Post-Season '21-'22

Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Mon Jun 06, 2022 9:00 am

Work day at the bunkie camp saturday for a lil camp addition. Field is in rice, water was being pumped on to it while we were there and bayou was running high so finally got some decent rain around there, road in was pretty slick.

Was glad to find the blind bone dry and free of black widows for now, has some bushes growing up around it. Staked it off with flags per our usual to (hopefully) keep farmer from mowing it all down.

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Some nearby fields were crawfished, and still being fished, but the ones around the blind were not.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Rick » Mon Jun 06, 2022 11:26 am

That ragweed's gonna be a 10' tall problem come fall. I'd have mowed it myself.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Mon Jun 06, 2022 12:31 pm

Rick wrote:That ragweed's gonna be a 10' tall problem come fall. I'd have mowed it myself.


Not sweating it for now; we've long had too little cover to work with so having to hack some down in November would be largely a welcome task. Hack down just enough.....

Besides, bush trimming in November beats heck out of June.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Ducaholic » Mon Jun 06, 2022 1:02 pm

Darren wrote:
Rick wrote:That ragweed's gonna be a 10' tall problem come fall. I'd have mowed it myself.


Not sweating it for now; we've long had too little cover to work with so having to hack some down in November would be largely a welcome task. Hack down just enough.....

Besides, bush trimming in November beats heck out of June.



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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby SpinnerMan » Mon Jun 06, 2022 2:37 pm

Darren wrote:
Rick wrote:That ragweed's gonna be a 10' tall problem come fall. I'd have mowed it myself.


Not sweating it for now; we've long had too little cover to work with so having to hack some down in November would be largely a welcome task. Hack down just enough.....

Besides, bush trimming in November beats heck out of June.

Just a thought. Would it look more natural if you mowed it down with time to grow back some before season. I don't know the plants, but will you just have a bunch of stalks if you let it get 10' tall before you cut it down. If you leveled it with enough time to regrow a couple feet, it might look more natural.

Which reminds me I need to go level a bush on the corner of one of our goose blinds. It's gotten way too tall and thick. I like to thin it out so I can look and shoot through it, but it still hides me when I tuck in behind it. That is until some dumbass from the club decided to level it to the ground making it harder to hide and keep an eye on circling birds :evil:
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Rick » Mon Jun 06, 2022 4:43 pm

Do as you wish, but it's a safe bet you'll not be "trimming brush" but dealing with the stumps of what shaded out more congruous growth come fall.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Tue Jun 07, 2022 6:55 am

Good points above, will keep an eye on it. In past years there was some heavy cane-like grass that grew there that we'd have to break down, cut down with hedge trimmer to make hunt-ready. It's far from out of control right now and we have plans to be back up before too long to cut fire wood and such, clean up a deer hunt trail to feeder, etc.

Wonder if I could just (try) to keep trimming it back on subsequent visits in an effort to keep it there but keep it at ideal/manageable height??

Inside of camp had what I estimated to be 1.2 to 1.3 bazillion dead wasps on the floor, and a snake skin hanging from the highest light fixture attached at the peak of the roof/ceiling.

Stark contrast of ON season to OFF season

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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Duck Engr » Tue Jun 07, 2022 8:37 am

Looks like a camp with a wonderful view Darren
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Tue Jun 07, 2022 8:42 am

Duck Engr wrote:Looks like a camp with a wonderful view Darren


A special place, for sure. Isn't mine, just very thankful I get to help out and hunt good bit.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Tue Jun 07, 2022 8:49 am

If anyone's on the hunt for shells, Rogers has some varieties available. Also noticed BOSS had good many available.

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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Rick » Tue Jun 07, 2022 10:26 am

Darren wrote:Wonder if I could just (try) to keep trimming it back on subsequent visits in an effort to keep it there but keep it at ideal/manageable height??


