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If your into waterfowl hunting and like to sit down for a half hour once or twice a week and watch something that is not politics or other crap in society - here is a good option for you.

Producers Jeff Gabbard, Jeff Shelby along with Fred Zink have one of the best Duck Hunting shows on TV right now. HD quality, good music and some excellent footage - I sit down with both of my daughters once a week and still watch older shows - they love it

They have a new season starting on Monday, June 27th at 9am ET - so if your interesting in watching some good waterfowl killing its time to set your DVR

Sportsman Channel
Monday 9am ET
Wednesday 3pm ET
Saturday 4am and 2pm ET


Enjoy!
 

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you three have absolutely NAILED IT!! I've never seen any "waterfowl" show worth crap. Nothing on setup, technique, the incredible wonder of watching the marsh come alive around you; or the grace and beauty of the Grand Passage in each flyway. Nope...it's all BANG BANG BANG. "look at me, I'm such a stud"! All you're ever watching on shows like the Robertsons' put on all the way to this one, are shooting ducks. And it's sad, because that's all the anti's ever see (and that includes ALL) the "hunting" shows. It's about the success, the kill, never about the beauty.

My MOST successful hunt was a bowhunt for mulies years ago, solo, high in the eastern Sierra. In high wind, I found a big forked horn, got within 10 feet of him before he realized I was there. When he blew up, he still wasn't sure what I was, and stopped at about 20 yards. I was at full draw, anchored, ready to touch that release, and had him cold, broadside & stopped. He knew it, and I knew he knew it. I let down, and he fled. I won, he lost, and nobody had to die. To be able to hear him blowing and snorting behind a big bush, and to smell him there, all alone in the wild... I've killed other animals, but that was the best hunt of my life. And here's the most important part of that: am i grateful for that experience? Every single day. To me, that's what hunting is all about-the total experience. It's not a "win or lose" thing, it's to be part of the wild things that roam the land-one of them, not apart from them. And that's what's missing from all these shows.
 

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Jeez, did everyone get off early from their shift at the wet blanket factory? If you like the style of videography, but not the music try this guys work:


@Upton O Is this a good portrayal of Canada? Seems legit to me...

Instructional videos are all over youtube, as well as web sites from DU and Delta Waterfowl. If you need calling help you get that from groups like WWA, or you need to hook up with a call staffer. I run a Lares T1 now and can call the shop and run through things any time I need. It's as simple as getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there...
 

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Terry, I think the subject is the tv shows, not finding resources for calling, decoy placement, etc. Most hunting shows, waterfowl in particular, are just one continuous commercial with badass hunters wracking up a pile of birds.

You should have gone to the club with me when you had the chance!!! It would have ruined you!
 

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Terry, I just saw your question about Canada waterfowling. I hunted Alberta up in the Grimshaw area, west of Peace River. There are huge tracts of land under cultivation, mostly canola but also lots of barley and feed peas. In the 90's it was easy getting access to fields where birds were feeding, it was illegal for the farmers to lease hunting for migratory birds. The outfitters moved in, started paying for hunting rights in shadow ways and it got a lot harder to get access to good fields.

I never hunted white geese up there, just Canada geese and white front (specks). The birds were really naive so blinds were simple piles of brush and silhouette decoys, maybe five dozen. It was very rare not to kill limits of Canada geese that were hovering right over the decoys. I see these hunters calling these geese that have never been shot at, never seen a decoy, probably never seen a human. And these guys are calling and calling. Just shut up, sit still and they'll land on your head, literally.

True story: a guy brought his black Lab up (it's all dry land hunting) and his dog was standing in a pea field with his tail wagging. Two honkers locked up, turned down wind and came down to, maybe 10 ft over that dog's butt, responding to the "flagging" of his tail. Two of us were about 20 yards away picking up decoys, those two geese paid us no mind. Anyone with basic waterfowl skills would have a decent time IF you get access to a field the birds are coming to.

Duck hunting is similar except I never heard ducks calling, ever. They also fly in a different manner, buzzing in and out of the decoys like teal. I'm talking about mallards and pintails which was all we ever saw. Here again we never, ever called and those birds came right down to the decoys.

I think I made a dozen trips up there, It was pretty crazy stuff and all done without any professional level hunters or guides.
 

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I too am opposed to all these teams, clubs etc. They crack me up with the up against the wall with nowhere to go storylines. Team dead duck crap. Give me a break. Bunch of drama except it's fake drama.

I shot a lot of geese with a bunch of guys for many years. I hardly hunt with others now. It sorta ruined it for me. I like solitude.
 

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Jeez, did everyone get off early from their shift at the wet blanket factory? If you like the style of videography, but not the music try this guys work:


@Upton O Is this a good portrayal of Canada? Seems legit to me...

Instructional videos are all over youtube, as well as web sites from DU and Delta Waterfowl. If you need calling help you get that from groups like WWA, or you need to hook up with a call staffer. I run a Lares T1 now and can call the shop and run through things any time I need. It's as simple as getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there...
Somebody should tell the guy at 3:26 in the first video the gun barrel goes on the gun rest of the lay down blind facing away and towards the direction the geese are expected to land before he blows his head off.
 

