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Old 11-07-2019, 10:55 PM   #1
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I think this year will be hit and miss south of Council Bluffs and in the valley. There is so much water that birds will be spread out. When large clusters of birds are found, they'll flush and find quiet water elsewhere. No cornstalk fields west of Interstate 29; few cornfields from I-29 to the Bluffs.

Today - 7 November - we had skim ice on some areas all day. Plenty of birds in all the puddle species. Well over 2,000 in southwest Fremont County. River is still very high, flowing fast and dangerous. Many county roads are in poor condition - even impassible - making access near impossible. Saw Snow Geese two days ago and several flocks heard today moving south high. One bunch of about 60 were scouting the area at low altitude. My Minot, ND, source told me all the Snows in that area, moved out a day ago; their day temps were in low teens and below!

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Going to need a helicopter or a airboat!!!!!!!!!
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Was down that way over the weekend. We saw a lot and ended with 3 and a banded mallard.
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Got a encouraging report from a waterfowler-farmer-fighter pilot who lives near Lake Thompson-Lake Whitewood & DeSmet, South Dakota this evening. Tens of thousands of Mallards in his area - feeding in chopped corn stubble.

In his whole life, he said he has never seen so many Mallards. Me thinks those birds should be in Southwest Iowa around Thanksgiving week.



Remember our soldiers stationed in the Middle Eest and elsewhere who continuously face America's enemies. I think the waterfowlers among them would wish they were here; but their PATRIOTISM is very strong and compelling! Bless them and keep them safe ...
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Got a encouraging report from a waterfowler-farmer-fighter pilot who lives near Lake Thompson-Lake Whitewood & DeSmet, South Dakota this evening. Tens of thousands of Mallards in his area - feeding in chopped corn stubble.

In his whole life, he said he has never seen so many Mallards. Me thinks those birds should be in Southwest Iowa around Thanksgiving week.



Remember our soldiers stationed in the Middle Eest and elsewhere who continuously face America's enemies. I think the waterfowlers among them would wish they were here; but their PATRIOTISM is very strong and compelling! Bless them and keep them safe ...
I hate burst your bubble Stu, but not all of those birds will be down there in SW Iowa by Thanksgiving... several wont make it past west central Iowa if I have anything to say about it!!
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over the weekend report,with the cold temps the first of the week all shallow sheet water froze if not flowing water.with that being said most all seed eaters went south.many flocks of biger ducks were seen in the valley.most would work a good spread and finish if you werent leanin heavy on gimmick hunting.most all shallow water was open again by sunday and many flocks were seen flyin nort lookin for quiet places.hunting not shootin should be good through the holiday when the next major front is expected.bad dog
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