Is Harsens worth hunting?

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  1. fsamie1

    fsamie1 Premium Member

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    Let us know how you do. Just wonder if ducks are back in good number at Harsens?

    Hey Jerry, do you have time to go look at the kill chart?
     
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  2. Jerry Lamb

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    I just did. It was invisible. Sorry.
     

  3. goosehunter31

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    Shoulda went up and hunted coulda seen the killsheet when you were done
     
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    If you can get there I would highly recommend it.
     
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  5. TheHighLIfe

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    gd

    open in september? OMG NO!!!!!
    kill would be down more than 20%

    i have spent decades freezing my a** off during ice to gain knowledge
    if you could ever figure out how to adjust, you would ask for a week later!

    this year has been perfect, some of the best is still yet to come
    that is 'nuff said, said too much already
     
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    Well said! So true!! Can’t wait for tomorrow...
     
  7. Jrad76

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    Hunting partner is out of town pheasant hunting, if anyone needs an extra for this afternoon or tomorrow morning out on Harsens or on St Clair, shoot me a pm.
     
  8. Steve Fifer

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    West sider heading to Lake St. Clair/ Harsens Island for the last 4 days of the regular season. Never hunted either spot. Guys I'm going with will be on the lake hunting divers but I'll be trying to find some puddles. Is Harsens all walk-in or small boat hunting? I have a 16 ft. Smokercraft with a boat 25 hp outboard and a boat blind. Any place on Harsens to use it? Or are there other spots around that end of the lake anyone can recommend for puddle ducks? What launches to use? What is the lake bottom like? Thanks in advance for any info you provide.
     
  9. Jerry Lamb

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    Your rig is good for open water hunting. The draw is mostly small boats, with some walk in spots. Draw will be packed for holiday weekend.
    Regarding puddle ducks: there are very few, and exceedingly difficult to fool. I killed 1 mallard last weekend. Bring your A game. Find good cover.
    Divers: they are outside. Best advice is to find somewhere sheltered to set up. Lake bottom is sand and clay. Water is deep, check depth before going over the side. If it were me, I would scout the first morning, hunt the PM. And, there are very few boat ramps. Good luck.
     
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  10. Steve Fifer

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    Thanks for the info. It will help a lot.
     
  11. Ken Martin

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    You can hunt the West marsh with that rig depending on ice conditions. It would be tough to pull a dike for a corn zone obviously unless you get a high draw for the 20's.

    Ken
     
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    Nope, fsamie1 said so.
     
  14. TheHighLIfe

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    fsamie is still around? saw him only 2-3 times this year - thought he got lost!
     
  15. fsamie1

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    oh yes, I have been hunting big lakes for divers. May try Harsens weekdays this week. Have no clue if it is worth it?