GrayLodge 12/23 Sunday

Huntinfiend

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Shot the lodge on sunday.....didn't really expext much, but ended up comin' home with a pile of dead ducks.  Picked up anchor about  11 with 5 green heads, 2 gaddies, 2 widgeon and a teal.  Not bad for a few hours work.  Would have stayed longer, but the constant flow of water entering my waders around "the boys" area, had me calling mercy!!  Anybody else do any good??
 

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Hey Huntinfiend

Sounds like you had a blast. I have a ressi there for the 26 I haven't been there yet this year. I am not askin for any secret spot but where have they been shooting there. thanks
 

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Hunted the lodge on saturday pretty windy we were up on the east side ended up two limits and a few more we shot a pile of ringnecks 11 of them 2 widgeon 1 pintail and got a bonus snow but it was awesome shooting those fast flying ringnecks we ran outta shells but we were gettin soaked so we headed out.
 

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Got the opportunity to hunt LDC on Sunday, along with a slew of other guys. We didnt go for the honeyhole, although 10 years ago the whole place was a honeyhole.Just as we were picking up the dekes a pair of mallards swing over the treeline,already in range, and catch us both away from our guns. We both scurried for our guns,picked out the drake, and hammered him. What a perfect ending to a great day. The north wind was the key to the whole weekend. It was probably the first weekend all year where we had a brisk north wind, instead of the south wind. The water was a little chillier than past weeks. The remainder of the season is going to have the birds flying alot for food and rest. I also stopped shooting Estate loads. They were patterning way too tight, so I started shooting Remington Nitro steel @1265fps. 13/8oz. The slower shells and the better pattern helped alot. Kinda pricey, and thats another story. We totaled out 12 birds, all drakes, 2mallards,6 widgeon,1 sprig, 2 gaddys,1 greenwing. Its one christmas dinner Ill never forget! Merry x-mas to all.
 

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Hey Megadeath

I hear ya on LDC.....I was lucky enough to pull #4 ressie for LDC a few weekends back on Dec. 2( the weekend of the first big storm ) We shot one of the blinds and got 2 limits in 1/2 hour....it was like hunting in a closed zone.  Plus got a couple bonus Snows too.  I've been shooting the Rem. Nitros all year..... no complaints yet.  But have't got into too many geese either.....don't know how they'll do then.
 

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     Glad you had a good shot up at the lodge Huntenfiend.
I always try to put in my time up there to get a few good shoots.
My problem is finding a spot that is away from the s@!# duck holes
so the birds aren’t spooked by all the banging.

I always heard Coots and cormorants ate better then Ringers…..
Cootcreamer? What is your opinion?
 

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To each their own I always say. One mans ruddy is another mans mallard. Don’t trash another hunter until you have walked a mile in their waders, that way you are to far away for him to hear you and you have another pair of waders.

That said, I have never shot a limit of bufflehead but I have in my younger days shot a limit of spoonies on purpose. Do bufflehead make for good table fare? They would seem to be a tough target to hit as they come screaming by. Any recipes?      
 

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It's all good when ya soak them in strawberry mush.

1 cup strawberry's mushed up
1 cup Widgonwaker crap
1 cup garlic

Soak ring bills for 3 weeks and then toss in the trash. Walla!!!!!A classic
 

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Quote: from TealTumbler on 8:01 pm on Dec. 26, 2001
Hey!!! Ringnecks are supposed to be the best eating duck of them all.
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Supposed to be? What do you do you do with yours if you don’t know how they taste? You’re scaring me more and more TealToungler.
 

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Its all in the diet. If your questionable, soak birds (plucked or breasted) in a heavy solution of salt water for 3 hrs.
 

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Yeah I have eaten them with mallards!!! Taste all the same family thought so too!!!
 

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