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Old 08-10-2021, 01:42 PM   #101
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For the public land hunters, what do yall look for when scouting or looking for a spot to hunt? We've never been able to really find any ducks (except a few wood ducks or after the big freeze) on big water.

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Old 08-10-2021, 02:13 PM   #102
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The smart butt answer ducks.
The real answer - Skinny water and food for puddle ducks. If you don't have food you have a loafing spot or rest area at best. You might want to try different times as well. Some areas I hunt have a later flight and they don't come in at first light. Some areas I know I'm shooting at legal and done soon thereafter. I have a spot I know produces late and guys give up and we shoot limits. It sucks we need to still get there at 0 dark thirty and wait around, but we are typically rewarded for the effort.
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Old 08-10-2021, 02:58 PM   #103
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Feathers, Shotgun shells(reason i try to pick all my hulls up), food. If you can take a boat just go sit somewhere you can see a long ways and watch the flight path ducks are using. Then ease around to you find the exact spot they are at.
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Jacked the duck boat trailer up out of the mud yesterday! Will clean it up and take it to get the carb cleaned up after I change out the gas! I said I was gonna use it 4 years ago and did the same and itís been sitting there since! Might try and make a trip or 2 with it this year. Been kinda spoiled on hunting private land potholes what little bit I still do! Miss chasing dark geese though. Still have all my stuff. Need to get that spread back in the ground before too long if nothing else to knock the dust off it!
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Jacked the duck boat trailer up out of the mud yesterday! Will clean it up and take it to get the carb cleaned up after I change out the gas! I said I was gonna use it 4 years ago and did the same and itís been sitting there since! Might try and make a trip or 2 with it this year. Been kinda spoiled on hunting private land potholes what little bit I still do! Miss chasing dark geese though. Still have all my stuff. Need to get that spread back in the ground before too long if nothing else to knock the dust off it!

You sound like me and my boat, and fishing.
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dp, what kind of public you hunting? Don't have to give location. Big water lakes? WMA? Rivers? Coastal? Ect.


I try to watch for birds starting 3 weeks in advance. Keep up with local activity. And watch the weather for fronts from the north. Big fronts will push the birds down starting a day or so in advance. After you get to know a body of water pretty good, you'll know what you can do even when someone else sets up on a spot you were going to be on. As mentioned, knowing the flight paths makes a huge difference. Sometimes the paths can change slightly through the season. So take note of what you see while out during the season. And take note of the wind direction and speed for that day. Pressure in one spot can wear it out too. Plus, if others see you shooting a lot at one spot, it might get hard to get it at a future date. I've got some spots that are somewhat wind sheltered, pending wind speed. If the wind is high enough, the birds head there (coves, creeks, slews). If the wind is light, I'm out in a more open areas like beeches and points where the birds can see my spreads from greater distances.

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Old 08-10-2021, 07:38 PM   #107
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Food water and a good hide. Just dont be that guy that calls scouting running around blowing every bird off the feed.can get a lot done with binos and watching flight patterns
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Old 08-11-2021, 08:00 AM   #108
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dp, what kind of public you hunting? Don't have to give location. Big water lakes? WMA? Rivers? Coastal? Ect.


I try to watch for birds starting 3 weeks in advance. Keep up with local activity. And watch the weather for fronts from the north. Big fronts will push the birds down starting a day or so in advance. After you get to know a body of water pretty good, you'll know what you can do even when someone else sets up on a spot you were going to be on. As mentioned, knowing the flight paths makes a huge difference. Sometimes the paths can change slightly through the season. So take note of what you see while out during the season. And take note of the wind direction and speed for that day. Pressure in one spot can wear it out too. Plus, if others see you shooting a lot at one spot, it might get hard to get it at a future date. I've got some spots that are somewhat wind sheltered, pending wind speed. If the wind is high enough, the birds head there (coves, creeks, slews). If the wind is light, I'm out in a more open areas like beeches and points where the birds can see my spreads from greater distances.
We hunt a WMA but I'd like to get into big water lakes more as well.

Thanks for the tips everyone! I'm excited to try to get on some ducks this season!

