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River Hunting

Postby bp64 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:57 pm

I have never hunted on a river before but I am interested in doing so. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to set up? Do I set up right on the main stream? Or do I have to find some backwater where there's less or no current? I've got a 10' boat, waders, and dekes but other than that I'm pretty clueless on rivers so any help would be appreciated.
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Re: River Hunting

Postby dmadden7070 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:11 pm

You can kill ducks in the main stream or in the side waters. It just depends on the situation. If the river comes up and runs into the woods or smaller water, scout that out the day before because it may hold ducks. When it's really cold and fields freeze up the main channel can get ducks because it's the only open water. Scouting is key. In my experience if there are enough ducks flying the river you can scratch out a few almost anywhere.
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Re: River Hunting

Postby bp64 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:16 pm

Will the birds decoy into your spread on the river or is it more pass shooting?
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Re: River Hunting

Postby dmadden7070 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:34 pm

I've never had a problem with them decoying where we hunt. It's not a huge river or anything. Probably 50 yards across. We ran one line across the river with a weight in the middle so boats could pass over and a decoy every 5 ft or so on the line. we also run a few lines down parallel to the sides or tied off in the middle to a tree. corners make tying side lines a lot easier.
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Re: River Hunting

Postby bp64 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:44 pm

I'll have to try that out. I was thinking the same thing about one line with multiple decoys. Thanks for the info
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Re: River Hunting

Postby dmadden7070 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:07 pm

Glad to help
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Re: River Hunting

Postby Takeem406 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:45 pm

It can be good if everything is solid froze.
I live on the Missouri and started ducking on it. Its almost a waste if time anymore with great fields to hunt and no dog.
However if its insanely cold its a great duck shoot. Then if you can find a place without any sky busting idiots its even better!

Find a slough or a calm part and set out some dekes. If you can we use full body geese on a sandbar and shell bodies.

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Re: River Hunting

Postby daffy... » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:59 pm

In my river the best set up is to put deeks horizontal, single file in front of you about 10 feet apart. Then I put two about 20 feet further out and about a third of the way from the top decoy. Here they'll land right behind those two and swim over to rest
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