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Postby valeflyfish47 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:33 pm

Where are All the Ducks!
Well today wasn't as good as we had hoped. Launched at John's River GL boat ramp. Got there about 5, 4 boats already gone.
Damn the ramp was slick n icy going in and coming back out.
All the small spots were iced over.
Our group had 2 mallards come in at FL, got the hen, then nothing but cold. Then there was some shooting up river of us that stirred up a group of 15 that came over us but way to high. That was it the rest of morning. Cruised down Lake Rhodhiss, not a bird to be seen.
We got back to the boat ramp, and after slipping, sliding, spinning tires to get boat out, we were done, cold frozen feet.
We were rigging boat, chatting with another hunter, when low and behold, a wood duck swims by the boat ramp, i think it was teasing us.
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby visco » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:29 am

Not sure about the big ducks... but I found were the geese are. to bad I was not expecting them and did not bring the right gear. we were targeting woodies and only brought #2 with us. ended the day with 2 bufflehead each, and as many mergansers as I could stand to clean. Did not see any woodies :no: not sure why as I have been seeing them in this spot for the last couple of weeks. As long as Saturday morning was not a fluke... I will be ready for those big guys tomorrow :beer:

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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby HydeMarsh » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:28 am

visco wrote:Not sure about the big ducks... but I found were the geese are. to bad I was not expecting them and did not bring the right gear. we were targeting woodies and only brought #2 with us. ended the day with 2 bufflehead each, and as many mergansers as I could stand to clean. Did not see any woodies :no: not sure why as I have been seeing them in this spot for the last couple of weeks. As long as Saturday morning was not a fluke... I will be ready for those big guys tomorrow :beer:

good luck out there


What is wrong with #2 shot for geese? certainly not an expert but I thought that is what most hunters use for them.
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby Red Huck » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:11 pm

In South Carolina you got to have ttwos or bigger and I prefer bigger
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby grizz18 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:30 pm

Red Huck wrote:In South Carolina you got to have ttwos or bigger and I prefer bigger


That’s a law?


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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby CatFan » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:23 pm

HydeMarsh wrote:
visco wrote:Not sure about the big ducks... but I found were the geese are. to bad I was not expecting them and did not bring the right gear. we were targeting woodies and only brought #2 with us. ended the day with 2 bufflehead each, and as many mergansers as I could stand to clean. Did not see any woodies :no: not sure why as I have been seeing them in this spot for the last couple of weeks. As long as Saturday morning was not a fluke... I will be ready for those big guys tomorrow :beer:

good luck out there


What is wrong with #2 shot for geese? certainly not an expert but I thought that is what most hunters use for them.


If it was really close I would take the shot but I would prefer bigger shot for geese. I am assuming steel shot of course.
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby quackedout » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:03 pm

BB's for geese is pretty standard. I used to take both BB's and number 3's with me to the duck blind and when geese would be near or thought they might be coming in I would quickly try to switch out my 3's for my BB's. Got tired of that so now I just buy number 2's and shoot at geese and ducks with them. It seems to be a good compromise so far.
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby Red Huck » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:59 pm

grizz18 wrote:
Red Huck wrote:In South Carolina you got to have ttwos or bigger and I prefer bigger


That’s a law?


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Yes.
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby HydeMarsh » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:11 pm

took # 2 heavy shot and black cloud to Kansas a couple of years ago. killed everything from Canada's to specks to snows with them . that is what every one was using.
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Dec 16 Opener

Postby trigger22 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:07 pm

I shoot decoying geese and swans with 2’s. If I was pass shooting at further distances I’d bump up the shot size, but I consistently make clean kills over decoys with number 2’s
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby ncbufflehead » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:06 am

If you shoot them in the head like you're suppose to, you can kill them with most regular duck loads.


I shoot 3" 1-1/4 ounce #1 at everything because I don't always shoot like you're suppose to and it will kill anything, consistently.
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby visco » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:24 am

damn... surprised yall did not catch all of my errors in that post... let me try this again now that I am awake.

I try to match my shot to the game I am hunting, and that morning I was specifically out targeting woodies. I always take #4s NOT #2s with me for small ducks... I normally have larger shot size with me, on the off chance I see bigger birds, but for some reason I left those at the house that day.

either way... I was not ready for what the day had in mind for me.
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Re: Dec 16 Opener

Postby visco » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:29 am

ncbufflehead wrote:If you shoot them in the head like you're suppose to, you can kill them with most regular duck loads.


I shoot 3" 1-1/4 ounce #1 at everything because I don't always shoot like you're suppose to and it will kill anything, consistently.


Amen... Saturday has turned my way of thinking... from here on out, I believe my primary load is going to be #2 and will have some BB or BBB in my pocket ready in case I need them. I pulled out a box of BBB from my storage and put them in my ammo bag. this will not happen again.
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