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Old 09-23-2022, 01:32 PM   #201
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Looks like a lot of the birds that were here yesterday pushed out, but we still had a fun morning. Lots of big ducks backpedaling in the spread today. My first hunt of the year so it was a great start. Cool grab from the ShotKam too.
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Looks like a lot of the birds that were here yesterday pushed out, but we still had a fun morning. Lots of big ducks backpedaling in the spread today. My first hunt of the year so it was a great start. Cool grab from the ShotKam too.
Congrats on a Great hunt. What part of TX?
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Old 09-23-2022, 02:53 PM   #204
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Looks like a lot of the birds that were here yesterday pushed out, but we still had a fun morning. Lots of big ducks backpedaling in the spread today. My first hunt of the year so it was a great start. Cool grab from the ShotKam too.
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Congrats on a Great hunt. What part of TX?

Weíre in the panhandle. I bet you guys pick up some birds based on what pushed out of here last night.
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Dry conditions across much of the Central Flyway are likely to impact upcoming waterfowl seasons, but there is still cause for optimism heading into fall. Following is a state-by-state breakdown on habitat conditions and bird abundance across the flyway.

North Dakota

A year after widespread drought severely hampered duck production in North Dakota, water returned this spring in a dramatic turnaround that will impact the quality of waterfowl hunting opportunities this fall, both in the state and throughout the Central Flyway.


Runoff from a historic spring blizzard and timely rains yielded the second-highest wetland index ever observed during the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s (NDGF) annual May habitat survey. This comes on the heels of the 2021 survey, which reported the fifth-lowest wetland index ever observed. The vastly improved wetland conditions allowed grassland-nesting duck species like blue-winged teal, gadwalls, northern shovelers and pintails and over-water nesters like redheads and canvasbacks to have exceptional brood production. Numbers of these species should be in line with what hunters have encountered during previous years with similar habitat conditions.

Mike Szymanski, waterfowl supervisor with the NDGF, reports that mallard production in North Dakota was likely disrupted by the same blizzard that helped recharge wetland basins in the state, as these early-nesting ducks were just beginning to settle when the storm hit. Still, the overall projected fall flight of ducks from North Dakota was expected to be up over 25 percent compared to 2021.

“Hunters need to know that our habitat conditions have changed dramatically since spring, however, and things are really starting to dry up,” Szymanski says. "Scouting will be necessary to find remaining areas of wetland habitat and concentrations of ducks."

South Dakota

Spring habitat conditions varied greatly in South Dakota, according to the state’s senior waterfowl biologist, Rocco Murano. Large portions of the Prairie Pothole Region were extremely dry during the breeding season, with the exception of the northeast corner of the state. Wetland conditions in this area remain good heading into fall, and duck numbers appear to be strong.

“Based on our duck banding program, which takes place primarily in the northeast part of the state, it appears that the ducks that did settle here in the spring had very good production,” Murano says. “The overwhelming majority of mallards that we’ve banded have been hatch-year birds. I’m certainly encouraged by what we’ve seen in the field.”


With the small grain harvest complete and corn being chopped for silage across the eastern half of the state, there will be plenty of opportunities to decoy locally produced ducks and Canada geese in fields.

Murano says hunters may find tempting water hunting opportunities too.

“The dry conditions have really drawn down water levels, including some of those large permanent or semi-permanent wetlands that have been too deep to hunt and haven’t really been attractive to the birds in recent years,” Murano says. “We’re seeing ducks start to use these waters again. Blue-winged teal, especially, have been staging on these areas of shallow water in recent weeks.”

Nebraska

Hunters in Nebraska are facing extremely difficult conditions, as the state continues to experience an extended period of drought that has left wetlands, canals, creeks and even rivers high and dry.

Water levels are very low throughout Nebraska, according to Ted LaGrange, wetland program manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, but the state and its federal partners are doing what they can to put water on the landscape.


“I anticipate that we will ramp up our pumping for the regular duck season. When there isn’t a lot of water spread across the landscape, it is hard to attract and hold ducks and geese for an extended period of time,” LaGrange says.

Among the most important stopping points and staging areas for migrating waterfowl is the Platte River in western Nebraska, portions of which are now completely dry.

“I think in my 30 years of work here in Nebraska I’ve seen the Platte River go dry several times. It’s not normal, but it’s not entirely unheard of either,” LaGrange says. “There are obviously no guarantees, but the portion of the river that is dry near Grand Island typically comes back up as farmers upstream complete their surface water allocations used for irrigating crops, and the temperatures start to cool. We could still use a good shot of rain, however.”

The Sandhills, which is an important area for local duck production, has not escaped the drought either, LaGrange says, although there is still water in many of the larger wetlands and lakes.

