Ned's Hunting Thread

NNNN Senior MemberPosts: 22,648 Senior Member
Finally got enough energy to go out scouting for Ducks. A few wood ducks around.

Jumped some and they flew up stream and then came back past me.
I fired a shot
I missed.

Got a roadkill squirrel----that is all.
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Don't shoot the black one with the yellow bill.:jester:
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Mr. Squirrel cleaned out my live trap and did not trip it.
    Oh well, he won't be as cautious next time.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Went out to the forest loaded for bear
    all I saw was wood ducks.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Scouted in the boat today
    diving ducks have come south.

    Season starts soon.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,716 Senior Member
    Good luck out there, Ned. I hope you can get into the ducks thick here soon with the artic blast that has hit.

    Ohio's awful waterfowl opportunities have all but completely shelved any waterfowl hunting plans I've had for a while now. Hopefully I can live vicariously through you ntil I get someplace with decent numbers.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,308 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Scouted in the boat today
    diving ducks have come south.

    Season starts soon.

    Go get them Ned, look forward to your reports.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
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    Went out to jump ducks, they were really jumping wild and my shooting was really poor.

    I managed to come around a point and get in front of some ducks a few times and got close in where I should be and managed
    to drop these 4 Ruddy Ducks.

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,180 Senior Member
    Dang, you done dusted Daffy Duck's friends :tooth:

    What's yer Duck Soup Recipe :jester:
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,180 Senior Member
    Good shootin, what were you using, gun and shot?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I see the ducks.
    It appears sunny out. Good day for it.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,716 Senior Member
    Nice work, Ned! We had our duck opener here and there were a lot of birds flying, but a sky buster behind us made it really tough. He wouldn't take pot shots at any birds that started finishing in our decoys. We ended up with 3 geese and a mallard between me and a buddy.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    I heard a lot of shooting on the main river and it seemed to be moving up river reasonably fast, no way they were paddling.

    From how goosey the ducks are, I think they are running on the motor into the flocks and shooting.

    bunch of fishermen getting in the way, too.

    3 geese and a mallard is pretty good though.

    Chief:
    shotgun with non-toxic shot is all that is allowed.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    I see the ducks.
    It appears sunny out. Good day for it.

    It was a nice sunny day and no jacket needed unless running fast with the motor.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Shot 50% today
    2 ducks.

    Talked to the wardens today and they know about the running and gunning with a boat and what housing development the perps live in
    plus what the boat looks like. They have to see them in action and are working on it.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    No rain today so I went out on the creek, nice sunny day; except we had wind---too much wind.

    I got to the protected ramp and found that the wind had been blowing the water out of the creek; the water level was too low to launch the boat
    as the ramp is on a narrow Branch and the boat would have stuck in the mud on the other side, so, off to another ramp about 10 minutes by water
    from where I wanted to hunt.

    The wind was strong enough so that when I was paddling and a gust hit, the boat would nearly stop and seem to stay in the same spot for a minute or so
    even though I kept on paddling. The strong wind also aided the diving to get off the water faster as well.

    Fewer ducks around today, though I did get 2 before I threw it the towel and went home.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Oh, Clean cooked 3 ducks 2 days ago
    yum yum.
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    A day in the field with birds in the bag!
    Beats painting the fence.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Kids and hunting guns make for interesting times.

    When #1 son was 11 or so I bought a 20 ga 1100 for him. That worked for him a year or two and he decided he needed a 12 ga.
    So we got another 1100 which he still has and uses. I think he confiscated mine and I had to get the new one; because at that time I bought a 1100 with
    a 3" chamber that turned out to have a hole in the barrel where the front sight pin was.

    Remington wanted that gun back and I opted for a 2&3/4 chambered replacement.

    But, now that he is 50, he had decided that a 20 ga would be better for quail and rabbits.

    So guess what, I no longer have a 20 ga 1100 in the house. He is happly hunting quail with that older gun and shooting some in west Texas or the next state over.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Nice day on the water today, but, not many ducks and they still are goosey, indicating no new birds have moved in;
    except for the one Bluebill I saw.

    A couple of small flocks made the mistake of feeding in a couple of coves that let me get near them.
    I used some Blindside shot today, one because I had some from 2 yrs ago and two I wanted to see if it would be more effective
    on longer shots. It was not; regular super X steel in #1 shot is as good or better and cheaper.

    Bagged 3.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Did an online request for my hunting regs booklet, HIP cert, and big game tags today.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    I now have most of what I need for this season, tags were sent and did not get delivered, I contacted WRC and they resent such.
    Yesterday bought my base hunting license at the PX and ordered my federal duck stamp from WRC and got a temporary E-Stamp by e-mail.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Actual duck stamp arrived
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Went out and looked around, ducks are still up North.

    I did see a Squadron of Navy Reserve Riverine boats----they look like small tugboats and did not seem built for speed; they are an older model.

    Something like this:
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Went out and looked for ducks, saw two, missed one.

    That's probably it until after Christmas since weather forecasts are not good.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Finally got out on the creek, the boat motor started the first pull; I almost had the big one.

    I went all over the creek system and found one flock of ruddy ducks and was able to paddle in close enough for a shot, I
    thought I missed. I then checked an empty inlet and went back to where I shot.

    There was a duck sitting there that would not fly, I worked close enough to shoot it and retrieve it.
    It had a broke wing that was not freshly bleeding, so I believe I got someone else's cripple from
    earlier in the day.

    Planning to try the other creek system tomorrow.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,708 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Scouted in the boat today
    diving ducks have come south.

    Season starts soon.

    How are Wood Ducks to eat Ned? I've eaten Mallards, Black Mallards, Pintails, Grey Ducks, and widgeons but never tried a wood duck. I have tried to eat a few divers, and the only ones I had luck with were Redheads and Canvasbacks. The others are so close to being inedible that they suck supremely.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    How are Wood Ducks to eat Ned? I've eaten Mallards, Black Mallards, Pintails, Grey Ducks, and widgeons but never tried a wood duck. I have tried to eat a few divers, and the only ones I had luck with were Redheads and Canvasbacks. The others are so close to being inedible that they suck supremely.

    very good, I think better than a mallard because mallards can be a little dry in the breast.

    Clean will eat them so that means they are good.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Saw a few ducks today
    none bagged.

    Just a cold boat ride.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,597 Senior Member
    Still better than sitting around the house, yes?
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,648 Senior Member
    Yeah, besides I got to visit with the base game warden when I stopped in for some ice from their ice machine.
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