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norwall

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norwall

anybody have any new reports from being out this wk so far? I thought maybe wit this lil front it would push some new birds into N. MN. Went out in the W metro today..zip headin up north sat tho

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swedishpimple

Last night I shot 2 teal. My guess is they were the last of them. My office is right on Lake Bemidji (which is all refuge) no birds on the lake today.

I think the cold and snow may have pushed some of our birds....hopefully if it clears and warms we will get a flight in, but our woodies and teal are all but gone.

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HUNTFISH69

From what i've heard/seen the Chipewa National Forest region is cuurently holding over 100,000 ducks, while refuges in W MN are holding 5,000-10,000 so the migrators haven't came through as of yet. We need some cold weather and a couple days of a solid North wind to push them down here. As far as teal and woodies the warm weather as of late has held them down around the STC area. Those have made up a majority of what we've shot lately.

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surewood

They have started to push the last couple days. We've had a couple good shoots it's been fun.

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norwall

well that encouraging news,what kinda ducks did ya get in2? were rollin up in2 the theif river falls area later this wknd. going out again in the w metro tom. mornin.100k birds in the chip. thats quit a few. was there in few in. of snow in Bem. 2day?

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tearin' lips

Seine Bay in the Northern reaches of Rainy Lake had about 7,000 ringnecks and lesser scaup on it this weekend. It won't be long if this weather keeps up.

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swedishpimple

I saw a huge "J" shaped flock of what I think were ring bills on lake Bemidji this Morning. I am guessing 1,000-2,000. Hard to say but the water was black there. Hope they were not coots...but it is open and deep there..no weeds..looked like bills.

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surewood

We've been shooting ringnecks, mallards, and teal mostly. Today there was definately new groups of mallards. Let some groups of ringnecks go through to wait on the mallards and they decoyed awesome. Looks like it will warm up next week it could get slow.

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norwall

seen some new birds in the w metro but they were coots and spoonies....ish

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Scott M

Good to hear surewood. I'll be up north of Rapids by tomorrow night. Sounds like lows around 33, and next weekend accuweather is predicting snow and sleet.

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bassman222

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From what i've heard/seen the Chipewa National Forest region is cuurently holding over 100,000 ducks,


All refuge ducks......

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surewood

Da chise, went out today and they're was'nt half the birds as tues, and wednesday. I still think that they will be moving in again though the way the weather is looking.

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Scott M

That's the nature of the beast. Here today and gone tomorrow. Hope springs eternal. Keep on them.

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HUNTFISH69

Was out this morning between Alex and Herman, caught the front end of the main migration, green wings, ringnecks and a few redheads. 9 birds for 2 guys not a bad day. And as far as my last comment went about the Chippewa forest those aren't refuge ducks, they're migrators

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ec30_06

I sure hope there are ducks north of Grand Rapids this weekend.

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bassman222

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And as far as my last comment went about the Chippewa forest those aren't refuge ducks, they're migrators


Refuge ducks=ducks that sit on refuges.

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norwall

yeah really,Ihope theres ducks up n of GR as well(crossing fingers)

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Boedigheimer

norwall and eco, I hunted about 40miles north of grand rapids two days ago and it was very good, I seen mostly divers but I also seen the biggest flock of blue-winged teal I have ever seen, 200+ birds in one flock, when they banked with the wind the blue on the wing flashed like a neon light, it was awesome.

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HUNTFISH69

I know what refuge ducks are, but there aren't that many ducks that stay there year round the migration is starting and that is a main stop for them because it's a refuge area. I haven't checked the migration report lately but you could tell that the front end is starting to push into West MN.

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Bryce

Refuge (fuge) ducks are migratory birds that jump from fuge to fuge cause they know the program.

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ec30_06

There are zero ducks north of Grand Rapids right now. Hunted by big fork all weekend. 5 guys two boats and zero ducks. I only saw one duck.

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blue_healer_guy

Hunted in southern mn the past 2 days, 3 ducks sat. (my sons 1st duck- widgeon). They were the only ducks we pulled on, Sun, never fired a shot.

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icecold

Hunted minnesota riverbottoms got 1 mallard 2 wooducks today, seen very few ducks this morning, took my youngest son out this afternoon didnt see a bird, , compared to last year it is very dead.

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Huntin&Fishin

Any buy Park Rapids.

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Scott M

Deadsville up North.

Holy crud. There was nothing, I mean nothing up there. I hunted near Bigfork and we didn't see a single duck that was killable. Sure we saw a few flocks 1/2 mile up, but there was nothing like what was reported around Grand Rapids, Hill City, northern Itasca county on this website earlier in the week or the 2nd weekend DNR C.O. hunter check reports.

Ran into a friend of mine while filling up gas in Garrison. He said after the big north winds on Wednesday he didn't see any ducks Th, Fri, Sat, or today. Guess I was a few days late, because earlier in the week he was cleaning up on all sorts of ducks.

I'll be back up next weekend, sure hope things turn around frown.gif

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