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Postby gunner1973 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:21 pm

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
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby cwsmith » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:21 pm

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!
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby gunner1973 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:18 pm

I've done some poking around and have a little map of what I have found,when and where I guess I just need to throw the dog and some decoys in the boat and go try it out
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby cwsmith » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:11 am

yep thats the way to do it. lots of birds move up and down that river early in the season and of course you have residents and wintering birds that have decided to call the river home for a while. i always like to target the river early in the season for woodies.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby gunner1973 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:32 pm

ya i know alot of the rive rjust from fishing it but i need to make some more trips back into some of the sloughs i think
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby Waterfowlhammer » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:12 pm

Google earth and just putting some miles and leg work in will surely find you a bunch of spots. Trust me been there before and ended up finding some great spots.
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby hatchiecoon » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:36 am

The valley is pretty tight with any field opportunities. You may get lucky but its a needle in a haystack. FOOD and WATER are paramount then a sufficient place for you to find cover. The first 2 are prevalent in the valley and in places up the Columbia. I've boat hunted for years in AR and MS and scouting is important to find a PLACE. Unfortunately when your scouting (hopefully) the ducks arent there. No one wants to see you scouting when theyre duck hunting. I dont have a boat out here so all I can do is imagine some possible spots. I'd scout up the Columbia where you see nearby wheat/grain fields and then find yourself some cover. PM me if you want to go and dont have a partner, I'll meet you up there.
Anyone who thinks shooting a duck on the water is unsportsmanlike, has never tried.
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby cwsmith » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:42 pm

good advice there about food and water being paramount in the valley.

keep in mind that, as long as the rain is adequate, there will be alot of field bottoms and such underwater or saturated that don't look that way now. picture a field or slough or.. anything how you think it will look in the fall. sometimes google earth gives some good insights as to what it will look like in the fall/winter depending on when satellite images were taken. finally, once you get into the hunting season, remember the places that get super flooded during peak rains. if you have permission on these kind of places BEFORE they become duck habitat then you might just have yourself a really good day.
13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby gunner1973 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:08 pm

I really appreciate all the info and I usually have room in my boat for others
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Re: oregon duck hunting

Postby duckstoppa » Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:10 pm

DKC wrote:Drive your boat around when people are hunting and look at where they are at.

Get there before them the next day/weekend/whenever.



Great advice
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