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hey all,

my wife and i are thinking about relocating to colorado in the next year or so. i was wondering about the different hunting opportunities that are available out there. i know you all have some good big game hunting, but what about the ducks? do you guys mainly hunt puddlers, etc.? what types of numbers do you have? we are considering the denver, colorado springs, boulder areas. thanks in advance.
 

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dukhntr7,

it looks like y'all have big ducks. are the mallard numbers pretty high on public property or is this private property your having this success on? what other species are abundant in that area? btw, great pics!
 

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Earlyseason there are alot of teal as well as mallards, wigeon, spoonies, with the occasional wood duck, pintail, gadwall and assorted divers. If you do your scouting there are plenty of good public places to limit out on whatever you are after. Most people just don't put the time into scouting.
 

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wow, nice bird. i think i might like this colorado relocation thing..:). where in colorado do you hunt?
 

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Depends. Duck goose and phesant are best in the ne part of the state. I got that turkey just west of Durango in the SW part of the state. I hunt deer and elk in the Kremling area (about an hour and a half nw of Denver). I usually hunt antelope around Craig in the nw corner of the state. You can hunt just about anything within an hour or two drive from Denver. I do alot of my duck and goose hunting about 20 minutes from my house. Not all of the days are like the pictures though. I go out plenty of times and maybe get one ot two birds. But it is days like those pictures that keep me going back! :salude:
 

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This season's opener, two of us limited out on 8 different duck species. 1 pintail hen, a greenwing, a shovler, 2 scaup, 2 wigeon, 2 Gadwall, a greenhead & finished with a double of redhead drakes (we each shot one). Second best trip of the year. But like dukhnter7 says, you need to do your homework.
 

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This is the first time I checked out the colorado page...because i live in the great state of Texas. Until I found out that I was going to be moving to the Colorado Springs area. I was pumped to hear about the numbers of different species yall have to hunt. Down here there are all sorts, but I mostly kill mallards, teal, and woodies. Im sure Ill be asking for plenty of advice as the season rolls around next year...Im looking forward to it. Clean those guns, Store the Dekes, Hang the Waders...and start wishing for next year!!!
 

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A word of caution for you guys looking at Colorado Springs...the drive for ducks, geese and pheseants is LONG!!! While there are some good places to hunt, the Springs is in the middle of all of them, and close to NONE of them. Be prepared to drive 2-3 hours, atleast, to get to the good spots. The public areas in the NE (where i do most of my hunting) are about 2.5 hours from the Springs. I would recommend the Denver, Thornton, or Greely ares to be closer to the hunting, b/c the drive is very tough, especially if the weather and roads are bad.

The goose hunting here is phenominal, if you can get access to the good hunting land. Ducks are hit and miss...the mallard population rarely reaches 100K (that's not that many when they are spread over 150 miles of river and reservoirs). But the hunting for mallards can be great occasionally and bad occasionally. The pics make things look great, but that is not always the case.

BTW...for you SC boys...I am from Manning and grew up hunting and fishing on Lakes Marion and Moultrie. :salude:
 

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BTW...for you SC boys...I am from Manning and grew up hunting and fishing on Lakes Marion and Moultrie. :salude:
judging by your location (and profile... :smile: ) you're at the academy. i hope things are going well for you there. when did you leave manning? i know a lot of people over there from legion baseball and softball.

you say you have hunted marion & moultrie. for ducks i presume? i am just getting started hunting locally and would appreciate any info you might be willing to share... :thumbsup:
 

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judging by your location (and profile... :smile: ) you're at the academy. i hope things are going well for you there. when did you leave manning? i know a lot of people over there from legion baseball and softball.

you say you have hunted marion & moultrie. for ducks i presume? i am just getting started hunting locally and would appreciate any info you might be willing to share... :thumbsup:
Wow...what a small world. I checked out your profile and website, and it was a nice trip down memory lane!! I see you played for the P-15s...my parents still live in Sumter and are big P-15 supporters. Growing up I split time btwn. Manning and Sumter. Looks like you and your wife graduated from Sumter High, I used to live about a mile from the school. I actually went to Laurence Manning and Clarendon Hall though. I left Manning at the end of 1997...l ived in Ca for 4 years (best Duck hunting in the country BTW, IMO), and have been here since 02. Actually not at the Academy though, I am stationed at Peterson Air Force Base.

I think I know you from somewhere...but i can't be sure. Did you ever used to do computer work in Sumter...or do you still?

Anyway...now that the trip down memory lane is done :mrgreen:

Well I haven't hunted there in a long time, but we used to knock 'em pretty good in Potato Creek hatchery (near Wyboo). Also, jack's creek is usually pretty good, and we always did good north of the trussel at Packs when the SCWA was shooting there ponds. I know of a few other places too, but would have to give you details on where they are b/c we may call the places different things.

Good talking to you man...take care and let me know if you have any questions about this area.

BTW...you need to get your daughter a real cheerleading outfit...one with a TIGER on it!!!
 
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