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2009 Waterfowl Reports

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Huntin&Fishin

Yup bad weekend for us to!! Not many ducks! Worst opener in my life

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Lunker

Hunted this morning, central Wisconsin. Fog rolled in right at shooting hours so we sat there for an hour and a half not being able to even see the dekes. After that burned off there wasn't much moving, but we managed one mallard, one woody, and one goose.

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Quackaddict9

8 mallards for 2 guys this morning...ducks worked nicely.

Saturday- 5 man limit of honkers on water and Sunday had a good field with mallards and geese but they were very skittish and would not come in the decoy spread, would just fly up and down all around us, but managed to shoot 1. Lots of birds around but very cautious. It was good to be out shooting some ducks!

Good Luck the rest of the season guys!

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kobear

Had another good opener. 5 ringers and a woodie, packed up to go home by 10:10 on Saturday. There was 200+ ringbills on the slough when I walked in (it's public too). Not much shooting going on. Lot's of stupid geese around.

Sunday was slower till after 9am. Then groups of mallards 4-15 started to work the area. Watched other groups sit all morning and then leave as soon as mallards started to show up, they dropped two then packed up. The ringers pretty much sat in one end of the slough and didn't get up. Lot's of shoting after 9 am pretty steady in the Underwood direction. Fewer stupid geese but still a couple. Didn't limit but should have.

I was in the Fergus Dalton area.

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whitewolf6647

Never fired a shot on Saturday and only saw 2 ducks neither of which we could shoot at. Didn't even hunt Sunday morning, just no birds in the area. Or at least not where we were.

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coombia21

142 ducks and geese between the 4 hunters we had in our group in the last 4 days in north dakota

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Gordie

those are the numbers I'm hopeing for next week.

where you at coombia? were heading to Cando

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coombia21

anywhere from spiritwood to kensla we have hunted there for a while now and have lots of good connections with some of the farmers out there and now we set up camp in one of the farmers barns for the weeks we want to hunt and we come help out when he needs help like branding cattle and helping with the harvest

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RaininFeathers

Elwood my dad is heading to Cando on Friday and I will be there the 22nd. Heard some good reports from the area. This year we found an old lady who rents apartments with kitchens and all for cheaper than the hotel.

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mudslinger

Had a very poor weekend near Alex. There was some shooting on the lake but the spots I chose were very unproductive. Heated up my barrel this morning with some Ringer and Goose action further north. Finally! The good shooting came much later than I had imagined. Im guessing the fog set everything back.

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BucksnDucks

Observed many new birds in south central mn arrived after the the rain finally let up Tuesday evening around 5. Mostly honkers but also mallards mixed in. Looked to be hittn the sweetcorn fields pretty hard in the evening. Today noticed some new birds in chopped corn that was holding surface water.

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Gordie

Elwood my dad is heading to Cando on Friday and I will be there the 22nd. Heard some good reports from the area. This year we found an old lady who rents apartments with kitchens and all for cheaper than the hotel.

were staying at webers place its an outfitter service If you wanna callit that I been hearing mixed reports as well we will be hunting the wheat and barley fields and I hope to make it to Devils lake once or twice for ducks and eyes also

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coombia21

let me know how you do on devils lake i have wanted to hunt there but never wanted to drive away from a good spot i am on just to find others but if it is good hunting it might be worth the drive

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johnsd16

Our group hunted North Dakota for opening weekend through tuesday. 83 ducks for 4 guys, no geese and lots of birds grilled on the trip. It was my first opener there but not my first trip. We filled out the first two days and nearly did the next two but were restricted by posession limits, being beat from hunting hard, or scouting.

There were TONS of mallards. They were our most common duck in the bag followed closely by teal (almost all bluewing) and gadwalls. Pintails also seemed to be up big.

Lots of redheads around, but tons and tons of teal. The amount of water was unbelievealbe, there was water in every field, ditch and slough and every one had ducks in it at one time or another. We would jump a puddle and more often than not when we would walk away more ducks would come pile back in.

There were also tons of ruddy ducks. We didn't shoot any since we haven't figured out how to get them up when you jump a slough. Lots of them on Devil's as well.

We shot Mallards, Blue and Green Teal, Gadwalls, Pintails, Redheads, Woodies, a couple Shovelers and a Widgeon. We saw lots of shovelers and widgeon but didn't bag many, spoonies by choice and widgeon because we didn't have many come in or jump any.

Tons of birds looked to be young of the year, very small especially mallards, pintails and gadwalls. We plucked some gadwalls that were the same size as bluewings. So it looks like they had great producktion (couldn't resist) out there on puddlers and redheads especially for divers. Few mallards were colored out which made our field mallard hunt really really tough.

