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Re: Tips?

Postby HydeMarsh » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:37 pm

Rivers are public trust waters. that means we all own them and can all hunt them. you can wade in a river because all the state's citizens own the bottom of rivers and sounds. (not true for many streams).. However if you get on the bank and the land is posted you are subject to trespass charges.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:25 am

I'll hunt 300 yards away from houses, is that ok?
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:28 am

My local laws do not say a certin distance
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Re: Tips?

Postby drumfisher » Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:47 pm

300 yards is plenty I would think. If you end up floating a creek know that there is a possibility of floating up on a deer hunter(deer season is about to go out here anyway). Some can be real ***** about you floating "their" creek. As long as you know and follow the rules you'll be fine.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:32 pm

I can get my hands on a 1542 Jon boat, would it be suitable for diver hunting around here? Of course picking the right days and I would not be going long distances.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Bluesky2012 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:58 pm

Drew4711 wrote:I can get my hands on a 1542 Jon boat, would it be suitable for diver hunting around here? Of course picking the right days and I would not be going long distances.


I personally wouldn't use one that small on big water. 18' minimum in my book.


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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:24 pm

I want to build a blind off a family's property, but others could use it, I guess I could enclose it and put locks on it? I though it would be easier to just motor a short distance and hunt? Plus I can go other places in a boat if I need to
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Re: Tips?

Postby Bluesky2012 » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:24 pm

Drew4711 wrote:I want to build a blind off a family's property, but others could use it, I guess I could enclose it and put locks on it? I though it would be easier to just motor a short distance and hunt? Plus I can go other places in a boat if I need to


A lock is worthless. It will be cut off or people will just hop over it because it's a public blind after all. Again, I personally wouldn't use a boat that small. That's just me though...


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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:38 pm

Got permission to hunt a creek off the bay river, actually a creek off a creek. The creeks about 100 yards wide, do diver ducks go in small creeks? Would you attempt to hunt it?
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Re: Tips?

Postby JamesM » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:59 pm

Why don't you go out and see for yourself if ducks use the creek? I understand you're young and not able to drive but there's not a person (except for someone hunting that same creek) that could tell you whether or not there's ducks on it. It is literally impossible to say without being there at first light and observing what is moving. Or go hunt it and if you don't get lucky going in blind make adjustments.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:10 pm

Yes, alittle to young to drive and that's my major setback or else I would be out there hunting or scouting, its a long drive to go. I Was asking more of if sombody has hunted a creek off a large river and had luck for divers. There's a few small impoundments around the area if that makes a difference
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:11 pm

I've heard big water for divers, but wondered if divers use small creeks?
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Tips?

Postby Bluesky2012 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:17 pm

Drew4711 wrote:I've heard big water for divers, but wondered if divers use small creeks?


In significantly smaller numbers, but yes I've shot blue bills (though not commonly) on smaller creeks.

Be careful though in small creeks. You'll see a good variety but know what you're shooting at. Grebes and teal look similar to an untrained eye in flight.

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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:29 pm

i have 12 buffleheads, 18 bluebill , 12 mallards , 6 wood ducks, has anybody mixed puddle and diver ducks together and would you keep them far apart? I was thinking doing diver spread with a few wood ducks and mallards closer and farther left or right to the bank/ marsh.
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Re: Tips?

Postby merg » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:16 am

A creek, off a creek, off the river?
Could definitely hold good numbers of ringnecks and a few buffs.Probably not gonna hold blackheads, redheads etc unless wind/weather pushes em there. Ringnecks, and most other divers, will decoy to anything. Some puddle ducks( widgeon and sprigtail) feed with divers and will toll to them but most other puddlers toll better to puddler decoys.
Put your divers on one side of your spread and puddlers on the other. Put your puddlers closer to you- puddle ducks tend to lite short while divers will work to the head of a spread. Maybe run a lil 6-8 decoy line of blackheads out from your divers. 12 buffs seems a mite many for a creek.
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Re: Tips?

Postby Drew4711 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:58 pm

I don't have to use all the decoys, I'm going to check it out soon and hope to find some ducks. There's a bever pond on the property but theirs a house about 100-150 yards away according to google maps. Maybe it will hold ducks also.
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