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Outta state duck hunt #2780894
04/09/19 05:49 AM
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Anybody have any recommendations for a outta state duck hunt with lodging?
Thanks

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2780986
04/09/19 08:18 AM
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What state you looking into? I have some contacts in Kansas and Missouri.


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Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2780990
04/09/19 08:19 AM
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If budget isn't a concern, I don't think there's a better outfitter in the country than these guys. https://www.habitatflats.com/

Watch some of their youtube videos. It's insane

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2781142
04/09/19 10:55 AM
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Last several years in AR have been a bust. No sustained winter weather in AR during December/Jan so duck numbers have been down. I'd look to Missouri or Kansas, but you never know what Mother Nature has in store. AR could be lights out hunting next year. Bust A Duck Guide service in Central AR does a good job. I've hunted with them several times and have always been pleased with property, lodging and guides. You can hunt fields, timber, river from the same lodge.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2781326
04/09/19 02:54 PM
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Never been but have heard good things about this group. https://www.honeybrake.com

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2781458
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Hey, thanks for the responses. I have bout narrowed it down to J&S Migrators and Southern Duck lodge in south east Missouri. If anybody had feedback on either more than what I have found it’s greatly appreciated.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2781623
04/09/19 08:42 PM
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If your thinking Arkansas I'd use cypress crossing in Humphrey. These guys will work as hard as anybody to keep you in ducks and specks. Blinds are A+ and the lodge is nice/new. These guys are locals and have lifelong experience in commercial hunting.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2781925
04/10/19 09:13 AM
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Bill Byers Hunter Club in Hunter, AR.

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Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2782797
04/11/19 11:39 AM
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Got to North Dakota in October. My Son went last year and they had a blast. Shot over 300 of all types. Saw Tundra Swans, Sandhills etc. He is planning to go back this year, depending on his work.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2783070
04/11/19 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Headhunter1984
Hey, thanks for the responses. I have bout narrowed it down to J&S Migrators and Southern Duck lodge in south east Missouri. If anybody had feedback on either more than what I have found it’s greatly appreciated.


I’ve hunted with J&S the last two years. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about it.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2783252
04/11/19 09:28 PM
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If you haven't totally ruled out AR these guys are great.

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Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2783578
04/12/19 11:36 AM
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We've been doing some hunting down around Lake Charles Louisiana and we've had some birds. They (locals) think there are NO birds because they can't go out there, throw out 2 dozen decoys from Academy in a mud hole and start shooting.

We've had to "work" a little harder for them. Like put out 3 dozen instead of 2 and add a jerk string. rolleyes I'm just thinking... "y'all boys never duck hunted in Alabama much have you?". All they want to talk to me about is coming up here and blasting some deer.

Don't rule it out the drive isn't horrible and the weather is mild. I know there are several groups down there that guide if you need more info just PM me.

Nobody has mentioned going to Reelfoot and that's probably good advice. Our blind numbers are way down and have been for several years. Here today.. gone tomorrow. No consistency for more than 2-3 days at a time then lull for several days then back into the birds. Repeat on the next front. Not bad for a single hunter but not good for taking clients who have been coming for years and remember when we use to put up 30+ per day every day. Some days were are down to something like 12 in a blind that could shoot 12-14 people. There... you ride the hole. Every day all season long. You can't move the blind so it's out of your control.

I think you will find the same in Arkansas and SE Missouri which is just across the river. Everything has to do with hunting pressure in those situations and those places. You really need to go with someone that has enough property or holes they can put you on a place that hasn't been hunted in a week, etc.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2783623
04/12/19 01:07 PM
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May want to check out Homra's guide service on Reelfoot Lake,Tn. Only paid/guided duck hunt I've been on.
Had an awesome time.
Never got our feet wet,main part of the blind was heated,fed us breakfast & lunch in the blind & killed ducks.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2784736
04/13/19 08:08 PM
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The further north of west you go, the more consistent your success is going to be. Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas would be my choice.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Goatkiller] #2785661
04/15/19 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Goatkiller
We've been doing some hunting down around Lake Charles Louisiana and we've had some birds. They (locals) think there are NO birds because they can't go out there, throw out 2 dozen decoys from Academy in a mud hole and start shooting.

We've had to "work" a little harder for them. Like put out 3 dozen instead of 2 and add a jerk string. rolleyes I'm just thinking... "y'all boys never duck hunted in Alabama much have you?". All they want to talk to me about is coming up here and blasting some deer.

Don't rule it out the drive isn't horrible and the weather is mild. I know there are several groups down there that guide if you need more info just PM me.

Nobody has mentioned going to Reelfoot and that's probably good advice. Our blind numbers are way down and have been for several years. Here today.. gone tomorrow. No consistency for more than 2-3 days at a time then lull for several days then back into the birds. Repeat on the next front. Not bad for a single hunter but not good for taking clients who have been coming for years and remember when we use to put up 30+ per day every day. Some days were are down to something like 12 in a blind that could shoot 12-14 people. There... you ride the hole. Every day all season long. You can't move the blind so it's out of your control.

I think you will find the same in Arkansas and SE Missouri which is just across the river. Everything has to do with hunting pressure in those situations and those places. You really need to go with someone that has enough property or holes they can put you on a place that hasn't been hunted in a week, etc.

There are days that there will be birds moving around early in the season but overall duck hunting SUCKS in our area now. I'm 35 miles SW of Lake Charles and it's nothing but rice fields and marshes and other than a few specklebellies, spoonbills, gadwalls and the occasional teal and pintail there was really no ducks to be found in our area. All the best hunting camps in the best marshes were getting shut out many mornings this year. That's just unheard of. Duck hunting in SW La is like deer and turkey hunting here in Alabama. Every field or pothole in the marsh has a blind in it that someone paid high dollars for and they're hunted everyday. Ducks are big business in La.


It's hard to kiss the lips at night that chews your a$$ all day long.


Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: GomerPyle] #2787252
04/17/19 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by GomerPyle

Bill Byers Hunter Club in Hunter, AR.

ByersFarm.com


This would be my choice as well.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2791544
04/23/19 09:43 AM
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Byers or Buster Cooper

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2792661
04/24/19 06:06 PM
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Central AL
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I have hunted with Buster Cooper at Bust a Duck several times, he has a good operation. He is honest and will try and put you on the ducks

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2803178
05/08/19 08:52 PM
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Byers has been around a long long time and they produce

The past years has been terrible. As bad as I’ve ever seen it yet we killed birds year before last. These days it’s gonna be luck of the draw.

Re: Outta state duck hunt [Re: Headhunter1984] #2805552
05/11/19 10:40 PM
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Neither of these places overbook and don't shoot holes out daily...thus their success when others are lacking


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