has come in, I will certainly go duck hunting again, and it should be much better. Some of the guys are going this weekend, so I'll get another report after this weekend.
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#6987190 - 12/07/17 02:16 PM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Wytex]
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Registered: 09/06/17
Posts: 86
Originally Posted By: Wytex
We're starting to freeze up up here so be patient. Our last push left a while ago and haven't had any new birds down yet but with temps hovering around 20 during the day and down to single digits at night the freeze up is coming fast. I found 3 greenwing teal last weekend and that was it, on an open creek. Still water is already partially frozen. The Dakotas and Canada should be sending some birds down soon.


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#6987304 - 12/07/17 03:37 PM Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112]
Aggieduck Offline
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Registered: 07/27/10
Posts: 2350
Loc: TX
Yes, its been my worst season on public so far. I have hunted public hard since 2007 and its by far been the toughest to find birds of any amount. if i find em they are in groups of about 6-8 and make it tough to hunt due to low water and pressure. i have 4 main public lakes and they all are slim on birds.
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