Season Log

Re: Season Log

Postby Duck Engr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:11 pm

We’re still undecided. Not afraid to go bust some ice since it’s not supposed to freeze again till late next week but I don’t want to sit and look at ice with a hole busted in it and empty skies (which is what my head is telling me is going to happen)


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:12 pm

My friends in McGehee have been killing


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Re: Season Log

Postby Duck Engr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:56 pm

Yeah I have friends in that area. I assumed close to the big muddy would do ok even with the big freeze. We’re about an hour from Memphis.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:04 pm

2 real good reports from my area today. I didn’t go cuz I thought the thick ice from Friday would still be there, but it had all thawed. Ducks worked in great and lots of specks are back in area. I’ll be there tomorrow


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Re: Season Log

Postby Duck Engr » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:41 pm

Send some of that thawage North! We broke 3-4” ice today and yesterday in preparation for tomorrow and Tuesday. Hoping the rain thaws some ice tonight.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:15 pm

Date: Jan 8

Time: left at 10:30

Location: pit blind

Cloud Cover: low and heavy with heavy sprinkle till about sunrise

Wind Direction and Velocity: SE then calm then NE 5-10 mph

Temperature: low 50’s

Barometer:

Moon phase:

Special Notes: hunted with one of my best friends who became a dad about 2 weeks ago

Waterfowl Activity: ducks good early then slow after about, specks started flying about Time ducks stopped

Waterfowl Responsiveness: teal came pretty, especially the bunch that caught me turned around.....2 pair of specks did real pretty.

Hunters: me and Johnathon

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Malfunctions:

Dog(s):

Special Equipment: 1 mojo on remote, 2nd mojo wouldn’t turn on, brought home to evaluate

Kudos: Johnathon tripled on a group of gads on his end with 2 shots. He’d tell you he should have had 4. First limit of specks this year....big pretty birds

curses: didn’t call the shot a couple times that probably cost us our duck limit

Birds By Species:
4 specks
3 green winged teal
3 gadwall

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Re: Season Log

Postby DComeaux » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:24 pm

Good to you you get a few birds.
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Re: Season Log

Postby Rick » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:18 am

You're scaring the poo out of that poor child.
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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:59 am

Rick wrote:You're scaring the poo out of that poor child.


Haha nah I think she liked me.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Deltaman » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:28 am

Great report Eric, and glad to see you top the hunt with a limit of Speck!!!!!!
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Re: Season Log

Postby Marsh Bear » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:51 am

WOW you have birds :beer:

I wish we had ducks or geese :cry:
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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:08 am

December was a serious struggle for us, usually January is pretty decent for us when conditions are ok. Lost 7 days to ice, so we are going to hunt hard through the 28th.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Darren » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:10 pm

Very nice! Glad the thaw is on (and hopefully for a while). This weekend back to 20s??
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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:19 pm

Yea Darren, we will be locked up hard Sunday morning. I’m probably going to hunt deeper water Sunday with a friend.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:28 pm

Date: Jan 12

Time: finished at noon

Location: pit blind

Cloud Cover: heavy with on and off sleet and snow

Wind Direction and Velocity: NNW 15-25

Temperature: 33 at shop 30 at noon

Barometer:

Moon phase:

Special Notes: I needed this... after we had about 8 birds, we decided to wait and finish on mallard drakes. Took some will power and patience but paid off.

Waterfowl Activity: best flight this year of teal, pintail, and mallards. Not many specks moving around

Waterfowl Responsiveness: enjoyed breaking high flights and watching them drop really fast. Ducks were a little quirky with wing direction, wanting to fade away to west on their approach if they were west of blind, but the stuff east of blind came perfect

Hunters: Kevin and I

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Malfunctions:

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Special Equipment: 2 mojos on remote

Kudos: We shot well

curses: wished we had 4 men in the blind, but not often you can pick your shots so I enjoyed that.

Birds By Species:
4 mallards
3 gadwall
1 pintail
1 wigeon
3 green winged teal
1 speck

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Re: Season Log

Postby Duck Engr » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:37 pm

Nice work!! Love that blind setup as well.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Rick » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:19 pm

And a band to boot. Sweet hunt.
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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:38 pm

Duck Engr wrote:Nice work!! Love that blind setup as well.


