Let the Madness Begin

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Let the Madness Begin

Postby pmahler » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:56 pm

Looks like some serious weather coming....bang bang bang. Was able to get out with my dad on Saturday morning/afternoon & put 14 green on the ground, landed a group of 40-50 in the field & took 6 out of it, was a lot of fun! This week should rock assuming you're in the right place.

best of luck to everybody & be safe on the roads & rivers
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby Rat Fink » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:07 pm

It's time for sure. We put 16 geese and 23 mallards down on Sunday. My good fields should really get ripping now.
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby K-Town » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:29 pm

Had a good day on Hungry Horse Reservoir!
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby Frenchy » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:22 pm

Any one got any good tips for staying warm while standing on the bank of a river. Going to give it a bo this weekend, but most in the group are a little nervous about the cold. We typically just brush in a little spot on the bank. No real blinds to speak of.

Open to suggestions.

Hoping braving the cold will pay off with a boat full of birds!
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby phutch30 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:54 pm

wear warm cloths....oh and dont get wet
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby Frenchy » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:34 pm

I've done the "get wet" thing more than once. :oops: Will be layering up like the kids on the Christmas Story!

I've got a few guys willing to brave the elements with me this weekend, so we are going to give 'em hell. Hoping the birds cooperate.
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby PTROOFER FTFOWLER » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:19 pm

-24 today when we pulled out. Dress warm, stay dry, hope the boat doesn't break down when your a few miles downriver. All went well despite the distinct possibility I might lose the lower half of my ear. When shuttling guys up and down the river, pull stocking cap over your ears. When ducks are dropping in you tend to warm quickly. Make sure and read the signals your dog is sending you. Let him decide when the hunt is over.
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby pmahler » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:54 pm

4 above & 17 below but thankfully the sun was shining. Talk about a spectacle...just magical watching greenies drop out of the stratosphere trying to get where you are. Just awesome when they want to be where you are.Two days of madness, to continue elsewhere tomorrow & thru the weekend. Hopeful field hunts & more warm water sloughs
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby OGblackcloud » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:33 am

Some nice pictures Fowler
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby phutch30 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:41 pm

minus 28 this morn, but ended with 19 green, one drake greenwing )couldnt help myself :yes: ) and a mallard hen(after watching them shoot a box of shells I didnt begrudge them the hen). Not sure whats so hard about shooting backpeddling ducks at 20-25 yards but apperently it is. Hunting that long in that kind of cold was hard on the dog , but still done in a little over an hr. Ole moose was very happy to get in the truck. LOL

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PTroofer- do you think someday you could take me to your honey hole???
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby PTROOFER FTFOWLER » Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:51 pm

Phutch do you think maybe someday you can take me to your honey hole?


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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby phutch30 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:34 pm

Youve been there. I admit, it sucked when I invited you, but still... ye shall go again :beer:
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby PTROOFER FTFOWLER » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:04 pm

Oh that's the spot you had me drive five hours in a blizzard to sit in the truck and watch you jump shoot a couple ducks after a 400 yard sneak through waist deep snow. I remember that spot, seemed sweet.


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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby phutch30 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:10 pm

Yea the blizzard put a damper on the hunting as well as driving most of the birds into ID
LOL you also saw me dump a drake gaddie with an increadable behind the shoulder shot so you couldnt shoot it....also as I recall I may have hinted about a blizzard coming and also asked if you wanted to throw decoys in the warm spring pond... which you declined to do
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby klabrel » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:19 pm

-24 out here this mornin. Set up on a spring-fed slough with a 15' circle of open water. 7 greenies in a little less than an hour. Nothing better than watchin birds set into that small of a hole. Love this time of year. Needless to say the dog was happy when the last bird hit the ice. :beer:
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby pmahler » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:43 pm

you have a honey hole Phutch?
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby Troutslayer » Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:04 am

Whoa I'm glad you guys are seeing some on that side of the divide. Even the sloughs that normally hold birds around here are iced over in this brutal cold. Most birds seem to have blown out on this cold front. Even the river is frozen all the way across. Sad hanging up the gear so early this year. At least there are still some geese around.
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby pmahler » Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:06 am

had a good day yesterday in this cold & should be able to do it again this afternoon: 14 greenies, saw a few teal but not close enough to shoot sadly....unfortunately going to be colder this afternoon
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby shawdawg02 » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:42 pm

Buddy and I were able to track down a little open water the last 2 days. easy limits of green both days. -12 when we left the truck at 7:00 and of course the birds didn't start flying this morning until about 11. Not many birds flying but those we saw sucked right it.
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby Lawdog » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:23 am

Yep. It's western now. Be seeing you out and about R.B.
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby shawdawg02 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:49 pm

Had a great shoot this morning in the snow storm. 7 green heads in 8 shots. They were up close and personal. And to top it off I finally got some jewelry. I keep pretty good records of birds retrieved and it has been just over 600 ducks since my last band so I think I was due!
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby PTROOFER FTFOWLER » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:44 pm

Been loving the cold, -24 Saturday, two limits but camera froze.
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Today a t shirt day, fifteen above zero
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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby MaxDuck » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:06 pm

Wow I just stumbled on this thread, but I've never felt like such a baby hahaha I think it's a cold day in Illinois when it's 15 degrees out and you all are cutting limits in weather that is COLD. Congrats guys, keep it up. Also, the pictures are great


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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby Fowl Intentions » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:41 pm

Glad to see some are getting out. I'm nursing a sick outboard. Not sure if it will make it the rest of the season, bummer too because there's a new boat to put it on. Lame.



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Re: Let the Madness Begin

Postby phutch30 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:46 am

Poor ole Moose just cant handle those temps anymore. This year will prob his last late season.

Ptroofer- the pile of emptys from yesterday would have been more impressive than the pile of birds :no:

I finally after 4 or 5 years got to see Ray lose his temper.....just wish he hadnt completly doused me with his jet as he was attempting to leave the hole first. Oh well It was only 22 below zero getting soaked is nothing. Let me tell ya. When your up to your waist in water and someone punches the throttle on a jet 5 feet in front of ya. You cant outrun the water. But on the plus side you get to watch the hi pressure wall of water come at you in slow motion.
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