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  • By Ken Perrotte

Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay Providing Late Season Diver Duck Action

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Late duck season was complicated and unpredictable for many Chesapeake Bay area hunters this 2017-2018. For some, they saw the best Canada goose numbers in many years. The Upper Potomac River held huge rafts of canvasbacks and hunters who could make it into blinds that weren't iced in or shot from floating blinds in open water, the king of ducks didn't disappoint.

Sometimes we zigged when we should've zagged, in terms of where we hunted. It was cold, often windy,

Potomac River duck hunting Virginia

snowed a couple of times. But one thing that sets duck hunting apart is the sense of camaraderie in a duck blind or a goose pit. Sharing stories, telling jokes and just hanging out with friends, old and new, make for memorable trips. Plus, seeing young dogs make their first retrieves is always special. My puppy Jameson made his first mallard retrieve Jan. 19 in a marsh creek off Virginia's Rappahannock River.

Here's a link to my column in the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star about a couple hunts as well as some videos related to big water diver hunting near the Potomac and goose decoy placement in Maryland. Of course, there are plenty of photos of our best hunting buddies - our dogs. We'll get on the birds next year!



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