FL Waterfowl 101

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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby jakefromflorida » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:47 am

Coonrod wrote:Hydrilla (turns purplish/reddish with age - this is fresh stuff):
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Dollar Bonnet:
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Don't mistake with coontail, looks similar but not at all as good.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby Broken Paddle » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:25 am

jakefromflorida wrote:
Coonrod wrote:Hydrilla (turns purplish/reddish with age - this is fresh stuff):
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Dollar Bonnet:
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Don't mistake with coontail, looks similar but not at all as good.


Thanks guys! :thumbsup: :beer:
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby bdub » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:40 am

Coonrod wrote:Hydrilla (turns purplish/reddish with age - this is fresh stuff):
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Dollar Bonnet:
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did not know that, when does it turn red?
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby Hunter1987 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:01 pm

Scouting is key, not only to find the birds but to have additional spots in the event someone beats you to your primary spot, trust me if you hunt public land long enough it will happen. Getting into a pissing match with someone in the dark that is armed is not a good idea.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby marshnole11 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:31 pm

Coontail is more bushy than hydrilla. It looks like Christmas tree limbs
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby Coonrod » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:24 am

When you're done hunting, don't hang your wet soggy
grass mats in your garage if you don't want your whole
house to smell like a swamp when you get home from
work the next day.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby Ajaxian » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:31 am

Pack a vaccum sealed dry bag with a change of clothes incase you take a swim...
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby tknight006 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:26 am

Pick up your spent shell casings. It's an easy giveaway to a hole that gets action.

Pick up at least one piece of trash, leave the place cleaner than how you found it.

Rather than watch the guy at the ramp having a hard time getting his boat on/off of the trailer... Help him out. It could go a long way when your motor doesn't start on your way back in.

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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby whaknstak » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:48 am

WD-40 will work as a bug repellant in a pinch. The key is to generously reapply every 15 min. Don't ask me how I know.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby jakefromflorida » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:39 pm

whaknstak wrote:WD-40 will work as a bug repellant in a pinch. The key is to generously reapply every 15 min. Don't ask me how I know.


Ever wonder what those red ithcy hives were all over your body?....

It wasnt your girlfriend buddy.


Holy crap, I bet you eat your cereal with radiator fluid too!

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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby whaknstak » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:59 pm

jakefromflorida wrote:
whaknstak wrote:WD-40 will work as a bug repellant in a pinch. The key is to generously reapply every 15 min. Don't ask me how I know.


Ever wonder what those red ithcy hives were all over your body?....

It wasnt your girlfriend buddy.


Holy crap, I bet you eat your cereal with radiator fluid too!

:bow:


Haha Jakes got jokes.....

Now lets carry on with meaningful discussion
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby jakefromflorida » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:33 pm

whaknstak wrote:
jakefromflorida wrote:
whaknstak wrote:WD-40 will work as a bug repellant in a pinch. The key is to generously reapply every 15 min. Don't ask me how I know.


Ever wonder what those red ithcy hives were all over your body?....

It wasnt your girlfriend buddy.


Holy crap, I bet you eat your cereal with radiator fluid too!

:bow:


Haha Jakes got jokes.....

Now lets carry on with meaningful discussion


:hi: just trying to get a giggle.

Never knew it worked, but that's crazy.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby bdub » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:02 am

when the season starts to get later, a mojo is almost worthless but a jerk rig will come in handy.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby lovetheduck » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:14 pm

If someone who's more experienced in the area wants to take you out, bring something to the table: gas money, eggs, cheese and english muffins go a long way...

Don't fight with people at the ramp when your trying to get your boat in the water or waiting on other guys to get theirs in, you just look stupid.

Turn off your cell phone, lay down in your boat, look up in the sky and listen to the birds flying over you, it's pretty sweet.

Take an extra lighter...you'll drop your first one in the water while trying to light a ciggarette in the dark (trust me i've donated a few). BRING A BUTT CAN Don't throw your smokes in the water.

