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Might be Over

Postby luie b » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:08 pm

Went from Hamilton Illinois where I live to Keokuk Iowa today and was shocked to see that most of the river below the dam is froze solid with only about 5 acres of water open, most of which with swift current. This is the last open water we have and of the last remaining 300 geese we had on pool 19 (all of which would barely leave the roost to feed) and as of today there are only about 40 left. I don't see any possibility of the hunting continuing unless we get a thaw. What are you guys seeing in your areas?

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Re: Might be Over

Postby riverrat47 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:13 pm

I saw 5 swans flying over New Boston Bay (upper part of Pool 18) yesterday morning.
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Re: Might be Over

Postby WillFultz » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:50 pm

Still thousands on the fox and dupage this weekend...we'll see after this cold moves out what's left
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Re: Might be Over

Postby joekool » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:48 am

I was hearing them constantly the past week now i hear a whoping 0 im pretty sure this snow we just had killed every chance anymore
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Re: Might be Over

Postby KillerKowalski » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:29 am

Far from over. Plenty of birds to be slaughtered still.
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Re: Might be Over

Postby luie b » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:57 am

I just don't see it happening in my area unless we get a thaw because we only have a little spot of open water at the dam but they don't stray very far from that area when they hangout there so I have no way of gettting on them. Even if there's a push I don't see them having any intentions of stopping in hancock county.
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Re: Might be Over

Postby ilgoose » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:04 am

There are still plenty of geese just to the south of you. When it gets as cold as it was they just don't move all that much. Rest assured there is more than just that one open hole out in the river. Just tough to get eyes on where all the open spots are and how many geese are really still there. We have spots down here that still have open water where you wouldn't think there would be any chance of anything being open. There are still geese down by Quincy, and with the warmer temps coming they will be up and moving around by the weekend.
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Re: Might be Over

Postby luie b » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:46 pm

I'm hoping for a reverse migration to spur things up. My hunting spots are too far from the open water on the river. They don't fly that far during the day to feed so I haven't seen anything in my area.

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Re: Might be Over

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:21 pm

How far is "far"?
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Re: Might be Over

Postby luie b » Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:41 pm

I'm 10 miles from the roost at my spots

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Re: Might be Over

Postby KillerKowalski » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:03 pm

It's not too far. I have been about 8 and easily limit. Usually we are 4-5. A few more miles isn't make or break. Maybe like another 10.
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Re: Might be Over

Postby luie b » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:51 pm

That's what I always thought til this year and my normal honey holes are more like horse radish holes. I think I might try morning hunts instead of my normal afternoons. It seems like the morning flights tend to be more scattered because I've tracked the evening flight. They all 400 of them went to the same field 2 miles from the roost.

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Re: Might be Over

Postby asmythe32 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:34 pm

We hunt primarily in the morning for geese until they stop coming out then we switch it up, try the morning and see how it goes


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Might be Over

Postby KillerKowalski » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:23 pm

The geese should break their pattern or eat the fields out. Scouted today on lunch and every high elevated field held geese. Why? The wind took the snow away and they don't have to dig. They were all inches apart breast down feeding like crazy.
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Re: Might be Over

Postby luie b » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:40 pm

Yea I'll try the morning and see how that goes. Probably stay til noon to make sure I catch them. I think the hot field I described is done now because there have been hundreds of crows on it for weeks and it is only 15 acres.

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Re: Might be Over

Postby Braidwood Hunter » Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:53 pm

I'd hang up the goose clucker for the weekend and dust off the crow call...
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Re: Might be Over

Postby Grossy23 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:52 pm

Weather screws m up . Where they were yesterday doesn't mean they'll be there tomorrow when a blizzard hits . Hunted all day Sunday in that crap , barely got home and never saw a goose . Definition of dumb .
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Re: Might be Over

Postby luie b » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:32 pm

I think you guys were right. I'm now about go hunt a field across the road from a couple fields that had hundreds in it. They were in the fields at noon so I hope they leave in time for me to set up.

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