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MJ1657

Had a fun morning. Not a lot of numbers but a nice variety. Buffleheads, ring necks, golden eye, and hooded Meganser. 

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Wanderer

Nice pics MJ.  Wish I were there wit ya's.

My only consolation for not being there is half of my electrical got done today and the other half will be tomorrow.  

The shooting break tonight was kinda cool too.  I got my 7mm - 08 zeroed and was able to take some cracks with a 6.5 Creedmore and custom .300 mag.  The 6.5 was dinging the plate @ 800.  The .300 was making 700.  Couldn't get it consistent at 800 for some reason.

Those were some fabulous irons!

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MJ1657

Not a lot of ducks flying yesterday. The three we did get decoyed perfectly so that made it fun. Pair of green wing teal and a ring neck. It was a treat shooting the green wing. 

 

The egg sandwich was excellent.....

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monstermoose78

Get ready guys I was north of Ely and saw snow geese, golden eyes, buffleheads, bluebills,  teal, woodies, mallards, lesser Canadians, cracklers, common merks, and cans!! 

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Wanderer

Holy migrators Batman!  Hopefully they stick around - I'm planning on heading to Ely this weekend so that's some good news!

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MJ1657

We finished our hunt Sunday morning with s blue bill, blue wing teal and ring neck. Not a lot of ducks flying but we had a blast. 

Oh and I'm sneaking in a solo goose hunt this morning. :)

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MJ1657

All done by 8 this morning. 

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monstermoose78

Finn and I seen some big bunches of ducks! One flock of woodies must had 30 birds. They must have seen the dog move or me and flared off at 70 yards. Seen a huge group of teal. Had a pair of woodie drakes bank in and the last one hit the bank 3 feet from Finn. He was mad, because he did not get to go swimming for it. 

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MJ1657

This mornings shoot.

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Guest Yellowstone

Did some scouting before work this morning to study flyways over the lake and saw big flocks of woodies. No other species other than the rafts of hundreds of coots on the lake. We had a fun experience Saturday morning where I called in a goose (we had our four floaters out at the edge of the rest of the decoys). It broke away from a flock perhaps thinking it would find a mate. It disappeared behind the trees. I kept calling and a few minutes later gave up, saying, I think he's gone. A few seconds later "Dad, here comes!!!" and he was about 10 yards in front of us flying fast. We each got a hurried shot off but nothing. Seconds go by and my son says "Man those things are huge but hard to hit!" lol

I have thought about taking him goose hunting with an outfitter somewhere in Minnesota for a day or afternoon just to learn how to do it before we'd scout and invest in field hunting gear. If anyone has recommendations, feel free to PM me. Thanks!

 

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Guest Yellowstone

Moose, I am bringing those floaters back (with store's blessing). The paint is chipping so badly on them after a few uses. And I separate them and leave them in the back of the SUV until we get to the landing. The big box sporting goods store discounted them again from $79 to $59 if that tells you anything. I found a set of four higdon floaters for $79 at a different online outlet and have read good things about them in terms of durability and they have flocked heads with four different poses too. We'll see. The other eventful thing that happened Saturday is I opened the SUV tailgate on my face in a rush to get going and gave myself a black eye and scratched glasses lens. Good times.

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monstermoose78

Glad they took them back. I am getting out Hunting tomorrow for ducks before the woodies head out.

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Guest Yellowstone

Good luck! I may try Friday morning if I can. I don't like to start bowhunting until the leaves are off the trees yet, otherwise I would be doing that!

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monstermoose78

This is prime duck killing time

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Mossy19

Moose, I was up in Ely 10-5 to 10-8 and barely saw any waterfowl.  We were fishing, and lot of the lakes we were on had rice, but no ducks.  Barely heard any shooting in the a.m.  The most ducks I saw were on Shagawa in Ely and maybe saw 30.  My buddy that lives up there says ducks have been horrible this year up there (as it pertains to numbers).  I understand that you were north of Ely and may not have made it down yet.  Just reporting what I saw.

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monstermoose78

I was way up by crane lake and the lakes had lots of ducks ely area gets hunted by college kids and locals for ducks

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MJ1657

We had a good morning. 

 

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monstermoose78

That’s some meat MJ

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monstermoose78

Back to missing everything. I burned up over a box on woodies dropping through the oaks. Missed a flock of mallards that locked up and I shot holes on the sky. Finn was sick of duck hunting, so we went to jump the brook and I missed two grouse. I called it day when a flock geese buzzed us and I missed again. 

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Guest Yellowstone

We had a few passing shots this Saturday morning but holy cow the lake was busy. We got there an hour and a half before lst and got the last real parking spot. Six boats out ahead of us and two more came after I think. We got our #2 spot. One guy on the point had dozens of divers out on lines but I don't think anything really decoyed in. Not for us at least. Several groups skybusting and shooting the he$$ out of anything within a couple hundred feet above them. We saw a lot of ducks and the one pass by, when we got four shots off, there was silence and my son goes "Geez, I can't believe we didn't hit at least one (of the group of 7)." lol. I am off Wednesday through Friday for MEA. Think we will get out a few of those mornings and skip the zoo on the weekend. Though I tempted to do four mornings in a row. We just have to get up butt early on Saturday. : )

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monstermoose78

I need to slow down and focus on shooting 

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Guest Yellowstone

Ditto. I switched to a 3 inch shell in #2 shot. I missed a few wood ducks this morning but got one teal. Not bad for the WMA I was hunting. 2 ducks would be great. 3-4 like you won the lottery. Saw plenty of action but it was fast moving wood ducks out of range. Geese never showed. And you can't shoot trumpeter swans! There were plenty of those. Let my boy sleep in this morning. Tomorrow we'll hit the more pressured lake. I saw at least one person setting up on it this morning on my drive to the WMA. The nice thing about that - when you're almost certain you'll be the only one there - is that you can roll in not long before shooting time if it doesn't take you long to set up.

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monstermoose78

This might be the last wood duck I get this year as they seemed to disappear for the most part. I am going to try diver hunting with a friend and I am excited to try it.

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monstermoose78

The ducks are moving saw over 5000 or so got some divers with friend! I shot a double on goldeneyes a drake and hen I hit two other ducks but the dove on the dog. Going again tomorrow :) 

 

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Wanderer

In north central MN (Crow Wing County) I heard a few divers flying by on Saturday but saw nothing on the water.  Today, no divers but the snow geese were pretty regular.

When we stopped at the CWD testing station, they commented Rice Lake Refuge had something like a million birds on it till Wednesday or Thursday when it iced up pretty good.

I put all my decoys in the shed tonight when I got home. :(

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