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    Default Pintails

    Ok, I'm not looking for your secret spot, but where is there a good hunting area for Pin tails?
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    The Hay flats. In 6 years I have only taken 1 pintail in Knik swamps.

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    My limited amount experience duck hunting I have mainly hung around Jim Lake. I have taken a few hen pintails but no drakes. I have hunted the coastal refuge and had fun jump shooting birds.
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    You wont find any good quality drakes up here this time of year. The few pintails I have shot were down around portage and in the coastal refuge. I have been duck hunting up here for 10 years, and I have never heard of a mature drake pintail coming around here.

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    If you're looking for a fine specimen to mount you'll have to travel to California or Texas. After you shoot your federally limited 1 bull pintail you can sometimes watch hundreds flyby or land in the dekes. Watching their graceful courtship flights in January is pretty cool. But having them swim through the decoys after you've shot your one drives the dog nuts.

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    Been there and done that. In Oregon 1 pintail per day is all you get. Of course the first flock of birds to come in is a bunch of pintails. You pick your drake and let him have it. Then you get to watch flock after flock of pintails work your decoys all day. All you can do is sit there and say "hmm more pintails...want some more coffee." The whole time the dog is sitting there looking at you like you are stupid.
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    Default Bull Pintails - full winter plumage

    I start getting a few with good feathers in SE Alaska along the coast. Just
    before all the pinnys are gone, usually in October, there will be a few bulls
    with bright white and a nice maroon head. If the suns out, which is rare, they are a sight to behold.

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    you mean something like this? , ) Attachment 10291
    Last edited by honker; 07-28-2009 at 19:04.

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    You get a big flight of pintails along the inlet about 4 weeks into the season. They stick around for a few days. Every year I get my fair share of mature pintails.

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