Johnyacht wrote:Hello from Gainesville. I have been reading and lurking for over a year and finally decided to say hello. Here is a brief introduction. I have been in Gainesville for 5 ish years. I moved here when I got out of the military. Im 29 years old and in a career. Last duck hunting season was my first year hunting and I have pretty much been teaching myself along the way. I have had much more failure than success but that's the way it goes I guess. I have learned from people at the ramps and conversation with people along the way. The more I talk about duck hunting, the more I learn that a lot of people do duck hunt or people have an interest in going. Last year I was able to take several people for their first time and we learned together. I did not do very well, but I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
I was able to get a boat and set up a blind for this season, I was borrowing one last year. I did not grow up here so I don't have any connections to private land or any property so I only hunt public lakes so far. I try to stay within an hour or so of Gainesville. Last year I only hunted newnans and Sampson /Rowell. Again, I didn't have much luck but I enjoyed it. I enjoy sitting on the lake and hanging out in the boat and watching the wildlife. Even if I don't shoot anything or see any ducks, I enjoy being on the water.
My work schedule is a blessing and a pain at the same time. I can only hunt Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. It is nice not having a crowd at the ramp but sucks finding people to go with. It changes in January and I go back to weekends off.
I did not post to ask for any advice, I'm fine with learning on my own the hard way. But if there are other duck hunters in the area or within an hour, I have no problems meeting up for a couple beers and talking ducks! I also don't mind taking someone out in the boat or going out on theirs. We can swap hunts or buddy boat. I'm sure there are some college guys that left their rigs at home and want to get out, I'm fine with that. I don't break the law so I ask that you have all of you paperwork in order.
I have seen several people post from the Gainesville area and hope we can meet up. Again I don't want your spots or your sacred information. People seem to take their secrets and spots a little too serious at times. I understand you dont want 50 people in your spot, but new people do want to learn too. I don't know a lot about this sport but I'm more than willing to share information with people who take it seriously.
Me being new, I do understand distance from others, not sky blasting and have no intention of ever blowing a duck call. I have common sense and a good head on my shoulders.
Maybe at some point during the season we can do a meet up at ale house or something and put some names to faces and swap war stories. Either message me or reply to the post if you want to meet up at some point.
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Johnyacht wrote:Today's update. Went to a favorite lake and set out about 36 decorys and a mojo. Rain was expected and planned for. I had my gortex and waders. Sat and waited for the ducks to show, had a few high fliers and a few pairs of woodies fly by. Nothing close enough to shoot at. After getting soaked by the rain for a coupe of hours we decided call it quits by 9 am and went home with no shots fired. All of the ducks seemed to raft up in the middle of the lake.
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