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You better believe it. I have been looking forward to it all year! Good luck to everyone who makes it out.

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how did everyone do? my opener was poor for duck killin but a good time with the boys managed a few woodies and some smilies (shovolers)

ike

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Our opening weekend wasn't great. It basically rained all weekend. We got two woodies on Saturday and two geese on Sunday.

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got soaked. . . but ended up filling a 2man limit with 2woodys, 2 greenwings, and 8 bluewings, a flock of 4 pintails buzzed our spread about 10 min to shooting time wich instantly sent me into a frenzy . . i really want a pintail. . . great day except for the Aholes accross the bay that shot at a loan honker that was cupped and commited to our spread, they pumped off about 6 rounds at him from easly over 75 yards away

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SMG were you hunting around rochester???? if so that is a great day and a good mixed bag for these parts. Good going either way no matter what location.

ike

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IKE, we were hunting the mississippi backwaters, sorry dont wanna get too spacific on hunting locations online, smirk.gif but yeah it was a fun day, i'd like to get a good field hunt for mallerds around roch though, thats somthing i've always wanted to do

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Did you guys make it out in the heat this past weekend? We had some decent success over the weekend but the weather sucked. Looks like the northern part of the state is getting some snow today so hopefully that will push a few birds our way. I am leaving for North Dakota on Friday and I will let you guys know how I do.

Hey Ikeslayer,

I see you are doing a Rochester goose hunt on 12/15...I am in the same group that will be on that hunt. Did you go last year? If so, how did you do?

Later,

Nate

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nate yes i will be on that hunt and i was last year. It was a good time. We killed between 8-12 birds could have been a lot more had wind been different but many times we ended up helping the other group that was in teh field. That won't happen this year cause we have a field all to ourselves. It is a really fun hunt Gotta love a good goose hunt with people state wide right here in roch. See you there. Maybe i will wear a pink hat so you know who i am. ike

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Maybe i will wear a pink hat so you know who i am. ike


Do it, and send me the picture.. please. blush.gif

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i took the day off and made my way down to the swamp today, although it wasnt as windy or cool as the last couple days it was still a great day of duck hunting, me and my bro-in-law filled a 2man limit with a mixed bag of 1 widgon, 1 ringneck, 1 greenwing, 7 mallards (including 2 hens) smirk.gif and 2 pintails,. . . . i always wanted a pintail and got one 2day, although pretty scrappy looking yet i was pretty excited just to drop one, we also had a flock of geese come into our calling and spread and my bro-in-law droped one, i never got a shot off at the honks because of the angle i would have had to shoot right over my partners head

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  • 1 month later...

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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Nate it looks like you are haveing a great year. To bad it ends tuesday. i am again going to guess that you didn't shoot those birds too close to rochester. Are you a river rat?

ike

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SMG

Always nice getting in on some green. We will really start seeing them i am guessing in the next week. Again it is too bad it is over soo sooooon

ike

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hey nate what is your screen name on that other site? i didn't see a nate larson on the roster for the rochester hunt so you must go by somethign else. ike

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Hey Ike,

My screen name is Glenwoodie on that other website. I am getting pumped for the goose hunt!

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smg04 were you out goose hunting on Friday at H and Q? Because you look really familiar. I came with another kid at about 2 o clock.

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