My friend and I are looking to head up to ND from South Carolina to duck hunt sometime this October. I have heard several stories from people who drove up there, scouted birds, and had great hunts. I am just not sure how easy it really would be. It might be that easy, but I would hate to get all the way up there and find it to be much more of hassle than that. I am from Texas and hunting public land in Texas and LA, unless it's the coast, can be a hassle due to the idiots and crowds. I have heard in North Dakota the waterfowl hunting on public/private land is much easier b/c of the amount of land, not as many hunters, and landowners allowing people to hunt on their property. I found a PLOT Map that shows land that is available to hunt. I just saw it last night, so I haven't done too much research on it.
I am looking for any useful information regarding duck hunting this October. We were considering getting guide this year for a 3 day hunt, get a feel for the area, then hunt a few days on our own. But it just seemed too expensive and not necessary. Our current plan is to drive up to Bottineau and hunt in that area. We are going to try to find land to hunt via the plot map and scout it out. I don't want to step on anyone's toes or piss anyone off. All we want to do is have a great hunt, and respect the landowners while doing so. Any information you provide would be great. Not sure if it would be easier or not, but feel free to call me if would be easier than typing out a long email.