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need 2013 duck lease

Postby illinichillin » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:40 am

I live in the Chicago burbs. Had a duck lease last year in flooded rice field near Sikeston, MO. Lease was $5,000 for the season. It was a nice setup and the owner was great. However, quickly got tired of the 6+ hour drive each way. Would like to get a similar lease somewhere along the Illinois River. Suggestions?
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby SHOTOUT17 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:34 pm

The best thing i can tell you is do the leg work, There are a lot of private clubs along the river some very expensive. If you put in the time you will find something, I will pm you a club name you can check out but price may be a factor for you. :thumbsup:
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby jscheirer » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:19 pm

Down near Canton there are tons of fields with pits for lease. Can find quite a few for cheaper than 5000. But they are not flooded fields like you are used to. It is an option though for only a 2 hour drive instead of 6..
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby MODuckkiller » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:33 pm

A dry field lease may not be too bad of an option due to the fact that geese will be more abundant in the west-central IL area compared to SEMO. Just my .02.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby jscheirer » Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:47 pm

Hopefully we have a cold winter this season, we had no weather to push birds down last season... I did have a chance to hunt a dry field pit down by Rice Lake and had mallards everywhere. Mallards were here but no geese
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby luie b » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:43 pm

jscheirer wrote:Hopefully we have a cold winter this season, we had no weather to push birds down last season... I did have a chance to hunt a dry field pit down by Rice Lake and had mallards everywhere. Mallards were here but no geese

Last Winter wasn't harsh enough weather? The last week and a half of central zone duck season had migrating mallards coming through constantly with tons of geese migrating high through. Then goose season had TONS of migrators coming through with just a one week lull where the weather was warm. The rest was just hit em hard migrator goose hunting. The only way to make next year better would to be to have the same winter weather, but maybe have a colder November and early December.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:38 am

North Southern and Central Northern weather was spotty. Geese got to Braidwood the last day of the season. Ducks were never heavy. Spotty at best.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby Boocephus » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:54 am

I thought last season stunk too. Very few ducks and geese. The drought and them dam beavers were the cause where Im at. Good luck with that lease.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby jscheirer » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:17 pm

We never had snow during duck season and I hardly saw any geese in Central area. Had a couple days where we got into mallards. One thing that was different was the divers. We think the hurricane out east pushed a bunch of divers to the midwest. Someone in my area shot a scoter earlier in the season and that is one explanation.

Either way I'm always itchin for next season
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:00 pm

jscheirer wrote: One thing that was different was the divers. We think the hurricane out east pushed a bunch of divers to the midwest.


I have to agree with this. I saw a lot of divers during the season and even Spring migration many flocks in subdivision ponds where I never saw a bird before.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby jscheirer » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:33 pm

Along the Illinois River we had HUGE flights of bluebills and later in the year a decent number of goldeneyes. I just hope we get winter storms in the north that push down canada geese and ducks into my area.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:02 pm

Nationalhuntingleases.com had a Kendall Co. lease with 100 acres of flooded timber just go for $6,100. Wonder who had the cash for that puppy. No thanks. Almost as bad as the guy on CL that wanted $100,000 for a season lease with the same. Makes me sick.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby jscheirer » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:23 pm

100 acres seems like alot to me. I would definitely try and go in on a lease that big with multiple people but still... this sport is getting more and more expensive.

Anyway, to the original poster, leases can be found in many places pretty regularly. Another option could be a club. I've heard of a club in your area called Migrators Hunt Club. Don't know much about it but just shows you definitely have options, good luck!
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby KillerKowalski » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:33 pm

I hear ya about splitting it, but one of my prospect fields is less than 3 miles away and I didn't have to pay a penny. Well, at least not yet.
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Re: need 2013 duck lease

Postby duckcrazy26 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:24 pm

I also am living in the suburbs of chicago and am looking for some hunting partners, I have my own dog and do a lot of duck hunting. This is my first season here and dont know much about the areas except what Iv been reading about. I would be down to share in the cost of a lease if you can find something you like.
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