Holy Crap can you laugh????!!??!?!?  If you said no you can not be part of this group from Raystown area.  These guys had such a good time they laughed the entire time.  One who will remain unnamed borrowed a pair of waders that will never be the same, ever, ever again.  i saw the bottom of the felt pads twice in one day, seems he likes to lay on his back in the mud, ALOT.... This group came with 5 guns and went home with 3 working guns. 

They did break in the new 2 man layout boat with a 28 bird shoot in 2 days.  Jim it was a ton of fun having your group down and we can not wait to see you all again next year.  Be sure to stop by the harrisburg show and visit our booth in February.

p.s. practice shooting claybirds from your back.  You guys spend more time in that position than upright. ha, ha

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Good evening fellow waterfowl hunters. 

Just wanted to let everyone know that we had a group down from Pa that had a fantastic trip.  We shot a limit of 10 brant and one and half limits of ducks on saturday in 40 mph winds over taylor decoys.  I have added a flock of Taylor Brant decoys to the spread this year and they are beautiful.  I have to give credit to Clint Taylor for making a fine decoy that can be put over the fire place as well as hunted over.  I also  have to give credit to Pat and his 2 wing men Dale and Matt, these PA boys can shoot and they did not hit my decoys.  They did manage to keep my lab, Hammering Hank, my helper Scotty and Me hopping all day.  We had started our day with plan "A" being scratched due to 40 mph winds.  I told the boys no worries I do have plan B and C to go thru yet.  After a couple mile relocation we were on our way.  Plan "B" turned out to be ok to get on the water but a wash at the blind site due to incoming wind boiling the water in front of my blind.  Plan "C" it was.  I had set out the Taylor Decoys and some bufflehead decoys and started to cook up a nice breakfast of eggs and sausage in the boat, while the boys piled up everything flying.  Pat, Matt and Dale limited out on Brant and we had to relocate for some duck shooting. The shooting died off in the afternoon after the tide dropped but the boys managed a couple ducks in the late afternoon.  Thanks again to Pat, Dale and Matt for booking with Fins and Feathers Outfitters.  I look forward to having you guys back in Snow Goose Season, we can put tighter chokes in and really test your shooting ability.  Good Luck in Pa.  Lock and Load boys lets shoot something....

Master Captain Jim

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Fins and Feathers Outfitters took a break to guid elk hunters at Budges Flat Tops.  I want to thank my 4 hunters personally for spending some time with us at Budges.  We had a group of 10 with a drop camp included.  I personally had called in 10 elk inside of 45 to 50 yards with 3 of them being at 20 yards and 1 at 18 yards.  We just couldn't make it happen this year.  Every damn elk stopped behind something just before winding us and taking off.  Shane i know you would have killed the one at 50 yards but i like to have them as close as possible so we don't have to track cripples.  Shane had another elk at 18 yards broadside with vitals blocked by brush.

We also had worked on one big bull for 5 days that had 9 cows, this bull was well into the 400 class with a spread that may have not fit into a pickup bed.  Pope and Young in Colorado is 230 class (i think) this bull will make Boone and Crockett.  Some lucky first season rifle hunter will kill this bull.  We had him patterned he just would gather up his 9 cows and run instead of fighting, he also had no interest in picking up any stray cows as we tried to cow call him. 

This year was very challenging with it being dry and a little pre-rut for archery hunters.  Shane chased some elk walking bare foot across the south branch of the white river and setting up on a sand bar for an evening cow kill.  The bull held all of his cows in the dark timber just long enough for Shane not to able to see his pins.

Spend a couple of days with Bob, who had pulled the trigger on 2 nice 6 x 6 bulls and didn't connect.

Don, we had some very close encounters with bulls bugeling so close the trees vibrated and just could not get that extra couple steps needed to connect.  Don and i watched about 9 bulls and 15 to 20 cows one morning on the opposite side of the river from us working there way up the ridge, we were hunting the big boy, who this morning decided to go high instead of coming down to the river and in the dark timber where we were waiting for him.

All-in-all, it was a great trip.  Good clients, good food some evening tunes played by our ranch hand and two clients on guitars was the icing on the cake.

If you want a great elk hunt, some horseback riding in the wilderness area of colorado, call budges and ask for Larry Parks.  You will have a great time.

Daniel, David, Butch and Ed be safe guiding this rifle season. (Guides)

And Don, Ken, Shane, and Bob thank you for booking with us at Budges, hopefully our friendship will carry on into the Fins and Feathers Outfitters duck hunting or fishing.  God bless and be safe,   Jim

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New Jersey Waterfowl Hunting


If you are interested in hunting waterfowl in New Jersey, then you've come to the right place!  Here are some details about our Waterfowl Hunts.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

• All of our waterfowl hunts are done over decoys, shots are from 5 yds to 40 yds.

• Snow goose hunts are over rags, silhouettes, and floaters. We hunt the water and fields let me know if you have limitations, snow goose hunting is work.

• Canada geese are over full body decoys and layout blinds we hunt New Jersey and Pennsylvania

• New Jersey Sea Duck hunts are over blocks with a 2 man banks layout boat and our 23' parker center console w/twin engines used as our tender boat.

• Our hunts are daybreak to dark.  We will do one hunting party per day so you have our full attention for the entire day or until you limit out on the target species.

• We charge $225.00 per day per man minimum of 2 hunters, maximum of 8.  We do offer discounts for groups over 5 hunters and tips are greatly appreciated.

hunt over Hammering Hank the Lab.  He is the brother to Tank, Lee and Tiffiney's dog "the Crush"

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The waterfowl hunting season starts in September for resident canada geese, October with early teal and woodies.  Atlantic brant season starts in November and goes thru the second week in January.  Ducks are in from November thru 2nd week in January.  We start chasing snow geese in January and ends in April.

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