New to Duck Hunting Minnesota

Discussion in 'Minnesota Flyway Forum' started by Yarbro, May 11, 2019.

  1. Yarbro

    Yarbro New Member

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    Ok so lets start with a little info. Grew up in North Dakota our duck hunting is lets just say different than here in minnesota. My son just finished his hunter saftey and we are looking to get out and do some duck hunting this fall. Just picked up a Lowe 1448 with a 25hp Yamaha on it... I think this may be a little small for 2 guys and a dog. Thoughts??? Also looking for any advise on where to hunt. Not looking to for peoples hot spots, but just somewhere we can get to decoy some birds in so he gets hooked!! Live in Oak Grove Mn north of the twin cities. Also if there is anyone that would like some new hunting partners let me know.
     
  2. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    Just head west almost any lake with ducky habitat will work
    That’s plenty or too much go for that boat
    A well behaved dog the boat should work fine consider the smaller lakes for safety reasons
    Look for dense lake or chain lakes
    You have summer , go fishing and scouting
     
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  3. h2ofwlr

    h2ofwlr Elite Refuge Member

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    Keep the heck away from the Zoo called Carlos Avery near you.
    As mentioned head W to NW., and big deep lakes win in a windy day against Jon boats.
     
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  4. Yarbro

    Yarbro New Member

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    sounds great. Been out scouting a little out towards alexandria all the way to fergus falls. Might try the south west towards lac qui parle. Thoughts on that area
     
  5. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    How did you hunt in ND?
    We only sat or jumped old farm/ranch detention ponds in the Dakotas.

    I use to run trap lines along the west side of Mn. There weren't many counties in the whole state We didnt hunt fish or trap.
    Their is plenty closer to ther Twin Cities also I believe youre over thinking it all. If you like to drive head further west,..
    How do you really want to hunt Or is the hunt that matters. Friends that live or lived in the metro area, they had some great success in the 7 county metro area.
    Thinking it over: only the non lake country in the SE doesn't hold lots of ducks but jump shoots on privates ground can be incredible As a kid my aunt and Uncle lived near Shokapee Right next to Mystic lake,.. Shot "at" my first ducks there. Killed ducks Jumpshooting new Zumbrota. Hunted the NW Kitson county and the farm ponds of Rock County. But mostly killing ducks from St Cloud to Amboy. Spending weeks on end on Swan and Middle Lakes near Nicolett
    While people were flocking to Lac QUI Parle to pass shoot geese that was never my thing,..
    Still plenty of decent public water for ducks But my experience. While we did have some great hunts my best duck hunting has been west in the 107 day seasons in the desert country of Utah and GSL and potato fields and cheet grass deserts of Idaho
     
  6. Full Force Five

    Full Force Five Elite Refuge Member

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    Tons of great duck hunting in Minnesota. Go west, south or NW of the metro area. So much public land that a few weeks after opener isn't that bad pressure wise.
     
  7. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    Opening weekend can be difficult in MN. You will learn quickly that while in most cases ethics and courtesy are still things folks 40years of age and older seem to enjoy, it’s not the case for most of those in their 30’s and younger. It’s ridiculous, many times dangerous, and nothing short of disappointing.

    My suggestion is take your boy on youth Waterfowl to areas that hold birds. Just to avoid some of that mess. Then the rest of the season can shake itself out. Send me a PM and I can give you a few hints
     
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  8. SkolMNDuckHunter

    SkolMNDuckHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    This may be true more than not, but honestly I've met some of the nicest young people hunting public land, even high schoolers, and I've met some older people that are miserable sops that think they own everything that's wet and hate all the damn kids hunting "their spot." It's not an age thing. In general people are good, and regardless of age, there's some real a**holes out there.
     
  9. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    Your not wrong...but opening weekend seems to bring out the worst in all of them. Regardless of age.
     
  10. SkolMNDuckHunter

    SkolMNDuckHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    This I completely agree with! Luckily half of the them are done for the season after the second weekend.
     
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