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I like this show mostly because of the videography, and it gives me something ducky to look forward to in July and August - pretty simple. I also like Heartland Waterfowl - HW is on Mondays on the Outdoor Channel


I don't want info on decoys placement, calling, choke tubes or any of that. I go and learn that in my time in the field, becoming a good caller which I am not, is old fashion work - practice. That "grind" or "struggle" is what I like most about waterfowl hunting (and swinging flies for Steelhead). You can really out work other hunters and have wonderful days in the field. Where I hunt in Mid-November to Mid December is a wonderful place - great sun rises, a hard area to understand, good coffee, a good hide, sunny cold days and sometimes some birds - I try not to over think this stuff and just enjoy seeing some waterfowl hunting on TV.
 

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I've been in a duck blind for 64 years now (Damn! Never thought of it like that-guess I really am getting old!!). And my bitch about the hunting shows isn't that they don't teach necessary skills, but that they don't portray the total experience. I'm not sure they even can. It's that whole ball of wax, the magic of watching a marsh come alive with the rising of the sun, or the feeling of listening to a bull elk bugle, and being a part of it, not just an observer.

It IS nice however, to see how the new flocked decoys shape up, especially for geese. Those of us who might think about goose hunting, which includes me, might take a serious look at these deeks-I kinda like them!
 

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this one's somewhat in the realm: I especially like the A-5 Browning; would LOVE to have one again!

I DO wish we had more marsh like this out here; I haven't found anything like this. I any of you have hunted Potholes or Quincy Lakes, how does this compare?
 

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Alex, Browning has reintroduced the A-5...even in 16ga.
I saw!! Hefted one the other day at Sportsman's Whorehouse, but it's way short for me! Last season I went for a Stoeger Longfowler side by side in 12, and it's proven very deadly so far. Heavy though, and the recoil pad's junk. So it's difficult to justify an A-5, no matter how I'd like to have one. If i did, I'd most likely go for a 16!
 

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I've been in a duck blind for 64 years now (Damn! Never thought of it like that-guess I really am getting old!!). And my bitch about the hunting shows isn't that they don't teach necessary skills, but that they don't portray the total experience. I'm not sure they even can. It's that whole ball of wax, the magic of watching a marsh come alive with the rising of the sun, or the feeling of listening to a bull elk bugle, and being a part of it, not just an observer.

It IS nice however, to see how the new flocked decoys shape up, especially for geese. Those of us who might think about goose hunting, which includes me, might take a serious look at these deeks-I kinda like them!
Flocked decoys have been around for well over 10 years. Textured paint for no shine has been used around the basin for well over 30. Carry lite had a little full-body people would customize and slap on a special paint that worked better then Bigfoots back in the day. The custom craze really got going around 2001 with Dropzones, Dave Smiths and Hardcores. Then came production decoys with custom looks like Green Head Gear etc but people often got crappy batches cause they came from China. This issue still continues to this day.

The Replica Decoy company I think produces the most nice ones now but it's the same guy that produced Hardcores which had so many paint issues and crappy customer service I have a hard time wanting to give them my money....When the custom decoys first came out it was a lot of fun just setting up in some field with good traffic and shooting the piss out of the birds. They worked so well. But now so many guys use good looking decoys you really need to be on your A game. This is for around the basin. Different areas get less pressure.

That being said I think the Stuffer can't be beat. Unless it's raining:eek:

Just some decoy history. :)
 

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this time around, the flocking seems to last at least a season though, unlike years past. We used the goose decoys at our club extensively and after a season, they were done. However, in their defense, the deeks were just thrown in the bows of our boats with no care whatsoever, so they really didn't get fair treatment!
 

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I too am opposed to all these teams, clubs etc. They crack me up with the up against the wall with nowhere to go storylines. Team dead duck crap. Give me a break. Bunch of drama except it's fake drama.

I shot a lot of geese with a bunch of guys for many years. I hardly hunt with others now. It sorta ruined it for me. I like solitude.
I agree... I'd rather be alone or with no more than 2 others and have a slow day or even get skunked than to hunt popular areas that produce. Same shit goes for fishing these days.
 

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I saw!! Hefted one the other day at Sportsman's Whorehouse, but it's way short for me! Last season I went for a Stoeger Longfowler side by side in 12, and it's proven very deadly so far. Heavy though, and the recoil pad's junk. So it's difficult to justify an A-5, no matter how I'd like to have one. If i did, I'd most likely go for a 16!
Alex, I've got to add a Correction: you are very deadly with the gun, probably because it is the right fit for you. And the chokes pattern the loads you shot well. Bad fit = poor shooting.
 

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Alex, I've got to add a Correction: you are very deadly with the gun, probably because it is the right fit for you. And the chokes pattern the loads you shot well. Bad fit = poor shooting.
Absolutely right, Karl! if your scattergun isn't bringing down the birds, the fit is the first thing to verify! These days every watefowling gun's got a plastic stock option unless it's really cheap, like that Longfowler. Everything's mass-produced and you usually need to find a good gunsmith to add spacers to the stock. That A-5 I tried the other day was about 1.5 inches short!
 
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