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  1. Hank and I hunted pheasants today. We killed one and he put another up on the other side of a group of trees, offering no shot. Looking forward to the waterfowl opener this Saturday. Sent from my SM-G990U1 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  2. Made it home Thursday from a 12 day trip to Nebraska with my brother and our dogs. We made the most of every day hunting waterfowl, pheasants and mule deer. I killed this buck on opening day and my brother killed his first muley on Monday. His buck was wounded and he was happy to harvest it rather than feed the coyotes. Lots of great meat and a boat load of memories. Sent from my SM-G990U1 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  3. End of day 2 in NE. Tired dogs. We shot widgeon, gadwalls, mallards and a spoony today. One of those days when circumstances prevented us from shooting geese. Hunting pheasants tomorrow. Take a bird Hunting trip out west, you won't regret it. Sent from my SM-G990U1 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  4. Hunted Wednesday thru yesterday with Hank. Wednesday was hot by the time we started. Hank put up 2 roosters off the area we had to hunt so no shots. My brother killed 2 over his dog Raider. Hank is jet black and I am deathly afraid of him over heating so we went back to the truck after about an hour of hunting. Thursday was a great day. I shot 6 green wings in the morning and 2 roosters in the afternoon. I had one tired lab at the end of the day. We killed 2 roosters Friday and drew a blank yesterday. I am working the next 4 days and leave for Nebraska early Thursday morning.
  5. My son came home from college yesterday. We decided to hunt pheasants this morning and had the best day. Hank put up 5 birds and we killed 4. That capped off a very special week. 4 years ago my brother suffered a spinal cord injury which left him partially paralyzed. He recently got a track chair and it has been a game changer. We shot pheasants together Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday last week. He shot 2 pheasants yesterday on his own. We leave for Nebraska next Thursday for 13 days of bird and mule deer hunting. So blessed.
  6. That's great. The dog work is what it's all about. I had to work this weekend but have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to hunt. Good luck!
  7. We had another youth pheasant hunt today. Hank put up 9 roosters and the two kids that were with me killed one. Hank caught 2 birds. I had a girl with me today. It was her first time hunting pheasants. She only shot at 2 birds and watched the others fly away. If you decide to take kids hunting, it is so much fun, just make sure they get some practice in before. Hank was unbelievable today, a pleasure to hunt over. Good luck! Sent from my SM-G990U1 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  8. Hank and I started the pheasant season yesterday with a northern zone youth pheasant hunt put on by the CNY chapter of PF. After Hank decided to run all the way to the other end of the field on his own, he settled down and we were able to get the 3 kids with me their birds. After that, there was a kid that had shot only 1 bird and we took him out and got him anther one. I look forward to the youth hunts all year. Its great to see the kids out in the field and not on their phones. I have 2 more youth hunts for the western zone and can't wait. We are heading to Nebraska again this November and the more birds over Hank the better. Good luck!
  9. Fixed cheaters with spoons are great. We run a 6 foot leader. We wrap a rubber band around the rigger wire to hold it. We run duo snaps and run the main line (from the rod) thru the inner part of the snap and hook the rubber band to the outer part. Make sure BOTH snaps are beefy and have fun!
  10. I got word today that counting/banding will take place this year on the breeding grounds for the first time since 2019. 120 GPS collars will be fitted on geese to track their migration. I will have more info in July/August.
  11. We fished Sandy yesterday. We boated 11 kings. Kept 3 between 11 and 18lbs, 1 shaker that came in dead and released 7 shakers that swam away healthy. Riggers were at 90 to 105 ft, dipseys out 250 at 2 setting, had 1 fish on 300 copper with 12oz torpedo in front of it. All on spoons, Magnums seemed to do it the best. Good luck!
  12. The goose decoys are sold
  13. I have 2 Lucky Duck goose flappers and a Cabelas Instinct mallard flapper. All come with remotes, chargers, stands and bags. They might need new batteries. $150 for all 3, $50 a piece. Pick up only. PM me for contact info. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. This is a great deal. I have a new PSE EVO NXT and it is a machine. Set up, with arrows, this is a no brainer Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. I have 2 Lucky Duck goose flappers and a Cabelas Instinct mallard flapper for sale. All with remotes, chargers, stand and bags. They might need new batteries. $150 for all 3, $50 a piece. Pick up only. PM me for contact info only. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  16. So I am going to suggest something that we have been doing for years that might be of some help. Maybe you already know this trick. A big, deep net is helpful when you decide you are going to keep whatever fish you have at the back of the boat. We all have probably seen it where the fish is almost in the net and has other ideas and swims into the excess net, getting the hooks caught in it. Sometimes you get the fish, other times you lose it and possibly lose some gear. We take a heavy rubber band and slide it up the handle to the loop and pull the extra netting through the rubber band. This holds it out of the way and when the fish gets in the net it pulls it out of the rubber band. Good luck.
  17. 10 to 12 FOW, trying to stay on the edge of the colored/clear water
  18. The spoon was fine. It came out of her mouth in the net, breaking one of the treble hooks. It had a welded ring holding the hook on so I had to replace it with a split ring and new treble. I caught a brown and the smallmouth on it after. I would have landed the second king if there was someone with me. It was just about in the net when it turned and ran.
  19. Fished solo today from 7 to 11. My brother and I fished a week ago Tuesday and had 38°water and I had 44°today. Landed 5 browns, lost 2, landed a pike, smallmouth and a 12 lb king. I lost another king right behind the boat. One king came on a Sutton 44 and the one I lost hit a Halloween Rapala shadow rap. The other fish came on a silver Alpena Diamond, #9 jointed black and silver Rapala and a pink lemonade thunderstick jr. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  20. Unfortunately the federal guidelines were changed, ending the season that ran into March. I would be surprised if that was change again, allowing us to hunt into March, but you never know. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  21. The 1,100 GPS units are being placed on hen mallards across the Atlantic flyway.
  22. Yes. There was a season proposed like that, along with 9 others, during the new season setting process that was implemented 3 years ago. There will be another one proposed during the next process in 2 years.
  23. We had our task force meeting last night and here are the proposed season dates: Duck-Oct 15 thru Nov 6,Nov 26 thru Jan 1 Youth-Oct 1 & 2 Veteran-Nov 11 & 12 2 scaup season-Dec 13 thru Jan 1 brant - Oct 1 thru Nov 19 Western goose-Oct 22 thru Nov 6 Dec 19 thru Jan 1 South goose-Oct 22 thru Nov 18 Nov 26 thru Jan 16 Western limit is still 1 bird, south is 5 AP goose population are trending the right way for a possible increased bag limit next year, staying at 30 days. Banding and counts should take place this year in Canada. GPS telemetry will follow 450 AP geese which could possibly result in a season targeting resident geese in January. A GPS study of up to 1,100 hen mallards monitoring reproduction, breeding, survival, migration and productivity of hatches is taking place. They are updating contamination levels in waterfowl seeing the levels that have been used were established in the early 90's. This will be year #4 of 5 years of duck season dates and the expectation is to review new data and establish a possible new set of dates to run another 5 years after next year. Bag limits are the same except for sea ducks, 4 total, and hooded mergansers, 6 total. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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