Ark. and La. Pintail numbers???

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  1. louisiana duckman

    louisiana duckman Senior Refuge Member

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    Snapp


    The pintails are thick down here along the coast we seen about 500 hundred trying to land in a bay been having them land in the decoys but the season is cloce here in Louisiana but they are the alony ducks here in good amounts
     
  2. Longstory

    Longstory Senior Refuge Member

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    Well I might have spoke too soon!!!!!!:eek: Layed off this morning. Didn't hunt.Went to Church insteed. Just got back from scouting some places to carry some hunters in the morning. Kinda got a shock! Where there was a pretty good number of birds yesterday, hardly none this afternoon. There were very few birds sitting on fields, hardly nothing flying, a maybe a couple hundred sitting on the rest area on the South end of Peckerwood. Seen hardly no geese to speak of either. Yesterday you would have thought the entire Snow Goose population was in the area. Strange?:confused: Some more of that magicial "Now You See Me, Now You Don't". This is real confussing. Boy, I mean when they decide to move, they just totally leave the country! Well. so much for thinking!!!!!:p
     
  3. Hunter72081

    Hunter72081 Senior Refuge Member

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    Went out this morning killed my four mallards, But it took until 11 o'clock. Saw at least a thousand pintails. Had several decoy in but wildlife officers were sitting on the road watching me with binoculars. On my way out they checked me and said that there were a few more ducks today than there had been. They told me they checked 10-15 guys and 3 of them had their limit and the others were close to theirs.
     
  4. tbratch

    tbratch Elite Refuge Member<br>aka Treebranch<br><br><img

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    We have been hunting the Brinkley/Wheatley area.

    I had pintails all over me hunting flooded bean fields this weekend. I didn't have but a few mallards work though. We ended up just shooting Hollywoods and gadwall as usual. It is pretty hard to pass up on a pintail to shoot a Hollywood :eek:

    The timber has been another story. We have been rotating around into different timber holes with good success. While I was hunting the fields, the other guys hunted two diffent timber spots and limited out on mallards. The timber has produced probably %80 of our mallard count and %65 of our total harvest this year.

    We have to let the hole sit for a week before it will produce again. We must be hunting local ducks so the field pressure is pushing what local mallards we have to the timber. We have never hunted the same spot (field or timber) within three days and had any sucess!

    Who knows? I surely don't have a clue, just hoping to be in the right spot at the right time. Oh yeah, and shooting whatever trash ducks and snow geese that make the mistake of coming over the spread on a bad day.
     
  5. snapp

    snapp Elite Refuge Member

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    that "here today, gone tomorrow" is how our timber has been acting???

    does sound like the pintail are everywhere and the birds are picking up in general.

    hey hunter, sounds like those wildlife officeers understand that it's harder to let the pintail go than some people think !
     
  6. Greenhedges

    Greenhedges Elite Refuge Member

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    Still a lot of birds in Missouri but I would say 98% mallards. Those pintails were probably heading back north.
     
  7. Mike DU

    Mike DU Moderator<br>Ducks Unlimited Forum

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    Just returned from family visits to Missouri and Illinois. It seems even the pintails are taking their time this season. My guess is they are still coming. Hunted near Greenville, Illinois yesterday. Saw thousands of mallards and hundreds pintails. Lots of speck over there too (very unusual). Folks at the club said thay have had the pins all year. Had to work hard for the ducks we shot (mallards wigeon, spoons), they were acting just like the have been in Arkansas......shy. The club has been having good shooting alll years. Plenty of ducks in Illinois and Missouri. Hopefully the front forecast for this weekend will push some NEW birds. Temps are suppose to get back below freezing in Missouri and Illinois next week.

    In Arkansas - Of our five fields, only one has been producing regularly, limits 3-4 days a week (4 bands!). The other fields are good for about one shoot a week. Resting the fields and getting out of the field as early as possible has been the key.
     
  8. Big Gumbo

    Big Gumbo Elite Refuge Member

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    did you get some rose colored glasses for christmas, Mike?:D
     
  9. snapp

    snapp Elite Refuge Member

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    i noticed last year, during the spilt in pintail seasons, the pintail seemed to work in much closer than normal. during the spilt of season, we would not even attempt to work the birds unless there were other ducks mixed in. even without trying to work the pintail, they seemed to come much closer.

    does that mean we have been calling and trying to work them to hard when in season?? i think that might be right. at least going to try and find out after season re-opens, but sounds like it good be correct???
     
  10. THE NATURAL

    THE NATURAL Elite Refuge Member

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    Sounds like you "good" be on to something. :l :D
     

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