Duck Season 2018-2019

Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:04 am

Rick wrote:
BGkirk wrote:Do they usually mark the nests with poles?


Usually, though not always, canes with hot pink florescent flags that are usually, but not always, collected as the nests are picked.

Thinking about Darren, Dave and others to our east this morning and suffering some early survivor's guilt, but see we may yet get run over, too.
rick tell me again how the egg collecting goes, once incubated and hatched what percentage is returned to wild? And do they have to release where they collected eggs from?


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Rick » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:27 am

The farm/mitigation releases are now 10% (were 12) of the eggs collected, calculated on an average of 4': therefore 8% for 5-footers and 12% for 3s. And they're released on the same lands, by ownership rather than exact nest locations, the eggs were taken from.

If you see an alligator with a notch or notches out of its scoots (tail ridges), it's a farm release, as where and how many scoots are removed is used as a code for the animal's year of release that doesn't require the tag number (which can also be traced to the approximate area of release).
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:11 am

Rick wrote:The farm/mitigation releases are now 10% (were 12) of the eggs collected, calculated on an average of 4': therefore 8% for 5-footers and 12% for 3s. And they're released on the same lands, by ownership rather than exact nest locations, the eggs were taken from.

If you see an alligator with a notch or notches out of its scoots (tail ridges), it's a farm release, as where and how many scoots are removed is used as a code for the animal's year of release that doesn't require the tag number (which can also be traced to the approximate area of release).
do you think the farm raised gators are used to humans? Or maybe have less fear ?


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Rick » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:09 pm

Sure, humans feed them. But, though most will avoid you, I'd not trust any alligator to be fearful of anything. Just never know when one hasn't read the rule book.
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby DComeaux » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:26 pm

Looking good!!!
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:08 pm

Rick wrote:Sure, humans feed them. But, though most will avoid you, I'd not trust any alligator to be fearful of anything. Just never know when one hasn't read the rule book.
thats where I was getting at, and makes sense because we’ve had some smaller gators like I’ve mentioned before swim right up to the boat or even the blind


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:03 am

Another off season project: adjusting to getting through the workday without my normal amount of sleep. First kiddo arrived yesterday healthy and happy. Image


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Deltaman » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:20 am

Congratulations BG!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Duck Engr » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:21 am

Congrats man!! We had our first back in October. It gets easier after 6 weeks or so and starts to get fun around 3 months when they can interact with you a bit. Until then they’re just eat, poop, sleep machines.
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby MARSH BEAR » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:44 am

Enjoy the experience, they grow up way too fast - my first born was on 11/19/74.
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Darren » Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:25 pm

Congrats! Enjoy, there's just something about little girls.
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Rick » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:34 pm

Congrats, indeed.

Darren wrote:...there's just something about little girls.


Yep, they own you.
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Ericdc » Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:55 pm

Another niece


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:33 am

Other guys made it to marsh last week checking on salvinia. It’s dying as you can see, hoping water drops and the weevils have a good dry month of Aug Image
Shot of the pit we put in and pushed floatant around it. Not sure what plant species were on those floatant but it grew several feet. Look back a few posts and you can see the photo from just after we got the pit in place. Image
Debated on spraying the lotus (large Lillie pads) opening up 3-4 acres in each pond to get some open water earlier but the chemicals aren’t cheap. Usually we weed eat the pads off at water level or have a play with boats like Rick does. Imagewater is over the floor on this blind and boat hide falling apart. Will get it repaired and plan on lowering boat hide on about 8-10’ in order to shoot over the hide on south winds (blind faces south). Years past Roseau was so tall it never allowed us to setup for a south wind, atleast for shooting decoying ducks.


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Ericdc » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:15 pm

3rd pic #2?


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:31 pm

Ericdc wrote:3rd pic #2?


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:07 pm

While the rain made it slower to work, it sure felt good. We got hammered from 830-10 or so while brushing blinds. No thunder or lightning thankfully. We have some for sure spots safe from salvinia but the usual spots may not be open til big duck. Saw plenty woodies and black bellies .


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:07 pm

While the rain made it slower to work, it sure felt good. We got hammered from 830-10 or so while brushing blinds. No thunder or lightning thankfully. We have some for sure spots safe from salvinia but the usual spots may not be open til big duck. Saw plenty woodies and black bellies .


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Ericdc » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:47 pm

You only posted this twice, you’re slipping


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Rick » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:45 am

At least he got to the marsh. Doppler canceled our marsh day - but we had so little rain at the house that I mowed, instead.
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:50 pm

Exercising the dog this morning and while throwing out decoys (getting him ready to navigate through quite a spread) a fast Flying V caught my eye. 100% blue wings headed south. Barely caught them before they got out of range. If only I had my call and could’ve hollered at them to see if they would’ve slowed down. Image


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Rick » Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:08 pm

Reminds me of most of my early teal pictures. Never mind that they're to small or out of focus to see, they're teal!!!

Our morning Tiger Mart meeting of the minds has produced exactly three reliable sightings to date. With those traveling the various marshes around Grand Lake as yet to spy one. Should change with the weekend's northerly winds - or not...
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Ericdc » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:10 pm

I saw a bunch of 6 or 7 headed south this morning at sunrise. Definitely teal


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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Darren » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:58 am

Grosse Savanne had a video yesterday of quite a few birds working rice. A buddy rode upper Delacroix last two mornings, saw "a few hundred" in total, and his vids he passed on to me supported it.
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby Rick » Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:51 am

Made a little ag land loop this morning, but it seems I'm always late to the teal party. Perhaps I'll see a few in our marsh tomorrow...
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Re: Duck Season 2018-2019

Postby BGkirk » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:39 am

Didn’t see it myself but from a cousin courting a Lacassine girl, that a crop duster was stirring up some “big wads” of blue wings around Bell City


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