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Old 10-16-2018, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default Whatís all this rain and water going to do to the duck hunting?

All the central flyway tanks down here are full. Some bays are going to back wash. Whatís the outlook now for ducks?
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:55 PM   #2
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Theyíre going to have plenty of food and water which will give them lots of places to stay away from hunters.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:55 PM   #3
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I was so excited about the drought. All of my best years are when my spots are the only ones with water.

Lots of ducks this year on early reports. But now they have 10x as many options where to land. More rain should make small bodies of water more productive, tanks, ditches, sloughs, etc.

I'm in Waco area if it matters.

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Old 10-16-2018, 08:59 PM   #4
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It will spread them out
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:01 PM   #5
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:11 PM   #6
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At least there are supposed to be a bunch of ducks this year and things are “timing” up good. Thanks for reply’s.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:12 PM   #7
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Ducks errywhere
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:18 PM   #8
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They will be spread out but I think they will stay longer. Also I think they will get pushed out of Kansas and Oklahoma sooner.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:24 PM   #9
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They will be spread out but I think they will stay longer. Also I think they will get pushed out of Kansas and Oklahoma sooner.
We had lots of rain in nw oklahoma which will keep more there, they haven't hung around in yrs since no water to speak of. Will also have some of my spots deeper and less likely to freeze solid which sends them packing....
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:25 PM   #10
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Saw some specks fly over tonight in McKinney, I thought that was pretty strange
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:29 PM   #11
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Iíve seen specks, snows, and cranes here in Victoria
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:41 PM   #12
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Duck counts are down this year.

Sadly, we still have a ton of crop in the fields over here that isn’t going to get cut due to weather. We’ve had some rain but if we even have average rain from here on out, there’s going to be more duck food in Arkansas than there has been in many years. Should hold a lot of ducks. I feel like we haven’t held as many the last few seasons due to poor conditions and have noticed reports of more success in the surrounding areas.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:51 PM   #13
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I don't know about the current situation, but when I was a kid, I've never seen so many ducks as I did the winter after Hurricane Beulah went through. This was a few miles from the coast, east of Lyford in Willacy County.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:13 PM   #14
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In my area it will mean a lot of ducks, but lack of pressure and abundant water means they will scoot to the next playa with no hunters. But some playas will always be preferred and there should be plenty of water so as not to overhunt the puddles.

Moral of the story find the ducks and get them on the 1st pass
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:16 PM   #15
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This is Texas. Still plenty of time for a drought before the duck opener.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:30 AM   #16
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I was so excited about the drought. All of my best years are when my spots are the only ones with water.

Lots of ducks this year on early reports. But now they have 10x as many options where to land. More rain should make small bodies of water more productive, tanks, ditches, sloughs, etc.

I'm in Waco area if it matters.

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Old 10-17-2018, 04:08 AM   #17
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I've thought hard about hunting Oklahoma this year. We may just buy a five day license and make a long weekend trip up there.
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:18 AM   #18
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Be the same for us on the coast. Redheads, pintail, widgeon and teal on the Laguna early morning and late evenings. And puddlers on the pot holes close to the bays mid mornings.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:05 AM   #19
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Scattered far and wide.

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Old 10-17-2018, 11:10 AM   #20
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Absolutely zero in Waco.Anybody planning to hunt here just go spend your morning waiting in line for a $9 cupcake at the silos. Cameron Park usually holds some.
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Old 10-20-2018, 11:00 AM   #21
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Absolutely zero in Waco.Anybody planning to hunt here just go spend your morning waiting in line for a $9 cupcake at the silos. Cameron Park usually holds some.


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Old 10-20-2018, 11:04 AM   #22
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Dude. I know right! Went to Tennessee this summer. Flew austin to Cincinnati. No joke half the plane was wearing magnolia crap. Sat next to a couple from Kentucky, they were so pumped they could spend a week here, went on the waco tour, brazos safari boat, silos. People are insane.

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Old 10-20-2018, 11:29 AM   #23
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Well our place on the river should have all the timber flooded so with the acorns mallards and wood ducks will be thick for the first half of the season. Has been a while since it was flooded good with acorns. Here at the house I think it will scatter them but the lake being low all summer grew up nice in grass and brush and it is all flooded now along with a few sloughs that should hold the birds in the area better than last year. Just scout and get on them the next day.
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:24 PM   #24
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Just drove down from Southwest Missouri yesterday to south of Houston. Creeks rivers and ponds are full. It was cold in the 40s up their lots of geese moving.. We need ice and cold up north and water to go some where else before opener
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:06 PM   #25
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According to reports Duck populations are down from last year. And with all of the rain it will scatter them.
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Old 10-21-2018, 01:47 PM   #26
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As playa said, lots will stop in the panhandle. Unless we get a hard freeze, it will look like Arkansas up here with all the mallards, grey ducks and pintails. They will be spread all over, but those of us lucky enough to know landowners with flooded grain fields will be shooting limits fast and furious. I love it when this happens.
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Old 10-23-2018, 02:25 PM   #27
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Dude. I know right! Went to Tennessee this summer. Flew austin to Cincinnati. No joke half the plane was wearing magnolia crap. Sat next to a couple from Kentucky, they were so pumped they could spend a week here, went on the waco tour, brazos safari boat, silos. People are insane.

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Lmao! That dang safari boat always manages to find me every time I pull up to a spot to fish.


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