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I just cut the brest out on mine.
That's about all there is to a duck and it saves on all of that plucking

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I got my limit today, four ring-necks and a black. I'll skin the black and pluck the ringers.

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Sounds like you are knocking 'em dead ChesterGolf. Do you use a dog to retrieve them in the water, or are you just good at busting 'em over land? I guess you might be a good swimmer too. Wink

While I haven't hunted duck much, I do remember a few times having a dog that wouldn't go and get the dead ducks in the water. Sometimes it would just get "uppity", so having some waste-high waders helped getting the ducks, although I was pretty little at the time, so it was actually the grown ups getting wet. :smile:

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I use a small canoe to retrieve the ducks, however, the marsh is not too deep so I could use waders. I am having a great start to the season and having a ball, but am going to shift to a new location to allow my area to settle down some. I'll be heading for the salt water marshes for a couple of trips in search of Canada geese.

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where i am located is supposed to be some of the best waterfowl hunting in the states. unfortunately for me, i have limited experience in this area of hunting. (i did a little on a friends farm back in MD.) anyone got any good tips for a guy just starting out? i don't need to bring home limits of ducks, though i won't complain if i do, but to be able to got out with some knowledge of what to look for would be helpful. (yes, i know to look for water...ha ha)

i don't have a dog or piles of decoys. i could get a call easily enough, but i doubt i would sound like anything a duck recognizes without any real practice.

any tips?

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It isn't as hard as one would lead you to believe. First you have to identify the types of ducks in your area and buy calls that correspond to them. You don't need a truck load of decoys either. Fire a few singles and pairs out to the left and right of your blind but always leave an opening for the incoming birds to try to land in. If the water is deep go with a boat(even a cheap inflatable will work). If the water is shallow go with chest waders. Non-lead shot is usually required by law and does not act like lead(with the exception of the premium lead substitutes). use a shot size a couple bigger than you would think with lead and keep the shoots fairly close(inside 40 yds.) Go out and try it. You can't really screw it up and it is a fast learning curve.

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I have never been geese hunting before. Do you use a 12 gauge and how big of shot?

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sounds good Chester. thanks for the tips. i'll let you know how it goes.

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For goose hunting a 12 Gauge with 3" magnum is a minimum in my opinion with 3.5" 12 ga. or 10 ga. 3.5" being better. If you know how hard it is to drop a duck with steel try doubling or tripling it for geese. I use all premium shot for geese, used to be bismuth but I am using Hevi-shot this year.

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i looked into Heavi-Shot..that's some spendy stuff. i have a mossberg 840 pump. it's chambered for 3 1/2 inch shells and it has an oversized bore. the diameter is actually closer to that of the 10ga than a normal 12ga. the increase in bore size is mostly for recoil reduction when using the 3 1/2's. i think i'll just go with the regular steel in the big shells. probably use a #2 shot.

what i was going to ask: i know morning hunting is best, but what about evenings? is it worth it to head out in the afternoon or should i strictly plan on morning hunts?

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