Opening Morning Question

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Opening Morning Question

Postby Winchester82 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:44 am

Due to a number of different circumstances (new baby, new job, etc.) I have not had the time to get out and do much scouting this year. Initially, because of this I was going to sit out opening morning, but now that it is two days away the thought of missing out is killing me.

I live in the Milwaukee area so I am mostly limited to public spots that get heavy pressure. This is only my third season and I do not have a boat so I have yet to find any great spots "off the beaten path". That being said, I would like to try a new spot opening morning but it's one that I have not had a chance to scout (other than on Google earth). I don't think there will be as much pressure as my old spots (I could be wrong though). I'm thinking my plan will be to show up at first light so I am not stumbling around in the dark and hope I can find a spot far enough away from anyone else. I am fully prepared to get back in my truck and drive home if I can't find enough space...I will not set up on top of anyone else and potentially ruin a hunt for someone who has worked harder and showed up earlier than me. Ethics are very important to me. That being said, am I better off waiting until the afternoon to head out so I am not fumbling around at first light, etc.??

I realize my chances of a successful hunt aren't real high since I have no idea if this area is even holding birds, but it's more about just getting outdoors with my dog for a bit. Also, any pointers on opening morning decoy spreads are welcomed! Thanks!
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Re: Opening Morning Question

Postby RookieJ » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:10 am

Since opening doesn't start til 9 I'd say you are safe to be stumbling around until an hour or so before that. I don't want to restart the blind argument but in my opinion opening day is a day to definitely steer clear of other people's blinds if you find them.

As for spread I have been seeing a lot of teal and woodies lately and not as many mallards. I'm throwing out a dozen mallards (mostly hens maybe 2 drakes), a dozen teal and a few woodies. Its early season and that is the only reason I am contemplating the mojos right now...

Good luck!
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Re: Opening Morning Question

Postby smanwisc » Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:19 pm

Less is more with these warm temps. Dozen decoys is more than enough. I set out the old/faded ones due to the fact that the birds are not fully plumed and a nice shiny new decoy will look out of place. My set is 2 woodies, 4 teal, and 6 mallards. Keep them away from each other in loose groups. Good luck.
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