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    You might try stopping by any of the local WMA, waterfowl management areas, hang around and ask questions. I met a very good friend of mine that way. he was a marine stationed at 29 Plams and totally lost out west on how and where to hunt. We hunted together several times before his transfer to Virginia. He comes back once a year to hunt with me and I have my first trip back there next week. Most hunters are glad to get someone involved.

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    Scout now if you can. Scouting in the spring will not have the ducks in the same places and patterns as the fall. They are utilizing different food sources and their needs are different in the spring. Best time of day is whenever you can, some info is better than none. Besides that, scout when you'd be hunting to see if those spots where you plan to hunt are holding birds or not.

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    Pm me I will take you out and show you the ropes. Rite now we are not using the dogs because of cold water and Ice. I hunt Harsens Island a lot this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henlee View Post
    Thanks for the feedback so far. I live in Michigan and don't have friends that duck hunt. I have talked to some duck hunters and they have a boat and a large spread, I have dropped hints to be invited but no luck so far. ha ha. I am not ready to make that large investment yet however. I have heard of people walking up ducks along water edges, but I would have no idea how to go about that. I have bought a half dozen decoys at a garage sale and call with DVD that I have practiced with. I have heard of people float hunting with a canoe along rivers also which I was interested in. I have a canoe and waders also. I guess I am asking if I can assemble any of this into a duck hunt and if not what else I should buy. I didn't grow up in the sport and it is pretty unfamiliar aside from what I have seen on TV.
    Float hunting is a lot of fun, but remember in most states you may not get out of the canoe to retrieve a bird on land or set decoys, without permission from the land owner in the area you're hunting.
    It's a great sport and can be very costly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scothuffman View Post
    You might try stopping by any of the local WMA, waterfowl management areas, hang around and ask questions. I met a very good friend of mine that way. he was a marine stationed at 29 Plams and totally lost out west on how and where to hunt. We hunted together several times before his transfer to Virginia. He comes back once a year to hunt with me and I have my first trip back there next week. Most hunters are glad to get someone involved.
    Exactly how long have you been waterfolwing? In this part of the country you'd have better luck asking for someone's wife than asking to be taken out for ducks. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henlee View Post
    I assume that scouting now might not be the best because season is coming to a close and next summer they will not have started migrating yet.
    The Michigan duck season is closing for the year?
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    I would start out with looking for public hunting places. Call the local game wardens or biologist that work at or around these public places and they should help you get started. But like the others said, you have to just go out there and experience it (fail) in order to get a feel for what you're doing. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalone67 View Post
    Exactly how long have you been waterfolwing? In this part of the country you'd have better luck asking for someone's wife than asking to be taken out for ducks. LOL
    I have been hunting waterfowl in So Cal since 1984. I have hunted both on private clubs and public WMAs. I enjoy taking new hunters out. My buddy and took another newby to this years opener. We limited in an hour on teal and he shot 2 boxes of shells for 2 teal. He is going again soon though. He had a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scothuffman View Post
    I have been hunting waterfowl in So Cal since 1984. I have hunted both on private clubs and public WMAs. I enjoy taking new hunters out. My buddy and took another newby to this years opener. We limited in an hour on teal and he shot 2 boxes of shells for 2 teal. He is going again soon though. He had a great time.
    If you are looking for another to tag along let me know. I haven't hunted waterfowl since I was 14 with my Dad. Needless to say I am a bit older and have the itch to go. I would be another newbie for you to train. NO ONE that I know hunts. When I tell them I have a lab that has his JH title and we do hunt tests they look at me sideways. Then I show them what he can do and they get a bit interested. I will have our second lab coming back from Raney Ranch in February. He will be ready to go.

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    You need a good dog, productive locations, appropriate decoys and hunting friendly weather.

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