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maurice river for ducks

Postby ed wells » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:44 pm

anyone hunt the maurice river this year
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Postby stevez » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:10 am

Yup I tried it twice but with no success. Lots of high flyers and I am ill-equipped for larger water still (but working on that problem). Saw a lot of duckboats out there one saturday but don't know how they did. Do you hunt out there?
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Postby ed wells » Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:52 pm

I HUNT THE MAURICE RIVER ALOT , BUT NOT UNTIL AROUND DECEMBER IT GETS PRETTY GOOD AROUND THAT TIME OF YEAR. WHAT PART OF THE RIVER DO YOU HUNT IN.
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Postby stevez » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:09 pm

I launched out of the millville ramp and headed down towards the mouth of the menantico creek. The first time I went it was more of a boat ride although I did see quackers flying. My fishing boat is hardly a duckboat but I am working on a proper duckboat for my next trip.
The 2nd time I headed out in my little 12 foot jon which does have a blind I fashioned. I headed upstream this time towards Union lake but found that there were many houses along the water and no place to hunt safely.
If you want to offer me a little advice, I'm all ears and would most appreciative. I've always hunted smaller ponds and lakes and this is my first attempt at a river.
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Postby ed wells » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:20 pm

MY BEST ADVISE IS TO GO TO THE RIVER WHEN THE SMALL PONDS AND LAKES START FREEZING. THAT IS WHEN IT GETS GOOD.

I PUT MY BOAT IN AT THE RAMP IN MILLVILLE TO. I HAVE BEEN HUNTING THERE FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS. I HAVE A 16 FT JOHN BOAT WITH BLIND.
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Postby stevez » Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:39 pm

Well thats good advice. I'll be looking for ya out there this December. Are there any places along that river where hunting is not permitted (except near houses ofcourse)?
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Postby ed wells » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:00 pm

I THINK YOU CAN HUNT ANYWHERE EXCEPT CLOSE TO HOUSES AND POSTED LAND . I THOUGHT YOU CAN HUNT ANYWHERE UP TO THE RIVERS HIGH TIDE MARK, BUT YOUR NOT ALLOWED ON THE BANKS IN SOME AREAS.

THE RIVER IS PRETTY EASY AS LONG AS THE WIND IS RIGHT AND THE WATER IS HIGH ENOUGH TO GET YOUR BOAT CLOSE TO THE BANK FOR COVER.

I WILL BE THERE IN DECEMBER , MAYBE I WILL SHOW YOU SOME GOOD SPOTS IF I SEE YOU THERE.
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Postby stevez » Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:49 pm

Well that is neighborly of you...thanks. Look for a 14 foot v-bottom or a 12 foot jon...neither of which will have more blind than I can afford to make myself. Or you can always send me a PM and I'll see ya there. My 15 year old boy usually goes with me. We aren't very good but we try very hard.
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Postby Tack in NJ » Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:18 am

I haven't hunted the river much as I am still relatively new at duck hunting . But if your are interested I might be able to get you on some good wood ducks at Union Lake.
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Postby stevez » Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:13 pm

Union lake is a beautiful place. I hunted there for geese this september and even managed to bag a couple. I never hunted for ducks there although I have seen them flying over.
My problem is that I have a white fishing boat, canoe and small jon boat. I'm working on a proper duck boat now but the engine is taking more time than I hoped! That lake is a little too big to be traveling with a trolling motor....
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Postby jcoastie7 » Thu Nov 23, 2006 6:40 am

I have the same problem of only having a canoe. is there any place to put in at the northern end of the lake?
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Postby Tack in NJ » Thu Nov 23, 2006 8:38 am

With a canoe you have to put in at the ramp on Carmel Rd. Just watch the wind the lake blows up rather quickly.
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Postby jcoastie7 » Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:31 am

thanks, that's what I thought
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Postby stevez » Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:16 am

I put my battery way up in the front and run a cable to a trolling motor. This makes things better in the wind with the nose down in the water. My motor bracket was homemade as well. Maybe we should all get together and do a canoe hunt...
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Postby Tack in NJ » Thu Nov 23, 2006 5:13 pm

Well I don't have a canoe but I can used my homemade sneakbox with the 6 horse on it. Just let me know when ya wanna go. Went out this morning got 1 woodie and a bufflehead. Saw lotsa ducks looks like the migraters are finally coming in.
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