Puddle ducks or Divers?

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Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby fatalapproach » Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:55 am

Hey guys. I am thinking about coming down to hunt the bay. Was wondering what you all thought I have better chance with. I am bringing some newbies and just want them to get some action. I got a good diver spot and a good puddle duck spot. Problem is they are miles away from each other. So I have to commit to one type of hunting. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks and good luck to all of you for the rest of the season. Stay safe.
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby Quackerbarrel » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:22 am

Divers over puddlers anyday!
That's my theory
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby ithaca10 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:42 am

I'm a north zone guy and hunt mostly puddlers but if i hunt the bay definitely divers and brant.
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby papageno » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:04 pm

Shoot the puddlers at dawn and then head out for the divers as they more often fly all through the morning - brant fly all day long.
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby RustyGunz1960 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:17 pm

Do you have any idea of your guests' desires? Even when I was new to the sport, I got more satisfaction taking my one allowed black duck than a limit of divers. I feel even more so today. My biggest reward is just being out there. But everyone is different.
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby fatalapproach » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:35 pm

My buddies don't care what type of ducks they shoot. My question is what type of ducks have you seen more of. I have a good tried and true diver spot but the problem is its not a good puddle duck spot. And the place I have a great puddle duck spot there are no divers around. So I am not sure which spot to try. I am sure there are buffies and brant around. Might just try that. Would like to get some widgeon or pintails in their sights. Not sure if they are around yet.
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby papageno » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:21 pm

Brant and buffies are great for beginners and the action is generally good all morning - they get plenty of tries. Also, they can see their shots hit the water while buffie shooting and brant are easy to hit. It is great way to learn lead.
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Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby dgram36 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:25 pm

You should definitely shoot divers, more puddle ducks for me;)
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby Quackerbarrel » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:56 pm

What spot has geese? I would narrow it down that way so your buddies can do some calling and see some geese work also. If your buddies are from out of state I would say hunt divers so they can have a shot at brant and most likely there will be black ducks around also, those two species seem to be the staple New Jersey waterdowl, they will be a nice species for an out of state guy to get.
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Re: Puddle ducks or Divers?

Postby fatalapproach » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:04 pm

Thanks guys for all your input. We are heading out tomorrow morning. I think we are gonna try puddle ducks cause I had been hearing the green wing teal are still around. Need to get a nice drake on my wall. So we are gonna give it a try. Then maybe set up for divers at a new spot and hopefully there will be some brant around or a few buffleheads. I will let you all know how we did.
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