Duck Hunting 09-10
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John you are right. There is a lot of work to set up the decoys right at the beginning of the year. The mosquito's will kill a normal person out there. Trust me it takes a long time to spread a 1000 duck and goose decoys and I don't care what kind of bug spray you use. You will get bit somewhere. It is usually still hot when we do the blinds so a lot of clothes is not an option. They also have to be maintained all year. Some get shot and sink, and when the best weather comes it will blow some of your decoys all the way to the end of the check. The blinds have to be brushed at least twice a week when you start hunting them hard, and you have to go out and change the hole spread sometime to make it look different. It is a lot of work. A full time job during duck season to run a 1000 decoys per blind. I also forgot about retying weights, that is the part I hate most. Some of the other duck hunters here can come up with a bunch of stuff I am forgetting, I am sure.I will be glad to hunt with any of you but my hunting days usually only start after we get enough rains to shut down construction. With the economy the way it is I might get more time off than I can afford this year.
Bennie what you said makes a lot of sense. They not only get a real opportunity at getting birds but they get to see what goes into duck and goose hunting.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:06 PM
Nobody wants to pay for hunting and I understand that. But duck Blinds cost a lot of money. Raith puts up to $50,000.00 out some times on blinds. He then has to go out and do all the work getting them ready. The worst part is he has to put all the money out 5 or 6 months in advance, on signed contracts, believe me there is lawyers involved and they are not cheep either. He also has to carry insurance for his guide business and that is not cheep either. Honestly this is a good deal for someone that will not hunt over 10 times a year for ducks. Even if you do it yourself in these conditions think about the cost of a just one seat in a blind and 250 decoys 10 bails of straw, decoy weights and line to secure it with. I know that there is people on here that do duck hunt by their self's. All I am saying is Duck Hunting you are going to pay one way or another. Also if you are new to duck hunting this is a good way to learn how to do it, from spreading the decoys to calling. I call Raith= Magpie for a nick name because he never shuts up. You can go hunting with him and he will answer questions if you ask. A lot of the people he takes fishing have fished for years and pay him to go out a learn how he does it. He does not have a problem with it. They see him at the docks and all the fish he catches and know after several days of watching him that he is on to something. The same thing happens in the rice fields. He is not lucky he makes his own luck by trying hard at it. I hunt with him all the time. I will tell everyone just like it is. Some days are great and some are not that good, but you take those same chances wherever you go. Even if you buy your own seat in a blind and decoys, you will have good days and bad days. With that said I will say there are some places where the duck hunting is always good, but some of those clubs cost $250,000 to get in to and they are only for sale when someone dies or retires. I have only got to hunt clubs like that a couple of times in my life. Raith goes to them several times a year. The rich guys will take him out there to call for them. You can usually get limits of what ever kind of ducks you want to shoot at these places in less than a hour. Raiths blinds that he takes clients in are not like that either, when we get limits we hunt hard and about half of a day. It is not the best duck hunting that there is, but he has a lot of repeat customers. Some of them come one time get mad and never come back that is the way it is. I would be a lier if I told you different. Depends on the ducks and the weather, seems like the ones that hit it on a couple of good days end up coming back every year. That is the way it is if you have any questions just ask, it does not hurt any thing, or cost too much to call Raith and ask???
I'm not one for paying for hunts.... BUT this actually sounds like a good thing. Especially for a newbie like myself. Keep me in mind if you're going to set something up or want someone to go with. My currently schedule only allows for a Sunday Hunt w/ travel Saturday evening.
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Time waits for no one--
treasure every moment you have.
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Whats a good range to pattern a duck gun at 30, 40, 50 yards? Pattern it inside of how large a circle 8 inch like a pie plate? Sorry this is all new to me. Thanks for the help.
I shoot a Modified with #2's or BB's. But take your gun out and pattern it on big pieces of cardboard. Every shotgun and choke is different. You will learn a lot and know what your shotgun and choke is doing at different ranges.
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