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Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:58 pm
Well, normally I would send this to my diver group on PM. But as it appears no one is hunting this year or reading duck chat, here we go.
I have seen next to nothing on the White Oak and the New River this season.
Made a trip out on the Neuse this past Sat and saw more than a few, however.
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:50 pm
I check in from time to time, but haven’t done any diver hunting yet.
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:09 pm
I have hunted some. there is not the amount of divers in my spots that there were last year. Some of my fishinf friends tell me they are seeing a lot of ducks on the sound. do not know if they are BSing me.
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:34 pm
Saw next to nothing this morning. Very few Saturday. No real divers to be seen anywhere. Time to get to work and get the honey do's knocked out for a couple weeks.
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:41 pm
Hunted sound two weeks ago, whatever day black duck case in. Scrapped out a one man limit between four guys. Rough day. Saw some divers flying across the way, black ducks, mallards and swan. Probably only saw 100 birds in 8 hours not including swan.
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:33 pm
I haven’t been and don’t plan to go anytime soon. It is a serious waste of time anymore. It is absolutely heartbreaking to see what’s happened to duckhunting in our state. I have spent the last 12 hours fishing on a body of water that used to be a phenomenal price to duck hunt and did not see a single bird and not even a single coot at that. At least the fishing is good. I do check in from time to time. This place is as dead as the duck hunting is
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:22 pm
Usually an optimist, but Mauler is right. Something has happened in coastal SEastern NC since Florence. I am not sure what, but it has not been good.
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:40 pm
Doesn't seem like the divers use the north carolina big water like they used to in a lot of spots.
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:54 pm
It's dead because the ones that kept it going got the boot....and there are no ducks in nc anymore. Place is a sh!t hole for ducks.
Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:29 pm
Only “diver” I’ve shot so far has been a hooded merganser that came into one of my woodie holes. This spot in particular usually has divers coming through regularly but haven’t seen any others this year. I don’t have the equipment to hunt big water, but I can say that I haven’t seen many flocks migrating over or flying up and down the river this year. Or last year for that matter.
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:18 pm
Hunted a place last Saturday that usually has a crazy amount of divers. It's private and will really make you question doing another NC public hunt ever again type of place. I get invited a few times a year, luckily. Maybe saw 1 group. Nothing but woodies. Last year and the year before they were everywhere.
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:21 pm
Hunted the reef at Ocracoke, did not see much at all. Great crop of Cormorants this year.
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:55 am
we scouted over 20 miles on the water this past Friday before the opener. Came across 2 flocks of birds, maybe 2-300 in one, and 100 in the other..... 95% were bufflehead. ZERO big ducks, less than 50 divers other than bufflehead.
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:03 pm
The days where puddlers congregate in any meaningful numbers on the sound around Mattamuskeet south to Pamlico Pt./Bay River/ Nuese have long since gone. Many reasons for that. I was fortunate to shoot wigeon, pintails, Mallard’s and Blacks all on the same hunt in those areas almost on a regular basis couple of decades ago. Yes, things change. Plan accordingly.
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:38 pm
I recently looked at the state by state harvest report. The worst situation I saw was Louisiana. There harvest dropped from over 1 million in 2017 to about 500K last year. The ststes around us kill a fraction of what is taken in NC.
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