Dunno. Do know that, like Roseau cane, ragweed staubs are a pain if not nipped while the plants are young and have time to rot before season. Wouldn't want it having a chance to reseed and take over the levee, either.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby DComeaux » Tue Jun 07, 2022 3:26 pm

Darren wrote:If anyone's on the hunt for shells, Rogers has some varieties available. Also noticed BOSS had good many available.

https://www.rogerssportinggoods.com/Amm ... xic-Shells



I keep checking my go to spots for a particular shell but it's still nowhere to be found.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Rick » Tue Jun 07, 2022 4:27 pm

Whatcha looking for, Dave?
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby DComeaux » Tue Jun 07, 2022 9:24 pm

Rick wrote:Whatcha looking for, Dave?



Winchester 23/4 #4 11/6 oz 1550 fps
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Rick » Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:20 am

Will keep an eye out hereabout.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:44 am

DComeaux wrote:
Rick wrote:Whatcha looking for, Dave?



Winchester 23/4 #4 11/6 oz 1550 fps


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FEDERAL AMMUNITION
Speed Shok 12 GA 2 3/4" 1 1/8oz 1500FPS


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12 Gauge 3" 1 1/4oz 1450FPS Speed Shok Waterfowl Loads


Better than nothin, both available in 4's. Can't be choosy these days, ol baw.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby DComeaux » Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:45 am

Rick wrote:Will keep an eye out hereabout.



I may have found some last night. I ordered a case from sportsman's warehouse. We'll see.... And that was supposed to be 1-1/16 oz
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:52 am

Have fair many 1s and 2s left, also few boxes worth of loose BOSS in 2 3/4" #4's I think. If I bought again, may try their 3/5 hybrid loads to use in field or marsh.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Ricky Spanish » Wed Jun 08, 2022 7:54 am

Rick wrote:There's absolutely no more consistent method of putting pintails in your face than scratching out a limit of them. Manage that, and it will seem like every one you see after wants to land.

Failing that, however, you might want to try purring. I'm too lazy to search through the xeno-canto.org or Cornell files for a better example, but the third recording on this link has a bit: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Pintail/sounds

That and squacky quacks apparently sounds pretty good to the whistle weary.

Was on a hunt where I had to say it out loud...
"Yall need to start the bail me out fund. I haven't shot one duck except this spoonie...there are 5 of us and you're up to a 9-man limit. I unloaded my gun an hour ago".
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This is odd but I've been tracked down to go hunt because of my two little friends. Strange but true.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby DComeaux » Wed Jun 08, 2022 8:10 am

Darren wrote:Have fair many 1s and 2s left, also few boxes worth of loose BOSS in 2 3/4" #4's I think. If I bought again, may try their 3/5 hybrid loads to use in field or marsh.


There's 2's everywhere in stock, and all 3". Shooting GW mostly I don't want to be too heavy, and those 23/4 work just fine on decoying big ducks. I had to get a case of 3" #4 to finish the the season last year and we still have a few boxes left over. Blake and share the case's we buy.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby Darren » Mon Jun 13, 2022 1:52 pm

Seeing some new decoys starting to trickle into online retailers, including these new "live" gadwall/grays from Final Approach complete with a few open mouths to really seal the deal :lol:


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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby DComeaux » Mon Jun 13, 2022 2:26 pm

Darren wrote:Seeing some new decoys starting to trickle into online retailers, including these new "live" gadwall/grays from Final Approach complete with a few open mouths to really seal the deal :lol:


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Probably need a loan to get a couple of dozen.
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Re: Post-Season '21-'22

Postby ryan_k » Mon Apr 03, 2023 8:13 pm

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Rick wrote:Don't know if you've any interest in such, Darren, but the banding crew will be working blue-wings near Krotz Springs again this weekend and seeking hands. Requires waders and willingness to meet at 5:10 AM Saturday and/or Sunday morning.

Probably about as near to you as such gatherings ever get.
Has this already happened ?
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Ryan, would hope you get to help out some time, was really rewarding.

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Hope to see them again in about 5 months. Certainly was striking of how many more drakes there were than hens; can't recall a specific count to get a ratio but pretty danged obvious, seemed like I compiled crate after crate of white crescents and far too few crates of brown with blue patches. Sure hope (for all of us) that those gals find water + grass and are successful.
Yea I couldn’t make it this last wknd on 4/1-4/2
Won’t be able to make Easter wknd but hope to get in on it sometime


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