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2017 Waterfowl Reports
If we had the type of flight thru Wisconsin in the fall like we do in the Spring, it would be great. The bad part is that really changed decades ago. Documented studies have shown for many,many years, the Fall Migration has shifted more to the West and after coming down, they swing over more towards the East once past the Dakotas. In the Spring, we get more of a flight thru here as they head back North. It doesn't help for hunting, but it sure allows for some great viewing with the birds being in full plumage for mating season. I have to say some really spectacular photos of birds have been posted on L.L. over the years.
DuckJunkie, looking at the calender, I would say it's a pretty safe bet that the South Zone will open Sept. 30th. They normaly stay with the date closest to the first Saturday in October. Normaly. We'll see what they come up with. There are tons of Waterfowl everywhere! Great to see!
JS, I "second" that. And the amount of birds coming through right now is awesome. Started here in the southern part about two weeks ago. First was the huge flocks of Canadas. Even seen some white front. And now the last week here, the ducks really moved in. Pretty much any large flooded area in a field has ducks sitting on it. Seen some cans and grinners yesterday. And NO, I guarantee half the "duck hunters" haven't noticed and wont. And don't care. Until they're sitting in their public, easy access, over hunted, "great hunting spot" and not seeing or shooting anything. Then the complaining starts, "where are the birds?", "there's no birds here", " the numbers are BS", etc. I let it go last year, kept it to myself. But the last week of goose season. I seen more ducks in three days, in January, than the three months before that.? Just saying. Hoping to have a early day this week, want to bring the wife and her camera to a couple spots and take some pics. Before they move on.
Anybody notice just how many ducks and geese that are around right now? Thousands of each, pretty cool to see. Sure wish we had some sanctuaries, rest areas or something during the fall migration, to help keep them here longer. IMO we need a change of some sort. If you think the overall numbers are down, take a drive and see for yourself. Not looking for an argument, just pointing out the amazing amount of waterfowl in central WI right now. Let's hope they have a successful nesting season. Cheers ladies and gents
Had to try one last time. The boy and i packed up and went south again, back to Tennessee. I think we passed by majority of the birds, about 350 miles south? Got down there last Thursday and hunted for three days. Had a lot of fun, always a great time with them boys there. But they're struggling also this year. As we did, here. Birds slowly moving down, most that are there have been shot at already, and the weather. 70 flippin degrees one day. I thought the old waders started leaking one afternoon, they were filling up. Nope, no leak, just sweat. Ended up, we shot 25 ducks, no geese. Mallards, teal, wood ducks and gadwall. My son has been saving money for a mount. This year he has been looking to shoot his first for the wall. Had his chance for his pintail and missed. He did shoot a really nice gadwall and greenwinger. He is trying to decide which one. Think ill help him and do both. Now that depressing time comes when we put everything away.