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I am brand new to water fowling. I haven't even been out yet. Mostly because I have no idea of property. I tried to reserve a blind at Barr Lake, but will have to wait until Monday and give it a shot then. How do you know which blind to choose? What are the ethics (since it appears to be quite a few blinds in a fairly small area. I don't think I can call well at all, but want to learn. At the same time I don't want to ruin anyone elses hunt.

What can I do to become proficient without others paying at my expense. If I could afford a lease, I would probably have one (I assume they are several hundred, if not several thousand dollars a season). How do you even find a lease?

sorry for the barrage of questions...just wanting to do things right.
 

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Well welcome to the wonderful world of waterfowl hunting TCR1. It's great to hear that more people are getting interested in this wonderful sport. It is becoming harder and harder to find property's to hunt now a days. You did the right thing in trying to reserve a blind at a public area. That is the first step. One of the best ways to figure out which blind to pick is just based off of "Scouting" all I can tell you is to get out and scout (Look for birds) as much as you can. If you are where the birds want to be you will have a great hunt. Just get out and scout as much as possible. Not only will this give you and idea of where the birds are but a lot of times it will help you to figure out their flight patterns (ie. time, direction) and also what they have a tendency to do in different weather situations. I understand that you are worried about ruining someone elses hunt. The best thing to do for calling is just to practice as much as you can. Just like anything else "Practice makes perfect" If you are able to locate geese whle scouting try and listen to them and then immitate the same sounds. Many times calling isn't even a huge help. Like I said before it's all about location. Locating, Location, Location. If you are where the birds want to be you will have a successful hunt.

For ethics it is basically just common sense. I mean everybody has a different veiw on things but most of the time if you just use common sense then you will be fine. The one thing that really bothers me is when we have a good spread and we are the ones that work the geese in and then another group shoots at them. I can't tell you how much that just pisses me off. I understand that the geese are in range for the other group but I mean come on. If you aren't the one who did all the work to get them in range then don't be shooting at them UNTIL the guys who brought them in have shot. That's just smething that I have noticed. But like I said it is basically just common ccourtisy. If you are at a place without blinds then just don't set up close to one another. But if there are already designated blinds then you will be fine.

One of the best ways to find a lease if you are truly interested in one is just to get on the internet and see what you can find. Also, there are sometimes some listed in Newspapers. Check there if you are looking for one but as you guessed they tend to be very pricey, at least IMHO.

Most of all just be respectful and you'll have a great hunt. Let us know how it went and good luck.

AH
 
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