As an annual non-resident waterfowl hunter to the great State of ND (and new to this board, but a long-time follower), just want to say thanks to all the great tips and advice provided by our friends and brotherhood (and sisters) in waterfowling. I will be making my annual trip Oct. 21-29 with two other long-time waterfowl hunters. We love the Rugby/Balta area, and have made quite a few friends in the area. Recently spoke to one of the farmers whose property we hunt and he said water is fine, but duck and geese numbers are down. No doubt a combination of drought and warm weather, despite some snow and late fall storms to the north. So, we'll be prepared to do more field hunting, than on the water. One question: Are y'all seeing an increasing number of birds each day, or are they really slow in arriving?