I would love to try some sea duck hunting at some point while I am there, but I hope I will be able to find someone to take me or a guide
HuntsCTRiver wrote:yes, geese can be hunted here with small decoy spreads. I started out with a dozen nasty looking super magnums and killed geese. my buddy has shot a few geese over 8 home made silos. Right now my goose rig consists of 3 dozen cheap fb and 2 dozen cheap shells. My advice on decoys is buy feeders. I like 6 feeders for every alert decoy.
As far as upgrading your duck decoys. Personally I would go with 6 blacks and 6 mallards. Your woody and teal spread will be just fine here early season. Hang on to the ringers, I think they will work just fine on the coast. When hunting inland water I like a very small spread. 3-12 ducks with 2 to 4 goose floaters off to the side. Thats just what works for me. I rarely see big wads of ducks much before the last couple weeks of the season.
Rise and Shine Retrievers wrote:I would love to try some sea duck hunting at some point while I am there, but I hope I will be able to find someone to take me or a guide
Lots of good sea duck guides in Maine, and better hunting too.
My goose hunting consists on fields during the early season with 2 - 3 dozen decoys. During the regular duck season if I think there's a chance of geese around, I'll throw out a few dekes. Mostly floaters in with the duck decoys but full bodies standing on shore during low tide work also.
Cantshootwell wrote:I only really hunted Great Bay after the first big freeze. If you decide to hunt Great bay, there are some things you should do that WILL save your life.
Scout that SOB first, great bay is very dangerous in the winter, so knowing where you want to go and where the channels are is a life saver.
If you have a GPS, mark all the channels you can. They remove the channel markers in the winter because of ice flows.
Get an idea where the buoy clusters are. Nothing will make you fill your pants faster than snagging a buoy at 3am in pitch black. Side note, bring a knife in case you do.
Wear your life jacket when in the boat.
Weather in great bay can change in a heart beat, so know what the day holds. Get familiar with all the boat launch location. If Adam's point is too choppy, launch in New Market, ect.
Tide Chart...enough said
When you get stranded by the tide, and you will, be sure to have more than enough food/water/warm clothing to wait it out. I've spent many cold nights on the bay waiting for that damn water to come back in.
When you're wading out of the boat, keep in mind there are a lot of DEEP mud holes. It's very easy to post hole yourself on great bay. There are also a crap load of sudden drop offs. Basically, if you see seaweed, assume there are mud holes.
Bring a cellphone in case of emergencies. I've the coast guard pull into the deeks because they had a lost hunter.
If I can think of anything else, I'll let you know.
PS That bay water murders guns/metal in general.
Rise and Shine Retrievers wrote:My goose hunting consists on fields during the early season with 2 - 3 dozen decoys. During the regular duck season if I think there's a chance of geese around, I'll throw out a few dekes. Mostly floaters in with the duck decoys but full bodies standing on shore during low tide work also.
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