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Postby Wilsona018 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:43 pm

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Postby Swamp Puppy » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:59 pm

well, the name of the game is to stay warm and dry. since that won't happen no matter what you buy, here are some things that will at least help. heh heh heh.

Waders. chest high and preferably with around 1000 grams of thinsulate
Jacket - waterproof and camoflage
gloves - neoprene are what i use
hat - again, try to get something that will keep your head dry and warm. camo headgear is important.

i like to wear fleece as an underlayer. IMHO you just can't beat it for keeping warm.
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Postby take em' 77 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:06 pm

:withstupid: make sure you stay warm... being cold can really make hunting tough
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:46 pm

I like what Swamps said,

But one thing to consider, If you have a dog, or will not have to "wade" in the water, then you dont need to fork out the money for a set of waders.

I dont need to, so I got some waterproof camo pants. They are alot cheeper, work fine if you hunt like me, and are more comforatable :thumbsup:

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Postby bullet » Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:58 pm

First of all, what state are you from and what kind of areas do you plan to hunt. shallow water; you'll either need hip or chest waders. deep water :you'll need a dog or a boat. Fields :neither, but youll need a blind set-up. Decoys are a must. Learn how to call. Does your dad take you out? You can get most everything you need on e-bay, if you have to. Anyway just give us a lil more info so we can better set you up
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:00 pm

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More info would help us help you better! :thumbsup:
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Postby Greg Wile » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:16 pm

As has already been stated the main things to think about are staying warm and dry. Look at how and where you plan to hunt, these two things will dictate what type of clothing you need to have. Do you or the folks you are going to hunt with have a retreiver? or a boat/canoe? This will also help in deciding what you will need in the way of waders or no waders. Look at the where, when, and how of your hunting and it will make things much simpler. Good luck! :thumbsup:
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Postby bullet » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:18 pm

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... eName=WDVW
Just did a wader search and depending on shoe size there's plenty Something like the ones above would be a good overall. I hunt shallow ponds and use hip waders 90% of the time. But if I was to own only one pair I'd go chest waders.
Remember even w/ a retriever dog you still have to set up decoys.
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Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:55 pm

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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Mon Jul 11, 2005 9:18 pm

kiwismakebetterlovers wrote:Merino underwear! :thumbsup:


Pfffft!

Who wears underwear anyways....... :hammering:


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kiwismakebetterlovers wrote:Merino underwear! :thumbsup:


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Postby Wilsona018 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:36 pm

yea sorry i left out all the details...well i live in NC so ill be hunting around here, DUCK HUNTING! I WANA GET ME SOME GREEN! haha but probably pamilco sound, or lake mattamuskeet. i do have a dog, its half Labrador and half Poodle, some people call um Labradoodles its a new breed....but ill tell you what she is just about the smartest dog ive ever seen, she absolutly loves the water and retrieving! and she does just about as good or better than most hunting dogs ive seen and shes only 11 months old. but anyways ill probably be hunting around NC. if anyone knows of any other places in NC that i could duck hunt in please let me know. also thanks so much for all the tips and help...please keep helping me out and giving me advise, i can use all youve got.

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Postby tstrong » Wed Jul 13, 2005 7:29 pm

Just get the essientals. You'll figure the rest out. Try to get out into the feild more before you really get the FEVER!
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Postby mjlduckman » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:30 pm

The most important thing i tell new hunters is, Cotton Kills, stay away from cotton made clothes for hunting. Always wear liner socks under wool, and depending on the time of year, there's all thicknesses of wool socks. Dress in layers, first layer armor, polypro, silk, then fleece or wool and then a good waterproof outer layer. You can tailor your clothes to the weather in any area with layering. Also do a dress rehersal prior to the season, put everything on and shoot a round of Sporting clays and see the difference it makes and then make your adjustments.
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Postby cast-n-blast » Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:22 am

Listen to mjlduckman, polypropelyene socks are a must under wool or smart wool. Keep your feet dry and warm because when you're sitting in a cold *** blind, the only thing worse than having cold feet, is not feeling your feet cause they're on the threshhold of frostbite. That & drinking too much coffe and having to take a $heet in the freezing wind when the birds are working the deeks! Look for 5mm neoprene waders if you hunt late season with thinsulate boots built in. 4 in 1 wading jackets are also nice to have.
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Postby Gooseboy » Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:27 pm

