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Finally moved into the new house and have two new mounts on the wall. Bufflehead and pintail from canada last fall. full-1003-38830-20131108_155235.jpg

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Not so fancy in nodak. Broke ice to set decoys and end ended up with a bunch of scrubs. North wind tomorrow could prove eventful. All the the rain this afternoon/evening could make getting to a spot an adventure. full-283-38843-2013_11_0811.03.56.jpg

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Bryce, if you're in ND right now I highly recommend you hunt fields if you have the gear for it. There's a lot of mallards in ND and they are feeding hard all day long... mallard limits in the field are pretty easy right now but only saw the one pintail and a couple widgeons (missed both) for bonus ducks.

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Disclaimer... yes I realize we shot a lot of hens

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Weren't using our fields. Lots of refuge roosts to refuge feeds or crossing into sodak. Rest were roost/feeds in the same field seperated by less than 200 yards. Wasn't meant to be this year. full-283-38944-rps20131112_121140.jpg

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Heres a pic of my oldest boy putting the 'death grip" on his first goose.

Lots of birds to be had....not too much time left.

sorry its crooked.

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That is a cool pic Lunker!

I got one more hunt with a past college roomie in WA - in January....I'll post pics if we have any luck. Wont be like a MN/ND hunt but will be fun nonetheless.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

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Good Looking bird lunker, I got my first two widgeon this year one in MN and one in Manitoba. If I actually get a mature one that is the next bird on the wall.

Kettle

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missed the duck season on here but ill post a couple pics so you guys can see my ugly mug

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the boy bagged his first duck with a sxs 410 that's now been threw 3 sets hand and soon to be his on his 8th birthday

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we got his limit before school took him in came back out with just daughter and shot my 3.

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then I shot this guy while on the phone one handed and on the fly with the 20g that's all I used today

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Did I mention it was a great day?!

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Hillbilly great photos! The years I have spent hunting snows I have never picked them up over water. Great to see you are getting your kids into hunting. Hopefully if I have kids someday they will have the enjoyment in hunting like yours do!

Kettle

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Thanks guys... daughters second year boys 4th and those snows landed right next to canada deks. They came in on there own and i didnt see or hear them till they were 2 foot off water i was playing with my daughter in the blind

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Hunted the last early season honker day and a 5 pack did the dance and 1 got away great end to the 5 a day limit. Now I have to wait till Saturday to pull the trigger. full-24389-49338-img_20140922_160240_295

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Wow Bryce those drakes have some plumage! Quite a bit more than usual for opening day wouldnt you say? And is that a pintail on the far left?

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Very poor opener for us, the group that I hunt with has hunted the same beaver pond for 35 years, there has always been two other groups as well, this year when we pulled into our parking spot there were two vehicals parked there, we make the hike back to the pond hoping that they were at least in a different area, nope , sad part was they drug a boat all the way back there, which I'm sure they scared most of the birds off befor legal shooting time, which they apparently didn't know, first shot they fired was 22 minutes befor.. I don't mind getting beat to the spot it's public water but I can't stand a cheater, got pictures of the plates, one of our group's son inlaw is a warden, he's looking into the plates..

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Saturday opener was my wife's first time in the field with me... we had a good time and stayed an hour and a half after limiting just to enjoy the show.

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Check out the 1 beautiful greenhead on the far right... one of the nicest colored mallards I've ever seen in September but of course this one showed up when we already had limits on the ground.

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This bird seems to have lost its mind!

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This goose was so dumb it landed in the spread twice, both times my wife chased it out of the spread and walked to within 10 yards before it would fly away.

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Opener didn't quite go as planned but Saturday my dad, friend and I limited out with 8 woodies and 10 teal. Mosquitos were the worst I have ever experienced! Ducks were not decoying at all so we ditched the pond after bagging only 5 ducks. Moved to a rocky land bridge between two small swamps and shot 4 more. Went back to the truck and ate lunch and watched some teal and woodies dive into a pond tucked away into the woods just a few hundred yards from the parking lot. So we went in there and scared up about 30 birds and shot out remainder of our limit.

I could definitely tell duck numbers werent necessarily as high as previous years. Had to work a little harder this year. Builds character.

