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new to MA

Postby Remingtonguy » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:53 pm

Hi everyone,

Just got stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. I have never been in the state of MA and will be reporting on June 27th. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction so I can start my research on shooting zones in MA. Not looking to hear anyones spots just trying to get a feel for the rules so I don't get myself in trouble. I am from WA and was stationed in AK last. Like hunting salt water marshes for ducks and geese and rocky shorelines for divers and sea ducks. I look forward to hearing back.

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Re: new to MA

Postby Baymen Moe » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:57 am

Welcome Clint. Massachusetts can be a bit confusing to newcomers but offers good hunting. Start here...http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/
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Re: new to MA

Postby Remingtonguy » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:59 am

Thanks for the help. I was wondering what the 3 primary puddle ducks are in MA? I know in WA its mallards, widgeon, and pintail. Just trying to get an idea of what to prepare for. Also what are the Primary divers? In WA it is bufflehead, goldeneye and bluebills. Looking forward to hearing a little more on the east coast birds, and hoping to meet some new hunting buddies.

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Re: new to MA

Postby Baymen Moe » Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:21 pm

We have Mallards, Black ducks, Wood ducks. Those three are probably the most abundant. Plenty of Greenwing teal, a fair amount of Bluewing teal in the last few seasons as well. Pintails and Gaddies occur from time to time but not often. Some widgeon.

On the coast we have Bufflehead, Goldeneye, tons of sea ducks, Eiders, Scoters and Oldsquaw.

Geese are everywhere.
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Re: new to MA

Postby Remingtonguy » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:16 pm

That's awesome. I am excited for this coming season. havnt shot a blue wing, black duck, or wood duck yet. I am glad to hear there are a bunch of geese means I can break out my 10 ga more. And almost all the sea ducks will be new. Thanks again for the link. I really appreciate the help.

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Re: new to MA

Postby Baymen Moe » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:32 pm

You're welcome Clint. It's a slow time here on the Ma forum. Stick around, good people here will chime in to help you further.
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Re: new to MA

Postby Remingtonguy » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:20 am

Sounds good, just wanted to get a jump start on the new area. I look forward to the upcoming season.

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Re: new to MA

Postby Professor_Leakey » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:52 pm

welcome to the MA forum, Clint. :welcome:
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Re: new to MA

Postby Remingtonguy » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:19 pm

Thanks. What geese are the primary ones I will find in MA? I am use to small canadas on the west coast. Cacklers and lesser. Is it mostly honkers, specs, snows? Also how is the brant hunting in the state?

Going to order a duckwater boat this summer or fall. Cant wait.

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Re: new to MA

Postby Professor_Leakey » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:29 pm

Clint, the Canadas are everywhere. You will find a lot of Brant as well late season. Ive seen Snows too but never when Im holding my gun. I am still very green.
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Re: new to MA

Postby MIKE J. » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:31 pm

Welcome to Mass :thumbsup: Lots of good info from the other members already. You will enjoy hunting the Cape and SE Mass. There a few Duck water boats in use in the area. They seem to be the preferred boat with the guides these days.
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Re: new to MA

Postby Joser06 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:03 pm

Welcome to MA Clint!
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Re: new to MA

Postby Jofa » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:06 pm

Welcome to the forum! :welcome:
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Re: new to MA

Postby duckmanor » Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:01 pm

Clint welcome, I've been here 8 yrs, from Oregon. There's no delineation of the Canada geese here, you don't have to worry about not shooting a Dusky or cackler. Early season starts tomorrow, go get em.
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