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Old 08-22-2018, 06:30 AM   #14
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lots of super grassed boats stick out like a sore thumb. often i think they're guide operations that can compensate for that by having incredible spreads

i'm putting some raffia grass on my boat the the 1st time this year. i usually try to drape natural grasses onto my pop-up blind, but often find myself rushing since i set up by myself.

i think a low profile and covering the top of the blind is key. if i can, i like to have a downfall in front of me in the direction i think most birds will come from.

movement is what they notice. especially when i'm out in my decoys moving around. they love to come in then
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:26 AM   #15
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OK, but you are wrong. I guess we will have to agree to disagree I proved it many times out of the Santee boat ramp with a lot bigger spreads a lot closer than 300 yards just about 8 years ago. There are still


Movement and black holes are the key.I agree with this Hell I had a water fowler today tell me you can't run heaters because the birds can see the thermal heat. I used to hunt in below freezing temps with out my coat on because it was so warm in my blind.


To each their own but the old owner of Pop Up blinds refused to put stubble straps on the blinds and hundreds were sold and thousands of ducks and geese have died right in front of them. He only started putting them on for Mo Marsh when they became a dealer so they would buy them but if you didn't buy one from them you didn't get them.


Hell even in the best hidden, grassed up blinds, ducks and geese will flare from movement and faces as stated above, this is correct. movement flares birds and thousands of birds are killed each year by people with no blind what so ever. it's real easy to wear camo and duck down in the weeds and DON'T MOVE and kill birds that's not what we are talking about


So what you are saying is that the ducks and geese are smarter today than they were 10, 15 20 years ago. YES, I think that is part of it but the bigger part is the competition with better decoys, better camo, better blinds (with grass or fast grass or tumble weeds or whatever) will out hunt a plain pop up blind.


Being as you don't own a boat anymore and haven't for years; I guess we won't be able to "go head to head" in a marsh so that I can prove you wrong as I out decoy you




Over 75% of all waterfowl harvested are first year birds and it has been this way or very close to it for a very long time.
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Being as you don't own a boat anymore and haven't for years; I guess we won't be able to "go head to head" in a marsh so that I can prove you wrong as I out decoy you

Even if he did you could not prove it on any given day, because being on the X where the birds want to go. Sometime itís all Location Location Location. Yes a crappy looking spread can out do the best looking spread if there on the X.

Then we have Calling who is the better caller ? Who makes the lucky guess as to how much to call, some days you have to call till there feet are in the water and some days they flair at a call.

Then we have birds that have been hunted hard and are just plane blind shy.
Go fly over any blind in a plane and they all stick out plane as day. Movement is the key and having a top cover.
Thatís why we are all looking for a push of new birds or birds that have not been gunned a lot.

Me I just enjoy the sun rise and the sound of whistling wings. I would hunt with anyone here as I think we all have a lot in common. IMHO
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Being as you don't own a boat anymore and haven't for years; I guess we won't be able to "go head to head" in a marsh so that I can prove you wrong as I out decoy you

Even if he did you could not prove it on any given day, because being on the X where the birds want to go. Sometime itís all Location Location Location. Yes a crappy looking spread can out do the best looking spread if there on the X.

Then we have Calling who is the better caller ? Who makes the lucky guess as to how much to call, some days you have to call till there feet are in the water and some days they flair at a call.

Then we have birds that have been hunted hard and are just plane blind shy.
Go fly over any blind in a plane and they all stick out plane as day. Movement is the key and having a top cover.
Thatís why we are all looking for a push of new birds or birds that have not been gunned a lot.

Me I just enjoy the sun rise and the sound of whistling wings. I would hunt with anyone here as I think we all have a lot in common. IMHO
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As I'am getting older, I really enjoy the creature comfort of a roomy warm blind that can be left out all season with the decoys in place. If I had to set up a blind every day and put out decoys, I think my duck hunting days would have been over several years ago. WE do all our preparations early when the water and weather is warm. We try to make our pontoon boat blind look like a small Island or a blow down off a High bank. We have no competion on our stretch of river, and always kill a few ducks and geese. We probably go to to much effort brushing blind, but I feel it doesn't hurt anything.
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As I'am getting older, I really enjoy the creature comfort of a roomy warm blind that can be left out all season with the decoys in place. If I had to set up a blind every day and put out decoys, I think my duck hunting days would have been over several years ago. WE do all our preparations early when the water and weather is warm. We try to make our pontoon boat blind look like a small Island or a blow down off a High bank. We have no competion on our stretch of river, and always kill a few ducks and geese. We probably go to to much effort brushing blind, but I feel it doesn't hurt anything.
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As I'am getting older, I really enjoy the creature comfort of a roomy warm blind that can be left out all season with the decoys in place. If I had to set up a blind every day and put out decoys, I think my duck hunting days would have been over several years ago. WE do all our preparations early when the water and weather is warm. We try to make our pontoon boat blind look like a small Island or a blow down off a High bank. We have no competion on our stretch of river, and always kill a few ducks and geese. We probably go to to much effort brushing blind, but I feel it doesn't hurt anything.
That is a sweet looking spot you got there.
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Me I just enjoy the sun rise and the sound of whistling wings. I would hunt with anyone here as I think we all have a lot in common. IMHO[/QUOTE]


You forgot to mention about enjoying the breakfast and watching the dog work.
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Not sure if it matters, but I bought the blind wwith cattails. I guess not such a great idea for early season.

BTW, scroll past the huge picture and you will see it in the water. we were trying to get the dogs used to it. SOme liked it, some had a hard time with the ladder.



Dam that picture is huge!


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That is a sweet looking spot you got there.
Some times a challenge getting there when river is down under 6' have three mile ride in some times less than a foot of water. If we all didn't have surface drive motors, we wouldn't be able to get there. Have had pontoon boat land locked a couple times and had to wait for river to come up so we could reposition it or drag it back to landing. But, that's Cedar river hunting.
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I would start with some raffia grass that blends into the majority of your hunting spots and then add natural veg to complete the look.

On my two layout boats I have a base of raffia and then go to the local marshes and cut some natural veg with a cordless trimmer and then stuff that to finish out the boat but I'd say the majority of the camo is raffia.

I'm pretty anal about getting my boats or blinds to blend into the area I'm hunting. I've even got a early season green camo that I use until the marshes turn brown on the boats. Is it needed, probably not, but I like taking care of any detail that I can to put killing birds in my favor.

Once I purchase a "eye in the sky", I'll probably be improving or changing how I hide as well.
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