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Old 11-01-2015, 09:39 PM   #27
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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!
Next weekend looks promising. You weekend warriors ought to be able to walk across each other's backs in the marshes.
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Next weekend looks promising. You weekend warriors ought to be able to walk across each other's backs in the marshes.
I was inserting a little sarcasm.. It will be little while yet before big flights of mallards. And i will never have to worry about anyone walking across my back out hunting, weekend or weekday.. 😉
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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
I was in the same area as you and we only killed a couple teal and only saw 1 blue wing. We thought we'd see more teal, almost all birds we killed were high flying gadwalls that we broke down. Strange how things can be do much different in places that aren't very far apart.
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We weren't even expecting to see big wads of mallards up there. Hoped for good numbers of pinnies, grey ducks, widgeon, and greenwings...we saw few of any of those. Had one Pintail about land on the swimmer on Friday before LST. Shot one widgeon and a Woody, 3 mallards, 2 of which were wall worthy, big fat daddy greentop's. Shot a BWT the first afternoon and I missed the other. Saw one good flock of grey ducks and they snuck in on us from the nose bleed. Killed quite a few and honestly it made the hunt. Oh and a prized Bootlip

Few flocks of high Speck's and several large flocks of Sandhill's. Can't verify it but we think there were very large flocks of snows that came into the lake yesterday but we guessed it was. Need more weather than what we've had that's for sure!
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We weren't even expecting to see big wads of mallards up there. Hoped for good numbers of pinnies, grey ducks, widgeon, and greenwings...we saw few of any of those. Had one Pintail about land on the swimmer on Friday before LST. Shot one widgeon and a Woody, 3 mallards, 2 of which were wall worthy, big fat daddy greentop's. Shot a BWT the first afternoon and I missed the other. Saw one good flock of grey ducks and they snuck in on us from the nose bleed. Killed quite a few and honestly it made the hunt. Oh and a prized Bootlip

Few flocks of high Speck's and several large flocks of Sandhill's. Can't verify it but we think there were very large flocks of snows that came into the lake yesterday but we guessed it was. Need more weather than what we've had that's for sure!
Crazy how much different it was for you guys then us. We had a bunch of those nose bleed gaddys, one flock of 100+ pintails that broke down but we never got a shot at but that was pretty much all for pintails. I bet we saw less than 10 teal saturday. We heard the sandhills moving at night.
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Checked the 38 year old journal, I did not keep a journal when I came to Iowa for college but have lived here the past 38 years 35 where I currently live.
I have been hunting 98% out of a blind boat and only shoot a total 4 guys in it.
The month of Oct we average 42 mallards over the years. Being a teacher/football coach we only hunted weekends.
Last 3 years we have not shot a mallard in Oct.
This year I have not seen a mallard where we hunt.
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Looked at the long range forecast for here and parts north, see no reason for birds coming our way yet.
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October anymore for the most part is an extension of summer. What used to be temps in the 40's has now become 50's and low 60's. Winters are getting shorter. Our Indian Summer this year is coming in freaking November.
If you don't count the freak snow last November, we had a very short winter last year. I think 3 out of the last 5 years we've barely had any snow in December. That makes goose season suck too.
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I don't remember the temps being any colder when we were slaying them in Oct. Pretty fall days with the Hawks on the radio used to be killers. To be fair, I sat thru two of the worst weeks of my 45 years in a blind last Dec.
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I don't remember the temps being any colder when we were slaying them in Oct. Pretty fall days with the Hawks on the radio used to be killers. To be fair, I sat thru two of the worst weeks of my 45 years in a blind last Dec.
That cold November moved a lot of birds all at once I think. It was a curveball to the duck season felt all throughout the country.
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I don't remember the temps being any colder when we were slaying them in Oct. Pretty fall days with the Hawks on the radio used to be killers. To be fair, I sat thru two of the worst weeks of my 45 years in a blind last Dec.
Oh, it's not just the temps and snow and ice. What they put in the fields up north im sure has a big impact on what they do. If like what some of you are saying is true and theres more corn up there than there used to be then they'll stay longer. Corn is the one thing iowa had going for it to hold birds through low temps. They raise body temp way more off corn than any other source of grain.
None the less, things have changed. For me anyway, duck hunting has gotten progressively worse almost every year since I've been old enough to hunt, which is about the last 15 years or so. I grew up hunting Big Marsh area and still try to hunt it, but it has gone straight down the toilet as far as im concerned. I have two young sons that I would love to get involved shortly into the sport, but I have no intention of putting them through the garbage hunts that I have been treating myself to recently.
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Oh, it's not just the temps and snow and ice. What they put in the fields up north im sure has a big impact on what they do. If like what some of you are saying is true and theres more corn up there than there used to be then they'll stay longer. Corn is the one thing iowa had going for it to hold birds through low temps. They raise body temp way more off corn than any other source of grain.
None the less, things have changed. For me anyway, duck hunting has gotten progressively worse almost every year since I've been old enough to hunt, which is about the last 15 years or so. I grew up hunting Big Marsh area and still try to hunt it, but it has gone straight down the toilet as far as im concerned. I have two young sons that I would love to get involved shortly into the sport, but I have no intention of putting them through the garbage hunts that I have been treating myself to recently.
Big marsh has gotten worse every year i can remember hunting it you get maybe 1 or 2 good days they dont just circle the refuge out there other than that it's a joke. they need to let you shoot geese on it like years ago!
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Blame center pivot irrigation. Starting in the '90s, center pivots changed rangeland and wheat fields of the Dakotas to corn and beans and with the big Dakota reservoirs, Mallards and Canada's come later. Also, I see more of the other dabbler species feeding in Iowa cornfields along with Greenheads and Canada's. We are just going to have to adjust.
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[QUOTE=stumaas;566917 We are just going to have to adjust.[/QUOTE]
like larger later third zone.like hunters have to scout and not just have to show up at the same spot every hunt.like havin the Iowa DNR listen and act.you shure are askin a lot.bad dog
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