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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Labs » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:31 am

MinnesotaDan wrote:Where were you out west? I'm thinking of taking friday off from school since I'm gonna be in that general area to deer hunt on saturday anyways.


I assume you are meaning next weekend, correct?
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:41 am

Labs wrote:
MinnesotaDan wrote:Where were you out west? I'm thinking of taking friday off from school since I'm gonna be in that general area to deer hunt on saturday anyways.


I assume you are meaning next weekend, correct?


Yeah thats what I meant, friday the 8th, the day before deer opener.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:21 am

Gwt were thick. Could have limited on them in the first few minutes. Very few other ducks in comparison to the teal. Still wrapped it up with a mixed bag 2 man limit in less than an hour.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:22 am

Gwt were thick. Could have limited on them in the first few minutes. Very few other ducks in comparison to the teal. Still wrapped it up with a mixed bag 2 man limit in less than an hour.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby beretta24 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:24 am

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby hillbilly.. » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:51 am

MinnesotaDan wrote:Yeah its really scary when they up and dissappear like that. But you named your dog Bella? A Twilight fan perhaps?



well since you know the name of a character in the movie you must be one also??
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby mutthunt » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:04 pm

Got out this morning by myself. Saw some ducks using a small public marsh so I thought I'd give it a try. Buzz a few times before shooting hours, then had a small flock come in real nice. Still a bit dark to pick targets so I took the first one to put it's feet down. Took two shots to get it, and missed my third. Ended up being the only shots I took this AM, but a nice day and good duck search for the dog.

Don't love shooting Suzies, but what's a guy to do?

Still not seeing numbers. Someone go up north and scare the birds down.

I've got a 5 day hunt in SD in two weeks, and would love to have some birds to shoot.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:26 pm

hillbilly.. wrote:
MinnesotaDan wrote:Yeah its really scary when they up and dissappear like that. But you named your dog Bella? A Twilight fan perhaps?



well since you know the name of a character in the movie you must be one also??


ha, not a chance, I actually learned the name of Bella when I was looking up the most frequently used dog names, and "Bella" was the most commonly used dog name, and the explanation for that was the rise of Twilight series. The only teen stuff I mess with Friday Night Lights, phenomenal TV series.


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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby goldfish » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:07 pm

MinnesotaDan wrote:Where were you out west? I'm thinking of taking friday off from school since I'm gonna be in that general area to deer hunt on saturday anyways.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:02 pm

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MinnesotaDan wrote:Where were you out west? I'm thinking of taking friday off from school since I'm gonna be in that general area to deer hunt on saturday anyways.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby chevyobsession » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:53 am

It was a slow morning yesterday. I only saw two flocks of duck. And they were all the way across the lake. Had a couple flocks of geese swing by and check things out but none of them wanted to commit. Just as I was getting ready to call it a day some guy got out of his truck and went to jump some ducks off of a drainage ditch that was about 100 yards east of me. He scared up a beautiful pair of full plumage wood ducks and missed all three shots it seemed. They both turned and set right into my decoys. I pulled up on the drake and just as I pulled the trigger the hen dropped in front of him. She fell and kept flying. Both follow up shots missed there mark. I was disappointed about it as I have never shot a full plumage drake woody. Would have liked to see him on my wall. Oh well. Maybe next time. I talked to a couple other groups who were on the lake and and there haven't been many ducks around at all. And the ones that are around are very decoy shy.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby suicidal_scaup » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:40 pm

Well, last week I saw only ringbills so I decided to change locations to see if I could come across different species. I got to the landing around 4:45 as the end of daylight savings made earlier mornings for all of us and since I was putting out over 5 dozen decoys by myself, I knew I had my work cut out for me. The blocks were set around 6:00 and about that time another group showed up and started driving my way. I shined my light at them and they stopped. I assume they were gonna hunt where I was and needed to re-evaluate their plan.

