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Shooting any ducks? #14183726 10/07/19
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I spent a week in SD fighting weather and shooting a few ducks and some geese. We fished in the evenings and had a heck of a trip. Weather really sucked. 15-20mph winds in a 14' boat I named the SS Winecork was an experience to be avoided.


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Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: 19352012] #14188111 10/08/19
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Got one woodie in East NC on Saturday. Missed one before that. Could’ve maybe had another one but I didn’t want to push all the birds out of that area. Not a lot of action here so far. Only other ducks I’ve seen have been mergansers that were feeding on some big water this afternoon.

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Got a couple last weekend.

Hoping that the big storm this weekend pushes them down here from Canada. Haven't seen any flight ducks yet.

Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: 19352012] #14188613 10/09/19
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Cousin near Sioux Falls reported the other day he had great hunting in flooded standing corn. One of his buddies saw them landing there and they set up the next morning with 3 robo ducks. Teal and mallards, locals of course. Doubt the weather will bad enough long enough to push anything. ND waters gotta freeze up hard first.


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Originally Posted by nighthawk
Cousin near Sioux Falls reported the other day he had great hunting in flooded standing corn. One of his buddies saw them landing there and they set up the next morning with 3 robo ducks. Teal and mallards, locals of course. Doubt the weather will bad enough long enough to push anything. ND waters gotta freeze up hard first.



A lot of that here (teal, mallard, flooded corn). Snuck in of a flock of mallards in a small pond - hit the edge and stood up.....they were all asleep! I had to yell at them to get them to flush. Only one hen in the group and I managed not to shoot her.

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First hunt of the year last night and this morning. Disappointed in so few shot opportunities (Monte Vista refuge). Shot 2 drakes last night. This morning jumped up a mix of about 15 and bagged a teal and a hen mallard. I was halfway back to my truck when I noticed the hen was banded.

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Three mallards this morning, shot them out of waterlogged fields while trying to find sharptails or pheasants. Weather was terrible with 15+ mph winds blowing heavy wet snow. Never found any sharpies but did get two roosters to go with the ducks. The dogs and I are now trying to warm up in front of the fireplace. Some may scoff that it is a gas fireplace but it fires up with the flip of a switch and throws out heat right away. In a couple hours I'll head to the tavern for something to eat and catch up on the town gossip.

Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: 19352012] #14233071 10/27/19
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There's gotta be a few more guys shooting ducks as openers continue to coverge on the mid latitudes of the flyways?

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I killed one mallard some time ago with my 10 ga.. But my favorite spot the local lake, has a ban on use by people and dogs.. So waterfowl is going to be pretty much a bust this year..


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Still not seeing flight ducks down here from Canada. With the big early blizzard we had, I'm wondering if they steered themselves around the snowfall and headed south already without coming through here.

It appears that it will start freezing-up later this week on all small ponds/sloughs.

There are local ducks around yet, including oddly quite a few teal, both blue and green.

Have seen just a smattering of greenhead mallards but not many.

Hoping that I didn't miss most of the migration somehow.

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Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: 19352012] #14236394 10/28/19
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I found some local mallards yesterday late in the day while scouting. Killed two drakes from a small flock just passing through. I plan to have my blocks set up there in the morning.


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Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: 19352012] #14249480 11/02/19
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Was quail hunting a local conservation property and heard mallards sounding off. Got to the pond and they started flushing. Had to be 200+ mix of mallards and blue wings. Of course it’s still a month out for our season to start here in SWMO.

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Killed 43 with 8 guys today. Mainly mallards. They were really strung out with about every group having less than 6 birds. It was a good hunt but sure wasn’t the best we’ve had. Last year in early January we killed an 11 man limit in 45 minutes.

Most of what we hunt are dry fields, grass, and ag. Today we hunted a pond that was about 3-4 acres. Should be seeing huntable numbers of geese in a week or two. That’s when it gets really fun.

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Not many here yet.
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Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: 19352012] #14252151 11/03/19
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Was wondering how you were doing Splatter. Going to try ducks this year for the first time in many years.

Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: Alamosa] #14254382 11/04/19
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cool you got a band. Is there a way to submit the number online?

found this online https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/bird-banding/reporting-banded-birds.php

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Re: Shooting any ducks? [Re: 19352012] #14255775 11/04/19
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Nearly all frozen up here, sloughs are done, only some big water left around.

Most ducks have gone down into South Dakota. Big flocks of geese going through the past few days.

After Wed night (down to 10 degrees), we will be froze out and most every waterfowl will be gone.

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Here's a good resource if you're tracking the migration through eastern South Dakota. Sand lake National Wild Life Refuge is on the northern border near Aberdeen and is in the migration route. It's a major breeding ground and rest stop for everything that migrates. Gives good reports.


The key elements in human thinking are not numbers but labels of fuzzy sets. -- L. Zadeh

Which explains a lot.
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I did notice in driving around Aberdeen this weekend that they had a lot of open water yet in the small wetlands, in comparison to an hour north where we are froze up in all small areas.

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Funny how the weather can be like that particularly this time of year. One year ND froze solid with snow covering food while south of the border the weather stayed nice for a couple weeks. Pheasant, waterfowl, good walleye fishing all at the same time. And archery deer if you had a mind. A couple years later birds were holding in ND and Canada until a big Arctic blast pushed every duck and goose through the state in 48 hours. Didn't even stop when they hit Nebraska.


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