river hunting

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river hunting

Postby redneck12350 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:21 pm

hi yall i have never hunted a river before but i would like to start. i live in south east wisconsin and the river is 30 feet wide and where i am max 4 feet deep. does anybody have any tips or could get me started or brief me? I dont know anything about river hunting but i do a ton of pond hunting so i need help.
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Re: river hunting

Postby BurnettGunner » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:10 am

I would wait for a freeze on the ponds before putting much time into a river of that size. Then set up near a bend with a big sediment wash area and let the fun start. It really pays to float the river in a canoe at about 9 a.m. to see where the birds like to land as well.
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Re: river hunting

Postby SDMF » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:29 am

Rivers are better when it gets colder, ie, when other spots start to freeze. also with current in a river you may need bigger decoy anchors for current..Don't know how swift the river is your hunting . but keep in mind the current. Best of Luck ! I Hunt rivers alot . they can be really good when its cold!
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Re: river hunting

Postby wackem' n stackem' » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:17 am

Rivers are better once it gets cold and ponds start to freeze like previously said only other thing i would add is to try and find a spring that stays open even when the river starts to freeze i lucked out and that on my families property.. When i hunt it i bring no more than 6 floaters and about a dozen full bodies to put on the ice and hang on cuz its gonna be a wild hunt. Otherwise hunting rivers mid season in my area can be hit and miss find a loafing spot and and setup mudflats, little nooks and crannies, etc. no more than a dozen decoys and i leave my mojos in the truck my experience they do more harm than good on the river.
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