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Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« on: June 28, 2020, 09:35:13 PM »
I’m stationed up here and have no idea where to duck hunt besides on the seaplane base which isn’t to good, plus id love to do some goose hunting as well. I have a kayak and a canoe that I’d be willing to use if that helps. I know no one wants to give away secret spots I just want to know where I can legally hunt, seems a lot of places just off island are private owned. Is there any lakes around Mt. Veron, Seedro Wooley area that you can hunt?
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Re: Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2020, 10:32:02 PM »
Send me a PM I’ll connect you with a local vet who is passionate about getting vets out on ducks.  You’re in a great area. Fantastic duck hunting up there.

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Re: Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2020, 08:45:03 AM »
Washington waterfowl Association  NW chapter has members from Whidby. Meetings are 2nd tuesday of each moth 7pm.
Lots of tidal area to hunt, and them also the private lands program. WDFE normally has a presentation before the season talking about where the blinds are at and what supplemental plantings have been done  on public ground.

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Re: Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 08:55:31 AM »
You should look into WDFW's Quality Waterfowl Hunt Program:

https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/locations/waterfowl-quality-hunts

This is an excellent option for an out-of-stater. These units are private land that has been enrolled by WDFW to allow hunter access. If you can drive around and scout these areas the afternoon before a hunt, you can usually find a productive shoot for the next morning. Keep in mind that some access sites are first-come, first-served, while others are reservation only (you can make the reservation online). A little exploring and binocular use from your car can get you on productive shoots in the Skagit area.

Thanks for your service and best of luck in the upcoming season! Just don't let any of your out-of-state friends know how fun duck hunting in WA is....

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Re: Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2020, 08:56:02 AM »
Send me a PM I’ll connect you with a local vet who is passionate about getting vets out on ducks.  You’re in a great area. Fantastic duck hunting up there.

This is awesome. Hope this guy can get you on some ducks.

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Re: Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2020, 10:10:41 AM »
You should look into WDFW's Quality Waterfowl Hunt Program:

https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/locations/waterfowl-quality-hunts

This is an excellent option for an out-of-stater. These units are private land that has been enrolled by WDFW to allow hunter access. If you can drive around and scout these areas the afternoon before a hunt, you can usually find a productive shoot for the next morning. Keep in mind that some access sites are first-come, first-served, while others are reservation only (you can make the reservation online). A little exploring and binocular use from your car can get you on productive shoots in the Skagit area.

Thanks for your service and best of luck in the upcoming season! Just don't let any of your out-of-state friends know how fun duck hunting in WA is....

There are two big challenges with the quality program, just to level set expectations.

1.  WDFW has been loosing properties over the last few years, several of the best ones are now not available.  I think they are either outbid or the landowner doesn't want to participate anymore.  Pick up junk and respect the land and we can help here.  Last year was particularly grim, a couple great spots disappeared. 

2.  The good units are camped on by locals.  You aren't supposed to get in there before a certain time, but people will either spend the night there or leave trucks and swap them out when they are ready to hunt.  WDFW doesn't enforce this at all, I've called several times and I don't think they have followed up on any of them.  You could get lucky, but be prepared for some frustration when some of them are basically taken for the season.

Good luck, drive around, make friends and I'm sure you will find something that works.  If you have access to a boat that opens a bunch of area.

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Re: Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2020, 02:24:38 PM »
You should look into WDFW's Quality Waterfowl Hunt Program:

https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/locations/waterfowl-quality-hunts

This is an excellent option for an out-of-stater. These units are private land that has been enrolled by WDFW to allow hunter access. If you can drive around and scout these areas the afternoon before a hunt, you can usually find a productive shoot for the next morning. Keep in mind that some access sites are first-come, first-served, while others are reservation only (you can make the reservation online). A little exploring and binocular use from your car can get you on productive shoots in the Skagit area.

Thanks for your service and best of luck in the upcoming season! Just don't let any of your out-of-state friends know how fun duck hunting in WA is....

There are two big challenges with the quality program, just to level set expectations.

1.  WDFW has been loosing properties over the last few years, several of the best ones are now not available.  I think they are either outbid or the landowner doesn't want to participate anymore.  Pick up junk and respect the land and we can help here.  Last year was particularly grim, a couple great spots disappeared. 

2.  The good units are camped on by locals.  You aren't supposed to get in there before a certain time, but people will either spend the night there or leave trucks and swap them out when they are ready to hunt.  WDFW doesn't enforce this at all, I've called several times and I don't think they have followed up on any of them.  You could get lucky, but be prepared for some frustration when some of them are basically taken for the season.

Good luck, drive around, make friends and I'm sure you will find something that works.  If you have access to a boat that opens a bunch of area.

Yes, this is all true, unfortunately. #2 can be mitigated a bit if have the flexibility to go on a weekday, but the "4 am" designation is basically useless.

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Re: Where to duck hunt around Skagit Area?
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2020, 01:13:25 AM »
I'm here on the rock as well.  I know some places and can give you some pointers.

 


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