the best day duckhunting ever!!!

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the best day duckhunting ever!!!

Postby jjohnson_714 » Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:16 pm

yeah so i think i had the best time duckhunting ever today. things were flying and landing all over the place. nothin like a little wind, snow, and cold to get the ducks moving around :thumbsup: i would have limited out at 9:30, but my shooting skills were below par today. turned out great though. 1 got 4 wigeon, 1 redhead, 1 drake mallard, then one sweet hen mallard :thumbsup: i think casey got 3 drake mallards, 1 redhead, and 3 wigeons

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Postby donell67 » Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:29 pm

awesome wish i coulda went today. i think they call that a blonde hen. not sure if it is albino or what. i would definately have it mounted.
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Postby casey_714 » Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:21 pm

Ahh.... what a fun day.

I still have blood on my hands there :laughing:
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Postby HaydenHunter » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:16 am

Congratulations!

Do you think these are new birds or just the same ones being pushed around by the wind and snow?

We had perhaps the best day I will ever have in N Idaho hunting a couple of weeks ago with big flocks of mallards funneling in. That same area is almost devoid of ducks now.

I am hoping that the frigid weather up North will push down some new recruits, especially the geese which love to come down from Canada and loiter here for the balance of the season.
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Postby casey_714 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:37 am

I think a lot of the birds are definatly new. There's some BIG groups of widgeons and mallards, I don't think many of them necessarilly summer here.

I was also driving across the long bridge last week, and I probably saw a couple thousand divers. They were everywhere! Lots of coots too :toofunny:
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Nice Work

Postby E » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:04 am

Nice hunt guys.. Thanks for the results.. Hunting has been pretty dismal around here. Glad to hear some fresh birds are on the way. Today should be good also..

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Postby duck jerky » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:56 am

awesome duck. congrats :thumbsup:
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Postby Idahofowlweather » Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:26 pm

she is a keeper not many like her... you have a better chance at shooting a hybrid duck then a duck with pegment issues...

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Postby duckbum13 » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:16 pm

:hammering: layin the hammer down there boys nice hunt looks like you both had fun
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:25 pm

thanks guys it sure was a blast. im more excited about getting that stupid duck then my first deer which i've been after for over a decade :oops:
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Postby Rick Egner » Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:54 pm

That hen comes from Filer, the guy that raises buffalo was raising mallards and his wife got some of those runners (bowling pins) free and now he's got quite a few. They fly down to the snake a few times a week.
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Postby InTheDecoys » Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:05 pm

Good job guys... How long did it take you?
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:01 am

um... longer than it should have :getdown: we should have been done at 9:30, but it was so nice and blizzardy that we decided to stick around until 1 to get our last ducks. well i got my last at noonish, but SOMEONE didnt want to shoot a duck on the water :umm: . so we had to wait a few groups until a drake mallard came in to finish out the day
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:07 am

Rick Egner wrote:That hen comes from Filer, the guy that raises buffalo was raising mallards and his wife got some of those runners (bowling pins) free and now he's got quite a few. They fly down to the snake a few times a week.


i dont think so because i'm quite a bit north of the snake unless she got confused and migrated the wrong direction :getdown: plus dont they have to clip the toes of domestic ducks?

anyways i think i'll have her done something like this only with her wing a little more extended out

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Postby casey_714 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:38 am

jjohnson_714 wrote:but SOMEONE didnt want to shoot a duck on the water :umm:


Ah... owell. At least my last duck turned out to be another drake mallard, and not a little hen redhead. That was actually kind of fun waiting for the last duck. I say "I want another greenhead for my last one". 10 minutes later, 2 of them come in, freeze in midair, I shoot one.. then we go home! We never did have any hot chocolate when we got home.. :thumbsdown:
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Postby Beak Buster » Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:46 am

good job guys that is a heck of a day. I went out sunday and got 4 geese to come in but because I'm such I good shot I just threw three rounds into the air as I watched them fly away safe and sound. :pissed: I suck.
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Postby casey_714 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:54 pm

Beak Buster wrote:good job guys that is a heck of a day. I went out sunday and got 4 geese to come in but because I'm such I good shot I just threw three rounds into the air as I watched them fly away safe and sound. :pissed: I suck.


:toofunny: That's funny!
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Postby wingnutty » Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:49 pm

That is a beautiful bird, congrats! A mounter for sure :thumbsup:

Shoot straight this weekend and yee shall be rewarded :getdown:
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Postby quackpipe » Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:28 am

glad to see you guys had a good havest on tuesday as well. we got 70 ducks (5 guys limits each day) on monday and tuesday. Is there much public access around you guys, or do you do alot of doorknocking?
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:35 am

anything below the high water mark is considered public access land. so there is a quite a bit if you dont mind there being houses right by you and people giving you dirty looks from there mulitmillion dollar waterfront homes :salude:
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Postby quackpipe » Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:16 am

I enjoy the uban assault and enjoy having the same rights to the water as the californian in the vacation home. we live in great states, but dont think that these rights are not under attack. In Montana, I understand that the Republicans vote against these laws and would rather have private ownership to the middle of the river. Post a photo of the mount when you get it back.
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Postby HaydenHunter » Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:19 pm

jjohnson,

As I understand it, the way the Pend Oreille River works is that private property exists down to the original high water line of the River, which is way out into today's existing river. So when you are floating on navigable water you are ok but as soon as you hit dry land you are on private property, even if that land is well below the modern high water mark.

The only reliable way to know if you are on public or private land on the Idaho P.O. River is to consult a USFS map. They have the definitive information for whether lands are public or private. Two maps cover the Panhandle from Lake CDA to the Canadian border. You can get them from the USFS office on Kathleen Avenue in CDA and they are $7 apiece.

The US Government (specifically the Corps of Engineers) owns a fair amount of real estate on the PO River but it is spotty and you have to know where the parcels are. Otherwise, you risk the legally permissible wrath of homeowners along the River.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:29 pm

you might be right, but from what i understand that is only the case in the 'old' properties that were owned before they flooded the river by building the dam. the 'new' properties (the ones bought in the past 20 years? i cant remember how long the dam has been there but its been awhile) property lines only go to the 'new' high water mark. at least that's what im told and im stickin to it. :getdown:
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Postby HaydenHunter » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:29 pm

You could be right. That would be great. How do we check on that?
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Postby casey_714 » Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:02 pm

I'm not exactly sure how you would check on that. Maybe call fish and game?

I kind of asked a game warden about it last year when he was checking us. He said you are basically ok to hunt anywhere on the river (even in front of private land). However, the land owners are able to buy some sort of permit, which makes a set distance from high-water their land.

I don't remember what kind of permit it was, how far from high water the permit allows them, or if anyone around here even has one (probably not).

(edited by your brother because we dont have a "high tide" in idaho)
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