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Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby duckinater » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:12 am

anyone ever hunted these? Me and a few buddies put in for these and I'm wondering what to expect if we get drawn... whats the bird count like? Do you see lots? I know its hit or miss depending on the weather and all that but jsut curious...
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:20 pm

It's a long response...post up if you get drawn. :thumbsup:

If you draw magee you need a dog.

I should clarify - the grass in the marsh at Magee is very thick and very tough. Unless you get a perfect day of uneducated migrators the birds are pretty spooked and will decoy a little but not commit. As a result - people sky bust. Then others start to sky bust and pass shoot. Then you end up with a lot of woundies and when they swim into that marsh grass you can forget it without a dog.

If you can drop birds in the dekes you are OK. But that, in my experience, is tough there. Make sure you waterswat crips even though you have limited shells. I've heard people complain about only having 25 shells - thank God that's the case. If you aren't getting near a limit at an average 4 shots per bird...you're either a really bad shot or you're shooting at birds you shouldn't. :yes:
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby joe33bbx » Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:15 pm

wHEN WILL THEY BE LETTING EVERYONE KNOW? :huh:
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:08 am

joe33bbx wrote:wHEN WILL THEY BE LETTING EVERYONE KNOW? :huh:


It's on the ODNR website - mid September. Hopefully EARLY mid-september.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby duckinater » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:24 am

i have been told the supply you with a boat there. Is that the case??

Sounds like its a tough hunt but I'm up for the challenge.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:30 am

They daisy chain boats and drop you off at the Blind one-by-one in the morning. It's a cool hunt and well organized but if you are poking around in that grass in waist deep water looking for birds you are toast. :yes:
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:53 pm

I should add that the boat is a row boat and when you get to your spot you have to stash it away from the blind. It isn't much use in trying to retrieve ducks with - it would take a lot of time. You have to hunt your area within 50 yards of the blind also.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby duckinater » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:01 am

seems like alot of restrictions... but still would be fun to try something new!!!

Is mercer the same way as magee?
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:48 pm

I had to pass on a Mercer hunt last year so have not been there but the structure was much different. Mercer has both land and water blinds I believe. There is a lot of info you can find out by calling in, going and looking, and/or doing some internet research.

Honestly I would wait to see if/where you get a draw and then drill in.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby Ohio Wildfowler » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:04 am

The controled waterfowl permits are post and I already have my Magee Marsh Permit.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby muskingum river rat » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:04 pm

any tips on hunting magee in late november? i have never hunted there and probably not have a dog.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:18 pm

Swat the heck out of anything that looks like a crip or you will lose it in the reeds. It is very tough hunting in that stuff without a dog.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby tstroud05 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:31 am

I got drawn for the Mercer controlled hunt. Any suggestions? Will I recieve a permit in the mail? I tried looking on the odnr website, but couldn't find the rules. I only found the drawing results. I'm debating whether I want to take my buddy up there or find a more experienced waterfowl hunter to take. Do you need much skill to decoy the birds? I am rediculus with my duck call (probably won't even take it with me). Also, I got drawn for late season. What are the chances of a limit that late? Unless I'm looking at the results wrong I am slotted in for the 6th of January.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby tstroud05 » Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:00 pm

Got my permit. I got blind #2 and the afternoon hunt. It says I shouldn't expaect ducks which sucks.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:48 pm

I guess Mercer must be JUST below the North zone line and the North Zone duck season ends Jan 3rd. I think your blind there will be on a cornfield with water nearby. That's what I am thinking anyway...somebody might correct me.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby tstroud05 » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:57 am

Yes it is on a cornfield. Is this a bad spot? I just want to know what to expect.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby HNTFSH » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:11 am

My impression is you'll get geese coming in to feed. Always the possibility of ducks depending on feed, snow and alternative food sources. And of course...how far south the mallards have headed. :thumbsup:
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby Ohio Wildfowler » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:00 pm

If my memory is correct blind #2 isn't to far off from a pond in the same area and you may get some ducks also. Those permits are for the blinds in the field across the street from the refuge and on the fish hatchery which are both just on the ouside of the north zone lines. ST RT 703 at the refuge and St Rt 364 at the hatchery are the boundry lines where north and south zones meet.

I'm looking forward to using my Magee permit this coming Monday morning.
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby chuteducks » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:54 pm

how did you do in mercer? if you have hunted yet...I have been hunting the lake pretty hard here and haven't done all that well. Just too warm to really get many birds down. of course lots of geese flying today now that geese are out. You ought to get into some geese in that corn field. I'm guessing its a late season hunt?
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Re: Magee and Mercer controlled hunts

Postby tstroud05 » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:26 pm

Yeah, my hunt is in early January. So hopefully the birds will be moving by then.
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