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Versatile Hunter

Toughest Bird to Decoy

Sun, December 16, 2012

You never know what is going to come up in the duck blind on any given day.  Some things cannot be mentioned here—others can.  Included in that category would be a question that came up this past Saturday at a private club near Spring Bay we were hunting.  Which waterfowl species is the toughest to decoy?  Mallards, pintails, specklebellies, and snows came to mind.  I’ve had personal experiences with all of them and was interested in what Heartland readers thought and perhaps some tips on getting them to finish.

I recall late season mallards in Arkansas that would only finish with a constant barrage of calling.  Stop calling and they wanted nothing to do with you.  The local guides were much better at getting them to finish and we were hunting with folks who had 20 years of duck hunting experience.  The guides, some of which were younger than us, finished these mallards better hands down.  They seemed to give those birds just what they wanted to hear.

Or mallards this year in the corn. . . .  We tried everything to no avail.  Moved decoys, moved spinners, pulled spinners, called more, called less. . . .  Perhaps the birds were a bit stale and had seen it all before.  Perhaps there was something that we should have been doing differently. 

Anyone with some experience has recalled the sights and sounds of northern pintails circling, circling, circling, and never finishing. . . . . Time and time again.  Don’t get me wrong, we’ve killed our share.  But I’ve seen more not finish then finish. 

Don’t get me started on the specks and snows.  400 silosock snow decoys and still no finishing.  . . ugh.  Makes a guy want to hang it up for awhile.  Anyone know how to figure out the specks?  Let us all in on the secrets if so.  You’re well ahead of the majority of local hunters I know.  .  .


Wheelin Sportsmen pheasant hunt

Wed, December 12, 2012

Guides and world-class bird dogs will be provided by the NAVHDA Spoon River Chapter.

January 13, 2013 with a January 20 snow date, if needed.

Birds will be paid for by the NWTF and lunch is provided by Lick Creek.  Four wheelers will also be provided, if needed.

Contact Lisa Davis (217-260-7036) or Shae Birkey (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to register or for more information.

Lick Creek Game Preserve website:

NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen website:


IDNR Sustainability Bill Passes

Wed, November 28, 2012

This is the bill that the IDNR has been waiting for to pass and today, it did.  In brief, the bill assesses new or increased fees on such activities as:

·      Endangered species act consultation;
·      Various IDNR issued licenses and permits (hunting and fishing licenses, etc.);
·      Permits issued pursuant to the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act;
·      Water use and Lake Michigan water allocation permits;
·      Oil well permitting and assessments;
·      Mine certification and education;
·      Use fees for IDNR properties; and
·      Various vehicle registration fees.

You can view the full language of the bill at:

The bill now goes to the Governor where his signature is expected.


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