How's your season treated you?

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How's your season treated you?

Postby brokerbyduck » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:06 pm

I'm about ready to wrap up my personal season. I'm still looking for a bull canvasback worthy of putting on the wall and then I think I'm gonna call it a season. It's been fun learning a new area and I've killed more ducks this year than I ever have, I'm ready to move on to Turkeys in the Spring once I get that Canvasback.
How's your season treated you? Any special ducks or geese you've checked off the list this year? Any personal milestones? Any good memories you want to share?
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby billsarima » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:50 pm

This season has been a little slower but all in all it's been a good year. Met some good people, hunted a different area, added another chocolate lab to the family. I'm going to hunt until the end of the season and then on to Turkey as well. Each year I tell myself I'm going turkey hunting but I always get stuck,,,, this year I'm going. My sister and brother-n-law live on some property in Colville and says there's Turkey all over the property. I'm going. :thumbsup:
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby h2ofowlr » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:57 pm

It's been a good season this years. Both my sons are now hunting and that has made the shell bill go up substantially. Been a fun one though. I let each of my sons pic a bird they shot to be mounted for there rooms. They both picked some dandy pintail drakes they shot.
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby BM0711 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:41 pm

Has been an awesome season! Being newly married in June I've had a bit of a learning curve on time management. It's my first time ever owning a dog. My chocolate lab's first season had been a good one!! Few more birds and she will hit 200 retrieves for the season. I shot my first ever canvasback a couple weeks ago and am looking forward to the last 3 weeks!! Did some self teaching on divers and even got my dad and brother out for their first ever duck hunt and now they are hooked! All in all going to be hard to beat this year!

Good luck to everyone rest of the season! We finally got some snow and weather moving through! Come on Saturday..




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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby Duckwise » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:12 pm

Good season up until this last week, hoping the warm up and wind will get things going again
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby Flyinundertheradar » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:33 pm

I can't complain considering I didn't even bother to get a license until November, and that Ive got more birds this year than the last two seasons combined. The trips with birds working the decoys and full straps have been the rule rather than the exception for me this year. Ditching the dead weight/liabilities I used to run with, and running solo with just a good pair of binoculars and a dog again has paid off.
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby mallardstalker » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:01 pm

This season has been a good one for me for the most part. BIrd count is down slightly, but mostly because of a lack of days in the field. Was able to bag my first canvasback, more geese this year, and a way higher percentage of mallards. My partner got his first wood duck, and our 3rd banded bird. Was able to get out on my first sea duck hunt with a member from the forum, and it was a fun experience. Added some scoter species and old squaw to the new birds list. Divers have been very scarce where I hunt this year, so some hunts have lasted longer than normal ;). And watching my lab make 3 retrieves on moving water when I tripled on mallards was definitely the highlight of my season. Overall a good year in the duck blind.
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby mallardstalker » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:02 pm

Still looking for a mounter sprig for the year. None to speak of where I hunt. I think we have killed 4 in 4 years!
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby h2ofowlr » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:08 pm

mallardstalker wrote:Still looking for a mounter sprig for the year. None to speak of where I hunt. I think we have killed 4 in 4 years!


Lots of good ones in the Skagit valley.
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby duckdogger07 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:51 am

Been working 7 days a week 10 to 12 hour days but things are slowing down now so i am finally going to get out and go. I an heading up north on Sunday to finally get my hunt in with Manac hunting guide service. After that i am gonna hunt everyday i can to make up for lost time in the field due to that evil w word that always gets in the way..... Woorrrkkkk..... makes me cringe just saying it....
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby bknilvr00 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:16 am

It's been a season of ups and downs for me. The ups have been shooting a harli and stud goldeneye for the wall, getting my wife out on her first hunt, and working with my first duck dog. The downs are what's killing me. I've shot maybe 50 birds this year. I've not gotten out nearly as much as I'd like, and I'm currently hosed on having to work because I can't afford to hunt. Missing the brant opener for the second year in a row is a definite kick in the teeth, but oh well. Priorities.

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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby mallardstalker » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:45 am

h2ofowlr wrote:
mallardstalker wrote:Still looking for a mounter sprig for the year. None to speak of where I hunt. I think we have killed 4 in 4 years!


Lots of good ones in the Skagit valley.


I know, its just a bit of a trek from Spokane, and my hunting partners don't want to go this weekend, so probably not going to make that drive by myself to hunt an area I have never hunted solo. May try to find one more pheasant as it is the last weekend of that season. Reports I have read this week for the area I usually hunt have been dismal, so it doesn't really fire me up for the ducks this weekend. Maybe the weather report will change my mind....
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby AnonymousDuck » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:33 pm

My season has sucked this year, worst I've ever had. Buffleheads and a ring-neck :mad:
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby Tealer » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:02 pm

I have only had 4 hunts out of 40 so far that haven't produced limits. In that regard the season has been great. It's been a lot more driving and scouting then a normal year. I have hunted with a bunch of new guys again this year which is kind of cool.
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby star882 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:32 pm

Season has been alot of fun even though i have my worst number of birds shot this year. I was able to get a new boat and semi auto loader for this season which has been fun to use both. I have explored more this year than any other year and managed to get my first couple sea ducks ever this year. Still have a few more places to scout/hunt this year and hoping to bag a few more sea ducks that are on my list.
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:32 pm

: Well ... It's been .... Drum roll please .... "Year of the Buffy!"

CBL and I have pulled, smacked, bashed, thumped and scumped 100 Buffies outta ONE FREAKIN HOLE ... ONE! We kept on thinking, yeah, we are gonna burn this hole ... anyday now ... still comin ... SERIOUSLY ... An let me tell ya, from THAT aspect, it's been a GREAT season. I bagged my first Harli & Surf Scoter Drake. Had my boat out several times, which is bringing another aspect/expectation to my season and off-season.

Thought this year was gonna be about "Gingervitus" due to two Reds, two Can limits ... But its been about the Black & Whites!
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby drakehntr » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:54 pm

Great hunting season so far. Drew a fall turkey tag and made good on that with my first bird (Jake). Shot a dandy buck first week in October. Introduced a friend to duck hunting and he has gone with me on most hunts...we are taking last week of season off from work to really pile em up. Shot my first euro/american widgeon cross ( pic in a previous post ). Still have spring goose and Turkey to look forward to. Cant complain!
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby AnonymousDuck » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:08 pm

BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:: Well ... It's been .... Drum roll please .... "Year of the Buffy!"

CBL and I have pulled, smacked, bashed, thumped and scumped 100 Buffies outta ONE FREAKIN HOLE ... ONE! We kept on thinking, yeah, we are gonna burn this hole ... anyday now ... still comin ... SERIOUSLY ... An let me tell ya, from THAT aspect, it's been a GREAT season. I bagged my first Harli & Surf Scoter Drake. Had my boat out several times, which is bringing another aspect/expectation to my season and off-season.

Thought this year was gonna be about "Gingervitus" due to two Reds, two Can limits ... But its been about the Black & Whites!


That's been my thoughts and experience to date, meanwhile my friends from back home (in another state), keep sending me nice duck porn of limits every time they go out, ouch salt in the wound. Went out yesterday, in a most ducky place that I see duck's on the water every time I check, go out with the boat and nothing! Any day now, I know they're going to show up lol. :lol3:
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby Duckwise » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:31 pm

Duckwise wrote:Good season up until this last week, hoping the warm up and wind will get things going again

It did :thumbsup:
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Re: How's your season treated you?

Postby Blacktail135 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:43 pm

Sheetty compared to others. All the ducks are still out by the saltwater. Rafts of 'em out at Skagit and Padilla Bay's.
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