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How small of a pond to call ducks in?

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  1. GUNNERX2

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    And shooting the roost isn't going to burn the spot?:doh
     
  2. Vahunter

    Vahunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Wood ducks and teal. Most likely black ducks, probably Mallards.
    Are there fish there? If so, mergansers, maybe ring-necked ducks. Maybe even bufflehead and Goldeneye.
    I say that because I have a small pond and that's what I see.
    I'd try to whack the first couple that came in and then leave. As the season progresses, you'll see different species. Once it ices up, that's it of course.
     
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  3. Vahunter

    Vahunter Elite Refuge Member

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    BTW, I'm guessing you have beaver in that area. Look for beaver impoundments. They provide habitat for teal early on, woodies, black duck and Mallards. You need waders, a shotgun you can get wet, a wood duck call, a mallard call and you really should get a dog.
    I got my start in such places. If you can get your hands on a copy: "An Outdoor Journal" by Jimmy Carter (the ex-president) has a hilarious story about him duck hunting in just such a place.
     
  4. Rogue Hunter

    Rogue Hunter Elite Refuge Member

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    From the look of that picture, I wouldn't use more than two decoys, and learn how to blow the hail and the comeback calls.
     
  5. fishnfool

    fishnfool Elite Refuge Member

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    New England, and this area of NH specifically, is littered with beaver dams and ponds like that....that "roost" is holding just a handful of birds. Whether you bust it at first light or in the afternoon doesn't much matter. Birds will move to the next beaver pond after a couple hunts either way.

    There's a reason I became an upland hunter when I moved to NH....
     
  6. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I was thinking not even using a call. Woodies would dive bomb a hole like that in my neck of the woods.
     
  7. J.SCOTT

    J.SCOTT Senior Refuge Member

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    Yea, I once pissed on a flat rock and limited out , in 30 min. with my sensational calling. Those mallards were practically breaking their backs to get down to that wet spot.
     
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  8. newduk

    newduk Elite Refuge Member

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    Few years ago I shot a limit of pintails over a color photograph of Bayou Meto.
     
  9. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Real hand with a call would have broken their backs and saved four shells.
     
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  10. kyguylal

    kyguylal New Member

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    Hiked a mile into another beaver pond I found on Google Maps. This one looks good. About 10 acres of beaver marsh in this one. Sat for an hour and didn't see any duck. Heard the familiar cry and looked up and saw a bald eagle working the pond. Will a resident eagle keep ducks off this water? 20200925_155759.jpg 20200925_155820.jpg
     

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