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Opening Day 2009

Postby Erich_870 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:15 am

Well, how did everyone do?

We still have two weeks to wait down here in SE. How did the Anchorage crowd do?

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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby LaRedneck » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:49 am

No crap, i'm out this season so I got caught up in when college football starts and I totally forgot about opening day. Soooooo were waiting.
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby waldo2382 » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:11 am

Well, I started this shift at work on September 1st and was originally scheduled for nights which would leave me most of the day to hunt. Last minute changes put me to days and when I get off work at 1930, 1.5 hours just ain't enough to spend quality time out there. I did manage to jumpshoot a few mallards on the 3rd. Last night I set up for cranes, they were there, but flying in the stratosphere. A little wind would bring them down. I'm presently in Cordova, a duck hunting mecca, but wish I could hunt the areas I usually do in Homer. I'll be working until the end of September and possibly a little more into October. Looks like the puddle ducks are safe for the most part and hope to get a good number of sea duck hunts in this winter. So far not a bust, but it sure has been tough so far. Might have to go to Kodiak to extend my season this December and January.
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby LaRedneck » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:36 pm

Well I guess no one else is hunting, guess that mean more birds for me next year, yeah :grooving:
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby waldo2382 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:27 pm

Got off work early yesterday to catch the tide and managed to get a limit in about 30 minutes and I was being picky! 1 mallard, 1 pintail, 1 widgeon, 2 shovelers. and 3 green wing teal. Kinda hard to decide whether to catch silvers or duck hunt here in Cordova, it's been good for both.
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby Erich_870 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:26 pm

Duck season starts in Juneau (all of Southeast) tomorrow! Looks like I won't be laying out in marsh at 6 am though, dang work :mad:

Don't forget to get your permit for the Mendenhall State Game Refuges for all the guys in Juneau. Go to www.hunt.alaska.gov to get it.

Hope everyone's opening day goes well, and don't shoot at any homes! :no: Also, all you experienced guys, take the time to talk with any youngsters (i.e. high schoolers) you run into and remind them about safe shooting directions. :fingerpt:

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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby OneLunG » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:58 pm

Finally bought a new shotgun....Heading out in the AM for a shoot....
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby Erich_870 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:28 pm

OneLunG wrote:Finally bought a new shotgun....Heading out in the AM for a shoot....


Should be killer weather tomorrow! What happened to your old gun?

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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby Erich_870 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:47 pm

I made it out last Friday and managed three. Two mallards and a wounded hen pintail we spooked up on the way out. The best part was the welcoming home committy! :grooving:

He even got dressed up for the the occasion :lol3:
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Also went out on Sunday and was about blown to Douglas Island, lol. The wind and rain was pretty crazy. It wreaked havock with my shot patterns and I my shot to bird ratio was embarassing. Finished with a hen wigeon and shoveler.

Here's the dog with the shovler
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Here's the Marsh Rat
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby OneLunG » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:55 pm

Looks pretty gnarly.....

The old scattergun - A Stoeger Model 2000....Had a very important pin rust out. No matter how much I cleaned that gun, the metal was just cheap...

Ended up buying a used Winchester SX2....Should be interresting shooting it tomorrow.

I have a hard time getting excited for the wetlands anymore....Don't get me wrong, its fun, and very productive....I've just become spoiled with the non-stop action of sea-duck hunting.....A few more weeks and it'll start picking up. Saw a huge raft of Surfs sitting off of Eagle Beach....

Get your gun ready man.....me and Jesse are gonna drag you along! :)
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby Erich_870 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:29 am

Sounds good!

I may have to miss the first couple hunts though. I'm studying for a big test end of October so I'm out of commission for ducks until after the test :crying:

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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby OneLunG » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:03 pm

The good Seaducking doesnt really start to happen till late October/November anyways.

Went out this morning and scored 12 birds.....One Rotary Park Greenhead (Fully plumed :) ) and 11 Teal....
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby OneLunG » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:33 pm

A little somthing for ya Erich


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXyxmcrF5jY

40 birds in 3 days....
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby Erich_870 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:41 pm

OneLunG wrote:A little somthing for ya Erich


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXyxmcrF5jY

40 birds in 3 days....


Nice!

That flock that your buddy dropped one out of worked your spread pretty well.

I hate sky-busting neighbors! :mad: Did they get any, sitting out there like sore-thumbs? :fingerpt:

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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby OneLunG » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:51 pm

I think they got one or two.

I felt bad dogging them a little. I later saw it was a father and his son. It looked like it was his son doing the skybusting - I remember when I was younger and learning and I used to do that.

Lots of teal around right now....They seem to be bigger as well.

First scoter hunt of the year 2 years ago was October 3rd. Last year I wasnt hear for most of the season....

Saw some big flocks out by Eagle beach....means its just about time....Boat and decoys are all ready....Just gotta get out there and check it out...
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby waldo2382 » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:36 pm

Looks like you Juneau boys are doing it up! Right on. I've been in Juneau for about two weeks and have seen an awesome amount of surf sciters in Haines and Skagway everyday. Maybe one day I'll hunt down here, but all my gear is in Cordova and Homer. Only two more days in this town and then I can hunt on my home turf. Good luck this season, I'll try and get a few more reports here when I get to "civilization."
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby OneLunG » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:42 pm

You ever wanna come down here on a hunt - Hit me up and we'll hash some plans to get you out!
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Re: Opening Day 2009

Postby Nomeite » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:22 pm

This is my first time duck hunting and it was great. Just road hunting in the Nome area and I shot three brants was real happy and excited. I bought a layout blind comming in and hoping to use it this spring, can't afford a boat.
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