In terms of pressure, you were in a whole different world compared to the area the OP is asking about. You were hunting the area everybody else in the state and from out of state was hunting. The pressure in that area is a huge reason us as residents didn't want 5 more counties in north central SD added to the "Pierre" lic enses. It was an area we could go to and have good water or field hunts without seeing many other hunters. Honestly, last fall, we were field hunting mallards on the second day of the season, and barely hunted water from then on, because we got really nice pulses of mallards pretty much weekly all season. The last week of October was really good, with the flocks building in size and still holding lots of widg, pinnies, and teal in them to make for some nice bonus birds in the corn.
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