Anyone hunt Magee on Wed? Ice? Birds?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tfes1, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. tfes1

    tfes1 Member

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    Have unit 16 on Friday and am looking for a report from Magee? Ice report? Have about a two hour trip, just making sure we're not froze out.

    Any info is appreciated!
    Thx.
    Tom
     
  2. asnappertapper

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    you wont be froze out but, certainly you will have some ice to deal with....if you have a V bottom boat with a gas motor you should be good to go...you have a pretty decent boat ride down the main channel to get to your actual zone....if you do have significant ice it will start right at the pull off where the main channel and your path to the actual blind meet...if so, consider tossing out a few blocks right there at first light and tuck the boat in the buck brush....you will have a good chance of knockin' down a couple birds, then weigh your options from there.....should be a good number of new birds around.
     

  3. tfes1

    tfes1 Member

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    Thanks! I do have a 16' deep v. Was planning on a little ice and appreciate the advice.
     
  4. jmschreck1

    jmschreck1 Active Member

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    I was there maybe 20 years ago with temps in the single digits and things largely frozen, My dad and I drew blind 1 which at the time was a pit blind. We had a small pocket about 60 yards from the blind that 6 coots were keeping open. So I broke open a hole and put out the decoys and come first light the festivities began. We ended up bringing 7 birds home but it should have been more! Most blinds didn't shoot any but there were big flocks heading south from the lake and we managed to get our share to come around. Lost one bird even though there was a blood trail on the ice because it was time to go. One of the best days of duck hunting I ever had with my dad who died earlier this year at 92 years of age.
     
  5. tfes1

    tfes1 Member

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    Sorry about your loss, but the memories of hunting with him will never die!
     
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  6. twolabman

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    Please post a report after your hunt tomorrow. I have a permit for Monday and anxious to hear about the ice status and bird numbers up there.
    Good luck tomorrow!
     
  7. tfes1

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    Broke some ice in the main channel on the way to 16. Had thick ice in the buck brush but the majority of our hole was wide open. It was extremely windy and unfortunately the only slack water was directly in front of the blind. Ended up with one drake mallard and a black duck. Missed a group of gadwalls. Not many birds wanted in our hole. Saw a few flocks early and they really didn’t start to filter back until after 11. Saw most small groups from 11 to 1. Pretty dead from 9-11. Quite a few geese but they know the safe zones and stuck close to them. Blind 9 was the only other group out and they had a way more shooting than us. Good luck!!
     
  8. asnappertapper

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    2 blinds being hunted in the complete center of the marsh !!....thats a disgrace !!
     
  9. Dan_O

    Dan_O Well-Known Member

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    People probably had better places to hunt.
     
  10. asnappertapper

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    with the lack of birds in Ohio from opening day until now....i would highly doubt that Dan....and when i drove thru Funk at 9:30 this morning and counted 40 vehicles throughout the area that tells me something to the contrary.
     
  11. PerchMonkey

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    Finally, the bird numbers are where they should be on the west end.
    Getum while you can
     
  12. twolabman

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    What time does the daily hunt at Magee end?
    I recall it used to be hunting until Noon but thinking it maybe later this year bc you need to provide your own boat instead of the guide boat pickup train like in years past. thanks.
     
  13. Dan_O

    Dan_O Well-Known Member

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    I'm inclined not to hunt state areas, because I can usually do better anywhere else. But I've been invited to hunt magee Friday. It's one of the better blinds they have as a general rule. Waiting to see if they ok my vacation day at work. I like hunting a marsh setting with all the other wildlife in the area. Its supposed to be windy in the AM, that should help.
     
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  15. cpagec

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    My son and I have #16 this coming Wednesday the 16th, so let me know how it goes. I've got an aluminum V bottom and a Carstens Canvasback i could take. Probably leaning toward the aluminum V if there will be skim ice. As far as birds go....you don't know until you try! I enjoy the process and time with my kid....birds are a bonus! Nothing like sunrise in the marsh!
     
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  16. Dan_O

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    We hunted number 6 today, ended up with 4. Should of had at least 2 more. Blind 5 had 1 volley, dropped 1. Blind 2 hadn't fired a shot by the time we left at 130. Did hear 2 volleys from middle marsh area.8, 9, 16 area. It was a very nice morning if you weren't duck hunting. What little wind we had, died quickly. Sunny all day long. We got our limit of swans easily. Man they sure make a racket. 20201211_140408.jpg 20201211_073542.jpg
     
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  17. cpagec

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    Beautiful picture and well done on the ducks!