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Newbie with questions

Postby aaarneson » Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:41 pm

I checked out the AZGFD website and have a general idea where I can hunt. But I still have a few questions.

I live in N. Phoenix and wanted to know if any of the local lakes have any good duck hunting...Pleasant, Bartlett, Saguaro. Or any other of the close by rivers....Salt, Gila, Verde, etc.

Also do people hunt any of the local desert water holes? Do they ever produce good hunting?

I heard it is best to scout before you hunt...what do you look for when scouting, to make sure the hunting will be good when the season starts?

Thanks and sorry for all of the questions.
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Re: Newbie with questions

Postby bass3859 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:57 am

I have heard the north end of Pleasant (Humbug), Saguaro, and Roosevelt are good places to go. Gila River south of Buckeye (Gillespie Dam area), Salt River below Saguaro, and Verde River below Bartlett. Also Picacho Reservoir south of Coolidge, if it has water in it. Haven't hunted the lakes, as I don't have a hunting boat or dog. I have not hunted the Gila River. Nothing to write home about, but I have taken birds at the other places in years past.

I have also heard that the water holes are hit or miss, but can be good if there is water and birds. It is primarily jump shooting, though. I have not heard of anyone setting up decoys and spending any length of time on them.

Might want to check http://azwaterfowl.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=nextyear. Very few AZ people visit this site as opposed to the azwaterfowl boards.

Outside of these areas around the valley, you are probably going to have to do a lot of driving in order to find something that may not be swamped with hunters. As you surely know, there isn't much hunting water locally to go around.

Aren't you on the zone with the same screen name? I am on there as 918radio.
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Re: Newbie with questions

Postby aaarneson » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:54 am

Thanks Bass

I will try out azwaterfowl for some more local help.

If you don't hunt the lakes what do you hunt? Rivers?

Yes, that is me on the zone. Haven't been on there in a while.
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Re: Newbie with questions

Postby LaRedneck » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:11 am

Not familiar with the Phx area but here people hunt Roosevelt but you have to scout it pretty hard. I tell you what I would kiss whomevers ass I needed too in order to find out where that crapload of geese were going Sunday after the race. We left the track and looking back over that river we seen flock after flock heading south.

I have decoys if anyone can find out what field or lake there're using and we can lay the hammer down on'm!! :hammer:
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Re: Newbie with questions

Postby bass3859 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:47 pm

Pretty much hunt the rivers, although when Picacho Reservoir has water in it, I like to hunt that. Only real bad thing about the rivers and Picacho is that a lot of people are in the same boat as me without a duck boat and dog. I saw your post and replies on the board I mentioned, too. Forgot about Horseshoe.
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Re: Newbie with questions

Postby aaarneson » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:06 am

bass3859 wrote:Pretty much hunt the rivers, although when Picacho Reservoir has water in it, I like to hunt that. Only real bad thing about the rivers and Picacho is that a lot of people are in the same boat as me without a duck boat and dog. I saw your post and replies on the board I mentioned, too. Forgot about Horseshoe.


If you don't have a dog or boat...how do you retrieve your birds?
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Re: Newbie with questions

Postby bass3859 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:56 am

aaarneson wrote:
bass3859 wrote:Pretty much hunt the rivers, although when Picacho Reservoir has water in it, I like to hunt that. Only real bad thing about the rivers and Picacho is that a lot of people are in the same boat as me without a duck boat and dog. I saw your post and replies on the board I mentioned, too. Forgot about Horseshoe.


If you don't have a dog or boat...how do you retrieve your birds?


I hunt areas that I can wade. Picacho is usually shallow enough, when it has water, to wade quite a bit of it. When I hunt the rivers, I check the streamflows at http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/?m=real&r=az&w=map. If the Verde is flowing no more than about 200 CFS on the gauge below Bartlett Lake (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=09510000), it is wadeable in most places around Needle Rock. Check the Tonto National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recreation/wateractivities/recarea/?recid=35217&actid=79.

On the Salt River below Water Users rec area (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recreation/wateractivities/recarea/?recid=35407&actid=79), when the water flow is probably in the neighborhood of 200 CFM or less, or the depth is less than 3 feet, measured on the gauge below Stewart Mountain Dam (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv?site_no=09502000),it is pretty easy to wade as well.
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