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2018 Waterfowl Reports
Unfortunately, a large majority of the nested birds that I have been watching for the last couple of weeks, have "lost" their nests. Sand-Hills, Geese and Ducks. Bitter cold, lots of snow, and rising ice and water took it's toll. I'll give em credit, they sat as long as they could. Hopefully, they may try to set again.
It took me almost the whole weekend to find a silver lining to this stupid snow, but I found it while shoveling the end of my driveway for the 10th time late Sunday afternoon as a pair of mallards flew over.
Big snow+big melt= water for a good duck breeding season (hopefully)
Not really a report, but I have been thinking about duck hunting so much lately. I got my shotgun out and swung it a few times, sorted through my old, ancient decoys and decided that I need new ones. Actually, wife's cousin decided I need new ones, with laughter and finger pointing. How long til the season? Too long, if you think about it.
I like the idea of a state wide-opener and getting rid of the goose zones.
I'd prefer the opener was a week later, but Sept 29 isn't too bad.
I would prefer to see the early teal and goose season go away.
IMHO, this is an improvement over what we've had.
We are definetley lacking water. Wisconsin River is very low. Fox River, the same. Potholes in and around the area are drying up. The concerning part is if the local ducks nest, and we get late heavy rains, like we did a few years ago, the nests will be lost. If that doesn't happen, then there is the possibilty that the hen may have to try and get the hatch to water that is a huge hike away. That would leave her and the hatch at the mercy of the predators.
If we got some decent rain or snow soon, then there is the strong possibilty that the Spring Hatch will be fine. As it looks right now...not so good. I'm crossing my fingers...