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B Nelson

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B Nelson

Anybody seen any duck ? We seen alot of them near the Jim River.

We're going out in the morning, we set out lots of deekes,

heard a front is coming through and maybe that will stir 'em up

and get them movin'.

Hope to hear how you guys done !

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mnhunter79

Shot two lessers. very few ducks and geese. worst opener i can remember.

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Scott Stein

my brother me and another buddy had our limit by 9:25 4 mallards and a mix of blue/greenwing teal it was awesome headin back out tomorrow to give er a whirl again!!

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Quickstrike

Good day for us considering the weather. We shot 18 teal and my buddies pup had a great first hunt. We also saw a few mallards and woodies but got no shots. Hope that a few come in closer tommorrow.

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icefishing21

worst opener ive ever had. usually we shoot like a box of shells each... today i shot 2 shells in 3 hours. we had 2 ducks come over us this morning. one was a coot wich my buddy blasted and the other one was a drake mallard that for some reason we didnt kill. heard very little shots when usually on opener where we hunt it is constant shooting. we got out there at 6am and saw probably 50 geese and like 100 ducks and when 9am came around, only one duck after that. i think we will do pretty good tomorrow morning sinse we can shoot at 645, that was when we saw all of the birds flying. good luck to anyone going out tomorrow!

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Sandmannd

Saw a few, but most out of range. My buddy got a couple of rounds off early, but they were a little far off for it. Couple of guys on the lake shot a couple of geese. Going to hit it tomorrow morning again.

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jparrucci

Hunted S of the cities. Lots of geese on the small lake when we arrived and kicked them up as we paddled in. 5 other groups showed up after light, kicking out the ducks that were already on the lake as well. Lake empty at 9am, a few minutes after shooting time, the lakes nearby errupted in gunfire, and before long, a number of flocks of teal were crusing the dekes. I managed 1 greenwing teal, and due to some really poor shooting, that was it. Missed on a number of other flocks of blue and green winged teals that wouldn't quiet set all the way in the dekes. Saw dozens of geese, but none would commit. Saw one group across from us down 2 Commorants (If there were Canvasback I might have called TIP). All in all, there were some ducks in the area, but only a couple of woodies and mallards. Almost all ducks were teal. Geese wanted no part of any decoys. Scouting the area afterwards, saw 2 different public lakes with people using motorized decoys. There were dozens of trucks parked at a couple of different lakes nearby, so it looks like we made the right choice going to the lake we picked.

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youngie22

pretty slow; managed 2 drake woodies, should be great in the morning. not many birds flying after 10am.

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Jimmy from Cottage Grove

Pretty slow for us here in the metro. Didn't fire a shot. Seen about five ducks while puting in the dekes, and seen a few geese in the distance. Worst opener ever. Last year we limited out on opener. I didn't hear one shot all morning.

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MinnesotaMongo

Jimmy, your Springer went birdless! Bummer.

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smallblockchev

Best shooting I ever had today.

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dukhnt

Worst opener I can ever remember. We usually have our two woodies right away. I didn't even see two woodies and I hunted from 9 till 4. We managed 2 mallards and 1 blue wing teal.

jparrucci - sure those motorized decoys weren't wind activated. We had a wind activated one out and with the breeze it looked just like a motorized decoy.

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Big Country

Quick Strike, were you in the Duluth area? I hunted south of Cotton on a small pivate lake that had lot's of corn fed mallards and geese on it all summer. Heck, they were a nuisance when we tried fishing. They must of all flew to you as we saw one stinkin' duck at the end of the lake that never flew. Were you in the management? BC

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icecold

We had a pretty good opener my 12 year old shot 2 mallards and I got 1 mallard and a teal and my 9 year old got skunked, he ruffled some feathers a couple times but nothing fell. Lots of mallards and teal ,not many wooducks, went from 9-12, 11-12 was very slow, Lots of shooting,wish we could have shot better. Sunday morning should be fun.

