2017-2018 season prep thread...

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2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:27 pm

I know, we have one more day, but for all practical purposes my season is over and I am focused on prepping for next season. So with that, here's what is on the agenda for off-season projects:
#1 The blind boat. This is top priority #1. No, this will not be a boat with a boat blind, this is a blind boat. The boat will be 4' wide X 12' long and will be low profile with side angled down @25* to the water. The shooting box for 3 hunters will be small and tight, 30 or 32" wide X 8' long and 14 or 16" tall. A short, 8' long scissor blind will fold up along each side so that you will just be able to see over it while sitting on a 14" tall shell bucket. he blind will only be about 30" off the water at it's tallest point. I already have a 6.5hp. short tail motor for it. This will still afford us the opportunity to hunt small and tight, yet be way more mobile and able to move as conditions dictate. It will also lessen the amount and frequency we need to cut brush, as raffia will be used to break up the scissor blind.

#2 repaint pintail decoys
#3 restring 12 dozen old deeks texas rig style
#4 change out the bow light that broke on the mud boat from pounding in 3' seas
#5 new motor for the duck plucker that was given to me by a friend

What is on your list for next season? I sure like the looks and feel of the new avian X decoys. Saw them for the first time this season and if they stand up to abuse, I may sell my entire spread and buy avian X for following season.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:38 pm

(1) Do a count to see how many Decoys we've lost to the waves
(2) Drain and fill holes in a couple of three dozen decoys. ( not all shot...loose but plugs)
(3) marsh work....Lower Ellie's launch platform 6+ inches.
(4) Transplant a few root balls of cord grass around the blind late spring or early summer.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:05 am

D Comeaux wrote:(4) Transplant a few root balls of cord grass around the blind late spring or early summer.

Hey DC, I would also recommend fertilizer to help the grass grow tall around the blind. We use to do this at my cousin's lease. :thumbsup:
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Rick Hall » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:06 am

This year I'm really, really, really going to repaint the '04 and '05 Hardcore speck FBs that I've been going to repaint since '06.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby HNTFSH » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:48 am

Start a search for what would likely be lease. But the tricky part is knowing what will be planted as we do not have have managed lands, flooded ag fields, or any private lands managed for waterfowling. On top of that, the location has to be near moving water that freezes last. It's a very tall order and dicey considering we are not squarely in a flyway.

Closer to home, find a plot conducive to planting a dove field. That's not as hard logistically but harder tactically. I have no way to plant, manage, and mow such a spot so things get more complicated and expensive.

If I have to rely on "Public Lands" I won't be going much. There just are no places in Ohio within reach worth setting a season expectation for.

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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Mike the Fox » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:48 am

My big project is to paint my Alaskan gray and build a blind for sea ducking.



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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:04 am

Mike the Fox wrote:My big project is to paint my Alaskan gray and build a blind for sea ducking.



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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby sprigs4days » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:14 am

I'm gonna pull the trigger on getting a pup this year. Seems every time I'm convinced I'm ready I find a reason to hold off. Not this year. I'm doing it. This was my second season of hunting without one. Hunting just ain't the same without a mutt.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby waterfowlrookie » Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:24 pm

Small list so far. Season ends this next Saturday for me, so I'm jumping the gun a bit.
1.Re-rig decoys
2. pattern my shotgun
3. Pamper wife so I can hunt more next season.[WINKING FACE]

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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:55 am

I want to talk to the guys in our water blind about changing things up. We have floating blinds that end up being rectangular. Been thinking about ways to break it up, make it look more natural. I'm also thinking about scraping the grass and cane cover, turning it into a beaver hut.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby WVClaysandBassin » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:15 am

1. Finish cutting and attaching burlap strips to boat blind.
2. Paint 6 old FA mallards into black ducks
3. Get walk in permission on a good back water
4. Get ready to only hunt 5-10 days next season because wife is pregnant with....TWINS. :help:
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby HNTFSH » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:23 am

WVClaysandBassin wrote:1. Finish cutting and attaching burlap strips to the double crib.
2. Paint 6 old FA mallards into black ducks and make them into a mobile above the crib.
3. Get permission to watch football while babysitting.
4. Get ready to visit babies-are-us 3 times a week because wife is pregnant with....TWINS. :help:


