Hi everyone. It has been a slow start to the 2021 waterfowl season in MN. A combination of a bunch of factors including very low water conditions and fewer wetlands, much warmer than normal temperatures, and a lot of shooting on MN lakes and wetlands in September has led to not a lot of resident ducks left around, those that are around not moving much, and a delay in the migration of ducks and geese from the north. The saving grace for this season for me has been watching my nine year old son graduate from coming with and watching, to fully participating. Practice shooting and calling this summer has him calling and harvesting birds with a 20 gauge, and a pair of waders has him helping with decoy set up and take down. He has shot his first duck of multiple species already, and his Dad and Grandpa have managed a few ducks while letting Parker take the singles that have come in. This past weekend, we finally saw some migrating flocks of canvasbacks and gadwalls, so the calendar migration is starting, albeit a couple weeks late. Should be some good pushes of ducks into MN the next couple weeks, so good luck, and I will see you out there somewhere.
You sound a little conflicted. 😉
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Welcome to the forum. Are you Amish or live off grid or something? 🤔
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On my next lake trip, I am hoping to figure out where the mice are getting into my sauna. I also am planning to fish at least one solid day on Vermilion this fall. I don't seem to have great luck this late but I feel compelled to make the effort when the opportunity arises.
I went fishing for the final time this season yesterday. It was not very good. Its the latest I've fished in a season for many years though because its been so warm out.
I decided not to duck hunt again this season based on the lack of success I've had in recent years. By the reports I've heard locally, I made the right decision.
Between a full time job, yard work, going to the gym, and being a responsible Father/Husband, I don't get as much time to do what I want to anymore. That's just the reality of it. Sometimes I regret the decisions I've made on that, but now I'm stuck with it and its a necessary evil. Retirement is still 20+ years away. But I did go fishing 31 times this past season and I'm taking the whole week off to deer hunt. After deer hunting I'll be pheasant hunting until the end of the year.
I'm grateful for my health and my mental ability that allow me to continue to do the things I enjoy, albeit not as much as I used to.
I try to post on here when I have successful days of fishing or hunting. Sometimes it seems like the only fishing updates for weeks on end come from Vermilion.