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carpshooterdeluxe

3 guys 7 shots 6 drake wood ducks. didnt plan on seeing any other species of duck, and we were right. landed probably 100-150 woodies into the decoys all morning long. it was fun to see how suicidal they were to the dekes. i was unprepared for the flight of lesser canadas that we had going for about 1 hour this morning; i didnt bring any honker dekes and they wanted so bad to land; responded to my calling great, but then some idiot with a flute call would do the worst impression of a goose i've ever heard and try to blast at 100 yard high honks. typical i guess.

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Jameson

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Managed only to bring the one immature greenhead home. I was trying a new area and their was plenty of birds in the area, they just didn't want to land in the little slough I was at. Had a hen mallard 30 yards out on the water at shooting time, let her have a free pass and also gave the one other hen mallard that buzzed by a little later a pass.

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Bryce

Less than 24 hours into the post and we already have our robo/skybusting whine on. wink Heard lots of blastage SE of Buffalo when I got away from the equipment noise today. Saturday OT pays for whackin and stackin NoDak style in 2 weeks. Good luck in the AM all.

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jhanks50

managed 2 wood ducks...when we got on the water at about 6:30am there were a lot of ducks flying around the lake we were on, but as soon as shooting time came around they had disappeared...

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tweedlap

Two of us only managed a pair of Woodies. Not nearly the birds we usually see. The normal game plan is to shoot teal only, however, there were very few at our spot.

tweed

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skies

One of the best openers our group of four had in a long time. We had our 24 ducks by 1:00. Which was made up of 9 mallards and the rest were teal. A lot of mallards in the area. Did not even see any woodies at all. Going back in the morning. Good luck to everyone!

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aland147

shot 4 ringnecks by noon, after that not a duck in the cloudless sky. I am cautiously optimistic however because the water levels were up a bit from last year and a couple of the flocks actually decoyed (something i haven't seen in about 3 years) Either way it was great to be out and fire a few shots and get a small meal.

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wild & free

son and I got out abit early and sat for four hours before we even saw another boat. But Het, wo got our spot that we have been scouting for the last two weeks. WE saw lots of birds before 9:00 A.M. After that, shots were continuos for the next hour or so. We managed two teal, four woodies and two mallards. I was real proud of my son. At fourteen years old, he managed too call in four teal and drop two of them While I sat there and watch. Ya, I lost the bet on thar one.

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vexi

Two geese and four mallads for me in wc part of the state. did not see any woodies or teal.

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ole matty

We sshot 2 geese, other hunting party killed 2 geese at 722am which I called tip on them but they never came.. Saw plenty of geese after 9am but not many r commited to our dekes... hope its better this am.. Good luck ya all

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eyepatrol

No ducks, 6 lesser canadians out of a flock of 50 that decoyed. Couple of our guys should have pulled on a few flocks, but they weren't prepared and the angle wasn't right for dad and myself (too dangerous).

Could've been better, but there's a lot of season left.

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youngie22

lots of woodies this morning. 3 guys 5 drakes 1 hen woodies. One very mature beautiful Drake. what a nice ducky day! Might float a stream after lunch and see what we can jump up.

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ZEEK1223

Not a great opener. Although we were the only ones to shoot on a small north metro WMA with 7 other groups on it. We bagged one hen mallard, and one teal. Definently the least amount of ducks I have seen on any opener.

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Jimmy from Cottage Grove

Minnesotamongo it was kind of a bummer. It was pretty hard to keep her still, but she didn't do to bad for her first hunt. I brought with her dummy and we played in the water for half an hour to keep it fun for her. This morning we had a better hunt we got a mallard, and two geese. She looked pretty funny bringing in them big honkers, but she did really well. I wish I would have gotten some pictures, but it was raining so hard.

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Quickstrike

We got out again this AM and saw a lot of birds at first light but things got slow real quick. We ended with 3 teal 3 woodies and a mallard. Can't complain though considering I only shot 5 ducks all season last year. smile

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dan z

should not have to say much as most of you know how I feel bout the opeener we ended up with 5 blue wings 2 greens and a shoveler. cant waite till later in the year

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