grey duck wrote:NR here. I like the last week of oct or the first of nov. The resident birds have moved on, and the northern mallards show up in good numbers.
slough wrote:It's a guess. Either week could have a foot of snow on the ground or temps in the 70s. Obviously the later the higher chances of getting frozen out. Probably 75% of the time either week will work fine. I can only remember 1 or 2 years in the last 10+ that it was pretty much game over in the first week of November. If you are flexible, keep an eye on the weather - you can always change the dates of your license.
My experience is that the later it gets however, the puddle ducks don't use the small potholes much even if they aren't frozen and use mostly bigger water (~10 acres or bigger). The main exception would be potholes in fields that the birds are feeding in. Just my experience and certainly not a hard rule.
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