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Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? #6986366
12/07/17 10:34 AM
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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.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6986403
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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?

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6986472
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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.

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Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6986523
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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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Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: WreakinHavoc] #6986526
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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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Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: WreakinHavoc] #6986591
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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.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6986683
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Bad season for me currently. I hope this weeks cold fronts will help to push some down.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6986687
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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.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6986717
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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.


Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6986793
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It's been awful around my parts. Birds I scout seem to leave overnight and never show the next morning.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6987021
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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.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6987048
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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.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6987143
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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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Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Wytex] #6987190
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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.


Where are you located??

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6987304
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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.


Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6987550
12/08/17 12:31 AM
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I've heard mixed reports, but for the most part, the folks getting a few are having travel. And work for the birds.



Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6987581
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Opposed to what im seeing alot of people say here, this season has been one of my best yet on public land. I've hunted almost every day of the First Split and every day of the Second split so far and only been skunked once. Like it was said earlier the ducks are on a mission for food. I'm in CTX and with the water being so low, if you find food, you'll find the ducks! Put some miles on the truck and dont give up!

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Here in central Texas all our lakes and rivers have been full or flooded the last couple years so all the vegetation has been killed. Now all the lakes are down several feet and it's just sticks and mud. Can't find any flooded grass or seeds or anything. That's making it hard to hold birds. The places that have them have a lot of them but the majority of the public stuff around here is sucking this season.

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Have had some good hunts and bad ones. This my best and only mallard limit, sorry for the hen Judd. loser8


Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6987697
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Thank you for the replies. I am glad to know that I am not the only one not seeing ducks in my area. By my area I mean public water within a 90 minute drive of Waco in every direction. At least I know it is not something I am doing wrong. I envy you guys who are seeing birds in other parts of Texas.
It is finally cold here in the Waco area. We are getting our first freeze tonight. Maybe things will pick up soon.

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Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6989644
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I'm having the worst season so far of my 4 years of duck hunting. That said I took 2 limits and 1 bird each in the 4 days I've hunted this week. It has been tougher but seems to be getting better. All public.

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6989848
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We are slowly getting them here but they don't want decoy in for some reason

Re: Is anybody else having a hard time finding ducks this season? [Re: Bluesea112] #6992162
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Just my 2nd year to duck hunt, but had only been seeing 2 - 4 birds each time until Saturday. Must've had 40 - 50 come right over me 10 - 20 minutes before shooting time, and then 2 mallards and one ringneck afterwards. Frustrating for sure, but just glad to be seeing ducks finally!

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Shot 3 birds in 7 days of hunting..... I'm frustrated and irritated. Those three were passing by too..nothing is decoying. Oh and one was a spooner. I quit.

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