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Discussion in 'Diver Hunters Forum' started by Jeff Coupe, Feb 10, 2021.
Surprised nobody has mentioned Jeff Coats......
I would get a kick out of huntin with him!
You might shoot an eider with Jeff, but not a true trophy bird. They just don't make it down to where he is. He can get you Scoter and Oldsquaw though.
We went with capt len out of cape cod. What an awesome trip cant wait to get back and do it again! I can assure you you cant go wrong here! We targeted eiders twice then did the brant once scoters once and we wanted to go after buffles and he put us on them too!
Everybody listed is a reputable guide and should be able to put you on a bird or more for your wall. I would recommend 3 days and not every guide will do single hunters (not sure if you had others coming with you)? Mid Dec to close (mid Jan for Maine) is best for plumage. Many guides are booking fast and weekend dates are usually the first to go. I'm already booking 2022/23.
All the best with your choice. Troy, Traditions Guide Service.
@tgs that's a great photo...is that two different subspecies of common eider drake? The hen almost looks like a hybrid between a common and a king?
Thanks! The middle bird was a real stud drake, all the same species, but agree the lobes look different, just the angle I suppose. That was a beautiful hen too. A couple years back we missed a king drake so they are around the New England area. That same season we shot a hen king, the heads are very defining, even for hens... The very next day following that, we had another hen king swim into the spread, we let her go to continue the cycle. Thanks again for the compliment on the picture. Troy
We went with Penobscot Bay Outfitters between Christmas and New Years 2017. We regularly hunt Lake Erie in Jan and yet I’ve never hunted in cold like that trip. It was -16 not counting wind chill. Captain Todd was great, kept us safe and we easily shot limits of whatever sea ducks we wanted. We’d shot scoters and oldsquaw so we mostly shot Eiders. Top quality equipment and very nice lodge. Fantastic dinners of fresh lobster, scallops and oysters! Great trip!
Captain Todd at Penobscot Bay Outfitters put us on eider, old squaw, scoters, and black ducks.