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Total noob in Banos - lottery / sweatline guidance?

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  1. mak2782

    mak2782 Elite Refuge Member

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    You think he is that bored with a baby and one on the way?
     
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  3. BirdiePowPow

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    I was thinking something fancy like Applebees. :(
     
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    Always gotta be thinking thru blind snacks as well. Applebees has a opening day duck season snack pack. Definitely upspend for the Cadillac Pack. Just ask ‘em as it’s off menu.
     
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    Queen Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    When I was a kid I hunted san Luis Reservoir and 4 bay just something to check into
     
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  6. BirdiePowPow

    BirdiePowPow Refuge Member

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    Drew 23 in the lottery at Volta. Hopefully that’s good?
     
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    Well, I actually drew #84 at Volta. I was looking at the wrong line.

    so I figured, screw it - go chase quails at around San Luis for an hour or two. But I got turned around and 1-2 hours turned into 3. No birds but I had a good hike. My WPG did great at finding random birds and spent shot shells - just no quail. I probably picked up 15 spent shells. Got back to Volta and my number had already been called but I was able to get in on the sweatline in 15 minutes.

    I walked for like two hours with a duffle bag backpack full of decoys looking for a good pond. I checked out a few but they felt way too sketchy to wade in solo. Too deep with loose bottoms.

    Eventually I found a couple nice shallow ponds with firm bottoms and some coots on the water.

    I missed a couple mallards and learned to wait until they were in range.

    a teal swam into my decoys but I didn’t feel right shooting it on the water - not knowing who else might be in the reeds. Do you guys shoot ducks on the water? I played him with the call for a while and it was interesting to watch him respond and react.

    Just before sundown, a shoveler flew fast and low overhead. I cracked off a shot and he landed in the pond behind me. By the time I got up on the levee, all I saw was his tail swimming into the tules. I was too slow with the follow up. Dog and I spent 20 minutes looking but never found the bird. I was real bummed about that. Wasting animals definitely wasn’t what I was after that day.

    But either way, I had fun and learned a lot.

    Again, total noob going out alone.

    I plan to use a moving dolly to haul my gear next time. The duffle bag killed me.

    Lack of ammo is also really making me nervous in regards to the rest of the season.
     
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    Dakillaofnada Elite Refuge Member

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    thats an awesome story.
     
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