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  
Gordie

Are ducks really worth it!!

Recommended Posts

Gordie

I went out this morning and it started out late cause had to get the kids on the bus not a problem. then went out on the lake I live on and motored over to a spot and threw out a line of bill decoys what a mess took half an hour to untangle the tangle free cord,not to bad threw out the other 3 doz decs and went to shore to set up in the weeds got out of the baot and wouldnt you know it I had a tear in my boot no biggie took it in stride then shot a nice drake mallard then and couple of green wing teal and figured I call it a day picked up my 5 doz decoys and put the motor down and yep it wouldnt start. had to push the boat around the lake 1 1/2 hours later got to my place. then I asked myself was it worth it? YES EVERY PAINSTAKING MINUETE OF IT!! and the thing is I wouldnt hesitate to do it again. I just have to thank God for the oppertunity to be out their..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
eyepatrol

None of us are here on earth forever, and it's well worth the effort to take advantage of the time we do have. I agree! One year my bro and I were motoring across the lake, got almost to the other side and ran out of gas. Had to oar 1 mile across the lake against 15 - 20mph winds. Blisters on each hand, but we got ducks and geese that day....very much worth it! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ChuckN

And as I was reading your post I could swear you were going to say duck hunting sucks, I quit...and I would reply "yep, those ducks are worth it!"

LOL

But a duck isn't worth your life. This is the dangerous time of year when waters are freezing, air temps are cooold and the anxiety of blasting ducks clouds reality.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mark Christianson

But what a way to go Chuck!

Not saying I hope it happens to us tomorrow. DOH!

The top memories I have, include many debacles indeed. Great story El!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hanson

Great story! Its days like that you'll remember for a long time.

"Yeah, ummm... you remember that one time I went out duck hunting, motor wouldn't start, etc... Man, that was a fun day!" wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ray Esboldt

Here's one of my stories that I have probably told 100 times to anyone that will listen. We're planning on hunting a lake southwest of Hutchinson deer opener of 1995. We came across the lake the afternoon before and it was loaded with mallards, bills, and geese. The lake is probably 300 acres and the wind is blowing good. Furthermore, it is supposed to blow all night. We get up at dark thirty, and I see the temp is 8. Well, the wind should have kept most of it open.

We get to the access and see that the access area is iced up. Not a big deal. I throw a rock and all I hear is it bouncing across the ice like a golf ball. There's no way this lake froze completely, is there? Well, matter of fact it did. About 1/4" thick ice all the way across. So, we tear open a spot for the decoys. By the time we have them all out, they are froze in again. We shoot a bill and a goose and decide to relocate to the only patch of open water on the lake near an island. The birds managed to keep it open.

After picking up all the decoys and making it half way across the lake (now with a 1/2" of ice), I notice water in the back of the boat. Not just a little, enough to float the gas tank! We pulled to the nearest shoreline to find about 3 inch gash in the bow. It's 10 degrees and I am sweating. We have about 600 yards to get to the access, so we're not going to sink, at least that's what I told myself. We shifted the weight in the boat to the back to keep the gash above the waterline, and made it back. I was very happy to be back on dry land.

Moral of the story, ice can rip through aluminum, and cold water can kill you. Use good judgement the rest of the year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jimmy from Cottage Grove

Today I shot two geese, One I crippled and it flew 100 yards and died right in the middle of a 5 acre pond. The only problem was it was frozen almost an inch thick. Too thin to walk on. It took me over three hours to find a boat, and go back and break through all the ice. Yet it was worth it!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
kc0myy

2-3 weeks ago wehn is was really cold and windy. I when and jumped a lake. I shot 2 wood ducks. I had to walk back to the pond where my friend ron kept his 10' jon boat.I rowed across the pond. Pulled the boat up an incline when out on the lake got the ducks and rowed back aginst 30mph gusts(the pound was only 200 yards wide). Was I worth it oh yeah! But please be careful this time of year its getting very cold and windy. I dont want to here on the news that one of the duck hunters in Minnesota was killed while duck hunting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tearin' lips

Two or Three years ago, with the boat freezing in and the decoys building ice we dumped a drake mallard and it coasted into the wild rice. we push poled the boat through a 1/4" of ice and back about 100 yards to retrevive the downed drake. Yeah It Was Worth It!! Two mile drive back across the bay after a mornings hunt in four foot whitecaps...Yeah It Was Worth It!! Taking an hour to wade through 200 yards of waist deep forty degree water in nastiest boggy crap with brush, logs, and rocks everywhere only to set up four decoys and be done with a limit of mature drake mallards in about forty-five minutes. YEAH, IT IS WORTH IT!!!!! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

I think I have been there and done it all in 20 years of duck hunting.. including some *wish I wouldnt have*. It can be cold, frustrating, and unproductive...

