wanapasaki wrote: ericwjennings wrote:
gozags09 wrote:The lodge can produce. just takes more than some of the others
Gray Lodge can certainly produce, the problem for me isn't the lack of birds, or birds not wanting to work, the bigger problem is the people setting up 40 yards away, not bothering to stay hidden when birds are coming, and blowing their big water calls wide open with 30 note hail calls at birds 80 yards away coming in and flaring everything, and when that doesn't work they try to shoot at and cut off birds 50 yards from you and 80 yards from them. Gray Lodge produces, its just takes a lot of work to figure out how to get past all the people problems. Sometimes I hunt a less desirable spot if there is much less people. Having 10 or 15 birds actually work throughout the day and getting GOOD shots at them is much better in my opinion than having birds everywhere and having jackwagons shooting at everything and flaring the birds so you are having to take the shots you can get which end up in less birds. I do better killing 7 of the 15 birds that want to work, vs killing only 2 or 3 because its a shitshow out there with people shooting at everything under 80 yards because they are afraid the other jackwagons out there will get them first.
I love listening to everyone thats figured out the feeding chuckle. Sounds so realistic
There used to be this one freaking guy that always hunted the same place we did at Gray Lodge, and was definitely not worried about his calling, he was proud as could be and would call as loud as possible. The only problem was he had the calling skills of a 4 year old kid who just got his first duck call 8 seconds earlier. We tried helping the guy out on the slow days, because he was out there every damn time we were, and he was at least fairly friendly for Gray Lodge. Eventually it got to be a joke and when we would come out there he would stop calling and let us call, and we agreed that if he stopped calling we wouldn't care if he shot a few of our swing birds, because it ended up with more birds for all of us in the long run. But since my buddy used to have a silkscreen business we made up a shirt for "1st Annual Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Semi-Professional Kazoo Calling Champion!"
and gave to the guy one a Christmas hunt, along with a duck call that came with an instructional cd. A couple weeks and problem solved, he finally figured out how to call somewhat decently. Whatever it takes to fix your particular Gray Lodge problem, you gotta figure it out. Because if you keep going out of Parking Lot X and racing the same dillweeds to the same pond, you are gonna have the same people crowding and cutting off birds and skyscraping at everything.
I'm an old snipe hunter from waaay back...