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swamp question

Postby mk3vento97 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:37 am

Hello, this is my first year duck hunting. I have a swamp in central pa that im not sure how to go about.
Its 30 yrds away from a back rd, it has brush and trees around it as well. Now my question is. There is no moving water, so the top of the water it is covered with little green seeds. And the water is about 3 ft deep
How should I go about this?
Is this a spot ducks might be interested in?
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Re: swamp question

Postby tornadochaser » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:15 am

You'l know if it's a spot ducks like if you see ducks using it.:grin:

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Re: swamp question

Postby mk3vento97 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:23 am

Should the seed cover be cleaned off the top of the marsh?
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Re: swamp question

Postby Wobbling Wings Waterfowling » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:45 am

Hey we can find out together wether its a good spot ;) sinde i live in PA. LOL. JUST KIDDIN MAN. I assume you mean watercrest (i think thats how its spelled??) Anyways like he said do some scouting and check it out as much as you can. Seems like a good wooduck hole and prob some tel and llards visit it too sometimes. How big is it? And dont clean the stuff off the top, thats duck food!
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swamp question

Postby pymy hunter » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:01 am

The green stuff on top is called duck weed (wonder why). Depending on the size of the hole like was said woodies, teal and mallards this time of year will be in it. Come later season all other puddle ducks will start hitting it as we'll.

Here's 12 from yesterday out of a swamp that's sounds like something you got in nw pa. Hole is 30yds wide by 40yds long and covered in duck weed (look at most of the ducks and my blind bag and you'll see the duck weed)

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There was, 2 hen mallards, drake black duck, a hen and 3 drake woodies, 4 green wing teal and a gadwall that was forgot in the canoe.
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Re: swamp question

Postby mk3vento97 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:07 am

Its a smaller hole maybe 30 ft by 50 ft.
Its in Lancaster, u really wanna come check it out?
I dont care
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Re: swamp question

Postby mk3vento97 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:16 am

So even though I cant see the water its that covered, I should leave it all there?
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swamp question

Postby pymy hunter » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:09 am

That's how it was where we were hunting. Actually there was some open water at the left side of the hole and every bird wanted to land in the middle of the duck weed.
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Re: swamp question

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:33 am

It must be different in each region. One of the few places to find wood ducks in Utah where I hunt got taken over by this stuff. There is a little bit of open water on the edge. I have yet to see a duck swim through it. They all pack in the places you can see water. I've seen youtube videos of people setting up in this stuff and they kill ducks and geese. I'd give it a try.
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Re: swamp question

Postby CutEm214 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:51 am

Throw out a dozen or so decoys and rig a few in the middle onto a jerk string...as you pull the string it will break that duck weed up some in your landing zone and give the birds a place to focus. As far as whether ducks traffic through there, only scouting/hunting can tell you that.
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Re: swamp question

Postby mk3vento97 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:40 pm

Now here in central Pa we dont have really any duck migrators yet, just locals. Ive seen singles and a few packs as big as 5
Come around. How many decoys would You throw out and does it matter if they r all mallards or shuold I put woodies out as well.
I have 2 doz drake 1 doz woodies.
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Re: swamp question

Postby tywhite87 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:19 pm

Being that small of a hole I wouldn't use more than a dozen decoys (maybe a dozen and a half). A jerk rig will do well for you.

Here is a beaver pond that I hunt that is always loaded with duck weed, the picture is from last year (unfortunately there is barely any water in it this year so I don't know if I'll get to hunt it) but I killed plenty of ducks in it just the way it is. Some nights I didn't even bother with decoys and the birds were still dropping in just fine.

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Re: swamp question

Postby renegadeduck » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:17 am

hunt a few decoys with alot of motion. the weasel ball trick would work well. i probably would take 4 reg decoys with atleast 2 shaker decoys plus a jerk string. flat water is horrible another option is to throw a large stick in the water when the ducks are close enough to see and hear you but arnt staring you down yet. we do this alot makes a loud splash that the ducks hear and head straight for.
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Re: swamp question

Postby mk3vento97 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:01 am

Sounds good. Thanks guys
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