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Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Probably at work.
After a humbling duck opener yesterday, I'm left wondering what I'm doing wrong. My scouting this last month had suggested pass shooting and jump shooting on a couple creeks, which together produced only two marginal shots yesterday (both misses). My afternoon decoy setup (on a pond I know was holding ducks a week ago) produced only three sky-high big ducks that gave no look. A day like that is typical of my duck hunting experience (been hunting 15 years).
At the same time, I read on national forums (which shall remain nameless) that guys are averaging between 30 and 300 ducks killed per season. Frankly, I do not believe that.
I'd like to get good enough at duck hunting to enjoy consistent success. I have done so in other states I've lived in. So, two questions:
1) Is it realistic to expect to eventually find consistent success duck hunting in PA? I don't want it to be easy, but all day off work without a duck in the oven is a losing proposition for me.
2) How many birds killed per hunt do you guys average? I thought, with proximity to the Chesapeake and Susquehanna, that triple-digit seasons and occasional limits would be possible, but are my expectations too high?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.