We got back from our first ever trip to North Dakota. We did our scouting and had a hard time finding large numbers of birds, really didn't find any mallards, and the crops were still unharvested for the most part. That being said, It was a fun trip and a success and we are planning for our next trip already. It took us a bit of time to get the hang of it and i have some questions if you all can help me out. They might seem dumb, and maybe they will be unnecessary for next year if there are a ton more birds around when we come up
Thanks in advance
Scouting: How do you do it? Seems silly to ask, but we think we might have gone about it wrong to start off. We dove in to the section line roads right off the bat and in the end probably didn't cover a ton of square miles. Do you guys hit the county highways first and then dive into the section line roads after you get a general idea of the area and bird concentration?
Posted Land: What's the difference, if any, between "Posted" signs and "no hunting" signs. Obviously you can't hunt either without permission, but are teh "no hunting" signs a clear signal not to even bother asking? Also it seemed many of those signs were relatively new looking signs and we thought maybve the farmer just had them out until the crops were out?
Permission: With a Plat Book having phone numbers, do you ever call a landowner for permission? It seems it would be weird to do it that way, but was just curious if you just can't get face to face with the person, do you just dial them up?