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Open Water hunting

Postby Ducks22 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:36 am

Looks like they finally came out with the lakes that are going to be open to open water hunting

Mille Lacs
Lake Superior
Lake of the Woods
Lake Pepin

Sounds like the river is too but south of Hastings - not sure on this one???

Who's going to try it - would like to but not dropping the money on a rig until I know it is going to stick around for a few years.
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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby Scotty2hotty » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:10 pm

I drove past Mille lacs this weekend it's holding a ton of birds.
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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby goldfish » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:48 pm

I honestly think I'll be trying it in my kayak. I've already got ideas on making a hide for it, and have been trying to amass some diver decoys for it

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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby MinnesotaDan » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:09 am

So you just put out 500 bazillion decoys and sit in a low profile boat and wait for some dopey divers to buzz you or what? I'm not familiar with this kind of hunting at all. Seems like it could be effective.
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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby goldfish » Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:21 am

MinnesotaDan wrote:So you just put out 500 bazillion decoys and sit in a low profile boat and wait for some dopey divers to buzz you or what? I'm not familiar with this kind of hunting at all. Seems like it could be effective.

Sounds about right. Oh, and leave your common sense at home because you'll be a long way from shore in a little thing with big waves

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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby MinnesotaDan » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:26 pm

I would imagine a man would be thrilled for this is he was a merganser hunter.
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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby Mort » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:20 am

If I lived closer to any of these, I would gear up and do it..

You can do this on Spirit Lake in Iowa and guys do well late season.

Good luck for the guys that venture out.
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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby hillbilly.. » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:59 am

Sounds like fun.. who evers gona try it let me knw it sounds like a poor mans sea hunt
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Re: Open Water hunting

Postby beretta24 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:48 pm

It is crazy effective on divers and would open up a whole new world to puddle ducks if it was allowed statewide, or at least on most lakes. It's more than just divers that raft up in the middle of lakes.

I would defintely want to go with someone who's done it wait for a calm day before i tried pushing it on any of those waters though. There are definitely some tricks to keeping things safe, from waiting for reasonable weather to how you approach the layout with your tender boat...not something most minnesotans have experience doing.
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