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1runhotshot

I said before fella's. Does this forecast look like the birds are leaving anytime soon?

http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/forecast/city_e.html?sk-40&unit=i

Weather patterns have changed and the "corn line" is further north due to the corn prices. With this years low pothole count in many area in the Dakota's they nested in Canada and have stayed there all year. Things can change in a hurry with a NW wind but the greenheads are locked in Canada with the economy being down that means less hunter which means less pressure which mean empty sky's in the lower 48. Don't over think it, it's pretty easy: Food, Weather, Water and Low Pressure. If I were a Greenhead I wouldn't leave until the last bit of open water is gone...

Good Luck!!!

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AngelicFatum

Was out near Sisseton, SD this past weekend, fri/sat/sun were pretty slow, still mostly local birds, but new birds started showing up sunday night and monday we had a great hunt, shot a nice mix of cans/ringers/gads/greenies and buffles. Saw some northern snow/blues and some swans as well.

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ChuckN

I agree with Canopy Sam and 1runhotshot.

I watch Canada weather very closely. These birds are up there and they are not leaving until they absolutely have to.

I've also read studies where ducks will wait for the jet stream to shift, catch the upper level winds and go...and fast, right over the upper midwest. It's sure seems like it's been that way for several years, and we just don't see the birds like we used to.

Not many ducks around right now.

My group saw lots of migrators the 1st week of the season. Bluebills, redheads, ringers, Cans (closed), buffleheads and even saw some Tundra Swans. We always see early migrators on this annual trip.

It's a waiting game for the real hearty birds. smirk

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kobear

Just did a loop in N OT County. Most of the birds that came in end of last week are gone. Ice formed on mid-sized ponds Sun.-Mon. and held all day yesterday, gone today for sure though. I saw one slough with 50 to 75 ringbills and buffles other than that nothing. Last night zig zagged from N OT to N Douglas saw two flocks, 5 ringbills and 12 buffles. This is down from a few hundred last Thursday and over a thousand birds seen last Friday.

Ouch!

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Quackaddict9

I hunted by Thief River Falls with 3 others this morning in a field and I don't think I saw new mallards but maybe new geese, they kept coming and coming. Lots of birds around. Its still warm

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shnelson

I'm thinking about heading out after work, is it worth the effort on a day as clear as today? Some of the guys I normally hunt with kind of chuckle when I tell them I'm going out when theres no cloud coverage.

I witnessed the locals packing up and bailing out last weekend in the areas I normally hunt, haven't seen much new movement come in but its been a few days since i've been able to observe.

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Shoot2Kill

I'm thinking about heading out after work, is it worth the effort on a day as clear as today? Some of the guys I normally hunt with kind of chuckle when I tell them I'm going out when theres no cloud coverage.

I witnessed the locals packing up and bailing out last weekend in the areas I normally hunt, haven't seen much new movement come in but its been a few days since i've been able to observe.

Going out any time you can is better than not going and wishing you did. I've had some great shoots one blue sky days, it doesn't always have to be grey skies. You just never know! GO!

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dan z

I go everyday I can but I really like the light north west winds with cobalt blue skies

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shnelson

work had other plans for me today, didn't make it out tonight unfortunately.

We'll see how this weekend fairs, wouldn't mind bagging a limit for once!

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Jordyn Kaufer

does anyone know if there are any way north flights moving into the leech lake area for the weekend?

or has anyone seen anything flying up that way??

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coolrider45

First wave was here and gone. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Now slow.

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dan z

had a good day we shoot 5 ducks and a blue goose. will post pics at a later date. the blue goose is going on the wall.

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buck 037

My boys went out to jump shoot a pond tonight quick before going bow huntin and got three nice greenheads. One is a four curler debating about mounting it.

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Quackaddict9

Dan- the blue goose a eagle head phase or a normal blue goose? I would find it odd mounting a blue goose but that's my opinion. I think it looks great if its got the eagle head. I had a good flock of snows/blues fly over our spread Thursday morning and a few were in the field next to us, fun to see but didn't try to get them in. The geese are thick in the area we're hunting.

Shot a 3 man limit this morning in a soybean field. Hunting Thief Lake tomorrow morning, I'll see if there's more birds that moved in than last time I hunted there. Good luck tomorrow everyone!

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carpshooterdeluxe

reports from manitoba suggest that the big flocks of mallards are just starting to show up in southern manitoba. next good front should bring a great push of red legged greenheads!

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norwall

Dan nice blu goose,looks like a lil min lk from tha pics? personally i would have had a nice din din consisting of that blu n buffy mmmmmgood

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dan z

guess again dude it was not Min lake

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SledNeck

Ponds and swamps were froze pretty good here this morning. Some still even had ice on em when it got dark.

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adamolson7

Saw some buffleheads this morning just west of the cities. that is a good sign for me that there is some sort of migration wink

got a nice quad curl and a hen pair all the action happened in the first half hour or so.

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Jordyn Kaufer

dad and i went duck huntin up near longville/remer. we got 3 ringnecks the 1st morning and today we got 1 golden eye.

We say tons and tons of birds but they just weren't gonna land anytime soon that we could tell..

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Ray Esboldt

Hour north of the cities produced 9 ducks for us this morning. However, we did not see much beyond those. We wiped out half a flock of ringers right away this morning (ended with 6 of those), 2 mallards, and one goldie.

Came upon what I think was a snowy owl when we were coming in. It was white and quite large (I don't know too much about birds I can't eat). I was standing on the edge of the bog eating something. That made it worth going right there.

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buck 037

Me and the my boy went out this am. had one drake woodie come into deks and one drake mallard. Got both of them and that is all we seen rest of the morn. We were hunting about hour south of cities.

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LeeMB

I hunt about 2 hours north of Winnipeg in Manitoba Canada. There are thousands of Ducks still here. Our Interlake region is very wet with lots of grain in the fields. it is also very warm. Don't look for ducks till next weekend. It should get colder by then.

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123fish

Thanks for the post LeeMB. It's nice to know what's going on up there. Keep them coming.

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tybo

A friend of mine saw some shovelers and buffle heads in Howard lake a few days ago.

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tealitup

Went out this afternoon around lakeville and NOTHING to be seen

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LeeMB

still tons of birds here again today. Another day of "Green heads only" We have a 8 bird limit here and it takes a couple of hours to for 4 guys to shoot a limit. It looks like we have snow coming soon so you guys might get lucky by this weekend.

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Bryce

Keep the weather reports coming. Looks like we picked the right weekend to be sitting in NoDak from the forecast.

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LeeMB

Snow in Southern Manitoba on Wed, Thur, and Fri, It is a Colorado low coming from that way.

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Fishhappy1986

hunted the outing remer area this weekend and didn't do anything in the morning saw a flock of about 200 divers mostly ringies we figured because later sunday night me and my cousin got into ringnecks like no tomarrow, Best shoot me and him have ever had. We had a flock of at least 500 or more come into the lake and they wanted in right where we were. We stopped 10 min. before shooting time ended because we had 8 birds down in 20 min. and though we had too many bluebills but turned out we didn't have one all ringnecks thank god. next time I'm identifing the birds when we get them my cousin thought the first 3 were bills and they weren't. but all and all it was a great shoot. Big rice just outside of remer I heard flocks of 25,000 divers were on were on that lake,Whether or not thats true I don't know.

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