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  1. Last year we shot a 7 man limit of Canvasbacks on Cayuga, all drakes, we shot a Canvasback Redhead hybrid that day and after talking with a friend who is a ECO he said we could count it towards either our Can or Redhead limit. We counted it towards our Redhead limit. A day I will never forget. We gave the bird to a friend who mounts nothing but birds. It is only the second such hybrid I have ever seen. Last week, my brother and his son and daughter shot a banded Can, it was banded in northern Saskatchewan in 2005 as an adult. Very cool.
  2. Great couple of days on the Finger Lakes. Mixed bag including a wood duck, redheads, blue bills, whistlers, buffle heads, mallards and a couple mergansers (the dogs told us to) LOL. JUST MY OPINION, we have been waiting a long time for season dates like this. We have been wanting to hunt the whole month of December for over 30 years and finally get a chance to. The divers started showing up the 24th of October (like always) and have been building in numbers ever since. There seems to be a good amount of mallards this year. Good luck and safe hunting!
  3. Had a great day today. I took my son and 3 of his friends to the lake and killed 10 mallards, a drake bluebill and a goose. My lab cut his pad on a zebra mussel so we had to pull the plug early. His pads were just healing from our trip to Nebraska. We had a great time, the weather took a turn on us on Tuesday, but we made the most of it. If you have never been to either the central or Mississippi flyway to hunt, you don't know what you're missing. Been out there 9 times now and can't wait to do it again.
  4. 6 months old and killing birds over him is a great sign. I have always put my pups on birds when they were young, there is still a lot of time to work with them. Obedience is huge, having the ability to command your dog to sit, stay, come and heel is crucial. Not trying to sound like I have all the answers because every dog teaches me something new, but if I had to choose between any other hunting and bird hunting, bird hunting would be it. I am taking my son and his friend to Nebraska next week for 6 days of hunting. This will be my 8th trip out west chasing birds and I hope to do it for a long time to come. Don't get discouraged, the dog is still young and the two of you have a lot to learn together!
  5. Awesome! I have owned Britts my whole life until we got a lab a year and half ago and they are great dogs. Don't be afraid to hunt ducks and geese with your dog, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. My Britts were great waterfowl dogs. Good luck and safe hunting!
  6. Great start to my 4 week vacation. Started off with 2 roosters Thursday, ducks on Cayuga Friday and I took my son and 3 of his friends goose hunting today. New birds are showing up daily and that is providing lots of work for my lab. Hunting birds, birds and more birds until next Saturday, then more birds until we leave for Nebraska on the 21st. Good luck to all and safe hunting!
  7. Had a great couple of days. Yesterday I took my Lab Hank off the IR and killed 2 roosters over him. He did great and his eye is back to normal. Today we shot a 4 man limit of ducks which included mallards, blacks, widgeon, gadwalls and a pintail. Saw several other kinds of ducks also. Good luck to everyone chasing geese tomorrow and safe hunting!
  8. Very nice! We didn't end up hunting Oneida today, took the old Brittany pheasant hunting instead and killed 2 more roosters. The lab's eye is looking great, still gonna rest him this week to make sure he's ok for the trip. Safe hunting!
  9. Well the 12 year old Brittany has still got it. Killed 2 roosters this morning. The Lab's eye is looking better every day so hopefully he is on the mend. Gotta work the next 3 days but plan on hunting Oneida on Sunday for the opening weekend of goose and the last day of early duck. Good luck and safe hunting!
  10. Nice mixed bag today on Cayuga. 3 hunters, 11 ducks, Mallards, Blacks, Ringneck, Woody's, Widgeon and a Greenwing. Took my son and his friend out for the youth Pheasant and they killed 3 roosters on Saturday and 3 on Sunday over my Lab. Hunting Pheasants tomorrow with my Brittany because the Lab has an eye infection I want cleared up before our trip to Nebraska in 4 weeks for Pheasants, Quail, Ducks and Geese. I killed another deer with the bow so its all about the birds now. Good luck and safe hunting!
  11. What a great weekend. Had a great hunt yesterday with my son during the youth waterfowl opener and then again this morning with my son and his friend. Also managed to kill a buck last night on some state land. Cant wait for this weekend- youth pheasant and youth rifle for deer. All the training I did with my year and a half old Lab is really paying off, he shows promise to be a great retriever.
  12. Great end to the September season today. Hunted Cayuga Lake 3X, Owasco Lake 2X, Oneida Lake 3X, Oneida River 2X, a flooded muck and a State Land pond during the season and killed geese everywhere. Had 1 good field shoot also. Looking forward now to Youth Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant and the early season openers, including a trip to Nebraska in November. Good luck to all and safe hunting.
  13. fished Braddocks yesterday before the rain began at 930, just a little west, 50 fow, landed 4 kings, lost 1, 1 laker, surface temp was 46, all spoon bite no deeper than 30 down,seasick waddler or similar color, 1 king came on the rigger, 1 on lead core and the other on torpedo weights off the boards
  14. I went west again today, had 41 degree water, 10 to 15 ft. Stayed out of the real muddy stuff and caught 6 Browns, 1 Atlantic and a 7lb Coho, all but the Coho are back in the lake. Rapala Shadow Rap both Halloween and Haymaker, black and silver jointed Rapala, Bay Rats and spoons took the fish. This is the third trip to Fair Haven this year, I have been the only one in the launch all three times and have only seen 2 other boats while fishing. I have been fishing the Big O since 1980 and don't understand the lack of fisherman. The fishing is on fire along the whole South shore, good luck!
  15. The Atlantic was 4 or 5 lbs, I could tell right away it wasn't a brown, especially when it got close to the boat, as far as the preferred size, I caught fish on both sizes, the smaller spoons seemed to do better than the bigger ones
  16. Went West again today. 10 to 20 FOW, fishing the edges of the mud lines. 35 degree water. Boated 11 browns and one Atlantic, lost 2 fish. Rapala Shadow rap (Halloween), black and silver jointed Rapala, Leatherstocking spoons and Stingers took fish. Kept 2, the rest went back in the lake.
  17. Fished solo out of Fair Haven today. Didn't get started till 11:30, boated 5 browns and lost 1 in 3 hours. All but 1 went back in the lake. I went West, 35 degree water, Rapala shadow rap (halloween) and black and silver jointed Rapala
  18. No. One of the changes this year was not being able to run the South goose zone past the 28th of February
  19. I have been seeing good numbers on the state land areas I hunt in Moravia and south of there. I have also seen a lot of Fisher tracks everywhere I go, which seems to have the birds more nervous than they naturally are. Last year I went to Quebec on a grouse hunt. Not a bad drive, only 6 1/2 hours and saw a lot of grouse.
  20. Duck; Oct 19 to Nov 10-Nov 30 to Jan 5 Goose (West Central) Nov 2 to Dec 1 Goose (South) Oct 26 to Jan 13 Brant Oct 5 to Nov 3 Youth Weekend Oct 5 and 6
  21. LOL You must think I work for the state. You just don't get it. Keep believing the conspiracies, and when you find out what I said was right, keep denying it. I will let you know what dates the goose season will be after the meeting tomorrow.
  22. I have never been sent a survey either. I know 3 people who did. In the past, season dates in the Western zone have taken 5 or 6 hours for the task force to decide, WHEN THE TASK FORCE MADE THE DECISION. The Western zone encompasses a huge area with many different areas and types of hunting to consider, not to mention the changing weather patterns. Missdemeaner, just wondering what your ideal season dates would be considering a 60 day season, split 2 ways, or not split at all, and not extending past February 1st
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