Captain Larry Talks Puddle Ducks In November/Decembers Edition of Ducks Unlimited

Limit Outfitters Captain, Larry Metzger, has been featured in the November/December edition of Ducks Unlimited.

Seven Pointers for Puddle Ducks

EXPERT: CAPTAIN LARRY METZGER
LOCATION: FREEHOLD, NJ

15-ND-smCaptain Larry Metzger runs Limit Outfitters guide service along the Jersey Shore. The area holds the largest concentration of wintering black ducks in North America, and Metzger and his clients frequently target these “wariest of ducks.”

“Black ducks certainly live up to that reputation,” Metzger says. “They are super cautious. They’ll frequently make four or five passes before coming in.”

For this reason, Metzger treats black ducks with kid gloves. He goes to extra lengths to conceal hunters, puts out small, realistic decoy spreads, and calls minimally. “You can’t pressure these ducks,” he says. “You’ve got to hunt where they’re feeding. That’s the main thing. Then you have to be patient and let them almost work themselves.”

Metzger likes to set up in the marsh with the wind at his back, deploying a mix of black duck and mallard decoys, about a dozen in all. “Black ducks work better to their own kind, so I’ll set a little group of five to seven black duck decoys on one side of a marsh pond and another small cluster of mallards on the other side, leaving an opening between the two groups,” he explains.

For added realism, Metzger will sometimes deploy a pair of wigeon or brant. And when all else fails he turns to his secret weapon. “If the black ducks still aren’t cooperating, I’ll drop a pair of snow goose floaters in the hole. I don’t know why, but black ducks really like to work to snow geese.”

Regarding calling, Metzger says, “I’ve had a lot more success just being quiet. The marsh where we hunt is open, so we depend more on visibility than sound to attract ducks. We may make a little feeding chuckle or some drake mallard calls, but we almost never use highballs.”

Given the wariness of black ducks, good cover is a must. “We hunt mainly from Barnegat Bay boats, and we grass them really well,” Metzger explains. “We also keep our faces covered, and we stay absolutely still while black ducks are circling. If they see anything abnormal while they’re working, they’ll leave.”

2013-2014 Waterfowl Season

The 2013-2014 Waterfowl Season was one for the record books.  The season started off slow with warm weather and it was looking like a repeat of the year prior.  Once January rolled around mother nature blessed us with a Polar Vortex and treated us to some of the coldest weather that we had seen in more than 30 years.  With the weather came the ducks, and did they come!  Broadbill, Brant, black ducks, and scoters we plentiful with the weather the exotics also showed up and we harvested Golden Eyes, Canvasbacks and even some Red Heads.  With the heavy snowfall across the country we look forward to a good breeding season and liberal bag limits for the 2014-2015 Waterfowl season.  In the offseason we will be adding new Tanglefree decoys to the rig, turkey hunting, fishing and watching our kids play travel Softball.  Book early as prime dates are filling up we look forward to seeing you out with us this coming fall and winter.

Capt. Larry

Post Sandy

Sandy definetly disrupted things for the beginning of the 2012-2013 Waterfowl season.  The devastation on the coastline is massive, however the marshes, bays and rivers look like they survived.  With colder weather setting in to the north of us birds have migrated down and this season looks promising.  There are many more birds this year, at this time than there were last season.  Due to the storm we cancelled all of our early season hunts and plan to resume normal operations as of Thanksgiving.  Scouting has produced some promising results and we expect to have a banner season despite the disaster.  Some prime dates are still available and we look forward to seeing some existing client faces as well as forging some new relationships as well.

bitter sweet end of the season

With my final trip scheduled for yesterday my party cancelled because of the forcasted weather.  I wasnt gonna let a forecasted NE snowstorm get by without me getting in some gunning. After some poor shooting on my part, the birds handled nicely the dog was on her game, I got to reflect on this past season, and though it wasn’t the season I am gonna be telling my grandchildren about, it was better than not having a season at all. We had some great folks share some NJ gunning with us from across this great country, we all had fun. Though my hands ache, my skin cracks and my joints hurt it’s bitter sweet to see the season end. In a week or two my batteries will be recharged, carving projects will begin, dog training will start, I guess I must have Diver blood running thru my veins.

Final Stretch 2011-2012 Waterfowl Season

Happy New Year to all, 2011-2012 season has been one of mild weather and tough hunting conditions.  Even though conditions have been tough due to the late migration and weather we have had alot of fun and have had some great hunters that have travelled from as far as Alaska.  With the final 3 weeks approaching we have very few dates still available, if you are interested in a diver hunt do not delay.  Colder temperatures are in the forecast for us and and to the north which should make for some excellent gunning the last few weeks of the season.  We have been fortunate to hunt with some new clients as well as our regulars.  Just wanted to share some photos of some our most recent hunts and look forward to seeing some of you in the next few weeks.  We are currently booking for the 2012-2013 Waterfowl season be sure to book early for those prime dates.  As always we will be incorporating new gear into the rig as in years past.