As shooting time came, a nice drake hoody landed in the spread, but I decided to leave him be. The group to the Northeast of me had a few shots, but didn't really kick anything my way. About 10 minutes later a hen bluebill landed in the decoys and I scared her up to shoot, but failed to connect. Then a NICE group of bills came from behind and circled to my right to lower the altitude and come in. Crappy part for me is they swung a little to far out and went near the other group so the three of them shot but dropped nothing, but that meant they would not be coming my way anytime soon.

By now, it was about 8:00 and I was seeing nothing so I decided to make breakfast (I planned for a long day so brought eggs and bacon to keep me warm). In the middle of cooking, I look up and see two goldeneye set for my spread. I was able to get my gun and shoot. I aimed at the front one, and the back bird fell. I guess that tells me how far behind I am. Once it hit the water it instantly disappeared under water. I thought this would end up in a long chase...but about 10 seconds later he floated belly up. I then looked behind and saw a group of 10 more goldeneye flairing off. I guess I shoulda waited for the two to land and the rest woulda followed.

After breakfast, I needed to take a leak, so I stepped over my blind and proceeded to relieve myself. I had moved my gun just in case a bird came by...but when I looked to my left in midstream, I wasn't able to grab my gun fast enough to take the drake bluebill that was set to my spread. Now, I am pissed off cause I didn't get the bird and pissed on because, lets face it- stopping mid stream sucks. Anyway, I hoped he would turn around, but no luck. Fortunately, I looked behind him and saw a mallard setting into the spread. I was able to crouch down with my gun and let her come in. I hit her on the first shot, but she wouldn't fall. Kept on her as she was flying away and her wings locked up and she fell. I was glad it wasn't a diver as she landed about 150 yards out and would have been insane to chase if it was. As I was driving up to get her, she was dead and I was happy to see it was a mature nice color hen. I was even happier when I pulled her up and she had jewelry! This is the first band that I have gotten on my own in over 20 years (I shared a band kill with my brother on a bw teal when I was 15).

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After I got back and set up, it seemed almost like I was meant to limit out. Two bufflehead came in locked and I knocked them both down, and then a flock of 10 ringbill came in and I was able to take a nice drake out of there. I didn't see a ton of birds, but it was one of the most memorable hunts I will ever have. I was lucky to have favorable conditions- wind blowing diagonally out from my back left and bright sun to my back. All of the birds wanted in to the spread.

I wish I could say a migration was coming down, but I'm not sure I can. I did see about 200 divers about 150 yards high flying north to south... migrating I suppose.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby StuStiltman » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:52 pm

Great story, way to go on the band.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby OGblackcloud » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:42 pm

Congrats on the band :thumbsup:
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby beretta24 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:19 pm

Guess we shouldn't have bothered with nd....buffies saved the day. VERY few puddlers around on land we could gain access.

Way to put some on the water scaup.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby suicidal_scaup » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:09 pm

Thanks guys. Woulda been nice to have another gun today... I hope there is more of the same this weekend as I don't chase Bambi. I should have the pick of spots next weekend.

The season should only get better from here til ice up...
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Mort » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:08 pm

Nice work scaup!!

Congrats on the band and the great looking ringer!!
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby hillbilly.. » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:28 pm

Nice shootin andy I've been chasin a goldie for 4 seasons now. Whens the northern season close I wanta make it up there one more time before seasons over
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby MNjonboatguy » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:03 pm

Nice job on the band and a good hunt! :thumbsup:
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby beretta24 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:13 am

Not MN, but ya gotta take what you can get went the ducks aren't working.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:00 pm

Congratulations on the jewelry Scaup!

Nice pile Beretta!

Still in SD. Not many mallards.
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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:03 pm

Not many coots either.

Definately a weird season.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:05 pm

Saturday morning mixed bag.

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Re: MN 2013/2014 Seasons Photos

Postby Swamp Gas » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:16 pm

Sunday Brownduckapocalypse.

Found a small protected dugout off a big lake holding couple hundred mallards. We let it sit for a couple days waiting for some high winds. Two days later all we saw were gadwall and a few teal.

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