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When do you consider a hunt successful?? Do you base it on the number of birds killed, kind of birds killed, number of birds seen and worked, or winning the race to THE hole, or is it just being out there whether your alone or with your friends and family??
The older I get the more important is to me to just be out there especially spending quality time with my son and occasionally friends.. So what makes it a good day of duck hunting for you??
 

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Just had my best hunt with my three old. I didn't even take my gun. Just her and me and calls. She rode on my head while putting some decoys out and she could not figure out how I was not getting wet. She called at a pintail that was on the water she was smiling. She loved jerking the jerk string. She giggled when the ducks woild dive under. View attachment 19713
 

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If I'm hunting alone I want to shoot a few ducks.... don't really care what kind... but I like a few to come out with.

When with my buds I just want to work some.... we shoot the bull and cut up an carry on so it's more of a social event than a sure 'nuf hunt! Stil llike to shoot some ducks.... but it's the "visit" I like most.

The there are days when nothing goes right, trailer has a flat, motor won't start, the dog shats on the bib of your waders, the thermos leaks etc etc etc and it is still a magnificent day!!! There is always something that makes each trip epic and worth the effort!

Just getting to go and having a decent place TO go is most important to me overall.
 

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In general, I like to see enough ducks to at least think I am going to kill some - even though I may not. Seeing them keeps me coming back because I feel like if I see them, I have a chance. If you keep going and going and don't see them - then you start getting discouraged. But, other things can make a hunt successful - a really great retrieve, or maybe a really good shot, killing that big drake pintail, or an extra special sunrise.
 

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When by myself I like to have a chance at working a bird or 2. If I kill one it was a good hunt.

When hunting with friends the laughs make it a good hunt. Killing some birds makes it great.

I don't remember having a bad hunt because I always try to enjoy some part of it. The worst for me was going into the metro for the first time with it froze up. Didn't kill a bird was by myself but I got to go in and look around. That was the only time I have been there.
 

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My idea of a succesful hunt was yesterday, woke up at three got the boat in at 5, a hour boat ride, lose my headlamp after a limb smacks me in the face because GreenTimber let it go to hit me probably on purpose, killing 2 lonely greenheads, but being with 2 of my good friends in the bottoms.
 

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Just being in the outdoors, being at one with nature, just seeing the animals in their natural state, being with family and friends. Its just the whole outdoor experience. I dont care if I even kill anything............






NOT!!!!! Its always about the kill.
 

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I consider shooting a duck a successful hunt. No ducks, equals no success unless it was a scouting run and everyone survived. However, I don't go because I want to be successful every time. I go because I enjoy going. I enjoy hanging out with my friends whether we shoot any ducks or not.
 

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First, it is spending some great quality time with my two boys (18 and 16 - who both love to duck hunt), then it is the time with some good friends - the smack talk/laughing and working together to pull off the hunt, seeing and working birds into the decoy spread we have put out and in general getting out in the woods. We always like to kill a few, and if we are lucky enough to limit, that is even better.
 

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Just being in the outdoors, being at one with nature, just seeing the animals in their natural state, being with family and friends. Its just the whole outdoor experience. I dont care if I even kill anything............







NOT!!!!! Its always about the kill.
b, I'll continue to keep you in my prayers and see if huntingdoc can get you some help.. This 24/7 killer instinct you've developed can't be healthy.. I'm truly concerned..:alright:
 

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It's all about killing a limit for me. Yeah I can have a good time without killing a limit, but in the back of mind the whole time im hunting I'm actually a little disappointed.
 

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b, I'll continue to keep you in my prayers and see if huntingdoc can get you some help.. This 24/7 killer instinct you've developed can't be healthy.. I'm truly concerned..:alright:
Thanks Poly, but Im happy just like I am. Aint enough coyote's or big enough deer to quench the fire. Its all or nothing buddy. :up:
 

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A couple of us planned on taking off this week and spend our time at camp hunting. Unfortunately a few had to work due to having some dry days to get caught up from the wet days in the construction industry. So i'm by myself except maybe a day or two and have come to conclusion that is all about spending time with your friends, shooting the bull while hunting, cracking jokes, and making fun of one another.

No fun duck hunting by yourself. Maybe its because it's just been me and the dog at camp and I'm going stir crazy.
 

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We have had days this week where we only got 1 mallard and 2 days later we got a 4 man limit, I had a great time each hunt.

I took my 4 year old son on his first duck hunt yesterday afternoon. All hunts were great in my opinion. Taking my son for the first time was the highlight of my week. Watching him look for ducks in the sky and pointing them out to me was great.

I sure would have liked to get a few more ducks but that is part of it.

I am happy just to get to go but I like coming home with some mallards at the end of the day.
 
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