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#6997114 - 12/14/17 10:38 PM Very basic Duck hunting questions.....
Roll-Tide Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 4863
Sorry if this is basic, but I don't know jack about duck hunting.

Scenario, been hunting deer and my set up is close to a pond. I watch duck come and go all day. Think I saw a hawk get one today.

When I check my camera I always scare them up.

Do I need a stamp of some sort to hunt duck?

When is the season?

Daily limit or season limit?

Any duck? Any to avoid?

12 gauge I suppose, with what shot?


Thanks.....sorry for such basic questions....

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#6997142 - 12/14/17 11:30 PM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
Dave Speer Offline


Registered: 12/27/07
Posts: 4710
Loc: Austin
Here you can find the zones (different parts of the state have different seasons, but it's not as complicated as county-by-county deer)

https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/regs/animals/duck

You can also find the bag limits, they're kind of complicated for ducks, in general you can usually shoot up to 6 a day, if you have the right species coming to your decoys. There isn't a season limit like deer.

Right now, because we've passed "the split" in all zones, statewide is open until Jan 28.

You have to stop shooting at SUNSET, not 30 minutes after like deer. You can shoot 30 minutes before sunrise.

Get steel shotgun shells in 2, 3, or 4 shot size.

You need to be HIP certified (free) and you need a federal duck stamp on your license (not free). You can get all that online at TPWD.

You're probably better off going with an experienced hunter your first time if you can get them on your property, because of the complicated bag limits. Also because they'll have the decoys, etc and know how to hide and when to shoot.

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#6997378 - 12/15/17 08:37 AM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
Ol_Yeller Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 11/04/10
Posts: 1018
Loc: Palo Pinto
I'd be happy to come out and give you a hand w/your pond if you're not too far away. I've got deeks, dog, etc.
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#6997419 - 12/15/17 09:03 AM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
Barny Topwater Online   content
red bone Bob

Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 3416
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
Don't forget the state duck stamp
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#6997468 - 12/15/17 09:40 AM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
Hopedale Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 6087
Loc: Central Texas
Do you have a corn feeder within a 100 yards of where you're seeing the birds?

Big no no to hunt anywhere there is bait on the ground.

And even a 100 yards may not be far enough a way. Best shoot me a PM and I'll come out to check on it for you.
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#6997502 - 12/15/17 10:00 AM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
mdryg1970 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/16
Posts: 188
Loc: Fort Worth
Tide, make sure to be able to identify what you shoot. Bag limits can be confusing because you can only have so many of certain species within your daily bag limit.
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#6997855 - 12/15/17 02:38 PM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
BDB Offline
Tracker

Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 775
Loc: Mesquite
download duck unlimited app on your phone. When you shoot the first duck or two you can look and see what kind they are. You don't need anything but shotgun and shells plus your lisence and stamps. If there coming and going all day don't worry about calls or decoys. Hide well and TAK'EM when they come in!

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#6997904 - 12/15/17 03:07 PM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
Sniper John Online   happy
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Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16805
Loc: North Texas
A must for any new duck hunter. and some old ones too.
Spiral bound $5.23 with prime. And you can get it before christmas.
https://www.amazon.com/Waterfowl-Identification-LeMaster-Method-Richard/dp/0811729826/

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#6997963 - 12/15/17 03:44 PM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Sniper John]
Bucks and Ducks Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 3853
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Sniper John
A must for any new duck hunter. and some old ones too.
Spiral bound $5.23 with prime. And you can get it before christmas.
https://www.amazon.com/Waterfowl-Identification-LeMaster-Method-Richard/dp/0811729826/



x2 on the book, helped me when I first started
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#6998160 - 12/15/17 06:07 PM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
BradyBuck Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5738
Loc: Abilene, TX
Don't forget the teal tags guys!
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#6998644 - 12/16/17 09:20 AM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: BradyBuck]
Hopedale Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 6087
Loc: Central Texas
Originally Posted By: BradyBuck
Don't forget the teal tags guys!


Not needed on your fist season. When he get's his stamp TPWD will see he's not purchased the federal stamp before.
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#6999126 - 12/16/17 07:14 PM Re: Very basic Duck hunting questions..... [Re: Roll-Tide]
uplandhunter Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/08/17
Posts: 44
it should be a big no no to have Roll Tide in your username
as well....they did get spanked pretty good by the Auburn
Tigers

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