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Bad Duck Year???

1192 Views 10 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  terrellwa
I've been duck hunting fairly seriously for 3-4 years now (it's my new winter-time religion). I really thought I was getting the hang of it last year, when limits were increasingly common and rarely did I go home without at least a couple ducks. I hunt almost exclusively in Skagit Valley on a mix of public and private land sometimes in a boat and sometimes on land. And, although a working stiff, I still get a weekday hunt in about every week or two. In fact, several days the past two weeks.

So, I gotta ask what folks' thoughts/theories are about this season. My bag-of-tricks, which produced ample number of ducks last year has come up far short this year. It seems that there are fewer birds around to start with and we haven't had the big snow dump like last year. But I'm really wondering if others are having similar results and what you believe the cause(s) might be.

Of course it's always good to get out with friends and be out on the bay as the world wakes up, but I'd like to be working the birds a lot more than I have this year.

Hope you're having a great season!!!

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This year s not a hot for me. last year I had slightly over a 5 bird average this yer it is around 1.5. I also missed most of Jan last year. However there are tons of birds that have moved in to my hunting spots in the last couple weeks. I think that Jan will make up for the lack of birds in Dec. I have heard really mixed reviews of the East side. Some seem to be doing really well, other not so much. I am not sure what t make of the season in all. I thought it would be great all season due to the duck numbers being up.
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