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Spring Speck season

Postby blackrock » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:13 pm

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Buddy finally got the elusive Speck he's always wanted!
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby blackrock » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:15 pm

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One of these will go to the taxi.....
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby dudejcb » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:16 pm

Forget the taxidermist. Send them to the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. You won't be disappointed.
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby blackrock » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:17 pm

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He's loving the new speck season!
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby blackrock » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:19 pm

Yeah we heard they are tasty. Gonna hit em hard this week.
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby woodduck31 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:24 pm

congratulations, there isn't much better eating than specks on the grill. As good as any steak I've ever eaten.
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby MS » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:45 pm

Congrats! I am way jealous..
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby waveslider » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:38 am

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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby Slidellduckhunter » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:25 am

Back in Louisiana specks were always considered the very best waterfowl eating around with canvasbacks a close second.
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby blackrock » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:03 pm

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Buddy whacked a few more last week! Have to say we were not impressed with how they decoyed to a mixed Snow and Speck spread. Next year I'm trying something different.......
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby speczilla » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:48 pm

How did you set up your decoys? Were the snows and specs mixed like salt and pepper or segregated black and white?
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby blackrock » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:01 pm

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We separated them out as we see them in fields there. They had been shot at some apparently, as they would see the white Snow decoys from a distance and come, but just skirt the spread right out of range. We were in a pit, so well hidden and buddy sounded good on the call. The only batch that came right in (about 50) decoyed right in to the big bags and stacks of decoys as I was picking up, 100 yards from my shotgun! I was thinking of trying a small Speck only spread or maybe only like 3 full bodies next year. Seems like I read that worked for a Louisiana guy in the late season.
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby Slidellduckhunter » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:32 am

It was always our experience back in Louisiana that specs were by far the most difficult waterfowl to hunt, in fact Dad always told me that specs were more wary even than turkeys. If there was just the slightest thing that the spec would consider suspicious they would not come near us at all. You have done well!
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby blackrock » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:37 pm

That makes me feel a hell of a lot better! We had a lot fly right over us last year when there was no spring season so I made the erroneous assumption that they were kind of dumb! Really cool geese though, something different for us, buddy got kind of burned out on limits of Canada's almost every day. Got spoiled! We look forward to trying them again next year.
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Re: Spring Speck season

Postby speczilla » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:13 pm

Couple of thoughts - first on your decoy set up I would try to separate the specs and snows but keep them right next to each other. Also you likely need more snows and maybe more realistic snows. Silosocks are great but only if you have wind and lots of them. I would venture a guess that is what spooked the birds.

Specs are certainly not easy to decoy but I would rate them easier than snows - at least in CA and OR. Snows have this mob mentality and travel mostly in large groups and are very reticent to commit easily. it takes several passes to get them down to shooting range. We rarely see groups of snows that are less than 10 birds. That many eyes and ears on you and your decoys makes it very tough. Specs don't seem to travel in such large packs here which makes them a little easier.
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