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Discussion in 'MichiganWaterfowl.com' started by Spartan88, Mar 13, 2018.
He hunted at Fennville, didn't he?
My dad was a very good shot, not a good hunter,. He had one eof the first Ithaca 10 mags and the guy he hunted with had 10 mag double. They hunted at some of the units in the south east side of the state and use to come home with quite a few birds and stories of disgruntled other hunters. My dad always use to say, "Those birds know what a 12 ga is, they even know what a 12 mag is, a ten ga aint all that much but most of the birds have never seen a ten mag".
as my college roommate always said....... WIDEO!
When In Doubt, Empty Out!
Ifin you can't get 'em in till you can see them wink, you need to change your game plan. There is absolutely no need to shoot past 35 yards.
Plenty of days if I would not have shot 35-50 I'd have not gotten a bird. These shots are usually taken over open fields. Chasing cripples in water sucks.
Then opening day at PM many years ago we had a pocket that was 20 yards across. We had to let the birds work below the cat tails for risk of losing them it the reeds. If you ever told me there was a day I'd pass 500 birds at 30 yards...
Dad ever talk about the cripples that he lost?
I don't care if I don't get a bird, it's inside 35, or no shot. I like seeing them blink before I shoot. It's not important to get birds every time I go out. There is nothing like seeing the flaps set and the gear down.
Shoot, these days I almost prefer helping cook the hot dogs than taking my turn in the boat.
I often pass on birds if there are too many in a bunch coming in. No use wasting the ammo, I do better on singles or doubles, less confusion.
unfortunately, i know where threads like this go..... and it can get ugly
i hope this one does not, and do not know why it even started
just try to remember....
to each, his own
signing out of this rtfn
That afternoon it was a non stop parade of singles, doubles, and small flocks coming down the cut we were on and ignoring the pool we were in. I think we went two hours straight with birds in the air. In hind sight, I'm kind of glad we didn't shoot too much, as I've shot a lot of birds, but its not every day you have non stop birds overhead.
They are fun to watch.
There was a day, a few years back, one of those years when there was no canvasback season. I was in the layout. I had already taken my 3 bluebills and was waiting for a buffy or redhead to drop in.
All of a sudden I was covered up in canvasbacks. They were dropping in, sometimes as many as 15 or 20 at a time. I had them swimming within 4 or 5 feet of the layout. I just enjoyed the show and was wishing the entire time that I had a high end camera, with good lenses, with me at the time.
That is one of my favorite hunting memories.
What a show that must have been DS. You are fortunate to have such a memory. Can's were always my favorite duck - but where I hunted as a young man there just weren't many around.
In thirty years of duck hunting I've had two canvasbacks in range. One I gave a pass as I sculled up on her while she was sleeping. My first can was not going to be a swatted sleeping hen. The second came in while I was taking a walk to warm up on a brutally cold day and my buddy got it. Just as well I wasn't there as I was having a case of the sucks that day. He limited out. I got a mallard. Swatted. The only mallard I've ever shot on that lake, which piled into a spread of buffies and goldeneyes like they were his best friends.
The best way to see a lot of canvasbacks in range is to hunt where there are a lot of canvasbacks.
Now, is that not a profound statement or what?