I think I've made my last duck hunting trip in S.C.!

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I think I've made my last duck hunting trip in S.C.!

Postby santeerangerman » Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:36 pm

It just gets worse and worse every year.

What few ducks there are, are getting more and more pressure, and using fewer areas than ever before.

I went to one of my favorite holes this morning, and found there were at least 9 boats already there. Everyone blowing there calls at the same handful of ducks, no one letting birds work, people skybusting. It's like a damn Dove hunt, instead of duck hunting!!! :thumbsdown:

I mean, years ago, if a group of guys had birds working them, we would let the birds go, and let them work them. Now its like a free for all. :thumbsdown: EVERYBODY within a 1/2 mile blowing like hell, and half of them don't know a hail call, from a feeding chuckle.

I really think they need to shut the seasons down here completely.

Give the ducks a chance to come back, like thay used to.

I don't think it will be long, before just seeing a duck in S.C. will be a rareity.

Sorry for the rant. But I think we're destroying our sport here...
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Postby SCoutdoorsman » Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:52 pm

I agree with you on some points. Over this way in Deepstep its the same way I dont know what people are thinking anymore. Every year it gets worse in some degree. We usually head the opposite way the rest of the idiots are not.
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Postby hunt-chessies » Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:19 am

this is my first season down here but i'm seeing the same damn thing. I think my call has touched my mouth 4 times total this year and that was just cause i hadn't seen any birds all morning and i wanted to make sure i could remember what they sounded like in case i heard one :toofunny: way to many people to wave at as i'm driving up the river. this weekend i was way late getting to the ramp and i was the 9th boat there... 3 more pulled up after me before i could launch (i didn't even see that many ducks)
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Postby carolinabirddawg » Fri Jan 13, 2006 7:59 pm

Hey guys I know what you are dealing with. I know how bad it is down in Santee. I use to work down there, but it has gotting about ten times as bad in Horry county. Thanksgiving morning I had a dude drive his boat through my spread a 6:45 in the morning. Four years ago I could get up a 5:30 and get my spots, now I have to get up at 2 jsut be sure I can get my spots and then I have to deal with rubberheads driving through my deks. It seems like ducking hunting is more of a money making sceem than anything else. I am a school teaching and all I hear is the students talking about going to the holes that I have been hunting for years now. I wish I had the money to build my own impounds.
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Postby santeerangerman » Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:09 pm

That really is the only way to have quality duck hunting here now, and even that is not a guarentee....

This is just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions,
but I really think that the 3.5" guns have changed they attitudes of some hunters. I KNOW it has, with the younger hunters.

I think that alot of hunters think that shooting at ducks, 70-80 yrds away,
is the norm, and I feel the ducks are beginning to get conditioned to this.
I do know that I've seen more crippled/dead birds, floating down the river in the last 4 years, than I ever have.

I doubt seriously, that very many of the hunters out there now, know the
thrill of working birds all the way down, into the decoys.

I know times change, but this is not for the better......

To me, THAT'S what duck hunting is all about.
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Postby SCoutdoorsman » Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:34 pm

They all are in Miss. :toofunny: I just got back and man the birds I have never seen so many at one time or during a standard hunt.
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Postby santeerangerman » Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:58 pm

SCoutdoorsman wrote:They all are in Miss. :toofunny: I just got back and man the birds I have never seen so many at one time or during a standard hunt.


Were you hunting near Greenwood Miss?
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Postby SCoutdoorsman » Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:31 pm

santeerangerman wrote:
SCoutdoorsman wrote:They all are in Miss. :toofunny: I just got back and man the birds I have never seen so many at one time or during a standard hunt.


Were you hunting near Greenwood Miss?
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We were in Tunica, thats the best i know. NW part of the state.
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