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    Anyone out there hunting PWS? I get home next week and was thinking about checking it out.

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    I'm not a duck hunter, but seen lots of sea ducks out there last weekend
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    Any suggestions on where to go? I have never hunted the sound, but would like to give it a try.

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    if you got a boat, hit any cove or bay...it wont matter there will be ducks. Just watch weather and head to the warnings.
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    Are you a little wave shy '01 ??

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    LOL...If they only knew brother...

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    Are you a little wave shy '01 ??
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    There are no ducks or geese in PWS. Never have been/never will be. Don't waste your time and money traveling that dark and dangerous tunnel to Whittier.... I promise to keep an eye out and if we ever seen a duck or a goose I'll report back ASAP.
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    Seriously, if you do decide to go this time of the year be very careful. There are days this time of the year when the Sound is flat as a lake but those are few and sometimes far between. I am always amazed at how one passage can be flat calm and you go around a point and suddently are looking at 4' confused seas or worse. But the good thing is there are lots and lots of places to hide in and wait it out. You might have to wait a while for things to calm down but it always does... Icying of the boat is a real issues when the temps are below freezing and the wind is blowing... Stay safe and enjoy....
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    Very good advice....and when it says 10-2 it might be 20-4 freezing spray..most the times.. they are pretty close. Just keep in mind it can change in 5 mins out there. Make sure you know how currents and tides work with or without winds. Huge difference it can play.

    check out the NOAA weather sites..pretty accurate at weather forcast. Alwasy have a backup plan and be ready to call the trip short if weather comes in. Sometimes that desire and fire to get another bird can lead to drastic conditions.
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    After living in Dutch for a number of years where the tides are very small (but the currents between islands-even ones that are miles apart- can run like a very strong river) it took me a while to understand just how important both tides and currents are in PWS. I've had decoys floating away, decoys on dry land, a boat high and dry for 12 hours, been woken up in the middle of the night by my visiting brother who wondered what that knocking noise was and why was the stern higher than the bow (we were able to push her off just in time). Now I print up the monthly tide charts, highlight the days that are favorable to where we like to go and double check the tides on my Garmin. Haven't had an issue for quite a few years. Which proves that even a knucklehead can learn not to touch a hot woodstove if he is burned enough times... The other lesson that I learned a long time ago is that what may look like calm water from the shore is often not calm at all. Finally from a friend who lived at a hatchery in PWS for a number of years "The only weather report I trust for PWS is eye witness".....
    Ruby at the end of a good day.

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    Thanks all, I appreciate the warnings. I wasn't fully imagining freezing spray, but will be prepared. I have been on the sound a number of times, but never in the winter. Happy Hunting...

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