gunner1973 wrote:So I'm pretty new to duck hunting but in the last couple yrs. I have llearned a lot and acquired a lot. I just need more area. I've beat down doors around the valley with no luck I ended up hunting fern ridge for most of the season. Which can be very frustrating at times. I'm not wanting peoples honey holes. I'm just asking for some dyi hunts or areas that I can go and hunt. I have a jet sled and have thought about hitting the rivers but don't know much about that style of hunting
Good to see someone new to duck hunting! Sometimes you just have to keep trying your luck on knocking on doors... good news is you have several months to do that. It's definitely not the easiest way to get good places but it can be very rewarding when you do get a surprise 'yes'.
I definitely encourage you to poke around the mainstem Willamette. Anywhere along the Willamette out of town can produce well for mallards and wood ducks. Get into little side pockets and sloughs and see what jumps up and what habitat looks good to hunt. This would be good to scout out in the late summer or early fall.
Scouting is one of the biggest keys to success so get the boat out on the water and good luck!