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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby grizz18 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:35 pm

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I will confess, in a moment of weakness, I smoked a bull drake red breasted merganser yesterday.
In my defense, it was the last day of the season for my zone, and it was a pretty good shot :wink:
Never shot one before.


If I get bored, I'll be the first to pull up on mergansers. Don't feel bad. We don't have many reds though, mostly hoodies.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby beretta24 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:15 am

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ByersFarm wrote:The rain after the thaw friday didn't do much to help us. We have enough ducks, most of which are mallards, but they haven't settled back into a patter yet. Feeding all night doesn't do much to help either. Don't hate on spoonies possum. You like shooting them.

I'll shoot my 6 spoonies and gtfo every day of the week... :yes:


..Not to mention spoonies are really pretty birds.

You ain't a'kiddin. This one's at the taxidermist as we speak.
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Careful with the necks man...taxidermists everywhere are cringing. :thumbsup:

I'd a shot him too.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Luladucks1 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:25 pm

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby possumfoot » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:37 pm

i think i know where the geese went!!! :grooving:
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:12 pm

A lot are headed north. A lot are stopping in Arkansas.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:44 am

This thread needed a bump. I'm interested to know what the birds are doing especially after the season closes. I gotta be ready for the birds that I'm gonna take to the taxidermist.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby steve-o » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:48 am

reverse migration has started with the thaw.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:52 am

We had robins in northern Illinois the other day.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:53 am

jaysweet3 wrote:We had robins in northern Illinois the other day.


had a bunch of them here too.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby CrazyDrake » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:01 am

We are 20 miles north of Byers, if that, and as of sunday had at lot of birds flying back north. The 20-25 mile an hour north wind probably helped that as well. Many birds in the area. :thumbsup:
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:51 pm

CrazyDrake wrote:We are 20 miles north of Byers, if that, and as of sunday had at lot of birds flying back north. The 20-25 mile an hour north wind probably helped that as well. Many birds in the area. :thumbsup:

saw 20,000+ thousand snow geese on the mud flats here on monday....
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Luladucks1 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:49 am

Like someone flipped a switch here. Ducks are gone!
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby SpinnerMan » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:19 am

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CrazyDrake wrote:We are 20 miles north of Byers, if that, and as of sunday had at lot of birds flying back north. The 20-25 mile an hour north wind probably helped that as well. Many birds in the area. :thumbsup:

saw 20,000+ thousand snow geese on the mud flats here on monday....

So you saw over 20 million snow geese? :eek:
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby MarkM » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:29 am

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Indaswamp wrote:
CrazyDrake wrote:We are 20 miles north of Byers, if that, and as of sunday had at lot of birds flying back north. The 20-25 mile an hour north wind probably helped that as well. Many birds in the area. :thumbsup:

saw 20,000+ thousand snow geese on the mud flats here on monday....

So you saw over 20 million snow geese? :eek:

He ran out of fingers & toes to count on :grooving:
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:31 pm

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CrazyDrake wrote:We are 20 miles north of Byers, if that, and as of sunday had at lot of birds flying back north. The 20-25 mile an hour north wind probably helped that as well. Many birds in the area. :thumbsup:

saw 20,000+ thousand snow geese on the mud flats here on monday....

So you saw over 20 million snow geese? :eek:

:lol3: my bad...20+ thousand....
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:45 pm

We had a lot of birds headed north last weekend. There are still ducks around, they're just scattered. We couldn't buy a front two years ago, now we can't stop them. The odd weather and late migration is still impacting us.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:10 pm

ByersFarm wrote:We had a lot of birds headed north last weekend. There are still ducks around, they're just scattered. We couldn't buy a front two years ago, now we can't stop them. The odd weather and late migration is still impacting us.

yep. but we did very well late in the season 2 years ago because the high river kept some ponds open and allowed the feed to grow. the birds were in it late and worked very well to the deeks and call.

Late migration killed us. we did not have good bird numbers until last week, and I could not go nursing a dog after surgery...guys at da camp killed a lot of birds though.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby SpinnerMan » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:13 pm

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Indaswamp wrote:
CrazyDrake wrote:We are 20 miles north of Byers, if that, and as of sunday had at lot of birds flying back north. The 20-25 mile an hour north wind probably helped that as well. Many birds in the area. :thumbsup:

saw 20,000+ thousand snow geese on the mud flats here on monday....

So you saw over 20 million snow geese? :eek:

:lol3: my bad...20+ thousand....

Oh, damn it. You had me all excited about my snow goose trip this spring. I thought they had a super dooper bumper crop of young 'uns to slaughter. :lol3:
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:13 pm

We finished really strong two years ago as well. We had ducks all year that year, they just got used to the call.
I'm down one dog right now. Eb is having some issues with his liver. We are waiting on the biopsy to come back and hoping it's not cancer.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:16 pm

ByersFarm wrote:We finished really strong two years ago as well. We had ducks all year that year, they just got used to the call.
I'm down one dog right now. Eb is having some issues with his liver. We are waiting on the biopsy to come back and hoping it's not cancer.

damn Brah...tough to hear that. I like Eb, he's a great dog. I'm still waiting for a biopsy as well. Hoping for a benign tumor.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:19 pm

Hoping both your dogs are ok guys.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby quacknstack6 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:30 pm

ByersFarm wrote:We finished really strong two years ago as well. We had ducks all year that year, they just got used to the call.
I'm down one dog right now. Eb is having some issues with his liver. We are waiting on the biopsy to come back and hoping it's not cancer.

I saw that on the face page today, hate to hear that man and want you to know you have my prayers. Keep us updated.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby teddysberna » Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:46 pm

Hope both your dogs recover quick and it's nothing serious....
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:33 pm

Thanks guys. I appreciate it. I buried a good duck dog 51 weeks ago. I'm damn sure not ready to do it again.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby WTN10 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:45 pm

Whoa sorry to hear about Eb. Praying everything is alright.
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