Have blind will travel????

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Have blind will travel????

Postby 1080tommy » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:54 pm

Just going to throw this out there and first say this is a great forum with some good info for waterfowling. I am looking to see if anyone has any info on public areas to hunt in central to southern Illinois because I am having some tough luck up here in Northern Illinois. I am hunting heavily pressured areas and have been having no luck at all. I have a 02 1650 Xpress Duck Rig with a 40hp Yammie that runs great with an avery pop up blind with rain topper and wind blockers. My friend and I used to hunt a family farm in Huntley and started waterfowling there and got spoiled. I have worked heavily on my calling and think it is ok but just can not get birds to finish. I also have 4doz mallard floaters, 1 doz flocked goose floaters, 2 mojos on remotes, a flyway feeder and run a rigem right jerk rig. Just wondering if anyone has hunted any public areas south of the northern zone that may not be as heavily pressured as the Fox River up by me. I also have room to take anyone that would like to meet up and do some hunting up here on the Chain o lakes or Fox River. I guess this has been a tough year and I am just looking to branch out and find some new public lands to hunt. I did the scouting and knocking on doors routine and had no luck. In fact, most of the people almost seemed offended that I was asking to hunt their land. I understand because they probably get a lot of people asking to hunt their property. Great to be on the forum now and hope this is not to forward of a post. Just looking for some pointers on some public areas and I am thinking that I may just hook the boat up and do some scouting on google maps and go. Again, if anyone wants to meet up and do some traveling, I am in at any time. Thanks for all the info and reports from the members of this site.
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Re: Have blind will travel????

Postby KillerKowalski » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:58 pm

Research.

What public hunting grounds don't have pressure?!?! I still rely on my private fields year in and out rather then public land. Keep knocking. There are plenty of farms around Huntley and the Fox that haven't been touched by hunters.
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Re: Have blind will travel????

Postby 1080tommy » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:37 am

Hear ya there Killer. I guess I was just looking for some less pressured areas or larger areas that may offer more room. For example, on The Fox where I hunt, two weeks ago on Sunday morning we had 10 boats in a very short stretch of river where the stakes are in Barrington. I am not giving up on the private land and will hopefully find something in the future but for now was just hoping for some intel on public opportunities maybe in the central or southern zones. I know Rend Lake and Crab Orchard have some opportunities from my online research but was hoping to gain some knowledge from guys who have hunted these areas because I have read online that both Rend and Crab can be dangerous for smaller watercraft and I have a 16 footer so kindof concerned about that. Both are also 5 1/2 to 6 hour drive from me, and believe me, I have driven farther for other things but don't want to get down there and sink a boat or not be able to hunt at all. Thanks though, and I am going to keep looking! I would rather hunt fields than water because so far in my limited experience, I have had better luck over the fields but all my gear is for hunting over water because that's all I got now. I am also happy and feel lucky to still be getting out even though my friend had that farm get sold in Huntley.
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Re: Have blind will travel????

Postby TJP » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:58 am

Tommy,

I live in the same area as you. I do not have access to private land or a bearing of less-pressured hunting opportunities in our area, but I do have a couple states permits for this year maybe you could join at the Duck ranch or something one day.

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Re: Have blind will travel????

Postby ICFEET80 » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:09 pm

Oakwood bottoms can be decent....just go on weekday because weekends will be a zoo
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Re: Have blind will travel????

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:21 pm

Oakwood is about a seven hour ride for 1080. Worth a shot. Hopefully you can pull your boat with an electric car.
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Re: Have blind will travel????

Postby 1080tommy » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:27 pm

Thanks for the info. I am looking for next year some place to go for a long weekend or so. I will check it out!!!!!
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Re: Have blind will travel????

Postby BEDB » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:40 pm

I've never hunted the lake but ive hunted around it and know braidwood holds a ton of birds. Might be worth a shot. Just have to watch the weather cause ive heard that lake can get nasty. Also heard that Heidecke holds some geese. Never hunted either though. Planning on trying to later this year.

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