That hunt sounds like a dream Buffle. I did some quick central scouting on my way back this morning and all of my spots are still closed up or there’s enough ice at the ramp to convince me not to bother. Reports like yours may have me second guessing myself though!Found an open pocket in central yesterday and set up on it this morning. 2 man black and mallard limit in just over an hour. Probably the best hunt I have had in Massachusetts. Could have finished earlier if we wanted, but took turns on the shooting. Hung around to 9 hoping for some other birds, but all blacks and mallards except for a couple of hoodies. Glad we left when we did as ice was getting soft quick and walk out was single file and well spaced out. Spud was going through pretty easy on way out. Went back this afternoon and tried to punch a hole in for boats. After 30 minutes we gave up. Ice still over 2 inches in spots.
Don’t know who shot what in your party, but just a reminder old squaw limit is now 3 birds. Looks like 4 in your picture.I hunted coastal this morning - went back to a flats spot on north shore I had good luck earlier this month at with both divers and puddlers. Started off by sleeping through my alarm by 30 minutes, which may have been an omen for what was to come.
Get to the spot I had in mind (slightly different from my previous position in this area, but within line of sight). Somehow get set up in time, feeling good - then a boat shows up in front of my spread right before first light.
Guy starts right in with swearing and attitude, says he owns “the whole island” I’m on and he had planned to hunt “this whole creek area”, asking who gave me permission to hunt here. Well, by then, given the time and his attitude, I wasn’t about to leave. Told him to call a warden if he thinks I’m trespassing, but I’m below high tide line, already set up, and don’t plan on moving. Plenty of space all around for him, but he decided to pout and set up 200 yards away.
That group sky blasted at geese and puddlers all morning, but lucky for us, the divers were coming from our side and loved my spread. My brother and I shot a six bird mix of old squaw and bufflehead, leaving a few on the table with bad misses.
finished off the morning by getting back to the ramp too late and hitting low tide. Had to kill some time talking to the EPO the other guy called on us, who confirmed we did nothing wrong and this particular guy makes a habit out of this sort of thing.
as far as bird numbers - lots of old squaw and buffies, hundreds of canadas and blacks rafted ip in the marsh and river now, saw some white wing scoters and mallards as well. Did not see any golden eye, or any other scoter species. View attachment 478193
thanks for the reminder Buffle - had my little brother with me so all good on that hunt! Have found myself refreshing my knowledge of species limits a few times already this season with the changes.Don’t know who shot what in your party, but just a reminder old squaw limit is now 3 birds. Looks like 4 in your picture.