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Honey Island Wood Duck Hunt-Bonus Wild Turkey Sighting!!!12 31 19

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Getting to be somewhat routine,early wake-up head to fine Honey Island Swamp WMA and get very few chances at woodies but stalk for tree rats and today was somewhat of a nice change of pace,headed to yet another area known to harbor woodies and met fine group of diehards,looking to thin out de wood duck population,thank God Santa brought me ultra-fine pair of Lacrosse neoprene waders as dat Swamp is indeed quite flooded.Gents I met were cordial and we spaced ourselves apart and had marginal shots at missiles of wood ducks that gave us NO warning,other than small flock of three that screeched when they came from opposite direction vs de norm!!!Got fed up round 7:10 and headed to tree rat woods,saw handful of hunters and chatted with older gent in fine canoe,what a great idea to launch canoe and slowly stalk deer/hogs/woodies/tree rats,etc!!!Offered to lend gent a hand and his response sounded bout what I would say,'If I needs help launching,should not be headed out solo!!'Tried my best to locate tree rats and walked my tail off and was startled by unbelievable sight of two longboards fighting in tall tree with two hens in same tree.Took pics and video and spotted hunter,motioned him over so he could get glimpse of incredible sight and joked with him dat we would NEVER see this in Wild Turkey Season.Will submit for Wild Turkey Lottery for both Pearl River and Sherburne(where I luckily shot banded jake bunch of years ago)and hope and pray to get selected,preferably for Pearl River as Sherburne a shell of what she used to be,unfortunately!!!Gotta be one of the most incredible sights I have witnessed in over 20 years of chasing Wild Turkeys,guess it happens just have NEVER witnessed turkeys fighting in tall tree!!!Happy New Year to all-hope 2020 brings us some long-awaited waterfowl!!!Don't bother asking where I spotted this fine sight!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Honey Island Wood Duck Hunt-Bonus Wild Turkey Sighting!!!12
Mandevillian ……... Seems you aren't having much luck in your normal spots. You ever thing about hunting somewhere else?
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Re: Honey Island Wood Duck Hunt-Bonus Wild Turkey Sighting!!!12
Wow that is awesome on the turkeys. I haven’t seen any turkeys there in 2 years. I have a big Ridge I’ve seen turkeys on for 20 years but not in the past 2 years. There’s plenty woodies and squirrels there perhaps Mandevillian needs a few more trips to master them. Them woodies are fast ya need to set up in a slight opening and get on south side and face north. When I do that I limit every time. Also don’t hunt spot multiple times, have at least 3-4 spots and rotate them. If your in solid timber with no opening most guys just sky bust and are extremely unsuccessful.
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Re: Honey Island Wood Duck Hunt-Bonus Wild Turkey Sighting!!!12
Guys,Thanks and here is de skinny on my duck hunting.Do know TONS of spots scattered all over the NShore Marsh and RARELY have hunters anywhere near us as we take the extra steps to get away from PRESSURE.Earlier this season,we had very modest success but whatever ducks were hanging around rapidly escaped to parts unknown and for my Honey Island Woodie hunts,have ONLY hit two COMMUNITY spots,stress the word COMMUNITY and definitely know where woodies SHOULD be just have to hit those spots and will NOT divulge them to anyone for obvious reasons just like I am not about to even give the slightest indication of where I spotted those Toms fighting.How dumb would dat be!!Just responded to unbelievable offer from fellow Sportsman to have de Nuck and Futz DuckBusters join him on SE Arkansas duck trip and their season ends on 01/31/2020!!Thanks for the pics and suggestions,think I know where to head balance of season and in past years have had 6 point stand his ground,almost charge me til he saw me shoulder Beretta and act like I was gonna blast him!!!Good luck to both yall!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Honey Island Wood Duck Hunt-Bonus Wild Turkey Sighting!!!12
Hitting NShore Marsh(yes hunting different spots)and gonna seek some possible NShore Marsh woodies and perhaps a few dumb mottled ducks(how often dat happens???)both tomorrow and Sunday.Wifey and I will be manning our Ponchatoula Wal Mart Health Begins Here Medicare kiosk from Jan 6-Mar 31 with us doing no more than two days/week and might hit Honey Island/NShore Marsh,possibly both(think I am not hard-core)Wed/Th and may be heading to Lafayette on Fri with gent I partner with on Small Group Health Care Plans!!Love the drive to Lafayette,Henderson Swamp always intrigues me and kinda reminds me of T-Funky area with fine cypress trees,gotta be loaded with fat sac a lait!!!Hope rest of duck season 2019/2020 turns out better-how can it get worse?????

Mandevillian
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