Best and worst of 2012

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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Kidney » Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:49 am

2500hdon37s wrote:worst- final approach goose floaters.



They are also pretty darn heavy. I bought one box of the FA floaters and one box of G&H floaters. Not only are the G&H floaters nicer, they are considerably lighter.


Best: Columbia bibs. Irish Setter rubber boots. Filson camo wool vest.


Worst: The drought.Warm Weather. Outboard motors. Taking the wrong vacation days.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby dankoustas » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:58 am

Best: my first year using a semi auto, bought a Beretta 3901 in the off season and it is a great gun.
Worst: Mojo pole extension; its expensive, a mess and I already bent part of it.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby pinepointer » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:48 am

Best - traded my Merc 15 bigfoot OB for a Go-Devil 16 hp longtail to cope with weedy lake; also Mojo extension pole set which is big improvement on stock unit

Worst - mojo magnetic wings - very hard to remove
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Best and worst of 2012

Postby gr8white » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:20 am

Best-
•Duck Commander mallard drake call I picked up out of the clearance rack for $10...re-sold it on eBay for $60.
•Texas rigged decoys.
•Avery shoulder bag.
•A Coleman headlamp that is on its second season with same batteries and even survived being dunked in the drink.

Worst-
• Ikam video glasses. They actually worked great the first time...which was the only time they ever worked.
• The rotten bag of beef jerky I bought and started to eat in the dark without seeing the fuzz growing on it.
• The box of Kent Fasteel I bought that wouldn't cycle past first shot.



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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby KySwampHunter » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:36 pm

BuckCreek wrote:Best-or did well with 3 cases of shells was the Stoeger M3500. Hunted with SX3 on one side and SBE II on the other. Worked as well or better than both. I do have to say I like the SBEII feel better but the simplicity of cleaning the Stoeger is nice....Drake mst pullover very nice as well.
Worst- or at least for your health fresh donuts at 5am...mmmmmm

i love my stoeger 3500 to!! ive already taken a few birds with it and its clockwork man. it cycles so smoothly. the 3500 is the only quality shotgun you can find right now under 1000 bucks lol. i couldnt see myself putting down 1500 bucks on a gun right now.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Thatdudewhoduckhunts » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:18 am

Best: Dakota X-treme mallard floaters. I absolutely love them. Switching over my whole spread to them.
My Cabela's Warrior 2 waders were a close second.

Worst: Winchester xperts. Shot a greenhead dead center at 10 yards, pulled off of him, shot another greenhead, looked over to see the first one flying off and the second one crippled.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby winchester1852 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:10 pm

• The rotten bag of beef jerky I bought and started to eat in the dark without seeing the fuzz growing on it.


when i first seen this post i thought it was hilarious :lol: intel l remembered my mouldy sandwich :oops:
if you can read this your almost as smart as a dolphin.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Sharkman » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:18 pm

I was looking at a mossberg pump and on the barrel or receiver I can't remember now it said made in and inported from Pakistan.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Fatback » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:02 pm

Best: Ski Goggles for hi speed river running in sub zero temps, 20 dollar energizer head lamp, and 1600 cabelas waders

Worst: Gas
Saying things taste "gamey" is a sign of poor taste
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby The Duck Hammer » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:59 pm

Thatdudewhoduckhunts wrote:Worst: Winchester xperts. Shot a greenhead dead center at 10 yards, pulled off of him, shot another greenhead, looked over to see the first one flying off and the second one crippled.


Same here. Bought two boxes because I was low on cash and couldnt hit a damn thing. Huge holes in the patterns. Never again. :no:
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby lou_01 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:04 pm

Best- rnt mvp, kent faststeel #1's, and homemade jerk rig.


Worst- winchester blindsides, shot my first black duck watched him hit the water dead as a hammer (or so i thought) only to send the dog out and get within 5 feet of duck and fly off like nothing happened. Also ghg pro grade mallards, after 2 hunts they look like they have been in an acid rain storm.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Benelli92 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:19 pm

best- Noxx headlight. Its like having a 2 million candle power spotlight on your head.
worst- gas...it sucks filling up every other day when your scouting
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby winchester1852 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:53 pm

lou_01 wrote:Best- rnt mvp, kent faststeel #1's, and homemade jerk rig.


Worst- winchester blindsides, shot my first black duck watched him hit the water dead as a hammer (or so i thought) only to send the dog out and get within 5 feet of duck and fly off like nothing happened. Also ghg pro grade mallards, after 2 hunts they look like they have been in an acid rain storm.


not a big fan of blindsides myself
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Toller_Atlas » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:40 pm

Best: new waders without a leak in the crotch.

