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Re: early goose

Postby jpeterson117 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:02 pm

I was out west of Alex last night working with buddies new pup and also saw more geese than previous days. Quite a few ducks as well. Hopefully this is a good sign. Could use some rain though, water levels are getting low again.
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Re: early goose

Postby StuStiltman » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:03 pm

I saw several flocks of 3-4 dozen up high headed south on Saturday. Some new birds starting to show up, not a lot but enough to get me excited, this was north of Fergus.
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Re: early goose

Postby beretta24 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:47 pm

Could be some of the molt migrators...good sign.
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Re: early goose

Postby MinnesotaDan » Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:42 pm

Man, I went out dove hunting, and when I got back to where my car was parked, some jackass ripped my door handle off on my car. Probably just some punk-ass kids. Guess they don't take kindly to strangers round these parts.

Worst part is, the door handle was already broke on the inside, so I had to open the window and open the outside door to get out, but now I have no handle on the outside either! Okay rant over.
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Re: early goose

Postby hillbilly.. » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:17 am

That's gona suck come winter time
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Re: early goose

Postby MinnesotaDan » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:38 am

hillbilly.. wrote:That's gona suck come winter time


Yah I was thinking the same thing. Ill fix it myself or take it in by then tho. Gonna suck today in this rain.
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Re: early goose

Postby goldfish » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:14 am

Teach you to leave your fancy radio in plane view. Although, it appears to be a pretty handy theft repellent.

Get any doves?

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Re: early goose

Postby MinnesotaDan » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:39 am

I got 6, should have had more. I was covered in bugs, Mosquitos, frogs and snakes cause I was hunting a dried up part of an impoundment. Saw a lot tho maybe I'll try to get out there again. Since I was basically hunting over water I was using steel 6's. I called the DNR office to see if there were shot restrictions if hunting doves near water and they told me no but ethically i felt better using steel anyways, plus I don't trust the DNR office to spit it to me straight all the time.
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Re: early goose

Postby goldfish » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:25 pm

I don't have any private land to hunt doves so I've been looking for the smallest steel shot I can find, which has only been 4s. Where did you find 6s?

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Re: early goose

Postby Ducks22 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:30 pm

Fleet farm had 6 and 7 1/2 steel last weekend.
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Re: early goose

Postby StuStiltman » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:19 pm

The 6 1/2 and 7 steel works great for crippled ducks on the water also.
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Re: early goose

Postby chasing the GREEN » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:47 pm

got out sunday out in eastern mn. got 10 and a couple bands. had to put in a lot of scouting time for em
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Re: early goose

Postby MinnesotaDan » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:34 pm

I found steel 6s at Scheels Grand Forks. Cabelas grand Forks shell selection was absolutley woeful. I wanted to get some cheap lead 6s for grouse but they only had really expensive premium stuff. Pretty poor selection for the worlds most foremost outfitter.
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Re: early goose

Postby hillbilly.. » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:07 pm

Never seen 7 1/2 do carry box of 6s for swatter load
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Re: early goose

Postby MinnesotaDan » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:12 am

Worst feeling in the world, having like 10 shells in your pocket. You shoot a bird, cripple it, and when its all said and down and finally have the bird you reach into your pocket and have only 2-3 shells left.
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Re: early goose

Postby Ducks22 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:24 am

Federal is the only manufacturer I have found that has 7 1/2 steel.
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Re: early goose

Postby doubletheshovel » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:59 pm

Winchester has 7 1/2 shot at fleet in st cloud
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Re: early goose

Postby StuStiltman » Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:47 pm

Lots of birds moving, lots of big flocks up high. Birds are getting smarter, 18 decoys and light calling isn't working like a week ago. 19 geese this weekend. Been a great September.
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Re: early goose

Postby suicidal_scaup » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:05 pm

StuStiltman wrote:Lots of birds moving, lots of big flocks up high.


I agree. Went out to look at potential ducks for next weekend on Sunday and saw 7 flocks of geese that had over 75 birds in the flock...all were in V's and heading straight south. Also saw 7 flocks that had at least 30 birds in them doing the exact same thing. As for the numbers, trust me...I had plenty of time to count as were we're no birds flying over the water that were lower than 150 yards up.

Saw some ducks, but not as many as the same weekend last year. Lots of woodies, a few mallards, and some small groups of ringbills. Should be fun.
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Re: early goose

Postby hillbilly.. » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:33 pm

im seein a buncha birds although I had 3 geese hit the lake the other day. I gave them one cluck from the call and they turnd right around and went the other way I was like yep they didn't want any of that and if that's what its gona be like the rest of the day we should just head home.
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