Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      1st Please Post Your Fishing Report - Then Join the NEW - Private Fishing Report Clubs   01/24/2018

      Private Fishing Report Clubs - Click Here - Post Your Fishing Report Before Joining
      1st, be sure you post a fishing report in the forums, then ask to join after you post a fishing report in your area forum. The Private Fishing Report Clubs are where folks can share private fishing information with club members who have proven they know what's going on. Fishing Report Clubs Link also in Menu above. Apply to become a member today, while it's still easy. 
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
"another IT GUY"

Need Help from experts about WaterFoul Hunting

Recommended Posts

"another IT GUY"

This year I would like to start Water Foul hunting. I've hunted deer and small game for about 10 years. I don't have a partner yet, though I have one in mind. Any of you experts in here would like to help me out. I have a 12ft jon boat, the shotties are ready a 12 and a 20. I know I need decoys, waders and learn how to call. How do I setup, just like fishing what kind of structures am I looking for when setting up? Maybe someone could even take me out once so I could get a hands on approach? I will be hunting WI mostly but dont mind spending money hunting MN. HELP!! Please help me out, I know someone will. Any other tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PerchJerker

Scroll down the list of forums until you get to the Hunting section, there is a hunting forum specifically for waterfowl. You'll find what you need there grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tearin' lips

You may need all those depending on what type of area that you will be hunting in. I go all over the place so I do have my boat, waders, etc.

In Northern Minnesota where I do all my hunting I am mainly focusing on Wild Rice Patches, Points that ducks will funnel around, Islands placed in the middle of small bays, points of creeks/rivers, Sand Bars...you name it. What you are going to want to find is a food source and where they are roosting, once you have that figured out duck hunting gets really easy.

A couple dozen dekes should do. Most people like to go with Mallards, I have more Diver Dekes 'cause thats what we hunt more up here, but Mallard Decoys will draw all types of waterfowl in.

You can use the boat to retrieve decoys if you are hunting off of a point or the water is too deep. We either tuck the boat behind the point or sometimes we hunt right from the boat(we have a blind built on it). It just depends on the type of area you are hunting.

As far as calling, I wouldn't be too worried about it. Some of my best hunts I haven't even touched my call. But get one and start learning, its alot of fun. Simple quacks and chuckles are the best sounds to replicate. Getting a tape helps too when you first start learning. There are many great calls out there that are easy to blow. I got started on a double reed and to like using a double reed alot.

The others will have some insight as well. I know its general info, but there is so much info out there that could be included in this post, I just don't know where to start. Read some articles and some of the backdated posts too...there is a wealth of information out there. Also Google "duckhunting" or something like that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BoxMN

I agree about the calling, or lack of it. And 2 dozen dekes is enough to start. I might go with dozen mallards and even teal, or wood ducks if you are going to hit smaller waters. We also hunt divers the most, but boats and lots of stuff get included them smile.gif

The biggest piece of advice is to get another job, cause you will get addicted smile.gif no kidding, you will love it and start wanting all the gear, hehe.

For the main point about how to set up, always try to have the wind at your back, as they land into the wind. Next best is to have it coming over one of your shoulders. Never hunt facing the wind (unless hunting Canvasback, for another time, hehe). As Tearin said, a point or island is always good bet, but you can also do well in bays or anywhere where there is a slight blockage of wind. I like having my dekes right on the edge of where the wind is making ripples next to calm water, as you want your decoys to have movement. Otherwise they look like stumps out there. And for the most part, don't put your dekes more than 25-30 yards (farthest one) from you, ideally much closer than that. That will keep your shots within good killing range.

edit: ooops, I see you already have boat, so this part is moot, but will leave it anyway....

But I will say that best thing you can prolly get is a small duck boat, an actual small duck boat like a Carstens Puddler (we have two) or an Otter. These are only 8' long and light and easy to haul and store, as I bet you can haul them in a hatch back if you have to. It will get you to about anywhere you need, and then you won't need a dog either, as they float in about 3" of water. About $600 new, or I know you can get them for about $350 like new. So kinda spendy, but well worth it as it gives you access to more places.

As for camo, you can prolly use most of your deer hunting stuff, but having duck hunting stuff is really nice and will help you blend in. I would get some waders as well. Some don't like neoprene, but I would suggest the Cabelas style that you can get for about $60, thin and comfy, using wading pants underneath for warmth and comfort. Personally I like the stocking feet style, with wading boots as it just is way more comfortable walking, like walking in running shoes rather than having big old boards strapped to your feet.

Hope that helps some, and have fun duckin'!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Seabass77

Finding the right spot, is the key. Just like any other hunting or fishing even for that matter. I spend just as much , if not more, time scouting compared to hunting. Scouting is key.

Two books I recommend is "successful guide to duck hunting" and Successful guide to goose hunting". I bought them from amazon slightly used for cheap. Amazon has lots of used hunting books. They have good info.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rainman

Quote:

Finding the right spot, is the key. Just like any other hunting or fishing even for that matter. I spend just as much , if not more, time scouting compared to hunting. Scouting is key.


