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Old 10-16-2021, 10:14 AM   #1
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My buddy and I were lucky enough to draw a weekend hunt on the Carl Fentress unit in early January. I used to hunt the lake some time back but have never hunted the WMA. Looking at it on google earth the moist soil units look mostly the same with some just having a little more cover than others. If anyone has any insight I’d appreciate it on how compartments are assigned or flight patterns of the birds you’ve seen. I don’t think we are allowed to scout so we may be going in blind.
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:04 AM   #2
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If no one on the GS can help, go here and PM this guy.

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Old 10-16-2021, 04:29 PM   #3
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Message me. I can help some.
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Old 10-16-2021, 05:42 PM   #4
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The gate is locked so you can't scout till after the orientation. At the orientation you will pick a cell to hunt, typically they go in order per the selection you were drawn by the computer. They won't tell you anything about the individual cells other than they all have birds. After the orientation they will take you out to the wma and you can scout.

The hunting is normally really good Saturday and alot slower on Sunday.

Other than that lmk if you have any questions
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Old 10-16-2021, 05:56 PM   #5
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The gate is locked so you can't scout till after the orientation. At the orientation you will pick a cell to hunt, typically they go in order per the selection you were drawn by the computer. They won't tell you anything about the individual cells other than they all have birds. After the orientation they will take you out to the wma and you can scout.

The hunting is normally really good Saturday and alot slower on Sunday.

Other than that lmk if you have any questions
Thanks I appreciate the info.
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Old 10-16-2021, 06:07 PM   #6
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Was drawn for this hunt as well for one of the December slots. Anyone know anything about lodging? Found something about camping for the North Unit but that's all I can find.
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Old 10-16-2021, 06:55 PM   #7
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http://fishermanscovelodge.com/cabins.htm

We are going to stay at these cabins in January. Not too far and seem nice. Found som VRBO nearby as well.
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Old 10-16-2021, 07:36 PM   #8
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It'd a primitive camp site, relatively small area. I did not stay at it but during orientation they asked for everyone to get along and be considerate, no late night parties, running generators all night, and so fourth. They warned if you caused to much of a scene they'd kick you out. Some people did bring their campers down.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:07 PM   #9
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Fisherman’s cove or Oak cove marina should be your closest spots to stay. Less than 10 min, unless you camp at the unit.
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Old 10-26-2021, 09:34 PM   #10
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We hunted it a couple years back in January. We were in cell 21. The birds figure out what’s going on pretty quick, Saturday was a pretty good shoot, Sunday we had to jump shoot birds. I would use very little decoys, try to figure out their flight paths, and sit away from the shorelines in the ponds if I was to do it again. We “scouted” in October just to get a lay of the land and it was loaded with ducks then too. We stayed at Fisherman’s Cove and it was pretty perfect. Few minutes from the hunting area and made us breakfast before each hunt.






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Old 10-26-2021, 09:40 PM   #11
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Its a waterfowl paradise now that they flooded most of is, I remember when much of that was deer hunting ground. Seem like just the other day I remember a young hunter dragging his first deer out of there one october, a button buck.

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Old 10-27-2021, 12:55 AM   #12
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It can be a pretty great hunt. I have been drawn for this hunt a few times before and will be there this season as well January 7th-9th. They have done the unit draw a few different ways over the years. They tend to let you pick in the order your group was drawn for the hunt. They have also had them give each group a number at check-in and then draw from a hat. As your number gets drawn you get to pick a unit. If you have never been they are happy to provide a little info on units. Some are easier to hind in than others. Once you get your unit picked and they take everyone out to the units, don't be afraid to ask more questions to the staff showing you around. They are there every day and have a really great idea of how the birds like to move through and utilize each unit. I have noticed the ducks are plentiful there but can be very wary of anything. Best to hide amongst the natural cover in the water away from shore and not use a giant spread. I have seen ducks here flare off of another group of live ducks. I try to hide in the cattails or up against a tree. Anytime I have tried building a blind, regardless of how well it is brushed in, they tend to flare and keep well away from you. Like said in an earlier post these ducks get wise pretty quickly so the second day of hunting can get pretty slow. On the second day, I find it better to change locations slightly and only sit for a little bit at first light. Once things slow down after first light I like to get up and try to jump a few birds to hopefully finish a limit. As for lodging I have camped on the property or stayed at the La Quinta in Fairfield. Might try the Fisherman's Cove lodge this season. Hope you have a good hunt and enjoy the trip.
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Old 10-27-2021, 01:13 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info guys this is exactly what I was looking for going in this first year.
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Old 10-27-2021, 04:37 PM   #14
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Hunted there 2 years ago. We were the first hunt in early November. Tons of birds but as described, they get smart quick. Best setup for us was just set chairs in higher native vegetation in the middle of our “cell”. No blind, just hunker in good. Agree also with smaller spreads, don’t need 4 bags of dekes. Not a ton of decoying but plenty of swing bys looking over the decoys to offer shots.

Lots of shovelers and teal but managed to pick up some big ducks being patient. Fun hunt and enjoy.




