Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Minneguy » Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:05 pm

@micneador, that's all I hunt outa haha. Intelligent minds think alike !


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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Legband#1 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:03 am

Jerk cords if your packing in to a spot or a mallard machine if your in a permeant blind location are great ways to add motion and bring the decoys to life on a still day.
But many guys say they flare birds with them , if you find you are flaring birds with their use it is because you are pulling the cord or activating the motor when birds are over the top or facing the motion maker.
Always pull the cord or activate the motor the same way you call.
At their butts or on the rear side going away.
As the birds come around the ripples will still be on the water butt the decoys will not be moving around in a unnatural way.
And water movement on a still day can really aid in finishing the birds.
15-20 yard shots make for a much better hunt than 40-50 yard shots.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Minneguy » Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:34 pm

Legband, that's a great tip to get motion into the dekes. I have seen guys turn on the mojo when the ducks are committed, and seen them flare hard.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby micneador » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:24 pm

With a jerk rig, I run a stake to the side so the dekes are running sideways. Pull the bungee tight and when they can see it, let go. The "swimming" ducks look completely natural. Had many a groups set in after they saw that.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby dodman » Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:20 pm

If you use a floating blind, buy some cheap, big clamps at Lowes or wherever, and some 3" PVC. Cut the PVC into 8" lengths, drill a hole through them, and bolt each one to a clamp. Spray paint them brown.

Clamp them on a gunnel wherever you want, and after you pull your blind up, grab whatever natural vegetation is around and cram it into the PVC...branches, grasses, etc. It's a great, cheap, very quick way to blend in your blind, and you can easily move them around your boat.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby garthfishandhunt » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:28 am

Here's a way to get rid of a lot of that wild, ducky, gamey flavor in duck meat. Hang your birds in a refrigerator for a week or two BEFORE cleaning them. The blood will drain out of the meat and the meat will begin to age.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Russ-n-Brazoria » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:11 am

Do you rinse them off before hanging them like that? I guess I need to find a old fridge somewhere!
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby garthfishandhunt » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:35 pm

No rinsing. They go from my boat to the refrigerator and a couple weeks later to the processing table. And yes, I'd recommend you dedicate a refrigerator for ducks. It will quickly become full of blood, feathers and duck smell.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby AR Dave » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:08 pm

So you cut the breast out - fillet each side? Tear the skin back, is there a crust over the meat that needs to be cut off or anything?
I've heard of Old Timers who hung them until their head separated and the body fell.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby PursuitJRM » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:41 am

My name is John M. From Rocky Mount, NC which is east of Raleigh, NC about 50 miles. New to hunting and as well as the shotgun. Very interested in learning. Was wandering where I may be able to practice shooting at around here? Maybe someone can lead me and take me under their helm, show me around the sport so to speak. 27 year old, so not a kid haha, but really want to learn. Thanks!
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby AR Dave » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:45 am

Tip - post this on Target Shooting or maybe NC Thread.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby garthfishandhunt » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:57 pm

There is no crust on the meat. I take both breasts, the heart and both legs. Love them legs.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby motoking_1990 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:14 am

Marinade in my recipe for one night smoke for a couple hours then bake. No game taste.

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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby motoking_1990 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:15 am

I also only breast. Forget plucking all them feathers.

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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby micneador » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:12 pm

Normally I just breast them out, but start saving the legs about 2 weeks before Christmas. Grandma loves to cook christmas ducks legs.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Legband#1 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:17 pm

micneador wrote:Normally I just breast them out, but start saving the legs about 2 weeks before Christmas. Grandma loves to cook christmas ducks legs.


Enjoy it while you can my friend and let her know you love her, Grandmas don't last forever ,
I look forward to seeing mine again one day when the trumpet sounds.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby garthfishandhunt » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:36 pm

During the full moon, don't hunt in the morning. Hunt middle of the day and late afternoon.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby macmn3 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:36 pm

Tip of the day: when the ducks have all flown south, go ice fishing and drink beer!
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby duk_hunter155 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:04 am

jdenny21 wrote:If you've always worn Neoprene waders,try a pair of breathables... you won't go back, no matter how cold it is (just wear a good wicking pair of long underwear as your first layer) NO COMPARISON...



I stumbled across that fact a few years ago. If your hunting from a boat only go with waist high breathables also. The comfort level is so much better and they are warmer than neoprene if you wear as many layers underneath as the weather demands. You will find everything becomes easier and less tiring. AND THEY LAST ALOT LONGER .
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Minneguy » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:21 pm

Silly question guys, is the duck meat aged at a certain temp


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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby AR Dave » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:18 pm

That's not a silly question - someone answer him.

A few days ago, we lost a crippled teal hen. At the end of the hunt, my partner picked up a teal drake in that area and thought it was the same one. When I was cleaning them, I'm always the one cleaning, the meat was real cold while the others were warmish. It had been there a week, frozen in the ice, floating when the ice thawed. Meat smelled good and I debated on keeping it. Breast are so small I decided to feed it to the cat.
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Fatback » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:47 am

Minneguy wrote:Silly question guys, is the duck meat aged at a certain temp


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1-4 degrees Celsius is the range you must be in to keep Bactria from getting out of control. Lower then that your aging process will be brought to a halt.


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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Minneguy » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:24 pm

Tip of the day:
Use monofilament for Texas rigs, it's cheap, doesn't tangle and doesn't freeze stiff like my cords did last year


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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Glimmerjim » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:32 pm

Fatback wrote:
Minneguy wrote:Silly question guys, is the duck meat aged at a certain temp


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1-4 degrees Celsius is the range you must be in to keep Bactria from getting out of control. Lower then that your aging process will be brought to a halt.


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OK. I've set my thermostat at 3 celsius. I'd better not get any older after going through this! :lol3:
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Re: Duck Hunting Tips of the Day

Postby Russ-n-Brazoria » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:57 pm

Minneguy wrote:Tip of the day:
Use monofilament for Texas rigs, it's cheap, doesn't tangle and doesn't freeze stiff like my cords did last year


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300-400# test works best for Texas rigs
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