Scout locally, and put the blind on the boat for the marshes. Other than that I'm Ready to get back to waterfowling man! This is the time year that floats my boat, fooling fully plumaged out migrators and seeing huge ass flocks of birds in ugly weather. Some body give me a HELL YA! :wink:
Gude, are seeing mostly greenwings? Because the last day of our 5 day duck season, a buddy and I shot 8 teal.....only 2 were bluewings, which made me believe that the bluewings were gone for the most part. But I talked to my uncle a few days ago (SE Iowa) and he said there are tons of ducks in general, but lots of bluewings. Not sure if he's smokin' crack or not. :lol:
DocRay, that looks sweet. Are those black tubes bubblers that splash water or what? How's that work exactly? And how much do you have in that rig? I'm assuming you'll run them off a deep cycle battery? Thanks
They'll each have their own 12 V battery. The black tube throws water from the bilge pump. Those four cost me about $300 to make; Walmart doesn't carry the $10 bilge pumps anymore I'm getting reimbursed by my buddies. They're pretty fun to make and I don't have a problem throwing a few together for people!
I have to put the blind on and scout yet. Been watching alot of geese fly over my house to nearby fields but really want to hit the marsh. Far as blue wings, we were 7 hours north of Winnipag and there were flocks of 50 or more coming into the spread at times. Then the 4th day they were all gone!! Then the green wings started arriving. Im sure there will be some around. I cant wait to start shooting the fully plumed green wings. They are so cool lookin..
Doc, if/when you get some photos and/or video of those decoys doing their thing in the water, I would love to see them. Thanks
browninga6m, I know what you mean about the plumed out greenwings. Every year, I shoot at least a few that are mounter quality and have yet to pull the trigger and actually save one for the wall. Maybe this year, I will save one. Al and I shot a few that were starting to color out on the last day of our 5 day season. The heads were brown (still light brown, not the dark redish brown like they will get) and their chests were starting to color out. We were a long ways away from them, but had binos and the drake mallards we saw today seemed to be colored out nicely.
As for getting ready, I have lots of odds and ends I would like to get done but won't. I have 4 dozen mallard decoys I need to get tied up.