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2018 Waterfowl Reports
I disagree. The marshes I hunt are all smaller drainages, 30-50-100 acres. The key I have found is scout, watch flight patterns, identify food sources and set up accordingly. Just like hunting deer !
Just talked to my brother in the Mercer area. He has never seen so many teal and woodies in the rice beds on the rivers. Flocks of 20-50 teal. Hundreds of woodies... find the food and shoot ducks.
Ya theres woodies around till late oct for sure up north and with more acorns then skeeters they ant going anywhere.Blue wing Teal ya never know.3 years ago they came threw the second friday of the north opener and were gone gone in 2 days.I thought they went threw before opener but to are surprise we had a ball and shot our 12 in 30 minutes two days in a row and maybe shot a couple the rest of season.
like statewide opener. But it should be a little earlier with split in November. Or no split at all.
or open it all in mid September. and make split last week of September.
why open season so late? there will be almost no woodys in northern zone. no blue wing teal.
If You live north oh hwy 8 You may not get a chance at any of those local birds this year.
But If you like ice fishing while duck season is still open and there is hardly a bird to be found you are in luck
If my recent scouting trips, and daily driving around Dane county while working are any indication . There will be plenty of opportunities come opening morning ! LOTS OF WATER , lots of places for ducks to be, some corn coming down will help where I will be setup.
No shortage of teal, woodies, mallards, shoovies... saw a large contingent of gads on one marsh, Pintails on another. The big water is holding ringers. Looks like a drop in temps coming will make for a comfortable opener. And don't worry the teal will be here through October.
Good luck and just enjoy the time afield...
Seen a lot of Blue wing Teal yesterday, not much for Honkers. Also seen a few more Mallards, a couple of Ring necks and the pleasure of 6 Canvasbacks slowly flew by. Kinda of encouraging. Talked with some kids who were out with their Dad for the first time and they had a blast. Said they really enjoyed it. That was great to hear.