EXACTLY!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpshooterdeluxe

i think the biggest thing to learn about waterfowling is accurately identifying ducks in flight. this becomes especially important early season when the males do not have much of a colorfull plumage yet. knowing what birds are approaching you is probably the single most important thing in waterfowling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ufatz

Dear IT Guy: WaterFOWL hunting is often done in FOUL weather. Sometimes decoy lines get FOULED, as you get ready to fool the FOWL. Fooled FOWL ofen come in so fast it FOULS up your swing and you miss your shot at the waterFOWL. Some waterFOWL make fools of those of us who are FOUL shots.

No foolin'! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Superduty

The best advice for waterfowl hunting success is to do your scouting and get to where the ducks/geese want to be.

As far as calling goes... Don't worry about it too much. More ducks have been saved by the call than killed by the call. Calling is much more important in goose hunting however. Buy a quality call with an instructional dvd and start practicing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fish&Fowl

Scouting and calling, along with decoys and all the other gear you'll need are all invaluable pieces to the puzzle of duck and goose hunting. It takes a lot of practice on a call and a lot of money on the gear (depending on how serious you take it) if you really want to get into it.

For now, if you're just getting your feet wet, don't go overkill on all the fancy new stuff that "every serious waterfowler can't live without." If you could get out with someone who knows what they're doing and see how it all goes down first hand, I feel that would be the best approach to learn about waterfowling basics. If you go out a couple times and find yourself constantly thinking about being out in the blind when you should be thinking about something else, then you can drop all your money into gear that you need and "think you need."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FishandFowl

Go early season with 1/2 dozen oversized dekes (Mallard),2 Canada Goose dekes , 1 Double reed duck call you leave in the truck,1 goose call you can make the basic goose noises with, some time spent scouting, knowledge of the regulations and Duck Identification, Boat or waders if shallow water hunting, Gun, shells, Head lamp flashlight to keep your hands free, Camo, license/stamps. If you have access to private land Great, if not get there early to make sure you get your spot. If you like the result then start working your way up into the better equipment. Keep it simple and enjoyable. Bring good friends and have fun. It is a sport of trial and error you learn new things everytime you go out. Once it gets into your blood you will find yourself thinking of it everyday.

I would agree it would be best if you found someone already into it. The difficulty is Hunting spots are sacred ground. Duck hunters spend alot of time locating places to go that produce without alot of pressure from other hunters. This is especially true with public hunting grounds. That is why scouting and preparation are so important. Find some spots you think will produce then make a plan. If someone is already there when you arrive then move to your back-up spot. Good luck and have fun. smile.gif

FnF

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
"another IT GUY"

Thanks for all your replies!! Very good information. We'll see how this goes! Thanks!!! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Knowknot
      Great video Curt, for as much of it that I could see. Keep up the good work, and one question, Are there any live emerald shiners around the Baudette area to be had, or just frozen ones?
    • eyeguy 54
      Its a little stiffer than my titanium spring boober and much more sensitive.  I like it  better than the 27 inch ul ticklestick. Only used 3 and 4 mm jigs so far. Thumbs up from me. 
    • Troy Smutka
      2/18/18     Got out on an area lake an hour before sunrise Saturday. Got a bunch of crappies until they slowed about 9 am. Most between 9.5 and 11 inches. Sunfish started biting about sunrise and bit all morning. Half of them were 8 to 8.5 inches. Most of the rest were 7 to 7.5 inches. Kept two meals of fish--released the rest. 1/32 ounce VMC Tungsten Tubbies tipped with a single wax worm or two red Eurolarvae fished just above some weeds in thirteen feet of water caught fish after fish. Lots of good ice on area lakes. Even though walleyes and pike close in just over a week and wheel houses can't stay out unattended soon, still a lot of good ice fishing for panfish to come. Will have plenty of ice for a while, so get out and enjoy the peace and quiet and fast crappie and sunfish action that March will bring. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • IceHawk
      Had a chance to rub shoulders and fish with some of the ice team guys today. Great bunch of guys we had some good laughs and of course discussed plenty about fishing. Even shared a few hotspots. The hands on they give the people that sign up for this event is absolutely amazeing! From hands on to tips on everything to do to make your day on the ice way more productive. From what I witnessed it would be well worth the investment to sign up for one of there events , if you are new to fishing or heck even a seasoned angler.  Fished with one guy from Nebraska said he has done 5 of these events and has enjoyed everyone of them.  Fun day for sure 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Royce, how’s the sensitivity Is the tip soft like a tickle stick and how’s quality seem? About same price as a tickle stick I see may have to try one for next season. If It passes with flying colors do you it must be good! Tough day for me not much happening went from about 8-29 FOW and just nothing. Found perch in about 19 but even they seemed finicky and would only hit the dead stick. A bit windy on the lake today to!
    • The Chemist
      Yes that would be the one. A friend of mine sent it to me. The guy who got it is a friend of his nephew. 
    • The Chemist
      So that explains the traffic and also the one where they were shooting video of what appeared to be about a drill type auger. Did drive by an ice team truck on the way out also.
    • The Chemist
      The warmer weather has brought alot of people out to the area. We are waiting for the later bite. Most are setup in shallowet water. Haven't marked fish yet but tendto see them at sunset.    Be careful with all the holes being drilled! I found one that was covered back in, got my shin, luckily not my ankle.
    • eyeguy 54
      Started out in 26 feet this morning and had 5 dandy crappies in 15 minutes then it was over. moved a mile and found a few dandy gills in 16 feet. And a couple bass.  Day 2 with the new rods and liking them more. 
    • monstermoose78
      I would fish them trees
  • Share & Have Fun