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Ray Esboldt

East Central Minnesota: 4 mallards, 3 widgeon, and 2 canvasback for our group.

Not many ducks around and very few geese (which is basically why we hunt where we hunt). It was better once the wind started to blow a little.

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fishnhuntnboy

Only got one bird today and it was my very first pintail! I was pretty excited.

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buckx37x

six woodies this a.m., we still have a flooded corn field there lovin. We cant buy a mallard though, hopefully some colder crummy weather will change that later.

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Jordyn Kaufer

Hunted up near Forest Lake and got a 1 man limit. Definatley new(er) birds are comin through cause all the birds decoyed perfectly and were'nt scared of decoying in with 2.5doz deeks and a mojo.. Good thing i can hunt this week pretty much cause of M.E.A. or i'd be missin out. Also missed quite a few birds (mallys)

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mixxedbagg

Went out early by myself this morning for a few hours near Grand Rapids. Two goldeneyes and a mallard. Otherwise pretty slow except for a couple other fly-by goldeneyes, some heard mallards, and distant honkers.

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Stringerless!

Ringnecks are here in force. 2 Short of a 3 man limit. Do we shoot at these 20 or wait for the 200 right behind them ?!!? You know you have had one of your all time best hunts when you are hunting with an unloaded gun cause the action was so fast it was pandemonium !!! Get out there !

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hunter322

went out again near hugo, a few birds here and ther not near as many as last weekend. i think all the picked fields were screwin me over because as soon as i got the boat to shore and it was gettin dark the geese started comin in to roost. hey jordyn where near forest lake?

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Jim Panfish Uran

More birds have been pushing down over the last week with the cooler temps, I've been noticing a lot more ducks in the ponds and out on the bigger lakes. They are talking measurable snow up my way next week so that will give them the push south!!

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BrdHunter01

Hopefully that snow comes straight out of cananda. If it comes from the south forget it

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Stringerless!

Carlos tonight. Thought I might die push poling into that wind but it sounded a lot worse than it was. Saw 4 mallards land as I was unloading and 6 more join them later. Had one pair of ringie hens decoy but I shot too soon and blew it ! Only chance I had. Did not see any other ducks even after sunset on the way out. Only 2 coots in pool. 4 geese came in to roost at 6:33 when I was driving out.

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bwack

is anyone having good luck on evening hunts...i am only seeing birds during the first hour each morning...nothing after that. would like to go out this evening but i am not sure if it is worth it.

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MinnetonkaMan

Evening hunts for me are always tough unless you have cloud cover and or some sort of precipitation. Ducks usually come in a half hour after sundown on nice days. It is still perfectly bright out at this time. I wish we could hunt until half after sunset like deer but than their would be a lot more ducks harvested. Good luck if you go out we will try it tomorrow night but the best night should be Saturday with the weather rolling in!!!!

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Quackaddict9

Evening hunts for me are always tough unless you have cloud cover and or some sort of precipitation. Ducks usually come in a half hour after sundown on nice days. It is still perfectly bright out at this time. I wish we could hunt until half after sunset like deer but than their would be a lot more ducks harvested. Good luck if you go out we will try it tomorrow night but the best night should be Saturday with the weather rolling in!!!!

not always, some guys will shoot too many hens or can't identify what species duck they are or drake/hen. I don't really hunt evenings unless geese and ducks are hitting fields.

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Stringerless!

I think the sunset rule is so you have time to find downed birds before it gets dark. Hunting public Wmas you can see the results of late shooting. The birds become completely nocturnal. I have paddled in and kicked up hundreds of birds at 4AM and not see a single duck. While loading up at the end of the day you can hear them landing and coming back in. These fools don't realize that the later you shoot the later the ducks come ! But even worse yet, they DON"T CARE !!!

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Stringerless!

Carlos this morning. BAD . Only saw about 25 ducks total and never took a shot. Pair of mallards finally got close but were behind us and would have fallen in the cattails so we did not shoot. Could have sworn I heard a lone speckled belly calling on the water but never saw it.

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icecold

We have been hunting the minnesota river bottoms with terrible luck this year, we got a few ducks the first 2 weekends, but the past week and a half the hunting has been downright fowl, Normally this time of year u cant keep enough shells on hand, This is my 35th year of hunting the same spot and I never saw so few ducks as this year, Is it true that there is alot of ducks in western minn? Maybe some will come down our way with the approaching weather next week?????

