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smg04

2007 Waterfowl Photos

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nate larson

Here are a few of my pics from this season:

Here is a nice pintail and a banded goose.

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Teal and Woodies

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At least the breast meat is okay...

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Woodie...should have put this one on the wall.

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Mallard and Pintail

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Mallards and a Redhead

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Mixed bag

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Mallards, Ringbills, and a Ruddy

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smg04

wow, nice shootin nate, gotta love the banded honker

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lanyard

nate,

sweet location! family homestead or hunting compound? Looks like a blast!

Nice looking birds, too.

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nate larson

Thanks guys. I wish this was my homestead. A buddy of mine has a duck shack on some leased land in Southern Minnesota. Most of these birds were shot there. Although a few of these ducks were shot in North Dakota. My wife's parents have some land up there. Lucky me! laugh.gif

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lanyard

Well, I bet you never had a day like this.... we left out the other birds. Don't let the angle confuse you... that's 6 spoonies baby cool.gif

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Tippman

Ha ha looks like you have some good eatin there lanyard. I was in southwestern Mn last weekend and saw more shovelers than I've ever seen before.

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nate larson

MMMMM Spoonies! That's good eating right there. shocked.gif

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wooduck26

Various pics from this year....

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PerchPounder

One of several early season limits from Badger Lakes WMA.

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smg04

I made it down to the swamp today with my bro-in-law and his dad for what will be my last duck hunt of the year , but we finally got into the mallards!!!, they were everywhere and we were able to pick and choose our drakes and had our limit of greenheads by 1pm, they were decoying perfectly almost everytime. Almost all ducks seen today were mallards and there just wasn't much of anything else around, we passed on 2 greenwing teal that landed in the deeks right after shooting time in hopes of "better" ducks but we were able to smack one gadwall before we called it a day.

my four greenheads . . .

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quick

Gun Jammed, so I was sharing a gun all day, there were three of us and one guy coudn't hit anything! Literally nothing at all. A couple landed on the water and he even tried to splash em and still missed! Winter2007036.jpg Not the smoothest day but still a great time!

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nate larson

Sounds like an awesome hunt Shawn. Congrats on the great mallard shoot! I am jealous. I never did get out again after last weekend.

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smg04

thanks nate, only a couple more weeks of goose hunting left then its time to get serious bout ice fishing

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nate larson

Yeah...although I have a feeling that some of the early ice spots around Rochester will have walkable ice by Sunday! That's what I am hoping for anyway.

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Central Bassman

Quick, Look like some nice Green Heads!!!

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Quick, Look like some nice Green Heads!!!


Thanks, If only there were more days left. Too bad season is ending, I know there's always goose hunting, but I never hunted fields before. No Land to hunt, seems like you gotta know somebody and I'm not from around here originally. So...good luck to all you late seasoners! I'm calling it a year.

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Central Bassman

Well if you ever get the chance to go and hunt ducks in a field do it. The later it is in the year the better. I love hunting them in fields and when there are northern birds coming down that is when it’s the best.

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Fish'n guy

I figured I would wait until the seaosn was over for the most part before I posted up the hunting pics. Its not completely over for the most part but its getting down there, so here are some of the Early season honkers we wacked in SD and MN.

Opening Day MN.

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Now back to South Dakota for some early honkers! Opening weekend was a little wet but the birds wanted in both days!

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The next two weeks after the Sept 8th opener were pretty good to us as well with some pretty nice piles of birds taken from the fields.

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That pretty much wraps up our early season so now its on to regular season photos.

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Fish'n guy

Now on to the regular season pics. These birds were taken from MN and SD as well from Sept 29th through December 2nd. Enjoy!

Opening Day

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A couple mixed bag shoots we had the first week of October.

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We finally got sick of the smelly redheads and other divers and pursued mallards and that proved to be a great time in the picked and flooded corn!!

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So anyhoo thought I might share some of these with ya! I gotta say it looks like everyone else has been doing great this year too which is awsome to see!! Keep it up on them late season honkers! Still some great shooting yet to come!! Well take er easy!!

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Fish'n guy

I also got a few pics from my buddies camera while we were out that I thought you might like. here they are.......

Some snows lookin at the Avery's!

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Some more flying carp piling in the fields!

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A nice swan My roomate wacked when we went pass shooting! I was hoping I coulda dropped one too so we could get a pic of both of us but I didn't want to risk crippling one on a 40 yard shot so I never pulled the trigger. They are fun and challenging birds to hunt though!

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And here is some of the blingage from this past season.

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wh1stler

fish n'guy...

it's official now, i hate you.

just kidding, i am insanely jealous though.

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Fish'n guy

Thanks whistler! I am willing to bet you saved a LOT more money than I did though intstead of wasting it on gas and shotgun shells!! lol!! take er easy!!

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Rost

Nice Pics Andy!

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hanson

Thanks for sharing the pics Andy!

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Fish'n guy

No problem boys. Glad you enjoyed them!

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carpshooterdeluxe

heres a few from my season. some of these might have already been posted on different threads, i cant remember, also some of these have been posted on other forums so they might look familiar to some.

first day of our nodak trip. mostly gaddies.

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a shot of a field spread on our last nodak day.

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brad and rob with a banded goose in nodak.

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some mallards working the spread in nodak.

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last day on the trip was the best day!

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frosty decoys up in fergus.

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two birds about to have a really bad day.

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done deal.

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ottertail ferry service.

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trying to stay warm.

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hero shot at the hotel in fergus.

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Tippman

Wow, great pics guys. Looks like a good season huh. Makes me want to go out and get some late season geese!

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Central Bassman

carpshooterdeluxe, Nice Pictures

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Dean Schellinger

Cool pics, that ice island looks like a fun spot to hunt.

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Scott M

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Mid-season Mixed Bag with a nice Bull Can that came outta nowhere.

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Drove north to a wild rice lake duck excursion and a goose hunt broke out.

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Opener. Windy, wet, and wild.

It wasn't a good season for me in terms of numbers but it was great to get out when I could. Next year is sure to be better with planned trips to South Dakota in the spring, and North Dakota and all across good old MN for the fall.

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