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Author Topic: Waterfowl and upland birds  (Read 229 times)

Offline King Ben

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Waterfowl and upland birds
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:41:43 AM »
My brother-n-law came out to visit along with one of his friends from work.  We planned to head out west toward the panhandle to hunt at a buddy of mine for a few days for waterfowl and quail/pheasant.  We would return to my place and finish the trip with some waterfowl hunting on the lake.  I have never seen so many ducks in my life!  We had a four man limit within 15 minutes!  Ducks were piling in faster than you could load your gun.  It was a fantastic experience.  In addition, the majority of the ducks were widgeons.  We also had a few gadwalls, ringnecks and a mallard just for good measure.  Later we suited up for quail and pheasant hunting.  The quail population is down 75% this year from last so we weren't expecting much.  To my surprise, we flushed two coveys and ended up bagging three birds.  The next leg was pheasant hunting.  We walked a waterway full of water and debris therefore not expecting much.  Near the end we flushed one rooster.  I was so tired I just watched it fly.  I still do not know why I didn't shoot...oh well.  We returned to the truck and ordered a few pizzas for the evening meal.  We were all worn slap out.  We grabbed well earned hot showers, drank and few beers with the pizza and turned in around 9 PM.  The following morning was similar regarding the ducks.  On the return home, I received a call from the game warden.  He asked if he could hunt with us the next morning.  I said sure and eagerly awaited for the following morning to arrive.  He showed up around 6 AM and the four of us took off toward a spot I haven't hunted in a while.  I reiterated more than once, I am not promising anything regarding birds.  The lake was up 3' and we still haven't had any cold weather up north to push the birds down.  To my elated surprise we killed 8 mallards but could only retrieve 7.  I would have been thrilled with 1 or 2 birds, but 8 was phenomenal!  While hunting with him I quickly realized he was a duck hunter for the day not the game warden.  We all had a great time. 

The last picture I snapped is the terrain of western OK.     

Offline yari

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Re: Waterfowl and upland birds
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 09:39:42 AM »
wow, what great hunts. my bro-in-law in WA just sent me a pic of a bunch of mallards. they are finally showing up in WA

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Re: Waterfowl and upland birds
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 09:52:24 AM »
What a great time you guys had, good shooting everyone except for the ONE who forgot to shoot.  --099-780 Great pictures
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Offline BLUETOE

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Re: Waterfowl and upland birds
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 01:55:57 PM »
Great hunting!!! Glad you got into birds.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Waterfowl and upland birds
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 02:02:26 PM »
Congrats Been, sounds like you are in a fantastic place for hunting a variety of critters!
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Offline Split toe

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Re: Waterfowl and upland birds
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 06:41:26 PM »
Looks like you guys had some awesome hunting, congrats!
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Offline King Ben

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Re: Waterfowl and upland birds
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 05:01:01 PM »
Thanks everybody, even Gutshot..LOL.  I forgot to mention we had multiple pintails and one goldeneye within reach, but had already limited out so all we could do was watch.... :2) The wife and I plan on going Sunday morning.  A friend is coming down the following week to hunt while the wife will be in Kansas City.  We never got the cold weather this year to push them south as normal. Season ends Jan. 27th.   

Offline Madgomer

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Re: Waterfowl and upland birds
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 05:08:45 PM »
We're finally starting to see a bit of a return to typical January weather (still not bad) so maybe you'll see a strong finish to your season Ben.
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