Ice defeat

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Ice defeat

Postby untamed1 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:47 pm

Tried this out last weekend at Stillwater. I feel as though it would work if there had been any birds out there. What do you guys do when the freeze happens to get the birds?ImageImage
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby huntfishnv » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:07 pm

Thats interesting, bet it could work. Other popular methods are black tarps or cutting holes with chainsaws.
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby Sagebrush » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:29 pm

You need open water.............

At the open water there will be lots of ducks...................they keep it open.
so you need lots of decoys. Lots of movement and lots of noise.

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Re: Ice defeat

Postby untamed1 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:48 pm

Look I'm making small talk, just trying to open up the forum during this slow time. I understand the dynamics of how to hunt this time of year. Every now and again when you take a chance you are rewarded. I mostly wanted to hear what everyone does when the ice locks up not for my edification but so that we can share the knowledge across the board.
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby amink » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:53 pm

We move to the river, though if you can bust the ice big enough, you can have a good day. It's just tough when it's been locked up this long. The birds don't hang around waiting for it to thaw. I was always surprised that the ditches at Stillwater didn't hold more birds when the ponds started freezing up.

The other option is go chukar hunting. :yes:
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby DuckManWest » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:49 am

OK, let's discuss! :biggrin:
When everything is froze up, I drive for hours to open water where birds are, or I go work in the shop.
Back in my early years of duck hunting , I sat over blow holes in the ice all day. Most birds were gone at this point, but i did it anyway. I suppose I thought it was fun freezing my rear end off back then!! :lol:
Ya All have fun out there on the ice and good luck! 13 degrees in Washoe this morning.They built a heck of a nice hockey rink out there. Bring your blades and leave the boom sticks at home!
I did see a Snow goose fly over the lake the other day...well, it turned out to be a fat seagull :hammer:
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby creationchris » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:55 am

untamed1 wrote:Look I'm making small talk, just trying to open up the forum during this slow time. I understand the dynamics of how to hunt this time of year. Every now and again when you take a chance you are rewarded. I mostly wanted to hear what everyone does when the ice locks up not for my edification but so that we can share the knowledge across the board.


Plain and simple- When it freezes this hard, the ducks leave. I head to the sac valley where they all are this time of year.
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby NVDuckHunter76 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:43 pm

creationchris wrote:
untamed1 wrote:Look I'm making small talk, just trying to open up the forum during this slow time. I understand the dynamics of how to hunt this time of year. Every now and again when you take a chance you are rewarded. I mostly wanted to hear what everyone does when the ice locks up not for my edification but so that we can share the knowledge across the board.


Plain and simple- When it freezes this hard, the ducks leave. I head to the sac valley where they all are this time of year.


Echo what Chris said......
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:02 am

Small talk is good............

Yes it is slow this year............

I am already looking towards next year........... I hate busting ice...... never did the river, no dog.
Well no dog that will retrieve ducks !!
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby Yard Goose » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:26 am

Hot Springs is how we deal with it in the Carson valley or the Oat Fields.. :thumbsup: I want to kill ducks.. :mad: But Geese is all I have connected with.. Some Big Mallards would make the rest of the Season for the Wife and I...
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Re: Ice defeat

Postby Moose14 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:42 pm

You're idea doesn't look too bad. I've tried the blue/black tarps with my cousin a couple of times but with little success. I've been out to mason a few times in the last couple weeks and it's been locked up fairly well. There's a few open spots but the birds aren't interested. Saw a flock of about 80-100 after shooting hour flying around the fields.

This hard freeze and full moon lately isn't helping any. I'm hoping it thaws out a bit before the migration hits our area and some weather comes in too to get these birds active.
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