Where would you setup?

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Where would you setup?

Postby jmill9 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:46 am

Hello all!

I am very new to duck hunting. I recently started goose hunting this year and since I have tomorrow off I want to go after some ducks. I have mallards and woodies mostly. I have a 12 ft flat bottom I am planning on taking out with a doz mallard decoys. My plan is to get into some cover or setup on an island with decoys in the shallows. What spot would you hunt? A) closest spot and at this time of year the water is shallow but offers an out of the wind "bay". B) again out of the wind as the wind is coming from the south tomorrow, a little more open and seems like more cover off of the main river. or C) a point off the main river some decoys in the shallows with some out in the deep. The wind will becoming from the south (bottom of page). I have no clue where to setup.

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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby kbooger » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:36 am

I'd say C. But each one will give you an education on if it is a good spot. But you might have to chase ducks down if the river has a good current so maybe A or B might be better.
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby jmill9 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:48 am

kbooger wrote:I'd say C. But each one will give you an education on if it is a good spot. But you might have to chase ducks down if the river has a good current so maybe A or B might be better.


I didn't think about the current. I'm leaning more towards B as it is more open from the direction of approach and I wouldn't have to worry about current there.
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby SPatrick » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:44 am

Which one are the ducks going to?
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby UpSouth811 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:08 pm

SPatrick wrote:Which one are the ducks going to?

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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby cwsmith » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:00 pm

Regardless of which place you go make sure to budget some recon time to scout for where birds are really wanting to be during the day.

That said, looking at your map as if I were scouting it I would be wanting to check out something where that main channel starts to split into fingers in the south.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby LETEMWORK21 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:03 pm

I'd set up on c but on the south side of that island
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby cwsmith » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:10 pm

sorry, could not see the letters on there very well as i am red/green colorblind :rolleyes: anyway C is the spot I was describing. anywhere around there with enough cover for a blind but still lets you see as close to 360 degrees as possible.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby BBK » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:40 am

C with a chase boat/canoe to go get your birds.

We hunt a small river like that, we shoot more birds than any of the guys around us hunting the backwaters. They beat us out on woodies early, but then they all go silent as we bang away at the mallards and mediums.
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby jmill9 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:52 am

UPDATE: I setup in spot A. I had quite a few circle but, I could not finish them. I think I needed a better back drop. However, I found out that they are dropping into this little hole to the east of me. I'm skipping out of work early today as it is suppose to be windy with rain this afternoon. The yellow seems like the birds most common flight paths and the X is where they are diving into. Also, there were several flocks of geese in the area. Once I get this spot figured out I believe I will be able to seal the deal on some birds.

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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby kbooger » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:03 am

Let us know how it goes, that little island looks decent right next to the X :yes:
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Re: Where would you setup?

Postby xtrema13 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:24 am

Looks good. I would make sure you get tucked into the trees. Because concealment is #1.
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