When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

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When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby luie b » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:16 pm

The duck hunting here in the Central zone of Illinois went off on opening weekend hot and heavy but then has went into a lull for me in my area of corn fields, ponds, and lakes off the river. The full moon has made the ducks we do have around feed at night. I've set up for geese in corn field spreads a couple times lately and when a few flocks of mallards would come flying by we'd call at them and they would come about halfway and then lose interest and light into the nearby ponds. When do the mallards become more interested in shelled corn fields?
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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby Dbishop311 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:42 pm

When it gets colder. Right now they dont need to feed on corn.
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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby luie b » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:44 am

Dbishop311 wrote:When it gets colder. Right now they dont need to feed on corn.

So probably when daytime highs go down below 40 or so right? Last year I didn't start field hunting them until late November and that's about how cold it was.
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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby ByersFarm » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:39 pm

They start feeding in our flooded corn as soon as they get here in October.
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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby ebitzan » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:43 pm

luie b wrote:
Dbishop311 wrote:When it gets colder. Right now they dont need to feed on corn.

So probably when daytime highs go down below 40 or so right? Last year I didn't start field hunting them until late November and that's about how cold it was.

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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby tornadochaser » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:00 pm

We had mallards and wood ducks hitting silage the last week of august. Personally, I think age of the duck has more to do with what they feed. On and when they do just as much if not more than time of year and weather. Also need to factor in aquatic food source availability as well. Lots of mallards around here right now, and many that i've shot have more sago pond weed and shrimp in their crops than corn.

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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby aunt betty » Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:18 pm

Luie. Go hunting on Monday.
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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby luie b » Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:54 am

aunt betty wrote:Luie. Go hunting on Monday.
Cold front coming.
Just do it. :biggrin:

My friend and I did on a 2 acre timber pond and we saw a lot of mallards but 90 percent were flying so high it would be impossible to work them. We only worked about 3 or 4 groups and only one group of buffies committed (yea I have never seen buffies in my life before but they came to this pond that is 2 miles from the mississippi and my friend killed 1 out of the group) then the rest of the morning we didn't kill any more. Then I went Tuesday night on my corn field blind on the edge of the cedar row and right off the bat decoyed 2 mallard drakes right onto the small spread (a dozen floating ducks and a mojo) and knocked one down and while out to retrieve him I saw a group of 5 more wanting to come in but they saw me and they wouldn't come in after that no matter how much I called to them. I've been seeing ducks working corn and bean fields here after that front so I'm thinking after deer season I'll be doing more field hunting than on ponds like I normally do. In fact I'm hunting that same field blind tonight for a quick hunt.
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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby waveslider » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:55 pm

Question: When do mallards start feeding in corn?
Answer: Roughly 15 minutes after shooting time
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Re: When Do Mallards Start Feeding in Corn?

Postby h2ofowlr » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:59 pm

waveslider wrote:Question: When do mallards start feeding in corn?
Answer: Roughly 15 minutes after shooting time


I agree. But if you manage how frequently you hunt it and for how long it increases the ducks on the property usually. A good windstorm or cold is usually the ticket. My friend flooded his corn end of Oct. and had about 15k ducks in it the first weekend of November.
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