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    Default Whitter report 9/27

    Went out yesterday. Got there and the wind as blowing hard but seas were ok. Headed out and check a few places that I known to have ducks. Saw allot of ducks but there were all mergansers.

    We also saw allot of geese and one buffle head.
    To bad for us the season for geese opens today (9/28)

    By mid afternoon the water was flat and the sun was shinning.
    The tide was against us. it came in and came in fast. So all the duck areas got covered up.

    Did see a ton of silvers at the dock swimming around. Chrome as can be!!!!!!

    Hope to make it out in 2 week and then see some Golden eyes and Harliquins
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    Are mergansers considered migratory waterfowl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingshooter12g View Post
    Are mergansers considered migratory waterfowl?
    Does a bear "poop" in the woods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytguy View Post
    Does a bear "poop" in the woods?
    I wouldn't eat either.
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    That's why I didn't bother huntin them. Not worth a shotgun shell
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    That's what I figured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingshooter12g View Post
    Are mergansers considered migratory waterfowl?
    Maybe you should open up the regulations and read them before you get into all kinds of trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wingshooter12g View Post
    Are mergansers considered migratory waterfowl?
    Up here they are considered sea ducks
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    I couldn't even find a scotter..... Well next time.
    Mergansers are beatiful birds, but thats about it......
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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Ray View Post
    Maybe you should open up the regulations and read them before you get into all kinds of trouble.
    Didn't know you could get in trouble for asking questions. Thanks for the help though.

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    Thanks for the report. Do you have a layout boat?

    This weekend might be bettter, as the forecast is for 15 footers from Cape Suckling to Gore Point. Should blow any sea ducks that may be around into the Sound. I have seen Brant a couple of times in the spring and a flock of about 20 once in late July at the ocean entrances - always hoped I would see them one day when I was hunting.

    Saw five goldeneyes on Ship Creek this morning, along with some nicely feathered mallard drakes. Still about two to three weeks early for the goldeneyes to be showing up in numbers in PWS I would think.

    My grandfather had a merganser mounted along with a prairie chicken back in Nebraska in the late 1920s because he thought they would both become extinct. I still have the mounts to remind me of him and his stories of the old days, although the colors have washed out (or maybe like my youth when everything was still black and white). As fish ducks, the mergansers were considered pests and shot at every opportunity to benefit the fish and were nearly wiped out.

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    T would love to get a hooded merganser mounted. My dad shot one once, I thought it was a wood duck at first and when the dog brought it back, I had no idea what it was. I thought it was some kind of hybrid. They are beautiful birds, but don't taste very good
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    Rob, No lay out boat. I raft to shore from my big boat and then cover my raft hunt. Find a nice rock to sit on and just wait....
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckslayer56 View Post
    T would love to get a hooded merganser mounted. My dad shot one once, I thought it was a wood duck at first and when the dog brought it back, I had no idea what it was. I thought it was some kind of hybrid. They are beautiful birds, but don't taste very good
    we killed the shizat out of hooded mergies in mn when i lived there. that is the place to go for them if you want to get one mounted. here is a pic from one of my mn hunts with a hooded mergy in the middle. wish i had a better pic.
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    I used to nail hooded mergansers in OR as well. The commons are not the greatest table fare but edible if heavily spiced like duck tacos. As for Whittier how far out do you go? Is it doable in a 17' Boston Whaler? Depending on the WX of course. Be fun to do some cast and blast next Wednesday!


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    I was raised in Oregon, so we used to see quite a few of them there.
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    Where abouts duckslayer? I grew up in Klamath Falls.

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    I am from the Willamette Valley, in the Albany/Corvallis area.
    Some people call it sky busting... I call it optimism
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    Now-a-days the guys on the Oregon forums brag about how many sawbills they've killed and how many saved salmon smolt that means for the future!

    Hayduke, you left Klamath Falls to hunt ducks up here?! Lol! What were you thinking?!

    I'm an Oregon boy too. Hillsboro, west of Portland. Went to college in Klamath Falls.

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    Man I moved here to be "more well rounded" in my outdoor pursuits. I do missed cupped wings though! Klamath Falls was a fantastic place to grow up as a waterfowler, made me spoiled though!

    As far as mergansers are concerned I will eat them. Not too different than any of the sea ducks. However, nothing beats a roasted late season teal!

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