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 Posted 10/18/2006 10:32:26 AM
 

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What are the major types of decoys you use and where do you hunt on your particular river
(Slow current, bend, island, slough,etc.)

Species seen on river? Pintails, Mallards, Wood Duck, etc?


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 Posted 10/18/2006 11:18:23 AM
 

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Here in Idaho i hunt the on the snake river. I hunt calm water in between islands. I throw out about 1 1/2 to 2 dozen dekes with about 4-6 goose floaters about 20 yrds away. My dekes are mallards. I will get mallards, teal, some pintails, gadwalls, widgeon, some goldeneye, and blue bills.


2011-2012 Totals

Canada Geese- 2  

Mallards- 5                                                                                                                                          


 
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 Posted 10/19/2006 9:57:56 AM
 

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do you ever use larger spreads or is that size fairly effective?  Do you mix decoys?

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 Posted 10/19/2006 11:24:40 AM
 

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well for the most part i just stay with the mallards and the goose dekes. later towards the end of the season (depending on what the ducks are doing) ill throw another dozen out. What you should do is go to the part of the river you plan on hunting and see where the ducks are at. and how they are set up. just mimick that and youll be set. Thats what i do with the dekes then i set out the geese for a confidence issue for the ducks.


2011-2012 Totals

Canada Geese- 2  

Mallards- 5                                                                                                                                          


 
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 Posted 10/19/2006 7:42:51 PM
 

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Are you planning on hunting the Colorado Diesel?
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 Posted 10/20/2006 10:31:38 AM
 

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Yeah, was hoping to go scout it out this weekend after this cold front, have a few places in mind, just looking for advice as it is my first season i will be hunting the river

In case u were wondering Diesel is the name of my chocolate lab


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 Posted 10/25/2006 3:34:09 PM
 

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See much of anything? Looked about 3 weeks ago and saw some nice spots but no ducks.
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 Posted 10/25/2006 5:59:51 PM
 

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I have heard great things about hunting the colorado.  The one peice of advise I have, which my friend pasted on to me ..... is pay close attention to where the residential areas are that are close to the river.  They got the GW called on them, it all checked out fine but he asked them to move about 300 yards further down stream. The only problem was that was there were no ducks furthuer down stream.

As for your set up, I know my buddy uses about 7 to 20 big block mallards with the occasional teal mixed in.  He sets his decoys along the shore line where there is little current and the water is no more than a foot deep.  I have seen many pics of limits for 2 to 3 people from setting up this way.  We were going to hunt the colorado last year but the water level was too low on the part of the river he has hunted.


Teal Season - 21
Duck Season - 82
Mottled - 6
Teal - 29
Gadwall - 15
Wigeon - 4
Pintail - 8
Mallard - 6(D), 4(H)
Woody - 5
Shovel - 5
Geese - 27

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 Posted 10/25/2006 7:21:42 PM
 

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Thanks for the info. I got a lot of questions answered for me by a guy in Lagrange who hunts the river. He told me where and how to hunt it. He even invited me to come hunt with him some. Turns out I have 100 acres about a mile away from his house. When I went to check it out it just doesnt seem like a place that you would see large groups of birds. Im probably wrong, I guess you really need to find where they want to be.

I talked to the GW for bastrop county about the river a few days ago. Basically, he says your ok if your not on somebodies land and arent near a house.
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 Posted 10/26/2006 9:59:28 AM
 

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Sorry, DUXwarrior, didn't get around to scouting, spent my time sawing shooting lanes for Deer Season

Hopefully find some time to run the river; should be ducks after tonight

Care to share any tips about how/where he said to hunt it?


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