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Sitting around and started thinking about how I started duck hunting last year and how difficult it was being the first year. Learning where to go and finding spots to hunt. So i thought I would help out the newer hunters who have always wanted to duck hunt but didn't know how to start. Thinking about making a guide about how to start and mark spots for hunting. What do y'all think

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I'm all for finding more spots lol


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Look at the sticky thread, and the first 2 links. That tells you how to find ducks and duck hunting spots.

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I havenít duck hunted in a while and would like some GPS coordinates to some good spots, close to the Metroplex.

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I heard this spot is legit! Easy access

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Lake Vinegrape was the hotspot last season

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Originally Posted by Guy
Look at the sticky thread, and the first 2 links. That tells you how to find ducks and duck hunting spots.


Yep. Between those two articles and the ones under "Published articles online related to Texas Public Hunting Lands" near the bottom of that page, it pretty much covers it. The rest of the links on that page with a few click-throughs will lead to information and rules for pretty much every public waterfowl hunting area in the state or at the very least to contact information of the controlling authority to contact. I will check the links and update them as season gets closer. It has cut way down on the lake naming posts and hopefully helped some people.

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I don't think you need to tell people where to hunt specifically. However giving some people some beginner tips is useful since everyone starts new at some point and we either learn from someone directly or we do it by trial and error.

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A one year fella teaching a no year fella. Seems like a great idea. Like a 17byear old teaching drivers Ed!

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A one year fella teaching a no year fella. Seems like a great idea. Like a 17byear old teaching drivers Ed!


So you're nominating yourself to help teach someone new?

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I don't think you need to tell people where to hunt specifically. However giving some people some beginner tips is useful since everyone starts new at some point and we either learn from someone directly or we do it by trial and error.

Newbies need to ask questions. I started ducking hunting 2003, pretty much self taught. Had a buddy show me my first spot, had a game warden show me my second spot. All the rest I found on my own. Joined this forum 2005, still very much a newbie, I asked a ton a questions, got a ton of answers and learned a hell of a lot, but never ones asked where to find ducks. First of all, I got to much pride for that, but if you don't like the "chase", the challenge of finding ducks on your own, you won't last long as duck hunter anyway, you will get tired of it. The duck hunters that just like to shoot come and go.

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A one year fella teaching a no year fella. Seems like a great idea. Like a 17byear old teaching drivers Ed!


So you're nominating yourself to help teach someone new?



No, I don't believe the articles about hunter numbers declining.

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I don't think you need to tell people where to hunt specifically. However giving some people some beginner tips is useful since everyone starts new at some point and we either learn from someone directly or we do it by trial and error.

Newbies need to ask questions. I started ducking hunting 2003, pretty much self taught. Had a buddy show me my first spot, had a game warden show me my second spot. All the rest I found on my own. Joined this forum 2005, still very much a newbie, I asked a ton a questions, got a ton of answers and learned a hell of a lot, but never ones asked where to find ducks. First of all, I got to much pride for that, but if you don't like the "chase", the challenge of finding ducks on your own, you won't last long as duck hunter anyway, you will get tired of it. The duck hunters that just like to shoot come and go.


I agree 100%

I don't believe you need to be told exactly where to hunt or have someone scout for you, that's the fun and adventure in hunting, is to find those spots on your own. I've been dove hunting for the last few years and just now want to pick up ducking. I have zero clue on what I am doing but I've been reading/watching and trying to self teach myself as much as possible and for the rest I've come on here to seek knowledge and maybe even find a hunting friend or two.

I don't expect someone to provide me with the places where to hunt but I am always humble for knowledge and help. If I get lucky, as you, to find someone to show me the ropes and teach me I am more then happy to put the work in but if not I will go trial and error.

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Originally Posted by Monster_Raxx
Sitting around and started thinking about how I started duck hunting last year and how difficult it was being the first year. Learning where to go and finding spots to hunt. So i thought I would help out the newer hunters who have always wanted to duck hunt but didn't know how to start. Thinking about making a guide about how to start and mark spots for hunting. What do y'all think



One aspect that new guys may not think of doing is just go out early and just sit , listen and watch the morning unfold with coffee in hand but no gun in hand. Boat is best but a yak or even walk in spots can be utilized. Bring solid glass to expand your view. Watch where birds are going and listen for gun shots. They need to understand they are hunting...as that is part of the whole game.

