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  1. This is Bent Creek's last weekend of the season . Might want to call the others but they may be done until the fall.
  2. I've seen a lot of woodies on the local swamps as well. Also have seen more mallards flying then I did all season. go figure?
  3. Our pheasant preserve season ends this weekend and I've move more now then I did during the open hunting season. They say that they will migrate at night and can more or less bypass the entire state of NJ in doing so.
  4. I think the urban \ rural statement is true if its a way of life, but NJ has as good as, or better fishing and hunting opportunities then other states, (within reason). Good duck, deer, pheasant, great SW fishing. Trout fishing, not so much. I'd say the biggest decline is simple. Hunting is a high effort - low success kind of hobby with a high cost of entry especially if you don't have a mentor to lend equipment and transfer knowledge. As a duck hunter, most guys don't want to wake up at 4am sit in the cold, put out decoys, all morning and not get a shot off. Its a lot of work. Its way easier to sit on the couch on a Saturday and watch college football.
  5. Was a quick season. Nice!
  6. Maybe I'm in the minority here, but hunting any wind over 20+ mph sucks. The decoys don't lay right, the birds don't work. If they do fly its with the wind at mach 1. No thanks.
  7. Hunted Friday and Saturday near AC. The Brant are plentiful down there as well as the black ducks. Didn't see much else in ducks other than the typical dock mallards and buffs. On Sat we hit Great Bay and shot 4 surf scoter. Also shot two Broadbills. Didn't seem to be as many Scoter as in years past. Did see an eider though!
  8. Great pics. Surprised to see a woodie. I usually stop seeing them by Mid December
  9. I drove up to Maine for the holidays. There was open water into New Hampshire. Like chenrossi said there hasn't been any cold weather. Last year I had a great November and early Dec with Mallards and Black ducks, then everything locked up. All the birds pushed south or to the coast. Here's my argument against dropping the mallard limit. The weather hasn't been cold enough to push the birds, so the harvest numbers at least in PA NJ and south will be down. But yet we'll have a lower limit? Just like stripers this fall. They all stayed beyond 3 miles, but yet they will say they were over fished?
  10. If you don't mind, where were you hunting out of. I'm up in Maine for the week and there is open water into New Hampshire. We really need to lock up the waters up here to start seeing any resemblance of a migration.
  11. Glad to see a decent outdoors site for NJ. Bassbarn is done, surprised its even up anymore. Anyway, Word has it that theres a ton of birds in NY state yet. Haven't had a strong freeze up there so most of the lakes still have open water. Locally I've noticed a good amount of Mallards in mid November, but they have since moved on. Its all first light shooting and nothing flies after that. The big ducks seem to be mostly black ducks. Weather needs to change before we see any decent hunting here. Also heard the coastal zone is quiet, mostly buffs.
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