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South Dakota Migration Reports

Postby mallardhunter » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:54 pm

I figured I would keep you guys up to date on what is moving down here, since I hunt up here north of aberdeen most of the weekends, but during the week im down in mitchell for school. Here is what sand lake reported:

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern South Dakota has
recorded increases in the numbers of Canada geese and ducks. The Refuge is
holding 2,000 Canada geese and 60,000 ducks. Biologist Bill Schultze says
mallard and green-winged teal populations are up, and ruddy ducks and
lesser scaup are also showing up. He reports the area’s corn harvest is
just beginning, but many farmers have completed their soybean harvest.


Alot of ducks moved down this last week because of the fronts that came through, the week before the number was 34,000, and the geese were 1,600. I think the numbers are higher then that though, just from driving around tonight I seen alot, but didn't get a field to hunt :thumbsdown: I also seen a few flocks of snow geese, I am guess there was about 150-200, but I didn't pay much attention to them.
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Postby SDwaterfowler » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:52 am

Thanks for the report. I agree the numbers are up and the hunting is great right now. I made it out on Thursday when the cold fronts were just pushing through and I saw several flocks of specks for the first time this year. This weekend, our group made it out on Saturday and Sunday and we saw a few flocks of specks and snows. Duck numbers seem to really be up right now with more divers around like cans, bluebills, buffles, etc.
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Postby mallardhunter » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:56 am

Yesterday we had a few flocks of specks come in and i am the only one that ended up with one. The chest is pretty much all black, its the first one that ive shot, I think I am going to get it mounted because my dad only shot one in all his years of hunting. Alot of swans moved down too, there was some ice on the smaller ponds, but I am thinking after today it won't matter too much.
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Postby mallardhunter » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:15 am

The first snow geese and quite a few more ducks have reached northeastern
South Dakota. Biologist Bill Schultze says Sand Lake National Wildlife
Refuge is holding 2,500 snow geese, 90,000 ducks and 2,300 Canada geese.
He reports a build-up of mallards and green-winged teal over the past week.
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Postby SDwaterfowler » Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:57 pm

Sounds like its time to start bringing the snow dekes out with us.

Thanks for another update.

How is the water up there? Are the small bodies iced over or still open?
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Postby mallardhunter » Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:25 pm

Don't really know right now, because I am down in mitchell, but I'll let you know this weekend. Last weekend they had some ice on them, but I am pretty sure it all melted during the week.
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Postby SDwaterfowler » Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:43 am

That's cool. I'll find out myself when I head up there tomorrow morning. Most small-medium sized water was frozen over on Saturday but just a 1/8"-1/4" thick sheet of ice that the boat made it through just fine. Had to spend about 20 minutes opening up an area for decoys on Saturday and Sunday. Most of the ice thawed on Saturday afternoon. There was real thin layer Sunday morning that thawed as soon as the sun came up. It's been a little cooler this week so was just wondering if there was ice up there or not. Supposed to be a really cool weekend so we'll see how things go.
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Postby mallardhunter » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:41 pm

Waterfowl populations have increased at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern South Dakota. Biologist Bill Schultze says snow goose numbers have jumped to 24,000 from 2,500 last week, the duck population has reached 125,000 and the Refuge now has 3,200 Canada geese and 700 tundra swans. He reports most of the ducks are mallards and green-winged teal, although the teal numbers are starting to drop.

Alot of Sand Lake was froze up last weekend when I was up there, thats dissapointing to see already. I heard some snows down here in mitchell, but I didn't see them.
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Postby sdgr8wthnter » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:06 pm

Saw a flock of 50 or so Specks fly over town this afternoon.
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Postby SDwaterfowler » Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:56 pm

Holy Smokes the migration was on today. The front coming in really got them birds moving. Hunted south of Madison today and I don't think there was a minute that went by where a large flock of ducks or geese could not be seen in the sky heading south.
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Postby the legend » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:47 pm

went out this am. lotsa ducks,but they were acting more like snow geese.guess i should move to smaller water,if not frozen. wonder if the missouri will be good this weekend.
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Postby mallardhunter » Tue Nov 28, 2006 4:09 pm

Alot of snows moved out of sand lake refuge from friday to saturday night I noticed because I was deer hunting in there over the weekend and we noticed there wasn't as many geese flying over us. I guess ill be looking forward to ice fishing now...
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