2013 migration report.

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2013 migration report.

Postby StuStiltman » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:20 pm

Lots of Canada's moving into the clay/OTC area the last 2 days. Also lots of bigger groups of doves moving out.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby StuStiltman » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:22 pm

Divers are showing up in OTC. Not a lot of puddlers but good variety. The geese are not here in numbers yet. Good luck everyone!
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Postby MinneKans » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:24 pm

Not much moving just south of Bemidji. Teal and wood ducks gone. Not much filtering in to replace them. Awaiting ringers and other divers. A few geese but nothing impressive.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:51 pm

Seems like some geese have moved into the area around Crookston, I can hear them flying at night all the time. I drove the countryside for about an hour and half before dark and saw very few ducks, and no geese. Kinda disheartening but I think It will be good tomorrow.
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Postby MNjonboatguy » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:29 am

Hunted yesterday near ortonville and we saw lotsa birds. Shot bluebills gadwalls pintail and mallard. More geese around than anything else. Saw some snows too, hopin to find a dumb one this morning!
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby jriegel22 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:28 pm

metro report: new birds around, 5 buffies, one is going on the wall, ring neck, 2 mallards, one really nice drake, gwt, and a spoony this morning for two guys, cant wait for tomoorow should be even better

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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby suicidal_scaup » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:35 pm

Didn't get out yet this weekend...was too busy winning a robotics competition with my students! Going out tomorrow and will see what the birds give me. I'll update tomorrow...hope to see a bunch of bills.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby recker » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:50 am

It will be epic as they say!
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby kms399 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:00 pm

Went out by Hutchinson sat I didn't fire a shot buddy missed the only duck that came in. We didn't see much flying even. Not much shooting around either
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Postby Chewy » Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:33 pm

Pretty sad where I was at near Ortonville and Clinton this weekend. More geese but very few ducks....only shot a few shovelers and a goose. Saw some BWT, Mallard, and a few divers flying about. The dog even looked at me this morning and gave me the look like "what are we doing here". Oh well, hopefully it's better next weekend. Mn jonboatguy pm me if you want to hunt over in this area next Saturday.....don't have any honey holes per say but I live in the area!
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby suicidal_scaup » Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:37 pm

Pretty in uneventful today. One ringer and one lawn dart (hoody). Missed on a group of three ringers that committed hard but that's all I really saw. Was pretty bummed. Heard some shooting around the area but not much.
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Postby Swamp Gas » Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:54 pm

Just got back from Manitoba. Areas I have hunted for over 15 years are still awaiting Northern birds. Bluebills were almost non-existant. Lots of real young juvenile mallards confirm a late hatch. Local mallards and Canadas saved the trip.

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Postby MNjonboatguy » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:36 pm

Was near ortonville fri-sun and we were shooting a wide variety of birds. Canvasbacks, Redheads Ringers, Bluebills, Buffles, Gadwall, and Mallards and one Shoveler. One hooded merganser (oops) Definitely geese around but none of them gave us a look. Saw a couple groups of snows too. We had some strong NW wind and temps in the 30s and there was definitely a push of birds this week and weekend. The guys who hunted the same spot last weekend didn't see crap, so we're definitely getting new birds
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby Labs » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:40 am

Was out last Thursday night for a quick hunt, and got one mallard...same spot on Friday night, didn't fire the gun...had a hen Can land in the deeks while I was picking up. Saturday was a dud, as well. Sunday morning, we got into the wood ducks, shooting a two man limit...was expecting to see some divers, but none to be had...the other groups on the lake didn't fire a shot....

Same lake, some jack wagon left a nice bull buffie at the boat landing...
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby beretta24 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:23 am

Saw a number of divers in the north metro, but only a few committed puddlers were light.

Now I'll be off the grid hunting wise for a damn work trip out of country. Horrible timing but its off to ND when I get back.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby QuackHead10 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:18 am

Hunted near Litchfield Friday - Sunday and didn't fire a shot. Saturday saw a lot of divers but of course I wasn't set up for that. It was fun to watch though. Sunday, hardly a duck in the sky. Mallards have been scarce this year. Oh well, can't expect to kill something every time. That is why I bring good coffee and good company.
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Postby Palerider77 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:44 am

We hunted the miss' south of wabasha on Saturday. Pretty quiet as well. Teal were gone and woodies were getting scarce. Geese were out on Sunday.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby Gunnysway » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:07 pm

Lots of geese around Alexandria.

And as long as you can find a farmer that doesn't want to get paid, you can have a great goose hunt.

Me...? Not so lucky.

Left last Wed. Shot 1 goose and 2 ringers from then to Sunday afternoon (Holy weather Batman). VERY SLOW.

The geese were on the refuge by the farm we hunt. 1000 birds, best guess. They would lift off, circle, then go back into the refuge. Heard very, very little shooting, and when they are bunched up like that, with nobody busting up the flocks, you'd better be on the X (unfortunately fields in the refuge were being cut that week, so...)

So close... but yet so far...

It was a great show, but a certain farmer left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm sending him a Cabelas mixed sausage pack, as I will take the high road...

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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby doubletheshovel » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:13 pm

Few Birds around not in great numbers. Saturday I got 2 a drake redhead and a drake can. Saw large flocks of geese and a few migrating high flocks of ducks. Sunday only got a hen redhead. I struggled hitting any thing on Sunday. I had a flock come from the heavens to my decoys and missed. Had a few bills give me a good look and missed. It was fun seeing the birds that were around gave me a look and even saw some wood ducks not huge numbers but some still around.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby MN Quack Smoker » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:34 pm

Went out Sat, Sun, and Tuesday mornings in South Metro. Saturday was pretty good, we shot 2 greenheads a Gadwall, and a goose. Should have had a few more of the gadwalls and mallards. Steady number of ducks, thought we would see a few more divers though. Sunday was slow, warmer and no wind. Had one big group of mallards decoy real well and peel off to one side for some good shots for 1 guy whiffed all three times lol. Tuesday was real slow. should have took a greenhead, but thought he would swing in on the next pass, never fails. Weather man killed me, said the wind was to be NNW and was SE. Kind of screwed up the morn, oh well.

Heading out west near the SD border in Ortonville area. Anyone been out there this week? Gonna be out there Fri-Sun

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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby goldfish » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:26 pm

Everyone is heading out there on the weekends. Anyone out there during the week?

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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby MinnesotaDan » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:14 pm

Big groups of mallards are starting to move in up here, or at least thats the word on the streets. I'll find out if its truth in a couple hours. Saw one dude flaunting a few dead mallards in his truck in the student parking lot today, yes its that redneck up here.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby goldfish » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:24 am

Just got word from Canada that the ducks aren't swimming on the little sloughs any more, they are waking on them. Big water is still open though.

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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby MinnesotaDan » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:40 am

I also heard that Canada has been cold.

I hope it sends some down soon cause I'm 90 miles from Canada and it's gotten stagnant up here for ducks but geese on the other hand have been increasing steadily. Shot 3 mallards this morning but was feeling merciful and let a few hen swim around in the decoys for a while instead of filling out my 4th lard. Saw very few ducks this morning.
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Re: 2013 migration report.

Postby MNjonboatguy » Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:45 pm

Had my first slow morning of the year today, numbers are down considerably in the North Metro. No geese flying which was a big suprise. Only had 1 bird give us a chance this morning and it was a big ole greenhead. Thankfully, he was more suicidal than a scaup so he came right in.
Trying a different spot tomorrow morning, hopefully it's not as crowded as I think it's gonna be.
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