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What was your first Duck
Woodies, Teal, Mallard, Pin tail, Diver, what was it. Can you look back and remember! your first duck. Can you remember the time and the place. What gun were you shooting? These are thing that I like to look back on as I'm moving up the age ladder. For me it was in a swamp loaded with teal and woodies. I never hunted ducks before this day. I was just a young kid. My friends father invited me to their honey hole. I had my Dads 16 gauge side by side Springfield. I loved that gun. It wasn't pretty or anything, it had a cracked stock. The bluing was coming off of it. But it was my Dads! and that was good as gold to me. I still can remember the smell of the swamp that day. Walking in the water stepping over my hip boots. I loved it. My friends father put me in a blind in the center of the swamp. It was the prime spot in the whole swamp. You could here the wing beats in the dark. It was like nothing I ever seen before. As day light came a flock of teal flew right over me and low. But I was to slow to even draw on them. I could hear my friends laughing at me. As it got a little lighter I could see a pair of woodies coming dead center at me. I raised that side by side and pulled both trigger by mistake. And down I went onto the floor of the blind. Which was under water by the way. As I got up off the wet floor. I could hear my friends cheering me and saying great shot. Somehow I knocked down a drake wood duck. Don't remember how I pulled up on him. Don't remember if my eyes were open or closed. But from that day. I was hooked for ever.
anthony sr
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Black Duck, Body Island, Currituck Sound, N.C. Dec after Christmas 1972. Had an Ithaca Model (?)51 semi auto 12 ga.
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Black Duck, Body Island, Currituck Sound, N.C. Dec after Christmas 1972. Had an Ithaca Model (?)51 semi auto 12 ga.


I had one of those as my first semi-auto through my undergrad years. Broke the rod on the back of the bolt housing that mates with the compression spring in the stock twice while shooting 3" magnum Remington loads. Both times in the slotted section where the hammer traveled up to engage the firing pin extension on the back of the bolt housing. I eventually sold it to buy a side-by-side 12gauge Lefever for upland birds and went back to my 870 magnum.
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I was also an undergrad at UNC. Traded it for a double barrel S/S Ithaca SKB. Don't remember why, but guess we must have been thinking the same.
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1971 - Hen Mallard on Rest lake in Northern Wisconsin, Winchester model 25 pump. Never found a pellet in that duck, after missing it 3 time she flew into a tree and fell to the ground.
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Paul Strombeck: Feb 14, 2019, 6:38 AM
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Hen blue winged teal at Guana WMA in FL. I was using a Remington 870 20 ga
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Paul, awesome! Great to experience honesty these days.
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rfberan wrote:
I was also an undergrad at UNC. Traded it for a double barrel S/S Ithaca SKB. Don't remember why, but guess we must have been thinking the same.


That's "rich", I eventually determined that the Lefever's stock was too short and sold it to purchase...an SKB 12 gauge side-by-side. The back edge of the receiver came to a point; which eventually resulted in a split stock from shooting 3" Remington Nitro Mag. loads at geese.

First duck was a drake wood duck in full breeding plumage in the Pottowattamie Marsh at New Richmond, Michigan; killed with an Ithaca Model 37 in16gauge shooting Peters paper loads. George Gilkey gave the gun and Peters ammunition to my dad prior moving to Papua, New Guinea to "retire".
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If your referring to the cost of the gun, honesty will make me tell the story as we were far from rich. My dad liked to bet football games and he had bet on Notre Dame against USC. USC went up 28 points in the first half. I don't remember the spot, but my Dad was distraught and disparagingly said, "If the Irish come back I will buy you the shotgun you were telling me about". It was in our local gun shop and I had been admiring for a long time without any hope of it becoming mine.

Anyway, I cheered and prayed like never before and the "Luck" of the Irish came through. I know it killed him, but my Dad kept his word and I still have that gun today. Only one I have held onto all these 40 years.
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Bluebill w model 23 win 12 gauge double. About 12 and to small to swing it but dad let me shoot em in the blocks while resting gun on top edge of blind wall. Thing I remember most was being real cold and drinking all dads coffee and letting it flow out back door of boobie blind. Probably right in the skiff that was tied up at ladder!
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Mountains of Colorado west of Colorado Springs. I was 23 are the time, working on a buffalo ranch, guiding hunts, and coaching high school basketball. One of my students took me out and we jumpshot a farm pond. 3 shots later I killed one hen mallard if I remember correctly. I had never even fired a shotgun up to that point. I've sure come a long ways since then!
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Kyle

You made it to the big time, Nice story. When I was a young man I use to love jump shooting. I use to get more ducks with my dog then my friends did with their guns. We would walk the bays or swamps after opening day morning. An have a field day picking up cripples.
anthony sr
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rfberan

Great story, Is that shotgun still in your family. I still have the one I shot my first duck with.
anthony sr

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anthony m coons sr: Feb 15, 2019, 4:01 AM
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Paul

I think you scared the heck out of that duck. Stories that only duck hunters have. That what I'm talking about. Thanks
anthony sr
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Dani

Good shooting, 20ga are great shotguns. I killed my fair share with a 20ga. Thanks for the post
anthony sr
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No, I meant "rich" as in ironic, hence the notation since the word is used in a non-standard way. I eventually dumped the SKB...after the stock split behind the highpoint in the rear edge of the receiver.

SKB replaced it, along with numerous others prior changing the receiver's rear contours. Over the years, I've discovered I don't shoot doubles well anyway, since my dominant eye, while on the right, suffers from an astigmatism, often resulting in splitting the downfield image. Hard enough to hit with a double's broad sight plane, harder still when you have a second "shadow" image as well.