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Old 01-02-2022, 05:22 PM   #15
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Any reports this season? Me and my son will be there January 7-9. We haven't had much rain so I hope they have some water.
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Old 01-02-2022, 05:34 PM   #16
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We hunted Sat. Got in on standby for youth/adult with my oldest son and a buddy. We were pick 23 of 24 so we got a leftover unit. Still knocked down 12 between three of us. Wish it would have been a 2-day hunt like most normal weekends I bet this artic blast brought in some new birds. As it was, I hunted in shorts and a dry-fit camo shirt under my waders and was still sweating after walking in the marsh.
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Old 01-03-2022, 04:49 AM   #17
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We hunted Sat. Got in on standby for youth/adult with my oldest son and a buddy. We were pick 23 of 24 so we got a leftover unit. Still knocked down 12 between three of us. Wish it would have been a 2-day hunt like most normal weekends I bet this artic blast brought in some new birds. As it was, I hunted in shorts and a dry-fit camo shirt under my waders and was still sweating after walking in the marsh.
Good to hear they got some new birds down out there with this front. I am hunting out there the 8th and 9th. Hoping we have a good shoot on Ssaturday. Sunday is always a bit of a crap shoot as the birds get scared pretty quickly out there with that many groups shooting. What unit did you end up hunting?
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Old 01-03-2022, 09:58 AM   #18
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Don't overlook hunting the first holes inside the gate. When the shooting starts in the back all the birds come forward. There is a reason those holes are empty when you are coming out of the back. The guys in the front have limited out and went home.
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Old 01-03-2022, 11:04 AM   #19
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Don't overlook hunting the first holes inside the gate. When the shooting starts in the back all the birds come forward. There is a reason those holes are empty when you are coming out of the back. The guys in the front have limited out and went home.
Agreed. We hunted towards the front on Sat. And watched birds pitch into an area just over the levee from us further up front.

We hunted 13 West. Too bad this youth/adult hunt was only one day. I bet Sunday could have been fantastic with the front pushed through.
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Old 01-03-2022, 01:25 PM   #20
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Thanks for the info and bumping this back up guys, we are looking forward to our hunt this weekend.
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Old 01-07-2022, 11:01 PM   #21
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Easily the most groups I have seen show up for standby today. 36 standby groups for 7 spots because they split several units. On the bright side, this might be the most birds I have ever seen here thanks to the front. Birds completely covering every unit. I was 18th pick so I didn't get one of my usual units and had to go with one I've never hunted before. It might be a bit tough due to lack of cover to adequately conceal me and my dog but we will make it work. Hoping the rain holds off a little for tomorrow morning and we all have a great hunt.
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Old 01-08-2022, 06:20 AM   #22
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Let’s get it.
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Old 01-08-2022, 06:49 AM   #23
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If you can’t kill ducks there you can’t kill them anywhere! That marsh is covered up with birds. Good luck
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Old 01-08-2022, 07:04 AM   #24
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Old 01-08-2022, 04:15 PM   #25
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Ended up with 4 teal this morning. My unit has pretty limited cover to setup in so we ended up with some very sporting crossing shots. Had a ton of teal passing through like cruise missiles but managed to connect with a few to give this knucklehead of a Chesapeake some work. He earned is name today during the slow periods by pulling the grass off the front edge of his blind into the blind so he could chew on them. At least he manages to keep himself entertained between flights. Got moved to a better location for tomorrow morning so we shall see what happens.
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Old 01-08-2022, 04:52 PM   #26
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My oldest son and I got in on standby in the last position. There were 36 groups for standby on Friday and they took 7 groups. The biologist said it was the most ever for standby.

We got whatever area was left, but it ended up being a great spot for us. Finished a 2-man limit by 8am and beat any heavy rain that might move in. We weren’t selective this morning on the birds. Ended with gadwall, teal, shoveler, and a ring neck. My old girl did great today. I know the number of hunts left in her is limited and try to enjoy each retrieve she makes. She did awesome. I had to handle her on a couple. She might not see as good as she used to or go has hard, but she still has drive and remembers the whistle and “over” call.

*side note: my son hasn’t liked shooting an SBE II that I won last year at a DU banquet and has been shooting my old SX2. So today I shot the SBE II for the first time. Killed my 6 ducks on 9 shots. Just had to mess with him a little. Ha!
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Old 01-08-2022, 07:14 PM   #27
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We did pretty good. Big ducks wouldn’t really decoy due to no wind for most us of the hunt except for 1 green head and 1 pintail. Still a fun shoot.
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Old 01-08-2022, 09:20 PM   #28
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We did pretty good. Big ducks wouldn’t really decoy due to no wind for most us of the hunt except for 1 green head and 1 pintail. Still a fun shoot.
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Old 01-09-2022, 11:59 AM   #29
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They decoyed better today with the wind blowing.
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Old 01-09-2022, 02:12 PM   #30
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I agree. They worked better for us as well. We weren’t very patient this morning though. Ended with our 2-man limit by 8:45. 6 gadwalls, 4 shovelers, 2 pintail hens.
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Old 01-09-2022, 08:48 PM   #31
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Congrats to everyone on some great hunts!
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Old 01-10-2022, 08:05 PM   #32
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Had a decent hunt on Sunday as well with another good bag of teal. Might try to go hunt standby next weekend.
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Old 01-10-2022, 08:25 PM   #33
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Congrats to everyone on some great hunts!
Thanks David, it was for sure a good time.
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Old 01-15-2022, 04:01 PM   #34
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Any one go out there this weekend and draw.
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Old 01-17-2022, 07:25 PM   #35
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Don’t know anyone that hunted. Had 26 or 28 groups for standby.
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