Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

This Midwestern state holds many waterfowl species. Post here and read others views on Wisconsin duck hunting. From the mighty Mississippi river to the west to the great lake of Michigan on the east, WI has many different types of hunting available to hunters.

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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby ndorrler » Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:31 pm

Greetings!

I'm from Central WI originally (Mead Wildlife area) and have been waterfowl (and everything else) hunting for the past 15 years. The tradition and ethics were instilled in me by my father my entire life and I enjoy meeting other hunters/anglers who have a similar conservation/wildlife ethic.

I stumbled upon this site while trying to figure out a way to find hunting partners in Southeast WI. I'm 28 and moved to Southeast WI a few years ago (Mukwonago/East Troy area). Being new to the area, I don't know many people and have generally defaulted to driving North to hunt & fish on the weekends. However, I'm very interested in finding more of these opportunities locally.

I've also been scouting/exploring public lands in the area for bow hunting spots but would love to hear if anyone has any pointers on that as well!

Cheers!
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby DellsDucks » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:22 am

Hey,
I'm Skylar from Wisconsin Dells. I hunt here and near ripon wisconsin and travel all over for the birds. I attend Ripon College and work for my parents in the summer at our family business. I hunt and fish other species as well. I love to hunt with new people, and have a great time. I have hunted with my family and close friends in the past.
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby stephenk22 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:07 pm

Whatsup guys,

Im Stephen, 25 years old and just moved back to Appleton, WI from Charleston, SC. I got hooked on duck hunting while I lived down there 2 years ago. Only got a chance to hunt twice, but it has stuck with me since then and I am doing my best to learn everything I can about duck hunting here in Wisconsin. Im currently a crew leader for a concrete cutting company and a photographer. So far I've gone out twice and hunted some public land near shiocton for early teal. Would have had a great hunt, if it wasn't for two jump shooters who kicked up all the ducks, proceeded to walk past me, sit down 50 feet from me and sky bust the rest of the morning. (I learned why you all hate public land so much). I won't ask you stupid questions like "where are the ducks?". I realize this sport is about putting hard work in, and a lot of scouting!
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby Bill Herian » Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:23 pm

Welcome aboard dude.
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby canadianwingshooter » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:03 pm

Hi everyone, I am new to this site, and recently new to Wisconsin. Living and working in Sheboygan Wisconsin. Been hunting about 32 years now, since 18 years old. Began hunting rabbits and pheasants in Ireland, moved to Canada where I got into waterfowl and training retrievers, now I live in the states. Still hunting strong. Now I normally hunt ducks, almost never hunt geese anymore, although I still love upland hunting and am looking forward to chasing Wisconsin grouse. Just bought a boat in Wisconsin and am planning on installing a cover blind on it this summer, still have to figure out where to hunt and hoping to hookup with a few hunting partners. Back home in Canada I have a 50 year old sneak boat with a 49 year old working Chrysler 3.5 hp motor, still keeping the old ways alive.
Love to run my retriever, only have one now, been too busy to train more. Hoping to hunt a few more U.S. states this coming fall, perhaps will take a trip to Chesapeake Bay. I love to hunt all kinds of ducks, but the last few years I have concentrated on hunting over water and less and less field hunting, although I do enjoy field hunting ducks. A few years back I switched to my 20 gauge over and under for waterfowling and enjoy taking late season divers with it.
Perhaps this forum will help me get to know some local hunters with the same interests and we can enjoy time afield.
Happy hunting.
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby Bill Herian » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:38 pm

I think your going to fit in just fine here. And you are close to plenty of good hunting where you are at.

Welcome aboard :thumbsup:
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby beretta24 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:12 pm

Where did you grow up in Ireland? I have spent some time there and got to hunt wood pigeons, pheasant and do some fly fishing. Beautiful country. :welcome:
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby Oneshot42 » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:45 pm

Hi...Oneshot here.
I see there are very few recent listings, but perhaps this introduction will start gathering some momentum. I just turned 60 and live in northwest Wisconsin. I find myself thinking about hunting more than I actually "go hunting". Hunting (or fishing) is not as easy now as our hunting sports have become very complicated...and at times frustrating. I guess you could say micromanaged. The management of our wildlife has shifted from Wildlife Managers to public opinion. We know this can not work...but it is what it is. I grew up duck hunting Collins Marsh near Manitowoc, the Sheboygan Marsh, the Kiel Railroad tracks and the Sheboygan River. The river really used to have some great pass shooting. I hope it still does. My yellow lab died last year. Best dog I ever had...best dog I ever hunted with. I was unable to hunt her for her last 2-3 years so with that came an end to most of my hunting. I still deer hunt, but that is rapidly going away too. Anyway, I applaud those who are involved in the hunting sports and wish you a safe, bountiful hunt, providing you with memories for a life time! Take care and be the one who makes a difference in all aspects of life!
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby Bill Herian » Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:51 am

:welcome: oneshot

Where in NW are you from? I hunt deer in eastern Bayfield Co.

