slowshooter wrote:FNG publicly posts:
Hi, I have never hunted "X" refuge. Not looking for spots. But could use some advice!
1. Read the regulation manual.
2. Get there the night before and ask questions if there is staff manning the place.
3. Go out there and do the work to determine where the ducks are if you go into free roam.
4. Move or come back on another day to see if you were right...
5. Look at past performance for blinds if you are into that sort of thing.
6. Whatever you do.... DON'T show up and make everyone behind you miserable while you play 20 questions with the staff. You should be checking in and getting the hell out the door and into the field.
7. Have fun .
That is all.
Shooting wide wrote:I think that what a lot of people do not realize is that duck hunting is not like the heavily edited YouTube videos out there, nor is is like the hunting shows.
My first day hunting was out at Grizzly, opening day afternoon, at the ripe old age of 37. My cousin took me out, and I ended up getting 4, a mallard and 3 wigeon.
Those were the last ducks I got for 2 months, hunting every weekend after that.
My second year I again went months without a duck, and almost a month without a single shot being fired. I ended up watching and listening, and now I have my A, B, and C spots I go to. 2 years ago I averaged 3.6 birds a day at Grizzly, which I think is pretty decent, and out of the near 60 birds only 3 were crap ducks. All of them in spots I scouted. Spots I found. Spots I learned about by going where there was not folks and watching the birds.
I don't blame guys for being eager, or wanting an X. I think a lot of emphasis needs to be put on scouting and sportsmanship. Not pushing in on folks. Not calling over folks or bad calling. Know when to call and when to shut up. Work on bird ID. Letting the birds get close. Pasing on shots outside of range to let birds work. It is tough to not be snarky when I have put in hours learning and watching, but perhaps new guys should be open to realizing that it is not going to be "hammer time in the marsh" very often. A day learning will be valuable in the long run.
I tend to think duck hunting is an art, where the best guys all have their little techniques, and those are all learned through experience.
slowshooter wrote:....That is all.
afmotorsports wrote:slowshooter wrote:....That is all.
Ha. Still working on that 'grumpy old man' routine, huh? If people only knew you and how you bend over backwards for FNGs... like me! And aren't you hunting the opener from a boat anyway? Come over this weekend and help me install the blind... you grumpy old man, you...
B.E.Nelli wrote:Hey guys, just wanted to let everyone know how well I did last year. My duck count was in the 950 range and geese I stopped counting at 600. It was an average year. :mrgreen:
slowshooter wrote:Internet scouting works pretty well if some dude wants to validate themselves in front of a crowd. Mainly because there is always a guy that will give up the goods to look like a hero.
Plenty of guys here would probably be happy to help others via PMs. Maybe... maybe... mayyyyybeeeeee
Next up... How to look like a doofus by posting your bird counts.
slowshooter wrote: .....Next up... How to look like a doofus by posting your bird counts.
clampdaddy wrote:slowshooter wrote: .....Next up... How to look like a doofus by posting your bird counts.
Wait....ummm.....you mean nobody will be impressed that I shot almost 70 spoonies last season?