goldeneye13 wrote:I've got a question for you guys in Vermont duck hunting. I was surfing on the net and I'm looking for public hunting areas that are not to crowded. I have a list of 5 any of you know if they are any good? They are around lake champlain. They are all state land managed by the land.
Lower Lamoille river
Halfmoon Cove on Winooski River.
Black Creek( st-albans bay area)
Rock river in the Highgate area
Au Sable Marsh near the Au Sable Chasm river
And Wickam Marsh just North of the Port Kent Ferry
A month later you get a reply. Just goes to show nobody wants to share their toys. Can't blame them. However I will fill you in on what I know.
half moon cove Looks like the mother load of places from a google satelite picture shot. It's not bad, however it's not big. There is a blind every year at the south end, and 1 or 2 at the north end. The guys in there seem to do a lot of shooting early in the season. It becomes pretty quiet later on. The few times I have been in there the ducks seem nervous, and there hasn't been a lot of chances to get shots. I think I've been in there 4 times and have shot 2 woodies, both the same day. Access isn't easy, but isn't reall hard either.
Rock River. I've heard it isn't great, fair amount of woodies early. I spoke with Bill Crenshaw one day about it, he didn't really make it sound like it would be worth my time to drive from the Burlington area. I did go into the upper part of it once just looking around a few years ago and didn't see a single duck.
Lower lamoile right by the lake is a refuge area. The area surronding it, mouth of the river (southern legs), or sandbar area, are hunted pretty heavy but can offer up some good shooting anyway if the conditions are right. The reguge area is off limits entirely, not permits, no access, STAY OUT!
I have never hunted the areas in NY that you mentioned. Always thought about going over there. My reasoning for wanting to go is that the section of NY you mention is pretty rural. Limited public lake access, and a rural area tend to lead to a little less pressure. I do however know guys go over from VT and hunt the shores over there with great success. I'm also not saying there is not going to be pressure, but find it hard to believe it's anything like we get on this side of the lake. The NY shoreline tends to be a bit more rocks, and deeper waters then we see on the VT side. I think it can lead to consolidating hunters into the better locations. The VT side has marshes and bays that provide feed and cover from the border to the southern end. NY isn't like that, and doesn't have the boat access we have.