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Offline DOUBLELUNG

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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2018, 08:02:19 AM »
When I was younger and childless, I did both no problem.  As my time got more limited, I figured the years where I could hunt big game the way I like to were fewer than my duck hunting years.  I'm getting to the age where trolling and duck hunting are more appealing and a pack full of elk less so, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet! 
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2018, 08:19:22 AM »
When I was younger and childless, I did both no problem.  As my time got more limited, I figured the years where I could hunt big game the way I like to were fewer than my duck hunting years.  I'm getting to the age where trolling and duck hunting are more appealing and a pack full of elk less so, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet!

After the last bull elk I shot way the hell off the beaten path, I have been less enthusiastic about getting another one.  Hardest pack out of my life.  Shot it at 8:45am and got the last bit of it out by 9:00pm that night after multiple trips.
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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2018, 07:29:51 AM »
I haven't hunted ducks for 5 years or so because my fall is too busy.  I can't wait to get back out there though.  My oldest is 5 and I hope to take her duck hunting with me soon. It'll make it a little easier on mom if we have one less little one driving her crazy  :chuckle:

I goose hunt a couple times of the year. If I can get a field for early goose or really anytime you and you're daughter are more than welcome to come along.

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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2018, 01:41:40 PM »
I do a great job of balancing the 2. How you ask? I don't hunt waterfowl. That is all.
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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2018, 11:26:37 PM »
I take a week in September and October for deer before the weather turns from bad to worse in the mountains, then it's ducks 3 or 4 days a week November till February baby! After getting beat to $hit in the mountains for 2 months, dragging my kayak through the muck in the Skagit is a welcome relief haha. Then by the end of waterfowl season I'm right back up in the hills looking for sheds.

It's a vicious cycle!

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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2018, 08:31:54 AM »
I do a great job of balancing the 2. How you ask? I don't hunt waterfowl. That is all.
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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2018, 08:12:30 AM »
I haven't hunted ducks for 5 years or so because my fall is too busy.  I can't wait to get back out there though.  My oldest is 5 and I hope to take her duck hunting with me soon. It'll make it a little easier on mom if we have one less little one driving her crazy  :chuckle:

I goose hunt a couple times of the year. If I can get a field for early goose or really anytime you and you're daughter are more than welcome to come along.

Thanks man, I may have to take you up on that offer.   

It's been awhile, long time no talk.  Hope everything has been going well. 

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Re: Balancing Big Game and Waterfowl
« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2018, 04:40:01 PM »
What's the problem, you can only kill one deer and one elk, that's two days that leaves just shy of four months of waterfowl.

For me the trouble is coyotes, they are prime all through duck season so I hunt ducks in the morning and coyotes in the afternoon.
After the first shot the rest are just noise.

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