Also saw lots of buffleheads but did get any. Few bluebills around with almost all spotted on the big lake and none bagged, though many seemed to have moved in by Wednesday morning when we rolled out. I don't think I saw a ringneck the whole trip.

IF YOU PLAN TO HUNT DEVILS LAKE******* Go check it out before you head out in the dark, the water level has changed a lot-- a few feet. Many spots are not where they were and there are new areas of wood and boulders just unter the surface that were easily seen in years past. Points of land that were huntable are now over the waders.

First Morning over decoys, we jumpshot to finish

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Second morning, one went unrecovered so we brought home 23.

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walleyehunter80

nice

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duckster

I had to work this weekend but wish I could have made it out.

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shnelson

I managed to make it out after work for a quick hour last night. Saw a small group of woodies take off down river from me, and another came over my decoys just shy of sunset (didn't come in close enough though, they weren't at all interested in my spread).

This was on the st. croix south of osceola, I'm hitting minnesota this weekend and hope to have a better show based on the weather coming through!

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skee0025

Went out this morning. Fergus area. 2 teal, Buffle heads, Cans some mallards and a pintail. Plenty of ducks about but mostly what you would expect to see later in the season, not in the first week.

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canman

Nice push of birds seen this am! Limits were easy. Lots of divers and puddlers. Felt like November.

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chub

Wow.....what's the date....LOL

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shnelson

Hit a metro lake, saw plenty of birds leaving the water prior to shooting time. Activity was light afterwards, managed to bring home 3 teal. Saw a good mix of mallards and divers & more coots than you can shake a stick at.

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broken_line

5 geese, 5 ducks today..

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Quackaddict9

Hunted a field this morning that had mallards in the high 4 digits last night and shot our limit of greenheads and 4 bands. They were locked up and committed and loved the mojos! I'll post pics later.

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fishingguy

3 limits of geese and 2 bw teal for us. Weird thing was we were hunting a field when we shot the teal. First time I've seen that before.

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RumRiverRat

5 for myself on Saturday

1 Can

2 Ringers

1 RedHead

1 Mallard

10 for 2 guys Sunday

2 Cans

3 Redheads

1 Gadwall

1 Widgeon

3 Mallards

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ChuckN

Just returned from hunting since Wednesday.

Our drive to duck camp in Western MN, no ducks in any ponds, fields...nothing.

With a front rolling in overnnight and forecasted W/NW winds certainly kept my curiousity up. Thursday our group of three limited out by 9:30am. It was fabulous, and a great mix of birds with 9 species of ducks. Lots of Cans, bluebills, ringbills, redheads, mallards, gadwalls, widgeon and some teal.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday we laid off the guns on most ducks and tried to take strictly close, drake ID shots. Ducks were pretty leery all these days and wouldn't respond to any calls, and seemed to be on a mission away from our positions. It was pretty chilly Saturday with lows at 19 degrees and a blanket of snow.

A fair amount of geese migrated from the north today.

The drive home found just about every pothole had ducks in it. Amazing what a few days brings. grin

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broken_line

Just returned from hunting since Wednesday.

Our drive to duck camp in Western MN, no ducks in any ponds, fields...nothing.

A fair amount of geese migrated from the north today.

The drive home found just about every pothole had ducks in it. Amazing what a few days brings. grin

amazing this always happens sunday night =P

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Cheetah

I went out Saturday morning near Hugo. Saw maybe 10 ducks total, and two small groups of geese. That was it, nothing came within range of me. Some guys a mile or so away got some good shooting in, but that was about it.

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Musky Buck

I saw Squat in Ottertail County. Maybe 100 honkers in the area, usually there's 500-800 by now. Very few ducks. I had a good laugh at a buddy. He waited at a public WPA until 10 minutes before legal shooting, waiting for other hunters so he wouldn't set up and have them surround him again, no one came so he lugged his decoys out quickly and set-up, within a half hour 4 trucks blocked his rig in and they set up all around him and then some ones dog ran to him and spilled his thermos full of coffee and these guys were sky busting every duck or goose that flew over mainly out of range, packed up the decoys and fanagled his way for home. Sure is a fun hunt and here he tried to wait till 7:00am figuring anyone coming here would be here already, not.

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HOT SPOT

Went out this morn with 2 buddys and it sure was fun. Had some big flocks of Northern Mallards dump in on us. Fianlly got some nice Greenheads.Also managed to pick up a real nice red head and a couple gadwals

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