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Fellow hunter's I have been selected for the lottery hunt in Sherbune at the beginning of Dec. and (my buddy) on new years eve I was wondering do we need large decoy spreads mojo's and waders? Also this may be a crazy question ,but do you think the flood helped the hunting out by flushing the ponds of bad vegetation etc..? Thanks for any responses they are greatly appreciated.
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   REBBEER
You will definitely need waders. I want to say we used to use 3 or 4 dozendekes with good success. If you have mojo's, bring 'em.
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Waders-Yes. Decoys-2 to 4 dozen. Mojos-if you like them. The flood didnt do anything to the vegetation. They actually dried it out after the flood almost to the point where I could walk in the ponds. Cool place to hunt. Don't expect Geydan type action, but I consider it to be a must do every season. I go on the Tuesday Thursday morning lottos. If I don't get picked, my camp is just down the road and I can go duck or deer hunting, so I am very lucky.
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only 1 box of shells per person.
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   noose374
One box of shells per hunter? I like that rule, it should be like that for all public land!
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these guys have it all correct. Wader is a must, 3-4 dozen deeks is plenty, you may or may not use them all depending the hole you draw, some are more open than others. This is a place where you can def bring home a mixed bag; from mallards and teal to spoonies and specs. Another idea I strongly recommend is be prepared by bringing your own cut brush. Most holes have blinds previously built in them, but you never know what condition they are in and/or you may not have one built at all. I ALWAYS BRING BRUSH! G'luck, I got picked for Jan.7th!

Drop 'Em Like Rain
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   vineytree
Thanks for the responses guys I didn't know about the one box of shells ,but i'm good with it. I got picked for the opening day of the second split i'm assuming this should be great news due to the fact the birds will have a good rest by then. One other question are there any trees in the ponds are is it mostly open water? Thanks guys and good luck to all.
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Depends on the pond some of the ponds in the back are full of willow trees not open at all and pond 5 has a few cypress trees. Most of the ponds have some kind of bushes in them, its not kept up like a agricultural area If you go there before they flood it alot of the ponds have waist high grass and other brush they tend to open up as the season goes on and grass dies off.
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He's right. Some ponds (they call them compounds) are wide open overgrown crawfish pond looking ponds and some are in the woods. I bring my machete and brush up with some local vegetation. I also limit myself to what I can fit in my pockets, because hunting out of a makeshift effective blind is not a place for a bee-don (a shell bucket) or an ice chest or blind bag. Your probably standing in water and there's just no place to put that stuff. A good headlight, decoys,gun,1 box of shells,machete,bottle of water,beef jerky,a fresh satsuma (and maybe a cigar). Game warden will check every thing on your license, so make sure you got stamps and WMA permit on your license. Good luck.
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don't forget the HIP also
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   ntimad8tr
Early season has lots of spoonies, scaup and mergansers. The grass is really thick and high this year because of the flood. I had asked the agents if they were gonna bushhog the grass but they said the cold snaps will knock it all down. Not much brush in the middle ponds so it's a good idea to cut and bring your own. The agents will bring you back there in their trucks so don't be shy on bringing blind material. The 4 and 2 holes are usually the best. Hang around till about 10 if you want a shot at some speckledbellies. Bring a call for them because you will probably get a chance to call some in.
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   vineytree
Great information guys i'm pumped and cant wait to go opening morning of the second split. We've got 3 dozen dekes and 2 motion decoys with 2 jerk rigs i'm ready!!!!
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