6 of us just got back from a wed-sun hunt last week in an area not too far north of where you'll be. It was tough, but we managed to get 62 ducks and 9 geese. As always, we could've had a lot more if we could shoot better. These numbers were up about a doz from last year. Scouting was for sh!t. They'd be there in the am, not in the pm, there in the pm, not in the am. We figured it's mostly smart locals getting pushed around. Sitting on water and eating until someone finds them. Lots of pass shooting on some bigger water-even then mostly bufflehead and bluebills-we can always count on the bills. We did score a few cans and we did have one awesome evening of mallards coming back to roost in a slough, but they didn't come back the next night. One observation on the mallards we've noticed two years in a row in the same area with the same crappy warm, sunny weather-we've found the mallards hiding in cattail sloughs and cattails on the edges of big water. Hard places to get to and of course they tend to get up well before you see 'em, and you're awfully lucky if they come back. We figger they're smart, shot-at locals that sit and eat in the cattails till they have a reason to move. I have yet to really figure out mallards up there, as they're not usually down in the 3rd week of Oct, but I'm guessing they're hard to find until the sloughs freeze and then they have to go to the fields to eat. Always a great time figuring things out. New water every year means we have to rescout the same area year after year. Discovered the joy of waxing ducks/geese and then roasting. Yummy! Especially the cans. OMG.