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Old 08-12-2021, 07:17 PM   #109
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Old 08-14-2021, 12:48 PM   #110
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Been driving up and down the coast and up into Oklahoma. I haven't seen the amount of birds I usually do at this time. Hopefully they'll start moving in soon

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Old 08-14-2021, 01:41 PM   #111
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Seen reports of a few teal showing up, should have alot more after this months full moon.
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Old 08-14-2021, 01:53 PM   #112
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The fall flight forecast released by Delta Waterfowl is concerning. Very little duck production occurred this summer due to extreme drought in the Dakotas and Canada. Many birds never even attempted to nest. If you all have been following this story since April, the pond count in the prairie pothole region alone was down 82% year over year. The lack of young birds this year will require our best effort as guides/hunters. If this drought persists into next spring/summer we will likely see a 3 bird limit in 2022/2023.

Some positive news is around blue wing and green wing production. They are the earliest nesters and they appear to have utilized what little water was available in the late spring. Not a great hatch by any stretch but respectable. Mallards and pintails appear to not had any success. Redheads recruitment was poor as well. Gadwall counts remain really strong although nesting success was not fully understood.


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Old 08-14-2021, 02:15 PM   #113
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The fall flight forecast released by Delta Waterfowl is concerning. Very little duck production occurred this summer due to extreme drought in the Dakotas and Canada. Many birds never even attempted to nest. If you all have been following this story since April, the pond count in the prairie pothole region alone was down 82% year over year. The lack of young birds this year will require our best effort as guides/hunters. If this drought persists into next spring/summer we will likely see a 3 bird limit in 2022/2023.

Some positive news is around blue wing and green wing production. They are the earliest nesters and they appear to have utilized what little water was available in the late spring. Not a great hatch by any stretch but respectable. Mallards and pintails appear to not had any success. Redheads recruitment was poor as well. Gadwall counts remain really strong although nesting success was not fully understood.


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Disappointing but part of it! I wish they could drop the limits for this season.

I wonder how it impacted goose reproduction? Wish it would hurt the snows somehow but theyíre much further north.
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Old 08-14-2021, 02:28 PM   #114
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Disappointing but part of it! I wish they could drop the limits for this season.

I wonder how it impacted goose reproduction? Wish it would hurt the snows somehow but theyíre much further north.

Not sure about geese but they typically nest much further north, like Alaska and the Arctic circle (especially snows and specks). I think habitat was normal in that area so probably a good hatch.


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Old 08-14-2021, 09:20 PM   #115
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Anyone finding steel shot anywhere?
I have enough to get me going, but haven't seen much, just mainly 3-1/2", guessing it's left overs from last year.

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Old 08-14-2021, 09:34 PM   #116
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I'm thinking of using my 20 for teal. Running low on 12g

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Old 08-14-2021, 10:42 PM   #117
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Lots of 3.5" steel out there and alittle bit of 3"steel.

But if your like me and like a particular brand and shot size bc that is what you have patterned through your gun good luck finding it. Not alot of options availinle right now. I hope it gets better in the next month or so.
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Old 08-14-2021, 10:52 PM   #118
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Gonna be a banger teal season teal already showing up and lots of food around
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Old 08-14-2021, 10:56 PM   #119
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If anyone would like to take along this year lmk
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Old 08-15-2021, 01:12 AM   #120
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We should be set up with lodging already. What are y'all's plans?

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Old 08-16-2021, 10:34 AM   #121
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Anyone finding steel shot anywhere?
I have enough to get me going, but haven't seen much, just mainly 3-1/2", guessing it's left overs from last year.
I've been in both Bass Pro and Academy in SA within the last week and have seen steel shot in both places. Academy had a decent number of boxes of Hevi-Steel on Friday. Bass Pro had a few boxes of steel but most of what they had on the shelf were the bismuth and tungsten loads. Neither have had much until recently, so it's starting to show back up.
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Old 08-16-2021, 04:03 PM   #122
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I would be interested. I have a boat, duck dog and dekes. Where are you located?
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Old 08-18-2021, 05:33 PM   #123
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Seeing if you guys can Help me out!!
I got a 1979 Evinrude 70 hp that I'd like to get running before the second half of the season but it needs some work. Can anyone recommend a reliable boat mechanics???
anywhere from Huntsville down to Galveston?

