How far would you go

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How far would you go

Postby Tealer » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:43 am

For a duck hunt? As I sit trying to sleep in a Tacoma, no small feat for a guy my size. I wonder how many other guys are as crazy as I am. I have driven on ten minutes to CA or ID. Am I alone here or is this something we all suffer from?
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Re: How far would you go

Postby bknilvr00 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:01 am

Last year I made the trip down your way to hunt with scauphunter on the big c. It's a two hour and some change drive for me with no traffic. The return drive is closer to three and a half hours in crappy traffic. Did it for like the last 4 or 5 weekends of the season. It just shows you how far down the rabbit hole you go...

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Re: How far would you go

Postby Tealer » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:04 am

I have had Tool-Man meet me for fishing at 3, he is from up there. We are a bunch of nuts.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby bknilvr00 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:19 am

Yeah its hard to explain to my non duck hunting friends why I do what I do. A lot of guys hunt, but it seems to me that elk and deer hunters aren't quite as fanatical in their pursuits as a certified grade A duck hunter. We are a rather odd bunch.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby SnoGeez » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:03 am

That's a dicey thread title Tealer....

It is hard to explain to people, but I actually enjoy the drives (no traffic), they never seem that long when you're amped up for the hunt. And it seems like the best hunts are usually the least planned out. If my schedule and budget allow, i'm in.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby brokerbyduck » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:38 am

I used to work swing shift in Fife, drive to potholes and sleep an hour or two in the truck, hunt, drive back and go to work. I generally did this at least 2 times a week when the hunting was good. Of course I was much younger then, but those solo hunts with only my dogs are some of my fondest memories and I killed a bunch of birds back then.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby Tool-Man » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:15 am

Time is always the question. If I could "Reasonabley" pull it off, the distance is nothing. Drive, fly, sleep in my car, blind, boat... I can nap anywhere. :biggrin:
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Re: How far would you go

Postby washingtonmuley » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:36 am

Tealer wrote:For a duck hunt? As I sit trying to sleep in a Tacoma, no small feat for a guy my size. I wonder how many other guys are as crazy as I am. I have driven on ten minutes to CA or ID. Am I alone here or is this something we all suffer from?

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Re: How far would you go

Postby ScaupHunter » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:37 am

I have trips planned to the Spokane are, Tricities, SanJuans, etc... this season. Distance isn't an issue so long as I can sneak in the time to make the trip.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby vandeman17 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:47 am

Buddies and I used to get get up about 12:30-1:00 am saturday morning, drive from Bellevue to the Othello area or tri cities, hunt until mid day or all day if needed and then drive home. We would get home, catch an hour or two nap, get up and start drinking beer. Man to be young again!
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Re: How far would you go

Postby Tool-Man » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:09 pm

vandeman17 wrote:Buddies and I used to get get up about 12:30-1:00 am saturday morning, drive from Bellevue to the Othello area or tri cities, hunt until mid day or all day if needed and then drive home. We would get home, catch an hour or two nap, get up and start drinking beer. Man to be young again!


I did that a couple times last year. And I ain't young anymore. :lol3:
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Re: How far would you go

Postby Tealer » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:37 pm

washingtonmuley wrote:
Tealer wrote:For a duck hunt? As I sit trying to sleep in a Tacoma, no small feat for a guy my size. I wonder how many other guys are as crazy as I am. I have driven on ten minutes to CA or ID. Am I alone here or is this something we all suffer from?

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I was on Sauvie Island today.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby duckdogger07 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:31 pm

Tealer wrote:
washingtonmuley wrote:
Tealer wrote:For a duck hunt? As I sit trying to sleep in a Tacoma, no small feat for a guy my size. I wonder how many other guys are as crazy as I am. I have driven on ten minutes to CA or ID. Am I alone here or is this something we all suffer from?

Where you headed?


I was on Sauvie Island today.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby h2ofowlr » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:07 am

I used to do the long drives for fun, but I am in an area where I can shoot every type of duck that Washington offers, so why pass up birds to hunt other birds. I spend my time locally now instead of covering the entire west coast.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby washingtonmuley » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:18 am

Tealer wrote:
washingtonmuley wrote:
Tealer wrote:For a duck hunt? As I sit trying to sleep in a Tacoma, no small feat for a guy my size. I wonder how many other guys are as crazy as I am. I have driven on ten minutes to CA or ID. Am I alone here or is this something we all suffer from?

Where you headed?


I was on Sauvie Island today.
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That is not in Ca or Id.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby Tealer » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:10 pm

washingtonmuley wrote:
Tealer wrote:
washingtonmuley wrote:
Tealer wrote:For a duck hunt? As I sit trying to sleep in a Tacoma, no small feat for a guy my size. I wonder how many other guys are as crazy as I am. I have driven on ten minutes to CA or ID. Am I alone here or is this something we all suffer from?

Where you headed?


I was on Sauvie Island today.
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That is not in Ca or Id.

No but I did sleep in the truck.

