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Old 10-08-2019, 08:28 PM   #1
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I'm sure by now anyone who has access to technology has heard of the upcoming winter storm slated to hit the Dakotas/Minnesota over the weekend.

Hopes for an early push or am I being an overly optimistic waterfowler?
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I'd rather it wait a couple weeks.
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there should be a push of mid size birds. with the west winds; it should help get some into the central part of the state rather than surf down the Mo river that is out of it's banks and providing tons of habitat.
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We are in the up to a foot range now! Friday night 50mph winds should have a small push of new ducks!
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at this point 10 new ducks in the area will have me excited. Should get some gads and green wings moving. Its still so early. Wish this was happening Nov 1
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Little Ducks yes a push, Mallards take ICE for a big push.
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You guys really think over a foot of snow won't move a mallard?
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You guys really think over a foot of snow won't move a mallard?
no. not with open water and the snow wont last long
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You guys really think over a foot of snow won't move a mallard?
Not when the majority of the mallards are still in Canada.
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Maybe some cold weather here in NW South Dakota, and maybe even 20 inches of snow for some parts.
Will some move? YES, do Mallards move? Young ones, folks plane and simple with all the water in the Mo River that is out of it's banks many folks will have a very tough season,
unless you have been up where I am and farther north on the Mo. River you have no clue how much water there is up here.
Very little if any crop is out, go 5 hours east of me in Eastern SD along the Glacier Lakes they have more ducks and geese then you can shake a stick at and they are all local ducks! A very large number of Mallards do not go much farther south then Sioux Falls South Dakota no matter how cold or how much snow!
And these Mallards have heads that look like softballs!
Yes in the past 40 years of living in SW Ia I have watched a very big change in the ducks, do not like it but that is a fact.
We can only take and try to take what the Good Lord gives us and it has changed.
But I am just as Bullheaded as always and will try starting Nov 3rd when I get home! Bad dog get your crops out before then!
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My point was that this will move way more birds in early October than we've seem in a long time. I don't think it's a good thing, I hope I'm wrong. Keep an eye on bird counts to the south....if they're even counting yet.
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My point was that this will move way more birds in early October than we've seem in a long time. I don't think it's a good thing, I hope I'm wrong. Keep an eye on bird counts to the south....if they're even counting yet.
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We get mallards trickling through from the Dakotas through most of October until veterans day...then we usually have a big lull until the last wave comes (and it usually doesn't get here). Last year we were absolutely covered up in mallards in the Des Moines river valley from the second week of October until about Thanksgiving. A bulk of them were here and through before Halloween...usually they just keep going, but last year they stopped for a while.

The bottom line is the area where the snow is hitting raises a lot of the ducks we see and they will leave when this snow hits. They don't care about open water. The mallards still in Canada most likely won't get here before the season closes.
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My guess is this storm could result in birds coming south but than reversing back north since it's so early in the season.

Two years ago, my Dad shot a transmitter hen mallard and she did in fact do the same thing. Flew down to northwest Missouri and about a week or two later, returned here to central Iowa.
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