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Last Post 22 Nov 2011 09:24 AM by Chris Larsen. 16 Replies.
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HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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20 Jul 2009 05:43 PM

    Hey guys help me out I quit waterfowl hunting about 6 years ago and need some info on loads and guns ya'll use.

    Life's Short Play Hard
    llewellinUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:102 llewellin
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    20 Jul 2009 09:08 PM
    so are u getting back into waterfowling??? i shoot a remington 11-87 with federals blackcloud 4's and 2's
    PorknbeansUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:542 Porknbeans
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    21 Jul 2009 05:46 AM
    I'm not a waterfowler, but I want to try it. I think the biggest difference you are going to see is the non-toxic shot. Most, if not all, areas here in the midwest require it in wetland areas. Over the last few years there have been many different kinds of non-tox shot that have hit the market. There has also been a ramping up of shell size from 3" to 3 1/2". I'm not really sure I see much use in a 3 1/2" shell unless you want to pick off geese at the edge of the atmosphere, but I could be wrong. Again, I'm new to this and willing to listen and learn with you.
    Porknbeans Grand High Pooba of the Fraternal Order of Procrastinators
    llewellinUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:102 llewellin
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    21 Jul 2009 07:35 AM

    duck hunting is extremelely addicting. and it is extremely fun.  only problem is that it is so damn expensive.

    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    21 Jul 2009 10:51 AM
    I got to get my labs in the water there isn't a fly way here so we just jump shoot on our way to upland hunt. I've killed a pile of ducks but it's been awhile and I train labs for water work so I figured I might as well shoot some to.
    Life's Short Play Hard
    Tarheel BlueUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:105 Tarheel Blue
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    21 Jul 2009 11:53 AM

    Hillbilly, you have asked a question that will provide many answers, if not opinions. My answer is ....it depends. That being said, swamp or flooded timber hunting requires open chokes and maybe #4's or 5's through my Benelli Nova pumpgun. Normally 2 3/4" shells will deliver enough payload to make a clean kill, if you can wait until the ducks have set their wings and thrust out their webbed feet.

    Out in ND, over open prairie pot holes with 30+ mph winds, I found I had to switch gears and tighten up to Improved Modified and use BB shot on ducks and T shot on geese and Sandhill Crane. That's my .02 worth. That and about $1.07 more will buy you a hot cup of Joe at McDonald's to go along with it.

    What choke and load did you use when you field hunted the ducks?

    TB

    "I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight." - General George S. Patton
    Tarheel BlueUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:105 Tarheel Blue
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    21 Jul 2009 12:16 PM

    An added afterthought to my previous response....

    1) I recommend a good quality FLOATING soft-sided gun case (w/sling) for any waterfowler. (hehe).

    2) I have found that ducks don't give a rip about how shiny or how pretty the wood grain is on your smokepole.

    3) Be sure to have a plug in the gun limiting you to 3 shells (1 in the chamber, 2 in the magazine) to avoid paying some hefty fines. (hehe)

    4) Use the most durable autoloader or pump you can afford and mark every downed bird you've shot and know your limitations, as well as the federal migratory game laws.

    5) The uglier and fouler the weather, the better your chances are of limiting out in a reasonable time.

    6) Set your blind up with your back to the wind and the opening in your decoys within the range limits of your gun.

    7) Keep your shells dry.

    8) Bring along a good pair of binoculars for scanning the sky, some snacks and liquid refreshments to keep you warm(!) Plan on sharing more than 50% of the snacks with "Rover" as a reward for him/her busting ice to fetch your downed ducks.

    TB

     

    "I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight." - General George S. Patton
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    21 Jul 2009 04:17 PM
    Hey TB I don't shoot ducks over decoys just jump shoot them. Does whiskey count as warm beverage?
    Life's Short Play Hard
    Tarheel BlueUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:105 Tarheel Blue
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    21 Jul 2009 06:46 PM

    Hillbilly, jump shooting ducks in the FIELD???!! Man, you must low crawl for a hundred yrds or more or maybe that's what you used that dang 300 Win Mag for!!!

    P,S. ..Rumor has it, them dang Cheeseheads up there on the tundra take a sip or two (or 3, 4, 5, etc) of that dang Brandy and have no problemos staying warm all day/night.

    TB

    "I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight." - General George S. Patton
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    21 Jul 2009 08:31 PM
    No TB jump shooting out the pickup drop hunter drive by flash break lights to let them know were the birds are then kill the crap out of them drop lab and do blind retrieves go quail or chukar hunting. No brandy for me straight Jim or nothing.
    Life's Short Play Hard
    BCUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:4 BC
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    25 Aug 2009 12:24 PM

    Duck huhnting requires non-toxic shot it is a federal regulation.

    I would recommend 3" 12 gauge #2 steel to start.  there are different grades of steel shells, basically the faster it goes the more you pay.  Get the fastest you can afford or willing to pay.  The tungsten blends are awesome but at 2.00+ a shot I don't recommend it for someone starting.  Use a Modified or improve cylinder choke. 

    Get one dozen decoys of mallards, everything will decoy to them you can expand with more variety if you want later.  Some waders and a bacic double reed mallard call. 

    The whole point is like turkey hunting, decoying  them in close is the whole fun of it, and the load won't make that much difference. 

    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    26 Aug 2009 12:49 PM
    Thanks for the info.
    Life's Short Play Hard
    Pheasant&WaterfowlUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:14 Pheasant&Waterfowl
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    08 Oct 2009 01:45 AM

    Not to throw the topic in a loop but I belive someone once said the best gun is the one that goes "Bang, Bang, Bang!" I have a mossberg 930 Auto I picked up a auto for 320, now 2 years ago was on sale then opened a credit card and saved even more at Bass Pro. I love that gun from pheasants to ducks it does it. I unfortunatly dont have the funds to pay 1000 dollars on a gun, well I guess I could but? You need other gear besides a gun lol
     

    Pheasant&WaterfowlUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:14 Pheasant&Waterfowl
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    08 Oct 2009 01:46 AM

    Duck hunting is addicting, expensive and time consuming. The wife hates hunting season because she is not the center of attention anymore lol. I told her to come with me hunting but she does not want to get cold etc lol

    yuzhiwenUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:1 yuzhiwen
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    20 May 2011 08:07 PM
    I want to share you with this:
    The special day, hmm, cool! I saw the following birds:
    Canada Geese, coot, black headed gull, Lesser black back gull, greylag geese, cormorants (inc Juvenile), tufted duck, lapwing, mute swan, Great crested grebe, buzzard, mallard, crow, shelduck, ringed plover, oyster catcher, pheasant, sand martin and reed bunting. Wow, they are so beautiful!

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    Wharton CreekUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:2 Wharton Creek
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    03 Nov 2011 09:47 AM
    there are many loads ..chocks and guns that work its all personal preference and what patterns best that you should use.. i personally shot a Browning BPS 10 ga ..30 inch brl.. do i need it prolly not but that is what i like. We (the guys i hunt with) just started using that heavy metal shot this year and WOW>>>> you can fold geese with 2's that are in the decoys and the cost is about the same as black cloud's ( a little more 25.00 per bx at dicks) we are going to try the 3's when duck opens back up on Saturday.. of course the heavy metal is for the 12's i use Winchester supreme BBB's and 2's
    Chris LarsenUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:13 Chris Larsen
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    22 Nov 2011 09:24 AM
    If you're looking for a great autoloader at an affordable price, check out a Stoeger. They use the same technology as Benelli at a fraction of the price.
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