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mixxedbagg

I was out for a few hours on a river in Itasca County this morning. Only a few ducks, and none within range. A few distant Canada Geese as well. Pretty slow, never fired a shot.

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Swampbusters

We have hunted the mn river bottom this year once the current slowed in the cornfield, Best duck hunting we have had in a long time. We actually got to pick and choose what ducks to shoot, dont get that very often. very fun week and a half but now the field is dry and no ducks. back to see a duck shoot a duck.

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canman

Hunted yesterday with good success. We ended up with 6, but with better shooting could have had our 12. Was surprised at the numbers seen with the warm weather and poor winds. Managed to get 2 woodducks. Started seeing Cans come through, just called our flock to early and missed...sucks...

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buckx37x

Was out this a.m. with my son hunted a little wet spot in combined bean field. We should have had three mallards we did not shoot well happens i guess. Did not get a chance at any geese but neighbors east of us did well, location, location, location maybe next time well get lucky. Still seeing some woodies but looks like the vast number of them left last week at least in our area. Well we'll give it a go next fri. and wknd.

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Stringerless!

Carlos in evening. Saw 6 ducks after shooting closed ! Frog migration is on bigtime ! Should be fishing !!!

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Ray Esboldt

East Central Minnesota: 5 ringers and 2 gadwall for our group.

2 25+ bird flocks of ringers worked us, but once it started raining again that was it. Whoever says rainy weather is duck weather doesn't hunt much.

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RumRiverRat

Ducks hate rain.

It strips the oil from their feathers.

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luckycrank

good numbers of gadwall,widgeon , mallards in the southern part of the state

still have yet to see much for divers and lots of real inconsiderate hunters around yet too! had to leave early after getting rained on with shot from the guy a hundred yards away I cant believe the nerve of some people putting safety of others in there hands. and also skybusting working birds after you get the landing gear down and there dropping in to tour spread . just get up a little earlier and get your choice of spots. I have been the first one on the water all season, every time somebody has screwed me by setting up way close.

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sheepheadslayer

Burch shoot me an email. Lets go afters some ducks yet this fall.

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Riverratpete

Purely an observation driving back to the cities from GF yesterday. A few flocks of Canadas lolligagging in the picked fields north of Fargo, no birds noticed on side ponds or in the air from Fargo to Alexandria. Some birds noticed on ponds and in the air from Alex to say Albany, a few in St. Cloud area then that was pretty well it. Looking forward to the big blow this week, maybe move some stuff in.

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CANOPY SAM

We've definately hit a lull in our area. Few geese and few ducks around, but not many. Not that I've done much scouting though.

I wouldn't anticipate a big push coming down with the system moving in this week. Most of the harsh weather looks to stay south of the Canadian Prairies.

Just guessing, but I don't think they'll move much till she starts to freeze up way north of us. I just hope this system coming in leaves some standing water around for a while. Virtually all our fields are gone now, and many have already been cultivated. Not much to keep em' here now -unless we get some standing water!

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kobear

Ringers and assorted puddlers in Douglas County. Not lots but enough. Got real wet Saturday with Thunder and Lightning before legal shooting. Sunday I was on the edge of the heavy rain. Showers came intermittently, as did the large flocks of ringbills.

Ended with 5 birds each day.

Very little shooting Sunday. A smattering on Saturday, and lots of pheasant road hunters out with the rain. Only saw pheasant guys outside their truck once, and they were in the township ditch.

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carpshooterdeluxe

hunted solo on a cut corn field between two roosts on friday morning in western mn. rather than burn the field for a 1 man hunt, i picked off 2 mallards and 2 hutchies and got the heck out of there. shot plenty of ducks saturday and sunday as well, but those all came while pheasant hunting.

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Quackaddict9

Only hunted Saturday morning where I have been seeing ringers, not much flying had a flock that made a couple passes but did not feel confident with the shot and they never came back but ended up with a loner goose, 2 mallards and a common merganser.

Did find thousands of fowl but it just wouldn't work out well with a big field that is flooded, they just land in the middle or join the swans. Hopefully find something smaller then that will work out better like two years ago.

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