SemperJoe wrote: ATXduckhunter wrote:
Someone actually saw my post then PM'd me and asked "where do you actually hunt in austin?" SERIOUSLY????!!!!
My response was actually nice.... "Public land... You need to do the research to do it right. Call game wardens in the area if you have questions. Start here: (gave him the COE website) A few lakes close that you can hunt, you really need a boat to be effective though.
I wrote an article about public hunting that can be found here: http://www.2coolfishing.com/magazine/0102/Hope
that helps you start."
His response "so I read the article and looked at both links so if I get that permit I have access to hunt duck on lake XXXXXXXXX?"
Obviously he didn't read my article or get the hint to do all his research on his own. I politely told him to call the numbers listed, best resources to answer all your questions. You guys are right, people just aren't willing to do the work.
Wow your a real butt someone ask you for advice on how to get started and you go and blast him on this forum. He is a new member and is needing advice and that is the best you can do. You must need to do crap like this to make yourself feel good. U sound more like a dumbass then anything. How do u expect the forum to grow when the first thing you do is give a negative welcome to a new member...
Semper I don't think that is an issue of someone being a butt.
I too like many guys on here jumped on the internet sometime before duck season to do some looking around online for duck hunting in texas. When I was younger I had the opportunity to hunt private land in Garwood and was spoiled with the number of ducks and ease of it. You would just show up and sit in the blind. Well a conversation at work between me and a coworker reignited our desire for hunting ducks again. So last year was pretty much a rookie season for me. I got on here dropped the name of a lake nearby trying to find someone that could help me out with what to expect, any tips, anything really. I was lucky and had one person Barney#1 give me a heads up on etiquite on here and what to expect. Think i'll pass on what I have learned so far.
1. Where can I hunt near (your city here) Texas?
If you read through the forums you can see so many guys have very calmly and nicely pointed everyone, even myself to the tpwd website. You pay $48 bucks and you get access to thousands of acres through the APH permit. Unless your in way west Texas (el paso area) chances are there will be something close (within two hours) to you. You can see all the available lands online or through the book they send to you. I'll go one further and tell you that you can purchase them anywhere they sell hunting and fishing licenses even online. If you hunt other species such as dove or even deer, you can use some lands you get access to through you aph for that also. Pretty much a no brainer.
2. Where do you hunt at (your city here) Texas?
Everyone asks this even myself. I'd love to know where everyone hunts at. Would be nice to pull up to XYZ lake at 5am drop the boat in and drive right out dodging ducks to get to the honey hole of all honey holes. "THE GLORY HOLE!!!"
Crappy part is its not going to happen. I've been out four times this year with two blue wing teal to show for it (taken off an APH permit place). Youth weekend NADA (Spanish for nothing). Friday night left at 10pm drove to the coast camped in the bed of my truck with two other guys. Set up at 4am to come back with NADA. Packed up drove two more hours for afternoon hunt came back with NADA. Have hit the same lake 6 times now and come back with NADA. Between this year and last year with all the money my hunting partner and I have put into it with dog, boat, gas, decoys, licenses hotel stays etc., we are averaging about $1000 a bird. I have a wife a 3 year old and a 4 year old along with a job so my time is precious along with my money. So I will be damned if someone gets on here a day before hunting season and asks where I hunt and gets pissed when I wont tell them. Better yet maybe I should tell them and give them the same luck I have been having.
3. You have to do it yourself!
When you get out on a Friday after work and leg it up before sun down to "scout" you may or may not find birds. Just because they are there on day doesn't mean they will be there the next day. Hard lesson I have learned (reason I go back to the same lake 6 times with nothing to show) is that birds will be where they want to be not where you think they will be. My buddy and I are still making our way around texas trying to find "spots" to hunt. Pull out they APH booklet you get find the counties they are in a call the game warden there. Ask them hey how is it? Any birds there? How is the water level? Just stuff you need to know about the area in general. They are going to give you the most honest advice.
4. Before you get your panties in a wad... At the ramps at 2,3,4am you will meet some of the nicest guys who are there doing what you are doing. There is a certain comrodarie between guys when they pull up see your boat see your decoys see you in waders and camo. They will stop and talk to you and tell you either where they are going to hunt if you headed out so your not on top of each other or how they did if they are coming in. They will tip you off about what birds they have see in the area if they are from there. After coming in with NADA on opening morning it was kinda nice to hear from other guys that they didn't get anything either. "we only saw a few" or "it was too windy and they were too high". We are all in it for the same thing. Heck I was giving advice to two guys that drove down from San Angelo at the boat ramp telling them what to expect and where the other hunters where (their honey holes) at to avoid setting up to close to them and access that would be easier for them seeing as how they were in kayaks.
From what I have taken in guys on here are good guys. Like to give each other a hard time poke fun and congratulate at a job well done in the field. Have yet to meet anyone from here that I know of (maybe at a boat ramp) but putting plans together to do so this year hopefully. In the meantime good luck to you this season. Plenty of time left to figure things out and be able to drive around and find your "spots". Hopefully you will average better the $1000 a bird.
To everyone one else hopefully you had full straps after the opener.