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Old 11-12-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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With everything being frozen today and tomorrow morning, Im thinking about putting a spread in the river in the morning but i have never done it before. Do you guys have any opinions on the idea? or would it be better to break ice at a place close to the river?

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If you have birds around and that is the only open water................
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The backside of chelsea can be good
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Be very careful. I almost lost a good friend a couple years ago hunting the river near Des Moines. He lost his footing and the current sweep him off his feet, his head went under water he was going down river. I was able to grab him. Scary.
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thats exactly where i would go actually
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thats exactly where i would go actually
If you're going to use a boat, you'd better scout before you try to scout. That river in general, especially in that area, is not very boat friendly.

Also, it's a tactic that might be better suited for a year that the marsh actually has water. That being said, chances are no one else is doing it - so you should have some virgin birds.
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If you're going to use a boat, you'd better scout before you try to scout. That river in general, especially in that area, is not very boat friendly.

Also, it's a tactic that might be better suited for a year that the marsh actually has water. That being said, chances are no one else is doing it - so you should have some virgin birds.
should have mentioned it earlier but im a walk in hunter
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Watch out for logs, and sand bars... won't get very far in a boat unless you can see the channel. Bout 6" difference in places lol
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i love hunting rivers, one of those things that people might hunt for woodies early then don't touch the rest of the season. Lots of people hang it up without giving the rivers a try! go for it.
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I was there yesterday and didn't see anything but 12 eagles. But that was yesterday and times change. I'm guessing that when they say back side of Chelsea they are talking about Otter creek marsh. That's my stomping grounds for years and years but not for waterfowl. At least the water is open. Or was.
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You should just hang it up. Ducks don't use the rivers when the marshes freeze...

Yeah just go check it out prior to hunting and look for hangups or spots to avoid in the dark. And to find a spot to hide. Check for current like others have said
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I have hunted the river north of chelsea a few times at freeze up, never worth a dang. With as many ducks as there are on the refuge (allegedly) they should be keeping that open. I would travel further from the OC in my opinion... I know guys who slay them up river about 20 miles, and down river holds birds too.
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If you're wading a river, always wade upstream and you will never step off in a hole. Wade downstream of a sandbar and you will eventually find a drop off where the sand will give way and take you off your feet.
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