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How was everybody's second split opener

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Just wanted to see how everybody did after this front that passed, The weather channel had snow all over up north. So far Im at zero this split after two hunts. Sunday we saw alot of ducks all big groups of mallards and greys we didn't see a flock with less than ten. But no matter what they wouldn't come close to tree line where we were set up, A few time's we had big groups working At one point we had a group of about 30 mallards working good they made about 8 or so passes on the decoys. They would lockup and right before they got into good decoy range they would go off to the side and not get to close to the tree's. we could have shot on one or two of the passes but I don't like passing shots I like umm feet down about to hit the deeks. Just seeing those big groups cupped working made the trip worth it even though we busted. At the end of the hunt they had about 500 ducks rafted in the middle of the pond, and were flying good till allmost 12. The next day I took off work because we saw so many ducks in that hole to go back and smoke umm. got there about 4 set out 200 or so deeks right were the ducks were rafted, we figured that we had to little decoys for the number of birds rafted the day before so we brought everything we had. brushed the blind about as good as we could, and then nuthing we saw two woodie's THATS IT I would have never beleaved that we would see nuthing after the number of birds we saw the day before. Thats how its been this hole year in the area we have been hunting in central LA one day a limit the next nuthing, Talk about cause High blood pressure. Guess Im gonna hafta keep driving 3 hours to SW LA to actually kill. hope everybody has had a better opener than me good hunting. Gonna give south farm a try in the morning might have better luck.
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   jjfonten
went to venice for the first time on some public land, got our 4 man limit, we had the first twenty ducks down quickly then we had to do some major hiding and calling to get those last four. most of the first twenty came flying right on in.
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You sound picky....If you do not like passing shots then you would have a hard time hunting in the rice fields of southwest LA. Rule of thumb..if they come in range (rice field hunting) shoot them. If not, you may go home a lot times waiting to see their feet coming down in the decoys without getting a shot....
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not picky it was just a bad shot and they look like they would come. Normaly give them two Passes then take them on the next close pass if they look like they dont want
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   jjfonten
i use to not shoot until they commited to land, i learned quickly and shoot when they are in range
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   Proud Pop
I understand what GHKiller is talking about. Some people choose to pull the triger as soon as ducks break the 40 yd. circle. I also like to work ducks into the decoys and get them where they can't get away. To me this is the difference between shooting ducks and hunting ducks. I have no problem with whichever method you choose to use. It just make for a more rewarding experience to me to get them in close. Good luck to all this weekend and stay safe!
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   jjfonten
yeah if they look committed to attempting to land we will let them, but if they do not we do not wait
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   COOTKILLA
I agree with Proud Pop. There is a certain degree of accomplishment to get the ducks to come in with their landing gear down. If I just wanted to shoot the birds as they passed by, I will go to a lake and shoot pooldoo. It isn't quite as easy to call in the ducks and make them hit the water. Just my two cents.
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