Need help!! Best public huntin along the mississippi in ky?any help would be awesome

Discussion in 'Waterfowl Hunting' started by mathews126, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. mathews126

    mathews126 Spike

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    Alright a couple friends and I are wanting to do some traveling and hunting some so we arnt hunting the same places here at home everyday I've got a mud boat and would like more places to use it any opinions or ideas on where to go would be great we are wanting to go west as close to the Mississippi as possible without having to get into another state and buy license were already planning a trip to Arkansas so any help would be great
     
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  2. CUT EM'

    CUT EM' 6 pointer

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    Look at fish and wildlife website at different WMA areas
     
  3. quackrstackr

    quackrstackr Welcome to Fantasy Island Staff Member

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    Your choices are extremely slim given your criteria.......
     
  4. You'd want to hunt Hickman Bottoms.

    But, sadly, you'll need another 28' on the Cairo guage. Which, from the looks of things, probably won't happen this year.

    :-/
     
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  5. Find sand bar, dig hole, put out decoys, get in hole, shoot ducks, repeat as necessary.
     
  6. mike_b

    mike_b 8 pointer

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    Sounds about right.
     
  7. You may as well be asking for the combination to get in my wifes undies son. Asking people for there duck holes is akin to high treason around here.
     
  8. 13space82

    13space82 6 pointer

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    just drive 3 more hours and go to Arkansas twice.
     
  9. mike_b

    mike_b 8 pointer

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    How far down is old man river at Hickman for any of you around those parts? not water level, but what's the harbor look like? Does Bayou de Chein or Obion creek have any water?
     
  10. quackrstackr

    quackrstackr Welcome to Fantasy Island Staff Member

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    Buddy of mine crossed it yesterday going to MO and said it's lower than it ever got last year.
     
  11. Wampuscat

    Wampuscat 10 pointer

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    Low water can mean good hunting if it exposes the right sandbars. Ducks still use it as a landmark for migration.
     
  12. mike_b

    mike_b 8 pointer

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    I'm wondering if its still possible to get in to obion or bayou de chein. From the flow gauge, it's low but not extremely low. But the MS really determines their height. Looks like my plans to hunt near there will require some extra time for navigation scouting.
     
  13. Blood River

    Blood River 6 pointer

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    The bayou de chein is spring fed I believe and starts around Water Valley or Cuba? It just supplied a 5 acre filled about 2ft of water over the weekend.
     
  14. mike_b

    mike_b 8 pointer

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    Well, I was hoping the local watersheds might still have water. Bayou de chien may be spring fed but it is the water shed for a large swath of land.

    I looked at the probability calculations for the season. Out through the second week of December there is only a 50% chance that it will be above 20 ft. It doesn't reach a 75% probability for 20ft till the second week of February 2013. Well, that data is for Newburgh, which isn't a real good gauge for Cairo but it normally runs higher.
     
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  15. Being a towboater, I have been hearing rumors about the ACE possibly shutting the water flow out of the Missouri River, which would dramatically decrease the water levels yet again, according to a USCG theoretical prediction. I've heard predictions as low as 2' on the Cairo gauge. Talk about drastic conditions.
     

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