Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      1st Please Post Your Fishing Report - Then Join the NEW - Private Fishing Report Clubs   01/24/2018

      Private Fishing Report Clubs - Click Here - Post Your Fishing Report Before Joining
      1st, be sure you post a fishing report in the forums, then ask to join after you post a fishing report in your area forum. The Private Fishing Report Clubs are where folks can share private fishing information with club members who have proven they know what's going on. Fishing Report Clubs Link also in Menu above. Apply to become a member today, while it's still easy. 
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

  • 0
Sign in to follow this  
shae1986

How was the bird hunting?

Question

shae1986

Just wondering how you guys and gals did shooting the geese of the early season. this must have been the worst opener i have had on these birds with only killing 8 this weekend. Hopefully they get chased of the refuge this weekend and thne there will be some good shoots.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

15 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
slick2526

shae, I havent even seen a field with a descent flock in it yet. I havent even bothered trying to set any decs out. Im thinking im prolly just going to skip this next weekend and wait for regular season and hopefully see some more flying by then.

My dad and a friend scouted 150 miles this past weekend and the most they seen in a field was 15 and they went around barnesville hawley and lake park area. If i see anything that looks like it would be worth hunting i will keep you posted and if you wanted we could meet up and blast some since i live right in hawley.

take it easy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dahitman44

Right on guys -- pretty slow. The worst I have every had. I was at the Twins game this weekend, so that was fun, but my buddies were out and they got three in two days.

Last weekend we nailed 2 in two days. I hope it gets better soon. I have heard they are in the beans already. That is pretty strange.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
slick2526

hey hitman, any idea if the migration has really started yet?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
shae1986

Well saterday morning we got into them we ended up shooting 17 and we were out of the field by 9 so i can't complain. It was a pretty intense hunt and the scouting is paying off.

A. Shae

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
huntnfish

Slick, nothing is really migrating yet, but there are birds heading out of the area that got bumped off their roost ponds. If you look hard enough you might find some, but the early season might be over for the year. I haven't seen a field with more than 20 in it since the Friday before the season opened. Last weekend I hunted a field that had about 15 in it. There were birds in the air the next morning, but as soon as they saw decoys they were headed the other way. Geese get pretty weary after that first weekend. We did end up getting 10 for three guys, but that was with no calling and just flagging the heck out of them. We also only put out about 2 dozen of the best looking decoys that we had.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dahitman44

In my opinion I don't think the migration has started yet.. I did see some birds flying south in big goups but they were low and I think they were looking for a place to have a quick bite.

I think Ducks look good this year and I think we can expect the North Dakota fly pattern to slowly switch back to MN. The fifth year of the drought should help the duck slide toward the Red River Valley.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
slick2526

well i hope the migration starts sometime soon. I want to pound some birds. Im really waiting for pheasant hunting more than anything. I would also like to shoot some sky carp tho too. Well guys I will keep posted and let you know what I see.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dahitman44

Saw a ton of birds near Lake Park the other day. I would guess about 1,000 geese were getting off of a plowed grain field. They were flying over highway 10. The sky was black.

That was cool to see. Makes me want to kill something. wink.gifcool.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
slick2526

thats good to hear. might have to by my liscense now. havent seen much flying by hawley at all.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dahitman44

Slick -- I am with ya. Hawley-wood area has been pretty dead. Not much flying. Went bow hunting before the storm on Saturday night -- same thing. Nothing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
shae1986

Anyone seeing birds around there yet, last weekend was kinda a bust with us only getting one but up here at crookston i am starting to see more and more birds so hopefully they are on their way.

