New Year Hunt

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New Year Hunt

Postby jerseywaterfowler » Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:50 pm

Two of my boys wanted to get out and hunt, so after church we hit the river. Ducks are around but not moving much. A boat came by and kicked them up but none came close. With some vacation time to burn this week hoping the snow/wind/cold makes hunting better the rest of the week.
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Re: New Year Hunt

Postby DrakeH2oFowl » Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:03 pm

Good luck rest of week. Friday & Sat should be sweet.

Three of us hunted today, 3 drake greenies, 1 was banded so that was cool. Had a hen pin land in dekes as we were picking them up to move locations. Shoulda had a couple others.
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Re: New Year Hunt

Postby KJV » Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:08 pm

Saw lots of puddlers in the South zone. Missed more than I hit. Guys near me managed a few. Weekend lookin' mighty cold, can't wait!
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Re: New Year Hunt

Postby mr.green » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:23 am

Looking forward to the snow too. Good luck out there



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Re: New Year Hunt

Postby jerseywaterfowler » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:51 pm

Went out this morning. Tide up, way up. Mangaged one hen broadbill , overlead on a blackie and had mallards swing by and keep on flying. Ducks around and moving but they for some reason prefer to fly/land in a flock far larger then my little 25 decoy spread.
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Re: New Year Hunt

Postby KJV » Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:30 pm

jerseywaterfowler wrote:Went out this morning. Tide up, way up. Mangaged one hen broadbill , overlead on a blackie and had mallards swing by and keep on flying. Ducks around and moving but they for some reason prefer to fly/land in a flock far larger then my little 25 decoy spread.

Our problem as well on New Year's Day. Lots of birds flaring and not a lot of shots for the big numbers we were seeing in the skies. Wasn't hunting the coast, but inland.
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Re: New Year Hunt

Postby jerseywaterfowler » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:58 pm

I had no mallard dekes out, just a couple of gang lines with bills along with some singles just to try and break up the lines. Had 4 blacks set out on the side, the mallards swing toward them and then flared. I am guessing no mallard dekes no need to sit down.
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Re: New Year Hunt

Postby KJV » Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:02 am

jerseywaterfowler wrote:I had no mallard dekes out, just a couple of gang lines with bills along with some singles just to try and break up the lines. Had 4 blacks set out on the side, the mallards swing toward them and then flared. I am guessing no mallard dekes no need to sit down.

We put out a little mix of everything, blacks, pins, mallards, widgeons, and a few honkers for good measure as the geese have been migrating well over here on the other coast. Think I had a little ice on a few decoys shining them away. Gonna head back out Sat if I can shake this head cold. Good luck!
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