I'm headed to Utah today.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby bknilvr00 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:41 pm

Tealer wrote:
washingtonmuley wrote:
Tealer wrote:
washingtonmuley wrote:
Tealer wrote:For a duck hunt? As I sit trying to sleep in a Tacoma, no small feat for a guy my size. I wonder how many other guys are as crazy as I am. I have driven on ten minutes to CA or ID. Am I alone here or is this something we all suffer from?

Where you headed?


I was on Sauvie Island today.
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That is not in Ca or Id.

No but I did sleep in the truck.

I'm headed to Utah today.

Sleeping in the Tacoma has to he easier than when I moved out here. Sleeping in a regular cab ford ranger is a trick and a half...

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Re: How far would you go

Postby low97ram » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:05 am

my buddy and i will drive pretty much anywhere to duck hunt. get up at 1, head out and arrive 3-4 hours later, hunt, then head home. and if we're lucky, we'll do it all over again the next day. live in T-town and have been to whidbey, othello, moses, winchester, and beyond on day trips.

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Re: How far would you go

Postby Tool-Man » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:24 am

low97ram wrote:my buddy and i will drive pretty much anywhere to duck hunt. get up at 1, head out and arrive 3-4 hours later, hunt, then head home. and if we're lucky, we'll do it all over again the next day. live in T-town and have been to whidbey, othello, moses, winchester, and beyond on day trips.

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Re: How far would you go

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:40 am

: First big road trip of the year coming up ... GPS says 357.8 miles ... should be worth every mile!
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Re: How far would you go

Postby MadLuc » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:54 pm

You're not alone. It's always easier to get up early for hunting or fishing than for work, that's for sure.
Definitely helps to have company that can tell ya some good stories and keep ya awake.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby Triggerman » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:08 am

I have done the 3 to 3 1/2 hours drive to the spot, hauling a boat, more times than I care to remember... and that means leaving Seattle at X hour, to arrive at the destination in time to change into hunting clothes, launch a boat, boat to the spot, set my dekes, my winduck, jerk string, boat blind, pouring that first cup of coffee and setting the heater WITHOUT busting through some poor devil's deke spread at first legal light, like some jackasses do these days (you know who you are!).

I ain't ashamed to say that 7, maybe 8 out of 10 times, it didn't work....

And that's waterfowling.

Now, some of you who know me personally, or have heard my stories here before, know that I have had the privilege and HONOR of attending and graduating that, which in my opinion is, unquestionably, the best, most prestigious, illustrious, and respectable institution oh higher learning in this fine State of ours - WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY- where the men are men, and any woman worth dating won't be shy about sharing her can of Copenhagen with you!

Now, while in God's country (The Palouse), I was lucky enough to make life-long friendships with local boys, who were lucky enough to live in Whitman County, where the grain fed venison tastes better than any beef you ever had, the roosters are heavy and a-plenty, the abundance of quail makes them almost a nuisance, and most local grannies will feed you the best apple pie you ever had, while gramps you share with you some home made moonshine that will temporarily blind you.

Anyhow, upon graduation, I was forced to leave the Palouse, in search of markets where I could ply my trade, and newfound skills, gained at WSU, the noblest and greatest intitution of higher learning and acamedic pursuits, ever.

After travelling around for a few years in pursuit of a fortune I am still chasing (while keeping in contact with my Whitman Co. Friends) I returned to the Socialist Republic Of Seattle in 1999, where I still currently reside....

Which brings me to how far I would go...

Back in those days, I'd leave Seattle around 11:30 at night on a Friday, with the intent of being in Garfield, by 5 or 6 AM (pitch dark) to go kick roosters out of roost (meaning to be on the wheat stubble at first light).

Hunt hard Sat and 1/2 day Sunday (sometimes full days) and be back in Seattle on time to work Monday morning...

I did it more times than I can remember, by myself, and I wish I could remember those times I've forgotten, for there were the best times in my life.

On one of these trips, one of my most memorable ever, I remember being east on Othello, on Hwy 26, at some ungodly hour, way past midnight. Not a soul in the highway. Not even the usual state trooper, parking along the hwy.

On a long stretch of the road, I see some headlights, moving very slowly towards me...way out in the distance.

Due to the high hour, I flash my headlights continuously, and so does the vehicle approaching me on the deserted hwy....

As it gets close by, I see a young man, running in front of a bus, driving maybe at 2 mph, carrying a football.

I pulled to the side if the road, puzzled. The bus driver stops too, probably thinking I was summoning his help.

I look at the bus, the driver, the young man with the football, and ask, "jeez guys, what the hell is going on?"

The young man says "we're running this football to Seattle. The Apple Cup. We're gonna sock it to 'em".

I was so confused all I could say was "go Cougs".

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Re: How far would you go

Postby Triggerman » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:11 am

Those 5 to 6 hour drives were the best.

9 out of 10 times, it was me and the dog. 10 out of 10 times, the drive was worth it.
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Re: How far would you go

Postby Duckwise » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:25 pm

I don't go too far normally. Don't have to living in Moses Lake :smile: I really like sleeping in my bed.
I do head to the River Diver hunting a few times. Maybe drive an hour hour and half at the most if I had the time and the Money would go further afield.
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