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Name: Cory Hicks

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Onamia, Minnesota

Weather: Partly cloudy high’s in the mid-50s. The past couple days the temperatures have been dropping with Monday night getting down to mid to low 30s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: High with numerous flooded fields in the area.

Feeding Conditions: Good and improving with crops being cut.

Species and Numbers: We are finally starting to see the first small push of divers in the area. I saw approximately 300 to 400 migrating ducks. I have seen a lot of new birds in the area with lots of teal around still. In the past couple days, I saw some large flocks of blue-bills, mallards, and buffleheads moving in flying up high. Small groups of lesser Canadas have been seen in the cut fields in the area and on small sloughs near the feed.

Migrations: Some Canada geese, higher numbers of ducks migrating south.

Season Stage: First week of normal season after the break. Season re-opened October 7.

Hunting Report: Locally around Onamia, Minnesota, and south along the upper Mississippi river, hunting is average to great for ducks in small sloughs or on the rivers. North winds have brought a lot of new birds to the area with increasing numbers of Canada geese and a mix species of ducks. Reports from other hunters having success shooting limits of Canada geese in cut crop fields from Onamia as far south as the Rogers area.

Gossip: None at this time.

 

Name: Rick Turch

Date: October 8, 2017

Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Weather: Warm temperatures.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: High.

Feeding Conditions: Wet/muddy.

Species and Numbers: New geese and ducks showing up.

Migrations: More seasonal weather in the past few days which has brought some new birds to the area.

Season Stage: Regular season.

Hunting Report: No wind to speak of until late morning which made keeping birds honest in setting up in the hole tough.  A lot of birds around but with that brought a lot of shooting in the area, especially on Sunday.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Will Harvey

Date: October 10, 2017

Location: Glenwood, Minnesota

Weather: Cold, first frost today.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: High. Fields are wet, lots of flooded areas.

Feeding Conditions:  Lots of flooded fields, but crops are slow to come out with the damp conditions.

Species and Numbers: A few local woodies.

Migrations: None.

Season Stage:  Early.

Hunting Report:  Poor.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Ben Cade

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Buffalo, Minnesota

Weather: Cooler with freeze advisory expected during the overnight hours.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Excellent.

Feeding Conditions: Good. Wood ducks feeding on acorns, geese are using area silage fields.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of geese and wood ducks still around. A few mallards can be found as well.

Migrations: Some new birds continue to arrive.

Season Stage:  Mid-season.

Hunting Report: Hunting has been excellent for those who have been out.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Richard Shamla

Date: October 10, 2017

Location: Clara City, Minnesota

Weather: Sunny and with highs in the 60s and lows around freezing.

Snow Cover:  None.

Water Conditions: Water levels are high with sheet water still in fields.

Feeding Conditions: Most waterfowl are feeding in flooded corn fields. Soybean harvest is in progress.

Species and Numbers: Duck and Canada goose numbers are spotty but good numbers still exist.

Migrations: Some new Canada geese in the area but nothing major.

Season Stage:  Mid-season.

Hunting Report: Good duck hunts are still common with scouting being key to find flooded corn fields.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Tyler Andrews

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Buffalo, Minnesota

Weather: Sunny and cooler.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Lakes and rivers are rising from the recent rainfall.

Feeding Conditions: Mornings and evenings.

Species and Numbers: Goose and duck numbers are increasing with the cooler temps and north winds.

Migrations: Slowly starting.

Season Stage: Third week of regular waterfowl season.

Hunting Report: There has been good shoots of ducks and geese in the area with all the sheet water in the area. Seen some good mallard flights in the area which is nice to see.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Gerry Mazur

Date: October 10, 2017

Location: Lime City, Ohio

Weather: Sunny with temps near 70. Light westerly winds.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Creeks and rivers look about normal for this time of year. A strong southwest or west wind would certainly change things.

Feeding Conditions: Very few fields have been harvested concerning beans at this point. If it has then you might see some diners.

Species and Numbers: Canada geese are grouping up and hogging the food they can. Some new birds with the locals are making the daily traffic pattern.

Migrations: Noticed some new birds as far as Canadas but the ducks are very few.

Season Stage: Lake Erie Marsh Zone opens this Saturday for ducks and geese in Ohio. Consult your attorney and civil engineer for boundaries, or get an Ohio publication at your license agent.

Hunting Report: Doves are still buzzing.

