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2021 Waterfowl Reports
Another season in the books. It sure was a tough weird season. One of my worst if not the worst season I've ever had in my 26 years of duck hunting. For me it wasn't a shortage of birds for the most part in spots I hunt. For me this year I was over ran by skybusters and some of the most unethical hunters I've ever seen. Even on the last day one of them comes and sets up 300 yards behind me. I sat the full last day coming up one short of the limit with 2 mallards, 2 black ducks, and gadwall. Should have had the last bird missed 2 early some how. So I made a change in choke tubes the crushed the last 5 birds that came in. One of my favorite hunts of the year for me I only got 3 mallards but I got a fox. That worked the river bank right me. Already can't wait tel next season.
Hunted saturday and sunday AM's great weather a bit windy but ducky, fired one shot sat am, nada yesterday, seen 5 mallards and some geese but overall very slow, had atleast one good report from my area guys smoked a pile of mallard and geese.
Sad end to the season, and I cant wait until september!
Good deal DM, good idea come over in the warmer months. Get acquainted of the area for the fall hunt. Might see less pressure on the pools south or north of Lacrosse.
Only 6 rigs at the local launch this morning off Pool 7. Slow wrapup of the season. Just never seen a strong push of migration birds last couple seasons. Even the swan push is not overly spectacular.
Thank you Fowler2
Thank you so much for your help and suggestions. I'm definitely going to take your advice and hit up the Mississippi next fall. I think I will take a week of vacation and go up there and learn the river. Thanks again for your help an insight.
Ran along the river near home last night and many geese and some ducks in it and in the park within city limits did see several large flocks heading outside the city to feed near dusk, ,my private pond re opened so we are going to hit that up in the AM hoping to intercept some birds utilizing the area, we will see albeit i believe it will be a less than stellar end to a slow season.
goodhuntin all! and get up off the couch or xmas lights ladder and get after um boys!!!
Big flock of Canvasbacks on Big Silver Lake at Wautoma along with geese and some mallards. No place to hunt on that lake but nice to see. Was 50 here today and the big wind did away with any ice that was here.
It amazes me that most hunters say they do not consistently see birds but no one wants to push for more refuges. If you want to see more birds then they have to have a spot to rest otherwise they go right through. It can be frustrating watching refuge birds but I would rather watch refuge birds than no birds at all. And besides, eventually they tend to make their mistakes with good weather.
I understand your frustration. i lived in SE Wi until 2017.
I currently live in the pool 7 backwaters. I recommend coming over and experiencing the flyway highway. Can't go wrong coming over any time in October. Local birds good and incoming migrators. Late season can be spotty. Weekdays preferred as the backwaters can get busy.
Went out scouting this morning for 3 hours. I'm in southeastern Wisconsin. Went through a number of lakes that I hunt and some private Pockets that I hunt a lot of water open but no ducks or geese. Always seemed so very inconsistent here we never hold any birds. Wonder if it would be better to go take 2 weeks off and just go hunt the Mississippi any of you guys have experience with that I've never hunted the Mississippi does it hold more birds consistently. In southeastern Wisconsin you spend all this time and money and Scout and hunt for 6 hours and you might get one flock of 4 gadwalls to come in and if you screw that up you're done that's all the chances you will get for that day. Would it be better to takes two weeks and just go hunt the Mississippi for 2 weeks straight any thoughts would be appreciated.
Seeing some mallard and geese in moving water in SE WI, hope they stick around for the final weekend.