Year of the "Grand Passage"????

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Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:54 am

I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby tmclaimerFL » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:56 am

Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?

You may be right. It is strange to not see the numbers of teal like post seasons.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby QH's Paw » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:58 am

Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?

I don't know that that applies to our flyway, at least this season.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:00 am

QH's Paw wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?

I don't know that that applies to our flyway, at least this season.

this was one of the shortest summers in the arctic north ever recorded.....temperature wise anyways....
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby aunt betty » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:00 am

Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?

Dont know.
I witnessed a GP in '99 at Clinton Lake.
Blizzards came all the way to a line just north of Champaign.
There were 100k greenheads staying in the hot water discharge canal. Clinton is a nuclear power plant cooling lake.
I killed limits daily. Then on Thanksgiving day they all left. Watched Vee after Vee after Vee...all morning.
I called at em for a solid two hours. Finally said eff it, we're done here.
It was 80 degrees that day. I was sad. :mad:


This is one of those ducks.
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Shot on 11-11-99

I shot 42 mallards by Thanksgiving.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:03 am

aunt betty wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?

Dont know.
I witnessed a GP in '99 at Clinton Lake.
Blizzards came all the way to a line just north of Champaign.
There were 100k greenheads staying in the hot water discharge canal. Clinton is a nuclear power plant cooling lake.
I killed limits daily. Then on Thanksgiving day they all left. Watched Vee after Vee after Vee...all morning.
I called at em for a solid two hours. Finally said eff it, we're done here.
It was 80 degrees that day. I was sad. :mad:

so the last one was '99....couldn't remember when that was.

Anyone remember when they shut down airports for hours because migrating waterfowl were showing up on radar? It happened in the 80's, I just don't remember the exact year.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:08 am

BTW...check out that tail wind!!!
http://hint.fm/wind/
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby aunt betty » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:09 am

Indaswamp wrote:
aunt betty wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?

Dont know.
I witnessed a GP in '99 at Clinton Lake.
Blizzards came all the way to a line just north of Champaign.
There were 100k greenheads staying in the hot water discharge canal. Clinton is a nuclear power plant cooling lake.
I killed limits daily. Then on Thanksgiving day they all left. Watched Vee after Vee after Vee...all morning.
I called at em for a solid two hours. Finally said eff it, we're done here.
It was 80 degrees that day. I was sad. :mad:

so the last one was '99....couldn't remember when that was.

Anyone remember when they shut down airports for hours because migrating waterfowl were showing up on radar? It happened in the 80's, I just don't remember the exact year.


Might have been 98. As you see on that branch I wrote 10-11-98 but then corrected the 98 to 99.
No way I shot it on 10-11.. mistake. Had to be.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby tmclaimerFL » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:10 am

Indaswamp wrote:BTW...check out that tail wind!!!
http://hint.fm/wind/
:yes:

Thats pretty sweet
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Blackcloud870 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:24 am

Indaswamp wrote:BTW...check out that tail wind!!!
http://hint.fm/wind/
:yes:

Oh nooooooo. They're all funelling directly to Jehler. Next year we're going to have all kinds of hybrid mutant midget ducks
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Cujo1 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:04 am

All I know is May/June there were still a lot of ducks right here in Southern Illinois. I'm not sure when they left but our high water kept them here in the weeds a lot later than usual. Normally, March is just about it for the return here, sometimes a little into April.

There was a year in the 90's I'm guessing 98 that the geese came back by the hundreds of thousands after a huge snow/freeze to the north. We destroyed the geese and the season was shut down early. Lots of bands and park geese. Dumbasses were walking around with us while we were picking up decoys. Strange.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Cujo1 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:06 am

In 92 or 93 we had an extraordnary amount of ducks suddenly show up. I believe our limit was 3 those years and we didn't even put a dent in them.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby jaysweet3 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:26 am

Is that where the ducks fly south then make a left turn and fly towards Georgia?
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby beretta24 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:23 pm

I'm tellin ya, a LOT more in MN than in past years from what I have seen. I've been shooting, or at least shooting at, bwt and gwt each weekend.

