Open Water Boat Blinds

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Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby oldquawhunter95 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:53 pm

How wary are bufflehead, goldeneye, and oldsquaw of boat blinds?
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby rebelp74 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:57 pm

I don't know about oldsquaw but none of the divers I hunt are. I hunt bb, reds, cans, ringers, buffies and ge none have ever been wary to anything from my experiences.
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby SMDGUNNER » Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:18 pm

Here on the bay we hunt all our divers from a boat blind and they don't really seem to care. Oldquaws are seaducks...so their even dumber. You can hunt them out of white boat. They don't care as long as yournin some deep water with a lot of decoys. You can even where your orange rain gear. Theirnused to fishing boats and are easy to decoys
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby h2ofowlr » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:43 pm

The last few sea duck hunts, I didn't even put up the blind. Just sat up shooting the bull with the guys and shot the ones that came into the spread!
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby bighillbilly » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:34 pm

In my experience no blind needed. We actually hunt old squaw out of a big white boat without any sort of blind. They still come close as long as movement was kept to a minimum.
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby bigbuckilla » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:26 pm

i hunt divers right out of the boat... they dont flair @ all. last hunt we got buffleheads and an oldsquall out of the boat, and i dont even have bufflehead or oldsquall decoys, they come right in. i even get mallards and geese to come right in. the little boat is the tender to the big boat, and holds all of the decoys. approx 120.
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby UpSouth811 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:26 pm

nice boat
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby loon » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:07 am

They can be trusting but they aren't suicidal, Where I hunt I have seen them respond to hunting pressure going from swimming up to a boat blind to flaring away from the layout boat . They definitely learn what we are up to.
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Re: Open Water Boat Blinds

Postby g_maxson » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:08 am

For Squaw and boat blinds, it's hit or miss. If you need to kill 30 for a boat limit, your going to be hard pressed out of a boat blind most days and even then quite a few of the shots will probably be a ways out. Same days, you'd kill your 30 easily out of the layout.
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