Hardest to hit!!

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Hardest to hit!!

Postby fireman17 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:33 pm

Don't worry I brought extra shells!!
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Postby Mike M. » Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:11 pm

Any of the seaducks ie. eider, scoter, oldsquaw. I also find buffleheads to be very hard to kill.
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Postby Canadian Quacker » Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:50 pm

Goldeneyes have given me some trouble in the past.

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Postby jjohnson_714 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 10:55 pm

i think buffleheads should be because i everytime i see them they are right off the water flyin as fast as they can, and being as small as they are... but somehow i usually end up gettin them, which is wierd because i usually miss really easy shots....
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Postby maddiedog » Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:01 am

I agree that buffleheads are the hardest.
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Postby Slammerblue527 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 3:54 pm

Buffleheads are definetly the hardest to hit for me (6 shots no Buffleheads) although I have never tried to shoot a bluebill or an oldsquaw.
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Postby chevyZ71 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:02 pm

bufflehead are hard to hit. not just in flight but also when your not looking and its down, then when it dives on you and you cant find it. that sucks.

on the poll, i think teal. not so much the speed. its their smallness and the way they come in flippin and flappin.
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Postby AK Ducks » Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:28 pm

oldsquaw and scoters I've hit some scoters with BB's and lost them because they swam off before I could reach them hwen they dive there gone pretty much. also Oldsquaw don't stay on the surface very long to swat the come up for about a second then dive back down.
all sea ducks are harder to take down because they have more fat around them.
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:52 pm

I have only had a few opportunities at sea ducks but they are definitly the toughest to kill as for birds we shoot here regularly bills are pretty tough when crippled but most all divers are.
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Postby 870 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:15 pm

ISD, its clear that these old boys havn't had a Whistler give them any fits

That old Whistler comes in like he ouns the place. You hit him up side the head with a 3" #2 he hits the water,you see the splash and no bird. Then all of a sudden he comes out flying. :pissed: OH YA I mean right now.

Tell me this don't tick you off. The hen thats right behind him, she tucks her wings an dives with him, and she come out flying :pissed: :pissed:
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Postby mmalino » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:22 pm

now since its asking hardest to "kill" i would say buffles, in my expeirences, i have never seaduck hunted, they jave not really even just been stone cold dead, allways dives and being a real pain..

but on ur list i picked bluebills, then divers are always tough

even though teal die pretty good, i have trouble sometimes hitting them more than any other duck really
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Postby casey_714 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:57 pm

My nicest shots so far of the season was on gw teal. It was really fun. There was a group of like 20 of them that circled on the outside of my decoys, they came back for a second look and sped right over them this time, as fast as their little wings could fly. I stood up and picked one out, shot and it died. Then they all went straight out, then straight up at like 40 yards. I picked out another one when they were still on their way up and he dropped instantly. then they all flew off. Well, I don't know why i posted this long story, just kind of got caught up in the moment.
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Postby CrackerJackShot » Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:12 pm

Im going to have to say BLUEBILLS by FAR. They are SO fast and can turn faster in air than anything Ive seen. I hunt where we get TONS of woodies. We've gotten to where we can even bust them when they do their whole come out of now where and speed off bit. But once the bluebills shot over head from behind us, after 1/16th of a second they were about 60 yards out, did a 180, and zipped right back behind our heads. My dad (who is the quickest shot I know, shooting purely on instinct) actually stood up to shot and never got a shot off cause they were out of sight before his finger touched the trigger.
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Postby gilla the goose killa » Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:22 pm

Well over the years I have had some unique hunting sitiuations,all types of ducks and geese diving on us after you swear they were dead on the water .This year alone had a greenhead disappear on lake erie,we found him the next dayand dispatched him accordingly,also had a buffy lock in 1 shot it went down popped its head up 3 more shots and it still flew away,go figure ,me thinks it all boils down too patterning your shooter some guns will pattern different with different types of ammo and loads,also a big factor is get out and practice before the season opens ,trust me it's more money but it's better than having to waste shells on cripples.
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Postby donell67 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:40 pm

goldeneyes are pretty tough.
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Postby DRYLOK » Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:52 am

easiest to hit - mallard
easiest to kill - teal

hardest to hit - bluebills
hardest to kill - icers
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Postby maddiedog » Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:06 pm

I shot a Buffie three times on the water and it shook its feathers and flew away! That inspired my dad's buddy to get a 3 1/2 "
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Postby Duck U 2 » Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:05 pm

Actually any duck that see's you 1st. :hammering: If I see them coming I usually hit pretty good. :smile:
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Postby texan68 » Sun Dec 18, 2005 8:57 pm

I agree, buffleheads are a pain, do to their size. Just last month, I had a nice drake come in....2 shots and nothing. The shot seemed to go around him. On the pole. I would say teal, also do to their size,and crazy flying.
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Postby DUKHTR » Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:56 pm

Long-Tails!!!!!! Fast and agile in flight, quick to dive and small! At least Buffies fly straight.
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Postby CLUTCHfan » Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:48 pm

I've never even gotten a shot off at a Whistler. Every time one comes through my spread I think "Oooh a Whis........" and then he's gone. I almost got the gun up on one once. Then again, where I hunt, you can't see them coming from very far away.
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Postby GSP1 » Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:31 pm

Buffleheads and whistlers are tough, but teal are the toughest because of their erratic flight.....
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Postby greenheadfallon » Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:52 pm

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Postby fowllust » Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:09 pm

Hunted sea ducks last week for the first time. Scoters are hands down the toughest duck I have ever shot. Long tailed ducks are a close second. Puddlers don't even get an honorable mention. Buffies and Goldeneyes come in third :eek: .
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