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Picked up two honkers for the two of us this morning, was really windy. Saw some moving but thats was about it. How did it go for all of you guys. Also got three doves. smirk.gif

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Was hunting near Willmar, hardly any geese around. Did manage to get a couple to decoy, plus got some sweet footage of the shoot on my video camera that was mounted on the gun.

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only seen one flock of 20. that abt it. time to put more miles in my car scoutin.....

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Our group of three managed seven this morning Only saw about fifty geese all morning can't complain though it was better than last years opener

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had some guys set up on the roost that 200 birds were using for the last 4 months. all the geese left before daylight, none returned anywhere close all day. we werent the only guys in the area field hunting, but with the roost blown int was pathetic for everybody. we ended up pulling the spread at 11 this morning and put on a ton of miles today to get away from pressure; finally found field just before dark tonight so hopefully tomorrow is a better day.

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group of 5 of us shot 7 but some dang on pass shooters ruined our hunt

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i had to work at 9am had a few flocks skirt us this morning one flock of 9 came in got 7 no bands tonight 2 flocks came just out of range i think we had 2 many decoys out work at 9 sunday also only putting out a dozen see if that works

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We only got 2 geese, but should have got more. In all probably saw 350 geese, but there were hunters on all sides of us. Hopefully later in the season some of the hunters will stop.

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We ended up with 25 birds for the weekend. 18 yesterday and 7 today. 3 bands. They worked really nice and all shots were 10-15yds tops so that helped. Plenty of geese out flying around the Ortonville area too. here are a few pics!

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Boy, sounds like you guys had some luck. I spent a day out yesterday and had 2 birds to show for it. One early in the morning (solo) and one right before sunset (solo). Went to a field in the morning, a lake in the evening. Kind of depressing....didn't hardly see any flocks on the horizon or hear any shooting. Saw plenty of doves and dropped a few of those. We probably should have just forgot about the geese and focused on teh doves this morning. Oh well, beats sitting around wishing you were hunting.

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We had a much better day today, than yesterday.

Yesterday, we never got a flock close enough to deke in. Today, we had a pair land in the the middle of our spread right at dawn. A half hour later we had a group of about 15 come right in about 10 yards out and up, I blanked for the second time in a row crazy.gif. Followed by another group of about 20, about 15 minutes later, when the gods shined down on me and I got myself a double. Those were the last of the morning.

With 5 guys we got 10 geese and a beautiful morning out in the field.

I could get used to mornings like this! grin.gif

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yesterday one dove and three honkers saw alot of geese but werent in the greatest spot the guys that were set up to the west of us hammered them (20 birds) and this morning we got three doves and no geese. set up were the geese were yesterday and the guys that were set up to the west of us limited out(again) in the first two flocks.Didnt see as many birds today. Well thats hunting and I'll try again monday only in a differnt location.

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Yesterday..no geese but three doves. Today five geese..no doves. Yest...today...different spots...I think we will give today's spot another shot tomorrow. Anyone else notice some really high flying flocks heading south?!

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Ya but I don't know if the ones I saw were flying south yet as of a miragtory stand point but more heading towards the refuge but really high and they definately knew where they were going!! I just can't get over the size of the flocks of mallards piling into the fields today and right in our face too. Several flocks of 5-30 mallards all morning long!! It was pretty sweet and got the blood pumpin!!

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14 for us. A little slower then normal but still a great time had by all. I didn't see the numbers of geese as in past years but the doves definately seem to be on the rise!

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sat. morning we tried running some traffic...got 3 out of the only flock to come close and also got 13 doves for 3 guys

sunday we set up for geese but had none take a look, so we picked up early and went elsewhere for doves. 19 for 4 guys.

This morning we went to the same spot for doves and set up the dekes on some dead branches. Finished with 28 for 4 guys despite some lousy shooting.

Overall we've done worse on opening weekend so I'm pretty happy. Best part was introducing two first-timers to the sport and seeing them have a great time. The season only gets better as it goes along as far as I'm concerned so I'm just happy to be out there again!

Here's to the next 4 months!!! (raising my Mich. Golden)

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Our group did fairly well this weekend. Shot 37 geese on sat. They wised up on sunday and we only managed 2, partially due to poor shooting. We also shot right aound 70 doves for the weekend, so all n all it was pretty darn good.

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Sounds like very mixed results!

I was all over NW MN this weekend (not hunting) but definitely paying attention for birds and there were no geese around in numbers. A small flock here, a small flock there, but that was it. It would have been rare to see more than 15-18 geese together at once so they are still hanging out with their families.

Duck numbers were looking pretty good with lots of teal & woodies sitting in the ditches and sloughs but the geese were noticeably absent.

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well alltogether we harvested 13. 10 saturday morning and 3 monday evening. sunday we set up on a pea field that a buddy of mine had been scouting couple days before opener and they were flying by there like crazy but yeah we got skunked! all the birds we saw got up off the roost and flew directly over town! talked to other people in the area and not much going on yet. heard birds flying already at 4 in the morning over town also on sunday morn. hopefully this weekend with the little cool snap comming through will activate some of these birds its been way to warm. all they want is water right now!

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On labor day we got two birds and my eleven year old son shot his first goose that was the most awsome part of the whole weekend.Just the look on his face when me and my buddy started high fiveing him for the bird he just shot. We also had something really cool happen to us and its never happen to me before we were callin in some geese when all of a sudden three sandhill cranes drop right into the middle of our spread and the geese never did decoy and the cranes stuck around for about a 1/2 hour milling about and feeding. We still couldnt get geese to come to our decoys even with live confidnce decoys. But those cranes were really cool to watch.

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Got one today, 8 yesterday and 5 the day before. there isnt a lot of birds around, we just are hitting the few we see. Got 12 doves on Tues evening.

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We hunted wheat stubble North of Roosevelt along the shores of Lake of the Woods. Opening morning between four hunters we were done in a half and hour. Nuts! Sunday was slower but we still managed a few birds, we really had to lay down the law on the calls though!

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Limits both days. Wish it would have been more than two of us on Sat. Sun nothing came back but everthing that came out of the north decoyed unreal, got our 15 by about 9. The cool temps this weekend will actually make it feel like hunting out there.

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Sounds like everyone on here is doing fairly well. Good to hear Somebody is getting some good shooting in! Oh well maybe some day my luck will change and I can kill some birds too smirk.gif

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