How's everyone doing??

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How's everyone doing??

Postby Tim D » Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:58 pm

It's your season getting off to a good start?? :thumbsup:

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Postby captainkevan » Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:50 pm

the Cape is doing good, limited on mallards today by 7 a.m. . How 'bout the rest of the state?????
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Postby JoeP » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:58 am

Things are a little slow here in Gloucester. I expected to see a little more
than the number of birds I have seen. We need a good chill to get them
moving.

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Postby woodduck14 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:07 pm

i could only go out opening weekend so far ive got 2 blacks in berkshire county. saw a lot of birds though
should be able to get out next weekend cant wait
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Postby Mike M. » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:04 am

The first week was good. There were a ton of birds around on the opener and also a lot of hunters. Had a great day on the opener and even shot my first pintail. Tuesday was much slower but still some teal and blacks around. Wednesday afternoon it was a bust with it being real warm and no wind. Had to deal with dummy fisherman in boats not realizing that my decoy spread was in fact a decoy spread. I didn't get out today. I was expecting it to be more windy and didnt think it would be safe in a small boat on the windy side of a body of water so I skipped out.

So far its been good. I have been hunting the North Shore and central MA.
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Postby Tim D » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:58 pm

Just wondering how's everyone doing season going well I haven't seen many post so I would asume everyones hunting , we just need some weather , but I did get out to do some goose hunting between some sad family problems we shot some geese in this new spot I just got and got couple snow geese , so thats my highlight so far this year , been seeing more ducks , took drive to the coast seen lots of sea ducks , brant etc , buddy of mine just shot banded eider , so that about it!!

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Postby JoeP » Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:18 pm

Hi Tim, numbers are picking up here. That is funny your friend shot a
banded eider, I got one last year. Biologist for MA said a banded eider
is a hard thing to come by. Mine was from Lockport Nova Scotia banded
in 1996.

Right now I have been fixing up a wooden scull boat I just got and
working on my duck camp trying to get it buttoned up. The walls are
board and batton and it takes time to jig the notch out for the rafter
tails, and I have to play with the tide so I dont get stuck out there.
But it is coming along.

I have heard a few guys say that they have seen some snows around
here but I havent seen any yet. Is it the right time to see ringnecks??
I drove by a local pond today and noticed several buffleheads and they
were not alone. They looked like ringnecks but it was raining and
getting dark. Hopefully they will be there in the morning, I may give the
scull boat its first float of 2006. The boat is in the yard now, hopefully
the rain will swell the boat up enough so I dont sink ! :eek:

Hope everybody is well.

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Postby JoeP » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:27 am

Well the boat rows and sculls like a dream. No major leaks that I
could see. Those birds that I was talking about in my last post, they
were there again. I still couldnt tell what they were. They are not
ringnecks I dont think. They are about the same size as a bufflehead
and has the same color as a female buffle head but they dont have
the lighter color patch on the head. One of the birds had a much
darker head then the others. They are not coot either?? Next time
I will get a photo of them.

I have pics of the boat and some of the camp in a few early stages
of building that I will post once my sister shows me how to post them. :smile:

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Postby Tim D » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:46 am

Joe,

I bet they were Ruddy ducks Little raft of them I've seen them around !! I bet thats' what they were!!

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Postby JoeP » Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:00 pm

Tim, you know what, they very well could of been Ruddy ducks ! I havent
seen them before but now that you say it there is a good chance thats
it. How long do they stick around for? I wonder if they will be here for
the opening day? I know I havent seen the teal around for about a week.

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