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The wind just shifted over to the west here in southcentral MN. Blowing a good 25 - 30mph. Looking at the forecast for the next few days, expect there to be some good movement in waterfowl numbers. Highs are being forecasted in the upper 30's to 40 with lows in the low 20's to maybe even the upper teens in this area.

This is the kind of weather we waterfowl hunters should be extremely excited about! Cold temps, clear skies, one week shy of the full moon. These are the kinds of winds that waterfowl will take advantage of and I'd expect good movement both throuhgout the day and through the night. I don't know about everyone else, but I've got to work tomorrow. The next two mornings though I just might have to call in blind to the office....just can't see myself coming in to work! wink.gif

Whatever decoys you have, be sure to take the motherload out. My guess is this will be the beginning of the final push for ducks to head south. This certainly won't be the big final push, but I think it will be the first of a few more that will take place. Just yesterday I saw a pair of swans flying over the lake I hunt, so that's an indication in itself.

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I hear ya basscatcher I can't wait hopefully I can make it out some time during the week. This is what I dream about!

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Of course they'll come now, its the week of the deer opener!

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I saw quite a few swans in western MN over the weekend. And, I saw other signs of The Beginning (which unfortunately is followed by the end). I witnessed 3 flocks of specs, several groups of snows, and a fair amount of goldeneyes. This week might be the week.

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Ive seen a few hundred swans the last few days.. finally got here.

Very few ducks yet, but I did get a drake pintail and drake gwt today in the bag... those werent local birds. I assume its the start of what will be filtering through soon!

I saw a few migrant flocks today... nothing worth writing home about. I'll guess next week will pick up considerably.

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Yeah, it's blowing like mad now. But this front really doesn't have my attention as much as I hoped. My buddy would tell me I have a "bad attitude" if I told him that. I guess I do. grin.gif

The long range temps are not cold enough. Lows around 18-27 for the next week with highs in the 30's-40's in the extended forecast.

I looked at Canada temps and far in Canada I don't see the extreme temps they usually have this time of year...usually below zero-single digits and it's not happening from the forecasts I saw.

That's ok. I hope to have a longer season and hunt 4 days on big water over my Thanksgiving break like I usually hope to do. grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

I'll never forget the cold fall we had a few years ago and the duck season was over on Friday before deer opener. BigLakeBa$$ and I hunted that morning and the lake froze solid as we stood there....freezing. The next day in my deer stand it was -18!!!! shocked.gif

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Chuck

I need to dig the pics out of your boat busting the ice going back to the launch. No ducks shot, but definitely one of the great duck hunting memories!

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Definitely Chuck. There will certainly be some birds moving, but it'll take some stiff cold weather to really force the birds out. Need the big bodies of water to freeze up, then it'll happen.

I really like the way this year has gone thus far though. A good number of northwest wind days, cooler than normal temps, more ducks around than what I've seen in 7 years or better. As long as mother nature cooperates and brings the real cold before the season ends, it should be a great year!

I can just hear those big, fluffy, plump, colorful northern mallards hailing away and cackling in flight!!!!! cool.gif I just love it when ya get those big drake malltones that have their crop chuck full of corn! Sweet! cool.gif

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Ray, how'd ya do hunting????

I say bring em on!!!! This is hands down the best year for shooting ducks I've had in 10 years and I'm not thinking a real migration has made it my way yet.

I can't wait!!!!!

I'm shooting deer this weekend and yous guys know I'll be out for ducks after that!!!!

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I think I know of a good little spot for you to go to.... grin.gif

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You have pictures of that day?? Dig them up!! grin.gif

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Dude, actually the other side of the slough is where we just pounded em.

I'm tellin ya it's been a long time since I've passed on teal and other ducks so I can shoot 4 mallards. What a rush. This years awesome!!!!

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I'll be out Wed. and Thur. morn, then again Sat/Sun.

Can't even wait!

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Just a little FYI, Northern Manitoba and Sask. still have no snow and plenty of open water. This will not be the final push. this front will push birds, but will not push the birds in said area. Front did not come from northern Canada. That beening said, I will be hunting Friday morning before I leave for deer camp!! grin.gif

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Good note there Walleyenutz. It'll be a little while yet before the big push comes, but weather like this sure does get my blood boiling!

I took about 10 minutes to look out over the lake I hunt before coming to work this morning. One flock of about 75 geese, one flock of about 10 mallards and then a small flock of divers (about 4 or 5). There were a few birds moving that I saw in the short time this morning, but I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning and Thursday morning to head out.

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WN,

Who told you that northern Manitoba and Sask. have plenty of open water? That probably is true, but who is the source of that information? My guess is they won't have too much open water by the end of the week.

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went out this morning N. of Bemidji, shot 2 redheads,2ringnecks, hooded merganser, and a hen canvasback. between my buddy and I. It was pretty fun, saw alot of redheads, and a few ringnecks. Not as many birds flying as expected though. No mallards...