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Old 08-18-2021, 08:13 PM   #124
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I be ready for everything! And some more not shown in the pics. Waiting on a Steel Master to show up. Already got all the components for reloading too.

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The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Shotguns are clean and chokes replaced. Have 4 boxes 12g and 5 20g. Looking for 410 steel now.
Have 2dz mixed teal floaters, 2 ripplers and 2 mojo with new batteries.
Still debating, am I going to wear shorts or waders? Too hot for waders, but I'm slightly allergic to hydrilla.

I'm an over the road driver and am going to stay out till the 6th or 7th so wanted to get ready before the day of. Anyone else prepping already?

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Old 08-22-2021, 03:00 PM   #126
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I’ll probably get excited about ducks once I start seeing em crappie fishing. That said the fishing is awesome in the fall! I’m debating selling my ProDrive rig but my wife tells me little man will be a teenager soon and mad his dad sold the duckboat when he wants to go. She’s probably right, I just hate seeing it sit there. Maybe plan some trips OOS and drag it along. I’m not gonna fight the public land crowds in E Tx. I’m not that mad at em anymore but I sure used to be!! I had a X Catastrophe team manager on a trip the other day and we got to talking about storms and I told him I turned down an ice storm in 2007 because I was too close to killing 1000 ducks on hunts I went on to go to work! I told my boss call me in a week and I will be ready. Killed 1007 that season and got called out to work while we were taking the pics! That year was awesome! He laughed and said he heard the story of a guy who turned down stupid money to kill ducks but didn’t know who he was. Missed a week at thanksgiving. A week and Christmas and the last 2 weeks of season but we went all over. Teal hunted Texas. Then went to N Dakota. Then west Texas and Texas along with Oklahoma and Arkansas. That was all pre kids!!

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As a group yall shot a thousand birds or you personally shot that?
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Shotguns are clean and chokes replaced. Have 4 boxes 12g and 5 20g. Looking for 410 steel now.
Have 2dz mixed teal floaters, 2 ripplers and 2 mojo with new batteries.
Still debating, am I going to wear shorts or waders? Too hot for waders, but I'm slightly allergic to hydrilla.

I'm an over the road driver and am going to stay out till the 6th or 7th so wanted to get ready before the day of. Anyone else prepping already?

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Yep got the gun cleaned up and ready to go.

I wear waders to keep the mosquitos bites to a minimum.
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As a group yall shot a thousand birds or you personally shot that?
Hunts I went on as a group! Donít go internet game warden on me! 60 days times 6 ducks!!
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Old 08-23-2021, 07:58 AM   #131
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I may try to re post this in this thread a couple times. Any chance you waterfowl guys can keep your 3Ē or bigger hulls? Iím considering reloading next year and those are booger to find.


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Did you say you did that with lead also?
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Looks like the GFS model is predicting a solid Cat 2 or 3 hurricane to smack houston Sept 5-6th.

That’s about on time to mess up the yearly dove opener weekend and would push around the teal already showing up.
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Just remind us as the day gets closer. We usually just throw them in a sack and then into a dumpster. How many are you looking to get?

I've been thinking of reloading as well. If you don't mind, which press are you running and where are you getting your components from?
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Did you say you did that with lead also?
Only when water swatting flocks at night with the punt gun! That suckers old, don't want to mess up that barrel with steel shot!
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Old 08-23-2021, 12:19 PM   #136
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The fall flight forecast released by Delta Waterfowl is concerning. Very little duck production occurred this summer due to extreme drought in the Dakotas and Canada. Many birds never even attempted to nest. If you all have been following this story since April, the pond count in the prairie pothole region alone was down 82% year over year. The lack of young birds this year will require our best effort as guides/hunters. If this drought persists into next spring/summer we will likely see a 3 bird limit in 2022/2023.

