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Bad Duck Year???

1193 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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I am not sure what to think of this season yet. Through most of December I was having record days with lots of good puddler shooting where this time last year I was shooting a lot of Bluebills. But this warm front that blew in sure put a halt to the birds. I went out yesterday and today to the spot where I shot my limit most days in December. These last two days I had only one Puddler (Drake Pintail) work my spread. It landed in my dekes and wouldn't you know it...I missed!! I only saw a few mile high flights of Widgeon, but thats it. So I wish for the cold air to move back in to finish the season strong. Still plenty of time.
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