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Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby TheGrizz18 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:40 pm

Hey there fellas! I am planning on going to ND next october and I was just wondering about some details. I have a buddy that hunts at the Lost Prairie Lodge and he really enjoys it so I think I will try to go there next year. My questions are that the first three weeks of october dont look good for me going but me and my group are open for the 4th week in october. Not sure how the weather and the ducks are during that week. Also I am going to be coming out of Raleigh NC and hunting at the lodge which is located Alsen, ND. I was trying to find the best airport closest to Alsen. I have been dreaming on going there for the past 5 years and me and my friends have been talking about it and i'm just tired of talking about it lol. Any help would be great and feel free to shoot me a PM if you want. Thanks guys and hope yall are shooting some ducks!
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby myoung » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:03 pm

birds enter nd because of weather mainly, so if possible be flexible in your time to travel. watch the weather, call du canada for reports, watch weather for canada and plan accordingly. unfortunately the birds do not follow our schedules. canada is the only place where you can rely on, as a whole finding birds at certain places and times of the year. why not get your passport and cross the border and drive another 4-6 hours north. nd hunting , in my opinion is about timing. sometimes the weather that pushes them out of canada also can overlap into nd and push them right through and on into nd.
i don't have a lot of experience with nd. mine is all in sask!!!!!!
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby jgoetz » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:36 am

All depends on the weather. Genearlly speaking the last week of Oct. in ND is cold. like mid 30's or low 40's. You may start getting small amounts of ice on the water. However, the migration is usually in full swing. Birds are everywhere in ND so you shouldn't have to worry about that. Just be prepared to get cold.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby TheGrizz18 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:42 pm

Well the place that I am planning on going has an opening on the second week of october so more then likely I will go with that date. I was refered by a buddy about this place and basically you spend more money for lodging but it comes with several thousand acres of private land to hunt. I also have another buddy that goes and he does it differently. From what I have understood from him they stay in a hotel but i'm not sure if they have permission to hunt someones land or just find the land that isn't posted and hunt that. I have never been to ND so I dont know how much land is posted and how much land isn't. It just seems that if you stay at a hotel your drive in the morning and evening from the hotel to you hunting spot and then from the hunting spot to the hotel would be atleast an hour each way so I dont know if that is very practical. I am by no means new to duck hunting just new to the ND experience. The other problem is getting the things I need to hunt with there. I know I need a layout blind and full body decoys so i would have to have them shipped there becuase i'm not driving to ND lol. It would just be alot easier if I just had family there lol. What are your guys thoughts on the two different ways of hunting that I mentioned about and about getting my things there.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby jgoetz » Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:42 pm

Hunting water is the best way to go if you don't have a lot of gear or don't want to waste money shipping it. If you are paying a guide they should have all the equipment you would need. That is what you are paying them the big bucks for. You can limit over water easily.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby BR Duckin » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:28 pm

What are the water depths of those potholes. Are they usually shallow or too deep to wade?? I was just wondering about being able to retrieve ducks without a dog.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby jgoetz » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:49 pm

SCOUT, SCOUT, SCOUT! Part of our scouting was always donning the waders and walking around holes. Some of the larger ones will be way too deep to self retrieve. The smaller ones you can usually self retrieve on. Its all about knowing which holes and once you know which ones knowing where the deep spots are in that specific hole.

Note: this year the water is really high and most holes are well deeper than average. However, the water level is dropping quickly up there this fall.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby myoung » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:04 pm

NEED SNOW GOOSE REPORTS!!!! FOR ND!!! HELP! NEED SOME GOOD AREAS THAT SNOW HAS NOT COVERED
FOOD SOURCES TOTALLY!! WHAT'S THE NEWS!
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby labman63 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:37 pm

TheGrizz18 wrote:Well the place that I am planning on going has an opening on the second week of october so more then likely I will go with that date. I was refered by a buddy about this place and basically you spend more money for lodging but it comes with several thousand acres of private land to hunt. I also have another buddy that goes and he does it differently. From what I have understood from him they stay in a hotel but i'm not sure if they have permission to hunt someones land or just find the land that isn't posted and hunt that. I have never been to ND so I dont know how much land is posted and how much land isn't. It just seems that if you stay at a hotel your drive in the morning and evening from the hotel to you hunting spot and then from the hunting spot to the hotel would be atleast an hour each way so I dont know if that is very practical. I am by no means new to duck hunting just new to the ND experience. The other problem is getting the things I need to hunt with there. I know I need a layout blind and full body decoys so i would have to have them shipped there becuase i'm not driving to ND lol. It would just be alot easier if I just had family there lol. What are your guys thoughts on the two different ways of hunting that I mentioned about and about getting my things there.


Several thousand acres ain't nothin out there. I just got back yesterday and we put 700 miles on my truck just scouting and hunting after driving 1600 miles to get there. You have to scout if you want to field hunt. If you want to hunt water knock yourself out on a pothole about anywhere but I don't go to ND to hunt water,I have do that in Nc. Field hunting is where it's at.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby Duck Collector » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:08 pm

This past october I was in Rugbe North Dakota and it was the first week of October and everything was hot. Im talkin it was 80-90 degreese the whole time i was there, but besides the fact that it was hot we killed lots of birds. We did okay going based on the weather we had.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby labman63 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:04 am

BR Duckin wrote:What are the water depths of those potholes. Are they usually shallow or too deep to wade?? I was just wondering about being able to retrieve ducks without a dog.

Hunting without a dog is like sex by yourself...you can do it but it's not as fun! I'm in NC also,if you need a dog look me up.
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Re: Planning a trip and looking for some logistics.

Postby klee7013 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:39 pm

Ya im from SC. Been going to ND for past 2 years with my dad we guide ourselves he bought a tiny house in a small town
- First time i went was mid october and it was icey- had a great time second time field hunting we got our limit of ducks and back in town by 9 am(only morning we had breakfast)-
Last year we went around october most of the local duck had been shot so bad - but we traveled an hour or so to hunt and found a few good places- we had 8 inches of snow one day didnt hunt roads where to bad
-I would suggest if you can to try to go on an unguided hunt in ND its an experience ill never forget
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