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  1. TNWaterfowler

    TNWaterfowler New Member

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    Ok guys, I have a friend that told me I could come stay at his place in or near Norway,Michigan. He's not a waterfowler but bear hunts and cat hunts. What's the waterfowling like in this part of the world? It'd be about a 14 hour drive for me, a friend, and my Labrador. I'm used to hunting both puddle ducks and divers. So what should I expect from this region? Thanks for any help!
     
  2. oldfireguy

    oldfireguy Refuge Member

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    I live in Escanaba. Opportunity limited unless you have a spot. Still there are duck hunters who do well.
    I do 99% ofy Waterfowl hunting in the Dakota Coteau.
    Enjoy your visit here. Try the fudge and pasties.
     
  3. TNWaterfowler

    TNWaterfowler New Member

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    The way he has decribed it, there is waterfowl everywhere in that area and it should be fairly easy to get on birds. But he did say it was public hunting. I have a jet motor and 17 ft Jon boat that I can bring.
     
  4. TNWaterfowler

    TNWaterfowler New Member

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    Maybe it's just too good to be true
     
  5. fishmunkee

    fishmunkee Senior Refuge Member

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    I'd leave the duck stuff at home but pack your lightest, quickest and most open choked shotgun and some good boots then go chase grouse and woodcock with your dog. People come from around the world to do that in the UP.
     
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  6. browndog49768

    browndog49768 Elite Refuge Member

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    Do some scouting on google maps I used to live on the east end of the UP and did quite well jump shooting
     
  7. egadwall

    egadwall Elite Refuge Member

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    I'd agree to this, and you can also do some jump shooting on the cricks and ponds. Legally, you'll have to shoot steel, but you can do pretty well with steel #7 for everything.

    Just don't expect your Lab to retrieve woodcock. Dogs won't touch 'em (or almost all dogs, anyway).
     
  8. egadwall

    egadwall Elite Refuge Member

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    And don't forget your fly rod or ultralight spinning gear ... if you've never had fresh caught brookies, you've never really eaten good trout.
     
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  9. fishmunkee

    fishmunkee Senior Refuge Member

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    "Dogs won't touch 'em (or almost all dogs, anyway)."

    LOL - My wirehair enthusiastically gets the first one of the season then reluctantly brings the rest back.
     
  10. ripline

    ripline Elite Refuge Member

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    Force fetching is your friend!!
    All of the dogs I force fetched gladly retrieve woodcocks.
     

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