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duck hunting opener

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Doesnt seem to be much talk about opener, isnt no one going or is everybody to busy getting ready.?

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Boat is full off gas, gun and shells packed. Sounds like it is going to be alittle warm. A bad day of hunting is better than a good day at work.

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Many of the posts you see in this forum are actually about things regarding waterfowl hunting, leading up to the opener. From what I can tell though, those that are waterfowlers will be going out this weekend come rain or shine, as to be expected from true waterfowlers! wink.gif

I myself will be headed out both days for a few hours each day. I actually anticipate getting more geese than ducks, which has been the norm for the past 5 years or better. Regardless, it will be one heck of a good time!

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I spent last night and today getting the boat ready. I gave it a bit of a paint job with a stencil and paint kit I bought from Cabela's. It worked pretty slick. I went through all the decoys made sure there was plenty of line and an anchor. I bought rubber cord this year to try it out. I really like it.

I am pretty pumped for Saturday morning.

Here's a pic of the boat from this evening.

duckboatpi6.jpg

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nice,

this will be my first year saturday my first day im so un prepared, dont have any gear but i know for a fact i will have a great time with my father and brother...thats what counts... any action after that is a plus. i dont go out expecting much since i have never used a duck or geese call and will be probably for the first time on saturday, dont have decoys, never even shot at a duck or geese yet. i might take an inflatable boat in case we get lucky. plus we will be on public land with probably lots of pleasure maybe ill learn from the nearby hunters.

we will try to learn and we will be safe and enjoy nature anything past that is a plus

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hey usp if ur ever around north branch area let me know i wld be glad to take you to duck hunting sometime this year.

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We'll be heading to the traditional spot for opener and back to some Canadian grain fields on Sun. for some geese and ducks. Farmer reported about 1000 geese working the field daily, so hopefully we can get some shooting. Got a limit and 2 bands the last time we were up there so I'm pretty optimistic.

Good luck hunting and let's hope the weatherman is wrong for the weekend (at least in northern MN)!

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EVERYBODY MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR LICENSES AND STAMPS!

I'm getting pumped... Forgot to wear my traditional mallard tie today though, that has me really bummed out!

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Found a spot down here in Duluth that I am going to try Sunday morning. Found it on wednesday and there was between 500-700 mallards using it, along with about 100 or so geese. Got my fingers crossed. grin.gif

Good Luck Everyone!

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Send em our way!!!! grin.gif

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This is all I have thinking about. I am been pissing off my girl friend talking about duck hunting. I can't wait!!! I have been talking about this for a month now. Today when I was driving home from school I was jumping up and down in the car. Also why do they have a late start every year on opener??? confused.gif

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My personal best opener ever! It is such a great feeling to watch ducks locking into your decoys. I am a rookie at calling!... Last year I could almost make something that sounded like poultry getting molested. I actually had ducks coming to my calls today. After last year, I was kinda nervous about my calling. I just need a little more practice :-) I hope it went well for everyone else this morning!

Dustin

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    • BringAnExtension

      Posted

      11 hours ago, ZachD said:

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

      Yes, he probably is.  I book with him early.  I think that he offers guide service in December up until he opens the sleepers up.  Might align with your portables.

    • I was on Namakan yesterday and kept 4 eyes 14" to 15" caught in under 20' of water. Water temp is 60. I was rigging with a half crawler. However, I had friends out using jigs and minnows in 40+ ft and they did well. He said he found a school and using his I Pilot just hovered over the top of them. So it seems the fish are scattered and all methods are working.

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    • monstermoose78

      Posted

      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.

    • If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes.

      Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.

       

      Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!

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    • eyeguy 54

      Posted

      212 wondering the same thing maybe?? ;)   

       

    • Agronomist_at_IA

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    • CigarGuy

      Posted

      I got 4 nice ones last Friday in about 8' to 9' of water in a channel off Wakemup Bay .  It was the last hour of daylight.  Tried a couple times during the day Saturday and right before dark and struck out.

    • 11 hours ago, BringAnExtension said:

      Zach-

      I have been making annual ice fishing trips with friends for about 12 years ago.  We have tried LOTW, Mille Lacs, Red and one other lake that happened to be where we could use a free cabin for a weekend.  With that one exception for the free cabin, we have also rented sleepers.

      We have never made it to Devils Lake, but it is on my personal bucket list just because of the possibility of those monster perch.

      Six years ago, we ended up back on Red and no longer consider any other option.  Here's why:

      • This fishing is good.
      • The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts.
      • No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it.

      Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL.

      Hope that helps.

      You should definitely try Devils lake I went 3 years ago and had a blast. Not only did we get put on a good perch bite but they put us on an Insane walleye bite the guy said it was about an hour window from when the sun starting setting and boy was he right in that hour I caught walleye after walleye after walleye. As soon as I would start reeling one up another mark would take its place on my graph and I couldn't get my lure down fast enough.

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

       

      I usually go to red 3-4 times a year and last year we did go to red for our work trip as well. Just weighing the options.

       

      Has anyone ever rented house from Arties bait on big stone?

    • DRAGFOOT

      Posted

      I don't know what to say, we crushed em jigging in 30 feet last Friday while getting knocked around in the waves. Anchored up and never moved. Lots of boats on the river already then and not good reports at that point. I was going to go back up for Saturday and if I did I would go straight out to 30 feet again. 



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    • BringAnExtension
      Yes, he probably is.  I book with him early.  I think that he offers guide service in December up until he opens the sleepers up.  Might align with your portables.
    • Dusty
      I was on Namakan yesterday and kept 4 eyes 14" to 15" caught in under 20' of water. Water temp is 60. I was rigging with a half crawler. However, I had friends out using jigs and minnows in 40+ ft and they did well. He said he found a school and using his I Pilot just hovered over the top of them. So it seems the fish are scattered and all methods are working.
    • monstermoose78
      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.
    • ZachD
      If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes. Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.   Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!