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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

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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 MarkM » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:57 pm

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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

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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

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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

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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 La. Hunter » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:41 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.


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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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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:54 am

We saw a ton of birds this morning. They had only one place on their mind. Our rest pond. Looks like they're going to hunker down for this front.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Underradar » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:27 pm

ByersFarm wrote:We saw a ton of birds this morning. They had only one place on their mind. Our rest pond. Looks like they're going to hunker down for this front.

I will be waiting for the weaklings in the morning, one state away.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby cannon » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:21 pm

Rick Hall wrote:I figured Cannon wiped them out.


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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:42 pm

killed 3 eclipsed today..
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:31 pm

I have friends, be it friends that aren't inviting me, are knocking the snot out of the mallards. All field hunting, all our water is locked up. But we still have lots of birds up here.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Papachessie » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:48 pm

jaysweet3 wrote:I have friends, be it friends that aren't inviting me, are knocking the snot out of the mallards. All field hunting, all our water is locked up. But we still have lots of birds up here.

Last weekend the fields I hunt were holding about 300 Mallards. Tonight I saw 3-4 times that. Lots of Blacks mixed in as well. Didn't see any Blacks last weekend. Only green. Hopefully this weekends pics will have some diversity. I'll try to get some decent pics of the flocks on the wing tomorrow. Tough to do with my little camera. (
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:24 pm

Does anyone have some skates they want to sell?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jehler » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:30 pm

ByersFarm wrote:Does anyone have some skates they want to sell?

That cold down there huh?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:43 pm

jehler wrote:
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That cold down there huh?


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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:00 pm

The windchill at my house is 3 right now.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby t_baker » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:03 pm

ByersFarm wrote:The windchill at my house is 3 right now.

**** that
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:08 pm

ByersFarm wrote:The windchill at my house is 3 right now.


That's just silly.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:14 pm

ice you can walk on makes picking up dead ones and chasing crips easy... unless they dive and swim under it.. then just let em drown and bust em out later.. the only down side is our ice is turning red..

i love the cold.. started seeing the first push of mallards.. (since before season opened).. they started moving in late morning today.. we were almost done when they showed, so they just filled the hole up.. still got the same old birds too.. saw several specks moving in too..


how would you rate the season so far byers?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:19 pm

ByersFarm wrote:The windchill at my house is 3 right now.


says 9 here.. wish it was gonna get down like they forcasted yesterday, but 18 is cold enough i guess.. only got up to 23 today.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:40 pm

possumfoot wrote:ice you can walk on makes picking up dead ones and chasing crips easy... unless they dive and swim under it.. then just let em drown and bust em out later.. the only down side is our ice is turning red..

i love the cold.. started seeing the first push of mallards.. (since before season opened).. they started moving in late morning today.. we were almost done when they showed, so they just filled the hole up.. still got the same old birds too.. saw several specks moving in too..


how would you rate the season so far byers?


It's been ok. We didn't get off to that same start that we did last year, but I don't recall being in a blind past 8 am until Christmas last year.
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