Do ducks run far after they're shot?

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Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby fordy » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:30 am

Say your shooting in a marshy grassfield or wet cornfield. Will ducks run far on the ground after you shoot them out of the air?
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby Fowl'in up NORTH » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:44 am

how much time did you give him/her?
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby goodkarmarising » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:45 pm

All depends on how hard you hit them. If you just break a wing on one, you might be in for a long walk, that is why I have a dog.
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby fordy » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:48 pm

I dropped a duck out of the sky yesterday and quickly ran over to where i saw it land, Maybe 25 seconds away. Searched for an hour in an area i deemed reasonable but to no avail and im very upset i didnt recover it. Should i have waited before approaching? or sprinted?
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby wingcutter » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:49 pm

A live duck in thick cover is quite the challange for a human to find, a good k9 nose will do wonders for the retrieved:lost ratio :thumbsup:
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby Duckdon » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:42 pm

Ditto on the dog.
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby bulletman » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:46 am

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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby side-slippin » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:27 pm

its been my experience that dux will try and hide in a cut corn field before they try to run away. you probably walked all around it looking for it and it just laid there.
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby Daniel.Logue » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:59 pm

I know this isnt about field hunting but they will go to cover before running 9 out of 10 times in my expieriance... I shot a Woody drake last week on a creek and I had a hell of a time finding him because as soon as I hit him he took off for cover about 20 minutes later I found him in a brush pile...
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby DuckhunterF250 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:22 pm

ive never had one run very far when they went down on land, most of the time they try to find a little cover until you almost touch em then they will run. i swear a woodduck can run a 4 flat in the 40 :lol3:
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby Reeba » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:32 pm

This fall we had a wood duck with a broken wing that swam across the pond we were on . By the time the dog retrieved another duck and we went around the pond to look for the wounded duck, the duck must have ran off into the woods over 60 yards. I was looking around the water, the dog looked briefly at the water then took off over a hill through the woods out of sight. I walked up the hill, and then the dog reappeared with the duck in her mouth. That duck had to have gone at least 60 yards through the woods. We would have never found that duck without the dog.
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby duckdozer » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:09 pm

my experience is when I shoot a duck it usually goes splat on the water or thud on the land after I shoot it.
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby njonesy_07 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:04 am

Agreed on having a dog. Hunted a spot this last weekend and for some reason, I made the bright idea of leaving the dog at home :no: :rolleyes: :oops: We hunted a flooded marshy corner of a field w/ some taller grasses. First thing in the morning the shooting was kinda frantic, birds everywhere. Even with just the two of us we had a hard time rounding up all the birds we brought down. Unfortunately we lost two birds in the thick marshy brush after searching for a good hour. The next day I brought the dog back and ran her through the area and she dug out two dead mallards we shot the day before. :thumbsup:

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Btw, I noticed even the birds that aren't hit very hard die very suddenly when making impact on the dry field ground. When they hit that soft marshy grass/water, they're on the move....and are very quick! I should've taken a video of my hunting partner literally sprinting in waders through the ankle deep water/grass for a greenhead that landed only 30 yds from the blind. They are quick!
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby take'emgator » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:12 am

If u shoot them like ur suppose too they dont go very far, other than that better have a dog
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby njonesy_07 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:46 pm

Easier said then done. :lol3:
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Re: Do ducks run far after they're shot?

Postby dakotashooter2 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:21 pm

I've stepped right over ducks in tall grass only to have the dog come in an sniff it out behind me.They will crawl under the grass and lay as tight as a pheasant.
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