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monstermoose78

2017 duck season

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The last weekend is upon us! :(  I’m still not 100% sure if I get to hunt ducks this weekend or not.  But I can tell you one thing for sure: I don’t plan on whacking any Common Mergansers if I go!  

Last weekends diver shoot produced a few so I decided to try them.  I know, I know, any experienced duck hunter knows better, right?  Well I always challenge convention when it comes to what makes “good” table fare.  Often I find it OK to consume what others deem trash and on occasion prefer the less desireables.  After all this is light beer, walleye and mallard country to most.  I like dark beer, Lakers, and divers.

But NOT Common Mergs! :sick:  Score 1 for convention!

Good luck to all who go after the birds the remainder of the season!

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Interesting on the common merganser. I want to go but I'm not sure either. I was hopeful our go to lake would be open. It is but locked up tight with ice from the landing (in a sheltered bay) several hundred feet out to the more open part of the lake. Haven't seen anything on it either. Our lake is wide open and bait shop owner says he remembers terrific late season hunting on the channel full of cattails into the neighboring lake,  and I've seen birds flying by, but will have to monitor the weather. Not launching the boat if its in the 20s and gale force winds. If it was warmer and a light wind, why the heck not?

My wife is also saying no, don't go. We have a lot to do this weekend. I'm like, I would go right on our lake and likely be done and in the house by 9:30 Saturday morning. I would doubt you'll be up by then. lol.

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Yesterday Finn and I went hunting for ducks and I should have had 4 mallards and pair of woodies.i hit one woodie and it hit the water as Finn went to get it jumped up and flew away. Next weekend I will try again. 

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