Is it worth it? Always.

Nothing like putting out 180+ diver decoys on a 15 degree morning after busting out ice and clearing a area. After you get the decoys out you need to break your way into a blind... 2 minutes after its shooting time a huge sheet of ice 3/4" thick comes sweeping across your decoy spread pushing them all into a pile 50 yards long, then the ice sheet hits the ice that isnt moving and starts piling up like a pressure ridge(on your decoys)... next thing you know you break your way back out of the blind and bust ice for the next 30 minutes just to get to your decoys, and shovel through an ice pile for an hour to retrieve all the decoys.

Of course as your breaking ice to get to your decoys, some decoys are getting pushed under the ice, and others are getting crushed.. in the end about $100 worth of decoys are lost or destroyed..

yeah, its worth it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gordie

Thanks guys for reasuring me that their is still us die hards out their and that are willing to keep this sport alive for future genarations. Duck hunting is hard work and it still beats working hard at work!

Hey That Guy I had the same thing happen on Mille lacs 4yrs ago and it ended being one of the best hunts I'd evre had.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Getting tied up for the 1st hour and a half(shooting time) didnt account for one of my best days that day grin.gif

Seen lots of ducks while going through that mess and retieing decoy weights. Heading out occasionaly to retrieve sinking decoys that were damaged.

I dont mind busting ice within reason... some days it gets back at you though! It can be some of the most productive hunting, and it can also be some of the least. Its still better than sitting on the couch!

I look foreward to the day my kid comes home after a tough duck hunt telling me stories of the day. At the same time, I look foreward to seeing his look af achievement of bringing home a really fat northern drake mallard!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Gordie

I'am not saying that part of the hunt was the best part but after all the swearing and setting up a second time and having the another sheet of ice rip apart the spread then relocating its now 8.45am and the birds just kept comming in .It was enough of a good thing to kinda make you forget abouit what happened earlier. until you tell the story and you realalise that the first part really $ucked but it was way worth it as amatter of fact we did it again the next mornig and didnt have the ice problems

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

    • Borch
    • eyeguy 54
      start some good threads Agrom and have some fun. It aint dead yet.  
    • monstermoose78
      Thanks to all those who came out yesterday and it was great to see you all. I had fun catching fish and chatting. I will put another one together later in the year.
    • JerkinLips
      Had another good weekend of fishing.  Fished Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon and found consistent action all hours of the day.  Caught 5 slotters 22-25", and was able to be picky on eaters, only keeping 15-17" walleyes.  Plenty of small eyes also, plus I caught 4 eelpout. I did learn a lesson on how to take eelpout off of the hook.  I tried to lift a 20" pout out of the hole by line and the hook pulled out and embedded the bobber in my styrofoam ceiling.  The next time I used the fish pliers to lift the slimy fish out. Had 10" of ice where I was, and a lot of large wheelhouses were being pulled out there.  Yesterday someone drove a Jeep out to a wheelhouse close by.  I think we will see a lot more vehicles driving out in the next week.  Fortunately the added weight hasn't pushed much water on top of the ice.
    • MrSchrute
      Thanks for the info guys.
    • Agronomist_at_IA
      I think the fourm would still be pretty strong....however when they split the fourm sites up & stuff and changed some things a few years ago it pretty much killed this site. Traffic is a crawl.....they blame it on new media like Facebook and other stuff......which is an excuse.....poor one at that.......the other ice fishing website I go to is stronger then ever.......This use to be my favorite site, today it's in sad shape & I only come because I remember what it once was hoping that it gets back to it someday.
    • Glockwinger
      Big Marine had 8" at the north access out to the weeds before the main lake.  Lots of walkers, a number of wheelers.  5 inches past the weeds above the ice before the island.   Access was crazy...very inconsiderate people tripple parking, a guy I was with got parked in, trucks behind and in front of him.  Luckily I was parked beside him and was able to move enough that he could get his truck out.   Fishing was very slow.  Couple panfish, a bass and snake northern.
    • Jari
      I'm definitely itching to get on the river.
    • Zachary Cisar
      I was out on Hiniker Pond last night. Had no luck with fish but I was after dark. Straight out from the pier about 30 yards you got a solid 3.75 to 4 inches. Duck lake has about 5 inches. Henry had 4 inches last week. Not sure about this week.
    • shaky legs2
        Doc was up there with a couple of his boys on Thursday fishing out of portables.  He gave me a call when he was on the ice.  I said, “. Let me guess what you got on”.  Red stripe Demon with a female fat head hooked through the pooper hole on the dead stick and a purple smelt rattling flyer with a minnow head on the other pole.  I nailed it.  He still uses a jiggle stick for his dead stick.  He had to sign off as a fish came in on the Vex.  Put it in the bucket Shaky.