“What hunters are going to have to deal with are large, exposed mud flats around the perimeter, which can make hunting kind of difficult,” he says.

Kansas


Hunters in eastern Kansas will find better water conditions than in most other areas of the state, says Tom Bidrowski, migratory game bird specialist with the Kansas Division of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT).

“The further west you go, things get very dry. The Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is completely dry; a lot of the western playas are dry. Even in the east, a number of our wetland managers are having to decide if they want to put water down now for early season hunting or wait until later in the fall,” Bidrowski says. “There isn’t enough water available to do both.”

The little water KDWPT wildlife area manager Matt Farmer was able to keep on the ground at the Jamestown Wildlife Area was holding teal for the start of the state’s September teal season, but it didn’t take long for hunting pressure to move those birds off public ground.

“Managing pressure is probably going to be a focus this fall, as available water is going to concentrate hunters and birds,” Farmer says. “Hunters in Kansas are probably going to have to focus their scouting on larger reservoirs that are still holding water. There just isn’t much for shallow water hunting this year. A good fall soaker would do us a lot of good.”

Oklahoma

Lower water levels throughout late summer actually have things looking up in Oklahoma, according to J.D. Ridge with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Heavy rains in recent years have inundated the summer growth of vegetation around many of the state’s reservoirs, but Ridge says that the lack of precipitation in recent weeks may have opened the door to a better season.

“Where we are right now is better than what we’ve seen the past several summers. The lower water levels have given the food a chance to grow,” Ridge says. “That said, we are getting dry, but it’s still early. The zone of vegetation that we have looks good.”

Ridge, who is based at the Eufaula Wildlife Management Area, says that there has been little in the way of a migration through the region, though small flocks of blue-winged teal did move through earlier in the month. That could change with some help from Mother Nature in the coming weeks.

“We need a normal rain to get our pool levels to normal and put some water on the groceries,” Ridge says. “If that happens, we’ll have something to offer this year.”

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Old 09-23-2022, 05:03 PM   #207
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Yessir. Iíll have him turned into a full time bird hunter yet and heíll leave those tick bag deer alone
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Old 09-23-2022, 05:09 PM   #208
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Lol. He doesnít kill deer anyways, just feeds them and makes excuses not to kill them.
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Old 09-24-2022, 06:31 AM   #209
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Was to excited to sleep and got to the ranch 30 mins early and waiting. Also it’s 71 degrees and not the 77 the phone was saying which is a big plus.

Let’s get it!
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Old 09-24-2022, 07:34 AM   #210
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I hear ya 150. Decoys are out and I am sitting in truck waiting on a little more light. Should have slept 20 more min.
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Old 09-24-2022, 08:47 AM   #211
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Some more desert ducks. Black Betty and her 10 min limit.
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Old 09-24-2022, 09:51 AM   #212
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Had our 5man by 725.

Probably saw 1500-2000 teal!

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Old 09-24-2022, 01:04 PM   #213
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Great shoots Mason and roebuck!

We had a 9 man by 820. Great morning this morning. Will be one of my favorite hunts of the whole season.
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Old 09-24-2022, 01:28 PM   #214
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It's been slow for me the last few days north of Eagle Lake.
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Old 09-24-2022, 01:30 PM   #215
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Hammered em this morning 3 man in 13 min
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Old 09-24-2022, 01:36 PM   #216
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Sounds like solid hunts across the board. Hoping for the same tomorrow
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Old 09-24-2022, 02:23 PM   #217
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Yep me too, my buddy is bringing his son down and will be his first duck hunt ever. Should be good.
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Old 09-24-2022, 02:25 PM   #218
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Me & My son had limits & 3 buddies on my place down the road had limits too.




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Old 09-24-2022, 02:33 PM   #219
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Congrats Everyone! Good Luck tomorrow!
Hope Everyone finishes Strong!!
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Last day for the rice rockets! Hope everyone has a good one!
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Old 09-25-2022, 06:09 AM   #221
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Last day. Letís get it! Good luck all!
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Old 09-25-2022, 06:14 AM   #222
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Old 09-25-2022, 06:52 AM   #223
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Good Luck this mornin Everyone!
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We didnít see but maybe 5% of the birds we saw yesterday but 95% actually decoyed in and we hammered them. 6 man by 8am and one volley we knocked 11 birds out of.


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We finished the season out strong!
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Finally made it out to hunt this morning before it closed.

