Specklebelly wrote:When I moved out to this side of the state, I bought the ODWC atlas, filled the tank and worked my way out until I found "my spot". I did that and now have several great spots on a few lakes over the years. My main advice is don't feel like you have to stay close to Norman. Get away from the metro and you will be golden as compared to eastern OK, the duck hunting pressure is a lot lighter from what I have seen.
Good luck and be safe.
okduckdude wrote:Get a trained duck dog. Everyone loves the guy that has a good retriever, you will get more invites than you can shake a stick at!
Duck Whisperer wrote:okduckdude wrote:Get a trained duck dog. Everyone loves the guy that has a good retriever, you will get more invites than you can shake a stick at!
I am NOT arguing against dogs, but I just totally disagree to advise a noob who has never hunted to get one; I don't think it's fair to the dog Let a noob get a season or two under his belt to decide if he even wants to duck hunt first. We've all seen tons of noobs every year who never return again. And the noobs that have dogs??????? Have you ever seen one that was worth even letting out of the truck?
Once a noob has a season or two under his/her belt and seriouslly wants to hunt, then there are plenty of good dog guys here to help and give sound advice.
Shock collars will be lesson 1
Duck Whisperer wrote:Shock collars will be lesson 1
tealtime wrote:Some great advice. I am no expert dog handler but I handle a dog that DW tolerates, most of the time at least. If you are new to hunting and hunt with a crew that uses a retriever, make sure you always know where that dog is and see what the handler is doing with him or her. Seems obvious but, especially when new, folks can get some tunnel vision and not see a dog taking a line and a horrible accident can happen when a new hunter is trying to finish a cripple etc. Granted, dog shouldn't break but hey, it happens. I'd just chat briefly with the dog's handler prior to legal and you'd be good to go.
tealtime wrote:Some great advice. I am no expert dog handler but I handle a dog that DW tolerates, most of the time at least. ......
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