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Lake Hunting

Postby LBeinhaur » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:25 pm

Ok Guys, I haven't hunted the lake yet, so when should I maybe start seeing ducks starting to come through?
Any general advice?
I don't have a HUGE diver spread, 18 new BB's, 12 new goldeneye's, about 12 or so black ducks and around 3 or 4 doz mallards.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby SWG » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:10 pm

I think all the lake ducks are in Burlington Bay! Saw quite a few this afternoon. Too bad you can't shoot them.

Went out on the lake in Ferrisburg on Sunday and saw a total of 4 ducks. The cold front in the forecast for later this week may improve things.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby RangerX » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:16 pm

I was in Ferrisburgh last weekend, both days, and there was a TON of shooting on the lake. We did pretty good inland too.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby magogwhacker » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:18 am

You need ice. Ice up north, ice inland. Back in the day, that often happened around deer season, but it has been later in the season more recently. I know that's not solid proof for global warming, but it sure is an eery coincidence. Good luck.
What? There's open water? Its not cold enough.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby HotDog » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:06 pm

Theres no ducks on the lake...ever. :yes:

Actually my best days on the lake are when its snowing, blowing and around 10 degrees.
JUST BE CAREFUL.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby Lavman » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:33 am

I hunted the Slang last Saturday and about 90% of the ducks lifted off before shooting time and there were literally hundreds of them. We hunted until 10am and the action was slow. The ducks are onto us :biggrin:
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby Champney » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:40 pm

my best days hunting on the lake start mid nov. dec has been the best time for mallards and blacks. the last week last year we limited out the last 7 days in a row with mallards. as of goldeneyes we hit them hard up in the islands when everything was frozen and it was negitive with wind chill.
the last couple of weeks ive been killing alot of ducks in corn thats been flooded and cant be cut. its a first.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:00 pm

I hammer the ducks in the flooded corn fields every year,that is my favorite place to find them,I shoot more ducks over corn fields than I have ever shot over the lake,Mallards woodies,teal,blacks,all over corn fields and flooded green fields! Going there in the morning,shoot some ducks and geese! Lake is good for Nov-Dec,and that is mostly blacks,mallards and divers! But until the smaller bodies of water freeze up,you are not going to find the big flocks of birds,did see some bluebills on the lake Monday!

Last time out in the flooded fields!Home by 8am!
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2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby VT_Diver-Junkie » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:08 am

Well i don't know of any place to hunt in corn fields so we stick with the lake most of the time and we get our share of shooting!! Shot this beautiful Mallard Drake yesterday and its in the freezer until i can afford a taxidermist maybe like around Christmas time.. Any ideas where to go? Anyways yea lake has enough birds to keep me happy
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:32 am

Ideas for a taxidermist,I know a good one that is probably the cheapest around and does the best work in my opinion!Here are accouple birds he did!

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2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby VT_Diver-Junkie » Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:01 am

What's the name of the guy who did those? I found this site looks like they do great work
http://www.frontierwaterfowltaxidermy.com/
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby CHSAPKS » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:00 am

Matt at Frontier does awesome work!!

I highly recommend him.

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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby NW_Vermont » Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:04 pm

Ditto on Matt's work.

He's friend/damn good acquaintance and he was given the honor of mounting my kid's first duck. Matt did excellent work at the regular going rates.

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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby Champney » Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:08 pm

i use williams taxidermy milton. getting my fullbody turkey done with him. cheapest person in champlain valley i could find other than matt martin. the only thing with williams is hes really booked so it takes a while to get birds done. went in there may 9th and he already had 12 fullbody mounts to do. but i heard matt martin was good too i just didnt want to drive 2 hours.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:53 pm

Green Mountain Taxidermy is who did the birds up above that I posted,he has done better ones, but I seem to have lost the files,think they were the files on my old computer that were not salvagable after the fire!Here are accouple of other ones he has done!

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Here is a full mount of a tom he did!

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2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:51 am

We nailed some ducks over some beaver dams the other day and I thought I would show you some pics!

The hole!
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Birds!
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And this is just to show you that we found a spot where the birds want to be,and used no decoys!View from inside the blind!
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2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby RangerX » Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:36 pm

REAL NICE birds you have there, Pete. I just sent my first bird to the taxidermist today... the collection begins! :)
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:49 pm

it will never end now,you will continue to get more and more birds mounted!It is an addiction!
2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:02 pm

Larry remember scouting that back water before the season,well I believe I had my pup Lacey with me that day,well she went out on the thursdays after the opener with Rick and I,we went up into East Creek and set up in there,and this is her work! Not bad for ten months old! I was pretty proud of her that day!

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2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby ykfdf » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:51 am

I think all the lake ducks are in Burlington Bay! Saw quite a few this afternoon. Too bad you can't shoot them.
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Re: Lake Hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:10 am

saw about 200 on the bay in Colchester when I was up there working two weeks ago!
2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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