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Bellas Harlequin

Postby ScaupHunter » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:29 am

Bella and I managed a couple of hours of sea duck hunting in between puddler hunts while hunting with some friends in northern Washington this weekend. We managed to collect our first Harlequin duck, and our first Surf Scoter. We saw hundreds of birds and even found a spot to layout hunt for OS in late January.

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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby Bill Herian » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:30 am

There you go Scaup :thumbsup:

Looks like you found some magnum rocks too.
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby Locked&Loaded » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:33 am

Good job, Scaup! Those 2 birds are on my bucket list.
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby OGblackcloud » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:34 am

Cool birds :thumbsup:
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:35 am

Nice job Scaup. they going to the Taxi?
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby sprigs4days » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:35 am

Beautiful birds. Congrats!
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby ScaupHunter » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:48 am

They are both going to the taxi. We had a great hunting trip with some DHC members over the weekend. Next year I need to harvest a hen to have mounted to go with the Harli drake. The last week of our season I plan to hunt with the same two guys layout style for Brant in a different area and in the same area layout style for OS, Scoter, and Buffies. I want to get a hen and drake of each species of scoter to have mounted. We saw some GE's in the area and another member from DHC has offered to get me on some Barrows that week as well. So hopefully I can get all the sea duck divers collected this year.
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:58 am

Way to go Scaup!
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:17 pm

Very cool birds. How far south do those birds migrate?
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Postby Crazy Matt » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:20 pm

Jealous! Very nice!
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby ScaupHunter » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:28 pm

Harlis will go all the way to northern Oregon though that is vary rare. We almost never see Harli's below the Puget Sound area in northern Washington and usually only in the far northern sections. Scoters often migrate all the way to California so they are more common. We are pretty blessed here in Washington. We are far enough north to be well within the southern extent of the major migratory flights of most sea duck species. Old Squaw work the north Puget Sound all winter. A 5 hour drive gets me to areas with public land available and open hunting on public waters, including from the beaches that are public. This allows a lot of opportunity for hunting on your own without having to pay for a guide to take you out. I think that is part of why there are only one or two sea duck guides in the state. We saw a couple thousand birds in the two hours we were out. No one was hunting them and from what the one DHC member we hunted with said, almost no one ever does. The week long series of layout hunts we have planned in late January should be epic.
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby beretta24 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:22 pm

Farthest I've seen harlis is Cannon Beach, OR area in June.

Good luck on the sea ducks....all but the long-tailed ducks are still on my list. Gonna need a WA or AK trip to put a dent in em.

Good luck on the brant.
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby bknilvr00 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:07 pm

Glad I was able to help you and your pup. It was worth being a chauffeur for a day to make it happen. The old squaw are gna be in for a hurtin in a few weeks!

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Postby cartervj » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:19 pm

Good job. :thumbsup:
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby JustinNH » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:28 am

Nice job!!
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby woodduck14 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:53 am

Awesome birds! Congrats...I'd say the Harlequin is the top on everyone's bucket list.
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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby SpinnerMan » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:10 am

Congrats.

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Re: Bellas Harlequin

Postby ScaupHunter » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:14 am

It is absolutely gorgeous. We have almost every animal and bird you can hunt in the nation. Thousands of square miles of public forest lands. Incredible fishing, hunting, and outdoor opportunities. You can live in a major city and be about an hour or at most two from any of them. I have traveled extensively and seen most of the US and a good part of the world. I came home to Washington after all that for good reason.
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