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Any bird movement?

Postby wingnutty » Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:01 pm

Anyone seeing any bird movement the last few days? I keep hoping to see some fresh birds, but nothing yet. I've got a pretty good handle on birds #'s in my area since I hunt about 4 days/week and scout a lot and so far I haven't seen any push at all. Maybe a few more geese around, but no new ducks. Heck, my bag included 3 teal today and one was a cinny (eclipsed plummage of course :fingerhead: ).
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby pmahler » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:11 am

I had a nice field shoot in GF last week that yielded 7 drake greenies when it was windy. It appeared to be just local birds really...nothing new. Did happen to see a fair amount of birds over on Freezeout of the diver variety (some nice bluebills). No new mirgrators ive seen nor mass numbers hitting the fields.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby PTROOFER FTFOWLER » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:42 pm

I saw a couple Mallards moving back and forth across a pond yesterday. Does that count as bird movement?
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby huntfishnv » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:33 pm

Should be a cold snap this week, maybe that will start something big. Saw a few more swans in one of my spots, other than that that all the big groups of ducks I was watching seemed to have moved out with those winds from last week.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby K-Town » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:43 pm

Shot 21 ducks in 25 minutes this morning, so yes, there was some bird movement... :eek:
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby wingnutty » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:54 pm

Do you think they were new birds?

I shot a limit this am as well, but mine were not new birds, that I could tell.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby K-Town » Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:21 pm

Waves (thousands) of ringers and redheads were definitely new. I have seen 3 different flocks of snows this past week as well. Shot one of the best looking widgeons I have ever shot this morning. Mallards seem to be trickling in slowly, many of which are held up on private water right now with the locals :mad: . Calling for a NE wind tonight so i think Ill try it again tomorrow :grooving: .
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby Deer Lodge Josh » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:33 pm

Not many new birds in my area. Some mallards trickling in. Got some greenheads sat morning. My wife dropped a nice drake gadwall too. Teal here and there along the river. We dropped a couple teal too. Still have wood ducks around. No new geese seen. Had first hoodies around today. Dont shoot them as all mergs are inedible to me but hoodies are neat to look at. Also a good sign that some birds are moving south. Even new bald eagles migrated in this weekend. They help to keep the birds moving as they hunt along the river and spook the birds. When I suddenly see a few flights of birds mid day there is a chance when I look upstream there is an eagle around.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby sloth » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:55 pm

New geese no new ducks (mergs arent ducks IMO... carp crossbread with sea gul) all the woodies moved out in the wind last week, i managed to get one before they did though.
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the mallards around here are joining family groops and looking more like migration groops. could bee good or verry bad if the ones in canida arent thinking the same.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby huntfishnv » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:52 pm

K-Town wrote:Waves (thousands) of ringers and redheads were definitely new. I have seen 3 different flocks of snows this past week as well. Shot one of the best looking widgeons I have ever shot this morning. Mallards seem to be trickling in slowly, many of which are held up on private water right now with the locals :mad: . Calling for a NE wind tonight so i think Ill try it again tomorrow :grooving: .


Good luck! I haven't seen anything like that near Helena.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby PTROOFER FTFOWLER » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:12 pm

Scouted Saturday and saw a few working a field and a few on normal roost spots, went back out to scout and secure permission tonight and was close to ten times the ducks in the same spots. Still havent hunted this year, but tomorrow the season begins.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby pmahler » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:08 pm

Oh it began all right!!! HA HA
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby phutch30 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:23 pm

I saw lots of geese (snows specks and lesser canadas) moving thru the breaks today. the duck huntin is slow up there but the sharpies are crazy good. I saw a couple elk also
....its like taking x-lax when you have a bad cough. It wont clear up your lungs, but it sure stops you from coughing
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby TopWop » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:54 pm

I only saw them moving from one end of the pond to the other.
I did spy with my Wop eye, Pintails,widgeon, cinny teal, Red heads
All for the viewing on the KG near Williams bridge. Wish I had my
bino's with.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby lundin-loading » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:02 pm

Seen a ton of swans yesterday and today, definitely some new ducks too. Nothing crazy yet, still to come!
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby pmahler » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:59 pm

Shot the variety pack tonight in 50 minutes: Gaddies, wigeon & mallards. Saw some teal & pennies too. They're here
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby TopWop » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:27 am

I went for the variety pack as well.
2 Blue wing,2 Gadwal, 2 Greenheads
However my outing was much longer than 50 mins.
I think my barrel is crooked, I know it can't my shooting.
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Rockhead did really well. She followed hand/whistle signals
for the Teal she didn't mark. Made a nice double on the
Gads in a really muddy marsh. I'm hoping to get some
video with the new action cam (clips on a hat).
I had it today, the only footage is of me missing and
cussing.
I finally got a motor for my jon boat. Any daring soles
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but not real familiar. My Uncle gave me some spots that were
hot back in the 60's. Anyway, have boat will travel.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby K-Town » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:26 pm

Had a quick 30 minute shoot this morning. Shooting 14 ducks before the sun comes up is fun, but it is a b!tch to pick out birds, resulting in some "other" ducks :sad: The greenheads were nice and fat.

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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby wingnutty » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:26 pm

Scratched 3 limits in the past week. Including 2 in the past 2 days. Love this time of year!
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby Will_Hunt_4_Food » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:59 pm

I'm jealous of you boys that get to shoot half hour before sunrise!!! Need to take a trip off the rez I guess!
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby pmahler » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:53 pm

Shot 14 on the Rez yesterday & heard a guy shoot at 40 minutes before sunrise...f'ing ridiculous. No wind per usual but right field
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby Will_Hunt_4_Food » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:53 pm

pmahler wrote:Shot 14 on the Rez yesterday & heard a guy shoot at 40 minutes before sunrise...f'ing ridiculous. No wind per usual but right field

Very cool...my son and I have been doing pretty well up this way so far this year. Unfortunately we get a ton of people that come here and get busted for shooting early. Most people don't realize that the tribe can set their own shooting hours...well...that is the excuse anyways.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby huntfishnv » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:03 pm

Found a bunch of birds on Thursday and although unprepared still got 7. Saturday was good, birds seemed to be moving a lot with the snow at LST and shut down later, a little off the X but got two man limits. Mixed bag- gaddies, divers, spoonies, pintail, teal, widgeon, and only one mallard. Actually only saw nine mallards on Saturday.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby feetdown25 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:05 am

I been hunting the flathead also, been doing pretty well with the push of new birds in, frieking jackoffs shooting before sunrise just pisses me off though, be an ethical hunter and follow the rules, of course they were set up with the wind in their face and skybusted the whole time :no:.
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Re: Any bird movement?

Postby Deer Lodge Josh » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:02 pm

Missed last weekend as was travelling for work. Thankfully birds stuck around for me today. Wigeon were in and came right in. got a limit of wigeon in only an hour this afternoon. Some mallards around but none working. Will be back out on the morning hoping for more birds willing to work
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