Worst: not replacing leaky waders until Christmas. And Avery boaters dog vest.
I sure am glad the dog keeps letting me borrow his truck.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby tornadochaser » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:55 am

Best: drc short drop. Used 5 or 6 calls early in the year and settled on this one to add to the lanyard.

Bought a rig em right jerk cord on clearance, pleased with the construction, nearly as beefy as my homemade one.

Worst:
mojo AA baby mallards. Don't work worth a shiz in windy conditions.

Banded brand neoprene gloves. Seriously, did any of the kneepad staffers field test these? The seams inside the gloves are rough at best, sharp at worst, and generally unbearable to wear. Cut mine up to patch my fishing waders.

Rig em right dp3 standard sized bag. Shoulder strap blew the stitching on the first carry in hunt I used the bag on. 18 mallard floaters with 6 oz weights in the bag. Grab handle blew the stitching on second hunt. Junk.


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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby Pumpgunner » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:08 pm

Best- Filson wildfowl hat, G&H goose shells

Worst-none really, I've pretty much managed to weed out all the crappy gear I own. Just never buy anything that says Avery and you will be well on your way to some decent, durable gear. :biggrin:
Avery- the K-Mart of waterfowl gear.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby dysco » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:43 pm

I had a pretty good year.

Best: my new/used Benelli M2 in 20ga was far better on ducks than I'd anticipated. Homemade jerk cords with kite handles and homemade paracord game straps are tied for second.

Worst: public land hunters who wanted the whole place to themselves and losing my windproof Klim Inversion dirtbike/snowmobile gloves I used for shooting for the first half of the year.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby jkolson » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:42 pm

Best:
Beretta A400 Unico
Columbia Wool Jacket and Bibs (a steal at $80 from Amazon)

Worst:
The sandwich I bought for lunch that my buddy's dog ate while we were setting up decoys. LOL
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby sgtD » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:34 pm

Best:
Used 11-87 Special Purpose camo for $400.00,
I also have one of those Energizer headlights but I bought mine 3 or 4 years ago when they were $14. I bought another one the follwing year so I have two now. I have only changed the batteries once in the older one.
kyocera Hydro Android waterproof Smartphone that I dropped 8" of water in the marsh yesterday morning while throwing out decoys. It still works!!
Black Cloud Close Range ammo.

Worst: Xpert Steel shot

I was shooting (at) ducks with my new used 11-87 made in 1996, and not hitting them. I couldn't figure it out. I was shooting an IC choke just like I always had. I had just shot 85 of 100 on a tough sporting clays course two weeks prior using target loads. So, I had my buddy throw me some clays and I tried shooting them with Winchester expert steel. I missed every single clay. Like 8 or 9 in a row. The stuff was not opening up to give me a pattern. I think it was like shooting a rifle or something with a tiny shot coulumn. I had shot them in my 870 and 500 with an IC choke in prior years and they worked pretty well, (if you consider having to shoot ducks 2 or three times to get them to die "working pretty well") but for some reason, my 11-87 just didn't seem to pattern with them.

We shoot our ducks over decoys and only if they come in. We like working birds if possible and don't like skybustin, so I figured I'd try some of these Black Cloud Close Range shells in 3 inch #3 shot. I am hooked. It was like night and day. I started dropping ducks from 10 to 40 yards like it was going out of style. And they usually hit the water dead too. I have not paper tested them, and probably won't bother to. The proof is in the water. Dead ducks dropping in the water that is. The only negative is that they are dirty, but I clean my gun regularly so it's not a problem
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby txhunter90 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:23 pm

Best: Getting a trained retreiver

worst: public hunting/East Texas Hunting
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby t_baker » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:10 am

Best: My new boat, perfect for me and my dog, right size to tuck away. Homemade jerk rig, in all my years of duck hunting I never used one until this year. WOW! I would have never guessed one to work that well.

Worst: Lake freezing up with a week left in the season.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby lyrikz » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:16 am

Best: First year duck hunting. Cabelas urethane waders. Homemade jerk cord. This website. LED Lenser 200 lumens headlamp, its like a portable sun on your head.

Bad: Almost poaching pintails. Yes, i learned my lesson and thanks to thedudewhohuntsducks. Falling in a channel thinking i was going to die.
AND, to top it off on the list. The remington 887 shotgun. ABSOLUTE biggest piece of crap i have ever seen. Been out 7 times and 40% of the camo is missing, and the first time out it was jamming all the time. I actually had to remove the slide cover for it to function properly.
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby timmer » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:29 am

best: Winhester sx3, longline system, jet sled, lynch mobb jezebel
worst: Fiochi shells!
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Re: Best and worst of 2012

Postby lyrikz » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:33 am

timmer wrote:best: Winhester sx3, longline system, jet sled, lynch mobb jezebel
worst: Fiochi shells!


Jet sled??
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