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  1. Field Hunting
    What is the best approach to scouting. I haven't hunted geese since I was 16 and I would really like to get back into it again but not sure where to begin with scouting. I know I need to put the miles on the truck to find the geese but how far out should I start scouting? Many evenings I...
  2. Waterfowl Boats, Motors, & Boat Blinds
    Out scouting in my new sneek boat my dad and I built.
  3. Conservation Forum
    Will be sitting up on the high rim over looking the river bottom from power plant south and north with spotter scope and a set of redfields. Will be able to look over Snieders, browns,New, duck club, smalls and a few others. Lots oh shallow water holes in a lot of spots out on the bottoms if...
  4. The Lodge
    I am headed out scouting in the morning. I'll let you all know what I see, but not where I seen it.
  5. Waterfowl Q & A
    I'm looking for tips on how to properly scout and tips that people have learned over time. I've been pretty privileged to hunt private ground but now mostly use the Iowadnr website to find public areas to go to, since the private ground is 3 hours away. What do you guys find the most...
  6. The Lodge
    Who here uses things like Google Earth or DU migration maps to scout online? Also, I have been looking at spots and I was wondering if anyone knew a way to estimate water depths from maps online or find general water depths for some of the public hunting locations across IA?
  7. Southern Zone
    I have been scouting for the past two weekends and have seen very little duck population :( . I have scouted central Iowa. Badger creek, Osceloa, 3 mile, 12 mile, Hooper, and some farm ponds with VERY little sighting of ducks. Has anyone seen many ducks? I did go to Bays Branch and saw about 100...
  8. Southern Zone
    Good numbers of teal in the back waters. Shaping up to be a good opener.
  9. Southern Zone
    Seen several resident flocks of teal and wood ducks between Mo Valley and Mondamine. I hope these birds stick around for the opener here in a couple of weeks along with migrators.
  10. The Lodge
    This morning was definately a interesting day of scouting for this guy. It first started off by me driving to one of my favorite spots. On the back side of my hunting spot is a road that cuts through the timber that is between two HUGE ridges. I shut the truck off and rolled down the windows to...
  11. Southern Zone
    Went down to Red Rock tonight. Went across the Mile Long Bridge. Pretty much all ice above and wide open below. Did see one flock of geese(20) headed back to the lake. Didn't see any ducks except on a guys property that leases. And there weren't that many to get excited about. I talked to guys...
  12. Surrounding States
    Leaving for NoDak Wed. eve. Hoping for the best. Overnight lows are forecast to be around freezing and the "S" word was used. I'm spending the weekend getting things together for the trip and hoping I've thought of everything. Have you got any advice on things you've forgotten that would...
  13. Field Hunting
    I would say there's been some ducks come into the area. I found 2 areas holding birds that weren't before. One is a bean field with a big water hole in it. And the other is a little marshy area just inside city limits. Both places had 75-100 birds. Mallards, Widgeon, Teal, Shovelers and 6 nice...
  14. Southern Zone
    Well, I have put over 350 miles on my truck the past two days scouting for duck. I went to Dunbar Slough area first and did see some teal, two groups of 30-40 way back in the weeds in one of the walk in areas. There were scattered ducks in the big basin part, but nothing to brag about. I am...
  15. Bird Movement
    HOLY CRAP NO DUCKS :shock: , i don't know where the 6500 from the count are, but they sure aren't at the lake. We went for a 3 1/2 hour boat ride tonight scouting for where i'll be hunting saturday, and in all that time we saw 1 bunch of 8 teal, 1 bunch of 5 woodies, and 3-4 singles. Water...
  16. The Lodge
    I hope these boys don't decide to hang out there for another couple of weeks for their sake. Every morning they fly there and sit around for about 2 hours. This picture sucks because I had water on my camera lenses so the clarity isn't great and also their is some foggy spots from the rain...
  17. Outdoor Photography
    Early look at one of my spots: Past Pics while in the blind. Athena at 6 months with her first retrieve.
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