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2014 - 2015 bird hunting season

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by rai_red, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. giveem3 steve

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    Jason those Spoonies are awesome. Glad to see your season has been going good for you. Been really tough up here in Idaho. Had to go all the way to California to shoot sea ducks and black Brant.
     
  2. rai_red

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    Man Matt, that is an invitation I will deffinitely think about, I love the shovelers, I see maybe 2 or three each year in spring, when they pass my ponds to their breeding areas, they are so beautiful and they are protected in Germany, so I need to come to you to harvest some.
    Thanks, Rainer.

    PS : and yes, invitate more people, so we can meet together in person
     

  3. Oh I totally agree... I reread my post and realized that was left open for interpretation. Besides a Harlequin and a Cinnamon teal, a mature Spoony is at the top of my list of birds I want most. My problem is the only ones I shoot are juvies or just not fully colored out. I haven't shot many, maybe 15-20 in my life, but they are always pretty ratty looking with mostly brown in their head. I would LOVE to get one like what Mire just posted, they are gorgeous.
     
  4. Glass eye

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    Since there seems to be a lot of interest in spoonies and cinnamons, I'll throw an open invite out here. I live 120 miles east of San Diego and our season runs to the end of January. I would get a thrill seeing the excitement on your face over shooting a spoony or cinny since they are thick as flies and shooting them doesn't thrill me anymore.
     

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  5. wings II

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    I would definitely do a swap for the Cinnamons with you Breck. I can put you on Sandhill crane, or snows, ross' or blues. if you want to shoot straight widgeon or mallard or wood ducks I've got spots for all those species as well.
     
  6. Glass eye

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    I want to shoot more Blues. I did a spring snow goose hunt in SD a couple years ago and only targeted the blues. I brought home some nice ones. I had a freezer for my personal trophies where I placed the blues. Well, since I hardly ever get around to my own personal mounts, I rarely opened the freezer door to this freezer ( freezers for customer's birds gets opened every day ) Last year on Christmas day my wife says " I smell a dead mouse in here" guess what it was.

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  7. wings II

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    We would have to drive south of here to Wharton, Texas to shoot nice blues - then that would put you down into the coastal areas for big redheads and bull sprigs on the same hunt.
     
  8. 3bears

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    KMA, I'm glad to read that you appreciate how fortunate you folks on the receiving end of the migration are. Many of us up here in MN are only able to shoot ugly, pin feathered birds for the most part. Only on occasion do we see nice full colored birds during late season, if the water isn't hard yet, and we aren't busy with deer season.
     
  9. Glass eye, I may have to take you up on that. I keep thinking that I need to be spontaneous and try a big trip, maybe I should go for it. I'm researching California licenses now ;) Maybe Matt and I could carpool, should only be a few days driving ::)
     
  10. brazosboyt

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    Did someone say blue geese, pintails, and redheads?

    I bet we can work something out....
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    We shoot a few......that's about 1 weeks worth of pictures from last year.
     
  11. fowlweatherfowler

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    Awesome offer breck. I would take you up on it but I planned a trip to Obregon in February. Matt that Sandhill hunt sounds like a blast. One of the ones to check off my list at some point. Todd looks like a blast as always.

    Trying to do a trip every year or two. Need to get up to Alaska at some point. I'd even take some one on a layout shoot on lake erie usually good later Nov early Dec.
     
  12. Glass eye

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    It's not a one time one person offer. As long as I live here ( 20+ years so far ) I would be willing to take others out for free. I'm not a guide and nothing is expected in return. If I get invited to come hunt with you and I take you up on the offer, we're just hunters sharing the thrill of a hunt.
     
  13. wings II

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    [size=14pt]Todd is posting duck porn :)
     
  14. Glass eye

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    You'll get your cinnamons in Obregon for sure.

    I did Alaska DIY last January and I'm hooked, God willing I'll be back there next year. Got NZ DIY on the menu for last 2 weeks of May. This will be my 4th trip since 2011....all DIY.....very cheap.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0jexrXXM1A
     
  15. 3bears

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    KMA, that is what I was thinking. brazosboyt, I have been waterfowling for over 30 years and I have never even shot some of the ducks that you get frequently, such as a drake Pintail or Wigeon or any light geese. Those pictures are from a week, looks like a week of waterfowl bliss.
     
  16. wings II

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    Breck - what are the chances of dropping south of the border on the Mexico coast and shooting some black Brant?
     
  17. fowlweatherfowler

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    Yes he is, I'm headed with his group to Obregon. Thost DIY trips sound fun. I'm headed to shoot kings, harlis, and pacifics at some point. NZ would be something after the NA birds for me

    I know quite a few scull guys get black brant on the coast of California.
     
  18. Glass eye

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    I know an outfitter in Mexicali that does Brant hunts in San Quintin Baja. I think he charges about 2k. I've never done that hunt with him but my customers have. Mexico doesn't allow DIY hunting for foreigners, otherwise I'd of done it already.
     
  19. wings II

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    Would it be safe to cross the border there in a pov or would it be best to get a short flight?
     
  20. brazosboyt

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    We are very fortunate to be at the end of the flyway. That coupled with a lot of networking and hard work planting/managing properties for waterfowl= some unbelievable hunting.