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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby SpinnerMan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:25 am

jaysweet3 wrote:This thread needs to be a sticky. If there are too many at the top of the page, just bump off the central flyway rambler to make room.

You hunt the same general area as I. Did you guys get any young drakes that weren't colored up yet?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby MODuckkiller » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:36 am

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jaysweet3 wrote:This thread needs to be a sticky. If there are too many at the top of the page, just bump off the central flyway rambler to make room.

You hunt the same general area as I. Did you guys get any young drakes that weren't colored up yet?

I hunt way further down the line in IL, but FWIW, I shot an eclipsed mallard drake two days ago. First one in a long while.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:43 am

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jaysweet3 wrote:This thread needs to be a sticky. If there are too many at the top of the page, just bump off the central flyway rambler to make room.


I laughed.

I'm freaking hilarious.


Spinner, we never really got the mallards through this year. The few that we did shoot were all colored up.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:17 pm

Over 20% of ours have been brown. Which is a staggering number since we haven't shot one since my childhood. One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards. Usually we see teal first, then mallards.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:01 pm

ByersFarm wrote:Over 20% of ours have been brown. Which is a staggering number since we haven't shot one since my childhood. One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards. Usually we see teal first, then mallards.


that is weird.. we have killed somewhere in the area of 80 mallards, and only 3 have been eclipse.. we are killing lots of gaddys and we do normally kill them when it gets COLD, but we are not killing the normal % of mallards.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Rick Hall » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:08 pm

ByersFarm wrote:One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards.


My blind's first split fell 70 mallards short of either of the past two first splits. Not a good thing for a little pothole off the usual bigger water little duck flight lanes.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:16 pm

ByersFarm wrote:Over 20% of ours have been brown. Which is a staggering number since we haven't shot one since my childhood. One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards. Usually we see teal first, then mallards.

I'll take that as more confirmation of a late hatch and a late migration...
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby SpinnerMan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:28 pm

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ByersFarm wrote:Over 20% of ours have been brown. Which is a staggering number since we haven't shot one since my childhood. One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards. Usually we see teal first, then mallards.

I'll take that as more confirmation of a late hatch and a late migration...

My big question is we had a warm snap and aren't froze for a day or two, is it worth taking a vacation day? :huh: As jay said, we never really saw mallards like we should have this year. I think our local birds got a very early hatch. I know the ones on the pond across from my house were colored well before the season. However, I think the northern birds must have got a late start like you suggest and then just skipped right on by. They did a survey in my area two days ago. Not good. I had planned to hunt tomorrow, but I've almost talked my self out of taking a vacation day and pulling my boat and duck decoys out of storage for one day of hunting.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:47 pm

WTN10 wrote:He was funny like a Pomeranian getting kicked over a fence.


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Re: Byers Farm Migration

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Yeah, they are slow to update. It should update in a day or so. If you open the tab at the bottom you'll see the observer site locations. I guess it takes a while to compile the info and get it uploaded.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby SpinnerMan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:00 pm

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/NE02Dec2013.pdf
Two days ago. 525 mallards, 20 goldeneye, and 20 bufflehead in Will County where I hunt :sad:

Although that is not necessarily bad numbers :sad: :sad:

It's just a question of using 1 vacation day and all the work to set up for 1 day of hunting. It's hard to convince my self, but it's my last chance for the year probably.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby D Comeaux » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:02 pm

SpinnerMan wrote:http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/NE02Dec2013.pdf
Two days ago. 525 mallards, 20 goldeneye, and 20 bufflehead in Will County where I hunt :sad:

Although that is not necessarily bad numbers :sad: :sad:

It's just a question of using 1 vacation day and all the work to set up for 1 day of hunting. It's hard to convince my self, but it's my last chance for the year probably.



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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:05 pm

Can't kill em if you aint out there.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby SpinnerMan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:48 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Can't kill em if you aint out there.

Agreed, but I can't take a vacation day twice. That's a valuable commodity.

