South of the border near Mazatlan, Mexico, the Pacific and Central flyways converge providing a tremendous variety of waterfowl and an irresistible bucket list addition for keen hunters. I decided to go with Ramsey Russell’s GetDucks.com, as his operation on paper looked immensely professional and, in reality, it delivered so much more. Read full story: The Marvel of Mexico Duck Hunting
Referenced Hunt: Mazatlan Mexico Duck Hunting
In this episode of the On The X podcast, J Paul Jackson, Rocky Leflore, Josh Webb, and Huston Kennedy are joined by the infamous Ramsey Russell. Ramsey is the owner of GetDucks.com and a waterfowl expert. Ramsey discusses his upcoming plans to follow the bluewing teal migration as they make their way to Mexico. This podcast is a “INFORMATION OVERLOAD” in dealing with bluewing teal. We all learned things we never knew about the little F-16’s.
The guys also all talk about where they were and what they were doing on 9-11-01. J Paul also talks about gun shy dogs in his dog training tip of the week. You don’t want to miss this podcast.
The next morning, we were off early for black brant hunting in Mexico, this time with Ramsey Russell himself. Ramsey is an exceptional hunter and a particularly interesting person, with a most wicked sense of humor; time with him is informative, but also definitely entertaining. As an innovative call maker, my hunting partner Brad Jones (Willow Creek Custom Calls) had developed a new brant call, and we were anxious to see how effective it was. Between Ramsey’s understanding of brant habits and Brad’s calling ability, our confidence level was high…The first flock of brant appeared suddenly. Skimming close to the water, the first dark V appeared at almost the instant the tide began to retreat. Instinctively, we began to calling unison…the birds began moving towards the decoys…
Many people talk about the rush they feel and bugling elk echo through the mountains or huge white-tail bucks crash through woodland brush, but at the proximity we were in while ocellated turkey hunting, the low drumming that gently escalated into the unique gobble and cluck of the ocellated turkey proved just as much of a adrenaline rush…then finally the whisper I had awaited, “Shoot.”
Intensely more beautiful in flight, blue-winged teal are much more than a harbinger of duck season. Steve Biggers’ Rocky Creek Retrievers.com/ Team Waterfowl outfit is regarded as holding more blue-winged teal than anybody. the insanely early migration of blue-wings puts so many birds here that Biggers bags between 1,500 to 2,000 most years for his clients, who flock to here from throughout the U.S. Biggers’ camps consistently have good-as-it-gets blue-winged teal hunting, and the food is, well…Texas. Homemade boudin, thick ribeyes, fried pork chops and smoked sausage. It’s as southern-good as shrimp and grits. READ FULL STORY: GOOSE BUMPS AND CHILLS IN TEXAS HEAT (TEXAS TEAL HUNT)
When you look at all the gear needed to waterfowl hunt…you quickly realize that guided duck hunts the best value. It’s not an indulgence, as in big game hunting, it’s a bargain. Ramsey vets USHuntList.com outfitters, and if they’re on the list he has been there boots on the ground and guarantees above all else that you will experience a true effort from the outfitter. Ramsey selects one really great outfitter in each region and we are confident endorsing them. Read full story Road Trip: Bucket-List Duck Hunts Worth An Escape If The Migration Doesn’t Flow Your Way
Referenced Guided Duck Hunts: Louisiana Duck Hunting – NE Louisiana, Louisiana Duck Hunting – Coastal Marsh at Venice, Louisiana Specklebelly Goose Hunting – SWLA, Texas Duck Hunting – Gulf Coast Readheads & More, Washington State Duck Hunting, Manitoba Canada Goose and Duck Hunting
Bagging exotic ducks and bonding with buddies, it doesn’t get any better than Argentina duck hunting. It never gets old. Just as a hunts starts to feel routine, whistling ducks show up, or pintail, or gorgeous Chiloe wigeon, or silver teal…”The expense is relative. It’s cheap compared to the duck club racket. Back home the only clubs that kill any amount of ducks you have to spend a quarter-million or more dollars just to join…and just the dues alone will pay for seven-day trip where you will kill more duck in seven days than in 10 years in the U.S., and no standing in freezing water with ice all over you.” Read full story: Argentina duck hunt – The Thunder Down Under
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Ramsey Russell puts the skewered duck poppers on his grill with a sizzle and a smile. The bacon wrap’s aroma whets the appetite of anyone within nose shot. Whiffs deepen, with meaty duck subnotes and a whisper of sweetness and tart wafting along after it. Pineapple maybe? Ginger? Both?
GetDucks.com duck hunt expert Russell, organizer of hunting adventures around the globe, was at that moment on his own Brandon back porch.
“I’m not a cook or a chef,” he said over savory samples threatening to…
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Mexico has been just such a mistress for North American hunters of late. Gringos love the oldest true south because across the border is hunting like we might have had it in the 1850s, in close proximity to blue-water beaches and big game fishing. From the giant Sonoran mule deer to the outsized largemouth bass and lights-out wingshooting, this is the affordable and not so very far away destination our fathers and grandfathers ventured to.
A few friends think I’m crazy to go to Mexico, but I think they are crazy not to. Mind your manners and your business, don’t venture into areas you are not supposed to, and it is just fine. I never felt threatened and have felt far more menaced in every large U.S. city I’ve ever been to.
And yes, my heart will always yearn for Argentina, particularly Patagonia. The warm people, the super-natural duck hunting, the roar of the stag. But doves? I will choose Mexico, margaritas, and more white-wingeds than I ever want to shoot, thank you sir. It is perhaps not the insane bird numbers of South America, but it is at times pretty damned close, and the bottom line is each morning and evening we shot absolutely all we and our shoulders wanted to shoot…all just 500 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Does it get any better than that? Package Details: Mexico White-Winged Dove Hunting
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Netherlands is green. About half the size of South Carolina, its citizens are among Europe’s most liberal, a phenomenon that local hunters call “green.” Its park-like landscape is as one guest described, “so emerald green it burns your retinas.” The countryside is as idyllic as a 1970s Disney movie replete with narrow, cobblestone streets, laser-straight rows of tulips that stretch to the horizon, lazily churning, centuries-old windmills, skillfully manicured topiaries, politely smiling, mostly blonde bicyclists, tidy wood-shingled farmhouses back dropped by aromatic dairy farms and lush crops of hay, corn, and sugar beets. There’s water everywhere. Seemingly millions of miles of drainage channels effectively displace water with Dutch efficiency to myriad larger canals and immense reservoirs retained by the country’s iconic dikes, the country’s highest topographical points that loom on every horizon. Copious water, forage grass and agriculture: it’s a waterfowl utopia, location of the world’s newest goose hunts. There’s no goose-hunting season either. But there’s goose hunting!
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