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hightower

Duck Hunting Black Bay

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Thinking about giving it a try.

Anybody have any history or stories to share?

Just trying to get a gauge on what to expect up there!

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Crowds. It can be a pretty popular spot at times.

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Depending on where your at in the bay and how the hunting pressure is hunting can be fair to phenomenal. For the last two years hunting has been phenomenal for us, BUT we put many many many hours in scouting.

Techniques are the same as you would use for any other place to hunt. Look to generally more ricy secluded areas for your puddlers and main lake points for your divers. If you have the right spread and have scouted out the right spot you can shoot a combonation of both these, plus geese.

Its imperitave to know that you can only hunt in the areas marked with a yellow wildlife management sign when near skunk island. Anything on the south shore is fair game, assuming it is not private property(take a look at a plot book) and anything up into the rat root is fair game also.

Just a little hint, I would stick to places along the south shore up near and far into the rat root where the birds see very little, if any hunting pressure.

I know that these are generalizations, but if you put your time in scouting for a day or two to see where the birds are, you will have a good hunt.

Take Care and Good Hunting!!!

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