Have fun!
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby bdub » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:13 pm

Your getting some good info but the biggest problem young hunters have is judging distance. Go out to your slough with a large card board box. You can trace a decoy on the box for size and shape. Place it 35 to 40 yards from you in a safe location and direction and shot it. That will give you an idea how far away to shot at a duck. It also will show you the pattern of the shot shells your shooting. Another thing to do is get a kite. Put 35 to 40 yards of string on it and fly it. When it's flying stare at it and let that picture ingrain into you brain. That's the effective distance for shooting at a duck in the air. Good luck with your season

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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby sbr01 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:31 pm

Go to Gander Mountain and talk to an experienced duck hunter who work there.

Take notes, write them down. The guys I know are helpful and informative.

You won't have much luck the first or second time out, but if you go out early enough, you will get a feel for where the hunters are going, and when the shooting starts you'll know where to go next time.

Camo everything with all you got. Cover your face with the wine cork trick or whatever. Be very still.

If you moved down from NC and you love your Boykin Spaniel, leave him at home (gator bait).

That's all I got. Other than just go out and do it as much as you can to learn as you go.

It's fun and good luck!
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby whaknstak » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:47 pm

sbr01 wrote:If you moved down from NC and you love your Boykin Spaniel, leave him at home (gator bait).


On what fact or experience do you base this statement on? Have you ever worked a dog in the field?
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby tmclaimerFL » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:24 pm

whaknstak wrote:
sbr01 wrote:If you moved down from NC and you love your Boykin Spaniel, leave him at home (gator bait).


On what fact or experience do you base this statement on? Have you ever worked a dog in the field?

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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby quackhunter99 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:29 am

tmclaimerFL wrote:
whaknstak wrote:
sbr01 wrote:If you moved down from NC and you love your Boykin Spaniel, leave him at home (gator bait).


On what fact or experience do you base this statement on? Have you ever worked a dog in the field?

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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby dogyak » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:33 am

tmclaimerFL wrote:
whaknstak wrote:
sbr01 wrote:If you moved down from NC and you love your Boykin Spaniel, leave him at home (gator bait).


On what fact or experience do you base this statement on? Have you ever worked a dog in the field?

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Leave him at home , that would depend on the weather conditions at the time of the hunt . If the temp is 60 and below , my lab is going hunting you can believe :yes: .
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby Ajaxian » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:35 am

I wait for a good hard freeze and try and keep mine out of deep water. I'm also a paranoid over protective parent, hes my buddy first... and an expensive one too.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby MiccosukeeMeatDog » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:06 pm

No number of ducks is worth losing your dog over. It has to be cold for a while to get the water temp down low enough that the gators will "chill." And even in the deeper water, the gators can be more active while it is cold due to a lack of temp change down deep. I know several folks that have lost dogs to gators in FL and they never thought it would happen to them. :no:
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby SouthernWingsAssaultTeam » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:47 pm

sbr01 wrote:Go to Gander Mountain and talk to an experienced duck hunter who work there.

Take notes, write them down. The guys I know are helpful and informative.

You won't have much luck the first or second time out, but if you go out early enough, you will get a feel for where the hunters are going, and when the shooting starts you'll know where to go next time.

Camo everything with all you got. Cover your face with the wine cork trick or whatever. Be very still.

If you moved down from NC and you love your Boykin Spaniel, leave him at home (gator bait).

That's all I got. Other than just go out and do it as much as you can to learn as you go.

It's fun and good luck!
Don't know about the shot chasing thing either... I think it's better to scout hard and find birds that 100 people aren't hunting already.
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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby whaknstak » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:13 pm

SouthernWingsAssaultTeam wrote:
sbr01 wrote:Go to Gander Mountain and talk to an experienced duck hunter who work there.

Take notes, write them down. The guys I know are helpful and informative.

You won't have much luck the first or second time out, but if you go out early enough, you will get a feel for where the hunters are going, and when the shooting starts you'll know where to go next time.

Camo everything with all you got. Cover your face with the wine cork trick or whatever. Be very still.

If you moved down from NC and you love your Boykin Spaniel, leave him at home (gator bait).

That's all I got. Other than just go out and do it as much as you can to learn as you go.

It's fun and good luck!
Don't know about the shot chasing thing either... I think it's better to scout hard and find birds that 100 people aren't hunting already.


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Re: FL Waterfowl 101

Postby whaknstak » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:41 pm

You don't have to have $35 3.5" black cloud. I shoot the cheapest steel I can find, and it still kills ducks just as dead. And I can buy three boxes for the price of one high end. 3" #3s
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