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This is my first year ever duck hunting and it is awesome. My question is what is hunting for ducks and geese like in the evening? Where is the best place to hunt them on the water or in the field? Thanks

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Scott M

Great to have another duck hunter out there. I'm sure you are hooked for life now. There is nothing like sitting in a blind throughout the fall. The seasons change before your eyes....bluebird skies and 80 degree temps on opener and lakes that freeze up and breaking ice on the last few days hoping for a winter squall to push a few mallards or divers down. I love all kinds of hunting but there is something special about the duck season.

Lots of duck and goose activity occurs around sunup and sundown, so you can do very well in the evening. Shooting closes at sunset, but up until that time there can be some excellent shooting as birds are preparing to call it a day.

As far as your question about fields or water, it really depends on what you can go out and observe. The migrant birds you are seeing are around for a little while and get accustomed to roosting, feeding, and traveling schedules. Your best bet is to get out, drive around, and spend a good deal of time glassing fields and water trying to observe as much as you can. If evening works well for you for hunting, try some scouting and see what you can find.

Enjoy the last few days of duck hunting in 07. The seasons go by quickly when you only get to hunt 60 days. Ten months off is along time, so hunt right up until Nov. 27 and then get in some late goose season hunting.

Good luck wrapping up your first season.

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Glad to hear we have another duck hunter to join our ranks. Evenings water hunting is usually hit or miss especially in early season for Puddlers and geese. A lot of it depends on how many birds and weather. Generally Puddlers and geese are out feeding in fields and return after shooting hours. I've have had a lot more good morning hunts than evening hunts. Diver hunting I have had a little more sucess in the evenings. Maybe this has to do with them hanging on the same water that I'm hunting on. Divers seem to have the need to strech there wings every once in a while. Anytime duckhunting is a good time and when the migration is on hunting can be good all day. Have fun hunting this year learn alot and I'm sure you be out next year.


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