Did get my first, second, and third bands of my life though!

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    • JerkinLips
      Welcome to the Vermilion forum Curtisa1.   The walleye population in the west basin use to be much lower than the east end, and heavily tilted toward very large fish.  That has changed over the recent years and I think the west population is nearly equal to the east end now.  I suspect that most people fish on the east end because of tradition, and the easy lake access from McKinley Park.  Maybe some people are not aware that the west end population has improved significantly.   Late in the winter fishing season I like to fish deeper (25-30 fow).  The bite has been fairly consistent (but also fairly slow) throughout the daylight hours.  Interestingly I have caught very few fish in the first 1-2 hours of daylight.  Several days the bite has been very good between 330-430.  Vermilion is not known for a good night bite, but this year people have been picking up a few walleyes throughout the night.  Other anglers may have different experiences but this is what I know.  Good luck.
    • Wanderer
      Cool story!   FWIW, the only hooks that fish can dissolve are bronze hooks - the “old fashioned” kind.  The newer hooks like most of us are using don’t dissolve.
    • Curtisa1
      Have a place on the west end of the lake and wanted try fishing this weekend. Never been out and never see anyone out on the west end.... Anyone know why no body is out fishing the west end? Also any tips on depths and time of day to fish? Is it any good at night? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    • StillFishin'
      Interesting about the leader coming out of the stomach area.  I have a similar story that happened years ago.  But this is about a tropical fish(an ell) when I was in the tropical fish business.  I never forgot it and thought only a swallowed hook might desolve(if the fish was lucky).  But I had an eye opening experience that stuck with me.  Since this is about a tropical species(and a ell) some may  not be interested but here it goes anyways.   So I received about a 10” black leopard ell and it was doing well.   They come from Asia and have no scales.   After I had it about a week or so, I noticed a bump, about the size of a pin head, on it’s side.  I thought maybe it was a tumor or cyst but there was nothing I could do. After several weeks the bump got a little bigger and looked like it was coming to a head.  Then it be started to look a bit shinny/silvery.  I never saw anything like it and it didn’t seem to bother the ell.  After another week, the spot was definitely shinny and was coming out of the skin with no sign of infection, just this odd shinny spot and it still didn’t bother the ell.  I decided to catch the ell and get it in a net and then hold it with a damp towel and see that the heck it was.  I finally got a hold of it with the towel so the silvery spot was visible.  I touched the spot with my finger and it was sharp and hard!  I took my pliers on my Leatherman and grabbed it and pulled carefully.  Out came a very small hook and a 4” length of mono!  The hook didn’t have an eye but was hammered flat and the mono tied to it. The ell healed up as it nothing had happened. So this ell was caught with a hook and line and the ell swallowed the bait and the fishermen cut the line and kept it to be sold.   
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a candlelight hike on the Gateway State Trail from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a candlelight hike on the Gateway State Trail from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Wanderer
      It’s just appalling.  Never seen anyone dump their tanks myself but I’ve done lake clean ups and found all the other junk like waste bags and dirty diapers.   If you’re so special, your poop probably has above market resale value.  Take it with you!     If you’re not so special, nobody else wants it either.  Take it with you! 😡    
    • ozzie
      surprising there is not a citation to give a violator other than a littering ticket!!  There should be hefty fines for dumping human waste into a public waterway!  
    • gimruis
      This article is posted today.  Appalling to say the least.   https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/its-disgusting-reports-of-anglers-dumping-sewage-on-upper-red-lake
    • smurfy
      it is truly amazing what these fish can survive. long time ago and i dont know why i remember this but i do, we got to know and old guy that lived close to the cabin. got to know him good enough we left him the keys and would call him when we where going up in the winter to start our 2 burner fuel oil stove at the time.   anyway he was quite the story teller.......one wondered how much you could actually believe, but he told us he was spearing on the lake the cabin is on. telling us he had seen about an 8lb pike with a leader coming out of the side of this fish.....he didnt spear it.   well after some time about a 100 yards from where he had set up, someone in our group did in fact spear that fish. that leader was literally coming out the side of this fish in the area of where the stomach was!!!!
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