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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Tue May 20, 2014 1:44 pm

Wheeling and dealing with dams10ww on his MOJOs.
Half the decoys I'm flocking I've bought from him, but we hunt together too, so he makes my financing easy terms!
He's a chair person on a DU committee here in E Idaho, and I try to always support DU members first.

Looks like another flocking program is lining up for me now, and I'm only half way thru the current one.

Training the dog and flocking decoys. Are the fish ever catching a break!
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Tue May 20, 2014 5:16 pm

Waveslider,
Thanks for the imput.
Maybe I won't trouble the wife to make the bags. You're the second guy who's said that about individual bags being a pain in the hind end.
Yes, I will be able to touch up worn flock. Perhaps I should confine any efforts on preserving the appearance of those decoys to myself. Don't mind the work on them at all.

Sure have killed a lot of birds over 'just painted' decoys over the years, but it's nice to know that circling birds won't be getting to a point in doing so, that they ever catch a glint or glare off any of my flock in the process.
How many birds will that add to the strap? Some that might not have been otherwise...... me thinks!
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Mean Gene » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:17 am

If you can spare a little extra time each hunt use the nylon bags. If your wife is handy with the sewing machine, have her sew the nylon into the slots on your bags. The slicker you can make them the longer your flocking/paint will last. Honestly, using individual bags takes only a few seconds more for each bird. :thumbsup:
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:31 am

Gene,
I'm thinking along the same line about the bags.
Way too much work goes into them to not do all that one reasonably can to protect them.
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Mean Gene » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:51 pm

waveslider wrote:Not a bad idea regarding the nylon "liners". Regarding the individual bags, I'll make a bet with you that you don't make it more than one hunt before you jettison the idea completely. :)



I don't know man. I have used them for a couple years. Yep, they can be a pain, but I like to error on the side of caution, and I'm usually not in a major hurry, so it's worth it to me. Best way would be nylon liners. :thumbsup:
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:49 pm

Finished the first of many hens to follow today.
This GHG bird will hunt now.
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Dark she is, but she compliments her drake amazingly well.
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:32 pm

Busy, busy day today!

Washed the F150,

Went to IF and bought 33 gray landscaping bricks for Jan's Flower bed, then laid them in place.
End bricks to be cut tomorrow.

Bought an Avery 12 slot duck decoy bag, a dozen 7.5 oz. J hook decoy anchors, and a box of 20 ga. heavy loads at Sportsman's to break in Jan's new Autoloader she won at our DU banquet.

Mowed our considerable lawn this afternoon.

Put the head shading on about eight hen's heads this evening.

Dried a load of laundry.

Did the dishes

Just about to make a Gin & Tonic and kick back.
Frankly, I'm quite pleased with myself!
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby 3200 man » Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:52 am

Now you're going to have to wait for your REAR to catch-up to your over-loaded Brain......Yep , Gin and Tonic does help !

I try not to put-off what I can do today , until tomorrow but , with the early summers heat I'm looking for shade at every
opportunity ! Those Hens look Great ! Hopefully there will be a puddle to put them in and birds to be attracted ?

And if there isn't ? You won't have anything to do ? BUT......more Gin an Tonic useage .....with a friend ? :thumbsup:
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:16 pm

3200 man wrote:Now you're going to have to wait for your REAR to catch-up to your over-loaded Brain......Yep , Gin and Tonic does help !

I try not to put-off what I can do today , until tomorrow but , with the early summers heat I'm looking for shade at every
opportunity ! Those Hens look Great ! Hopefully there will be a puddle to put them in and birds to be attracted ?

And if there isn't ? You won't have anything to do ? BUT......more Gin an Tonic useage .....with a friend ? :thumbsup:


Larry,
I'm thinking there will be plenty of water to put my floaters in, it's the fields I'm mostly concerned with now. The best I had last season were lost to spuds, and sometimes those will stay in spuds for two or three years at a time once they start with that.
Then there are other fields we are just losing altogether, and that hurts the most!
I feel sorry for my younger friends, even those up in their 40s. They will have to work really hard at preserving the places they now have in the farmlands. I hope I can introduce the few younger of the local friends I hunt with now, to the best of the places I have, before my hunting days are over for good. It may be a help to a few of them in the future when things tighten up.
The river will see increasing pressure as the field hunting dries up, and let's hope that doesn't fall to the environmentalists as that cancer sweeps the land.

A guy has to do everything he can these days to stay ahead of the game. Lots of experimenting, as in flocking his entire spread of duck decoys for starters! The pressure is becoming intense I think, perhaps here more than I imagined even just last year. But it still has that feel of paradise to it here, and I think I will see the end of my time before it's gone entirely.
That is a strangely calming effect when planning the next year's activity.
In my case, I'm really not worried.........very much!
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Mean Gene » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:28 am

Water's gonna be in short supply here, but you can bet most guys won't do anything to alter the way they've always done things. There will still be ducks to kill, but in order to kill them it's going to take more work and effort, and maybe, just maybe folks will have to do things differently than they have in the past. If you have the right tools, and the drive to go use them, you'll kill ducks. If you don't, and wait for the rice paddies to fill, you very well may be sorely disappointed. Those of us who have put the time and effort in to obtaining the necessary gear and have the skills to use it will do just fine. Others...not so much. Could be a year where the loose dust is blown off the car and never returns.
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Re: What do we do in the off season?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:34 pm

I think I commented on this somewhere else, but it's sure windy again today.
Guess it keeps it cooler than it might otherwise be?

Was just sitting on the patio watching a few very scattered clouds roll by, you know, the big, white fluffy ones, and
thinking how close to 'High Summer' we are, and it seems as tho the snow just left not long ago.

Drove out through the heart of the local farm country yesterday, and the alfalfa is seeing it's first cuttings almost everywhere.

I'm seeing Morning doves around, but is it just my imagination, or there actually lots less of them than I remember?
I don't think the Collared doves are in competition with them for habitat or food, so maybe it's just a cycle?

I just got a flyer from the E Idaho State Fair telling me to buy tickets early for discounts (I think), and it put me in mind to try even harder to finish the flocking on my decoys, so I'm ready, and enjoy a bit of a respite before the Autumn hustle, and bustle arrives!
Now, with that having been said , a short nap :hi:
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