Feathers wrote:Devils lake is probably the most pressured area in the state. In other areas almost all farmers will give you permission. Devils Lake half at best assuming you can find them.
You will have a crack at many species of divers and puddlers at that time and most will have good plummage by then. A decent spread of 3-5 dozen decs consisting of mallards and bluebills will decoy most, if not all, of the species of ducks assuming you have scouted and are in a good area. There will be snows around but if you've never hunted them I would not suggest trying. You need a seperate license for cranes (I believe it costs $5) but most of the cranes are west of Devils.
Don't skybust. Don't bust roosts. Treat the locals and land with respect and leave it the way you found it.
One question for you. How did you get into college with that grammer?
timmer wrote:thank you ! so would you guys say east or west of devils lake and we plan on just being troopers we have a camper and a tent !
timmer wrote:hello hunters, i am a non resident colelge kid from michigan and me and my buddy are thinking sbout coming out and duck hunting, we picked out the spot and that will be the devils lake area, although we are doin it ourselves so i was just wandering some things. I heard that just about any farmer will let you hunt there feild for ducks and geese, although if not we will be hunting the lake itself, but what are my odds of killing ducks jsut by winging it, and also the dates are october 22 through the 28 ish, i would like to know is there any chance at killing a snow goose cuz we dont have them here in michgian often, also can i kill sandhills that would be awesome, any info would be very helpful, and i dont mean to intrude just a colelge kid looking to kill some ducks on a little break we have and a dream trip of some sort, for little money!
Feathers wrote:Don't hire a guide. Guides are frowned upon in the state and only make it harder for freelancers by leasing up all the land.
Pull out a map or take a look at some aerial shots on google. Pick a town with a lot of water around it and there will be birds. Central part of the state has less pressure than the Eastern edge. Lodging may be tough to find at this point. No one is going to give you their area or town they go to on a hunting forum. You can't and shouldn't plan your trip based off what you read on a forum. Get out there and scout and you will shoot birds. It really isn't that difficult and there is no magic spot. Stuff changes from year to year. There has been plenty of good advice in this thread.
Good luck and have fun.
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