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Old 10-12-2017, 06:30 PM   #1
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Was in North Dakota this week for work in the Minot/Stanley area. First time I have ever been there and I was shocked how many ducks and geese were there. Nearly every marsh and pot hole was covered in mallards. I could have shot limits road hunting. None of the land was marked no trespassing and I talked to several land owners who welcomed me to come up and hunt anytime. Beautiful area and next time I am there I will have my gear with me.
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Duck hunting Iowa is stupid after you've hunted the Dakotas. We use to hunt the Turtle Lake area to the southeast of Minot we would base out of a motel in Underwood. Daily Limits of gadwall were a given if you couldn't find a mallard pond for the day.
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I am sure it was good to see but general areas such as NC, NW are better than specific towns if you want it to stay that way. There are a lot of internet scouters.
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I am sure it was good to see but general areas such as NC, NW are better than specific towns if you want it to stay that way. There are a lot of internet scouters.
With as much habitat that is there naming the towns isnít going make any difference at all. ND isnít Iowa where there is limited habitat and fierce competition for the key spots. Also in ND you can walk in anywhere that is not posted and the only no trespassing sign I saw was on a Bakken oil rig pad. To all the internet scouters I also saw triple the pheasants per square mile than I typically see in Iowa.
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With as much habitat that is there naming the towns isnít going make any difference at all.
No disrespect meant, but you are mistaken.
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open up the flood gates.... HERE THEY COME!!!

Posted ground is what makes areas of ND harder to gain permission. Dont kid yourself or others.

With more attention, comes more traffic, and more chances of idiots doing something to have landowners start posting their ground, and deny access. We have seen it.

What he is saying is...... Loose lips sink ships.
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I don't think that NoDak is exactly a secret at this point, but I agree naming specific areas will get more land posted.
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open up the flood gates.... HERE THEY COME!!!

Posted ground is what makes areas of ND harder to gain permission. Dont kid yourself or others.

With more attention, comes more traffic, and more chances of idiots doing something to have landowners start posting their ground, and deny access. We have seen it.

What he is saying is...... Loose lips sink ships.
The distance between Minot and Stanley is 55 miles apart! I didnít post coordinates to anyoneís honey hole so get over it.
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The distance between Minot and Stanley is 55 miles apart! I didnít post coordinates to anyoneís honey hole so get over it.
You obviously donít get it.
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How many people that read this thread are going to get in their truck and roll 10hrs to try to find which of the hundreds of ponds unlucky duck is talking about? ND is no secret. I bet no more then 15 guys who read this thread actually have ND on the brain this fall. The "Boy we really killed the ducks at X marsh in Iowa" are the posts that make me want to scratch my eyes out.

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How many people that read this thread are going to get in their truck and roll 10hrs to try to find which of the hundreds of ponds unlucky duck is talking about? ND is no secret. I bet no more then 15 guys who read this thread actually have ND on the brain this fall. The "Boy we really killed the ducks at X marsh in Iowa" are the posts that make me want to scratch my eyes out.
And growing up in Iowa and moving to SD has taught me many things about hunting. It is a different breed up here. A slough that we get excited about in Iowa won't be worth a damn in the Dakotas most the time. water hunting can be tough at times if you don't know which "type" of slough you are hunting. I got laughed at when scouting with friends when I first move to SD. there would be a "loaded" slough or field and I would get excited. They would keep on driving haha.
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While most wont hop in the truck and head north this weekend, this post, and the countless others like it get people thinking... how many times does one have to read about how great the opportunity in ND is before they plan a trip for themselves. The more people talk, the more people will do just that head up there for a week next year. It's not that he is giving away a secret spot for this weekend, it's that the more people that head up there the more competition there will be for the spots, the worse the hunting will get, might not be right away, but over time...

Take a look at Santee, NE for example.... close to 15 years ago, I hunted it almost every weekend of the season and honestly never got skunked... shot at least 1 duck every time out, many times had great hunts... as the years went by more and more and boats were there every weekend, the hunting got poorer and poorer. Now, there are days up there that it can be lights out, but most are not.

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While most wont hop in the truck and head north this weekend, this post, and the countless others like it get people thinking... how many times does one have to read about how great the opportunity in ND is before they plan a trip for themselves. The more people talk, the more people will do just that head up there for a week next year. It's not that he is giving away a secret spot for this weekend, it's that the more people that head up there the more competition there will be for the spots, the worse the hunting will get, might not be right away, but over time...

Take a look at Santee, NE for example.... close to 20 years ago, I hunted it almost every weekend of the season and honestly never got skunked... shot at least 1 duck every time out, many times had great hunts... as the years went by more and more and boats were there every weekend, the hunting got poorer and poorer. Now, there are days up there that it can be lights out, but most are not.
The flip side of this is that those that plan a trip to another state wonít be crowding you in the iowa marshes. It isnít just iowa either, there were hunters from North Carolina on my flight to ND. As IA taxidermist stated it isnít a secret that there are great opportunities in other states. Your Santee comment can be said of many hunting areas across the country yet there are less duck hunters now than back in the day. I would suggest that anyone who has the means and passion for the sport to venture out and experience hunting in other states. I think is good for the long term viability of our sport.
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