I'm getting back in the game after a five year hiatus. To me, bowhunting (well, and turkey hunting) are the only things that even come close to the excitement of waterfowling. I haven't made it out with the bow yet this year, but everything is ready to go when the opportunity presents itself.
As the rut goes, the cold weather earlier this week was moving things along nicely. My brother had a nice 12 cross the road in front of him trailing three does nose to the ground on Monday. Sounds as though things are warming back up for this weekend, so we still might be looking at an early November rut. Warm weather should have the chicken chasers out in force, so I'll be hunting ducks. Much more fun to pheasant hunt in the snow!
How are water levels in the Ruthven area? I'm going to be at the in-laws this weekend in Storm Lake and am contemplating brining the boat and hitting Little Clear or maybe Sunken Grove.