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There was a group of maybe 20-25 that came in. They kept circling around us but never would finish. About a half hour later they showed back up and after a couple of good looks they finally decided to drop in and we let them have it. My buddy got 3 and is getting all 3 mounted. I wish duck hunting was as easy to film as rabbit hunting was because I could have some great footage to share.
 

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What’s your limit per day and year? What’s the length of your season? Just wondering!

We have a early wood duck and teal season that opens in early September that last a couple of weeks. It opens for 1 weekend at the end of November, closes for a week, then reopens the first weekend in December and remains open until the last day of January. The limit is 6 ducks. The last few years Tennessee weather (heck weather everwhere in general)has been brutal on duck season. If it isn't froze up north Ducks aren't coming south. Couple that with all the refuges that can't be hunted, giving ducks a safe place to never have to leave it can be frustrating at times. Frustrating as it is, I'm totally hooked! We were packing up Sunday morning and just standing around talking. 1 lone drake mallard flew in and landed 60 yards from us. I shook just like it was a 200 inch world class buck in front of me lol. We didn't shoot, just watched it swim around a while before leaving. There's only a few weeks left of season and on one hand I'm really dreading seeing it end, but also looking foward to it starting back next season! If you've never been and get a chance to go I recommend giving it a try!
 

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10Ac I have hunted ducks, geese, snow geese for years. Haven’t hunted in last few years. I have belly crawled 200 yards in picked corn fields just to jump shoot the Magnum Mallards migrating from Canada through Michigan. A lot of swamp hunting Blue and Green winged teal, along with wood ducks. Had birds land 4 feet in front of me, I was out of shells. LOL

I do miss it at times, I still have my dekes, boat, I hope to go next year as there are numerous State Areas that require a draw number to an area to hunt. I have gone several times and had successful hunts. At times it looks like someone is throwing the ducks from the sky down to the dekes, and with wings set, birds wanting to land is one of the prettiest things of nature a person could see. The same applies with geese, just beautiful. JMO
 

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My uncle had his own taxidermy shop until the mid-late 90s. I use to love going in there and seeing all his work when I was a kid. Before I was even big enough to shoot a deer rifle I would sit and look at those bucks and dream of having a chance at killing one myself some day. The big lake bass that were on his shop wall were whales compared to the bluegill my old zebco 33 was use to reeling in at farm ponds. That was a long long time ago but I can still remember the way his work shop smelled.
 

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Chris: You are going to get hooked on ducks and give up your beagles if you are not careful. Knowing how talented you are I would bet you could figure out the taxadermics (sp?) and open your own shop. You could probably have it up and running before I figured out how to spell taxidermics.
Larry a friend and I were actually looking into learning it and opening up our own shop in our early 20s. Artistic skills and patience are not my strong suits and I think you need them both.

As for the duck hunting itself, I started doing it just a couple months before I lost my dogs in that situation. I really believe the good Lord showed me the beauty of duck hunting. Maybe it was something to keep me occupied until I got my passion for running dogs back again because I can tell you for sure I would not have been in the outdoors hunting after losing that many dogs in such a way. I probably would've been inside and half depressed. Like they say, he doesn't close one door without opening another. I love my dogs and love to hear a race but losing spots(good spots at that)to run and hunt on has definitley taken its toll on my drive but I know if I were to sell out it would only be a matter of time before I was looking to buy another and get back in it. I'm hoping to make a cross this spring/summer and maybe bring a pup or lightly started young dog into the mix to rejuvenate me. The writing seems to be on the wall with small game...its fading! Twra doesn't do much in my area to help it and I'm not driving 2+ hours to a wma that is already filled up by the time I get there. My furthest one is a hour away and it's an amazing spot but you have to be there before daylight and its not uncommon for 2-3 other parties to cut loose also so you have to be mindful of what's going on.
 
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