Maybe the weather, maybe the later hatch...don't know but I have no complaints.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby possumfoot » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:37 pm

Indaswamp wrote:
aunt betty wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?

Dont know.
I witnessed a GP in '99 at Clinton Lake.
Blizzards came all the way to a line just north of Champaign.
There were 100k greenheads staying in the hot water discharge canal. Clinton is a nuclear power plant cooling lake.
I killed limits daily. Then on Thanksgiving day they all left. Watched Vee after Vee after Vee...all morning.
I called at em for a solid two hours. Finally said eff it, we're done here.
It was 80 degrees that day. I was sad. :mad:

so the last one was '99....couldn't remember when that was.

Anyone remember when they shut down airports for hours because migrating waterfowl were showing up on radar? It happened in the 80's, I just don't remember the exact year.



1989.. the year of the goose..

huge migrations i can think of were 89, 91, 96, 99, 2001, 2006.. then a teal migration the likes i have never seen in 2011.. saw a green wing migration last season.. they showed up right before sunset by the 10's of thousands.. huge rain front, so i could not see far, but we saw TONS.. the next morning, we did not kill a teal.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby t_baker » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:47 pm

Just got back from our youth hunt. It was unreal how many BWT are still here. I cant ever remember big flocks of them in October like seen today. Also large numbers of mallards. This time of year is always stacked with woodies, just seems backwards.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Botiz630 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:52 pm

t_baker wrote:Just got back from our youth hunt. It was unreal how many BWT are still here. I cant ever remember big flocks of them in October like seen today. Also large numbers of mallards. This time of year is always stacked with woodies, just seems backwards.


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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby tmclaimerFL » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:52 pm

t_baker wrote:Just got back from our youth hunt. It was unreal how many BWT are still here. I cant ever remember big flocks of them in October like seen today. Also large numbers of mallards. This time of year is always stacked with woodies, just seems backwards.

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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Blackmallard40 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:18 pm

I have heard from several of my hunting friends that the 98-99 season was awesome. I hunt with a lot of older gentleman.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Anoldhuntersc » Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:54 pm

Has been awhile since witnessed. Agree with 99. Was hunting Ne La around Christmas. Shot em good for 3 days. Can especially remember 1 day wave after wave of ducks all morning all kinds straight out the north. Shot one of most memorable limits. 24 mallards(2 hens - mistake) 6 pintail drakes and 6 widgeon drakes no telling how many could of shot passed on everything else had teal by the hundreds buzzing with gadwall and blackjacks. After the hunt just hung out watched the skies couple hours sippin whiskey. Hope your right swamp!
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby possumfoot » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:57 pm

Indaswamp wrote:I'm wondering if it will happen this season with the late nesting on the breeding grounds and the delayed migration of teal. I wonder how it has affected other species? Might we see a mass migration when all the fledgling young of the year finally have flight feathers? Thoughts?



though if that happens will will likely miss it.. we don't open till thanksgiving day...
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby t_baker » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:40 pm

Botiz630 wrote:
t_baker wrote:Just got back from our youth hunt. It was unreal how many BWT are still here. I cant ever remember big flocks of them in October like seen today. Also large numbers of mallards. This time of year is always stacked with woodies, just seems backwards.


The kiddos get to shoot any?


They did well. I threw a post in the 3mpt. Limited on woodies, 4 mallards, 1 BWT and 1 mallard decoy. 3 Boys total. Waiting on pics from the dads. I forgot my phone in my truck, they took quite a few in the blind.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Botiz630 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:44 pm

Good job Baker, good on ya for getting them out there.
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby grizz18 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:51 pm

I've seen a pretty decent # of teal here, maybe not as many as last year but not by much. I know there are decent amt N NC as well..
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Re: Year of the "Grand Passage"????

Postby Rick Hall » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:59 pm

Must be using the Appalachian Flyway, 'cause they're still mighty spotty here.
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