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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:00 am

jaysweet3 wrote:I want to talk to the guys in our water blind about changing things up. We have floating blinds that end up being rectangular. Been thinking about ways to break it up, make it look more natural. I'm also thinking about scraping the grass and cane cover, turning it into a beaver hut.

beaver hut blind would be way cool!
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:34 am

D Comeaux wrote:(1) Do a count to see how many Decoys we've lost to the waves
(2) Drain and fill holes in a couple of three dozen decoys. ( not all shot...loose but plugs)
(3) marsh work....Lower Ellie's launch platform 6+ inches.
(4) Transplant a few root balls of cord grass around the blind late spring or early summer.


None were lost. It seems the 11/4" electroplated nuts worked just fine.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:20 am

Indaswamp wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:I want to talk to the guys in our water blind about changing things up. We have floating blinds that end up being rectangular. Been thinking about ways to break it up, make it look more natural. I'm also thinking about scraping the grass and cane cover, turning it into a beaver hut.

beaver hut blind would be way cool!


That fella on here, I think he's out of Arkansas, that built one. Way cool looking blind. Dunno how much weight we'd be adding. Need to find old dried our drift wood.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby waterfowlrookie » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:28 am

WVClaysandBassin wrote:1. Finish cutting and attaching burlap strips to boat blind.
2. Paint 6 old FA mallards into black ducks
3. Get walk in permission on a good back water
4. Get ready to only hunt 5-10 days next season because wife is pregnant with....TWINS. :help:

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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Lonegoose32 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:57 am

I need to figure out a way to keep my pit blind from filling up with water. Stays dry all year to about mid November. For being a dry year boy it filled with water quicker than years past. Roof sliders need to be refabricated too.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:34 am

D Comeaux wrote:
D Comeaux wrote:(1) Do a count to see how many Decoys we've lost to the waves
(2) Drain and fill holes in a couple of three dozen decoys. ( not all shot...loose but plugs)
(3) marsh work....Lower Ellie's launch platform 6+ inches.
(4) Transplant a few root balls of cord grass around the blind late spring or early summer.


None were lost. It seems the 11/4" electroplated nuts worked just fine.


Maybe next year. Knowing Douglas you know we've used about everything under the sun for weights, and the threads on nuts are bad for eventually cutting through line due to wave action.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:39 pm

We finally got out and finished transplanting and staking some bundles of cord grass to our eroding Island. I was told recently that we'll have access to a marsh hoe this summer. If so, we will be able to build up the island and hopefully build wave barriers. The water is wonderfully low, after all of the flooding this year. The depth around the blind area is only inches.

Arriving at the blind . We lost the south side grass to waves since the end of the season. We struggled to keep it in place with the high water.

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We got er done.

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I staked some cord grass along side existing bundles to form a long narrow cut for the pirogue hide. It's on the left, away from the blind.

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A couple of more shots of the area

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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:46 pm

Some of the fowl hanging around, or passing through our place.

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We couldn't identify this guy until I zoomed in and got the shot. Seems a little drab for this time of year.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:54 pm

A couple of refuge residents that will probably nest on our place.
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A couple of other species
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby OGblackcloud » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:55 pm

Nice lookin spot D :thumbsup:
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby D Comeaux » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:06 pm

OGblackcloud wrote:Nice lookin spot D :thumbsup:


Thanks OG... 1st season there under our belt, and we had fun. The openness makes it a challenge to get myself there in the pirogue on windy days, after I drop off the guys.


I got this shot from a long ways out and a bad sun direction. From their silhouettes, I'd say ruddy.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:25 pm

definitely, 100% ruddys.
Looks really good DC... :clapping: Have you given thought to maybe sinking some christmas trees in the muck around the blind and planting the cord grass in that? The tree limbs would help the wave action from eroding the cord grass once the roots entangle the limbs. Would think it would help until the grass gets a solid footing and becomes established again. If it's too late to get christmas trees, maybe try burying cedar trees.

BTW, thanks for the waterfowl pics...awesome.
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Re: 2017-2018 season prep thread...

Postby beretta24 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:24 pm

Dang, those pics make me miss the marsh D. Thanks for sharing.

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