New to the area, and looking for a hand!

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New to the area, and looking for a hand!

Postby jparadis » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:34 pm

My name is Josh Paradiso from Central NY. I just recently moved to Beaverton, OR and decided i would join this forum so i could potentially meet new hunters on the west coast. Like i said, im new, so i have no hunting partners, no spots, no information on whats good and whats not, as far as areas. Im looking for a helping hand to show me the ropes. Hunting partner would be great, but i would settle for any information in general. Im a pro-staff member for an outfitter back east, and am no dummy to the sport of duck hunting. On average back home we harvest anywhere from 300-400 ducks in the fall. I admire the different species of puddle ducks you guys have here, and how common it is to see them, mostly the pintail. Numbers isnt a huge concern for me, it never has been. Im looking for a guy or guys to show me a good time here in Oregon, because i will be settling here for good. The worst part about picking up and moving so far away, is knowing ive lost all my hunting connections, and information ive obtained over the years. To just get out and harvest a couple birds would make me a happy hunter. Below i have attached some pictures of previous success ive had. I do mostly field hunting in NY. Anywhere from flooded corn, to soybean fields. I stumbled upon the Tualatin Wildlife Area not to long ago and was super impressed by the amount of different species i saw. Its incredible to me mostly because 90 percent of the ducks i shoot in NY are mallards, although we have great success with the divers when the weather cooperates. Yall know how that is! My email is jparadis@corning-cc.edu if any of you want to reach out and be a helping hand!
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Re: New to the area, and looking for a hand!

Postby 60's hunter » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:37 pm

Hey Josh, welcome to Oregon. As you saw at the Tualatin Refuge, Oregon & Washington have a lot to offer a waterfowler.
I had the pleasure of teaching a beginner last season, and adding another one next year, so my plate is full, but I'm sure some guys will step up & contact you. If you don't have a boat, you can knock on farmers doors for field hunting near the many rivers out your way. Or Sauvie Island is one of the best public hunting areas in the country-----good luck.
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Re: New to the area, and looking for a hand!

Postby jparadis » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:03 pm

Thank you for your help! How is Sauvie? Looks great but also looks like everybody and their brother hunts it.
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Re: New to the area, and looking for a hand!

Postby 60's hunter » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:40 pm

Yes, a lot of people hunt it----but you have plenty of room to do it the way you want--The wildlife staff is very helpful out there, and you slowly learn, like any place, how to hunt it & when.
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Re: New to the area, and looking for a hand!

Postby jparadis » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:37 pm

Sorry to bombard you with questions, but its nice to pick the brain of a local! Is there areas on Sauvie where you dont need a dog or boat? Just trying to arrange the equipment ill need come next fall. Thanks again, i appreciate the help.
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Re: New to the area, and looking for a hand!

Postby QH's Paw » Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:00 am

What do you mean by "we harvest 300-400 birds. There are enough birds around here that a guy can harvest over 200 birds pretty easily by himself in a season. The chore will be staying ahead of possession limits in order to keep hunting.
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I'll try to send you links at your email for some other sites for sources. :welcome:
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Re: New to the area, and looking for a hand!

Postby jparadis » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:09 am

Thanks for the help!
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