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 past few seasons speak for themselves:

  • 2011/2012 Season ≈ 5,000 birds @ 5.2 birds/day/hunter or 20.8 birds/4-man blind
  • 2012/2013 Season ≈ 4,500 birds @ 5.0 birds/day/hunter or 20.0 birds/4-man blind
  • 2013/2014 Season ≈ 4,000 birds @ 4.3 birds/day/hunter or 17.2 birds/4-man blind
  • 2014/2015 Season ≈ 3,500 birds @ 4.1 birds/day/hunter or 16.4 birds/4-man blind
    • 46% of all groups shot full limits on ducks
  • 2015/2016 Season ≈ 4,000 birds @ 4.4 birds/day/hunter or 17.6 birds/4-man blind
    • 42% of all groups shot full limits on ducks
  • 2016/2017 Season ≈ 5,000 birds @ 4.6 birds/day/hunter or 18.4 birds/4-man blind
    • 54% of all groups shot full limits on ducks

In general on a busy Saturday we have an average of 8-12 groups hunting approximately ¼ to ⅓ of our duck ponds, leaving a good portion of our properties and ponds rested. And we hunt only one group per pond and on average a pond is hunted once a week. We hunt ducks on Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday only. For the upcoming 2017/2018 Season we fully expect the hunting to be even better with new ponds having been built, existing ponds improved, a new property added, and a marsh system added to the general membership, all with a slight increase in members to the club to cover costs. 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 club also supplies camouflage materials with “fast grass,” cane, and natural materials. We try to have at least one duck blind camouflaged on each pond with at least 100 club-supplied decoys with two dog porches.

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.

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