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Teal hunting

Postby VT_Diver-Junkie » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:30 am

I've never shot a teal and I've been hunting for almost 13 years! Are they just not around because it gets cold early in the season? Are there certain areas to took for that they prefer? If anyone would be willing to share some tips that would be awesome! And welcome back everyone. :biggrin:
Theres nothing like frostbite and gunpowder in the air!!!!
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby RangerX » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:48 am

Hit em in the timber where the woodies are. Any reasonably sized swamps with timber will have teal. You'll know when you've found them because you'll go through 1/2 box and not have a single bird in the bag. Haha...

I've seen some bluewings around this year... have not shot one of those yet; would love to get a nice drake for the wall.

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Re: Teal hunting

Postby VT_Diver-Junkie » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:09 am

Thank you for the help sir! Will definitely be going for woodies and teal in timber
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby RangerX » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:05 am

Oh yeah... when in the swamp, don't forget to keep your eyes peeled at first light, those little bastards love to dump into your spread out of nowhere. We always get one or two to dump in a few minutes before or after shooting time...

You'll also kick them up when jumping ducks in the swamp brush.

I love teal hunting... it can be alot of work, but definitely fun.
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby magogwhacker » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:41 am

Bluewings leave early, often before the opener, but you should see greenwings until thanksgiving or later.
What? There's open water? Its not cold enough.
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby chambo32 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:22 pm

One of the youths I took out this weekend shot a blue wing at Missisquoi. First I had seen shot in VT.
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby Vtwaterfowler » Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:55 pm

i agree with the post about finding them in the timber. We shoot two or three every year hunting missisquoi.. bring cheap shells if you find a place thats thick with them.. if your anything like me you will notice you will only have a few birds in the bag and be digging around in the bottom of your blind bag looking for more! :beer:
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby ronvt » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:10 am

I agree with magog. Most bw teal leave before the adult season opens. Gw teal are abundant and can be shot into Nov in the swamps.
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby Lavman » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:55 pm

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Re: Teal hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:59 pm

We will be shooting teal in the swamps on Saturday! We have a wooded swamp full of teal, actually a flooded valley caused by beavers! Gonna be some fun shooting! Also now is the week to try and nail a blue wing teal after this week they will be out of here! They are usually gone by the second opener!
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: Teal hunting

Postby Vtwaterfowler » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:04 pm

i got on some teal pretty late in the season in terms of hunting teal. We got 16 in one day.
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we got a few nice drakes too!
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby RangerX » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:29 am

Vtwaterfowler wrote:i got on some teal pretty late in the season in terms of hunting teal. We got 16 in one day.
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we got a few nice drakes too!
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Boom... that's what I'm taking about. Nice take.

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Re: Teal hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:28 am

Like RangerX said,expect fast action and expect to see them drop in about 5-10 minutes before legal shooting and when they come in expect the speed of an F-16! And when they commit to your spread,they literally drop in with a good splash down! They also make a little whistle sort of call,so a teal call or fox 40 whistle is nice on the lanyard! Also scout for woodie hang-outs and you will find teal!

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prime teal habitat

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And a good dog is important to recovery!

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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: Teal hunting

Postby HJF » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:19 pm

pete/pmr wrote:Like RangerX said,expect fast action and expect to see them drop in about 5-10 minutes before legal shooting and when they come in expect the speed of an F-16! And when they commit to your spread,they literally drop in with a good splash down! They also make a little whistle sort of call,so a teal call or fox 40 whistle is nice on the lanyard! Also scout for woodie hang-outs and you will find teal!

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prime teal habitat

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And a good dog is important to recovery!

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Can almost see my daughters horse in that second picture. :-)
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Re: Teal hunting

Postby pete/pmr » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:11 am

You have amazing eyes if you think you see a horse in any of those pics! Closest horse I know of is about 1 mile down the road behind me! :thumbsup:
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: Teal hunting

Postby joyfulsound866 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:58 pm

those teals are DAMN good eating, flying T-Bones for sure.

this fall will be my third season, i cant wait to try some new spots, new techniques and new calls!

good luck to all!
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