How are bird numbers at Santee?

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  1. jbg1219

    jbg1219 New Member

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    That started in 2001. Take 'em 6 DVD to be exact.
     
  2. Bullet21XD

    Bullet21XD Elite Refuge Member

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    I'll be honest...that's the exact reason I started hunting there!
    :l:l

    There's duck to be killed there, but it ain't necessarily good. Some days are better than others, obviously.

    The mallards don't build up decent numbers late anymore it seems. Occasionally a flock will develop and provide decent hunting for a couple days...but timing is purely luck. You can't bank on a weather system to help out anymore.
    And now these days, when you get a flock building on the lake, you get these dips**ts anchoring boatblinds in the open water...running those birds out in short order.

    It's still a cool place to hunt, but high expectations are a thing of the past, for most.
     
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  3. brentbullets

    brentbullets Elite Refuge Member

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    Santee will never hold the birds again like it used to. Now if you could get NE and SD to agree to shut it down at noon or 1 PM maybe it would get good again but never to what it once was.
     
  4. Bullet21XD

    Bullet21XD Elite Refuge Member

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    I'd be all for that!
     
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  5. Take-a-Gander

    Take-a-Gander Elite Refuge Member

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    Me too!
     
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  6. SDDRAKE

    SDDRAKE Refuge Member

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    There were 42 boat trailers at Santee on Friday . We saw 4 ducks and shot 2 of them. Saturday we never fired a shot. Great hunting !
     
  7. Ramblingman

    Ramblingman Elite Refuge Member

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    We feel your pain. Doesn't take much to ruin a place.
     

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