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Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby UGADawg » Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:15 am

The past three weeks I've been locked up studying for two exams and haven't been able to get on the water. Finished them up on Friday and couldn't wait to hunt Saturday. Earlier this week I had noticed a lot of birds pushing out of the area with the cold front but hadn't seen many new birds come in. Friday night around 11pm I was about done with rigging, etc and noticed the amount of geese I was hearing overhead flying in front of the storm - conditions seemed prime.

We got to the ramp around 5:30 and were set up by 6:10. There was not as much shooting as I anticipated at first light. It was snowing hard, the winds were between 8mph and 12mph and the visibility was pretty bad but a really cool day to be hunting - the way waterfowl should be. Around 7:15 the birds really started moving, both ducks and geese. At 8:30 we went to pick up birds and the pull cord broke on my motor. I was able to jerry-rig it and get it started. After picking up birds we risked it, turned the motor off and decided to hunt a little longer. About 10:30 we had to pick up more birds and got it started one more time, but decided not to push our luck and get outta dodge. We ended up with 4 geese and 6 ducks (1 hen pintail, a drake wigeon, a hen wigeon,two greenheads and a black).

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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby golferboy426 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:12 pm

Way to go. The only place I hunt is frozen and I'm bot quite ready to take the kayak onto the river
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby decoy241 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:30 pm

You dropped some shells on the ramp. The afternoon shoot was even better.
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby Irishwhistler » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:06 pm

NICE HUNT LADS! Good on ya for getting out when others wince and stay home by the fire. Nice mixed bag ye have to show for it too!

Had a grand hunt meself on Friday the 13th (you know, the day bad luck prevails)? Four of us took eight Honkers. :yes: T'was a wee bit chilly, but a grand day for all.

Keep at it me Lads.

Slainte Mates, :beer:
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby UGADawg » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:55 pm

Decoy - what kind of shells?

Any pics from afternoon?
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby decoy241 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:19 pm

Pretty sure the 3 1/2s were dry locks not sure if the 3" we're too but they were red?? No pics. Got back too late and was too cold.
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby UGADawg » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:53 pm

Not my shells. Wish I coulda hunted the afternoon though.
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby Seacoot » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:27 pm

decoy 241,were you hunting from a g3 boat? :smile:
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby Citori16 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:03 am

Nice haul!
Did you say woodcock or woodduck?
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby tealbuster88 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:47 am

I didnt make out nearly as well. Froze my ass off hunting the falling tide that afternoon and only had one big group of mallards land 50 yards out and swim away. Besides that not many birds at all. Usually the snow helps out a lot but apparently not that day.
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Re: Waterfowl in the Snow

Postby big fish only » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:43 am

Hahaha I figured I would see this pic again!

Good Job Guys,

Cya around,
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