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    Default Louisiana vs North Dakota Duck Hunting

    Good Evening,

    I am planning a duck hunting trip for the upcoming season and debating between Louisiana (Oak Ridge area) and North Dakota. Anyone have any words of wisdom to share? Best places to go/stay? Do you need a guide to hunt ND?

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    If you go to ND, get a guide. If you go too Louisiana, get a guide. Sure, its a little more money, but local knowledge is priceless when it comes to ducks... If I were you, I would pic ND, it looks closer.
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    If you are a good hunter/scouter you do not need a guide in ND. If the land is not posted you can hunt it. I've been going for eleven years and have never spent more than one day scouting and then finding fields to hunt, usually with between 500 and 2,000 ducks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry S. View Post
    If you are a good hunter/scouter you do not need a guide in ND. If the land is not posted you can hunt it. I've been going for eleven years and have never spent more than one day scouting and then finding fields to hunt, usually with between 500 and 2,000 ducks.
    When did you go last and where did you hunt?? More and more land is being leased by outfitters and posted. 2 yrs ago we scouted hundreds of miles and only recieved a handful of invites to use property. Client hunted NE of Bismark last year and told same story. Freelancing ND is almost over, thanks Internet.
    i would use a guide in ND, the difference in negligible after gas if factored.
    If you want a total Louisiana experience, hunt the coast. North Louisiana is primarily rice fields, they all look the same. Many guides down my way offer cast/blast trips and if you have never hunted the marsh it has so much more to offer diversity wise. Hackberry Rod & Gun, Calcasieu Charters, Louisiana Outfitters all do a great job and hunt Cameron parish the number one wintering area in the central flyway. HR&G annual average is 7,000 ducks with a 2:1 sport ratio.
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    If you go to North Dakota please don't get a guide, you don't need one. Put in the effort yourself and you will have success. Scout and you will find plenty of opportunities.

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    no ducks or water in ND, not this year anyway
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    Just curious, who would you be hunting with in the Oak Ridge area?

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    HMM ND because if you don't finds duck you might find Pheasants, and pheasants taste much better than duck
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    Raymond...what's a sport ratio? Not familiar with that term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbrown View Post
    Just curious, who would you be hunting with in the Oak Ridge area?
    Wondered da same thing. Maybe Merouge, Mega Bucks and Johnny Wink??? Here there is a Speckle Belly Assasin Guide Service in Oak Ridge but I have yet to see an advertisement for it.
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