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    Default Anchorage Waterfowl Refuge

    How many of you guys hunt out at the Anchorage Waterfowl Refuge? I'm relatively new to duck hunting and have only been once but I'm definitely hooked. I was just interested to see how many of you guys hunt out their and if you have any tips? Mostly I hear of people hunting at the palmer hay flats or elsewhere.

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    I hunt ducks almost exclusively down there becasue it's like Ship Creek for fish; it's close and convenient and I can have a great outdoors experience any day I want and not spend big $$$ for gas to get there.

    You can walk into the marsh on either side of the rifle range and just jump shoot resident ducks that have summered there and haven't left yet. I was down there this morning for the first time and only saw singles moving around. No real flocks moving through. Still managed to get 2 in 2 hours of walking, though...

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    Isn't some sort of shotgun certification required to hunt there? Anyone know where and how to get certified?

    Tim

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    You need to get your Hunters Education card, which involves a one-day class at the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range. Then you get a yearly permit to walk into the Refuge for small game hunting. Shotgun only.

    Here's the link to the Hunters Ed page...

    http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index...er%20education

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    I used to hunt down there 4-5 times per season, but haven't even bought a duck stamp in 4 years due to lack of time. I think I'm going to try to get out there a few times this year, though it will have to be in the evening instead of morning. I've only run into other hunters out there a few times - usually I have my spot all to myself.

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    Shotgun and bow hunting only... Anyone care to see any duck bowhunting pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BowHunter89 View Post
    Anyone care to see any duck bowhunting pics?
    I sure would...
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffhanger View Post
    You need to get your Hunters Education card, which involves a one-day class at the Rabbit Creek Rifle Range. Then you get a yearly permit to walk into the Refuge for small game hunting. Shotgun only.

    Here's the link to the Hunters Ed page...

    http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index...er%20education
    Holy moly! Looks like the HE program is FULL until October. Hope the ducks are flying then! Thanks for the links.

    Tim

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