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Old 10-31-2015, 04:37 PM   #14
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The way things are going, we should start duck season on Nov. 1 in Iowa. Or later.
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geeez,didnt any of you attend the DNRs waterfowl listening sessions this week?bad dog
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The way things are going, we should start duck season on Nov. 1 in Iowa. Or later.

I was kinda hoping for a July opener!! Seriously though it seems like more and more it takes Ice and Snow to move the birds!! If you have just Ice they will still find open water on big water or rivers and feed like crazy until the snow covers the food source enough!
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I would need all of you to send at least $2500.00 ea. so I could find a place up north that has a big enough lot to build a nice liveable machine shed so all of us could take turns hunting together!
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MN this past year had lost more habitat than you could shake a stick at. Just so you know.

1. Yep the Dakotas planting corn and soybeans when 30 plus years ago it was wheat, oats, barley ect. Not no more. Then you throw in those Big ASS reservoirs that even when extreme cold hits nearly a million mallets never leave or go to far. They might come down river a bit but when temps climb they go back up. I see it every year. It isnt the corn on the refuge areas, its the combination of corn and big water up in the dakotas.
I said this 10+ years ago, way back when the Iowa refuge forum was the place to be and guys shunned it as BS. Yes ducks will go based on length of daylight hours/calendar, blah, blah, blah. But if a season is closed, meaning no hunting pressure, and there's open water and food galore, why would they leave. Kinda like the honkers that sticks it thru 2' of snow and brutal cold here every year, just most of the ducks won't stay to that extreme
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With every puddle of water that can float a boat in Minn. surrounded by houses how many ducks can stage in those areas. Unless there is one hell of a west wind what are the odds of a duck sitting on Oahe getting to central Ia.
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Not to mention we are just leaving the central flyway as I type and there isn't squat here for ducks. Period. Calendar must be off this year15 ducks in 2½ days and most were Teal, including seeing plenty of bluewing's
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Mike I'm not trying to start another season dates post war. I do like your idea of food. When you think about the Dakotas they have never been so full of corn. Is that enough to make the difference though?
I think between more food available, above avg weather conditions and large rivers/lakes staying open, it is taking more severe weather
to push birds south anymore.

Bill hit the nail on the head with birds staying on the rivers/lakes up there in the Dakotas if they aren't freezing and then seldom do. Last year when I was up there, I believe we had 0, -5 and a couple single digit low's with high's not getting above 20 and areas of the river that were under 2' deep were open. Crazy.

I also believe that studies have shown that migrating takes the greatest energy for waterfowl so if they can find open water and food, they won't migrate as far south which it turns in the spring, less travel time to the north to get to their breeding grounds. Less travel in the spring, perhaps would mean them being in better shape to breed.
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Not to mention we are just leaving the central flyway as I type and there isn't squat here for ducks. Period. Calendar must be off this year15 ducks in 2½ days and most were Teal, including seeing plenty of bluewing's
What state or where in Central Flyway?
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What state or where in Central Flyway?
Nebraska/SD border
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I said this 10+ years ago, way back when the Iowa refuge forum was the place to be and guys shunned it as BS. Yes ducks will go based on length of daylight hours/calendar, blah, blah, blah. But if a season is closed, meaning no hunting pressure, and there's open water and food galore, why would they leave. Kinda like the honkers that sticks it thru 2' of snow and brutal cold here every year, just most of the ducks won't stay to that extreme
10 years ago I was piss hammering them in Oct. Did have my second best day of the year in Oct. last year and killed a limit of mallards and woodies last Sun. Some horrible hunts wrapped around that one, though.
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10 years ago I was piss hammering them in Oct.

Same...right up till 2012. Hasn't been the same for me since that year for me.
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Well if it makes anyone feel better i am getting reports that there are birds moving into Upper Souris refuge and Devils lake area of ND.. I am sure they will be here next week with these great migrating conditions!
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