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I'll be out Thur-sun. But to be honest I'm not really sold on the big push thing. Maybe its just location of where I hunt. We seem to get a week in late Oct. where theres more birds then normal and then it trickles with butterballs, fishducks and goldeneyes till frezze up. Just don't seem to get bunch of days in Nov. where theres a million ducks flying around.

I sure do look forward to the cold and wind this week. I just hope my spots don't frezze up when this wind dies down.

Good Luck and be safe

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    • Cliff Wagenbach
      The trees are turning color fast now! Seems to gain color by the hour now! Cliff
    • Rick
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    • Rick
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    • Rick
      Hunters who were not chosen in the lottery to receive an antlerless deer permit can obtain one of 12 surplus antlerless permits for deer permit area 260, which covers the northwest corner of Minnesota and borders North Dakota and Manitoba.  Permits will be available starting 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, on a first come, first served basis, anywhere DNR licenses are sold, or online on the buy a license page. Both residents and nonresidents can purchase these permits but must first purchase a firearms or muzzleloader deer license. Permits purchased online will be mailed. Orders by telephone will not be accepted. In lottery deer areas, including permit area 260, firearm and muzzleloader license holders who intend to take an antlerless deer must possess an antlerless permit; otherwise, they are restricted to hunting bucks. The total bag limit for deer in lottery areas is one deer per year. To stay informed about the deer management and other important deer-related topics visit the deer page and to receive updates via email, consider subscribing to the Deer Notes email list by entering an email address at the bottom of the page. The DNR works to protect and maintain Minnesota’s white-tailed deer. The deer population, which varies in density from place to place and year to year, is dependent on adequate habitat and directly influenced by the severity of winter weather. Deer are ecologically, socially and economically important in a state where hunting and wildlife watching generate more than $1.3 billion in annual economic impacts. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Pheasant hunting can put food on the table, supports grassland conservation and is a fun sport that doesn’t require a lot of specialized or expensive equipment. Once you’ve identified some areas you might hunt – the hunting usually takes place in grasslands or frozen wetlands – there are a few things to consider to make the most of time in the field once the Minnesota pheasant season opens on Saturday, Oct. 15. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Regulations handbook and hunting license
      A small game license and pheasant stamp are required. Hunting regulations are covered in the 2016 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook. Licenses are available at the buy a license page  or in person at any DNR license vendor, and handbooks are also available there or online at the hunting regulations page. Hunting licenses are also available by phone, any time, by calling 888-665-4236. Don’t forget a $3 Walk-In Access validation, so you can hunt another 23,000-plus acres of private land. Maps
      Scouting an area will increase your odds of finding pheasants and good maps will help your efforts. Visit the wildlife management areas page for free online, interactive maps that identify wildlife management areas and Walk-In Access areas. Combined, these programs provide over 400,000 acres of public hunting land in Minnesota’s farmland zone. A local plat book may also come in handy to identify specific pieces of land. Shotgun and shells
      The best shotgun is one you are comfortable with. The style or gauge isn’t nearly as important as your ability to use it. Since pheasants are fairly tough birds, choose a load such as 4 or 5 shot and limit your shooting distances to 40 yards or less. This will result in fewer wounded birds. Nontoxic shot is required on federal land and many hunters prefer to use it any time they’re in the field. Blaze orange
      Minnesota pheasant hunters are required to wear at least one visible article of clothing above the waist that is blaze orange. This could be a hat, jacket or hunting vest. Consider that the more blaze orange you wear, the more visible you’ll be to other hunters. Good footwear  
      Pheasant hunting involves lots of walking on uneven terrain. Good quality, above-the-ankle shoes or boots will provide comfort and support for a day in the field. Since crossing creeks and marshy areas is common, many hunters prefer waterproof boots. Layered clothing
      Cool fall mornings often turn into sunny, warm afternoons. Layered clothing will prepare you for a variety of weather conditions. Long sleeves and gloves will help keep you from getting scratched up when moving through tall grass, cattails or woody cover. Hunting chaps or brush pants are an option to protect your legs and keep you dry on mornings when the grass is wet. Eye and ear protection
      Any time you use a firearm, protect your eyes and ears. Sunglasses and foam ear plugs provide basic protection. More expensive options include coated, colored, high impact lenses and digital hearing aids that enhance some sounds while protecting ears from loud noises. A good dog
      A dog is not required to hunt pheasants, but a good hunting dog will be a companion in the field and increase chances to harvest and recover birds. Be aware that owning a hunting dog is a year-round commitment of care and training. Be sure you’re willing to invest significant time and energy before taking on the responsibility of a dog. Refreshments
      Be sure to carry at least two bottles of water in the field and have jugs of water at your vehicle. Water your dog and yourself, often. Bring snacks to keep your energy level up and consider canine energy bars for your dog. Finally, grassland habitat is the key to supporting pheasant populations, and much work remains to improve pheasant habitat in Minnesota. The grasslands that support pheasants have multiple important benefits for people, other wildlife, pollinators, water quality and local economies. To learn more about pheasant hunting, as well as about what the DNR and partner organizations are doing to improve pheasant habitat, visit the pheasant page. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.