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I just returned from my first duck hunt on saturday and wanted to give you guys a full report. (See first comment) All of your suggestions helped out guys, thanks a lot! Did anyone else get to go out and waterfowl hunt lately?

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Well my first duck hunt went well. I ended up using the 20 gauge with 4’s that were going 1550 fps, which was plenty fast. I limited the fastest in the party with drake teal and mallards. Everyone else was using 12’s except one other guy, and he kept running out of shells and having to go back. I only used 10 shots. Everyone else limited on the same, with a few spoonbills as well. Why do some people consider the spoonbill less prized? I don’t get it...aren’t they all ducks? Also, I ate it about 15 steps into the drink. Water in the waders and everything-killer. All of the geese we saw were super high flying. Do they ever come down any lower? I couldn’t imagine trying to poke one from way up there. Otherwise, it was a great hunt guys! Thanks for all the advice.

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from idduckhntr wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Congrats on the hunt, where were you hunting?

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Spoonbills (Shovelers)have a reputation of not tasting very good. I've never shot or tasted one, and I haven't shot at the few I've seen. I've read cooking methods (marinades, grilling, etc.) to make them more palatable. Read about what species of ducks primarily eat, and you'll get a idea why some ducks taste better than others. I'm glad you had a good time. Did you not say you've hunted doves? If that's so, that certainly helped you be prepared. Opening day for me will be next saturday, and Good Lord willing, my brother, my son and I will be tucked in some corner of our favorite marsh. Falling and filling your waders is something we've all done. It would be funnier if it wasn't dangerous at times.A sturdy walking stick is a good idea. My uncle still laughs how when retrieving his 1st goose, he tripped and went under the water, but kept his father's prize L.C. Smith double up and out of the swamp.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I hunted on a friend of mine's private property adjacent to a really popular slough.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

and that sounds great! What type of area do you and your family members hunt at?

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I went out to fish point in michigan yesterday amd got limited out on geese.

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from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Congrats on the succesful hunt, panfry!

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Panfry, It's a very large public NY state run wildlife area. It's next to a bigger Fed-run refuge. It's a lottery drawing for the 1st 2 days, and you have to have passed a Waterfowl I.D. course to be picked. It's a great place that at one time you'd be lucky to find a parking spot if you got there late. Before the lottery all the ducks would be chased out after 3 days. Since then, its got a lot better, and the ducks and geese stick around. I like to hike and wade far in the back (I used to canoe), find a remote opening in the reeds and set up. We also hunt private property (ponds, creeks, fields and such). Though I'm near Lake Erie and the Niagara river, I never hunt the big water. The hunting in New York, I think, is very good, but you have to work at it.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Sure glad I gave you a lot of help Panfry....just here to help. :) And all ducks are not ducks from a culinary point of view. Corn fed mallards are far, far better than many. And some "ducks" like Merganzers, are fish eaters that have terrible eating quality, and I'm not sure they are even ducks.?...don't have webbed feet I do not believe. I also see where the regulation of some govt lands are you can only take 15 shells with you? Now I like that one. Sure would prevent a lot of skybusting.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I hunted on a friend of mine's private property adjacent to a really popular slough.

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I went out to fish point in michigan yesterday amd got limited out on geese.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Well my first duck hunt went well. I ended up using the 20 gauge with 4’s that were going 1550 fps, which was plenty fast. I limited the fastest in the party with drake teal and mallards. Everyone else was using 12’s except one other guy, and he kept running out of shells and having to go back. I only used 10 shots. Everyone else limited on the same, with a few spoonbills as well. Why do some people consider the spoonbill less prized? I don’t get it...aren’t they all ducks? Also, I ate it about 15 steps into the drink. Water in the waders and everything-killer. All of the geese we saw were super high flying. Do they ever come down any lower? I couldn’t imagine trying to poke one from way up there. Otherwise, it was a great hunt guys! Thanks for all the advice.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Spoonbills (Shovelers)have a reputation of not tasting very good. I've never shot or tasted one, and I haven't shot at the few I've seen. I've read cooking methods (marinades, grilling, etc.) to make them more palatable. Read about what species of ducks primarily eat, and you'll get a idea why some ducks taste better than others. I'm glad you had a good time. Did you not say you've hunted doves? If that's so, that certainly helped you be prepared. Opening day for me will be next saturday, and Good Lord willing, my brother, my son and I will be tucked in some corner of our favorite marsh. Falling and filling your waders is something we've all done. It would be funnier if it wasn't dangerous at times.A sturdy walking stick is a good idea. My uncle still laughs how when retrieving his 1st goose, he tripped and went under the water, but kept his father's prize L.C. Smith double up and out of the swamp.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

and that sounds great! What type of area do you and your family members hunt at?

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from idduckhntr wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Congrats on the hunt, where were you hunting?

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from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Congrats on the succesful hunt, panfry!

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Panfry, It's a very large public NY state run wildlife area. It's next to a bigger Fed-run refuge. It's a lottery drawing for the 1st 2 days, and you have to have passed a Waterfowl I.D. course to be picked. It's a great place that at one time you'd be lucky to find a parking spot if you got there late. Before the lottery all the ducks would be chased out after 3 days. Since then, its got a lot better, and the ducks and geese stick around. I like to hike and wade far in the back (I used to canoe), find a remote opening in the reeds and set up. We also hunt private property (ponds, creeks, fields and such). Though I'm near Lake Erie and the Niagara river, I never hunt the big water. The hunting in New York, I think, is very good, but you have to work at it.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Sure glad I gave you a lot of help Panfry....just here to help. :) And all ducks are not ducks from a culinary point of view. Corn fed mallards are far, far better than many. And some "ducks" like Merganzers, are fish eaters that have terrible eating quality, and I'm not sure they are even ducks.?...don't have webbed feet I do not believe. I also see where the regulation of some govt lands are you can only take 15 shells with you? Now I like that one. Sure would prevent a lot of skybusting.

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