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

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
roadkingclasic56

Best call for wood ducks

Recommended Posts

roadkingclasic56    0
roadkingclasic56

I was out scouting an area that I plan to hunt ducks in and saw there were many wood ducks in the area. Since I am a novice at hunting ducks could someone recommend a good call for wood ducks? I was also wondering if ducks would shy away from mixed species in a decoy spread. I have mallard decoys but no woodies. I want to purchase some woodie and teal decoys but don't know if I should mix them, put out only one type at a time? What do you think?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tealitup    1
tealitup

Woodies seem to be the most socialable ducks around (in my opinion). Putting out any deeks is great, a couple woodies is even better.

A duck call for a woodie is a simple whistle type of call. I think, if I remember, you say "tweet" and a loud/low call.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Swill    0
Swill

I use the Duck Commander Woodie call. It sounds just like them, it is cheap, and easy to use.

As far as a mixed spread; I usually throw out 8 woodie decoys in small groups along with 2-3 dozen mallards.

Good Luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bushwacker    0
Bushwacker

I like the Duck Commander woodie call to the best of any I have tried. I like to throw out a half dozen woodie drakes mixed in with a few teal and a couple dozen mallards. That seems to work pretty well for us in most situations.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Huntin&Fishin    6
Huntin&Fishin

If any one got the October feild and stream check out the part about the wood duck, that should help

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpshooterdeluxe    8
carpshooterdeluxe

cant remember the brand but theres a company that has a 6-in-1 whistle that i use for woodies. seems like i never use it lately though as the woodies always like to show up about 1/2 hour before legal time and dang near smack into me while im throwing out dekes! seriously though ive seen great numbers of wood ducks this year and it should be a busy winter for my taxedermist if i can just quit shredding every male i ever shoot!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk    454
IceHawk

Another vote for the Duck Commander woodie call!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
roadkingclasic56    0
roadkingclasic56

Thank you for the advice. I went ahead and ordered the wood duck call and a teal call. I stopped in again at dusk to check out the area I will be using the new calls. It was like a major airport with the vast majority of birds being wood ducks. I can see what carpshooterdeluxe is talking about with the taxidermist. The drakes are a sight to behold. I hope I can imitate them with the call. This will be a learning experience. I have seen teal but have not heard them and I am not sure how to use either of the calls. Long slow whistles. Short, loud, and abrupt? Instructions come with the call or is it all with experience? I am anxious to get out there and try. I had to get the ammo out, find a vest. I think the time between now and opener is going to go real slow!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott M    3
Scott M

For teal, shorter tic, tics. For Wood Ducks, a few longer squeals. Sounds like you've heard a few so try and imitate that. I've got a Mick Lacy wood duck call and a Lacy teal call I found in my stocking from "Santa" this christmas so I'll be anxious to use those this early season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
commander019    0
commander019

When hunting wood ducks, location is more critical than a call. They are not as responsive to calling as mallards are. Duck commander does make a good woodie call but haydels makes the whine call which woodies use while on the water. The sound most people hear them make is used during flight. They will respond to calling but like I said, location is much more critical.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slimngrizzly    0
slimngrizzly

I dont know if calling wood ducks is that effective, but with a Duck Commander Squealer, you can immitate any sound they make perfectly! Awsome calls!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpshooterdeluxe    8
carpshooterdeluxe

i dont every really call woodies, although i do carry a whistle on the lanyard, but they seem to be very predictable as far as when they fly out and when the fly back to a roost. we've got a traffic field for geese that the woodies like to visit every morning while were still setting dekes out. last weekend we got setup early enough so we got to sit in the blinds and watch 200+ ducks circling around us and feeding right in through the dekes. by far and away they are my favorite duck to hunt. i cant wait for opener.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jimbo80    0
jimbo80

You need a call to kill wood ducks???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Crusty old Swede    1
Crusty old Swede

Another vote for the Duck Commander woodie call. When the woodies head out before shooting time I like to call once or twice every 10 minutes or so. Because it seems one or two always get seperated from the main bunch and come back looking for company. One draw back while it's still dark is they tend call just as they land right next to you and make you darn near jump out of the boat. That and the dog gets all antsy waiting for shooting light so you can deal with that temptation paddling around in the decoys.

