Fellow Waterfowl Hunter Visiting from Seattle... HELP!

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Fellow Waterfowl Hunter Visiting from Seattle... HELP!

Postby schmausr » Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:25 pm

Hey guys-

I am going to be missing some of my season here in the Northwest for a business trip to Detroit (actually a town north called Troy). SO... I am thinking about how I can make the best of it and thought I should try hunting in Michigan.

I have Nov 13th and 14th available to go on a trip. I want to get out and experience something different, and would LOVE it if you guys could point me in the right direction.

A few questions for you:

1. Is mid November a reasonable time to hunt ducks in MI? Am I wasting me time?

2. Rumor is Saginaw Bay would be a good location, not far from Troy. Is that accurate? Any other general locations I should look into within and hour or two of Detroit?

3. Can you guys recommend a guide service? <--- This is VITAL

4. I am reading that layout boats and big water hunting is something I have to try, is it?

5. What types of ducks will I be shooting?

6. Is there another activity I should prioritize over duck hunting at this time? eg fishing/goose hunt/etc.

Thanks for your help. Looking forward to experiencing Michigan!

Rob
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Re: Fellow Waterfowl Hunter Visiting from Seattle... HELP!

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:48 am

schmausr wrote:1. Is mid November a reasonable time to hunt ducks in MI?
Yes
schmausr wrote:Am I wasting me time?
No

schmausr wrote:2. Rumor is Saginaw Bay would be a good location, not far from Troy. Is that accurate?
Yes
schmausr wrote:Any other general locations I should look into within and hour or two of Detroit?
go here:
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_62146-283159--,00.html

schmausr wrote:3. Can you guys recommend a guide service? <--- This is VITAL
I've never used a guide… but you are likely to have a hard time finding one on such short notice.
You can try searching for a guide on Google for Lake St. Clair or Saginaw Bay, they are your best bet for finding a guide.
(Good diver hunting).

schmausr wrote:4. I am reading that layout boats and big water hunting is something I have to try, is it?

Yes, but it is scary and very weather depoendent, you might get there and can't go out. If you want sea ducks I am sure you can find a guide for either of the great lakes on that side of the state, but they maybe booked already.

schmausr wrote:5. What types of ducks will I be shooting?

Depends on location… everything from mallards, woodies, gadwall… to… red heads, bluebills, buffies… to scoters and old squaw
That come down to where you go and who you get as a guide.

schmausr wrote:6. Is there another activity I should prioritize over duck hunting at this time? eg fishing/goose hunt/etc.

No, not really, most fishing (I like) is done by then, and you are only allowed 2 geese a day during that time period.
schmausr wrote:Thanks for your help. Looking forward to experiencing Michigan!

No problem, good luck!
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Re: Fellow Waterfowl Hunter Visiting from Seattle... HELP!

Postby Bad Dog » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:06 am

There is lots of layout hunting on Lake Saint Clair. It is about a 30-45 minutes from Troy. Two layout guides I would try are Joel Piatek at 586 243-0914 and Tom Curtis 586 549-3128. I'm sure there are others as well.
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