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Best Crops

Postby chase83 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:33 am

I was curious we all know corn is good for ducks... what else is good for field ducks... we have Corn, Beans, Alfalfa, etc

But I know corn is good what else should I be looking for when scouting Duck fields?
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Re: Best Crops

Postby GCox25 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:05 am

All of those you named work well for ducks and they also seem to really like peanut fields, at least around here.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby forester11 » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:26 pm

We get them a lot in oats and/or wheat.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Cobra » Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:09 pm

Whatever they decide to be using at the time. Done well in corn , soybeans, cut wheat, early green winter wheat, cut hay, and pastures, it's their call, I'll adapt
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Re: Best Crops

Postby joshco84 » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:56 pm

I have killed more ducks in cut milo fields than any other field.

That being said, it was mostly right place right time. Just being on the x is the biggest part.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby pmahler » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:20 am

in my opinion Peas & Corn are pretty much 1st. If I can find a pea field I am in heaven...everytime we are in Canada &/or North Dakota they SWARM in those fields.

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Re: Best Crops

Postby Bill Herian » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:12 pm

Chase, i also hunt se wi. Field hunting is tricky here but getting a couple good fields to hunt can be a lot easier and much less of a headache than finding good water spots that arent crowded. My favorite is beans. We have no peas and, a darn shame, no milo here. When i look for feilds i look for depressions that might gather rainwater after a good storm. Right now these are everywhere with all the rain weve been having. These spots will become magnets if, God willing, the northerners start moving down. Anything thats underwater is where you want to be. Get a dozen feild mallards and a few floaters and throw them out. Beans are hard to hide in because once they are cut the feild is flat as a ball diamond but just cut some tall bladegrass and let it dry. Use this on your layout and you should be hidden well enough to get em close.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Mainiac » Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:15 pm

Puddlers here in Maine are attracted to any wet or semi-flooded field.They're attracted to invertebrates that live in the soil.Once flooded, the invertebrates come to the surface.They are an imprtant protien source for waterfowl migrating in both directions.A few dozen full bodied field decoys mixed with a couple dozen floaters will slay them. :smile:
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Didgeridoo » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:55 pm

We hunted oats and barley this year and the ducks were in both thick! The standing barley field was fun although the birds burned us quite a few times. We did the best in oats this year.

Wheat is another good one here.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby mudpack » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:57 am

You won't find many ducks in alfalfa or in green wheat. Geese, yes, but not ducks. The majority of ducks like grain/seeds, so anything that is harvested with a combine should provide a tasty repast for a duck.
Mature wheat, barley, oats, milo, corn, millet, peanuts, soybeans, etc. can be good bets.
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Re: Best Crops

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Re: Best Crops

Postby rembo » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:54 pm

The ducks in AZ luv green alfalfa....it is the main crop here where we hunt, so I guess they adapt..doesnt matter if the field is flooded or not, Ive seen them in both. Geese too.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby C-Hawk19 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:46 pm

around here i see em in mostly corn but later in the year i see them in wheat/oat/rye fields. i haven't seen any in peanut fields yet and on occasion i see them in bean fields.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Ashton_007 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:20 pm

Anywhere in the northern US and in Canada the ticket, other then corn, is Barley. The biggest slaughters I have had were all in barely fields.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby adv sask » Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:37 pm

Up here in north Saskatchewan i seem to find them in fields in the following order ...
1. peas
2. lentils - hate hunting them though
3. wheat/barley

can't beat a pea field for a very fun duck or goose hunt
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Re: Best Crops

Postby sherlockbonez » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:36 am

Millet fields are the only ones I see that are packed to the point where there are no room for more birds to land and the rest have to circle until the ones on the ground are done.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby ks_waterfowler » Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:54 pm

Here it is
1. Milo
2. Corn
3. Soybeans
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Re: Best Crops

Postby WiHonker » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:58 am

Around here its corn and winter wheat. I've also killed geese in hayfields, soybeans and oats.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Charles » Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:27 pm

Like others have said, its more about being on the "X".
Having said that, I love corn a close second would have to be flooded soy bean.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby deaddux1312 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:06 am

No one has mentioned rice
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Re: Best Crops

Postby goosehunter64 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:59 am

deaddux1312 wrote:No one has mentioned rice

Very true deaddux, but not many rice fields in WI....and he is more then likely referring to dry fields...or with some sheet water.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Champney » Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:59 pm

i wish we had ducks in feilds. when we do its only in flodded corn.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Sandman3400 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:00 pm

They pretty much use rice fields exclusively down here, unless something else happens to get flooded. Now the geese will get in just about anything, but seem to prefer rice as well.
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Re: Best Crops

Postby Trav28 » Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:44 pm

Not much will top a burned rice field, but here in Idaho, corn fields that have been planted in winter wheat are my favorite.
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