Where are the mallards?

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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby duckslayer22175 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:18 pm

yes i have new birds too in my area michigan city area
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby cam liden » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:21 pm

the sandhills have been flyin high over the house steadily for the last two days. From past years, the first big groups of migrating birds have come right after them. Shoot straight tmw, and good luck everyone :beer:
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby bandchaser » Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:18 pm

I'm with ya cam sandhills flying high is a real good sign. My buddies that got out today, whacked the gadwalls this morning they had a 3 man limit by 8:30. It's my turn in the morning. I hear the guys were blowing up the skies in my area hopefully they left me some. Have a good weekend everyone. Seem like the timing might actually be in our favor for once.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby cam liden » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:24 pm

We went to goose pond, got the very first draw, picked a decent spot, but only shot five birds between the three of us. mallards, spoons, and gadwalls was about all we saw. lots of birds, but after everyone got those first few vollies in at shooting hours, all the ducks started flyin high. This rain is awesome though, just in time for the first new birds.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby shootemintheface04 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:48 pm

shot our 2 man limit of mallards today first good day that we have had in a long time, birds decoyed very very well, was done by 9 am. Wow was it cold this morning decoys were a solid chunk of ice, and could barely move in my wadders when out of water. saw a couple good flocks of geese but nothing would commit, moslty saw only mallards, saw one buffy, and some smaller puddlers.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby MerkEm » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:42 pm

Here was Thanksgivings shoot.. 16 mallards 1 teal and 4 geese :hammer:
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby ddragon47 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:14 pm

All we got were 2 greenwings on turkey day.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby mallardwacker » Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:14 am

Went up to oakland city and hunted public land this past weekend. Shot 9 mallards. 2 shovs.. and 1 gadwall.. Not bad we saw tons of migrating birds tho..
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby badbowtie » Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:35 pm

killed a few these past few days with bright orange feet!
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby shootemintheface04 » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:44 pm

arn't there feet supposed to be red if they are true migrators, from being in freezing cold water for a decent amount of time? all the mallards that i shoot have bright orange feet.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby Papachessie » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:27 pm

The migrators have brighter reddish orange feet and are usually bigger birds. The locals have a duller orange, kinda faded looking. You can see the difference when you get one of each together.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby stillwatersniper » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:30 pm

It has nothing to do with them being migrating ducks. It's a hormonal change prior to the breeding season. Its been written about in DU or Delta Waterfowl numerous times.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby Papachessie » Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:39 pm

stillwatersniper wrote:It has nothing to do with them being migrating ducks. It's a hormonal change as they come into prior to the breeding season. It's been written about in DU or Delta Waterfowl numerous times.

Learn something new everyday. I'm guessing the ducks from up north go through this change earlier so we see it on the flight ducks.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby ddragon47 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:29 am

[/quote]I'm guessing the ducks from up north go through this change earlier so we see it on the flight ducks.[/quote]
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby duckslayer22175 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:59 pm

my cousin shot a DOUBLE BANDED DRAKE MALLARD on thanksgiving , on band was worht 100$ dollars and the other band was normal
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby shootemintheface04 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:03 am

what county was that bird shot in?
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby duckslayer22175 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:53 pm

porter county towards valpo
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby landinggearDRC » Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:03 pm

Good weather is coming this weekend here in the north. Let me know how you guys do? Ill do the same. New birds are comin!!!
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby ddragon47 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:35 am

Was out yesterday and did not see a bird.
Today a lot of snow,
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby Oldman1949 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:10 am

Dave , might be a good idea to hunt Sunday afternoon .
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby landinggearDRC » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:39 pm

Went out this morning and did a whole lot of dusting decoys with the snow. Managed one goose
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby ddragon47 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:31 pm

Oldman1949 wrote:Dave , might be a good idea to hunt Sunday afternoon .


Ya and the fair gound is loaded with birds. :yes:
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby Oldman1949 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:12 pm

Makes a great refuge doesn't it !! Wish we had about a dozen more areas like that that can not be hunted .
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby ddragon47 » Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:38 am

Yes we do.
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Re: Where are the mallards?

Postby bandchaser » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:59 am

I saw a huge push of new birds, in the central zone. Canada's gotta be out of birds now from what I was yesterday.
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