I will be arriving (God willing) in Garrison ND the afternoon of Oct. 5th, for one week. Meeting the Wis boys. I used to have good hunting in Waukesha County in the late 1980's and early 1990's near Oconomowoc, Dousman and Jefferson County, on small creeks, ditches and the Bark River, but things got pretty developed that way and I no longer hunt there. Strictly a Miss River guy and ND for 5-7 days. My mentor is 75 and still leases a great hole in the Town of Waukesha, but I got bumped by his son in law and now grandson. Don't care to hunt the same hole every day like they do, I like new ground and lots of choices, like ND.
I don't know anything about tobacco gardens. About 20 years ago I was doing some speeches to agents in North Dakota. When I told them that we Wisconsin guys often hunt our geese and ducks out of boats, the agents were somewhat disgusted with me. They said, "you mean you shoot them on thier resting spot"? Culturally, that is a big no-no in both ND and SD. My friend in ND confirmed it. They believe that you drive the birds south by shooting them on the water. Keep in mind they are more concerned with geese, not ducks. Some of them think it comical that we would rather chase ducks than honkers. It is not illegal to hunt over water, just a cultural no-no for many resident hunters. We wade in for ducks all the time or hunt the pot holes. As long as it is not a big goose roost, no one seems to care. The other thing is that lots of owners will tell you it is o.k. to hunt the ducks, but they want to keep the pheasants and deer for their family and friends. As a result, I have made a habit of specifically telling them our intentions are for the ducks and geese only. Last, you should know it is a CRIMINAL offense to trespass in ND. Not civil. Thee will be too much water where you are this year, but go anyway, as it changes EVERY year up there. Hardest year is the first, finding spots and land owners.