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Thanks, we work hard to keep the grass fresh but not too “poofy” and we just make a gap for each shooter....speaking of...after big rain yesterday I need to cut some grass in the morning.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:39 pm

Rick wrote:And a band to boot. Sweet hunt.


It was a nice surprise, I get a much bigger kick out of getting birds in right and letting my friends shoot...like today, than bands.

Going to look it up when I get a chance, looked like a newer band. Pretty shiny.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:52 pm

Species: Mallard
Date banded: 08/22/2014
Banding Location: NEAR NORMAN WELLS, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA
Age: HATCHED IN 2014
Sex: MALE

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Re: Season Log

Postby Duck Engr » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:47 am

Glad to see at least one is still making a full migration trek


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:11 pm

Date: Jan 13

Time: late season late flight, left at 2 pm

Location: pit blind

Cloud Cover: weatherman was drunk...prediction was clear, was solid clouds till noon. Hunted till 2 to enjoy sun

Wind Direction and Velocity:NNE 10-15 mph

Temperature: started at 27 never got above freezing

Barometer:

Moon phase:

Special Notes: Jason drove from south of Alexandria to hunt with us (we are near state line)

Noticed at about 11 am we had a Ross goose sitting in blue goose decoys. I think it had been there all morning. It was still there when we left, rode 4 wheeler right by it. Did not look injured. Was preening and napping while we shot birds....I guess it was really tired...I didn’t care to shoot it because I didn’t feel like shooting it on water from point blank range was worth it.

Waterfowl Activity: not near as many as yesterday. Migratory were a lot higher, lots of new specks

Waterfowl Responsiveness: 2 single specks did tight, teal worked great, mallards did ok, everything else was really tough.....

Hunters: Eric dakota Kevin Jason

Guns:

Malfunctions: dakotas beretta (2 Years old) still jams occasionally, I had a rem nitro misfire. Seems I have 1 or 2 per box in really cold weather. Black clouds always go bang

Dog(s):

Special Equipment: 3 mojos on remote. Mojos were only effective on teal today

Kudos: we shot 6 ducks and 1 speck after sun come out at noon.

curses: birds were just tough to finish

Birds By Species:
13 green winged teal
4 mallards (3 drakes shot at 2 pm)
1 gadwall
2 specks

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Kevin and I with birds minus 5 teal and a speck jason took when he left at 11 am.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Rick » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:53 am

Worth the wait, but it looks like I took the phone photo:
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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:18 am

Yea, had some moisture under my phone screen cover and had to make a screenshot instead of actually taking a photo because picture button wouldn’t work. Took case off phone once back in nice warm truck and now it’s fine haha.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:27 pm

Cooked up some speck legs Image
And fried speck breast
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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:03 pm

Better pic from yesterday Kevin sent me off his phone.
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Re: Season Log

Postby DComeaux » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:02 pm

Nice hunt Eric, glad to see you guys getting to play with the birds, and that food looks awesome! Last night we did some fried deer tenderloin with smothered potatoes and duck sausage. Next up, fried duck breast.
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Re: Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:10 pm

DComeaux wrote:Nice hunt Eric, glad to see you guys getting to play with the birds, and that food looks awesome! Last night we did some fried deer tenderloin with smothered potatoes and duck sausage. Next up, fried duck breast.


Thanks, I try to become a better “game cook” each year. Today my good friend who just had a baby a few weeks ago had one of those speck legs in her hands like a piece of fried chicken just getting every little morsel off the bone....really did my heart good.


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Re: Season Log

Postby Deltaman » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:50 am

Congrats on two solid hunts Eric, you were overdue!!!!!!
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Season Log

Postby Ericdc » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:20 pm

Deltaman wrote:Congrats on two solid hunts Eric, you were overdue!!!!!!


December was really tough but I usually do my best in January. Migration about 2 weeks behind normal as far as the birds we get

Seems like we are hunting the birds that winter in Arkansas for the most part and most likely never see the coast...that’s my guess anyway....


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