The Hunting

The clubs primary focus is on duck hunting, but we also have other game to hunt including geese, dove, cranes, snipe, rails, and limited hog hunting. Regardless of the game pursued there are two certainties that must be adhered to for excellence in hunting: You must make and maintain great habitat. You must administer and control hunting pressure. At Thunderbird, especially when it comes to ducks, we walk the talk like no other. “You will hunt ponds where the birds want to be.”

Our unprecedented harvest numbers of our current season and past few seasons speak for themselves:

  • 2020/2021 Season  ≈ 7,990 birds @ 4.5 birds/day/hunter or 18 birds/4-man blind
    • Club early teal record of 1,693 birds
    • Club first split record of 2,605 birds
    • Club second split record of 3,692 birds
    • 74% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the first split
    • 55% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the season
  • 2019/2020 Season  ≈ 7,100 birds @ 4.6 birds/day/hunter or 18.4 birds/4-man blind
    • 77% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the first split
    • 55% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the season
  • 2018/2019 Season ≈ 5,500 birds @ 4.2 birds/day/hunter or 17 birds/4-man blind
    • 63% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the first split
    • 42% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the season
  • 2017/2018 Season ≈ 6,000 birds @ 5.2 birds/day/hunter or 20.8 birds/4-man blind
    • 70% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the first split
    • 68% of all groups shot full limits on ducks for the season

In general on a busy Saturday we have an average of 10-18 groups hunting with 50% of our properties rested and not hunted until the weekend. We hunt only one group per pond and on average a pond is hunted once, maybe twice a week. We hunt ducks on Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday only. Every season we make habitat improvements to enhance our hunting even more, we never stop improving the outdoor experience for our members. We feel the size of the club is perfect, not to large to be impersonal or unable to learn in a season, but large enough to rest waterfowl properly and move members around to hunt concentrations of birds.

Thunderbird supplies a multitude of different duck blinds including pit blinds (fiberglass, metal, & concrete), portable cage blinds (can be moved with ATV), and portable blinds in sleds (to allow setup in remote areas of ponds). The use of portable blinds enables us to hunt the “X” of feeding birds. If you are not hunting the “X” you are not shooting full straps. The club also supplies camouflage materials with “fast grass,” cane, and natural materials. We try to have at least one permenent duck blind camouflaged with two dog porches on out most popular ponds along with at least 100 club-supplied decoys, “Texas-rigged” for easy deployment in the morning.

A single word sums up Thunderbird…consistent. We adjust and maintain the habitat with our proven management plan through droughts, floods, mild weather, stalled migrations, it just does not matter, we shoot birds season after season, and all on an unguided basis. In fact our duck hunting is better than most guided hunts! So if having a lot of ducks over your decoys is important to you within a well organized club, then look no further.

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