Hello yall. My name is Tyrel Palmer, and I am currently living in Juneau, Alaska, located in the southeast section called the Inside Passage between Canada and the Pacific. I grew up in Southern/Eastern Oregon where my dad was a deer hunter but I never got a chance to take my own game. I bounced around the Pacific Northwest for a few years before moving to Alaska, my first year I only fished and then last season started deer hunting again. IN October a buddy invited me out to go duck hunting, and I told him I'd never shot a shotgun before. SO we went and shot 180 clays and I had a blast. Bought my own shotgun and spent the rest of the season jump shooting as often as I could. This season I regrouped, bought some duck calls and some decoys and have been trying to learn how to use them. I joined this site because almost anytime I try to look something up I find a link to a conversation on here. So I joined last night. I'm super excited about duck hunting and even though I haven't had a lot of success so far with my decoys and calling, since I'm trying to figure this out on my own, it definitely has been a lot of fun and I've seen more success then I did last year....primarily due to better shooting.
I'm hunting with a Remington 870 Super Magnum, which I got Hunter Specialties Camo tape for, and just purchased a Final Approach Eliminator Express blind. I'm shooting 3.5" Winchester SuperX, but next year will definitely be dropping back down to 3" because I keep hitting my finger on recoil (started a thread here and all the advice I got said re downgrade). I"m hunting over 8 teal, 20 mallards, 2 pintails and a goose floater decoys. Falmbeau and Tanglefree. My calls currently are Duck Commander, I have their 6 in 1 Whistle, Teal Hen and Duck Picker, and bought their stuff before I ever heard of Duck Dynasty (I had watched an old episode of Benelli Presents Duck Commander and liked what I saw). Primarily my hunting influence has come from my brother-in-law who grew up hunting here but now lives where I grew up in Oregon. I have 2 friends who hunt here, one almost as inexperienced as me and the other was a guide from Montana, unfortunately his busy schedule has only allowed for the occasional hunt together.
Here in Juneau I'm primarily hunting for Mallards and Teal, but we see just about everything as we have both Sea Ducks and regular Ducks. We hunt in the wetlands, since we are a coastal community and most of the lakes are in no shooting zones. It causes interesting shooting environments since the tide changes as much as 25 feet every 6 hours, to as low as about 8-10 feet. The average tide is 15 feet, so if you want to only be out a few hours you have to be really careful where you set up, how long your decoy lines are, and often have to readjust during your time. Overall I'm becoming more addicted to this sport the more I go out and I love every minute of it. There are few things I've done in my life that have been this much fun!
Welcome to ALASKA! Step out of your car and INTO the food chain!