Still ducks in central NY

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Still ducks in central NY

Postby fox-admin » Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:04 pm

A warm spell opened up our marsh which is very unusual this late. Still many geese and a few ducks in the Montezuma area. Shot Dana's Super Fox C-HE
How about that ice in the background. Off to go after them tomorrow looks like the weather will hold to our season end January 5.
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Mills » Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:20 pm

Excellent! We are going to try going tomorrow. My son has a friend who has never been hunting and wants to go
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Rbishop » Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:28 pm

We don’t have ice like that in Tennessee!! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Jim Cloninger » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:29 pm

That's a perfect limit, Craig! Nice going.
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby vaturkey » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:38 pm

Good stuff there indeed.
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby jolly bill » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:07 pm

Craig,

You did well with Dana's Super Fox C-HE. He would have been pleased.

Hope you guys get more action while the mild weather holds.

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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Researcher » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:03 pm

Good going!! I'll think about you while I'm out with my snow blower after breakfast.
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Jeff S » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:03 pm

Wow! Congratulations and good job getting out in the cold weather. Was Nellie with you?
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby fox-admin » Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:28 pm

Jeff I never take a dog with thick ice. I once had a lab fall through the ice. Fortunately she came through the hole but couldn't get out. I had to break ice to to the hole to rescue her. Never again. I would rather lose a duck then my dog.
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Jeff S » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:47 pm

Good idea. I just haven’t seen Nellie for a few weeks so I thought I would ask. Remember, some of us live vicariously through you. :)
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Sporrns » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:55 am

Just returned from Deal Island MD on our lower Eastern Shore. No ice anywhere around here; 60 degrees New Year's Eve day! Did not hunt but went on a nostalgia tour around Dames Quarter, Wenona, Chance and Oriole, looked out over the lower Manokin River sound to "them little places" - Fairmount, Rumbley and Little Monie. Saw more ducks in the public hunting area impoundment and outside where we first hunted there in 1979 - early 1980s - literally thousands of them - resting in big rafts on the high marsh. Gadwalls, Widgeon, Blackducks, Mallards, Spoonbills, a few Pintails, and others we couldn't see well enough with the binocs.

After way too many years of free-access hunting and abuse by slob hunters (littering, damage to launching ramps and water control structures, the State had had enough and 3-4 years ago restricted access to the impoundment by permit-only / restricted days hunting and the elimination of all motors except electric (bass-boat type) for boats going inside (hotdog power boaters tore up the access canals and marsh floor with over powered duck boats, etc. , "Mudbuddies" were the worst & most damaging to the tump canals and grasses). No more gasoline motors or airboats

For the past 3 years hunting inside the impoundment has been restricted to Fridays and Saturdays only with the above motor restrictions. What we saw there shows its working. Not like the "Old Days" - it may be as good or better! Happy New Year, Kevin
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby vaturkey » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:53 pm

fox-admin wrote:Jeff I never take a dog with thick ice. I once had a lab fall through the ice. Fortunately she came through the hole but couldn't get out. I had to break ice to to the hole to rescue her. Never again. I would rather lose a duck then my dog.


I had my old Golden break through ice on a retrieve. She was only out about 20 yards and we were able to grab an unchained jon boat and get out to her and lift her aboard. She had a Neoprene vest on and that probably saved her. That was the last time that happened as we never made that mistake again. Falling into the FWIW, category, that lake is now surrounded by homes and duck hunting ended there over 10 years ago.
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Re: Still ducks in central NY

Postby Woody » Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:38 pm

Nice birds. This winter has been weird weather for sure. So were the season dates!!! I never even hunting the second season. No birds where I hunt
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