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    I will be hunting Sea Ducks firsts week of Dec on Admiralty Island.
    Looking for pointers as in what to look for while hunting sea ducks, decoys or not, calls?
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    I wanna see how many you get with arrows, real bowhunters don't use shotguns Bud

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    Default Ensure...

    your arrows float so you can retrieve them easily...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogoalie View Post
    your arrows float so you can retrieve them easily...
    I wish they could the Full Metal Jackets will sink like a rock. Can't wait to head to SE Alaska
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    Default retriever ?

    Be careful if you're bringing a dog to retrieve.

    If you're using a boat to retrieve, bring a landing net.

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    Decoys arn't a must as long as you get on a good rock point that they are flying close to. Otherwise you'll want some decoys....the more the better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneLunG View Post
    Decoys arn't a must as long as you get on a good rock point that they are flying close to. Otherwise you'll want some decoys....the more the better...
    Thanks.
    I think I will bring some coots decoys. Don't have buffal heads so I will maybe bluebill or some other bright color decoy
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    Default decoys

    If you're going to get serious about diver hunting, spend the extra money on cork decoys so you won't have to worry about shooting holes in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milo View Post
    If you're going to get serious about diver hunting, spend the extra money on cork decoys so you won't have to worry about shooting holes in them.
    I don't know how much Sea duck hunting I will do after this one.
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    I think spending the extra money on corkers is not worth it. Get the cheapest decoys you can find, and paint em yourself.

    If you shoot em? Thats fine. Just drain the water and you some of that spray can foam and fill em up. Now you have an unsinkable decoy.

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    Just ride the shorelines and watch for birds to get up. They'll tell you where you need to be. I mostly hunted off the rocks myself. They'll decoy within gun range of a boat as long as you don't have the boat positioned where they are landing straight at it. I've shot them out of a 17' white boston whaler with no problems.

    Coot decoys will work fine. I shot all my birds over coot decoys with a mix of blue bills, and golden eyes thrown in for color. They loved them. Even the harlis won't be able to resist it. I usually hunted over 3 to 4 dozen on long lines, but single droppers will work as long as you have enough decoy line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring King View Post
    Just ride the shorelines and watch for birds to get up. They'll tell you where you need to be. I mostly hunted off the rocks myself. They'll decoy within gun range of a boat as long as you don't have the boat positioned where they are landing straight at it. I've shot them out of a 17' white boston whaler with no problems.

    Coot decoys will work fine. I shot all my birds over coot decoys with a mix of blue bills, and golden eyes thrown in for color. They loved them. Even the harlis won't be able to resist it. I usually hunted over 3 to 4 dozen on long lines, but single droppers will work as long as you have enough decoy line.
    I have bunch of Mallard decoys that I'm going to paint black like scooters.
    I will pick up some Golden eyes and Buffalheads to mix in the group
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    What you really need is to find someone to eat them for you!

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    Now what do you think of using black balloons? friend of mine to said he hear people doing this. Does this really work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Gray View Post
    Now what do you think of using black balloons? friend of mine to said he hear people doing this. Does this really work?
    No reason it won't. Except the air will be condensing and the ballons will flatten out over time. Use a bike pump to keep the air cold.

    The cheapest sea duck decoy I know of is a 1/2 gallon bleach bottle painted black. The next cheapest is a 2 liter soda bottle, but they don't hold paint well I was told.

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    Divers generally decoy well and the more you throw out, the better. They don't have time to look at them all.

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    Just painted some old beat up mallards drakes... I think I will mix in with some ballons I will be fine..
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    Wouldnt the ballons be a little shiny? Just thinkning outloud here. Not sure about sea ducks, but shiny stuff in puddle duck spreads is usually really bad!

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    Old crab pot bouys painted black work also. Used to use these, but have since bought the real deal.
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