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Ridgefeild NWR

Postby Tealer » Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:04 am

Anyone draw anything good out there first period? I drew a number one on 10/15. Wife drew a 19 on 11/12.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:47 am

Need any help on the 10/15 one? I'm off that day and day after ... :grooving:
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby MadLuc » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:04 am

I got #4 on November 12. Hopefully we can smack some Goose that day!
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby cougfan316 » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:12 pm

I didn't put in for any. Haven't gotten my license yet either. Just waiting to see how the gov shut down threat pans out. I was a kid and had a top 3 or 5 draw and wasn't able to hunt the last time there was a shutdown.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby Tealer » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:34 pm

MadLuc wrote:I got #4 on November 12. Hopefully we can smack some Goose that day!


Paging Goosegunnner......

BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:Need any help on the 10/15 one? I'm off that day and day after ... :grooving:


Maybe.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby cackiller » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:22 pm

My dad drew #12 on opening day. Should be able to get a decent blind, at least there will be water there unlike our other spot which is still dry!
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby viking fan » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:14 am

once again my son and i got drawn for the same day! thats three times now. random my patoot! Alphabetical maybe. a 6 and 10 on 11/14
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby Tealer » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:20 am

viking fan wrote:once again my son and i got drawn for the same day! thats three times now. random my patoot! Alphabetical maybe. a 6 and 10 on 11/14


Get two groups together and hunt them both.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby ScaupHunter » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:36 am

I have never hunted the refuge. I guess I should get out there and try it one of these days. I am going to have to head out there and hunt a day or two later on in the season. I will just go in the late morning and wait for some folks to finish up their hunt. I need to shoot a pair of Spoonies for the wall. Anyone got a reccomendation on a blind that is less popular and shallow enough to wade out and place your decoys where I can pick up the Spoons?

I kill plenty of birds in other areas around Vancouver without needing to hunt the refuge. I just don't see many Spoonbill anywhere else except the refuge when I drive through bird watching in the off season.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby cackiller » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:56 pm

Just went to pull up a map of the Refuge and realized that with the GOVT shutdown there won't be any hunting there anytime soon. I'll be happy to miss out on the hunt if it means obamacare gets delayed even a little bit longer!
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby singleyj » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:58 pm

Hey guys,
This is my first time entering the lotto and have not recieved anything yet from them. Also I did have a question is I win a spot am I able to bring someone with me? How does that work. Thanks for any information.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby steelheadslayer » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:25 pm

singleyj,
You should have gotten something by now if you got picked. If you draw a permit, you can take 2 other guys with you, be there 1 hr and 45 mins before legal shooting time to go through the process. Don't be late!

Scauphunter, all of the blinds are wadeable. Spoonies can be had there all during the season, I even shoot some in the areas where we met last season. Bella would love it there, not much swimming and a lot of shallow water she can run through. If you're looking for a nice drake for the wall, might be a hard time getting a NICE one except maybe right before the end of season. You can see a lot of beautiful drakes in Feb.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby ScaupHunter » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:29 pm

Thanks for the tips on when to pick up a nice drake. I was thinking I would hit it way late in the season for that reason.

We should plan a hunt or two together when you will be hunting alone down where we ran into each other. I can just load you in my sled. You can enjoy the ride and shooting without having to fret your boat. I am sure we can meet up somewhere closer than that spot and carpool.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby steelheadslayer » Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:54 pm

We could do that. I see you had an accident with your sled and I think we both have new boats this year. I bought a 20' Alumaweld Super Vee in April and am working on a way to blind it up for this season. So, you can either ride with me or I can ride with you, we'll work it out in the next couple months.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby WSUWESTON » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:52 pm

Our group ended up with a 10 and 11 picks on 10-29, 9 on 10-22, 3 on 11-23, and 16 on 11-26. Might end up being pretty good hunts if the refuge stays closed a couple weeks :thumbsup:
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby JonnyDollar » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:35 am

Here's a scan of the refuge map I picked up last year. :smile:
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby cackiller » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:24 pm

Thanks so much for posting that map! I have an idea of where most blinds are but wanted to show it to my dad too.
Now we just have to see if it ends up opening up or not.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby JonnyDollar » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:08 am

cackiller wrote:Thanks so much for posting that map! I have an idea of where most blinds are but wanted to show it to my dad too.
Now we just have to see if it ends up opening up or not.

No prob! :smile:
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby h2ofowlr » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:46 pm

I have shot a smiling mallard in over half those locations. It was always part of the daily limit in most cases.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby h2ofowlr » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:59 pm

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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby Tealer » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:22 pm

I will be framing the post cards. We lost 6 top 5 draws in the first week.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby h2ofowlr » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:31 am

Tealer wrote:I will be framing the post cards. We lost 6 top 5 draws in the first week.


Bummer deal. The refuge always hunts well the first week. Good mix of birds and they decoy easy. Typically bands are plentiful as they band a lot in the area. Lots of Sauvie Island banded birds.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby Tealer » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:09 am

h2ofowlr wrote:
Tealer wrote:I will be framing the post cards. We lost 6 top 5 draws in the first week.


Bummer deal. The refuge always hunts well the first week. Good mix of birds and they decoy easy. Typically bands are plentiful as they band a lot in the area. Lots of Sauvie Island banded birds.



I hunt it early to rest my few spots that have water. Its going to be slow opener for me.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby ScaupHunter » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:04 am

The pod, Bella, and I are gonna slip out to a couple of spots that are holding some local birds at first light to see if we can drop the hammer on a few this weekend. Then it is off to mess with the Federal Game Wardens for the rest of the day.
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Re: Ridgefeild NWR

Postby cackiller » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:33 pm

Good luck to anyone heading out this weekend now that things have opened up!
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