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2017 WATERFOWL SEASON

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The 2017 season is here 🦆 !!! I didn't have much time the passed couple of weeks to scout but I had a field to go to ... There is only about 50 birds in it , I only planned on hunting it if i couldn't find anything else. Well I didn't find anything else so I went solo not to waste anyone's time. I packed light 2 dozen shells and 4 full bodies no blind just put some straw on top of me. At 645 had a flock of 15 come to my right and land I sat up and they just looked at me , I lined up heads and put the smack down. Got 6 one was a sailor that I never found . Then a 3 pack comes in my face and they go down . To end the day a solo comes in to take it. Funny part was that's all I saw . I can't find any birdsIMG_20170903_081420.jpg

 

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Nice! I am struggling to find birds too. Only field I patterned I could not get permission on. Hoping to find some tonight for the morning. Great shooting!

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Thanks !! Not much going on again, me and a buddy got out this am and had 1 flock of 15 come in on his side he got 3 . That's all we pretty much saw. Then we got about 15 pidgeons . Lily was glad to be back out IMG_20170909_063259.jpgIMG_20170909_075620.jpg

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Did some scouting Friday with a couple buddy's and we found a field with about 60 birds with some in other fields but not any numbers but decided to hunt them anyway. Took the A frame blind out for the first time . Man does that work mint , look at the pic. Looks stupid if u ask me but they just about land in it. We ended up with 26 and 2 bands . Boy did it get hot fast need them cool temps IMG_20170916_091601.jpg

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Got permission for a field last night that had about 200 in it . Got all set up and the first birds came at 650 to about 830 then it got slow. We ended the morning with 39 . Did see 2 high flying flocks , hope some move down for the last weekend. IMG_20170917_095301.jpg

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I used to love goose hunting, but cleaning all the birds in 80+ degrees and dealing with the mess isn't on my fun menu anymore. How do you like to prepare goose? 

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Finally got permission on a field I'd been watching all season. Got out for my first time successfully being able to decoy geese and was very pleased with the results (though not as pleased with our shooting:lol:). Bird dropped right into the decoys, some even landed after we shot....guess that's early season geese. Me and my old man ended up with 11, but could have definitely had more of we shot better or had stayed longer. We even had birds wanting the field as we were picking up. 22 goose breasts is enough for now anyways though! Was a lot of fun and great to spend time with the man who got me into hunting!  

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No scouting cuz work this week but got out this morning for a hour for a quick traffic hunt., didn't see much had 5 come in got 4.IMG_20170923_085023.jpg

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Had a killer northern opener. Birds all over . Ended with a nice mixed bag. 2 gadwell 2 mallerds 1 woodie and 1 widgeon. IMG_20171007_130723.jpg

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We went North for probably twenty years in a row, mainly Perch River then Upper and Lower for awhile. Lots of work. But my dad used to say that if you didn't enjoy the process of duck hunting, then you weren't a duck hunter. It was all about the preparation, setting the decoys, training the dog, practicing at the range (not nearly enough). Either swearing at the mosquitoes or pouring hot coffee over your fingers to get them to move.

 

I haven't been up there in a couple of years. Everybody got kids and got busy, myself included. I'm glad that the duck gods were good to you! Maybe next year... 

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U got it gator, up north trip is the best,been going up the past 15 and won't miss 1. Had another good day , heavy morning rain and crazy wind put the birds in the air. 3 mallards 2 Woodies and 1 tealIMG_20171008_103425.jpg

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As a new waterfowl addict I guess I will have to make this Northern trek sometime, by the time the Southern Zone opens I feel like a good majority of the woodies are gone, yet no mallards have moved in yet.

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If u want wood ducks find a creek with acorn trees they hang a little longer around them. I didn't seen the number of wood ducks like last year up north but they were there. Mallards are moving around the ROC a little bit saw multiple flocks flying in the rain this morning. Can't wait for our opener

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Acorn trees :lol: that is OAK trees haha but in all seriousness find oaks at the edge of or growing in water (flooded timber) and you will get a few woodies in the mornings. Maybe even a few ducks aswell 

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I hunted the southern zone (Broome County) Saturday morning and way up north Sunday morning. More woodies down south than up north but that always seems to be the  case. We haven't really had any weather to push them out yet. If its warm they will stay. plenty of mallards and some teal in both zones as well. Hopefully this warm weather junk goes away and we get a decent migration push this year.

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Woops, I meant to say Western Zone...musta had geese on my mind :lol: Been seeing lots of woodies, just gotta get permission on the spot I find them or do some hoof work on public land...

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Went out today with a buddy and his kid on a youth hunt , saw some good early morning action all different kinds of ducks in the area. He ended with 4 , 2 mallards and a gadwell and a pintail. He had a blast !!!!! So did lily. IMG_20171014_101957.jpgIMG_20171014_082933.jpgIMG_20171014_080300.jpgIMG_20171014_071346.jpg

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Thanks, he had lots of fun Saturday I got the call he wanted to go Sunday also. Not as many birds or opportunity at them but still got some action . Ended up with 2 , 1 widgeon 1 mallard. IMG_20171015_101818.jpgIMG_20171015_082055.jpgIMG_20171015_072553.jpgIMG_20171015_071002.jpg

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