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Dang eagles....

Postby suicidal_scaup » Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:26 pm

Has anyone else had a problem with eagles taking your killed ducks? I have lost one to an eagle each of the past two weekends. Last weekend it was my fault. I dropped a ringbill and was going to wait a few minutes before retrieving it because the ducks were flying all over the place. I guess I left it a little too long and he swooped down and gobbled it up.

Today I sailed a bluebill down and it landed about 150 yards out. I grabbed my binoculars to see if it was dead or crippled. As I put the bird in my sight, the eagle came into view and grabbed it. He must have been watching the whole time because the duck couldn't have been on the water for more than 20-30 seconds.

I have never had this problem in the past 20 years I have been hunting. Anyone else have this problem? Maybee it is because I am now up north in "God's Country" and there are just more eagles around...
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby beretta24 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:02 pm

Hmmmm...I wonder what bald eagle tastes like?
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:04 pm

beretta24 wrote:Hmmmm...I wonder what bald eagle tastes like?

They're better tasting than loon, but not quite as good as trumpeter swan.
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Postby suicidal_scaup » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:42 am

Although it stinks to lose the birds, it was neat to see the eagle in action. I watched him eat in a tree and was going to check out that spot after the hunt but it was a little too far into private property and without a blaze coat I did not want to be mistaken for a deer. I had a hat, but still too scary for me.

Went to the casino last night...no feeding the eagles today. Didn't get back til around 3am. Guess I will hit it hard next weekend.
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Postby beretta24 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:43 pm

They are pretty impressive. There's a pair that have nested near my folks' place in Lindstrom the past few years. I've seen them do a good job cleaning up after fisherman. They seem to support at least one little one each year too.
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Postby Ducks22 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:30 am

Had a similar experience in ND this past week except it was a golden eagle and came down to get one of my full body mallards 5 yds from our layout blind. Came from behind us flew right over the blinds and smacked it hard, never even saw it coming. Definitely a neat thing to see other then the large scratch going down the back of my new decoy
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Postby goldfish » Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:22 pm

That'd be a cool story to tell just to leave that scratch on the decoy. When up in Canada we had a hawk think about snagging a decoy for a second but he decided not to at the last moment. I've never had any other animals snag my birds though. When I get one I usually am so giddy that I have to go get it right away to see it.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby MNjonboatguy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:32 am

This is funny, I had a buddy tell me that a bald eagle stole his wounded mallard at a lake we both hunt. This group of buddies has messed with me so many times that I figured they were just trying to yank my chain. Thanks for validating their story!

Oh, and the story about the full body mallard decoy getting swooped on is very impressive. You must've been hidden very well!
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby suicidal_scaup » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:46 pm

goldfish wrote:That'd be a cool story to tell just to leave that scratch on the decoy. When up in Canada we had a hawk think about snagging a decoy for a second but he decided not to at the last moment. I've never had any other animals snag my birds though. When I get one I usually am so giddy that I have to go get it right away to see it.


I am right there with you on that...I am typically getting made fun of for wanting to get my kill ASAP...I guess I shoulda kept that mentality over the past couple weeks. That's what I get for listening to friends...dang.
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Postby Podcast » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:53 pm

I had an eagle swoop down and almost grab a bird as my dog was retrieving it. He was only a couple feet from the bird. As illegal as it is I was damn close ta pullin the trigger in that eagle.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby goldfish » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:25 am

Podcast wrote:I had an eagle swoop down and almost grab a bird as my dog was retrieving it. He was only a couple feet from the bird. As illegal as it is I was damn close ta pullin the trigger in that eagle.


Lies. You would have been watter swatting that duck so that your dog could retrieve it without it diving. That eagle just came out of nowhere.
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Postby Podcast » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:32 pm

The duck was dead. It died the. Drifted 200 yards out in current afore the dog could get it.
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Postby goldfish » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:40 pm

Podcast wrote:The duck was dead. It died the. Drifted 200 yards out in current afore the dog could get it.


Add some sarcasm into my post. Maybe a :wink: at the end too, since it would be illegal to shoot an eagle, but it is perfectly legal to water swat your cripple. Although the 200 yards might be a little interesting to explain
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Postby Podcast » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:12 pm

Gotcha goldfish. Sorry man, I was in the blind. Didn't decipher the sarcasm!
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Postby beretta24 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:21 am

You think eagles are bad? Try running one of those motion varmint decoys at night without tying it down. Owls can be a b****, and you can't hear them coming.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby goldfish » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:48 pm

beretta24 wrote:You think eagles are bad? Try running one of those motion varmint decoys at night without tying it down. Owls can be a b****, and you can't hear them coming.

:lol3:
Can you coyote hunt at night in MN? I didn't think you were allowed to shoot anything at night here.
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:13 pm

I had a barred owl swoop down on my spinner in the foggy dark minutes right before legal light just this year. It was creepy how dead silent it was.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby suicidal_scaup » Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:39 pm

Man...I guess this is kinda turning into a cool post! It is neat to hear the different stories that people have while in the field. Keep 'em coming! :thumbsup:
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby beretta24 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:01 pm

I haven't read the regs for this season, but if I remember correctly you just can't hunt at night until January (after all the deer seasons close) and can't use lights. I don't receall if there is a restriction related to the types of firearms; i.e. rifles vs shotguns.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:41 pm

Had an eagle try and grab a mallard on . Picked it up a couple times but couldn't hold on to it. It never tried the couple canadas floating a few yards away.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:43 pm

Had an eagle try and grab a mallard on Saturday . Picked it up a couple times but couldn't hold on to it. It never tried the couple canadas floating a few yards away.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby suicidal_scaup » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:22 pm

I guess the moral of this story is I need to start shooting bigger birds. Divers=eagle breakfast. Mallards=too much work for the eagle...
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby goldfish » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:27 pm

suicidal_scaup wrote:I guess the moral of this story is I need to start shooting bigger birds. Divers=eagle breakfast. Mallards=too much work for the eagle...


How much bigger you planning on shooting? Somewhere in the 6.6 to 14lb range? :lol3:


The guy I was goldeneye hunting with last weekend told us we needed to keep an eye on the eagles when we down a bird. Never downed a bird, but still. Thought I might have had a contribution to this thread but the birds didn't want to cooperate.
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby suicidal_scaup » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:17 am

goldfish wrote:
How much bigger you planning on shooting? Somewhere in the 6.6 to 14lb range? :lol3:


The guy I was goldeneye hunting with last weekend told us we needed to keep an eye on the eagles when we down a bird. Never downed a bird, but still. Thought I might have had a contribution to this thread but the birds didn't want to cooperate.


HeHeHe...I heard they taste like loon...
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Re: Dang eagles....

Postby Swamp Gas » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:29 pm

Nothing a few days of marinating can't fix.
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