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Postby caineo0700 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:01 pm

Hello everyone, I was born on the swamps of Louisiana. I recently retired from the Marine Corps and moved to Enola. Looking for some advice on good places to duck hunt around the area. Is this mostly a water hunting area or fields? Appreciate any information you guys can provide.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby tam9492 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:38 pm

Water. Near Harrisburg = Susq
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby caineo0700 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:24 pm

WOW......sure hoping all PA hunters aren't like you.....Thanks for the intelligent class
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby PAwaterfowldominator » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:27 am

caineo0700 wrote:WOW......sure hoping all PA hunters aren't like you.....Thanks for the intelligent class


You are going to find a lot of PA hunters are going to give you similar answers. We PA hunters have spent countless hours and countless $ finding good spots. Good spots in PA don't come in abundance so when we do find one, we tend to keep it pretty tight lipped. You said you are retired, that would mean, to me, that you should have plenty of time to get out there and scout. You are in a good area, go find something.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby tam9492 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:57 pm

caineo0700 wrote:Hello everyone, I was born on the swamps of Louisiana. I recently retired from the Marine Corps and moved to Enola. Looking for some advice on good places to duck hunt around the area. Is this mostly a water hunting area or fields? Appreciate any information you guys can provide.


You asked for a place; I responded Susquehanna. You asked mostly water or field; I answered water. Being stuck-up will get you nowhere.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby dgram36 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:24 pm

Hey, just happened by this post. I'm in the military right now stationed in New Jersey. I just PCS'd to the northeast two years ago and it has taken me quite a while to find spots. I understand what it's like. There are less spots to hunt up here and people aren't really gonna post up on a public forum because once you do that, it's game over. My advice to you is to join a local waterfowl organization and meet other area hunters. They will be more responsive. I understand that retiring from the military at 40 doesn't mean you don't have a full time job! I'm considering settling in PA when I retire, so I might be in your shoes in the future. Good luck and if your ever further east on the Delaware shoot me a PM. Thanks for your faithful service.

To all you PA guys: Help this guy out by PM. Most of you locals have had your whole lives to scout and find those spots. Us Military guys have to move every 3 years and start from scratch. Just my .02, take it for what it's worth.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby tam9492 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:10 pm

I should add that I'm not from the Harrisburg area, and the information I provided is the entire volume of knowledge I have of waterfowling in that area.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby caineo0700 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:07 pm

Thanks Dgram....You are absolutely correct....move every three years, just moved to PA, and ive been sitting in Afghanistan for the last 6 months....And a big part of that moving around and hunting is trying to figure out the local customs so you don't become "that guy" while out hunting with the "locals" who have spent their entire lives in that area. Trying to be respectful of fellow hunters

Stuck up is the last thing I am Tam. Did you get similar responses to the one you posted when you asked about deer hunting in Ohio?

I am not looking for anyone's honeyhole here....Just some ideas. but a response like susquehana=water is just a little degrading to me.

Anyway, I tried....i'll just do my own thing. and if I get it anyone's way, deal with it.

to those of you who have replied thanks.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby tam9492 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:43 pm

I'm not here to argue, nor did I intend to degrade. The susq is the major place I know of in that area. Again, I'm not from the area. Water is key here, and when everything freezes, the susq will be where the birds are.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby erp10 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:17 am

I have found that people get better responses on here when they ask to tag along for a hunt with someone. Let them know what you can bring to the table...decoys boats dog ect. Asking for places to hunt is not a good way to learn "local customs" in my opinion.

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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby don taylor » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:03 am

That's a high pressure area with guys building blinds on public land and expecting them to be private. There are classy guys out there and some real jerks with a sense of entitlement. You're going tp piss people off no matter what.

Start scouting the river. When you find a spot that looks good, investigate it. You'll find there is a blind there. Don't you dare hunt their blind either, if they're not there, you're still not allowed. That's how many guys out there think.

Ducks on the water, geese in the fields. Go knock on doors of some amish farmers and join the crowds. If you want the spot, plan on going early, very very early. You'll still deal with 'my great grand pappy hunter this spot 60 years ago, then my grand pa, then my dad and now me. You're not allowed on this public land!' Types. Pay them no mind.

I'd plan on traveling a lot. Look to the NJ coast, Delware, Maryland and NY to fill some dead spots in the season. The duck hunting isn't that awesome out that way.

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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby tsaylor1979 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:17 pm

I will be really honest. I get denied permission a lot around my area for ducks(Hershey/Harrisburg). I normally travel for ducks.

I have some good luck with geese, but I put on MANY miles to find the good spots. I imagine you will have good luck if you ask farmers in Lancaster county as long as the land isn't leased, and some of it is.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby goosewhisperer » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:01 pm

You arent going to find ducks like you had in LA...hence the reason I travel to NODAK. The Susquehanna isnt bad, but you run into a bunch of a$$holes out there.
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby dgram36 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:03 pm

goosewhisperer wrote: you run into a bunch of a$$holes out there.


Starting to get that way everywhere...
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Re: Harrisburg Area

Postby Lowduk1 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:27 am

Boy we susky guys get a bad rap....harrisburg has a bunch of ducks but also a bunch of hunters....especially when the birds are here. that stretch of the river is nasty with rock ledges and hidden surprises and the couple times I hunted down that way there were a pile of guys. The further north you go on the river it seems to thin out with hunters especially during the work week. It is a lot nicer to navigate too. There is a culture here of blinds on public land. These really aren't the best places to hunt. Usually just a bunch of old timers out to shoot the bull, drink coffee, and clog their arteries. I easily find myself alone covered up in ducks. Just gotta put the gas in the boat and drive! That river is huge. the late goose season is amazing.
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