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I am not new to swan hunting in Utah and it looks like I will get the chance to hunt again this fall with my dad. Last year wasn't as good as it could have been as my boat trailer was totaled at the beginning of the season. I was able to get out with my brother in law a few times to chase birds in the boat, but had to strap it in the bed of the truck. It was not enjoyable loading or unloading. This year I was finally able to find the trailer I was looking for and now just have to put the finishing touches on the boat and I am ready to chase waterfowl this season. Good luck to all and hopefully it will turn out to be a good one. Curious on who was able to draw a tag this year? It seems to be a little quite on the forum about it.
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I’ve had a swan tag every year since 2012. I love hunting swans. Last year, it killed it for me. No water or feed to keep them here for any significant time. Living 2 hours away from the hunt area, it was hard to get up there before they would leave again. Seemed like a push of birds would show up one day and they’d be headed out the next. Then on top of that the weather was terrible. Hot, dry, no storms. I decided to just buy points this year since conditions will obviously be even worse than last year.

congrats on drawing a tag. Hopefully you can time it just right and have a good hunt. When they are here and the weather is good, it’s one of the funnest hunts we have in utah
 

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I have 2 or 3 points and said screw it. I didn’t put in this year for some of the same reasons mentioned above. I’ve been shooting those big birds since $5 mail in applications were around. It’s just not that exciting anymore.
 

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I drew last year and was lucky enough to kill one. It was harder than normal. I was able to find water and where swans were, they just didn't move around like typical for me. I still was able to decoy them in and had a few chances. This year will be much of the same I am sure. I just need 2 dumb enough to come close. I live about an hour away. Not too bad, but definitely can drag on if they aren't moving. Anytime out there with a chance at one beats not trying in my opinion.
 

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Son-in-Law and I did a group application (weird way they've done it this year) and he thought he put in for the tag, when he actually did points. Now seeing the water level and low feed as MM mentioned, I'm glad we did points.

I think that will get us close to tags next year for Crane and Swan.
 

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That is a nice looking trailer. You will like the grease zerk spindles.

My advice though. Put the tool box in the truck before it comes up missing.

Thanks for the reminder its repack bearings time.
 

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That is a nice looking trailer. You will like the grease zerk spindles.

My advice though. Put the tool box in the truck before it comes up missing.

Thanks for the reminder its repack bearings time.
The toolbox isn't staying in that location. I had it there so my son would stop trying to take my tools while I was moving the bunks on the trailer to fit my boat. I am actually going to try to put a decoy bag there or maybe a seat to clear up some space in the back of the truck. I can't wait to get out there. I need to patch a hole I recently found in the boat and touch up the swan decoys and that will be it for me. I have been hunting the marshes with my dad since before I could hunt. I have a bit of experience, still a lot to learn. If anyone needs some pointers or help just reach out. I will let you know how things are looking or give you some areas to try out.
 
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