West Virginia Duck and Goose Hunting Report Archive

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jfowler
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Same Same 01-25-2004 23:35
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Waitin….

No problem, I certainly understamd the family situation…my first if due Aug 30th (talk about poor timing ;-)
Drop me a line when you get a chance. I have a few places lined up for the fall that will take more than what I have, so I’m hoping you and Gino will be able to join me!!!

Not sure if you guys have an occasional beer or not, but we should meet up some night in town……I’m up for whatever.

As a sidenote, I attened a meeting of the Western PA Delta Chapter tonight and we are planning a Sporting Clays event at Hunting Hills ( about 15 min from Morgantown) the end of March / 1st of April…….if anyone is interested let me know (send me an email to jfowler@hsc.wvu.edu)………..should have tickets and a date by the end of next week./….cost will be about $55 for 100 rounds of clays and an awesome steak dinner! Not to mention some awesome prizes!!

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waitinforwaves
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just talkin 01-25-2004 14:22
Arctic Blast – Froze Out
ND Spoiled

For the past decade I’ve duck hunted all over the Morgantown area – 50 miles or so. Use to spend a good deal of time duckin in the eastern panhandle. There use to be a good group of us but they’ve all moved away in the past year.

I’m always on the lookout for new hunting buddies that know what they are doing instead of just trying to find someone else’s honeyholes.

JFowler

Saw your # on my caller ID a little while ago. Been busy with work and family. Even had an invite to finish the duck season in GA with my old college roommate but had to pass.

I’ve never hunted the Ohio River but I’ve always wanted too. Even scouted it a few times from my boat. When the weather is like this there are usually birds everywhere over there. Power plants keep it from freezing.

I have a great rig for that river too. An 18′ semi-V hull with a 24hp Mud Buddy Motor and an Avery pop-up blind. Lots of goose floaters too.

I hurt my shoulder surfing (hence the nickname) a couple of years ago and can’t get the boat out of the hillside garage I store it in. So I haven’t used it much since my duckin buddies moved away. It’s hard to get a non-hunting friend to meet you at 3:30am to load a duck boat.

The drive across Rt 7 takes about 2hours towing a boat. This time of year, the road salt really messes up camo paint and decoys too.

Posted By:
jfowler
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01-23-2004 12:50
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Hey Gino,

Yea, I know it’s a long way to New Martinsville, but I have been hearing that there are tons of geese over that way.

You’re telling me about the boat launch in Star City. There are even more in Westover and rivesville!

Does WV have a law that prevent people from feeding wild animals? I knwo that PA does. Not that it would make much of a difference.

I actually saw three blue bills and a couple of buffleheads down in Star City the other day….not to mention the pair of “cans” I saw on the Yough 3 weeks ago.

Posted By:
WV Gino
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01-22-2004 18:11
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Jason

you understand that the road to NM is three times longer that it looks on paper do to the curves?

You can probably be in Geneva in the same amount of time.

We need to scam a way to hunt all those ducks around Star City.

I saw a pile of ducks in zone 2 this evening. I need to stop and ask for permission for next season.

WV Gino

Posted By:
jfowler
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New Martinsville 01-22-2004 15:00
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Anyone ever hunt down near New Martinsville?

I was just curious as to whethe or not it was any good.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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NDspoiled
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Morgantown and surrounding 01-21-2004 22:41
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Hey waitinforwaves, i have hunted the areas surrounding morgantown as well. I was just wondering if you hunt with a group of guys or usually by yourself. I only knew of one other group of guys that hunted the area. Maybe you are part of that group?? Seems as though things are freezing up and birds are pushing farther south.. have you been noticing the same??

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waitinforwaves
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Zone 2 Goose Scouting 01-20-2004 17:33
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 0-10 Degrees – Open Water
Found one of the flocks of Canadas I hunt in a pasture at about 10am – asleep. Nearly 300 with heads tucked under a wing. One sentry in the whole flock. Pretty cool to see in the snow.

That flock had only a few dozen more birds in it in the early season. The 300-400 migrants that were with them 2 weeks ago must have headed south. Hopefully I can get on them before the season goes out.

Several dozen mallards were on a nearby creek. Our DNR did a good job of protecting them by ending the season before they get here. Good thing we had duck season in November instead#%! Deer rifle season is such a good time to be out with no blaze orange. Water is nice to look at too. Real calm with no ducks swimming on it.

Who’s with me on having one statewide duck season that runs as late as possible instead of mid-November?

Posted By:
blackduckhunter2
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01-17-2004 20:09
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Hey Waitinforwaves,I do have to commend you. You are a die hard waterfowler. West va. duck hunting has to be tough and you stick in there.Keep up the posts it is good to know what is going on up there.I grew up in Ashland Ky. and would like to come home and hunt that part of the world sometime. Plus we get several birds from Pa.and the northeast migrating to south central Tn. So your posts do help with our hunting. You do have one advantage over us in the south though,You do not have the amount of competition from every shotgun owner who has bought a duck call from wal-mart and calls himself a duck hunter.That is worth alot in my book. Keep up the posts,maybe someday we can trade some hunts.

Posted By:
waitinforwaves
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Marion County 01-14-2004 18:32
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Tried an evening hunt today. Dozens of mallards were in the air around 2:30 when we arrived and we saw 100′s after sunset but only a few worked us in between.

My duckin buddy, Chris V. went with me. Hadn’t hunted with him for a few years. He still can’t shoot. He missed the only shot he took and the 3 1/2″ mags nocked back into the water.

I smacked down a greenhead with my only shot.

Still no blacks in the area. We didn’t see a single one. Usually there are several dozen in the spot we were in today.

Posted By:
waitinforwaves
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Traveled to Delaware 01-12-2004 15:17
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 0-10 Degrees – Open Water
Took a trip to Delaware to hunt with some DU employees I’ve been fortunate to meet.

We hunted a flooded cornfield that had well-water pumping into it’- keeping the ice out. The hard freeze pushed most of the birds out though. 4 of us got 8 mallards and 2 Canadas on the 1st day and no shots on the 2nd.

It was a great trip despite the bitter cold. Hunted from a pit blind and saw mallards, blacks, teal, 1000′s of Canadas and maybe 10,000 snows. No lie on the snows. Made a couple new friends too. Hope to hunt with them again.

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