Using diver ducks in a field hunt

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Using diver ducks in a field hunt

Postby Down South Gratton » Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:12 am

Hey everyone I'm fairly new to waterfowl hunting. I've never done any field hunting. But I just got a job in Colorado and what I've learned it's more field hunting than water hunting. I'm moving from Louisiana so all I know is water hunting. I made some steaks to hold my water decoys so I can use them in a field. But I'm wondering if it's worth putting my diver decoys out. Or should I stick to my puddle ducks. Any help would be great thanks.
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Re: Using diver ducks in a field hunt

Postby blackduck_killer » Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:16 am

I've never seen divers in a field that wasn't underwater, so I never bother with them in fields that aren't flooded. I wouldn't get rid of my diver decoys though as I am sure there has got to be river or open water hunting somewhere.
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Re: Using diver ducks in a field hunt

Postby Mike657 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:42 pm

I saw red heads in a field one time. As blackduck killer said there is probably a place where you can hunt water.
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Re: Using diver ducks in a field hunt

Postby duckman27 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:21 am

I live in Colorado and Goose hunting is mainly done in the fields but the vast majority of duck hunting is done on the water. I moved here from Mississippi and thought I'd just come out and hammer the ducks and geese in the fields and that is sadly not the case. If you want to get on a good field duck or goose hunt you will need to have private land or some sort of lease as the public properties get hunted every single day by the biggest sky busting idiots you will ever see. There is also very little duck huntable public land out here. That being said, Colorado probably has some of the best dry field duck hunting in the country.

Keep your diver decoys. We have high numbers of divers all season from the start of October through the end of January. LOTS of redheads and ruddys early on, then you get your ringnecks and bluebills which never leave along with some Canvasbacks, followed by your buffleheads which tend to hang around til the end and then finally your Goldeneyes which are everywhere once things start to ice up around Thanksgiving and those will hang around til the end of the season. Also, if you're the kind of guy that is into the whole shooting a limit of mergansers kinda deal then Colorado is the place for you as they are everywhere :lol3:

Lastly, there are a lot of mallards out here and by a lot I mean ALOT. Just a heads up.

There's great hunting to be had in Colorado but don't get your hopes up on field hunting ducks. :thumbsup:
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Re: Using diver ducks in a field hunt

Postby Down South Gratton » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:38 pm

Thanks Duckman 27. I don't know much of anything when it comes to hunting in Colorado. I figured all the water freezes so all hunting was field. I guess I'll just have to find people that know where to hunt. But I rather hunt over water. That's what I'm set up for. I've got the boat and floater decoys and my chessy would rather swim than run after downed birds lol
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