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RLLigman: Feb 14, 2019, 9:34 AM
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Roy

That is a great story, Thank you for sharing. My first duck hooked me for life. Had know idea what I was doing. But the sites and sounds of duck hunting took over my mind then . And still does today. Thanks
anthony sr

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anthony m coons sr: Feb 14, 2019, 9:25 AM
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Hen wood duck, in the little marsh between two lakes that was always our opening day honeyhole, but no longer holds many ducks. Not sure why, but over time what used to be a lot of standing dead timber in a swampy impoundment has fallen down, and the amount of open water has been reduced to almost nothing. Water at same elevation, but way more emergent vegetation than we used to have.

Remington 870, dropped her cleanly on a left-right crossing shot that still gives me and my cross-dominant eye a ton of trouble. If I could make that shot consistently my ducks/shell fired ratio would probably double.

"At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant."
— Aldo Leopold
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Bufflehead I think. What I remember is having to shoot a single shot 20 gauge that was almost impossible for me to cock in time to actually shoot at birds still near the decoys.
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Hen Broadbill on the Great South Bay with Steve Sanford over his hand carved stool, in the converted car topper that he posts from time to time. Mossberg 500 pump with Federal 2.75 shells. I remember asking him why de didn't wear his back tag, he answered "I don't want to put a hole in my parka!"
Good memories.
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My first ever was a hen or immature scoter, shot in the water in November, 1965, Guilford, CT. The little I remember is that I was teased for "Essexing" it, Essexing being a pejorative for water swatting by meat hunting old timers from the nearby town of Essex, who refused to "waste" a shell on a bird on the wing. The first one on the wing was a male GWT the first day of the CT season, (3rd Saturday in October) 1968, in a marsh along the lower CT River known to family and friends as the "Parsonage", so named because the marsh was hayed in colonial times for the church Parson. Model 12, 12 gauge with a 30" full choke, the perfect kids gun. Wink No records exist of the number of shells to birds ratio. Whistle
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Hey all, I'm new to the forum and this looks like a good place to break the ice. My first duck was a hen mallard shot on a farm pond in the Fingerlakes region of NY, with a single shot Ithaca 20 Ga. resting on the cross rail of the blind. My excited young self neglected to get the hammer all the way back and she made it to the water before I could recover. Not the most sporting wing shot but I wouldn't trade that water swat for anything! Thanks for the excuse to recall fond memories.
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Black duck Raritan Bay South Amboy NJ 14 years old with my trusty BPS pump
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Drake Broadbill, Langford bay, Rock Hall Md. Sweet 16 ga browning (still have the gun) I was
13 yrs old and as they say the rest is history.
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I never get tired of telling this story.

My first bird, was actually a pair. Early Teal season, 1974, I was 13. I grew up on a farm, here in NE Ohio. At 13, technically, I was too young to hunt without an adult. However...

I started hunting at 11 hunting squirrels, rabbits and woodchucks. By 12, I was hooked on duck hunting, but didn't kill any ducks that first year. When I was younger, up till maybe when I was about 9 or 10, my father was an avid duck hunter. I remember him coming home, (even though we did a lot together back then, he never took me duck hunting, I think because he always went with another guy, and very often to the very dangerous Lake Erie). Over the early fall, in anticipation, of the upcoming Waterfowl season and being the fact that I was a poor farm boy, and after consulting a few library books during school classes, most probably math..., I carved, the most crude pair of Blue Winged Teal out of a 2 x 4 and a piece of 1 x pine, using nothing more than a coping saw, a horse shoeing rasp, and a dull pocket knife. I had a buddy, who lived about 4 miles away, and very near a big marsh. After planning, one Friday after school, I loaded my old ten speed bicycle up with overnite clothes waders, coat, ammo, my trusty 12 gallon Marlin pump shotgun strapped between my legs, and of course my brand newly carved toy ducks, and peddled the few miles, (all uphill of course), to my buddy's house. After managing about three hours of sleep, my buddy Anthony and I awoke early the next morning, and headed out. We picked a spot in the marsh and put out my little pair of proudness. We could hear birds singing about back and forth and as daylight began, we could start to make out their shapes against the light blue horizon. It wasn't long before birds started trading back & forth, easily in range of our lead shot, but most were Mallards and Woid Ducks. Finally, a small flick of about half a dozen tiny Green Winged Teal buzzed by. Without thinking, just like a real hunter is supposed to. I rose and shouldered my gun, while clicking off the safety, all in one smooth move. I picked out a bird and slapped the trigger. BOOM, and low and behold, the bird folded! Well, after seeing that little bird fold, I am now a seasoned Duck hunter. So I did what I was supposed to do- cycled another shell and picked out another bird. Again, I slapped the trigger, and once again, saw a little bird fold. I'm thinking, at this point, I was so amazed, that I didn't pump the fun again, but instead took in the most amazing moment.

I ended up taking those birds home and proudly showing them off to my Mom & Dad before plucking them alm alone. I don't really remember eating them, but I know we did, because we didn't waste anything edible back then.

I still have those little wooden ducks, and look at them often. It was a brief moment in my life I will cherish forever and never forget.

Jon

"Each decoy you touch holds memories of, past, present and God Willing, future hunts. The places, birds, men, boats, dogs and days you spent doing what you so dearly love and enjoy"- Vince Pagliaorli