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Anyone else planning buck the weather and get out this weekend?  I’m leaning on it.  It won’t be pleasant but I’m hoping there will be more birds to make me forget about being wet.

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monstermoose78
3 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Anyone else planning buck the weather and get out this weekend?  I’m leaning on it.  It won’t be pleasant but I’m hoping there will be more birds to make me forget about being wet.

I am Saturday morning 

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Wanderer

Good luck to ya!

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MJ1657

The geese piled in this week. As soon as we got done chopping corn sileage they showed up. 

 

I'll be out there getting wet. 

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Wanderer

Heading to border country myself.  Counting on the birds to move with this system and reports from central Canada say they’re starting to bug out.

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1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

Well it hasn’t been stellar but it hasn’t been a waste of time either this morning.  What I’ve been hearing is the hatch was poor in prairie Canada so we should see fewer but more mature birds.  Seems to be true today.25355005-99B8-45F5-AF6F-D9AD4AB0135C.thumb.jpeg.ecbaa11b982fbb13402eceb120909bea.jpegB77DB8D1-4A94-43CE-8270-4B39413491A4.thumb.jpeg.233f509638bb3f740c64569834ba626b.jpeg


Better pic of the black duck.  Bucket list bird.

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Pretty ducks

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Wanderer

Sunday was interesting but but not productive for putting birds in the bag.  We saw birds but they avoided us just enough.  New water Sunday is always exactly what it’s supposed to be: a learning experience.  
 

Number one comment for the day: Guess what?  What?  It’s snowing again.

 

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Getting to the end of the line here in a hurry.  What a bummer of a close out from central going north.  I know a few people who crushed em here and there but most have experienced a mediocre season overall.

 

Anyone still out, and on birds?  There should still be some good fields going on.

 

I just popped the latest wood duck I think I’ve ever seen.  A young bird too so I can’t give it credit for being a Wiley old timer resisting the flight through the gauntlet.  

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monstermoose78

I would like to hit big water for divers a time or two yet

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Wanderer
18 hours ago, monstermoose78 said:

I would like to hit big water for divers a time or two yet


I think most of them moved on with the full moon last week.  I hear SE MN is still good I.e. Lake Pepin.  Reports from Mille Lacs/Leech/Winnie have been quiet.  I know some people that have been looking.  Haven’t had much of report from western MN for a week.  

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Kettle

Drove past the west side of Mille Lacs today. Large areas of ice with a few open areas and even a boat fishing, looks like they busted ice at the Garrison access to get out. Saw a handful of goldeneye and mergansers but that was it

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Wanderer

Sounds like the same description of the birds my buddy saw on his way home from deer hunting on Sunday.

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I enjoyed my hunts during the MN season even though it was a lukewarm year.  Pretty disappointed with the early freeze up but I’m lucky enough this year to be looking forward to a trip west to WA for sea ducks in January.  
 

I’ve been doing research on that for the past couple weeks and feel like I ain’t quite done yet!

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FYI - these are on sale at MACK’s for a hundo.  Just opened mine up to check it out.  It’s gonna work out real nice for those longer walks to the hide or just as a single bag to load/unload from a boat.  My blind bag can’t cover the carry all job duties and tweaked my back on my ND hunt (long walk).  Shotgun carry strap included.  I can feel the relief already.

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5 goldeneye working the ice line on the river this afternoon.  Latest I’ve seen ducks here.  Best pic I could get through the spotting scope.  Yes leech, there were 5 total. 😉

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gimruis

I see a ton of mallards and geese near the river by Elk River all winter long.  They must not even migrate anymore.

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    • CLPDB
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