Bucket list Trip for Eiders

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  1. WYtransplant

    WYtransplant Senior Refuge Member

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    Taking one of my Bucket List Hunting Trips to East coast for Eider this December for my 40th birthday.

    What shot size do you guys use for Eider?
    Reading anywhere from Hevi metal 2s to BBB...
    They are a big bird but BBB seams extreme, and I want to put one on the wall.

    Have a three day hunt booked hoping to get at least 1 solid day in.
    If we get lucky and get good weather maybe get my Eider and sneak in a black duck.
     
  2. LabsInTheCanes

    LabsInTheCanes Senior Refuge Member

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    2’s or 3’s will be just fine. If your guide is worth his salt, the he’ll draw them in close. They are not hard too kill. 2’s or 3’s will be good black duck medicine a well. Good luck! Who is your guide?
     
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  3. LabsInTheCanes

    LabsInTheCanes Senior Refuge Member

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  4. tgs

    tgs Senior Refuge Member

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    Been shooting Kent 3" #3's for years with a modified choke. I would say #2 to #4's. Have a buddy who shoots Black cloud 4's and smokes em. My recommendation would be not to change loads. Shoot whatever your gun and you are used to. Some variables are if you are hunting from a boat or layout it may take a little getting use to the water movement/swells. I would also suggest a box of #6 steel for cripples. Good luck on your eider quest and have a great hunt.
     
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  5. BAYDOG

    BAYDOG Moderator- Diver, NY Forum, Refuge Classifieds Sponsor Moderator Flyway Manager

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    3" 2's or 3's
     
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  6. WYtransplant

    WYtransplant Senior Refuge Member

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    Shipping a case of 3" HeviMetal 2s out from Rogers ahead of the trip (Free Shipping) so should be good to go I hope...
    They are solid load on big White Wing Scoters here in Western WA so hoping similar for Eiders...
    Thanks for the responses.
     
  7. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    Forgive me for saying this so often but I shoot everything from teal to tundra swans with high speed #2 steel...
     
  8. Duck Wrangler

    Duck Wrangler Senior Refuge Member

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    If they decoy like they should, #2's will be perfect(I normally shoot Federal Ultra Shok #2)
    If you are ledge hunting and they don't seem to decoy as tight, you may think about stepping up to #1's.

    They are a fun bird to hunt and it's a pretty sight to see them decoy in.
    Enjoy your hunt!
     
  9. Duckdamage

    Duckdamage New Member

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  10. LabsInTheCanes

    LabsInTheCanes Senior Refuge Member

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    Guided. Ruben Perez, East Coast Guide Service
     
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  11. phutch30

    phutch30 New Member

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    Man have fun!! I went to RI 2 winters ago self guided....or guided by my buddies.. what a BLAST. I do that again in a heartbeat. We used #1s, #2s and BBs they all seemed to work

    One of the funnest hunts ive done
     

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