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How to hunt different species MN

Postby Minneguy » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:09 pm

I grew up hunting woodies and mallards here in central Minnesota. I have only shot mallards and woodies until last year when I shot a teal for the first time. How does hunting the different species we have here in mn differ? How do I target other species? I have always been a small water puddle kinda guy, but i have recently got the itch to hunt as many species of duck as possible. Which taste the best? Which are the most fun? Thanks guys!


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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby t_baker » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:12 pm

I love shooting teal. And they rank right there with woodies as far as eating.

Number one you need to find areas the hold different ducks. Big water is going to hold your divers, little water will hold your puddlers. I always put out a variety of decoys, teal, mallards, pintail, wigeon, gadwalls. Combine that with the appropriate calls and a area with more than mallards and woodies and you should kill more variety.
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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby ArkansasRobertson » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:19 pm

I put out mainly hen decoys because arkansas has such a wide variety of species and hens all kind of look alike.

We can't keep teal out of our decoys down here, they will land in with any species as far as I can tell.

I have 6 green wings deeks. 12 gadwall. a couple green heads, and about 4 dozen hens. Got a small selection of duds and randoms in there too.
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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby hillbilly.. » Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:22 pm

were in central mn ive shot every thing from teal to canvasbacks in same spot.
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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby Minneguy » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:27 pm

I think next year I'll be trying for some big water spots, see how that treats me.
I might haveta invest in some different species of decoys. I already have a good assortment of calls, but I think a few more couldn't hurt either haha.
Are big water tactics essentially the same as small water?


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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby hillbilly.. » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:03 pm

What part of mn do you live i hunt bigger water with a buddy
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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby Minneguy » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:21 am

I'm from central ( Becker, near Saint Cloud) Minnesota


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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:07 am

If you find a good food source you really open up your chances it seems like. But generally bigger water will get you divers, shallow small spots will get you puddle ducks.

If you really delve into the natural history of a duck species on a more scientific level you can get a lot better idea where you can find each individual species.
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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby Minneguy » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:53 am

Minnesotadan,
Did you just suggest I do some research about an animal?
I love researching the biology and history of animals.
That's some homework I can enjoy haha


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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby MinnesotaDan » Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:04 am

Minneguy wrote:Minnesotadan,
Did you just suggest I do some research about an animal?
I love researching the biology and history of animals.
That's some homework I can enjoy haha


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When I'm bored in the blind I go on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website and read about all the birds I'm seeing that most people consider boring like ruddy ducks and I thinks its really interesting.
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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby beretta24 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:17 pm

MinnesotaDan wrote:
Minneguy wrote:Minnesotadan,
Did you just suggest I do some research about an animal?
I love researching the biology and history of animals.
That's some homework I can enjoy haha


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When I'm bored in the blind I go on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website and read about all the birds I'm seeing that most people consider boring like ruddy ducks and I thinks its really interesting.

You just like ruddys for their big peckers

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Re: How to hunt different species MN

Postby MinnesotaDan » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:28 pm

ha! nice play on words.
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