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Originally Posted by AustinBush
If I get lucky, as you, to find someone to show me the ropes and teach me

No I wasn't lucky and had someone show me the ropes and teach me, especially the scouting and finding the ducks.

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....Bring solid glass to expand your view. Watch where birds are going and listen for gun shots.....


Aka "Boom scouting". Late one Saturday morning while hunting Snipe around holes in a mud flat on a what had always been a poor duck hunting area I watched not one, not two, but three duck boats poling and pushing through the shallow timber to get to where I was Snipe hunting that morning. It was a great morning for Snipe hunting with lots of shooting on my part. I know for sure the closest boat watched me with binoculars for several minutes before working their way back to the main lake. I bet that place was packed with duck hunters the next weekend.

There is a great open shallow hole from what was once a giant beaver pond in the woods off the Bob that I sometimes hunt in high water years. It is overlooked by other hunters because you have to walk away from the lake to get to it and there is just enough brush in around it that it don't show up well on google earth. I never ever hunt it on weekend days due to boom scouters on that lake. Boom scouting I suppose can be utilized in a way that does not effect the hunters already there, but more often than not those that rely on boom scouting are more like competition hunters that will either make a plan to beat you to the hole the next morning or weekend, build a blind on it after you leave to claim it as their own, or worse set up just down wind of you.

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Originally Posted by Sniper John
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....Bring solid glass to expand your view. Watch where birds are going and listen for gun shots.....


Aka "Boom scouting". Late one Saturday morning while hunting Snipe around holes in a mud flat on a what had always been a poor duck hunting area I watched not one, not two, but three duck boats poling and pushing through the shallow timber to get to where I was Snipe hunting that morning. It was a great morning for Snipe hunting with lots of shooting on my part. I know for sure the closest boat watched me with binoculars for several minutes before working their way back to the main lake. I bet that place was packed with duck hunters the next weekend.

There is a great open shallow hole from what was once a giant beaver pond in the woods off the Bob that I sometimes hunt in high water years. It is overlooked by other hunters because you have to walk away from the lake to get to it and there is just enough brush in around it that it don't show up well on google earth. I never ever hunt it on weekend days due to boom scouters on that lake. Boom scouting I suppose can be utilized in a way that does not effect the hunters already there, but more often than not those that rely on boom scouting are more like competition hunters that will either make a plan to beat you to the hole the next morning or weekend, build a blind on it after you leave to claim it as their own, or worse set up just down wind of you.



I agree and I did not mean my words to imply newbies to go boom scout....but to learn where most of the other hunters are and use that knowledge in a positive way.

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I think it is bad manners to visit an area where one heard shooting while other hunters are there. Having said that, I would not be honest if I didn't say I have taken note of shotgun noise and gone to scout the area some other day. If I see them at the launch and they appear to have a steady honey hole, I will leave it alone for this season. If it appeared to be a one time hunt, I may move in on it. The next year is a reset in my book. New season scouting is a clean slate and if I can scout it and get there before others I will. So, in a sense I do boom scout but it isn't my primary method. There are other ways to determine if a place has been heavily hunted without hearing the shots. Still, best method is to watch where the ducks come from and go to.


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Didn't you ask this same question on a Facebook group? Pretty sure you argued with everyone that suggested you either shouldn't do it, or wait until you are more seasoned

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This is why I pick up every empty shotgun shell I see...whether I shot it or it was there when I got there...it makes it just a little tougher to pinpoint the spots I hunt.


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Originally Posted by jnd59
I think it is bad manners to visit an area where one heard shooting while other hunters are there.

That is ridiculous. Its part of the game, bring your 3 barney friends to a duck hole and shoot 200 rounds you are gonna give away your spot. When I'm on a lake, I know all spots, I know where all the gun fire is coming from. Keep your shots to a minimum or I will be there.

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This is why I pick up every empty shotgun shell I see...whether I shot it or it was there when I got there...it makes it just a little tougher to pinpoint the spots I hunt.


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