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Emiquon 2013

Postby brickgw » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:55 am

Just curious if anyone has heard if Emiquon is going to be open for waterfowl this year? I think they decide every season what the rules for the site will be and I haven't heard anything about it yet. I've also heard the group that owns the place isn't too fond of hunting to begin with. Hopefully it will still be open.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby brickgw » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:39 am

Nevermind I found the updated regs on the nature conservancy website.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby lilfukr79 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:18 pm

have you ever hunted emiquon before?
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby brickgw » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:29 pm

Hunted there a few times before I got the boat and did ok. Not hardly worth the hour drive to get there though. They hold a lot of ducks but damn it can be a hard place to hunt. If they had actual blinds or let you use a boat with a motor it would be a different story.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby lilfukr79 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:41 pm

I hunted there once last year for the first time. My MM was broke down and a buddys buddy had a pass. I thought it sucked, water was low so the mudline from cover to water was 50 to 60yards. Didnt fire a shot. Our other group had a spot next to us and they had cover about 15yds from water. I think they shot 4 ducks. Went back to marshall the next day and all the blinds beat the ducks. I was not happy. Im gettin to old for walk ins, give me my boat in the mud any day.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby brickgw » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:09 pm

Yeah some of the hikes can be rough down there. Its definately pretty low on my list of preferred places to hunt. Although without a boat a guys options get limited pretty quick.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby lilfukr79 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:30 pm

well u got a mud rig now so u can deff keep that place at the bottom of list. dont know what you work schedule is like during the week but i usually hunt a good amount during the week. maybee we could line up n hunt a lil cause boat isnt usually full during week days. We need to line up next couple weekends maybee n ride around n check out blinds or sumping like that.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby catdiesel15 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:08 pm

lilfukr79 wrote:Went back to marshall the next day and all the blinds beat the ducks.


You hunt Marshall often ?
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby lilfukr79 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:06 am

Ya I hunt there a good amount.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby brickgw » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:06 am

lilfukr79 wrote:well u got a mud rig now so u can deff keep that place at the bottom of list. dont know what you work schedule is like during the week but i usually hunt a good amount during the week. maybee we could line up n hunt a lil cause boat isnt usually full during week days. We need to line up next couple weekends maybee n ride around n check out blinds or sumping like that.


I hunt mostly Monday through Thursday except when I'm on vacation. We usually got a spot or two open as well. Shoot me a pm either here or on mmt. I'm definately ready to put some more hours on that motor b4 season
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby BRCPres » Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:41 pm

Looks like Emiquon will be closed unless things change before the season starts:

http://www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/pso/article/national_wildlife_refuges_among_areas_closed_by_shutdown
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby brickgw » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:30 pm

I heard that from a guy at work. I think most of the state places will still be open luckily.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby asmythe32 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:49 pm

So if I am reading that right then Carlyle lake is going to be closed until the government starts back up? People will lose their minds if they can't hunt there.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby rism » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:27 am

Ain't no water in Emiquon anyway for duck hunters !! Nature Conservancy runs the area on the east side of Rt. 78 - and north of the big levee just above the Spoon River. It gets confused w/ Emiquon a lot but it's a complete different entity. The weekly aerial waterfowl survey shows it as Emiquon but it IS NOT.
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Re: Carlyle

Postby rism » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:30 am

The walk in areas that usually have corn planted are run by the STATE. Those are not or will not be closed. There seems to be a lot of misinformation going around. Everyone needs to educate themselves on what is STATE and what is FEDERAL !!!
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby BRCPres » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:26 pm

Rism: how low is the water at Emiquon right now? Is it holding any ducks or did it dry up?

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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby brickgw » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:25 am

Went by Emiquon yesterday. The water is low but not any lower than usual. It's loaded with coots as far as the eye can see. Other than that a few spoonies and teal.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby Skyblaster7 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:48 am

brickgw wrote:Went by Emiquon yesterday. The water is low but not any lower than usual. It's loaded with coots as far as the eye can see. Other than that a few spoonies and teal.


what about the 11,000 pintails there?
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby supr87gt » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:34 am

Skyblaster7 wrote:
brickgw wrote:Went by Emiquon yesterday. The water is low but not any lower than usual. It's loaded with coots as far as the eye can see. Other than that a few spoonies and teal.


what about the 11,000 pintails there?



Thats all4killindux's opening day decoy spread.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby rism » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:08 am

The 3 posts above this are all referring to Nature Conservancy, not Emiquon. Count sheet is out what it shows (11,000 pintails) are on the nature conservancy land. Emiquon is BONE DRY went by there Tuesday. Coots they are talking about are on Nature Conservancy. Water in Nature Conservancy is high from topping the levees last spring. The ducks that they are holding mostly stay on the east side. I tried to glass the pintails Tuesday but they were so far to the east I could only see some in flight now and then. If the Nature Conservancy truly wanted us to hunt the area they would put a little more effort into it other than putting a stake in the ground and saying good luck. They are not anti-hunting but they are not pro-hunting either. They do what is necessary to get donations to fund conservancy programs. They understand that if hunters turn against them they have a problem. Spunky Bottoms down across the river from Meredosia is another example. Possibilities of being a good duck hunting destination - but - you can't hunt where you need to. They tried charging $15.00 a person for a couple of years. Drawing was in the restaurant @ Versailles @ 0500. Went once. 3 people on a Saturday morning. No ducks, walked a mile AWAY from where the ducks were to hunt. Finally moved the drawing to a utility barn on site and quit charging as nobody showed up. Don't even have a drawing anymore. State has some land next to it but nothing to hunt on for ducks.
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby all4killindux » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:28 am

Really! Your still at it. Mine are still in the garage
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Re: Emiquon 2013

Postby ReaperWaterFowl » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:18 am

When I attended WIU a few years ago I hunted Emiquon mostly every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. During my time there I did well with some buddies. We limited out many times, only getting skunked twice. Emiquon is a good place to hunt but yes it is hard. One, you need to win the lottery and take a good "blind" (there are no blinds). If you win, which you should, you most likely have a decent hike in front of you. I never hunted with more that 30 decoys out there so its not too bad of a load to carry out. A hail call and a few quacks will bring them close then I used the feeder and locked them in 9 times out of 10. If the water is still low you need to take either blind 12 or 13 I believe. Those blinds are off an little inlet to the west. They offer cat tail cover and the birds dump in there right as shooting time arrives. So if you don't have a boat and don't mind the hike, I'd say it is a great place to shoot some birds. Mostly we shot teal, pintail, and shovelers. Obviously coots over run the area so if things go south, blow some up and help drive those numbers down. I wouldn't eat them but the old times around the area have said, if cooked right, they are good. I still would not eat them. Anyway I haven't been there in 2 years so take this info and build on it I guess. I hope to travel down there once this season. Good luck!
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