S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

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S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:44 pm

Besides Mallards and Blue-winged teal what kinds of ducks do you guys shoot or see in good numbers along the Fox River (the one that flows south into Illinois, not the one that flows into green bay), and in marshes near it?
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby gatorsnagger » Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:12 am

wood ducks, green wing teal, bluebills, rignecks, redheads..... also, some huge flocks of divers that I can't identify because they are flying at 8000 feet.
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:29 pm

^ What he said plus cans, some wigeon, gadwall and black ducks

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:48 am

So, you guys shoot allot of Divers on the Fox, I always thought it was a little to shallow to be used heavily by Divers. Iguess some of the lakes are pretty deep though.
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:55 pm

backwoodsboy, I see that you shot a bunch of Shovelers two seasons back are those pretty common and would it be worth getting some shoveler decoys?
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:29 pm

Honestly I hate shovelers, the meat smells horrible and they don't taste very good. I would use the decoy money and put it towards teal or mallards, even woodies.

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:38 pm

Well, I just got a Kayak and don't have room for the dozen and a half mallard decoys I currently have so I was looking to get a smaller, but more unique spread, with only a couple mallard decoys but more "odd" ducks. Most of the hunting I do is at Tichigan wildlife area and Vernon marsh, but I only shot one duck last season, due to having to walk in and not being able to get to where the ducks wanted to be. Hopefully with a boat this season will be more successful.
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:07 pm

Early season we throw out geese, blue winged teal and hen mallards (Most drakes aren't in color). Late season we mainly throw out mallards and geese. Most ducks will come into a goose spread.

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:07 pm

And we too hunt a lot in the Vernon!

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:55 pm

the problem i have is that I can only fit about 12 duck decoys in the boat and I figured that if I have to use a small spread i would like it to be as different from other spreads as possible, while still looking natural.
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:18 pm

Why not tow some behind the kayak? If you can only use 12 I'd say stick with mallards and teal, some geese if you can fit them.

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:06 am

Blue winged teal or Green winged teal?
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:41 am

I always see more blue winged than green.

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:49 pm

the Cabela's by me has Twelve pack of FA teal, 6 Blue Winged and 6 Green Winged, for like $70, but the ****'s Sporting Goods near-by has a six pack of GHG Pro-Grade Green Winged Teal For $30. Which would be better to get?
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:01 pm

The FA combo, check rogers or scheels. Thought I was seeing them for $50

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby teamoutlaw » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:31 am

what are you looking for exactly.

I buy n sell decoys all the time. if you see something on craigslist from cudahy it's usually me. i've sold right under 10k worth of gear since seasons end. It's become a pretty big hobby of mine now buying and selling.

im headed south in two weeks and usually can find good deals down there and bring back. I am working on 2 different goose decoy deals right now.
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:22 pm

Let me know if you get any fb geese or mallards.

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:13 pm

Well I live in a north western suburb of Chicago and driving to Milwaukee to pick them up probably wouldn't be worth it cause I'd spend as much as I would save in gas, I also don't really Know what I should get decoy wise, I want to wait until I can see the season dates because I might not be able to go hunting enough for me to justify buying more. On a different topic Does anyone Hunt the Des Plaines River?
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:41 pm

Never been on it, is it any good?

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:30 pm

I have no idea, but it runs through my town (Des Plaines, Il) Ant I thought it would be cool to hunt it since I have that connection to it.
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:33 pm

Almost any river will hold ducks late season.

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:27 pm

Well the options I have are Ghg Pro Grade Wood Ducks($60), Pro Grade Green Winged Teal($30), Life Size Gadwalls($35), or Life Size Ringnecks($40) (all are six packs) what would be the best investment, I know backwoodsboy said BWT, but I wont be able to get to Cabela's in the near future and I feel like BWT aren't around for very long, so it wouldn't look right after they all left. I'm not sure about that so correct me if I'm wrong.
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:33 pm

Wood ducks and teal leave at the same time. If you're trying to keep it cheap buy some stormfront mallard floaters. $25 a six pack.

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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby RookieJ » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:29 am

I personally have no faith in Wood duck decoys. In 3 seasons with them I have never got a wood duck to commit to them. Maybe they add a little confidence to other ducks but I doubt it. I stick with teal and mallards now then throw out some gadwalls, widgeon or divers if I start seeing them in the area...
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Re: S.E. Wisconsin Ducks

Postby Trout&Duck » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:18 am

If you see certain birds usind an area for the spring migration would it be a safe bet that they use it for the fall migration?
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