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Need some advice.

Postby NuffDaddy » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:36 pm

I'm from Michigan and have been duck hunting for 3 years. I'm trying to plan a do it yourself hunt for 5 days sometime in dec or jan of next season. I went to the AGFC website and they have a list of over 100 public wildlife areas. Ive done a little research on some of the big ones like bayou metro but not sure if I'm up for all that competition. I have a 14 foot Jon boat with a 15hp outboard and a 16 foot mod v with a 40hp on the back. I'd like to do some green timber hunting because we don't get much of that up here in Michigan and it looks like a blast. There will probably be 3 or 4 of is on this trip. I am a dedicated waterfowler and I am willing to put some work in. So what I'm asking is what the names of a few WMAs that I can do some research on to finish planning the trip. Thanks guys.
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Re: Need some advice.

Postby steve-o » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:23 pm

check out this map if you haven't already. what part of the state would you prefer to be in?
http://gis.agfc.com/
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Re: Need some advice.

Postby NuffDaddy » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:09 pm

steve-o wrote:check out this map if you haven't already. what part of the state would you prefer to be in?
http://gis.agfc.com/

That map should help out some. I'd like to have to drive the least amout of distance as possible. So somewhere in the northeast would be nice but if the ducks are in the south west than that's where I'll go. Never been to Arkansas before so I dont really know much about it. Just looking for some basic info of where the main flyways are and which WMAs to look into and which ones to avoid. I'll Probably have some more detailed questions next summer as the season neers. I just don't know where to start. Here in Michigan we have 5 WMAs and the great lakes shoreline so there isn't a lot of thaught involved in finding a place to hunt. Thanks.
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Re: Need some advice.

Postby steve-o » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:50 pm

You will most likely want to stay on the eastern 1/3 of the state. I don't know if there are any of them that are more or less crowded. The ones that I have been to are very crowded on the weekends, so try to plan your hunts for week days. The key will be to find the out of the way spots when there is a crowd.
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Re: Need some advice.

Postby jdr » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:39 am

I agree with steve, try to plan your hunts during the week, and stay on the eastern side. Don't rule out hunting the rivers, and read through the AGFC.com to see if "extra" permits are needed. I know this year, 16 WMA's have to have a special free permit called "Sweet Sixteen." Also, some WMA's have motor restrictions where you can't run that 40HP. If you got a good GPS and feel comfortable navigating around in big timber, I would check out Hurricane WMA, it has a 50HP limit. If your not as comfortable, I would check out Rainey Brake even though its smaller it has a 25HP limit, but it also has a launch to the Black River right there if you want to hunt it. The biggest thing for you is to do as much scouting as you can regarding maps, rules, boat access/launches before you get here, and then do actual scouting for couple days when you do get here.
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Re: Need some advice.

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:11 am

The permits And licenses are all valid for 5 days. So my plan is to leave Friday after work and drive all night and I should get there early saturday morning. Scout all weekend then hunt mon-fri and drive back first thing sat morning. Thanks for the tips. Never hunted timber before but I have been deer hunting for almost 10 years and can find my way around dry woods just fine. I will also have a gps and maps of the area so I think I will be ok in big timber. I'll start checking out some WMAs on the east side and calling around to see how the duck numbers and hunting pressures are in each of them. I'll probably have a few more questions as the trip neers next season. Thanks guys.
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