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I live in Somerset County. I would love to go duck/goose hunting this season but have never done it. Last year had a friend who would have taken me, so I went out and purchased some decoys: Mallards, Calls, & Canadian Geese. Well he moved and I have all this gear and no location to hit. Any good spots around me? I am willing to travel. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Drag and Swiper,

If you guys can go during the week I can take you both. My boat hunts 3 comfortably. Saturdays the boat is always full because my brother is home and nephew is home from school. During the week I always have room. Just let me know and we will put a hunt together.
 

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Posted: 15 Dec 2005 3:27 PM

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Drag and Swiper,

If you guys can go during the week I can take you both. My boat hunts 3 comfortably. Saturdays the boat is always full because my brother is home and nephew is home from school. During the week I always have room. Just let me know and we will put a hunt together.
If it's ok I would like to come if there is room sometime.
 

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Posted: 15 Dec 2005 6:00 PM

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230grain... snow on the ground w/decoys should make the decoys more effective, no?

When do you guys want to go?
I think the green or camo tarp on the snow will be effective. You said it is illegal, but i cannot find any mention of it in the NJ compendum. You said it was illegal in PA. I think I also started a thread about the green tarp. I don't recall getting any answers.
 

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No way dude... simulating food is the same as baiting. At the water gap you get in state and federal trouble/fine$.
In the 2003 bear hunt baiting was not allowed. I asked one of the instructors of that years bear seminar about using BearSense. It is incense with bear attracting odors ( anise , fish, berrys etc.). He said as long as it is not something for the animal to eat it is NOT bait.

Before I put out a tarp on the snow I am checking into this further. Waterfowl hunting is, as we all know, regulated federally. Maybe federal definations of baiting are different. Perhaps I will check with Ducks Unlimited and/or the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
 

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It's a federal law you can not bait waterfowl anywhere. The tarps are not consided bait. We have used clear poly tarps to replicate water serveral times putting shell and full bodies on top of it. You can't put at fake corn or any bait regardless. You can be fined if hunting near bait regardless if you know it's there or not. You can hunt over any field that hold left over grain from standard harvesting methods. I like to hunt over corn and soybean fields that were harvested at night. They seem to miss alot more product and loading it from combine to truck they spill more.

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Drag,
I've hunted geese for 25 years, field, marsh and the bay. If you can get a goose to think your astro turf is winter wheat I'd S#@t my pants. It's hard enough to get them to decoy in to a spread of full body decoys with a pit blind and motion decoys, let alone a square piece of green material. If it works send it in to Field and Stream and get yourself $50.

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