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#7269927 - 01/04/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: Odessa]  
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Odessa,

We always see a lot of waterfowl when we go through Brinkley on the way to Stuttgart. I hope you wear them out down there. Have a great hunt and go Pirates...... and Mountaineers too!!!

Tim

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#7272259 - 01/05/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: mtmiller]  
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Originally Posted by mtmiller
Hope to get a good hunt in next weekend. Waterfowl lost out to uplands and big game again this year, but GuNR and I found a few birds in MT.

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Again you post great pictures.

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#7321242 - 01/16/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: mtmiller]  
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mtmiller,

What species of swan is that pictured in the third photo that you posted? I saw my first wild swan the other day and, after consulting the reference book "Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America", I want to say it was a trumpeter swan but can not be certain.

Thanks, RS

#7322375 - 01/16/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: RipSnort]  
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Limited on ducks Saturday, Sunday, and this past Monday along with a handful of snows that passed too close. Lots of water here and the birds are scattered across the delta.
Species included mallards, gadwalls, redheads, canvasbacks,scaup, and green winged teal.

Two weekends left to go.

#7323504 - 01/16/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: bull]  
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We hunted last Saturday just south of the Bayou Meto in Arkansas. We had a great eaerly fight of Wood Ducks and were able to connect on several Mallards as well. Sunday was a different stroy. We had lots of hard rain mixed in with lightning and thunder. Heavy rain has surely scattered the birds all over the place. My guess is the season in Arkansas will be tough from here on.

#7323657 - 01/16/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: RipSnort]  
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Originally Posted by RipSnort
mtmiller,

What species of swan is that pictured in the third photo that you posted? I saw my first wild swan the other day and, after consulting the reference book "Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America", I want to say it was a trumpeter swan but can not be certain.

Thanks, RS


Rip,

The swan in that picture is a Tundra.

#7323710 - 01/16/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: mtmiller]  
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My season is LOOONG gone, but it was a most excellent season! We raised more mallards for you boys to shoot than any time in the last 30 years or so. And goose numbers are still amazing! If you didn't have a good season this year in the central flyway, you need to seriously reconsider your options. It doesn't get better than this.
a picture of snows taken less than a half mile from my house...
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and another of mallards from my doorstep
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#7324299 - 01/17/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: castnblast]  
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Hunted last THUR-FRI-SAT (during the warm front) north of Brinkley AR - flooded fields around the Little Dixie - McClelland area. Fairly decent amount of ducks flying, mostly Mallards, Gadwall, with a few Blackheads mixed in occasionally. The shooting was all pass shooting, the ducks never committed to our decoys, but we (three gunners) nearly limited out on THUR (14 ducks) and had less gunning on FRI-SAT, but still everyone took some ducks; 3 - 4 each on FRI, two each on SAT morning. With the big front moving in on SAT, we knocked off at 1030 and began the 18 hour drive home at noon. Odessa


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#7324734 - 01/17/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: Odessa]  
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Being from Charleston SC, we have a very large amount of waterfowl habitat, I think it falls in the arena of 4th largest on the east coast. However extremely poor management has jumped our birds out yet again due to a lack of food. We consistently have flightss in the 5000-10000 range and greater sit for a couple of days and then jump to Fl.

This is such a shame for our state as most of the habitat is land that has been donated by the previous owner to the state along with a waterfowl trust fund specifically to provide monies for managing waterfowl. If you look over the dike and into the impoundments and fields of the ACE basin, The Santee Coastal Reserve or South Island and the Yawkey Center you will see broken dikes, over grown fields full of phragmites which havn't even been burned. Its a travesty as the money never leaves the politicians pockets and historically these areas have been a base point for the migration.

Having been at it for 20 years I still manage to scratch a few limits of quality birds but its usually a hunt that lasts till 11 am or so.

Oh to live in S Tx.


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#7350589 - 01/23/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: Strick9]  
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This year is one of those TX years... I hunted twice in teal and never fired a round. We've had about zip for ducks since. Not nearly enough to waste the time hunting. Had some friends that just HAD to go... and never saw a thing on a couple of trips.

Of course if I made time to head to the coast, you can almost always shoot a few redheads and a pintail or two but sometimes you have to work hard for them too.

Just not really worth a flip this year.

But it needed a rest, last year was the best duck season I can ever remember seeing. You could stand in the middle of the river and kill your limit. Even on the last day of season you could do it that way. Even without decoys. We owe em some back this year.... A buddy that guided took over 1000 birds off one stretch of river last season...


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#7390127 - 02/01/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: rost495]  
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It sucked.

I don't see many ducks down here until the season has closed. It just isn't worth all the bother for this.
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#7390151 - 02/01/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: prairie dog shooter]  
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I hunt Iowa since it's practically throwing distance across the river but as usual the season in these western zones closes before good concentrations of green heads arrive.Bout ready to hunt Nebraska high plains like I did years ago as the seasons don't close as early and waterfowl concentrations are better earlier and later.


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#7390312 - 02/01/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: FlyboyFlem]  
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Our worst year for birds in twenty years! The drought must have pushed the birds around us. Disappointing at best.


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#7438150 - 02/13/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: KSQUACKER]  
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Had the second great year in a row in these parts. Next year promises to be another great one, condsidering the amount of snow that we have on the ground right now. Should fill up all of the potholes and make for some great nesting and stopover for both ducks and geese again.

#7456116 - 02/17/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: prairie dog shooter]  
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Originally Posted by prairie dog shooter
It sucked.

I don't see many ducks down here until the season has closed. It just isn't worth all the bother for this.
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What do you expect with a bright white shiney face and hands? Not to mention that looks to be a bluebird day.


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#7552037 - 03/15/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: Phoneman]  
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hey guys, i will go to the u.s. for a little hunt soon. can anyone tell me where to best hunt ducks?

#7553185 - 03/16/13 Re: How is your duck season going ??? [Re: fzo]  
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I believe that all duck seasons are currently closed and will not open until September 2013. There might still be some late season snow goose hunts open in tne northern tier of states and Canada.

Cheers, RS

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