North Dakota Trip 2012

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North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:44 pm

Hey guys,
Just talked to the lady at the resort were at, as of right now we have 4 open beds. The dates of the trip are 10-27 to 11-4. We will be staying on an island at West Bay Resort in the middle of the famous Devils Lake. PM me or reply for more details.

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby BenellisbeII » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:54 am

Sounds like a fun trip, I've been to North Dakota a few times. Good luck to you guys. :beer:


Have you guys ever thought about heading another 3 so hours north over the border to Canada? You would be amazed at how much better the hunting is just a few more hours north. Plus Canada you can shoot 8 ducks a day and posses 24, where in North Dakota you can shoot 6 ducks a day and posses 12.
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:16 am

Always thought about doing it, possibly next year. Were going with about 15 other guys this year so a little too late to try and change the destination.

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby BenellisbeII » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:45 am

backwoodsboy09 wrote:Always thought about doing it, possibly next year. Were going with about 15 other guys this year so a little too late to try and change the destination.

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Wow, thats a big group you got going there. Would make it pretty hard to change the destination. There was good duck/canada goose numbers at that time last year around Devil lake, went through there last year at about that time on my way to Canada.
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:33 pm

Yeah, last year we made the mistake of going the NR Opener which was the first week of October. We hunted in 70-80 degree weather with no migration and shot all local birds. Hoping this year will be better!

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby teamoutlaw » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:28 pm

now you risk the chance of a cold snap freezin stuff up. ive always head mid month is best time and dont go the weekend of the Mn teachers conference
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:52 pm

If it freezes will hit the rivers...im a big boy, I can break ice real easy :grin:

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby Feathers » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:03 pm

backwoodsboy09 wrote:If it freezes will hit the rivers...im a big boy, I can break ice real easy :grin:

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What rivers?

You should be fine that weekend. One of the two annual trips we take each year is usually around that time and only once has it froze up. If the small waters freeze, devils can be great if it is open. If Devils freezes the "rivers" will too. In that case drive back till you hit MN and find open water and there will be birds...lots of them. Devils has really got overrun with hunters and posted signs the last few years.

West bay resort is pretty new and nice but their shacks are pretty small. I have stayed in fish houses about the same size. Four is comfortable 6 is very tight. Good luck out there!
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:36 pm

We rented out 2 actual houses, not the small little cabins they have. Each house can comfortably sleep 12 they said. Think I should bring a snow cover for the layout blind?

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby Feathers » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:04 pm

I wouldn't worry about the layout covers unless u see snow in the forecast. Bring the snow coys if u have em tho!
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:10 pm

What's the pressure like in Devils Lake compared to here? SE WI?

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby BenellisbeII » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:51 am

teamoutlaw wrote:now you risk the chance of a cold snap freezin stuff up. ive always head mid month is best time and dont go the weekend of the Mn teachers conference


Last year it wasnt, I was 3-4 hours north of there in Canada during mid-October and the peak of the migration was still north of us. With this really warm summer we've been having I wouldnt be to worried about things freezing up.
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby teamoutlaw » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:53 am

very true. I would rather hunt canada. id like to go next season.
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby BenellisbeII » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:13 am

teamoutlaw wrote:very true. I would rather hunt canada. id like to go next season.



Canada is amazing, you wont want to hunt ND anymore once you've been there. I've been to ND 3 times now and went to Canada last year for the first time. Canada has ruined me, the urge to hunt in my home state has gone way down after Canada last year. Its something to see up there, I would say 95% of the pot holes I saw up there had ducks on them.


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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby road kill » Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:11 pm

I just saw this.
Do you still have room for an old fart??

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North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby Podcast » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:05 pm

I've been out there fer 10 years runnin now. My fam owns an 8 appartments building and we stay there each year fer 2 weeks. Mostly good huntin. We're only 5 miles from Canada. Good pheasant huntin when the numbers are up too. We've pushed 200 birds outa 1 acre afore. Damn war zone. Surround the place, post up and send the dogs in!
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:34 pm

RK, yes we still have room! And there will be a couple old farts already going incase we have to carry you in or rearrange you in the blind! :grin:

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:25 pm

Reading through the old posts here at work and thought I would let you guys know how we did. We mainly drove 45 minutes north of Devils Lake and hunted some plots land and also a decent sized marsh in a corn field we got permission for. In 6 days of hunting we shot 243 birds, 4 being snows and 1 canadian, the rest were a mixed bag of bluebills, hooded mergs, gadwall, spoonbills =\ and mallards. Highlight of the trip was Monday morning we hit the private marsh with my 1436 jon after breaking the shear pin in my outboard and push poled the boat through an inch of ice, on the way to the spot we noticed 2 ducks that weren't phased by our presence only to push pole up to one being a hen bluewing, with one wing and its feet frozen in the ice. I ended it quickly and through it in the boat and push poled up to the next frozen duck which was a greater drake blue bill. 2 guys in the group who were NoDak virgins hunted alone one day and ended up getting a criminal tresspassing charge for blowing snows out of the rest on private land (Long Story). It was a long, expensive but rewarding trip for us. This years trip is in the works as I type this out.
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby mauserfan » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:19 pm

backwoodsboy - Are you part of the Wisc. group that was run out of Cando?
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby BKScripto » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:08 pm

Is Cando a heavily hunted area? Seems like I've been hearing a lot about it lately.
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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:37 pm

Nope we stayed right on Devils Lake, we drove up to Cando for some of the spots we hunted though.

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby backwoodsboy09 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:40 pm

And BK Cando is about an hour north of Devils Lake. Because its so close there is some decent pressure, the further north or west you go from Cando the better the hunting.

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Re: North Dakota Trip 2012

Postby BKScripto » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:09 pm

Cool. Thanks for that info. We're in the middle of planning a trip.
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