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Any bird reports from the South end??? 

Just wondering if anyone is seeing anything flying or loafing. I am coming up for the weekend to do some maintenance on my parents place. Trying to decide what to haul up there. I know what I saw a month ago, but a lot can change in a short time on big water. 

People with eyes on conditions helps. 

 

Thanks. 

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Here in TRF, an hour south of the lake, I haven't seen anything for new birds coming in.  Still plenty of woodies and teal loafing around the river each morning.

Saw a buddy shot a handful of ringies over by Bemidji a few days ago.

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Very little shooting around the lake and river mouth on Saturday morning.  Saw a few ducks, and a handfull of geese, but nothing that even resembled a migration starting.

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I hunted both Saturday and Sunday. Not much moving either day. Mostly teal on Saturday and a handful of mallards on Sunday. Did see a 3/pack of canvasbacks Sunday, but those were the only diver ducks I saw all weekend. 

The only shots I heard other than my own were a hand full from 4mile bay on Sunday morning. 

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Coming up again next week. Hoping to target some main lake divers. But if the forecast holds at NW wind 25-30mph I might just hold off. 

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Big wind this weekend made for a bit of a bumpy ride. Not much for birds flying where I was but did manage to scrape up a few birds. image.thumb.jpeg.8e305d870afd6a825421ec9image.thumb.jpeg.0895796c948e75f6c6d4058image.thumb.jpeg.4538fa66fe974d6f4b4cbd9image.thumb.jpeg.aa95eafc06de8eb49b4536can interest mix of birds. I went up there hoping to get in on a diver hunt. For the most part they were not there. I did get some buffleheads when the wind was out of the north. Otherwise I'm going to figure the mallards are locals, and the Bluewing teal was a nice surprise considering the overnight temps in the mid 20's. Not a bad way to spend 5days though. 

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Bringing this one back up to the top of the page. 

Anyone here been shooting ducks on the south end??? I am making the trip up to my parents only this time I am bringing the goose, MJ1657, and Molly along. 

Based on my notes from last year it will still be puddle ducks with a few mixed local oddball divers. But if anyone here has been seeing divers, geese, or has any recent duck hunting reports from the 4-mile bay, zipple bay, or rainy river outlet areas please let me know either here or by PM. 

Thanks. 

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Well we spent the extended weekend up there. The big west and northwest winds kept us at bay Friday and Saturday, but we made the most of it. IMG_4045.JPG

the Ducktoon was put into its first test of real hunting action and performed well. IMG_4035.JPG

these two seemed to enjoy it. 

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they especially enjoyed when the camp stove decoy was deployed. 

We hunted three days in the 35-38degree temps, with big wind and rain for two days, and had a lot of fun doing it. The teal that were there on Friday caught tue Manitoba express and took a ride south in their journey. I'm sure they are in southern MN or IA now. We did get some birds each day though. Never in danger of a limit, but that's not what it was about. 

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