Hello! New to Oklahoma, not to this site

Discussion in 'Oklahoma Flyway Forum' started by DisplacedDuck, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. DisplacedDuck

    DisplacedDuck Senior Refuge Member

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    Greetings everyone! I'm new to OK but not to Refuge Forums; I typically hang out on the habitat forum. I recently moved to OKC having temporarily resided in Texas/Louisiana with my (old) permanent residence being Missouri. I thoroughly enjoy waterfowl hunting, and have heard it can be pretty good here in the state.

    I am posting for two reasons:
    1) I don't want to know any secret spots or honey holes, nor am I even looking for in-depth analysis on specific WDUs, Refuges, etc. I just would like to know *SURFACE LEVEL* what the hunting is like in the certain areas of the state/what to expect. If anyone has experience hunting southeast Missouri you can use that as a comparison, as that's where I've done all my hunting.

    - Do the ducks tend to follow river systems or are there certain areas of the state that they pass through regardless of water bodies?

    - Does the state hold birds relatively well or is it more of a quicker pass-through state?

    - Are the distributions of species pretty similar across the board or are there more X species in one area and more Y species in a different area?

    2) I'd love to get to know folks on here, grab a bite or shoot some clays and maybe get in a hunt or two. I'm located in Oklahoma City; pm me if interested.
     
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  2. DisplacedDuck

    DisplacedDuck Senior Refuge Member

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    Even though the season is over, I'd still love to meet up with anyone in the area to talk shop, do some fishing, etc.!
     
  3. JP

    JP Elite Refuge Member

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    The quality of waterfowl hunting in NE Oklahoma has been on a downward trajectory for the past twenty years. One of the primary reasons is the loss of ~91% of acres under cultivation in a multitude of its counties. The supplemental wintering habitat (millet) planting program operated by ODWC has been hit or miss (mostly miss) due to reservoir water levels managed by the COE that run counter to such an effort. The loss of the millet plantings on Kaw reservoir (which was the only reservoir specifically managed for millet planting) has dealt a serious blow to migrating birds as it took 1200-1400 acres of millet available away from them. Couple this with a weather pattern that has delayed our mallard migration by ~31 days and the real season is basically the last three weeks of January. Otherwise, the photosensitive flight (mid-October) of teal, gadwall, widgeon and pintail are what’s left.

    When you examine mallard wintering populations and their concentration over the same twenty year period, one location stands out and even shows an increase during that period. Missouri. Why? Ag acres under cultivation. Go where the birds are.
     
  4. williamsnrb

    williamsnrb New Member

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    Disclaimer: I don't mean to threadjack, but thought we could all learn together. :)

    I, too, am new to OK (moved here 6 weeks ago) and that is great information to know, JP. I just moved to the Tulsa area from Memphis, TN. We had wonderful opportunities there, so I'm trying to do the research for opportunities here. So far, my scouting in NE OK has not turned up much. I do not have a boat (if we used one back home, we used my buddy's boat, but most of our hunting was walk in/drive in). Any advice on the differences of hunting here vs the Mississippi flyway? Gear differences? Are dry fields with a layout blind an option or do I need to be on water? I'm not asking for specific places because I know that's frowned upon. Just any general advice for an experienced hunter in a new area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  5. JP

    JP Elite Refuge Member

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    Wm, diver hunting on Eufaula and Ft. Gibson may be your best bet. A big water boat and 5 dozen can/bill decoys would be requisite.

    Most of the goose & mallard field hunting in north central and north west Oklahoma has been lost to the G/O’s.
     
  6. williamsnrb

    williamsnrb New Member

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    So not a lot in the way of walk-in options, huh? And my apologies, but what does G/O stand for?
     
  7. JP

    JP Elite Refuge Member

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    PM sent.

    G/O = Guide Outfitter (aka: cancer of hunting)
     
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