I am planning to head to the coast to pound the sea ducks (Eiders mostly). Haven't had a chance to see if they are yet arriving in the bays in large numbers so I hope my luck holds out. Am going to try and do some scouting on Wednesday in prep of the weekend.
Anyone on the list seen if the sea ducks are moving in from off shore?
should've been south of the Saco on Saturday....if you had enough bxlls to get around the corner.....there were probably 500 or more eider along Hills Beach and the islands just off the shore.......There was also a bunch across from Cape Elizabeth that day....but I had to abort my plans due to the launch at Bug Light being 'swamped'....I was alone and Casco Bay was whippin' on that North wind....that's what happens, the birds are plentiful on the days you can only glass your spot!!!!!
Yeah with my little 12 footer and 3.5 hp I really have to pick my spots when on the ocean. We primarily hunt small bays and have several spots depending on the wind direction and tide. I did see about 1000 (NO JOKE) Eiders around Schoodic National Park on the loop road but as soon as the park boundry ended none were to be found. I think they have been "educated". . .
Hey do any of you guys use a "call" when diver hunting? I rolled a few notes through my Mallard call the other day at our only taken Eider and he turned and flew right into the spread. Was this just a very fortunate accident?!?!?!?
duckmann.....Absolutely, flag, flag and keep on flaggin'!!!!! Scoter are even more responsive....unlike flagging for geese, I have flagged at scoter up until the shot......although remember, this is when hunting from a boat, not from a ledge or rockpile. I use a basic cottonduck canvas square on a dowel....have waved my hat too....just some sort of motion that is not human. I think it is 18" x 18"??
I am not much of a spinner fan, but I guess one of thoes floaters would work......can't hurt to try....if it doesn't cut it, bring it into the boat!
Thanks for the offer....I have several sled sets to go along with my full bodies. Easy to make the long-tails.....just do the same as with the scoters or eider.
I think you have helped me to identify what I have done wrong in the past. I hunt primarily on ledges which tend to be more stable, secure, comfortable and ultimately safer. . . with my current 12 footer. When I tried flagging in the past I basically put a black T-shirt on a big stick and waved like it was on fire. The birds would frequently flare and generally look unimpressed. Now I realize that flagging is only really effective from a boat.
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