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Old 11-16-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Thinking about ducking hunting....

I've never been duck hunting and hear from a lot of buddies how fun it is... Well with my lease being kind of slow this year and I've been seeing tons of ducks on our ponds, I'm thinking about trying it. Whats the things I need and need to know about it? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:00 PM   #2
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Make sure you know what kind of ducks you are shooting. You can only have certain numbers of some species in your limit of 6 a day.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:01 PM   #3
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they will always land into the wind, set up with the wind to your back and do some scouting and then shoot them in the face.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:03 PM   #4
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You can’t shoot lead shot and you don’t want to go swimming to retrieve them.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:11 PM   #5
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You need to go with someone who knows what they are doing
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:12 PM   #6
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:23 PM   #7
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You need to go with someone who knows what they are doing
This.... There are a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to waterfowl. Bird ID being the biggest one. Must shoot non-toxic shot, 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset are legal hours, Ducks see the same colors we do so camo is extremely important, they land and take off into the wind, need decoys, no more than 3 shells in your gun.....
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:24 PM   #8
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Yeah I was just on this page looking it up once I posted it.
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:26 PM   #9
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Smaller size tank you can use a dozen or less decoys.
Be set up 30 minutes before day light.
Learn to identify ducks in flight.
Waders/hip boots or you can use a fishing pole with top water lure if youre good.
If you don't know how to call, don't. Even then less is more.
Mojo's are good for early seaon, late in the seaon dont even bother.
Set the decoys up to give you your best shooting opprotunity and work the wind.
Wind at your back, at all times.
Cover up completely, least amount of bare skin possible.
Dont move until you're ready to shoot.
Dont sky blast, wait for the birds to come in to land, they may circle 4-5 times before committing.
Steel shot only size depends on the birds youre hunting.
Questions on different decoy set ups, shoot me a pm.
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Old 11-16-2017, 02:47 PM   #10
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Get there in plenty of time before shooting light to get set up
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:23 PM   #11
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If at all possible, wind AND sun at your back. And use a more open choke than you would with lead shot.

Lot of good info above. Remember, less is better. These ducks have been flying up to 7,000 miles to get to Texas and have been shot at the whole way. By the time they get here they've seen all sorts of decoy spreads and learned to tell the difference between a duck and dude with an acrylic call. Less is better by the time they get here.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:29 PM   #12
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Carry a fishing pole to get the ones too deep to retrieve.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:30 PM   #13
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Pick me, pick me!

Seriously though, youll learn so much more from one hunt with someone than you will asking questions on here.

I would say basic fundamental that is a necessity is Bird ID. Starting out solo, its gonna be really tough as it took me about 2 seasons to get to where I could ID them confidently while flying.

I hope youre rich, cause duck hunting will make ya poor
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:38 PM   #14
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Pick me, pick me!

Seriously though, youll learn so much more from one hunt with someone than you will asking questions on here.

I would say basic fundamental that is a necessity is Bird ID. Starting out solo, its gonna be really tough as it took me about 2 seasons to get to where I could ID them confidently while flying.

I hope youre rich, cause duck hunting will make ya poor
Last statement is very true... almost as bad as bass fishing
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:43 PM   #15
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Pick me, pick me!

Seriously though, youll learn so much more from one hunt with someone than you will asking questions on here.

I would say basic fundamental that is a necessity is Bird ID. Starting out solo, its gonna be really tough as it took me about 2 seasons to get to where I could ID them confidently while flying.

I hope youre rich, cause duck hunting will make ya poor
OH GREAT!!!! All I need is another expensive hobby! I'm far from RICH!!!! AND I LOVE BASS FISHING!!!!

Sounds like I need to go with someone or take someone... The IDing part sounds like it will be tough...
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:48 PM   #16
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Post up where you live or hunt and I'm sure somebody in your area will offer to go with you and help you out. Hell, I might depending on where you are.

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Old 11-16-2017, 04:11 PM   #17
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All of the above.

You'll also need a federal duck stamp and HIP certification with your license.
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:45 PM   #18
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Your friends are lying...

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Old 11-16-2017, 05:11 PM   #19
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It’s some of the most fun hunting I’ve ever had. I got linked up with a guide when i first started and he became a good friend of our family. Unfortunately he passed away in Feb and I just haven’t been as excited for this year without him in the blind

I’m gonna try and hunt public this year, I don’t have a boat but can get off morning during the week easy so hoping to be able to score some birds without battle huge crowds

Learn from others, don’t call because you won’t know why you’re doing, being a fishing rod with a top water lure and punch the barbs down

Going with a guide or someone who already hunts ducks a lot is worth it just to see a good dog work, it’s one of my favorite things about it

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Old 11-16-2017, 05:23 PM   #20
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Looks like youre close enough to me that youre more than welcome to tag along any time this season. Ill usually almost always have an open invite for anyone on TBH.

Fair warning, all I hunt is public land so birds are no guarantee but I do okay. Just about everyone I hunt ducks with is a TBHer now that I think of it.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:32 PM   #21
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Pick me, pick me!

Seriously though, youll learn so much more from one hunt with someone than you will asking questions on here.

I would say basic fundamental that is a necessity is Bird ID. Starting out solo, its gonna be really tough as it took me about 2 seasons to get to where I could ID them confidently while flying.

I hope youre rich, cause duck hunting will make ya poor
You and bird ID in the same sentence...WHAT!?!
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:35 PM   #22
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Shoot them on the water to save shells
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:07 PM   #23
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I've never been duck hunting and hear from a lot of buddies how fun it is... Well with my lease being kind of slow this year and I've been seeing tons of ducks on our ponds, I'm thinking about trying it. Whats the things I need and need to know about it? Thanks for any advice.
Good luck. I've never been mad enough at ducks to get out and want to deal with amount of regulations those things have. It's like duck hunting is a ticket waiting to happen.
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:15 PM   #24
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If you’re just wanting to pop a few, hunting on ponds should be like shooting fish in a barrel, and would be a lot of fun!
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:16 PM   #25
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Sleep in. Let them land on your tank. Sneak up and start shooting.
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:00 PM   #26
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Friend of mine is an avid duck hunter, as is his 18yr old son. He says get them interested, they won't have any money for drugs.

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Old 11-16-2017, 11:03 PM   #27
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Friend of mine is an avid duck hunter, as is his 18yr old son. He says get them interested, they won't have any money for drugs.


Duck hunting may be worse than a drug addiction.

I canít really describe why itís so much fun and addicting. Everyone should experience having a flock totally committed and dropping into the decoys.

All god advice above. Itís really nice to go with someone with experience.



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Old 11-17-2017, 08:03 AM   #28
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Post up where you live or hunt and I'm sure somebody in your area will offer to go with you and help you out. Hell, I might depending on where you are.

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I live in Slidell Tx and hunt in Young County near Jean.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:20 AM   #29
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Lots of good advice in here! I'm hoping to make my first hunt this season as well. I gotta see what all the fuss is about.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:23 AM   #30
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Sleep in. Let them land on your tank. Sneak up and start shooting.
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