Back from a ND Opener

  • fishinallday
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    Montrose Mn
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    #212961

    All I can say is WOW! The water’s up and the birds are thick. We hunted 4 days in central ND. (Around the Woodward area.) My brother and I shot full bags every day with some geese thrown in for good measure. The one thing I noticed was that ND has more publc land now than they ever have. In the past 2 seasons the PLOTS land has doubled in the are we hunt. Whatever incentive there giving the farmers is working.

    We hit the road early Firday morning for a preopener shouting mission. While on the road we found that the grain was pulled and the beans were on the way out. We decided to look for one good field for a morning hunt and a number of small sloughs near beans for puddle ducks. The tough part wasn;t finding areas to hunt. It was deciding which ones we wanted to hunt the most. Needless to say we were like two kids in a candy store. Sat AM we hit the road early for a slough we found that sat between 2 big bodies and some beans. We quickly noticed that the birds wanted NOTHING to do with our calls! From that point forward they rarely came out. When hunting duck we spent most of our week on water that was small enough to shoot across from all sides. For us that means 20 yds. (We preffer not taking shots longer than that.) This pattern worked for all 4 days of hunting.

    The only exception was the morning we decided to field hunt. While on our scouting mission we found a cut grain feild that was HUGE! I figure it had to be 1 mile by 2 miles in size. What a beautiful way to spend a morning. The night before we headed over to pick a spot. WE decided on a rise that sat almost dead center in the middle of this feild. This decision proved to be good and BAD! It was great because we whacked the geese and a couple of mallards. The bad was that we were in the middle of a field with roughly a mile back to the truck.

    All in all it was a great trip with family and freinds. The only realy suprise was deisel. $2.25 on the low end $2.39 on the high end!

    I’m not sure how to post the pictures I have but there coming. I’ll see if one of the moderators can give me a hand.

    fishinallday
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    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #31614

    Sorry Guys. I can’t get these things to work and nonone is responding to PM’s at the moment. If anyone can help let me know.

    fishinallday
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    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #613485

    Sorry Guys. I can’t get these things to work and nonone is responding to PM’s at the moment. If anyone can help let me know.

    Ben Garver
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    Hickman, Nebraska
    Posts: 3149
    #31618

    Here’s the pics.

    Ben Garver
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    Hickman, Nebraska
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    #613497

    Here’s the pics.


    fishinallday
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    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #31619

    Thanks to everyone who responeded! I’m sure it was user eror.

    fishinallday
    Participant
    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #613499

    Thanks to everyone who responeded! I’m sure it was user eror.

    kruger
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    Metro,mn
    Posts: 593
    #31632

    Very pretty place that is !!!! I just love ND

    kruger
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    Metro,mn
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    #613563

    Very pretty place that is !!!! I just love ND

    mallard_militia
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    Fulton County, Illinois
    Posts: 1108
    #31754

    Sounded like a great time!

    When you field hunted, what type of spread did you set out? Did you use floaters or did you guys bring full bodies?

    mallard_militia
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    Fulton County, Illinois
    Posts: 1108
    #613747

    Sounded like a great time!

    When you field hunted, what type of spread did you set out? Did you use floaters or did you guys bring full bodies?

    fishinallday
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    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #31756

    We had a small set of 4 full bodies, 4 floaters and a dozen silouettes. We figured they would be in small groups until the first flock of 50 came raining down on us. What a great suprise.

    fishinallday
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    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #613749

    We had a small set of 4 full bodies, 4 floaters and a dozen silouettes. We figured they would be in small groups until the first flock of 50 came raining down on us. What a great suprise.

    sliderfishn
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    Blaine, MN
    Posts: 5430
    #31882

    Quote:


    I’m sure it was user eror.


    GEE YA THINK

    sliderfishn
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    Blaine, MN
    Posts: 5430
    #614448

    Quote:


    I’m sure it was user eror.


    GEE YA THINK

    cougareye
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    Hudson, WI
    Posts: 4143
    #30476

    Great post Chriss! I leave for ND one week from today. I’m hoping this cold weather will bring in a few SOB’s as well. Good to hear the duck numbers are high.

    Will be in Newburg area if anyone is heading out!

    Eric

    cougareye
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    Hudson, WI
    Posts: 4143
    #615447

    Great post Chriss! I leave for ND one week from today. I’m hoping this cold weather will bring in a few SOB’s as well. Good to hear the duck numbers are high.

    Will be in Newburg area if anyone is heading out!

    Eric

    fishinallday
    Participant
    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #30330

    Are crew that lives out there is up every weekend. Shoot me a PM before you go and I’ll get an up to date report for you.

    fishinallday
    Participant
    Montrose Mn
    Posts: 2101
    #615579

    Are crew that lives out there is up every weekend. Shoot me a PM before you go and I’ll get an up to date report for you.

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