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harvey lee

Just wondering how the birds are around the Ivanhoe area.I am looking at going out next week.You can e-mail me the info if you dont care to post it.

Thanks-Tom

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eyepatrol

Not sure about Ivanhoe, but I've been through there a number of times while going to SDSU and there's some great territory around there. Good luck Tom!

One day while leaving my grandparents farm from lunch during deer hunting there were 9 roosters all sitting there on the back side of his grove. Wish I would have bought a pheasant stamp! frown.gif

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Bigfife

I just hunted the Ivanhoe area for 5 days. Lincoln county has tons of birds, but they have been hit hard. The bird numbers are noticably less than 3 weeks ago, and many of them are buried deep in the cattails. We saw more birds in Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties. I attribute this to less hunting pressure this year. Wait until the sloughs freeze up, and its on.

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harvey lee

From what I have been told is the thicker cover and cattails are the place to be.I talked to my nephew this morning and he said the Marshall area where he lives is also very good,you just need to hit the heavy cover to find the grouped up birds.

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fishinchicks

We noticed more birds this year in northern Lyon county while we were harvesting. My father in law scared up a group of 20 some birds out of the corn field. They are around!

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harvey lee

Going to hunt from Marshall to Ivanhoe area.I will report back with results.Thanks for the replies from everyone. smile.gif

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jigging-matt

I have family south of Marshall about 20 miles and when we were home for deer opener I couldn't beleive the number of birds. Almost felt like I was back in South Dakota. Hope you have a good and safe hunt.

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harvey lee

We hunted the area south of Marshall around lake Marshall and had a great time .The weather and company was great.The birds were hanging mostly in the heavy cover and flushed far ahead of us.The birds won today,but a good time was had.

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Bigfife

Don't feel bad about Lake Marshall because it gets pounded. When I went to school in Marshall this spot was my first stop just like many other people. This time of year you have to catch them in front feeding or try to get in the thick crap and get a shot.

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Jason Hubbard

I have been hunting around St. James and Sherburn area, Have been doing great...I have found lately that the birds are in the groves more so the the thickets....

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Eric Wettschreck

Around the Slayton/Avoca area there are still tons of birds around. Most of them are still in the thick stuff like cattails.

Last nights freezing rain may have moved them. I don't know.

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harvey lee

boilerguy

If you get Lawdog to stop working for a day or two,maybe we could hook up and do a little bird hunting. cool.gif

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Eric Wettschreck

That's what I'm talking aboot!!!!!!!

There's talk of labs4me, Skinny Lee, Ray Esbolt, and a few others coming down and shootin some birdies mid December-ish. Yous guys want in??? There's plenty of room for everyone. Some of the WMA's we hunt (Big Slough area) are pretty huge.

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harvey lee

Just let me know when. cool.gif

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basssmasher*

off the subject here guys but my area has a ton of birds left also,, Appleton Benson ect ect.. cmon up and shoot a few before i hit some with my car!! lol Hey Tom i'm keepin an eye on Sunburg for ice.. we shoud hit it 1st ice if u have time!!

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harvey lee

If it will work that would be fine.Please keep me posted on the ice conditions.

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BDR

Tom, I hit that area yesterday. There were lots of birds around. They were a little spooky with the wind. We found the outside the cats but they run into them every time. We could follow the dogs in, the ice was plenty solid in the smaller marshes.

If you want to email me I will send you the names of the wma's we did best at

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basssmasher*

Hey Tom ..drove by sunburg yesterday and 2 portables were out there already!! U busy next weekend?? if not wanna hit it??

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