Share this post


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



  • Posts

    • Barrington
      NOW BOOKING FOR THE 2018 ICE FISHING SEASON!!
      LIMITED SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE..   Barrington Lake camp will now be offering remote ice fishing for the very first time thanks to its unique train access. You can also come by ski-doo from the town of Savant Lake. Its a 30-45min ride. Ice fishing with us at Barrington r Camp will be one of the coolest fishing trips you ever experience! Pristine snow covered lakes in the rugged Canadian Shield. Remoteness! Where the fish are plentiful and tasty! During our ice fishing season, we use the main lodge for accommodations. The air tight wood stoves in every room keep you  toasty warm and the propane lights make it cozy and rustic. This is remote ice fishing at its best. At camp you will have a heated room, Wi-Fi, full kitchen with propane fridge and stove, a newly built heated outhouse, and electricity on demand to charge batteries and extra lights. A flat screen TV for hockey games is also available. We access numerous lakes by snowmobile, ATV and even snowshoes. We travel with portable ice huts to keep us mobile and on top of fish.  Water will be available through the lake but there will be no running water for showers. The fishing has been outstanding all summer long so why not extend it year round. Main species in the lake are walleye, northern, white fish, and some perch. There has been numerous 26"-30" walleye's caught on a weekly basis through out the summer. This camp and lake have been private up until this past summer. 90% of groups who came for the first time this year have already booked for next year. References are available.
      Limited spots available for ice-fishing. Only 2 rooms available in the winter months. You will have 1000's of acres of water at to your self.   ******4 Man Sunday to Monday Special $600/Person******
      Included in the package.. -Accommodations
      -Train tickets
      -Ice auger
      -Ice Shelter
      -Quad or Ski doo for traveling the late All you need is your equipment & Food. Our ice fishing packages are very flexible and can be customized to suit your requests. Come try one of our Northwestern Ontario winter getaways, ice fishing remote waters! The train departs either Armstrong Ontario north of Thunder Bay, or Sioux Look out Ontario 2 days a week. Its a 1.5 hour ride direct to camp from either direction. Dates can be re-arranged to suit your needs.
      Call or e-mail for more information.
      Tonnes of new reviews & references available from this year.
      Check out our website at www.barringtonlakecamp.com
      or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Barringtonlake/ Jonathan & Lyndsey
      807-584-2202
      807-407-4202                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      807-407-3997
      You wont be disappointed!! No one has been yet!
    • Hoey
    • Captain Acorn
      I was up for a long weekend this past weekend. For us the only thing that was working leadcore with cranks 18-24fow looks of eaters but not one over 18" couldn't get the digging raps rigs or jog and minnow to go but I'm sure it's not far off caught about half of mine on cranks when I was turning and didn't seem to matter weather the pole was on the inside or outside 2.2 2.4 was our speed flicker shads and deep runner raps #5 and 7. Cliff what style and size of hook do u use for your minnow rigs? Any beads used? 
    • monstermoose78
      This weekend near grand marais on thursday and Friday the no see ems were out. A few skeets but once it cooled down the no see ems were gone. Fished a lake that known for horrible bugs and it was not bad.
    • monstermoose78
      I would trade my crossbow for normal bow any day
    • Wanderer
      That's correct.  For now.
    • FishinCT
      We did well today from 1-4pm on an underwater point. Finally found some fish in a semi-sheltered area. Last few days have been tough to control the small light boat with all the wind. Most caught on pink jigs in 21-30ft.  Cliff I did try the circle hook lindy today with the big minnow and nailed the first bite I had. Next 2 bites grabbed it hard but dropped it. Work in progress!
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Any where from 12' to 30' humps. Bass and a few walleyes setting up on top and sides of these humps. Cliff
    • Rick
      Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 23. “The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we’re optimistic that will result in a good duck season,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. “Wetland habitat conditions and wild rice lakes are in pretty good shape.  Canada goose populations remain high as well, so there’s lots of opportunity to hunt geese this fall.” Duck seasons and limits
      The duck season structure is similar to recent years. The waterfowl seasons are based on a federal framework that applies to all states in the Mississippi Flyway. Waterfowl hunting regulations are available wherever DNR licenses are sold and online at mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting. Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones: In the north zone, duck season is Sept. 23 through Tuesday, Nov. 21. In the central zone, duck season is Sept. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 1, closes for five days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 7, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 26. In the south zone, duck season is Sept. 23 through Oct. 1, closes for 12 days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 14, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 3. The daily duck bag limit remains six per day. The mallard bag limit remains four per day, including no more than two hen mallards. The daily bag limits are three for wood duck and scaup; and two for redheads, canvasbacks and black ducks and one for pintails. The DNR will post a weekly waterfowl migration report each week during the duck season. The reports are typically posted on Thursday afternoon at mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl. Goose and sandhill crane seasons
      Minnesota’s goose season will reopen in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 23, with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season. “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20. “Light geese” include snow, blue and Ross’s geese.  Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed. The season for sandhill cranes remains open through Sunday, Oct. 22 in the northwest goose and sandhill crane zone only. The daily bag limit will be one sandhill crane per day. A $3 sandhill crane permit is required in addition to a small game hunting license. More information on duck, goose, sandhill crane and other migratory bird hunting is available in the 2017 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations booklet from license vendors and online at mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Citizens interested in volunteering to discuss Lake of the Woods fish and habitat can apply to participate in the Lake of the Woods fisheries input group, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Applications must be completed by Monday, Oct. 10, and are available online at mndnr.gov/lakeofthewoods. “Input provided by this group will be used to update the Lake of the Woods Fisheries Management Plan for 2018 to 2023,” said Phil Talmage, Baudette area fisheries supervisor. “Volunteers will give valuable stakeholder perspectives regarding important fisheries and habitat protection strategies for Lake of the Woods and the surrounding watershed,” Talmage said. Group members will meet five or six times between December and May to cover topics including walleye and sauger management, sportfish population objectives, habitat priorities and invasive species. Talmage said protecting the high quality resources within Lake of the Woods is important. “While walleye in Lake of the Woods are a big focus of the DNR’s management efforts, the lake also offers a wide range of fishing and other recreational opportunities that are vital to local communities, important to northern Minnesota and of significant value statewide,” Talmage said. For additional information on the Lake of the Woods fisheries input group and the self-nomination process, contact the DNR Baudette area fisheries office, 218-634-2522. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.