Shot the first teal that came in with first shot and thought it was gonna be a great day. Pulled up on the next group and my gun stopped shooting. So at least I had 100% accuracy today! Beautiful morning though.
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Shot the first teal that came in with first shot and thought it was gonna be a great day. Pulled up on the next group and my gun stopped shooting. So at least I had 100% accuracy today! Beautiful morning though.
Beautiful Pic!! Thats why I always carry an xtra gun.
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Started out slow today then the north with kicked up. The birds riding that wind started flying and things got a little crazy. Finished it up with a 6 man.
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Started out slow today then the north with kicked up. The birds riding that wind started flying and things got a little crazy. Finished it up with a 6 man.
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The Last morning was good to us, first time Iíve been able to hunt this year!
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Dang man, you are really slumming with that hunting partner there!! Just as ugly as can be, and cant shoot worth a darn!!

Usually his hunting buddy shoots all the ducks for him. But he has a pretty good dog that goes and gets them for me.

He told me yall had a heck of a time. You gotta love it when the teal do it right.
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Heck yeah, what was the final # of days hunted and birds you killed?
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Well done folks! Well done!
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16 days
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Old 09-25-2022, 04:18 PM   #236
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Made it out yesterday morning. Finished a 4 man in 25-30 minutes, got back in time to take a nap and watched the ags hang on for a win. The perfect Saturday!
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Do you think there is anyway to talk TP&W into splitting up teal season and the early resident Canada goose season?

Sure would like to see early goose season run the first 16 days of October, instead of concurrent with teal season.
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Old 09-25-2022, 07:44 PM   #238
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Dang man, you are really slumming with that hunting partner there!! Just as ugly as can be, and cant shoot worth a darn!!

Usually his hunting buddy shoots all the ducks for him. But he has a pretty good dog that goes and gets them for me.

He told me yall had a heck of a time. You gotta love it when the teal do it right.
Ha! Luckily the birds did their thing. First time meeting Ken but enjoyed it and was fun watching his dog work! Pups had their hands full when we had those 11 down at once
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Old 09-25-2022, 09:23 PM   #239
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Lol. He doesnít kill deer anyways, just feeds them and makes excuses not to kill them.
Ducks are for killing, deer are for looking at
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Old 10-13-2022, 07:42 PM   #240
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For those who will still need steel in a few more weeks, the Burleson Academy has an assortment of Monarch, Federal Speed Shock, Heavie Steel, Heavie Metal, and Winchester. Most of it was 12ga. I didn't think to look for 20ga. Sizes were 2-3/4", 3", and 3.5".


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There are so many birds down here now it’s not even funny…

Watched thousands of teal, spoonies, gadwall and pintail in our fields this morning. Just playing the hurry up and wait game now!
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Been slowing down getting busy with other things but did manage to get my first snipe, then went and bought specific ammo for them and I think they migrated out now. Will be hunting those boogers specifically a few times next season as Iíve got a couple places they load up in.

Another day got my first grouse while doing some scouting for new areas. Killed my first greater scaup as well that day.


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Got out late yesterday and took a little longer to check out a new place than I thought it would. Still managed to scratch up a couple. My first plumed out greenheads. Been learning a ton. I think I learn something each time Iím out there. Yesterday learned that just the mallard drake whistle will turn ducks pretty good even if theyíve passed your spread several times and there is something there they donít like.


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There are so many birds down here now itís not even funnyÖ

Watched thousands of teal, spoonies, gadwall and pintail in our fields this morning. Just playing the hurry up and wait game now!
I don't think 2 more ducks could have sat on our reservoir this last sunday!
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Old 10-21-2022, 12:56 PM   #245
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There are so many birds down here now itís not even funnyÖ

Watched thousands of teal, spoonies, gadwall and pintail in our fields this morning. Just playing the hurry up and wait game now!
No water up here for them.

We need a lot of rain in a bad way if weíre going to have a decent season.

Dad has one low field he was done in and moved a little water into. He said thereís only been a thousand or so early ducks in it and some decent wads of specs.

Iím getting depressed thinking about season with this drought!!!! The birds need water up here to have good overwintering conditions, hunting be dammed. If Arkansas doesnít have good water, it hurts the whole flyway and duck health.
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Reservoir holding a few today
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NE, KS and OK all are in level D4 drought. I think the birds are moving down faster this year due to this. I expect the coast is going to be the place to hunt this year. It's in D0 drought while much of north Texas is D0 or D1. Six or seven inches of rain between now and December may make for some good hunting in North Texas.

Bad part is, only one year in five have water levels increased in the fall. A good tropical storm would be a big help for us in the north.
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Beautiful pics yall!
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Old 10-26-2022, 08:33 AM   #249
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It's getting close! I have been scouting some areas lately & things are lookin good for the opener! I can't wait! Excited as a fat kid in a candy store!!!

Good luck to Everyone this season!
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