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Postby BHUNTER » Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:03 am

i ma new to duck hunting and i would like some information please, i am not new to hunting in general. i have a couple of questions and they are;

i will be walking into the hunting area until i can afford a boat of somekind

1) what gear would i need?
i have the following: clothing, guns, decoys, and waders

2)how many calls will i need?
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come on

Postby BHUNTER » Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:21 pm

COME ON PEOPLE YOU DID NOT SQUIRT OUT OF THE WOMB WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO HUNT, THESE ARE SIMPLE QUESTIONS.
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Postby orphanedcowboy » Mon Jan 30, 2006 6:10 pm

done
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Postby dav42070 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:33 pm

Dog if no dog then maybe a fishing pole if your hunting where the birds might float off. some kinda blind maybe as far as calls go I would suggest the DC mallard drake call and any old hen mallard call will do as long as you can blow it. face net or paint I would usually take a 5 gallon bucket to sit on and fill the bucket up with all my crap calls/shells/facenet/zipties then stick the bucket in the decoy bag to free up a hand. the bucket works well in the mudd for sitting. as far as the blind goes Iused a 15 ft peice of that cerex stuff you can stuff it in the decoy sack also. then carry 2 6ft peices of 1/2 in metal conduit. put a sling on your gun and your set.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:28 pm

i posted then i realized that you already had everything i listed... except for a drake whistle (till you learn to call) :thumbsup:
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Postby Old Man » Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:09 pm

I hunt mostly along the coast and am a walk in hunter, so your needs may be different then mine, but this is what I take:

Shotgun sling

Walking stick (actually a replacement handle for a push broom) - an absloute must when walking or wading in sticky mud.

Sled/Tote - I found that is much easier to put my gear into a tote and drag it to my hunting area. The tote will float in just inches of water. I have 2; a small one (it is actually a mortar mixing tub) that is 2' x 3' that is about 9" deep, that weighs about 5 lbs. It can carry about 20 decoys and the rest of my gear. I got it at Lowes for $12.00. My large one, that I got from Cablea's, is 2' x 50", is 9" deep, but weighs 12 lbs. It can carry twice as many decoys and a lot more stuff. My sled/totes are worth their weight in gold to me.

Decoys - I only use water keel decoys, because they are lighter and easier to carry.

Dry bag - In my dry bag I carry my shells, head light, bug spray, etc.

Dove Hunting Folding Stool - Went to Academy and bought a $5.00 dove stool. I cut away the zipper compartment, leaving only the seat. Then drill 2 hole in the top part of the frame, so that I could drain the water out when I was done hunting.

Blind Material - I made a couple of 3' panel with stakes on each end so that I could stick them into the gound. I doctored up the panels by attaching some bursh or cane.

Calls - I carry 3: a mallard call, a 4 in 1 whistle call (for teal, widgons, & pintails) by Haydel, and a Haydel Blue wing teal call. We get a lot of teal along the coast.

I put everything into my tote, and hold it in place with a couple of bungee cords.
Good Luck and good hunting!
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Postby CrackerJackShot » Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:45 pm

Hey orphanedcowboy! where is that land that your talkin about? And where in fortworth do you live? I know its a lil late for this year but next year we should try to go together. I would love a chance at some redheads and canvasbacks. We have some private land down near Athens. Just got a good controlled duck pond that is 18 acres of water. We are draining it this spring and planting corn and getting a lot of the natural vegitation to grow in it. Not to mention we have a 28 acre beaver pond that had about 55 ducks on it this last day of season.
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Postby orphanedcowboy » Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:16 am

I live on the East side of Eagle Mountain Lake, but my property is on the north end of the lake, about 5 miles north west of the tip of the lake. I little 1/2 acre slough right on the Trinity river that is surounded by pecan trees, and a 1 acre tank about a 1/2 mile away. the tank gets lots of divers, and the slough gets the puddlers. The slough was dry this year, and I should have flooded it, but I waited to late. I bought a pump, so I will be flooding the slough around july, and keeping it full throughout the season. I have in the past had over 50-60 woodies on this slough out feeding on the pecans. I'll pm ya my phone number, don't want to jack the thread. I would love to get together and hunt with anyone on this forum, would help to lower the pressure on all our water.
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THANK YOU

Postby BHUNTER » Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:46 am

orphan i got your message sent you one back thanks.
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thank you

Postby BHUNTER » Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:50 am

thank you everyone for your input, if ever you need just ask.
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