Seaducks in Mass this weekend

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  1. dzkritzas

    dzkritzas New Member

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    Headed to Boston this weekend for a couple of days hunting seaducks. Especially interested to see what this weather will bring in or push out.

    Any suggestions on gunning these suckers down and what to expect?
    i plan to shoot 3.5" 3s.
    i believe we will be hunting out of a boat and a layout. I assume a layout needs and improved choke, but would a modified be ok from the boat? Not sure how close these birds get

    any tips or suggestions will be appreciated
     
  2. Duck Wrangler

    Duck Wrangler Senior Refuge Member

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    If it were me, I would shoot either #2's or #1's and would shoot modified choke.
    I'm not sure how close to expect shots, but I would plan on anywhere to 25-35 yd shots to be safe. You may have closer shots out of the layout, but you never know.
    Just my opinion.

    Good luck!
     
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    I suggest BBs and a modified choke.

    I hunt eider several times a year in Maine and I can tell you they (and all sea ducks) are remarkably tough to kill.

    You will often need second and third shots after knocking a bird down. Keep shooting until they stop moving. They are very strong swimmers and can quickly get out of gun range while under water.

    Have a great trip. Sea ducking is a blast!
     
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    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    That was my thought too. I'd also keep some "shirt pocket 4s" handy to finish off cripples. Do it quick - a sea duck is only "stunned" for about 7 seconds. After that you might was well be shooting at a tuna.

    If you don't know how to shoot a duck on the water - aim at its feet.

    And, oh yea, you'll have to compensate for the boat bobbing up and down. Unless the ocean is flat you'll miss birds and never know why.

    Good luck - I'm jealous.
     
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  5. dzkritzas

    dzkritzas New Member

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    great tips. especially the first two
    when you mean shoot a duck on the water your referencing when it is crippled and you are trying to shoot it dead aim at its feet? or when it is coming in to land?

    im interested to see how well i can adjust for the bobbing, i highly doubt it will be flat. projecting 12-16mph winds.
     
  6. dzkritzas

    dzkritzas New Member

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    Thank you
    Just to be clear, modified choke in steel shoots a full choke pattern. do you mean IC choke to shoot a modified pattern?
     
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    duckbutler Senior Refuge Member

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    IC and steel BBs and aim for the top of his crippled head when he sticks it up
     
  8. dzkritzas

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    there goes the mounts...haha thats where i aim one cripples. IC is kinda what i was thinking, however not BBs but ill take a wide range of shells to see what i see works best
     
  9. Duck Wrangler

    Duck Wrangler Senior Refuge Member

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    I like factory mod or briley imp mod in my benelli.
    I prefer a tighter pattern even on somewhat close birds.
    Sea ducks are tough birds; be ready for follow up shots.

    Good luck
     
  10. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    The shoot at its feet reference is for shooting a water-bound cripple. Of course, in rough weather, time the shot for when the bird is at the top of a swell.

    If you figure the bobbing thing out let me know - I certainly haven't...
     

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