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A good day's hunt with my boys....

Coot

A good day's hunt with my boys....

Fishing for reds after the hunt... and yes we caught some...

Coot

Fishing for reds after the hunt... and yes we caught some...

A drake goldeneye tag teamed by my oldest son and I.

Coot

A drake goldeneye tag teamed by my oldest son and I.

2nd Split So Far

The hunting in the 2nd split has been tougher, but it won't stop me. We are still killing ducks, but some days are better than others. Limits are not the norm anymore, but we ain't scratching out either. The ducks seem not to want to fly regardless of how much or little wind there is. They are favoring the mud flats which are tough to get to. It also seems that they are waiting till low tide to come into the marsh. With proper decoy placement, good concealment, less calling, and the willigness to hunt late we have managed to limit out on some hunts, whereas others I had to call it quits early and pick up my dekes due to the water falling out on me. There seems to be very few ducks moving around, so the above is very important to attract what ducks fly your way. The ducks are pairing up too, so smaller spreads of less than 12 dekes placed out in pairs can be deadly, but also large spreads in big open water work too on some days. Lower than normal water and big tide ranges always make it tough in late December and January. I shot another goldeneye this past Sunday which was a pretty drake. Altough they are a diving duck, it's nice to shoot a variety of ducks. This is only my 3rd ever goldeneye to bag in my lifetime, and 2nd one this year. I took the last 2 days off from hunting, but can't wait to get back out there tomorrow. Hopefully we have some new ducks in town for the New Year. Happy New Year and Happy Hunting.....
January 01, 2013 at 11:02pm
12 Comments
super  duck Profile Photo
Posted January 02, 2013 at 6:05am
Great Job

Yeah bud have had my 4 boys with me since they were in diapers and now my two girls. Some still hunt regular some dont but the time spent together was worth it all. By the way that golden eye would make a good mount. so great Job!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted January 02, 2013 at 8:02am
Drake?

my cousin shot one just like this a few wks ago

said it was a female

The amazing duck hunter Profile Photo
Posted January 02, 2013 at 10:15am
It's a female

Your right it's a female not no drake.

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Proud Pop Profile Photo
Posted January 02, 2013 at 4:04pm
Keep At Em' Coot

We are having the same issues on our side of Delacroix. Some of last year's hot spots are void of ducks. One area of our property is holding a good number of ducks but you need to work for them and hunt a little longer at times. Keep on killing and keep the kids in the blind!

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Posted January 02, 2013 at 5:09pm
I stand corrected...

It is a female goldeneye. Thanks.

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Posted January 02, 2013 at 5:19pm
Today's Hunt

Windy, Wet and Cloudy today. I tried hunting in the middle of open water today by a clump of grass with roseau around the boat blind with a large spread on a crossing wind. 3 of us shot 13 ducks consisting of a mixed bag. We hunted till noon. I did not like this set up as the grey ducks were very skittish and tough to get within 30-35 yards. Most of the greys would land 50-75 yards in front of us and very few would decoy like I had hoped they would. A few did, but most did not. They had to be picking out the blind. I am not complaining, but back to other late season tactics. The greys ducks are a challenge and I will out smart them, maybe not today, but next time I will....



3 man blind = 13 ducks (4 greys, 5 gw teal, 1 spoonie, 1 red head, and 2 buffleheads) and 2 bonus mergansers.

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Posted January 02, 2013 at 5:29pm
report

That'll work! Thanks for the report. Ima try my luck out tomorrow, will post results.

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Posted January 02, 2013 at 7:25pm
mixed bag 1/2/2013

AC

mixed bag 1/2/2013

today

Coot, nice hunt. We fared about the same today, had 11 birds consisting of greenwings, wigeon, grays, 1 spoon, dogs. We're seeing plenty of grays but getting them close has become pretty tough in the last week or so. As many as we're seeing, we're only killing a couple. Strangely enough in the last three hunts i've killed as many mallards as grays...huh?? in SE La? yea that's just how 'smart' the grays in our area have gotten. Definitely going to smaller spread and set up a bit differently, today they wouldn't finish to save our lives. I'll be hard at it 'till the 27th! good luck my friend

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Posted January 02, 2013 at 7:35pm
coot

Question, going to hunt an area of biloxi tomorrow in a pond about 3 acres, but its not wide. Thinking about placing 6-8 dekes out and hunting 50-80 yards upwind/crosswind from them to counter the greys. What do you think?

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Posted January 02, 2013 at 7:38pm
coot

Question, going to hunt an area of biloxi tomorrow in a pond about 3 acres, but its not wide. Thinking about placing 6-8 dekes out and hunting 50-80 yards upwind/crosswind from them to counter the greys. What do you think?

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Posted January 03, 2013 at 6:18am
TurtleNO

I think that might work if it is a long and skinny pond.... Just put your dekes up wind 50+ yards from ya, sit on the bank with some cover and a face mask and try to get them as they land shy of the dekes. Good Luck...

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Posted January 03, 2013 at 6:26am
Darren

If it was a blue bird, clear and sunny day I think my set up would have been deadly. The greys work easier to large spreads on clear days as they have much more confidence. I find greys to be more skittish on cloudy days. Also, If I hunted only a dozen or less dekes it may have produced better. I watched greys all day go land with one to three ducks sitting 75-100 yards away from our blind than come to our spread of 4 dozen dekes. You live and learn. It still was a good hunt considering the time of the year. Taking today off... Gotta work sometimes.... The large spread pays off for the large flocks of teal in the area, but it's not working for the greys. You can't win em' all....

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