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Post your Duck Migration Population Numbers here.

Postby HuskerDucker » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:06 am

Just getting a thread going so we can see how and where the birds are coming down from the north, should help be an indicator of peaks movement and flow if we can get a response from all across the state all season. Posts should include date; Area or town nearby; Type of environment hunted-River,slough,wetlands or field; Observed local population and type of fowl.

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Oct. 20th, Western Panhandle near Bridgport, Wetlands just off N.P. RIver, Clear and calm 35*
Less teal than early season, was quite a mixed bag of widgeon, gadwall and a few mallards, 6 hunters in 3 blinds bagged about 20 total, though it took longer than usual and birds were not decoying at all. Not a lot of birds in the area yet, we pretty much had the local hotspot, could hear some shots around the valley but not too often.

Well, hope this works and people get to updating it often!
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Postby feet down nebraska » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:43 pm

Oct 20th Sutherland Reservoir killed 10 had a lot of birds working and good pressure kept them moving around the reservoir. north of the powerplant had around 500 birds sitting on the pond and we saw easily a couple of hundred birds flying over us. Actually more birds than i expected possibly from the low waters of the platte. Had alot of trouble getting birds to come down to us. Shot all mallards and one pintail all of the teal seemed to have already moved out.
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Re: Post your Duck Migration Population Numbers here.

Postby YouMadBra » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:16 pm

Oct. 21
Between Lexington and Cozad. Right on the Platte River sandbar.

We saw two groups of teal (8-12) and small flock of woodies. Along with a few pairs and triples of mallards. All right at legal shooting time. Other than that absoluty nothing flying the river. VERY SLOW opening morning.
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Re: Post your Duck Migration Population Numbers here.

Postby feet down nebraska » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:25 am

Oct 25th sutherland reservoir shot 32 ducks out of the boat hunted the cold front and had a good showing of green-winged teal and big workable groups of mallards very slow in the morning but it picked up quick at 9 to 10:30 birds didn't decoy early but at 9 eeverything wanted our spread. Saw probably close to 1500 birds on the reservoir and 4 good groups of 20 honkers its starting to look good around here.
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Postby YouMadBra » Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:41 pm

Oct. 27

West of Lexington. Overcast SE wind 10-15

Way better morning than the opener! A lot more big ducks flying around. Defiantly a little migration going on with the weather up north. We shot 5 Lesser Canadians, no ducks. There were new ducks flying high headed for big water at Johnson lake.
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Postby HuskerDucker » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:09 am

Oct. 27, near bridgeport in western panhandle, mile off of NP river, swampy wetlands
Good morning, easily limited out in an hour, early birds didnt decoy as well as later birds, very mixed bag but mostly gadwals and widgeon. a few teal still left all bluewing. A few mallards taken, couple immature drakes, did have one drake with bright orange feet vs. the others with dull orange feet. I am not sure why the variance but we usually associate the bright orange feet with more northern birds. couple small flocks of lesser canadians have moved in, not season here yet though. still seeing cranes migrating though not as much as a couple weeks ago.
Finished building my new stilt blind and started filling the new pond around it so should have some fun next weekend in that!
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Postby HuskerDucker » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:10 pm

Nov. 3, western panhandle, Clear and Calm .
Very few ducks and not a lot of movement, Lots of flooded meadows around the valley so the birds have a lot of choices right now and are staying out of the hunted areas. 3 hunters bagged 10.
Have about 500 local greater canadians roosting on the newly filled up pond so opening weekend should be good next week, plus looks like some light weather moving in on the weekend.
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Re: Post your Duck Migration Population Numbers here.

Postby HuskerDucker » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:15 am

Nov, 10th, Same spot in western panhandle, cloudy light northwest winds, cold front just arriving.
Ducks were fairly good, mostly mallards now with a few teal and pintail around, two blinds limited on ducks in about an hour, the newly filled pond wasnt so good with ducks but about 1k geese roosting there when we got there, came back randomly during morning and got our limits both ducks and geese.
Storm came in during the day and now there are lots of geese and ducks around the valley, really pushed the birds in but 7* on sunday morning froze the ponds up and pushed the birds to the river. warming up this week will open things back up and it should be a good weekend coming up.
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Re: Post your Duck Migration Population Numbers here.

Postby HuskerDucker » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:25 am

Same Spot,
Last weeks cold front has brought the birds in bigtime, prolly 10k ducks and 2k geese roosting on the ponds this am. limited out on ducks and shot a few geese and got out of there so they would come back in after feeding. gonna set up later tomorrow morning and go for a big goose busting event, Tons of birds around now.
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