We got a lot of goose hunting left. Save my vacation for that or a last chance duck hunt because we are froze out again by Saturday :huh: :huh: :huh:

I'm going to call around a bit this evening and see if anybody else is going and that will probably determine what I do.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:53 pm

SpinnerMan wrote:
OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Can't kill em if you aint out there.

Agreed, but I can't take a vacation day twice. That's a valuable commodity.

We got a lot of goose hunting left. Save my vacation for that or a last chance duck hunt because we are froze out again by Saturday :huh: :huh: :huh:

I'm going to call around a bit this evening and see if anybody else is going and that will probably determine what I do.


Yeah i get the vacation thing. can you take a 1/2 day
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:55 pm

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ByersFarm wrote:Over 20% of ours have been brown. Which is a staggering number since we haven't shot one since my childhood. One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards. Usually we see teal first, then mallards.

I'll take that as more confirmation of a late hatch and a late migration...

Wouldn't one go hand in hand with the other?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:56 pm

SpinnerMan wrote:
OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Can't kill em if you aint out there.

Agreed, but I can't take a vacation day twice. That's a valuable commodity.

We got a lot of goose hunting left. Save my vacation for that or a last chance duck hunt because we are froze out again by Saturday :huh: :huh: :huh:

I'm going to call around a bit this evening and see if anybody else is going and that will probably determine what I do.

Go out and do your own scouting.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby MarkM » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:57 pm

jaysweet3 wrote:
SpinnerMan wrote:
OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Can't kill em if you aint out there.

Agreed, but I can't take a vacation day twice. That's a valuable commodity.

We got a lot of goose hunting left. Save my vacation for that or a last chance duck hunt because we are froze out again by Saturday :huh: :huh: :huh:

I'm going to call around a bit this evening and see if anybody else is going and that will probably determine what I do.

Go out and do your own scouting.

Or start a thread asking
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:59 pm

MarkM wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:
SpinnerMan wrote:
OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Can't kill em if you aint out there.

Agreed, but I can't take a vacation day twice. That's a valuable commodity.

We got a lot of goose hunting left. Save my vacation for that or a last chance duck hunt because we are froze out again by Saturday :huh: :huh: :huh:

I'm going to call around a bit this evening and see if anybody else is going and that will probably determine what I do.

Go out and do your own scouting.

Or start a thread asking


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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:59 pm

Rick Hall wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards.


My blind's first split fell 70 mallards short of either of the past two first splits. Not a good thing for a little pothole off the usual bigger water little duck flight lanes.

It's possible that we are holding some of the early mallards. Mallards that we usually see in October, and then move on. At least your statement seems to back up that idea. We go into the teal pretty good last Saturday with a 6 man limit in under an hour. We returned to that hole Sunday to kill mostly mallards and a couple of teal on our way to 6 more. One oddity was the complete lack of spoonbills last weekend.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:08 pm

ByersFarm wrote:
Rick Hall wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards.


My blind's first split fell 70 mallards short of either of the past two first splits. Not a good thing for a little pothole off the usual bigger water little duck flight lanes.

It's possible that we are holding some of the early mallards. Mallards that we usually see in October, and then move on. At least your statement seems to back up that idea. We go into the teal pretty good last Saturday with a 6 man limit in under an hour. We returned to that hole Sunday to kill mostly mallards and a couple of teal on our way to 6 more. One oddity was the complete lack of spoonbills last weekend.[/quote]


i think we had em.. well, one day.. killed 23 of em friday
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Rick Hall » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:39 pm

I figured Cannon wiped them out.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:38 pm

ByersFarm wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:Over 20% of ours have been brown. Which is a staggering number since we haven't shot one since my childhood. One of the conflicting things that we are seeing is the high number of mallards. Usually we see teal first, then mallards.

I'll take that as more confirmation of a late hatch and a late migration...

Wouldn't one go hand in hand with the other?

noted, yes it would....

when I heard that gadwalls were still without flight feathers in NoDak 3rd week of October, that kinda told the tail of what to expect. I Hope these arctic blasts stack the birds up for our second split opener though...
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Get the green » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:07 am

We saw and killed a few eclipses over the opening weekend as well. Some groups were almost all brown, almost hard to pick out the green. Very strange I have never witnessed that..
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