Trouble finding them after they're DOWN

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Trouble finding them after they're DOWN

Postby DannyLE » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:43 pm

Anyone have any tips on finding ducks after you've downed'em. I'm making great shots...kill shots, but can't seem to find them after they're down!!! :help: I've been hunting some tight cover over shallow water, but tell me, is this normal???? I hate leavin' em for the the coons and foxes. Please help me!!!!!! The ones that fall in the water aren't a problem, but when they hit the tall weeds and bank, its almost no deal. :fingerhead:
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Re: Trouble finding them after they're DOWN

Postby WOODIE13 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:59 pm

I just try to get a good mark and go straight to them, do not take you eye off the mark. If they are cripple and can walk, it will be tough. Do not get greedy trying to take another while you are going for that mark, you may lose both. If you get there and cannot find it, do a grid or circle search spreading out from the mark, it works most of the time.

If you had a dog, that would be best, but I do not, just got to keep a good mark or have a buddy mark and you retrieve.
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Re: Trouble finding them after they're DOWN

Postby DannyLE » Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:16 pm

Thanks for the info. I'm learning more and more each time I go out...did I mention I'm a rookie? :biggrin: I killed my first green head mallard today...can't wait until the migration starts.
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Re: Trouble finding them after they're DOWN

Postby WOODIE13 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:19 am

Congrats, it is tough learning the ropes, but it is well worth it. What area you hunting round abouts?
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Re: Trouble finding them after they're DOWN

Postby labman63 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:32 am

I'd stay home if I didn't have a dog. A dog is the best conservation tool you have. Duck hunting without a dog is like sex by yourself,you can do it but it's not as much fun.
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Re: Trouble finding them after they're DOWN

Postby duckhunter4life84 » Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:46 pm

WOODIE13 wrote:I just try to get a good mark and go straight to them, do not take you eye off the mark. If they are cripple and can walk, it will be tough. Do not get greedy trying to take another while you are going for that mark, you may lose both. If you get there and cannot find it, do a grid or circle search spreading out from the mark, it works most of the time.

If you had a dog, that would be best, but I do not, just got to keep a good mark or have a buddy mark and you retrieve.



In my experience a circle search has worked much better. Only lost 1 bird during the first segment.
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