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2020 Waterfowl Reports
Most people take this week off for deer season, this the reason I take it off for ducks. With the weather coming in I knew the mallards would be willing to work. And did they ever. Decoyed great and answered the call. The snow and sleet just made it that much sweeter. Was limited by 8:30. These are the days I wait all year for.
1 duck morning. Couldnt resist the balmy 40 degree wakeup morning. Not many birds in the area anymore.
High water conditions after the previous weeks rainfall. Rat house in pic was nearly wet mud most of season. Wish the recent balmy weather and high water was here in October during migration. Oh well, another great season anywho!
Use the Avery power hunter blind. Bought it few years ago. Light weight and very low profile. Killed many of birds out of it. Some of my favorite hunts in that thing. Got a few more duck hunts to come. Still mallards and geese around on the river. Deer season duck hunting is always pretty good.
Today I was hunting in a proverbial "slushy." Beautiful morning, but ice kept forming around my spread and I had to go out and break it apart. Lots of geese around and had 7 tundra swans cross my diver spread (that was cool). Only had a total of 9 ducks decoy....1 mallard, the rest late season divers. I am glad I didn't set everything out today.....it was bad enough picking up 4 doz dekes with an 8 inch perimeter of ice bonded to each of them. That made for some real cold hands.
Thank you fowler. I love my late season mallards. I look forward to this part of the season as much as I do for the opener. Alot of my early season hunting/scouting is all setting for this time of year. Great job and pics like always griz and suspendedmuskey. It was a up and down weekend for me I was feeling under the weather most of the I ended up over sleeping Saturday morning. Went to go take a ride and my truck battery took a crap on me got that taken of so scouting I went. I ran into a buddy and his group packing up from a field. He said the ducks didn't fly in the morning. So that's all I needed to hear. Ran home hooked the boat up and off I went. Set by noon had my mallards limit by 2. Decided that was good enough and wanted to play it safe on the big water with a smaller boat. Didn't hunt Sunday am but tried in the afternoon set up in a different spot had birds working but that wind was to much for them to finish right but thats hunting. Only 6 more days of work then hunting the rest of the season.
Ducks and Geese don't like stormy weather anymore than we do. They go feed right before and right after a storm. On real windy days, they "hunker" right in where they are and sit tight. Just normal behavior for them. See it happen all the time when it's like it was yesterday. Have a good day!
Hunted a.m. till 11. Very windy to say the least. Had one decoy floataway before light. Hunted in layout blind with snow cover. Had birds working better today just struggled to hit them. While I looked for a downed bird had 3 land right in blocks. Why when your away from spread they decoy perfect? Also will making trips to the landing a duck landed on shore where I was hunting. Of coarse left gun at truck cause my hands were freezing. Hopefully it don't freezer up this week.