Chest High Waders

Jacket

Long Johns, or Under Armor

Gloves

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Shells

Headgear

Decoys

Duck Call
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Postby duckdog » Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:21 pm

Don't take much gear to shoot duck's. Sure all the spendy wader's, and coat's are nice, but not needed. If your hunting on a budget like me, than you don't need alot. I wear pro line hip boot's- $30.00, a Carhart coat- $50.00, whatever camo hat the kid's have'nt stolen-$5.00. All depend's on how you handle the cold, don't know how bad it get's in North Carilina, but where I am from, it can get pertty cold at the end of November, and this stuff work's fine for me. I would love to have $200 waders, and coat, and all the fancy stuff. Maybe some day when I'm older, and can'y tolerate the cold I will. Start out small, and see what you need! Good luck! Remeber duck's don't care how much your coat cost, just as long as it hide's you from them!
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Postby ks_waterfowler » Sun Jul 17, 2005 9:40 pm

The hodgman outlet store is offering the flat rate of 7.50 shipping again. I bought some of their bibs for $23 last night. If I needed more waders I would've bought some more stuff too.
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Postby puddlerjumper » Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:51 pm

If you have some extra money lying around you won't regret spending it. After going cheap and buying some sixty dollar stockingfoot waders, I realized how bad of a mistake that was. I folded em up, put em in a box, and haven't had them out since. I bought a set of cabelas ultimate armor flex waders with 5mm armor flex neoprene and 1000 grams of insulation in the boot. Got these for 129.99. After having a really bad experience with my woolrich walmart coat, I forked over some dough for a Columbia Duck Club Wigeon. It was 149.99 at cabelas. Never use cotton thermals. Cotton does not wick moisture and does not dry fast. I always use synthetic thermals. Heck, I've used my fleece wader pants for thermals under my bibs. I have some cabelas duofold thermals that I wear when it's super super cold. I layer them with my fleece. I picked up 3 pairs of Redhead Gore-Tex Camo insulated gloves for 5.99 a pair that were normally 15 bucks a pair. They have slim trigger finger. They are great. For socks, I use some super heavy weight merino wool "Outfitter" socks. I plan on buying some polypropylene liner socks to help wick moisture. If that doesnt keep you warm buy the footwarmers with adhesives. Stick em in your fleece wader liner pants pockets. It helps circulation. I have a black Polartec Fleece jacket from cabelas that I wear under my Trap vest at competitions. Man that thing is warm. This year, I am taking the liner out of my parka and zipping the fleece jacket into it. I already tried it and it works. Let's just see how warm and dry it keeps me. Hopefully it will do the job. For headgear you don't need much. I used a neck gaiter and it worked. It was the one from avery with the ear flaps. But, you don't really need it, all I ever used for ducks and geese was a fleece stocking cap that was 9 bucks at mackspw, and one of those DU Legion hats. When it really get's to raining or if the sun is shining a lot, I just put my boonie hat on over my stocking cap and it keeps the rain off and puts a shadow over your face. I probably have somethings that I don't NEED, but I feel better knowing that I have invested time to research and money to have good gear. I love my waders, and I love my jacket, I didn't talk much about my bibs. The are just a no-name brand from academy that have served me well for about 4 seasons now. They could be better, but they do the job and keep me warm. I plan on retiring them at christmas :yes: . Overall, I have one of the most comfortable setups around, and being comfortable can make a bad day turn good. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get good gear, and you don't need to if you are just getting into it, but at some point or another, you will buy something nice and it will serve you for a long time, and you'll realize you get what you pay for in ALMOST all situations. I hope I helped.
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Postby kms399 » Wed Jul 27, 2005 7:24 pm

one thing i havent heard mentioned yet is a face mask. i wear a net in the early season and a fleece lined one when it gets really cold. i always chuckle when i see people sitting in their blind in full camo and you see this big white face shinning in the sun. just my .02
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