Freezeout Lake Report

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Freezeout Lake Report

Postby Troutslayer » Sat Oct 15, 2005 8:03 pm

I've just returned from freezeout lake where I hunted ducks for about 2.5 days and spent the rest of the 4 day trip scouting. There are no new birds there yet. It was hot, sunny and sometimes windy. We decoyed with about 30 dekes and had some action on the first day of hunting. 2 of us took 8 birds that day: gadwall, pintail, canvasback, mallard, buffelhead and a few of some of those.

Day 2 we took my 14' skiff out on one of the ponds and decoyed. We took 4 blue wing teal and 2 gadwall.

We also shot a few shovelers pass shooting today and blew a few other opportunities.

All in all we worked very hard for the few ducks we got and I would not suggest going there. There were plenty of skybusters and some other jerkoffs like the ones that turned their generator on at 4AM right next to our tents. We saw some huns and a female phesant and there were lots of people after them in the not so duckey weather. The birds are smart, flying high and over water.

You can use any motor you want on Freezeout and after burning through a trolling motor battery in .5 day we had to paddle the boat around which was not so bad. I think a mud motor would be the only way to run in the place. I only add this because there is another thread about it.

Never having hunted it before it was cool to see it and now know where to go when it comes time. Saw about 40 snows and about 100 swans. Most were in the protected area or on Priest Lake. There you have it you duck hunting freaks. Anybody know where there's some action to be had??
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Postby marcbme » Sat Oct 15, 2005 9:26 pm

Thanks for the heads up. The wife and I are thinking about going out there in two weeks. Hopefully the migration has started by then. I'll keep calling the freezeout info line to keep informed.
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No ducks here

Postby fun4jake » Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:07 am

the hunting in Deerlodge valley and Jefferson river valley have been real slow. I am pausing for the season until the northerners come down.
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Re: No ducks here

Postby nemont » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:33 am

fun4jake wrote:the hunting in Deerlodge valley and Jefferson river valley have been real slow. I am pausing for the season until the northerners come down.


If this weather pattern does not change you may be waiting awhile for the northern birds. Was in Canada last week and it was 60 degrees or warmer every day. There is feed everywhere and all the water is currently open. Unless that changes the northern birds have no reason to move. I am seeing cranes moving in flocks of a couple of hundred but nothing else seems to be moving through.

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Postby Troutslayer » Tue Oct 18, 2005 5:06 pm

My index finger is getting twitchey. Hopefully elk season will take my mind off of it until things improve. Elk hunting in 70 degree weather is also going to be strange.
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