New to Waterfowl

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New to Waterfowl

Postby Outdoor Addiction » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:55 pm

Hello all! I'm new to the forum and am looking for tips. I've been a hunter of deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbits, coyotes and about anything Indiana offers for about 8 years now and have decided to put my wallet (and marriage :lol: ) on the line and pick up waterfowl hunting. Me and a buddy went this past Saturday morning and saw 60+ geese but neither of us had calls (probably a good thing) and they never came in close enough for a shot. But even without killing one, I still had a blast being able to chit chat and carry on while still hunting! Not having to be dead silent and scent free was a huge plus to me! So basically I'm hooked! I'll be hitting people up for pointers here and there and hopefully can bag a few geese before season closes in the end of February!

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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby Rick » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:10 pm

Welcome, and good luck with those geese.
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby Throbbin Rods » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:34 am

Welcome to WFF! My best advice is to go on a guided hunt. You will learn a lot about calling and decoy placement from a decent guide. Failing that, find someone local that has been doing it for years and is known to be good as well as sportsmanlike. Offer to carry decoys, brush blinds, knock on doors for permission, anything that will get you an invite. #1 in my blind is to keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, safety engaged until gun is shouldered and birds are in range. Learn to call well, not just making the noise, but learn when to call or not to call. Lots of people wan make a duck call sound like a duck but can't call ducks worth a jar of cold piss.
Start out with some used decoys, paint them up.

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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby The Duck Hammer » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:10 am

Welcome to the forum and good luck. Nothing like watching geese glide down in front of you.
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby SpinnerMan » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:45 am

Throbbin Rods wrote:My best advice is to go on a guided hunt.
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And don't be afraid to ask why you all are doing what you are doing.

The biggest thing about hunting geese from a fence line as you probably are. They are not going to come over the top of the trees and land. They will always land into the wind, so visualize how they will have to circle around to come into your decoys from down wind. If that forces them over or around trees, you are probably out of luck and should move to a different spot if you can. A good caller and a young goose off on his own, sure you can kill them, but any geese that have any experience it will be tough. If you are hunting fence lines, set up so they are landing crossing in front is best in my opinion. Then they are not looking at you or the fence line which they tend to be leery of because people like to hide in there and try to kill them.

And hide VERY well.

They are big, so they are likely a lot further away than you think. Make sure they are in range. You may only get once chance all season if you are hunting a bunch of local birds. Don't educate them by shooting at them out of range.

Good luck and welcome to the site.
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby Outdoor Addiction » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:23 pm

Thanks everyone! We were actually hunting a Private pond. we were set up against an island on the pond under some brush. camo wasn't the greatest but like i said, it was our first time out. the wind was at our backs but the lake was frozen and we had to bust our way through mostly. I'm sure everything we did that day set us up for failure but we had fun nonetheless! lol they were local birds not migrators. they are there nearly every day in about a pack of 30-40. hopefully we didn't do too much harm!
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby aunt betty » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:18 am

My advice is to hire Kenny McNeal to take you hunting. He has the set-up and works ducks the way it's done. A day or two with that guy and you'll be years ahead of where you'd be if you had not.
Bayou Bottoms Guide Service:
http://www.bayoubottoms.com/book-a-duck-hunt.html

They're from Illinois but hunt in Arkansas.


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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby Bowjoe » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:37 pm

Where ya from ?
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby aunt betty » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:25 pm

North or South Carolina....50/50
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby Bowjoe » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:54 am

If you were closer I was gonna offer you to come with us and help ya out..
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby aunt betty » Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:47 pm

Eh Joe, where you gunna go, with that gun in your hand?

By the way, would you like the "Final Approach" sticker from when I bought my mutt hut?
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby Bowjoe » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:21 pm

I appreciate it but I'm good ..Thank you
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Re: New to Waterfowl

Postby don novicki » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:16 am

The three best tips I can offer are: 1. Scout, scout, scout and 2. Buy used equipment and save yourself some money. 3. Don
t be afraid to knock on doors, although I am guessing you are already familiar with that....... :thumbsup:
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