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Postby timmer » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:52 pm

does anybody here ever get into some ruddys i live in michigan and never get to see them
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Re: ruddy

Postby dankoustas » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:16 pm

timmer wrote:does anybody here ever get into some ruddys i live in michigan and never get to see them


They are usually thick in late October at Point Mouillee in southern Wayne county. Where do you live?
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Re: ruddy

Postby m.teeter » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:27 pm

We get a pretty good bit of them sometimes here in central NC. Usually late in December on into January.
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Re: ruddy

Postby Smith » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:10 pm

I hunt Lake St. Clair in Macomb and St. Clair counties. When they're here, they're here. Some days we're covered in them. Last year there were a couple of days when they amounted to more than half the birds we saw.
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Re: ruddy

Postby timmer » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:20 pm

dang iv been wanting to shoot a mature ruddy but i live in gladwin county about 45 minutes from the saginaw bay and i hunt some decent size lakes but nothing ever shows up my dad said years back they get them but i just think it would be cool ..this year maybe on my trip to harrsens island or fishpoint we may get into some , but late october is the bwest then?
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Re: ruddy

Postby timmer » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:20 pm

dang iv been wanting to shoot a mature ruddy but i live in gladwin county about 45 minutes from the saginaw bay and i hunt some decent size lakes but nothing ever shows up my dad said years back they get them but i just think it would be cool ..this year maybe on my trip to harrsens island or fishpoint we may get into some , but late october is the bwest then?
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Re: ruddy

Postby Smith » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:11 pm

I'm sure they will venture into the marsh or a flooded cornfield, but they are really more of an open water bird. We always see them out on the big water while hunting from a layout boat or sneak hunting.
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Re: ruddy

Postby Shade » Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:18 pm

Them little things are neat. We see them a lot on their way back north during spring. That time of year we find them out on smaller lakes strutting Like Tom Turkeys! Their tail sticks straight up and fanned, wing tips dropped touching the water, and chests puffed out. Funnier than Sh!t. During waterfowl season we shoot them in slow coves of the big rivers.
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Re: ruddy

Postby KAhunter » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:08 pm

Tough to find em in full plumage. You may get one late in the year, but we dont even see any in full plumage in late january here. I dont see much sport in shooting em. We may kill one when its slow. The open water guys love em cause it can be the only shots they get on slow days.
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Re: ruddy

Postby quack wackr » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:05 pm

hunt on the south shore of lake st.clair, some days we get lots and others there none, but more often then not there none
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Re: ruddy

Postby hankrt » Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:44 pm

If your hunting the Island venture out into the marsh areas on a stiff wind, they will be out there. Good luck!
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Postby chris_k » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:57 pm

We got them by the thousands down here. They dont develop full plumage til april-may, tho I've heard people bagging them in full plumage in january ... Very rare.
We have them swimming in our spreads all the time, but dont shoot them very often. They are almost impossible to pluck, but taste better than most divers down here.
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Re: ruddy

Postby timmer » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:30 am

i find it ironic that this was one of my favorite ducks and this weekend i shoot one duck on the bay and it was a ruddy :)
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Re: ruddy

Postby Tyler H » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:04 pm

hundreds here in va see so many just let go and wait on cans and blue bills and goldies
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Re: ruddy

Postby suicidal_scaup » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:55 pm

Just saw a bunch over the weekend here in MN. The drakes are starting to get a little white on the face, but still not full color. It is always nice when they swim into the decoys to give the spread a little extra action...
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Re: ruddy

Postby Teal_Blaster » Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:18 pm

See tons of Ruddy Duddys in Central Wisconsin. Never got a mounter yet :sad:
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Re: ruddy

Postby vanover » Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:19 pm

We have to pass on them here in N CA. I love to shoot them. My buddies always give me sh@# about it.
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Re: ruddy

Postby OpenWater » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:28 pm

X2 on the south shore of St. Clair, it's all sand bars and low water this year but ruddys are fun to take if it's a slow day.
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