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These are the same guys last year that said 2020/21 was going to be a great hunting season. IT was one of the worst. I wouldn't go off anything they say.
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Old 08-23-2021, 01:16 PM   #138
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These are the same guys last year that said 2020/21 was going to be a great hunting season. IT was one of the worst. I wouldn't go off anything they say.
Just because most of Texas didnt have a great season doesnt mean other states didnt. I know people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, etc that smashed birds. Delta bases their prediction on the hatch but they cant control the weather that pushes birds down. Everybody in the waterfowl world has been saying a terrible year is coming do to the drought in the Dakotas.
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Just because most of Texas didnt have a great season doesnt mean other states didnt. I know people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, etc that smashed birds. Delta bases their prediction on the hatch but they cant control the weather that pushes birds down. Everybody in the waterfowl world has been saying a terrible year is coming do to the drought in the Dakotas.
I know "some" did. We even had some good hunts here. But all the guys I hunt with in Northern Oklahoma and Arkansas.....it was WAY below average. You are right about weather, but here is a news flash....DU and Delta Waterfowl dont control weather. And the only ones barking about the Dakotahs is DW. First it was a 39 day season. Now 3 duck limits. I hope they do go back to 3 ducks.
But you watch.....if "weather" cooperates this year, you will see numbers go way back up. My farm in East Texas was loaded right before that big freeze after season. We never got those hard freezes up North last year that really pushes birds down. Until February.
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Looks like I am shooting Monarch this year. Just glad I was able to at least find this

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Just remind us as the day gets closer. We usually just throw them in a sack and then into a dumpster. How many are you looking to get?

I've been thinking of reloading as well. If you don't mind, which press are you running and where are you getting your components from?
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Not sure of site off top of my head but hulls is hardest part in recipe to find. Hoping to do 3Ē #3 or #4. According to my math $19 ish for a 10lb sack of shot equaled 128 loaded at 1.25oz. Iíve got two presses already. So may order a couple sacks of shot and wads to tinker with it. Reading you can do roughly $9.50-10 for 25 shells. Not too sure if thatís accurate but if I have a ton of components I donít have to panic buy haha


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Not sure of site off top of my head but hulls is hardest part in recipe to find. Hoping to do 3Ē #3 or #4. According to my math $19 ish for a 10lb sack of shot equaled 128 loaded at 1.25oz. Iíve got two presses already. So may order a couple sacks of shot and wads to tinker with it. Reading you can do roughly $9.50-10 for 25 shells. Not too sure if thatís accurate but if I have a ton of components I donít have to panic buy haha


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Old 08-23-2021, 11:05 PM   #143
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If anyone would like to take along this year lmk
I need to take you up on it this year of my schedule allows it.
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Old 08-23-2021, 11:07 PM   #144
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Anyone used the divebomb silhouettes in the marsh? I have some pintail Iím going to throw in my spread this season.
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Old 08-24-2021, 12:57 AM   #145
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Looks like I am shooting Monarch this year. Just glad I was able to at least find this

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Canít dose out the medicine without any pills. Youíll kill em dead. May have to give em an extra pill on the way down lol!


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Old 08-24-2021, 04:31 AM   #146
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We use the socks and silhouettes mixed in with our spread. Works better for us late season when the tides are low.

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Old 08-25-2021, 09:31 PM   #147
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Anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to ship ducks/meat while on an out of state hunt.

Will be flying up to Mass on a seaduck hunt in January. Should I bring a cooler and just fly the meat/birds home with me? Or ship it via ups overnight?

I figure either way will be expensive.
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Old 08-26-2021, 07:44 AM   #148
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Seeing Teal and couple spoonies in chambers county
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Old 08-26-2021, 08:05 AM   #149
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Worked on trying to keep ahead of the beavers this past weekend. ****, it was hot out there.
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Old 08-26-2021, 08:57 AM   #150
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Anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to ship ducks/meat while on an out of state hunt.

Will be flying up to Mass on a seaduck hunt in January. Should I bring a cooler and just fly the meat/birds home with me? Or ship it via ups overnight?

I figure either way will be expensive.
Can you check it on the plane? One of the heavier duty styrofoam coolers and dry ice?
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