 

Name: Ryan Eder

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Trevor, Wisconsin

Weather: Warm, 70-plus degrees, one day of rain otherwise clear and sunny.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water is low; warm dry weather, finally 1 day of rain but not significant.

Feeding Conditions: Harvest is underway, still plenty of standing crops but hay fields are cut.

Species and Numbers: Large groups of Canada geese in hay fields and inland lakes.

Migrations: Geese.

Season Stage: Early.

Hunting Report: Season not quite open yet.

Gossip: Bird numbers are already getting bigger with Canada geese; scouting reports on fields is looking good assuming they stick around to feed. Not very many ducks around yet.

 

Name: Tyler Huettenrauch

Date: October 7, 2017

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Weather: Low 40s overnight and mid-60s during the day.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Lots of rain over the weekend, fields are really muddy and low spots are flooded out in the fields.

Feeding Conditions: Geese are using cornfields heavily in both morning and night.

Species and Numbers: Geese numbers are high with fields having between 200 to 300 birds on them. Mallard numbers are still low on fields but few fields concentrated.

Migrations: No new birds have moved in recently but numbers are high in the area.

Season Stage: Both northern and southern zones have been open for a few weeks now. Exterior goose has been open for a month now.

Hunting Report: Able to shoot a 4-man limit of mallards in a cut cornfield along with some geese.

Gossip: Shot two snows on our hunt earlier in the week.

 

Name: Justin Bomia

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Onslow, Iowa

Weather: Varying from the 60s to 70s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Low.

Feeding Conditions: Good-feeding conditions as harvest moves on.

Species and Numbers: Wood ducks, teal, and a small number of other puddle ducks are in the area. Goose numbers are fair.

Migrations: No migration.

Season Stage: Early.

Hunting Report: None, season opens again on Saturday the 14th.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Carter Klatt

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Sioux City, Iowa

Weather: Partly cloudy, scattered showers throughout the week, temperatures have been in the mid-60s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Rain the last couple of weeks have keep farm and pasture ponds above their typical levels. One slough was up over 1 foot from early teal season.

Feeding Conditions: Harvest has been stalled due to the rain and wet field conditions. The ducks are feeding on water eating small invertebrates and plants while the local geese have started hitting what cut fields are out.

Species and Numbers: Wood ducks, teal, and local honkers both in abundance. Not many big ducks around yet.

Migrations: Migration just starting to begin, still mostly local birds. Colder temps in the Dakotas have pushed some new early migrators into the area.

Season Stage:  Early season.

Hunting Report: Hunted the opener of the Missouri Zone and had minimal success as it down poured all morning. A couple of groups managed to do well on pasture ponds. A week break in season now will hopefully let some new migrators move in.

Gossip: North Dakota and Saskatchewan are covered in ducks according to a couple of close friends. South Dakota has a lot of new birds in the area including gadwall, wigeon, and pintails making for some great decoying and shoots especially in the potholes. Still waiting for the northern mallards to move down. Iowa has been getting some early season migrators like teal and wood ducks but we are still waiting for a push of big birds.

 

Name: Kip Strickland

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Baxter, Iowa

Weather: Seasonal, varying temperatures.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: The area has received some much-needed rain the past several days, which should help, improve conditions.

Feeding Conditions: Fair to good.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of local geese, low overall duck numbers.

Migrations: No major migrations to report.

Season Stage: Early season, we are between splits right now and no seasons are currently open for Dark geese, or ducks.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Brandon Geweke

Date: October 10, 2017

Location: Antioch, Illinois

Weather: Rain Throughout our regional the past three days, following with north winds. Total rain expected is 2 inches.

Snow Cover: Zero.

Water Conditions: With recent rains have kept or levels above average.

Feeding Conditions: Before the rain, farmers had been working fields hard. Opening up a lot of soybean and cornfields.

Species and Numbers: We have seen a huge push in honkers. These north winds have brought a lot of birds with it. We have been seeing specks and snows as well which is very rare for our area. Ducks are stagnating.

Migrations: Molting migrators coming into our area now.

Season Stage: Season does not start for another two weeks

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Steve DeMaster

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Peoria Illinois

Weather: Sunny and dry. Days are 65 to 70 and it’s 50 to 55 at night.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Very low.

Feeding Conditions: Fresh cut cornfields.

Species and Numbers: Local geese and some teal are still around.

Migrations: None.

Season Stage: Still three weeks away from the opening weekend.