A. Shae

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
slick2526

hey hitman and shae. Just ran up to the gas station and seen 2 flocks with about 20 geese each in them. earlier when i got off of work i seen 4 smaller flocks with about 10 geese in each. starting to look a lil better. i think this cold weather is starting to get them to move around. to bad early season ends friday. oh well looks like i will be geared up for regular season. also seen a few flocks of ducks flying around too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Chuckster

Hey Shae, have you tried hunting any land east of crookston towards the mentor/erskine area. I graduated from UMC a couple years ago and I had some of the finest duck/goose/bowhunting of my life in those areas. I am originally from the Fergus Falls area so that is saying quite a bit. There is tons of WMA area east of town if you are willing to look a little bit. We found that most of the farmers out east were willing to let us hunt their land if you ask. I know our group was decent sized and they had no problem and I doubt that they have had anyone hunting since we have left.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
shae1986

Chuckster,

Yes we have hunted to the east of crookston thats about the only place we go. I dont hunt a lot up here but this year i have more time so i plan on hunting more, especially these later season birds. Thanks for the heads up.

A. Shae

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
BendnSend

Hey there guys, just finally got a chance to venture on on ur little hidden jewel up there around Hawley. I have a good friend that has been living up there for the last few years and has been keeping this info all to himself. Needless to say some great areas to hunt with exceptional results for those who put in there time and scout. We had a very good shoot opening weekend early goose around Hitterdal and Lake Park. To bad there is so many fields for them to choose from, finding the rite one would be alot easier. We managed enuf geese to keep us happy, and also ended up bagging one with some bonus leg jewelery.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Knowknot
      Great video Curt, for as much of it that I could see. Keep up the good work, and one question, Are there any live emerald shiners around the Baudette area to be had, or just frozen ones?
    • eyeguy 54
      Its a little stiffer than my titanium spring boober and much more sensitive.  I like it  better than the 27 inch ul ticklestick. Only used 3 and 4 mm jigs so far. Thumbs up from me. 
    • Troy Smutka
      2/18/18     Got out on an area lake an hour before sunrise Saturday. Got a bunch of crappies until they slowed about 9 am. Most between 9.5 and 11 inches. Sunfish started biting about sunrise and bit all morning. Half of them were 8 to 8.5 inches. Most of the rest were 7 to 7.5 inches. Kept two meals of fish--released the rest. 1/32 ounce VMC Tungsten Tubbies tipped with a single wax worm or two red Eurolarvae fished just above some weeds in thirteen feet of water caught fish after fish. Lots of good ice on area lakes. Even though walleyes and pike close in just over a week and wheel houses can't stay out unattended soon, still a lot of good ice fishing for panfish to come. Will have plenty of ice for a while, so get out and enjoy the peace and quiet and fast crappie and sunfish action that March will bring. Good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
    • IceHawk
      Had a chance to rub shoulders and fish with some of the ice team guys today. Great bunch of guys we had some good laughs and of course discussed plenty about fishing. Even shared a few hotspots. The hands on they give the people that sign up for this event is absolutely amazeing! From hands on to tips on everything to do to make your day on the ice way more productive. From what I witnessed it would be well worth the investment to sign up for one of there events , if you are new to fishing or heck even a seasoned angler.  Fished with one guy from Nebraska said he has done 5 of these events and has enjoyed everyone of them.  Fun day for sure 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Royce, how’s the sensitivity Is the tip soft like a tickle stick and how’s quality seem? About same price as a tickle stick I see may have to try one for next season. If It passes with flying colors do you it must be good! Tough day for me not much happening went from about 8-29 FOW and just nothing. Found perch in about 19 but even they seemed finicky and would only hit the dead stick. A bit windy on the lake today to!
    • The Chemist
      Yes that would be the one. A friend of mine sent it to me. The guy who got it is a friend of his nephew. 
    • The Chemist
      So that explains the traffic and also the one where they were shooting video of what appeared to be about a drill type auger. Did drive by an ice team truck on the way out also.
    • The Chemist
      The warmer weather has brought alot of people out to the area. We are waiting for the later bite. Most are setup in shallowet water. Haven't marked fish yet but tendto see them at sunset.    Be careful with all the holes being drilled! I found one that was covered back in, got my shin, luckily not my ankle.
    • eyeguy 54
      Started out in 26 feet this morning and had 5 dandy crappies in 15 minutes then it was over. moved a mile and found a few dandy gills in 16 feet. And a couple bass.  Day 2 with the new rods and liking them more. 
    • monstermoose78
      I would fish them trees
  • Share & Have Fun