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Opening Weekend Ducks
« on: October 14, 2021, 06:59:34 AM »
Heading out for my first duck opener in quite a few years. Losing my dog Murphy a couple months back made me want to get out more with his sister this year.  Shes a good little hunter and I cant wait to watch her work.  Im sure it will be a zoo out there but none the less excited to get out. Good luck to others heading out.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2021, 07:15:50 AM »
Good luck to you! Had a fair amount of geese and wigeon move in this week with the colder temps.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2021, 10:09:04 AM »
Good luck! I think im going to skip Saturday. I hunt public land and unless your lined up camping the night before you're not going to get a decent spot. Not something I want to deal with this year. Probably try to get out Sunday morning though.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2021, 06:55:17 PM »
Wife and I hunted public except for a few guided hunts and we ALWAYS skipped the weekends unless we were VERY remote. Even then, we had folks on ATVís driving around. Could have been WDFW I suppose. Did not get close enough to see.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2021, 07:11:26 PM »
Yeah itll be a zoo for sure. Lucky to have a good friend with an airboat that allows us to get into some pretty fantastic spots.

Good luck to you guys as well.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2021, 07:27:23 PM »
got surrounded by 5 groups of guys last year sky busting. A bird couldnít get to us even if it was a mile high. Going for the afternoon hunt this year hoping for a slower pace, good luck to you!

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2021, 07:46:58 PM »
See you guys on Monday, we're sitting the opener out this year.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2021, 08:05:02 PM »
 :yeah: :tup:

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2021, 01:21:04 PM »
Any word on the local numbers after this summer? Iíve seen geese, but havenít been seeing many ducks. Boys and dogs are excited, so weíre going for it, but not sure how itíll pan out.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2021, 01:32:14 PM »
Another reason I'm skipping this weekend is my couple of spots didn't have hardly any ducks, not a bunch of crops this year in the area and no water to speak of.  Seemed like a lot of grass fields where there were usually corn, grain or potatoes in years past.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2021, 01:38:28 PM »
Just the opposite here.  My spot has a tremendous number of water fowl and I'm hoping for a lot of people to keep the birds moving.  I always show up very early. It should go really quick

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2021, 08:53:28 PM »
Heading out for my first duck opener in quite a few years. Losing my dog Murphy a couple months back made me want to get out more with his sister this year.  Shes a good little hunter and I cant wait to watch her work.  Im sure it will be a zoo out there but none the less excited to get out. Good luck to others heading out.
Never fun hunting without your dog. I am starting with a new pup this year too. Good luck to the new girl!

Lola with her first bird on the chukar opener a couple weeks ago ("rock dove").
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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2021, 10:33:18 PM »
Due to shipping delays the new chest waders I'm ordering were supposed to be in on 9/14, then got told 11/25 and today 12/15. At this rate it looks like I should have them in time for next years opener. Could have limited out today on low flying geese. Could have shot them and the part of Yakima I was working in anyone within hearing range would have thought it was just another gang shooting.
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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2021, 06:07:36 AM »
Blocks are out. Who's anxious for that sunrise? Good luck to all and stay safe.

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Re: Opening Weekend Ducks
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2021, 03:45:33 PM »
So, call our opener the Washington Teal Season!

We could have held out for mallards... and maybe got 3 or 4 more. They were around, but just not abundant. So I'm glad we went ahead and took our opportunities! The teal made for a fun morning! We even got 3 blue wings!


2 mallards, 1 pintail, 3 widgeon, and teal. 4 guns.
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