Well I got to the meadows and placed our Duck markers this week. The time is flying buy.
Roger that. Now I made the connection. I've seen lots of those signs and have always respected them. To tell you the truth on opening day I stay clear of the "popular spots" in favor of escape routes from the "popular spots". Then after 2 or 3 days when the "real duck hunters" go do whatever is they do for the other 363 days of the year I will ease into the "good spots". I've had excellent success when doing this and the dog doesn't seem to mind eitherHah - the pen! Good one.
Hey Chuck - in a lot of popular hunting marsh areas it is a tradition that someone who intends to hunt there on opening day will place a sign in the marsh at the spot where they intend to build their blind or park their boat. Generally the signs will have the person's name, the date they placed the sign and often a phone number. It is generally understood that the person who first marks the spot has exclusive rights to it on opening day and maybe the day or two after depending on where in the week the opener falls. Most people whould suggest that after opening day it reverts to "first come first served". The markers create no legal claim as most water-covered areas in NB are public, but it is a good practice to respect them.
The practice of marking your spot is very helpful since opening day can be very busy, some guys only hunt ducks the first day or two of the season. If you are out at this time of year and you see a marker and you also want to set up in an area, you now know to leave a healthy distance between yourself and the place where you know there will be other hunters (about 200 yards where I hunt). If you are scouting around at this time of year, you can see that some spots are pretty well covered and you need to look elsewhere.
If you plan on hunting on opening day, don't plan on just showing up 30 minutes before shooting light if you are not now scouting that spot. Chances are you will find yourself in the middle of several other hunters who marked their spots over the Summer. They will not be pleased to see you throwing out decoys 50 yards from their boat/blind. Get out and do some scouting, there's lots of marsh as long as you prepare early!
About the anchors... I hunt out of a boat blind. Last year I cut a couple of poles at about 6 or 7 feet. Drilled holes through them and tied in a 2 foot length of rope. Now I position the boat where I want it and drive the poles down into the bottom right next to the gunwales of the boat and right next to a cleat inside the boat. There's a cleat near the stern and one near the bow. Tie off to each cleat. No anchors and no drifting. When I chase ducks I slip the ropes off the cleats and they just stay hanging on the poles, get the ducks and motor back in next to the poles. The ropes are too short to get down and tangle my prop. The only part that is a bit of a pain is that my blind hangs down the side of the boat, I have to reach over and run each rope up under the blind material and then over the gunwale to the cleat. Not a big problem, I suppose I could poke a hole through the blind and just run the rope straight in.Been discussing with my buddy about making a cedar blind this year.
He wants to go that route, and I think it is far too much work that is wasted if the water levels don't cooperate.
Last year we did a boat blind, which I would prefer again this year. We need to change up the design a bit, but i like it because it works regardless the water level, and you can set up anywhere within reason.
We made it in such a way that it takes about 5 minutes to be ready after deploying the decoys. Fore and Aft anchor is a must for this setup, or you drift too much.
The water is a lot lower then when i took you in there, the only spot there is water is way in the back , there is a small pond way back in there, looks like a killer spot tho, where you guys were standing there might as well be dry just mud with about 3 inches of water as of right now but a few days of good rain will cure that pretty quick, spot down on the sandbar is looking good this year, i put my dad's marker out the other day and the duck oats are as high as my head and thick enough to only be able to see a few feetPondjumper how's the water situation in your "honey hole" this year.. Are you back near the highway or down near the back road again??
Moose season starts Sept 1st so we're getting ready for that, Sheep hunting and cariboo has been on since July 15th. Guy I work with shot a real nice ram a couple weeks ago.