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CB freezing over

Postby Joelseph » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:59 am

I'm fairly new to duck hunting and have been out to the bottoms a couple of times this year for teal season. What does it take for it to freeze up out there? There's a possibility I might be heading out there this coming Monday, but looking at the weather for the next several days it's going to be getting fairly cold. Will that be enough to make it freeze over or does it take a lot more than that? Thanks.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby T Man » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:15 am

A lot more than a couple nights in the 30s

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Re: CB freezing over

Postby bpgast » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:13 pm

I've seen it freeze over in 1 night. Going to be below freezing for more then 24hrs, it could freeze. Depends on wind, won't take much for 15 inches of water to cool off enough.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby cluckmeister » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:54 pm

bpgast wrote:I've seen it freeze over in 1 night. Going to be below freezing for more then 24hrs, it could freeze. Depends on wind, won't take much for 15 inches of water to cool off enough.


I totally agree. Quivira which is currently closed, Mc Pherson Valley and the Bottoms will all have the same fate, by looking at the forecast for all 3 areas, Id say they will freeze over Saturday night with lows around 19 and calm winds

We hunted McPherson one day last week, the night before had been around 23 with north winds and the pond we hunted had ice along the edge.

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Re: CB freezing over

Postby Joelseph » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:37 pm

Alrighty thanks for the info. Hopefully my other options will work out. Would have hated to drive 2 hours one way just to find ice.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby quackattack1991 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:25 pm

It can very easily freeze up in a night if the temperatrues get into the 20's and or teens. That said, get out there, bust some ice, and have the only open hole in your pool. I know lots of people can't stand the ice and it definitely pushes birds south, but I love busting a little ice and having ducks right in your face. Sometimes all it takes is a hole the size of a truck for you to be in business. I feel like this front will be pushing more birds into the area, not pushing them out.

Cluckmeister, I was there that day also. It was cold and windy and our spot still froze up.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby RichinKS » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:00 pm

Nothing a sledge and some jumping won't fix --- with a first freeze anyway. Just make sure you know what your jumping over. I've had many good hunts breaking through a little ice to create open water. Biggest problem is you start your hunt all sweaty from the workout breaking up the ice and, if it stays cold, keeping the ice off your dekes.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby cluckmeister » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:27 pm

RichinKS, Ill leave breaking ice on the marshes with a sledge to you younger fellows; Done a bunch of that in my younger day, even used the bleach trick a time or two with fair success. Im headed to the bigger water that's not froze and then when it freezes its off to the fields I go for geese.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby RichinKS » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:26 pm

I for one am hoping the ice comes, but instead of breaking ice will be headed to the Ninescah hoping the ice will push 'em to the river. If not, then we'll just have to make it a duck/pheasant combo hunt. Been waiting too long for weather like this. Can't wait to get out this weekend.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby quackattack1991 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:14 pm

I feel like somebody punched me in the gut with the poor timing of this weather. I have been waiting 3 years to have water at all my spots and a nasty front like this to push birds down. The year when I do, I will be at the LSU vs A&M game and then off to the Stuttgart area for a few days. That's a nice consolation, but I will be deer hunting. Love killing ducks in this weather.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby B.E.Nelli » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:51 pm

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Re: CB freezing over

Postby cluckmeister » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:06 pm

LSU vs A&M game ,,, I would rather be shooting at coots and missing them by a mile LOL
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby Joelseph » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:07 pm

Sounds to me like he punched himself in the gut.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby mudpack » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:26 pm

I agree: sounds like self-inflicted wounds to me.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby quackattack1991 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:19 am

Just a product of bad timing. Trip has been planned way in advance. I wouldn't expect anything less than the weather and ducks to cooperate the one week I am out of town. Tear them up fellas.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby RichinKS » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:39 pm

Spent the day scouting. Won't be near CB, but the ponds have not yet frozen in the area of southcentral KS I'll be hunting. May throw a wrench in my plans to hunt the river. But may be good news for those of you planning to hit the marsh.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby mudpack » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:38 pm

She's friz over now.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby cluckmeister » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:20 pm

Mud, if its not totally it will be after tonight

forecast Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby mudpack » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:32 pm

Went out this morning. 98% is iced over...and the ice is thick enough to support my boat....about 1.5 - 2 inches. I think the hunting in the Bottoms is over unless we get a significant thaw for the second split.
I never put a bullet in the gun....turned around, put the boat on the trailer, and came home to a hot cup of cocoa. Didn't see many ducks either; maybe 200 in two hours.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby cluckmeister » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:19 pm

Mud did you see any geese
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby mudpack » Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:42 am

cluckmeister wrote:Mud did you see any geese

Are you kidding??? Tens of thousands. Maybe hundreds of thousands.

After last night, though (18 degrees/no wind), I'd say the Bottoms is probably 101% hard. There may be lots of geese still hanging around, but I doubt if there are any ducks to speak of.
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Re: CB freezing over

Postby cluckmeister » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:58 pm

Mud, looks like the same for Quivira, I hunted there this morning for geese but I only saw around 30 ducks all morning.
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