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Re: Migration Report

Postby Bandedbrothers » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:42 pm

ell I gess I will try lake erie tomorro morning and give a try. Got the boat ready to rock and roll. if you guys hear anything within the next few hours let me know. more than likely I will be heading down there since I do not know the bay real well, Dont know where to put te boat in or set up at.

If I set up in the middle do I do tw straight lins of diver decoy? I have 3 dozen divers to set out. can anyone lt me know how the set out diver decoys? all I know is the straight line set up, anything else work?

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Re: Migration Report

Postby Bandedbrothers » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:54 pm

Can I put out mallrd decoys or just not even bother? I know I sound dumb but just wanted to know, I have a feeling that mallards or divers wont land wit each other.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:20 am

Never hunted open water but I've done a lot of research on it and talked to some people that do. As far as the divers guys usually put out 1 or 2 straight lins up to 100 yards or more. All this depends on how many deeks you have. With 2 doz I would run 1 line crosswind with about 1 doz deeks spaced 15 foot. Then in front of your boat I'd make a wad with the remaining doz. I'd put the puddlers out in front to. Just keep them a little separate from the divers. Like I said no expirence with open water but this is where I'd start with your settup. Good luck let us k ow how you do.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby waterfowlhunter » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:27 am

Bandedbrothers wrote:Can I put out mallrd decoys or just not even bother? I know I sound dumb but just wanted to know, I have a feeling that mallards or divers wont land wit each other.



When I hunt open water I put out about 3 dozen Magnum mallards and possibly a hand full of red heads or canvasbacks for the color. I usually set the divers downwind of the puddlers and all are within 40 yds of the boat in a random pattern with no real shape. Found that this works best for me and we always get our birds (if there are birds to be had). I know that there are "professional' ways to do it and guys with 100+ decoys put out on long lines but I have never tried it that was do I can not comment on it. Even a mile out in the bay you are in somewhat shallow water and can anchor individual decoys with a 54" line.

The water depth depends on the wind. a good north wind and now your in deep water.... :thumbsup:
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Re: Migration Report

Postby spartansfan » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:16 pm

Shot a 3 man limit of bluebills and buffies yesterday. Not as many birds around as a week ago. Still lots of hens and juvies. The big push of drakes should be in the next week or hard N wind
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:44 pm

Hopefully right around thanksgiving the mallards will come down. I have a little break from school/work then. Maybe I can get a few more good hunts in before seasons end.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:55 am

I'm up near oscoda deer hunting right now and most of the beaver ponds have a doz+ mallards on them. First weekend there have been ducks on the ponds since the local woodies and BW left in mid oct. must be a little push getting ready to come through. Once this warm weather breaks it migh get good.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:53 am

Anything happening? Haven't been out at all this week, but I know the past few weeks babe been slow for me. Is this cold weather starting anything or is it the same as it been since the 3rd week?
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Re: Migration Report

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:52 am

looks pretty slow still...

IDK if they are going to make it before the last weekend of the season.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:19 pm

Only one weekend left. Looks like I'll be staring at the mallards in December drooling again.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:28 pm

Duck killing weather on the horizon for the last week of the season. Image
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:55 pm

Hunted Fish point this morning. Got 1 greenhead and one drake woodie out of zone 48. 40 parties this morning and it filled up this afternoon. Didn't seem to be many ducks on the west half. Only saw about 15 ducks total. Maybe it will be better once the front hits.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby Bandedbrothers » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:04 pm

was looking to go out tomorrow but thing dont seem to be promising, guys are not shooting much. Might just try out Lake St. clair since last sat we took 9 buffs but the fog killed us. didnt see a ton of ducks just all buffleheads nothing else
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Re: Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:42 am

Fish point is all froze up. Gonna break a hole for the pm hunt today then maybe a hunt or 2 on the bay this week to finish out a disappointing season.
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Migration Report

Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:36 pm

Anybody still seeing birds? Seems to be quite a few ducks around here. Might be starting to slow down. No geese but locals yet. Still waiting on the big honkers.


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Re: Migration Report

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:14 am

Lots of geese, but I have seen very few ducks over the last couple weeks.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby Weedwacker » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:33 am

How's the water looking in the southern zone for the up coming 4 day hunt?
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Re: Migration Report

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:43 am

I was on the west side of the state over the weekend, and all the I saw water was open with little ice along the edge.
On the west side, all the small holes have some thin ice all the way across from what I have seen.
I am just hoping that the rivers are going to be open this weekend.
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Re: Migration Report

Postby Weedwacker » Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:08 pm

I will be hunting the northern part of the southern zone, west side of state.

Hunted the central zone two day season , had to break ice at ramp and 1/4 miles up river before we hit open water. Ice was thick, hunting was very very slow....
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Postby NuffDaddy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:25 pm

Saginaw Bay is starting to freeze. Hopefully the ramps don't freeze solid by the weekend.


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Re: Migration Report

Postby luv2hunt2 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:29 am

Anyone having any luck in the thumb area.
Haven't seen a duck or goose by me. :sad:
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Postby NuffDaddy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:52 am

luv2hunt2 wrote:Anyone having any luck in the thumb area.
Haven't seen a duck or goose by me. :sad:

are you in the bay or fields?


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Re: Migration Report

Postby luv2hunt2 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:21 pm

in the fields...Chased a few hundred`geese by caro yesterday. Couldn't get the permision needed to get in a active field
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Re: Migration Report

Postby luv2hunt2 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:24 pm

Never made it to fish point this year. Was it a bust?
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Postby NuffDaddy » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:01 pm

luv2hunt2 wrote:in the fields...Chased a few hundred`geese by caro yesterday. Couldn't get the permision needed to get in a active field

there was quite a few out the mouth of the river by the island and powers plant in mid December but the launches froze and I couldn't get to them. Never could find ducks anywhere else so I went up north to deer hunt instead.


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