Hunting Report: Nothing to hunt besides doves and there is not many around.

Gossip: No corn in the river bottoms yet again.

 

Name: Ralph Harr

Date: October 7, 2017

Location: Saint Charles, Missouri

Weather: Rain with clearing skies. The temps have been average to above average with lows in the upper 60s with highs still reaching 80.

Snow Cover:  None.

Water Conditions: Water conditions are getting better. The clubs have also started pumping, as the middle zone duck season is only three weeks away.

Feeding Conditions: Good.

Species and Numbers: Teal and pintails.

Migrations: On the 5th and 6th the area picked up a good amount of teal and pintails which have started spreading out and finding new places to hang out.

Season Stage: Early goose season has also started.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: Duckfest was a great time, can’t wait till next year’s event.

 

Name: Shaun Patrick

Date: October 11, 2017

Location: Troy, Missouri

Weather: Lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: The rains over the past several days have started to help with the low water conditions we have been seeing over the past couple of months.

Feeding Conditions: Good, harvest is well underway.

Species and Numbers: Snows, specks and other early migrators.

Migrations: We have started hearing and seeing snows and specks flying over the area. There are also reports of pushes of early ducks starting to show up.

Season Stage: Early Canada goose season.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: Starting to hear from people all over the midwest that there have been good numbers of specks and snows already moving south. Also, that some areas are seeing good pushes of ducks on the last cold front that moved through the midwestern states. Hopefully this is a trend that continues!!!

 

Name: Trapper Padgett

Date: October 10, 2017

Location: Lonoke, Arkansas

Weather: Warm, sunny, dry!

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Extremely low water conditions. No rain in near future according to the weather stations.

Feeding Conditions: Corn harvest is basically wrapped up with rice soon approaching. Soybean harvest is heavy. Lots of fields are accessible for food, some are being worked up and prepped for next season’s crop.

Species and Numbers: Specs and early season birds (pintails and teal) are around. Resident honkers as well.

Migrations: Specs are flying in with cold front moving across the state and in high numbers. Teal are moving around as well with cooler weather, mainly where there are bodies of water for them to go.

Season Stage: Season out until November.

Hunting Report: No hunting is going on all migratory bird season is in.

Gossip: Geese are coming in day and night throughout east Arkansas as well as a few ducks. But with the cold front ending birds probably won’t stick around long.

 

Name: Josh Beckham

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Lake Village, Arkansas

Weather: Highs in the 90s, lows in the 70s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Only water around is reservoir/lakes/sloughs.

Feeding Conditions: Prime on lakes/sloughs. Waste grain fields that we flooded for teal have been drained.

Species and Numbers: Blue-winged teal numbers are still up in the area. Lots of speckbelly geese are in the area as well.

Migrations: Early.

Season Stage: Six weeks until duck season.

Hunting Report: Season closed.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Devin Singleton

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: El Dorado, Arkansas

Weather: Hot.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Less than optimal.

Feeding Conditions: Warm weather and drought conditions has left plenty of food on lakes and sloughs.

Species and Numbers: Blue-winged teal and wood ducks.

Migrations: Looks like a few more teal have rolled in with the warm weather

Season Stage: Closed.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Jacob Bailes

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Columbia, Louisiana

Weather: Hot and dry, 90/70.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Turning the pumps on in nine days.

Feeding Conditions: Prime for specks.

Species and Numbers: A good many wood ducks around.

Migrations: Didn’t observe any migrations this week.

Season Stage: Thirty-nine days before duck depression ends!

Hunting Report: Deer hunting to pass the time.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Chris Huckabay

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: West Monroe, Louisana

Weather: Low 70s, high 90s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Dry, summer rains ended and the recent hurricane slid east.

Feeding Conditions: Good, most of the rice is cut and ready for water.

Species and Numbers: Specklebellys (100s).

Migrations: Working on the farm yesterday afternoon and seeing steady strings of specks headed south.

Season Stage: We open in about a month.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Ken Myers

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Bunkie, Louisana

Weather: Clear, sunny and 78 degrees.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Flooded layout field (no crops).

Feeding Conditions: Normal conditions, ducks feeding on moist soil grass seeds. 

Species and Numbers: Observed around 30 teal sitting on the edge of the pond.

Migrations: Early.

Season Stage: No season open yet.

Hunting Report: Did not hunt.

Gossip: Did not hear any gossip.


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