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looking for resivor or lake mentors

Postby bulldog38 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:36 pm

Looking for someone to learn from on hunting resivors and big lakes.I've only hunted ducks and geese by jump shooting. I would like to learn some good tactics,and find some waterfowl hunting partners,my buds only deer hunt. I live in New springfield,oh.
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Re: looking for resivor or lake mentors

Postby HNTFSH » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:15 pm

Do you have a dog?
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Re: looking for resivor or lake mentors

Postby bulldog38 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:27 pm

HNTFSH wrote:Do you have a dog?
yes but still working on getting him trained.
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Re: looking for resivor or lake mentors

Postby HNTFSH » Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:46 am

That's great...a dog solves a lot of problems on bigger water and IMO is absolutely needed to harvest what is wounded and dead.

Impoundment hunting is tricky by shore. Ohio lakes (flood controls) for the most part are let down in the winter so your ambush advantage goes away (or it's 100 yards behind you as you set up on water from a mud flat). The other challenge is decoys...and how far you can set them relative to your shooting distance from shore. If you hunt a spot that has a big drop off it's hard to set dekes far enough out to draw ducks. One way to help that is use full bodies on the shore with floaters where you can later get them.

You'll also face some pressure from other hunters and be aware some lakes have designated blinds for those drawn to use them. In addition you have boat/blind hunters square in the middle of the lake darwing birds (a safer place to land).

WIthout a boat it's tough frankly. Your best bet is scouting shoreline now and understanding where the water will be during the season. Also note what is around the area that would draw birds to the lake at any given time.

Decoying, calling, all that stuff is a whole different thing. Great if you could hook up and have someone show you the ropes. That said...most of us live in a waterfowl world where you need to bring something to the party. Figure out what that is if you haven't already.

Last note - make absolutely certain your dogs obedience is 100% before you hunt bigger water. You need to be SURE that you can recall that dog if he is swimming after a crippled duck and without a doubt - that dog will return to shore on the 1st whistle. Way too many stories about Rover drowning chasing a duck into the middle of the lake because the owner didn't train proper obedience.
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Re: looking for resivor or lake mentors

Postby bulldog38 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:24 pm

HNTFSH wrote:That's great...a dog solves a lot of problems on bigger water and IMO is absolutely needed to harvest what is wounded and dead.

Impoundment hunting is tricky by shore. Ohio lakes (flood controls) for the most part are let down in the winter so your ambush advantage goes away (or it's 100 yards behind you as you set up on water from a mud flat). The other challenge is decoys...and how far you can set them relative to your shooting distance from shore. If you hunt a spot that has a big drop off it's hard to set dekes far enough out to draw ducks. One way to help that is use full bodies on the shore with floaters where you can later get them.

You'll also face some pressure from other hunters and be aware some lakes have designated blinds for those drawn to use them. In addition you have boat/blind hunters square in the middle of the lake darwing birds (a safer place to land).

WIthout a boat it's tough frankly. Your best bet is scouting shoreline now and understanding where the water will be during the season. Also note what is around the area that would draw birds to the lake at any given time.

Decoying, calling, all that stuff is a whole different thing. Great if you could hook up and have someone show you the ropes. That said...most of us live in a waterfowl world where you need to bring something to the party. Figure out what that is if you haven't already.

Last note - make absolutely certain your dogs obedience is 100% before you hunt bigger water. You need to be SURE that you can recall that dog if he is swimming after a crippled duck and without a doubt - that dog will return to shore on the 1st whistle. Way too many stories about Rover drowning chasing a duck into the middle of the lake because the owner didn't train proper obedience.

thankyou for info
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