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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:07 pm

jehler wrote:Colder then here!
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Not surprised. I've seen lake effect snow here.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:37 am

I don't know where the ducks go when they leave here, but they are officially on their way there.

About 600 ducks and probably 500 geese were missing this morning. The 400 hundred or so that flew over this morning found less open water than they were hoping, then turned south and headed for the horizon.

Aparently the season was over yesterday, wish someone had told me before I spent the morning breaking ice every 15 minutes. What was only 1/4 inch yesterday was 3-4 inches today so I only broke a small hole that the 12* air closed back up almost instantly.

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:59 am

Breaking ice is not something we do. I'd rather land them on the ice than try to convince them that broken ice is natural. Looks like the highs this week are going to thaw us back out. Here's to hoping so. :beer:
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:02 am

ByersFarm wrote:Breaking ice is not something we do. I'd rather land them on the ice than try to convince them that broken ice is natural. Looks like the highs this week are going to thaw us back out. Here's to hoping so. :beer:



I hope it thaws for ya, I think we are locked up for good this time.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Bill Herian » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:20 am

Would crappies through the ice be a Byers Farm first?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:28 am

ByersFarm wrote:Breaking ice is not something we do. I'd rather land them on the ice than try to convince them that broken ice is natural. Looks like the highs this week are going to thaw us back out. Here's to hoping so. :beer:

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Luladucks1 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:36 am

Are you killing em still Byers or what's up over there? We had a great weekend over here! Started killing mallards Saturday mid morning.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:44 pm

Bill Herian wrote:Would crappies through the ice be a Byers Farm first?

I've ice fished before, though I don't recall catching much. I have worn the crappie out while standing in 14" of snow before.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:48 pm

Luladucks1 wrote:Are you killing em still Byers or what's up over there? We had a great weekend over here! Started killing mallards Saturday mid morning.

We are locked up here. Luckily it appears like it will thaw before we have to get back out there.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:23 pm

Byers, how many days a week do you guys hunt? If you have the hunters, will you guys have groups out for the whole 60 days?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:55 pm

jaysweet3 wrote:Byers, how many days a week do you guys hunt? If you have the hunters, will you guys have groups out for the whole 60 days?

We will not book that many groups. We try to rest our farm 3-4 days between hunts. Turning people away when you do have open dates seems odd, but our focus is quality not quantity. Controlling our hunting pressure is paramount to our success rate.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:04 pm

Makes sense. Not doing yourself any favors by running your birds off.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:20 pm

ByersFarm wrote:
Luladucks1 wrote:Are you killing em still Byers or what's up over there? We had a great weekend over here! Started killing mallards Saturday mid morning.

We are locked up here. Luckily it appears like it will thaw before we have to get back out there.


Where do your birds go when you're all locked up?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Papachessie » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:38 pm

The 1000 or so birds I saw the other night were just passing through. Back to a couple hundred by the weekend. Killed 4 Gaddies this weekend. Unusual for me this late. Sounds like the birds will be disappointed when they get down there to find it as cold or colder than here. Probably keep going to Mehico.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby bighop » Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:52 pm

Papachessie wrote:The 1000 or so birds I saw the other night were just passing through. Back to a couple hundred by the weekend. Killed 4 Gaddies this weekend. Unusual for me this late. Sounds like the birds will be disappointed when they get down there to find it as cold or colder than here. Probably keep going to Mehico.

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:04 pm

jaysweet3 wrote:Makes sense. Not doing yourself any favors by running your birds off.

That's our strategy. We pick up birds by giving them a place to rest.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:05 pm

WoodyWhiffingMG wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
Luladucks1 wrote:Are you killing em still Byers or what's up over there? We had a great weekend over here! Started killing mallards Saturday mid morning.

We are locked up here. Luckily it appears like it will thaw before we have to get back out there.


Where do your birds go when you're all locked up?

They don't all leave. We still have birds keeping holes open. Wherever they go, they come back stupid. I don't put a lot of stock into needing cold weather to have ducks. I know that our numbers bounce back when it thaws and I assume everyone north experiences the same thing.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby MODuckkiller » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:10 pm

ByersFarm wrote:
WoodyWhiffingMG wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
Luladucks1 wrote:Are you killing em still Byers or what's up over there? We had a great weekend over here! Started killing mallards Saturday mid morning.

We are locked up here. Luckily it appears like it will thaw before we have to get back out there.


Where do your birds go when you're all locked up?

They don't all leave. We still have birds keeping holes open. Wherever they go, they come back stupid. I don't put a lot of stock into needing cold weather to have ducks. I know that our numbers bounce back when it thaws and I assume everyone north experiences the same thing.

I'm not too far up the flyway relative to other members frequenting this thread, but this is the case for us in SEMO and Southern Illinois. A long freeze will push ducks away, but a thaw out always seems to bring ducks back in force.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:20 pm

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:33 pm

MODuckkiller wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
WoodyWhiffingMG wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
Luladucks1 wrote:Are you killing em still Byers or what's up over there? We had a great weekend over here! Started killing mallards Saturday mid morning.

We are locked up here. Luckily it appears like it will thaw before we have to get back out there.


Where do your birds go when you're all locked up?

They don't all leave. We still have birds keeping holes open. Wherever they go, they come back stupid. I don't put a lot of stock into needing cold weather to have ducks. I know that our numbers bounce back when it thaws and I assume everyone north experiences the same thing.

I'm not too far up the flyway relative to other members frequenting this thread, but this is the case for us in SEMO and Southern Illinois. A long freeze will push ducks away, but a thaw out always seems to bring ducks back in force.

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:42 pm

eh.. we get large concentrations during a freeze, and loose birds if a big rain comes with the thaw.. if the rivers don't get out, we stil see a drop in numbers, but with new birds coming in and old ones leaving.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:51 pm

How do you decipher new from old?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:58 pm

ByersFarm wrote:How do you decipher new from old?



lol.. just guess.. new to the area.. birds that work in large flocks, and finish fast.. even in less than favorable conditions..

"old" birds usually work in ones, twos and small groups.. "new" ducks would be larger groups that commit right off the bat.. then they start spreadign out and getting busted up..
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:09 pm

possumfoot wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:How do you decipher new from old?



lol.. just guess.. new to the area.. birds that work in large flocks, and finish fast.. even in less than favorable conditions..

"old" birds usually work in ones, twos and small groups.. "new" ducks would be larger groups that commit right off the bat.. then they start spreadign out and getting busted up..

That's what I call ducks being stupid after a freeze.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:06 pm

ByersFarm wrote:
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ByersFarm wrote:How do you decipher new from old?



lol.. just guess.. new to the area.. birds that work in large flocks, and finish fast.. even in less than favorable conditions..

"old" birds usually work in ones, twos and small groups.. "new" ducks would be larger groups that commit right off the bat.. then they start spreadign out and getting busted up..

That's what I call ducks being stupid after a freeze.



naw, they stupid during a long freeze.. :yes: usually uneducated after.. we SMOKE em during a hard freeze, then kill migrating birds coming out of the south on the thaw..
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