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Opening Day!!

Postby WarDucks » Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:50 pm

Lets see some pics!!!!
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Postby ShotGunEd » Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:51 pm

Here ya go...
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby tmclaimerFL » Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:02 pm

My opener morning was skunked and my number one asset is out of commission.
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Postby whaknstak » Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:08 pm

Wow tm. How the heck did you manage that?
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Postby ShotGunEd » Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:56 pm

That sucks dude


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Postby chris_k » Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:57 pm

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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby whaknstak » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:25 pm

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That's a good shoot, but why are you shooting hens??? :grin:
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby tmclaimerFL » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:38 am

Well I hit a stump couple weeks ago full throttle and it seemed fine then, but I think it may have cracked it when I did and I never noticed it. Then yesterday when I got back home after washing the boat I left the motor down and the skeg kicked the driveway so I pulled up and went to prop the motor and I saw the whole lower unit was in half. So I think that little opposite push of force on it made it finally go. Not sure if its fixable or not because it looks like the crack is above where the lower unit would drop from the rest of the motor. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thank God I have a trolling motor.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby toddreeves04 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:14 pm

@tmclaimerFL- I'm no outboard mechanic but I believe the mid section is replaceable. Best bet is to have a mechanic take a look at her. Good luck.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby tmclaimerFL » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:52 pm

Thanks Todd. Called and left a message after the hunt so we will see.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby Coonrod » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:43 am

Not as impressive as some of the foregoing, but it was my first time ever duck hunting and I managed to find a decent spot and finally start hitting these damn things.

First 3 ducks/ringers:

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Also found this pic in the lineup - the European migration has arrived in Orlando. The males are readily identifiable by their very bright plumage:

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Postby whaknstak » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:06 am

You got a better pic of those birds coon? One where they are not jumbled together. it looks like three blue bills to me.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby tmclaimerFL » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:44 am

One in front is definitely a hen scaup. Good shooting though.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby allnighter » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:53 pm

Ya those are blue bills, but the limit on them is 4 now so you're ok. The best way to tell when they are flying is that bullnecks(ringers) are faster and don't have gray on there back. Congrads on your first hunt tho.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby Coonrod » Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:23 pm

tmclaimerFL wrote:One in front is definitely a hen scaup. Good shooting though.


No, I don't. LOL. There was lots of discussion on the ID of these birds at first, but the darkest had the chestnut ring under the neck and dark gray/charcoal bill. No blue bills. None were mature.. the one in back was a 1st season male. Not one of them looked like a proper ringneck. But we went over them real well after we had them in hand.

All three were 1-st yr birds and not really colored like an adult. That probably explains why they were able to get shot by an noob like me.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby Coonrod » Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:30 pm

whaknstak wrote:You got a better pic of those birds coon? One where they are not jumbled together. it looks like three blue bills to me.


No, but we thought the same think and there was lots of discussion about the ID on those birds. The darkest one, young male, had the chestnut ring on the base of the neck. Otherwise his colors were washed out. The female and other young bird (in teh back) were the same, just not fully colored like typical adults. Other shooters nearby did hit properly colored males among other things, so it's pretty certain they are all ringnecks. No blue bills on any of the birds - they are all charcoal gray with ring toward tip.

THey looked more like this young male than a proper ringneck:

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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby waterdogds » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:52 pm

Here's a good side by side comparison pic. Scaup will have the u shaped marking on the tips of the bill, bullneck will have the ring around the bill. Good shooting btw. Congrats on getting on them. :thumbsup:
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby DUCK-DAWG » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:55 pm

It's not a big deal because you're perfectly legal, but just so you'll know in the future, the top and bottom birds are definitely bluebills...100% certain. Once you've held a few hens of each species in hand, it becomes easier to distinguish the two. As far as the top bird (drake) is concerned, ringnecks don't have the vermiculated pattern on their backs that you see on that duck... bluebills do. I do think the center bird is an immature ringneck drake.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby ADF » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:58 pm

We got our "old school limit" of bluebills. Should have had 4 per person but we were a little rusty with our shooting and every time we would start packing up to go home a group of 10-15 would land in the spread. We had a group land in the spread while we were picking up decoys.....I love how dumb they are this time of year. We should have been a little more patient. Lesson learned. Great opener none the less.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby whaknstak » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:28 pm

Closest and farthest are 100% bills. Middle bird as duck dog said could be a ring neck. Hard to tell from that pic.
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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby Coonrod » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:37 pm

DUCK-DAWG wrote:It's not a big deal because you're perfectly legal, but just so you'll know in the future, the top and bottom birds are definitely bluebills...100% certain. Once you've held a few hens of each species in hand, it becomes easier to distinguish the two. As far as the top bird (drake) is concerned, ringnecks don't have the vermiculated pattern on their backs that you see on that duck... bluebills do. I do think the center bird is an immature ringneck drake.


I think you're right. The middle one was the first bird down, and the one with the chestnut ring under his neck, so we just classed the others as females of the same type. Looking at pics of bluebills/scaup I can see that the bill can be pretty dark sometimes. Not always blue/gray. Good to know, for next time! Thanks for pointing it out. :beer:
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Re: Opening Day!!

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Re: Opening Day!!

Postby tmclaimerFL » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:08 pm

The Delta looks like it reared you well quackhunter
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Postby quackhunter99 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:56 am

It did. Weather wasn't perfect but we were able to fool some ducks. Took a little sweet talkin from the RNT though. Nice change of pace from hunting here
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