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My first duck hunting season

Old 01-04-2002, 03:45 PM
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This season was my first season ever to hunt ducks or anything else for that matter. I had never even thought about hunting until one of my buddies at work asked me to go duck hunting with him. I have a Mossberg 500 12 guage, but didn't want to go. He finally talked me into it so I went and got all my licenses and stamps etc. I was dreading getting up at 3:30am and didn't want to go at all. However, after the first day, I was hooked. We only bagged one duck, but I had a blast. I went hunting almost every single weekend this season and enjoyed every minute of it even though I've only bagged a total of three ducks this season. I bought all sorts of duck hunting stuff like decoys, shotgun chokes, camo, blind material, heaters, waders, a chair, and I haven't been neglecting my gun anymore. I bought my 12 guage when I turned 18 not having a clue what I was going to do with it. Just bought it because I could I guess. Hardly ever shot it for 5 years. Anyways, the season ends here on the 20th and I plan to squeeze in at least three more trips. My wife thinks I'm nuts since I go out all the time and sit in the freezing cold and rarely bring home a duck. My father in law thought he was missing out on all the fun so he bought a 12 guage as well and has been going with me for the past few weekends. My buddy that got me started doesn't go as often as I do. I guess I like it more than he does. I never realized how much strategy there was involved with duck hunting. I've learned that they can see REALLY good, and that they sure are fast. I've also learned that steel shot sucks and I don't want to spend all that money on that Hevi-Shot stuff. So, I just shoot the big stuff like BBB and T shot. When I get my 10 guage for next season, I'll shoot some F shot. In the off season, I plan on stocking up on duck hunting gear like a whole bunch of decoys including a couple robo ducks with the spinning wings, more camo (I just bought a really nice parka that I love. Nice and toasty), the Browning 10 guage with the shadow grass stock, a couple more calls, etc. I'm also selling my car so I can get an old pickup truck like a Chevy Silverado. I will need that to tow my duck hunting boat. So, if you want a 92 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi (My current duck hunting vehicle), I'm asking 3 grand. Is anybody else as obsessed as I am? Matt
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Old 01-04-2002, 04:33 PM
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KC wait till you get yourself a lab of some kind then if you're anything like I am you;ll find yourself not caring if anyone else wants to go or not(they're nice to yak with and help haul deks)but with a good dog be it mixed breed or purebred as long as it likes to go and will retrieve it just doesn't get any better than watching a dog do what they love to do. I know for a fact that if my 2 lab crosses weren't there I wouldn't go near as much. I have been right at 40 times so far this year and haven't shot a lot of birds(13 geese 12+ ducks and a couple of pheasants) but don't really care(it's nice to bring home birds but it just doesn't matter) I think I have as much fun watching the kids( as I call them) they'll sit for hours just watching the skies. They do love to fetch and sometimes it looks like a race to see who gets the bird first. A lot of times they tag team them back to me which is kind of cool(not to bad on ducks and geese but sometimes they're a little rough on Pheasants). My season end on the 20 also but here in Washinton in the areas I hunt you only can hunt geese on Sat Sun and Wed and a couple of holidays but the last week is every day so I'll have to take some more leave time cause I'm going to try and make it at least 50 times. Anyway glad to hear you had fun and that there is another rookie that's hooked. I got a bud over in Seattle that got a choc and came over now he's looking at deks and the rest. ENJOY IT THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN SMAKING WEB FEET.

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Old 01-04-2002, 07:49 PM
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I thought about getting a lab, but I live in an apartment at the moment. I plan to buy a house this summer and I might get a dog then. Are they very hard to train? If I got one in August could I have him ready by October? Anyways, I was just looking at my waterfowl guide book, and this year, we are having a special season on geese that runs from Feb 11th to March 31st. There is NO bag limit of any kind and you don't have to use a plug in your gun! I'm going to try some hunting in a wheat field. Thanks for the info! Matt
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Old 01-07-2002, 08:24 AM
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KC Labs aren't hard to train at all. Depending on what you really want out of your dog will determine how much and what type of training you'll need. Myself I wasn't into all the perfection demanded by others I just wanted buds that wanted to go hunting with dad. I gave them the basics like sit ,stay and come and plenty of fetching. Most of the rest has come from taking them hunting. Bill's a year older than Kate and she learned a lot of what goes on ion the field from him. My bud from Seattle was happy with his 12 month old choc. because she was picking up thing from my 2 in just a couple of trips. Well anyway good luck when you can get one. Good luck on the late serason think about us that will be done on the 20th aand will have to wait till next year to go again.

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Old 01-08-2002, 11:44 PM
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I posted before about my new lab pup and she is nothing but a dream. It took 1 1/2 days to get her house broken and right know (10 weeks) she already knows the commands sit, stay, and come. Mind you this is a "house dog" which in my opinion there is nothing wrong with. She will be a fairly large dog by our standards(75pounds) but she has not messed anything up in the house. I am all for you getting a dog, just make sure that the dog (as far as I'm concerned) makes freinds with you, and is comfotable in your suroundings, because they don't work good if you keep them penned up for 9 months and expect them to work good for 3 months of the season. Anyway I'm off my "soapbox" good luck
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Old 01-09-2002, 11:41 PM
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You could say that I am as obsessed as you even to a greater extent. If you got hooked with this slow year, you will be worse after a normal season. I plan my entire year around duck season.
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Old 01-10-2002, 08:28 AM
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Aquaman I couldn't agree more about treating your dog as part of the family. Mine stay in the house year round and about the only time they're not with me is when I have to work. I take them everywhere some folks wonder if they ever get out of the rigs. Only problem is I always have to argue with Bill about who's going to drive. He a firm believer in move your feet lose your seat. He usally has to sit in back because his sister gets the front seat(after all she is female and gets her way). Kc I can almost bet that once you've got your own dog you'll never want to go hunting without them. Plus they can save you a lot of birds and a lot of leg work. Yesterday I smacked a goose that locked them big old wings up and just kep on gliding the foot race was on between Bill and Kate( she a little fast than Bill) but they each came back hanging on to the wings. That bird must have gone 500 yards or better before he hit the ground then he took of on a run. Glad it was them doing the chasing and not me.

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Old 01-10-2002, 04:35 PM
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Our goose seasom just came back in...it has been out since 95 I had the pleasure of &quot;HOOKING&quot; 3 of my friends. The early season we layed right in the middle of the decoys...They thought that I was nutts for doing this...they have watched hunting vidios and saw them hunting in Blinds exctera...well you should have seen there eyes as them honkers came dropping almost on there heads!!! We still have another week left then 4 weeks of snow goosin to do....We have not had the snows into the gang yet...but we are hopeful....if 20 birds gets them excited...I can only imagine what 400 screaming white ones will do to them!!!<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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