Guilford 12-06-2005 15:49
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Guilford-Marsh 11-22-2005 09:26
Cloudy, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
OPENIG DAY SOUTH ZONE AND THE USUAL SUSPECTS (MALLARD MAN & SCREAMING TEAL) ARE BUSY SO I HEAD OUT SOLO.
NICE FLIGHTS RIGHT AT SUN UP AND I SCORE MY BLACKIE. BY 0700 THE HUNT AND FLIGHTS WHERE OVER.
I DID SEE A GROUP OF 20 GEESE LEAVE THE MARSH EARLY, I HOPE THEY ARE STILL THERE BY THE END OF THE WEEK.
Bad News for the Atlantic Flyway 10-20-2005 09:07
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As most of you know, I was Sea Duck Hunting with a few members of this site the last 2 days.
As hunting goes, during lulls in the action conversation starts. We talked about a variety of topics one of which was the direction and the recommendations of the Atlantic Flyway Council.
Some of the recommendations that they wanted to implement this year was “Hunter’s Choice”. I can guarantee you that this will be a hot topic again next year.
Hunter’s Choice would be this. We will have a 4 bird limit. This could be all “4 limit birds” like Mallards.However, there would be no restrictions on hen Mallards so theoretically you could shoot 4 Hen Mallards. Teal, Gadwall’s, Wigeon and Shoveler’s would also fit into this category.
A bird with a 2 bird limit like Bluebills, Wood Ducks and Red Heads would effect you like this. You shoot 2 Bluebills. No more 2 bird limit specie’s. No Red Heads. No Wood Ducks. Now you can only shoot 2 Mallards, both of which could be Hens. You could also finish off this limit with the other 4 bird specie’s, Wigeon, Gadwall’s etc. Or, Merganser’s.
Your 1 bird limit specie’s, Canvasback’s, Black Duck’s and Pintails. Shoot a Can, no Pintail. Shoot a Pintail, no Can. Shoot a Black, no Pinatail or Can. You now have three birds left to fill you bag.
One of the disturbing things to happen this year is that Merganser’s now count against your daily bag limit.
The Flyway Council Rep from Ontario wants to increase and ease restrictions on Snow Geese as they are destroying their breeding habitat, farmers crops and marsh’s. For some reason, there is tremendous opposition to this from this Council. Why?
We have only a few strong voices for the hunters, one of whom is Paul Castelli the Head Biologist from New Jersey who is their Flyway Council Representative.
There are a few other hunters on the Flyway Council but none who speaks with the knowledge of the resource and conviction to work with hunters like Paul.
We need to fight this trend to restrict our hunting rights. If this is implemented next year it will decidely impact your hunt and make up of your bag.
This type of Daily Bag Limit will severly restrict yours and my hunting rights and opportunities.
Chester 10-18-2005 10:54
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
Back to our opening day spot but not the same flights as before. We did have our chances though on a few singles and doubles that came in and we each went through a box of shells but no ducks to show for our poor shooting. I did manage to harvest a Canada so we were not skunked.
Chester 10-14-2005 14:48
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 50-60 Degrees
Opening day again finds us at our favorite Beaver Pond. As we try to push the thoughts of Beaver from our minds we begin to focus on the Woodies we know are coming. Woddie did not disappoint and for a change neither did our gunning as we ended with 4 drakes and a hen. A pair of Canadas came in late and here my gunning did fail as they sailed right down Broadway to the sound of three poorly aimed shots
The Housy 10-13-2005 16:39
– – 50-60 Degrees
Rain rain and more rain!
My boots are still wet.
Along with the soaked my nephew and a buddy and myself ended up with two BW teal a pair of mallards and a BD. I was planing on taking today off to hunt also but my stuff wont be dry enough to wear hunting till Saturday.
[Edited By Hunter391 on 2005-10-13 16:42]
North Carolina 01-28-2005 08:42
– – 35-40 Degrees
Sorry to tease you all but just posting a report from a migrant. Been out duck hunting this week in North Carolina. Not doing too poorly overall. Here is a report form the last week of the season.
Tuesday got a pair of green heads in a beaver swamp. Geese stayed just out of range and had hoodeds bombing in and out of the dekes all day. Should have had a limit of mallards but just couldn’t connect on a couple of shots. Can’t believe I didn’t see a single woodie as the marsh was loaded with them last week.
Picked up a limit of ringers and buffs on a local lake on Wednesday. Got lucky enough to be the one with the most shooting on the lake that day.
Thursday was blown out by high winds so I spent the day scouting for next year. Tons of bills, cans, and reds! Can’t wait.
Saturday will be back out chasing bills and ringers.
Good luck with all of the snow and cold temps in your quest for geese.
[Edited By Wade-Stober on 2005-01-28 08:50]
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Well the late goose season is here and I haven’t gotten out YET! Everything’s frozen up and just when I think we’re getting a break in the cold, it snows 15 inches and then another 4 inches two days later.
So, needless to say I haven’t been killing any geese.
Anyone else even getting out?
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Northeastern CT 01-13-2005 16:54
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 45-50 Degrees
“Wonderful” (Heavy on the sarcasim) day for a goose hunt. No ducks around in good numbers so we put a full crew together and decided to chase some geese on the last day of the north zone.
Tough day! No wind, dead calm, and HEAVY fog! All of that on top of pressured birds.
Originally planned for two spreads in two different fields. After some last minute cancelations we setteled on one big spread. 27 dozen decoys later and rotating bodies through the field we ended with one bird short of a seven man limit. Not a bad way to close out the season.
Hopefully the forcasters are right and we will get a good freeze this weekend to help with the duck scene. Good luck to all with the rest of the season.
[Edited By Wade-Stober on 2005-01-13 16:55]