It's quite a conundrum you pose. Folks always say we need to get more people involved in hunting, and at the same time we have guys giving it up because the marshes are too crowded and the birds too few.

Anyhow, hope you had a pleasant winter up there.
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby woodiefanatic » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:27 am

Hey guys. I'm originally from Appleton but will be moving to Prairie Du Chien this summer for work. Looking forward to the new town and meeting some new people. Also I cannot wait to hunt the rivers. I've hunted around the valley and on the Mississippi so I'm pretty excited to be moving out west.
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby Oneshot42 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:41 am

Bill...
I am from St Croix Co...along the St Croix River between Hudson and Houlton. Winter...heck, there was no winter this year (smile)....just a few days cold enough to hold snow. Well, my take on water fowling is there are two many seasons and the birds are harassed too much. We have early goose, early teal and the early youth hunt. By the time the "traditional" duck season opens, ducks are already educated and flying a mile high, some have left the area and others keep to the sanctuaries. I personally lost some of the pond jumping areas as the property owner has leased the land to bow hunters. Which is totally fair...but my loss. The only good (I mean enjoyable) part of the duck season we have now is during the week (not weekends) and later in the season...but that can be hit and miss, too. Our Mississippi fly way has changed and will not change back until there are drought (low water) conditions in the Dakotas. It is what it is. The only issue I have with the seasons is with climate change...we should open our season a couple weeks later and close a couple weeks later. Also, having ducks migrate south and hunted with larger bag limits and hunters filling guide limits has always upset me. I went to school in the South and was amazed at the daily bag limits and length of season. Just saying. Here is my negative list:
1. Micromanaged and over complicated regulations.
2. Cost of hunting is now a big factor...especially when you need a boat to get to the best spots.
3. There are so many places to hunt...but how to find 'em and learn 'em? DNR does not help except to give you a map...I have tried repeatedly. However, there is a really great guy (wildlife manager) at the Hayward DNR who tells it like it is.
4. Youth hunts. They screw up all the "Opening Day" hunts...duck, turkey, deer. Raise a kid where he hunts with a BB gun at 8, a pellet gun at 10 and a shotgun at 12...and then add a father or close friend who brings him hunting every time he goes from the age of 8 and you will mold a life long hunter. Stick a gun in a kid's hand at 10 to kill something...this wont last, easy come easy go. Just saying.
5. Our DNR does not manage anymore...they enforce. Big change for the worse. We need to put management in the hands of our wildlife specialists....and out of the hands of our politicians.
I could go on...but I don't want to waste any more ink....I would rather hear your take on our hunting sports. Oneshot
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Re: Alot of new people...Tell us about yourself

Postby Bill Herian » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:20 pm

Oh brother, I could talk all day about this stuff.

I know I've said it here before, but I would love to see a waterfowl license option. Get rid of the zones and lets hunters choose between a statewide license that begins roughly when our season starts now, or a license that begins oct 15 and runs till dec 15. If you would rather shoot teal and wood ducks early then hunt deer in November, you're out of the way of the guys who would like to hunt the last big push.

Personally, I have a hard time picking on youth hunts. Let the kids go out and rip away them for a day. It's something that works both ways. Sure the kid has a blast, but seeing that happen also motivates adults to keep taking them. If that means the birds get a little lesson before the opener, big deal.

I don't know particularly what our DNR does and doesn't do, but I do know a little bit about fisheries and wildlife management and I understand that their job is pretty difficult. I don't agree with every decision I see made, but I don't begrudge them. It's funny you mention complicated regs. That's the #1 compliant the DNR receives, yet on the fisheries side, the #2 complaint is "We want more lake specific regulations." :lol3: Hard to please everyone.

I'm glad that good spots are hard to find. I also have the youth and temerity to go and find them. If you want to hunt the easy, crowded spots, you take what you can get.

I don't like the south either. :lol3:
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