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Old 11-21-2013, 07:17 PM   #27
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The mallards have not come down in force yet. I do think that a lot of divers have past through. Was up near Lansing the first week of nevember and witnessed the largest flight day I had witnessed in at least 10 years. Unfortunately I was in a tree stand.
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You guys on the big rivers suck. If I had a ice eater I would be in buisness, guessing 3 inches on small stuff by Sunday morning.
It's not all big rivers, man. There are great opportunities to be had busting some ice and hunting in fields. Just too bad the best hunting comes after the season closes. You wouldn't imagine the amount of us who live on this side of the state and go to NE to hunt copious amounts of birds after Iowa closes. I'm not talking about driving all the way out in NE either, I'm saying right across the river!
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To the peeps with their head in the sand and think its over....go ahead, stay home. I'll be north and west of here after our season closes with pics of limits of ducks. Missouri river is far from its peak. Prolly won't hit it until their season is closed also. With no snow in the Dakota's there is no reason for the mallards to move in force. Just because the water gets hard they don't give up and fly south. They have shitload of open water and even more food, why would they leave? Some will but when 2 or 3 spots on the river hit 300k+ and lose them quickly, then I'll say its done. A 2" snow might get a few rolling but it'll take more than that to get most of them to head out.

We loaded up with the ducks the last week and a few weeks after it the past few years. It will happen again. Bet on it and fire up the grill for that crow chow down. Part of it is no hunting pressure. Part of it is no weather and there hasn't been any. If there are more boot lips in South Dakota than people I'd say its far from over. Numbers wise yes there are more ducks south of Iowa than north, but big huntable numbers still await...
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Peak migration has been here and passed. You would be a fool not to think so. Now are there still birds North of us. Yes I do believe so. Everyone always is always crying how the ducks come after the season. BS. Are there some that come after close, yes. But the bulk are either here sitting it the rufuges or have passed. I, as well as others hope we get another push yet before freeze up.
The 180,000 birds sitting on Sand Lake SD beg to differ

http://www.fws.gov/sandlake/1-2013%20Fall.pdf

That's more birds on 1 refuge than Iowa has had in a single count.
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If you hunt a shallow marsh and only a shallow marsh, yes it will prolly be done, barring a big warmup next week. If you don't hunt fields or moving water or big water your handicapping your opportunities. But by all means, hang it up for year and get the ice fishing gear ready people won't be on the ice here til after Xmas or January. At least the smart ones won't be
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bd2135 let me try and Help you here. As your small areas freeze up the ducks move to open water. This could be a drainage ditch that never freezes, it could be a creek or a small river for that matter. Dont shoot them on the water. Follow them to where they want to feed. Its that simple. You will shoot more duck in 3 days of field hunting than you have probably shot all season over water. lmao

Then you will find out that it's way less work and can be done with 1dz deadly duck decoys and a couple of mojo's. The more the better. So for about a $300 field decoy set up your in the game. I have done it with just 14 mojo's thats it. lol

It all fits in 3 layout blinds. The only thing I add is about 54 Big Feet to the mix. The ducks key on the big dogs and It's Lights Out.

Just because your local pisshole is froze over and there are NO DUCKS ON IT, DOESNT MEAN THEY LEFT THE STATE. They just switched to other available habitat is all. Now all you have got to do is locate it and your in like flint.
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bd2135 let me try and Help you here. As your small areas freeze up the ducks move to open water. This could be a drainage ditch that never freezes, it could be a creek or a small river for that matter. Dont shoot them on the water. Follow them to where they want to feed. Its that simple. You will shoot more duck in 3 days of field hunting than you have probably shot all season over water. lmao

Then you will find out that it's way less work and can be done with 1dz deadly duck decoys and a couple of mojo's. The more the better. So for about a $300 field decoy set up your in the game. I have done it with just 14 mojo's thats it. lol

It all fits in 3 layout blinds. The only thing I add is about 54 Big Feet to the mix. The ducks key on the big dogs and It's Lights Out.
Shhhh....let the nay sayers pack it in, cause shootin brown ducks is where its at
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Nearly a half Million ducks sit just north of me and those numbers will increase the next couple of days and they will start to come down river and get there face shot off.

http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/counts/week02.aspx
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The 180,000 birds sitting on Sand Lake SD beg to differ

http://www.fws.gov/sandlake/1-2013%20Fall.pdf

That's more birds on 1 refuge than Iowa has had in a single count.
Wait until one lake up there hits 380k+ like it did a couple years ago....in mid December
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Not all of the gray ducks have migrated yet. The big clusters yes, maybe, but there are still sizable populations along with the mallards north of us.

And one hell of a lot of mallards are south as well. Peak numbers of "ducks" have already gone though. No doubt a lot of mallards are left to come since the ones left won't move unless weather pushes them which may or may not ever come.
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And one hell of a lot of mallards are south as well. Peak numbers of "ducks" have already gone though. No doubt a lot of mallards are left to come since the ones left won't move unless weather pushes them which may or may not ever come.
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And one hell of a lot of mallards are south as well. Peak numbers of "ducks" have already gone though. No doubt a lot of mallards are left to come since the ones left won't move unless weather pushes them which may or may not ever come.
Please read the above posts. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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He's right...most of the ducks are south of us. We dont see even a small portion of the ducks that migrate. Especially when most of the flight happens at night. There are still a load north though. Plenty of huntable ducks if the weather pushes them. I just don't think a 2" snow will do it. A good portion of the mallards north of us may not leave at all, unless a monumental storm hits
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