|My recent efforts to expand my puddle ducking arsenal...|
You can't take the sea out of this duck hunter, but you can add some freshwater to the mix and that's exactly what I've been up to for the upcoming 2011 duck season. I would like the readership to know in advance that every purchase in this post came through Cabelas, which has been a wonderful company to deal with and also has a store in Scarborough, Maine. The post is link heavy so that you may reference the items that I have purchased or am considering.
I've been very interested in building an arsenal to allow for more duck hunting possibilities, especially when the weather does not cooperate with the sea ducking schedule. So with some research, smart shopping, and a pretty Mrs. Claus, I've started my preparation against the puddle duck. So here's how I got the ball rolling...
After a few seasons hunting with my buddy the Rabid Outdoorsman in central Maine, I opted to steal a few tricks out of his hunting bag. First and foremost, I decided that a MOJO motorized decoy was the ticket. Not only did we draw in reluctant ducks with it two years ago, I witnessed a neighboring group utilize two motorized decoys while ours was useless with a lost wing. The ducks seemed magnetized to the spread and at this point, I would have one or two or twelve.
|The 2009 set up in central Maine|
So I tell my wife I want one for Christmas, but notice the Baby MOJO drake/hen combo on sale at Cabelas for $99.99. After some research, this move seemed to outweigh buying just one regular MOJO. When we got around to putting the order in, the sale price had dropped to $79.99 which realistically floored me. They were on backorder, but still came before Christmas. They can be bought right now at Cabelas for $118.99 but I'd wait for them to go on sale. I didn't stop there after Christmas as I discovered the replacement parts kits on sale for $10.09. I'm not even going to wait for a disaster, I intend to be ready from the start.
|Baby MOJO Twin Pack|
|Mallard Surface Feeder Set by GHG|
I also discovered while putting out and retrieving Rabid's mallard sets that he had some GHG Keel Grabber Decoy Weights with Stretchee Cords. I opted for the 7.5 ounce version as I will use these on tidal waters as well. My only testament to the effectiveness of these is that Rabid has used these for three years now and loves them. For me, they were a breeze to use.
The purchase that I felt was the most impressive deal actually were the decoy bags in Cabelas Bargain Cave. The mesh decoy bag was listed for $4.99 and currently at $8.99. I'm usually skeptical about this type of purchase, but figured it might be a good move. I liked the first one so much, that another one found is in transit.
Finally with some tarred nylon decoy cord, I feel somewhat prepared to enhance my puddle duck skills in my general area and adjoin the established spread that my duck hunting partner already utilizes. There is no question that on the first day of duck hunting next year, there will be an abundance of material to share. The overall cost of this set up ran me just under $200.
Thanks for reading,
The Downeast Duck Hunter