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Just wanted to see how everyone faired this weekend, how the birds worked, hunting pressure, etc.
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We had mixed results. We shot a limit of mallards and pintails on Saturday morning. We only had three guys so it was over pretty quick. We also shot a pair of snows!?!? and a couple Canadas, but the majority of the geese didn't return to the field in the morning even though they were packed in the night before. The geese headed the opposite direction off the roost? We were in a different spot on Sunday and shot some Canadas and some mallards, but the majority of the geese once again headed a different direction at they had the previous day. The birds in that area didn't seem to be feeding in the same spot in any pattern. We found good numbers of geese in about 4 different fields after our Saturday hunt, but they were almost empty on both Saturday night and Sunday morning. Quite a bit of pressure in that area, may be the reason the birds didn't really have a consistent pattern. Overall a successful weekend, but tough to pattern the birds.
 

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Decoyer and I hunted a Large slough on Sunday morning. Ideal conditions. Wind at 15 - 20 miles per hour out of the SE, cloudy with medium fog. Started just off mud flats on the SE corner with some results. Shot 2 mallards, 1 green wing and 1 blue wing 1st hour then ducks chose to only come to the middle of slough. We picked up 5 decoys and lucky duck and headed for the middle. 300 yards later through thigh deep water and mud we set up next to a small cattail bog. For the next two hours the action was non-stop. Flocks of 5 - 50 of almost every species of duck dropped out of the fog at 300 - 400 yards, saw the decoys, circled once at the most and dropped into decoys. Most came over with the wind first then cupped back into the wind and floated over the bog we were standing in for cover. After finishing limit on mostly mallards we picked up the decoys as literally hundreds of ducks continued to work the area. It would be hard to recall a more perfect day of duck hunting. By the way, we were in an area we had never hunted before, within an hour of our home and we only heard two other shots all morning.
I think we'll be staying closer to home in th future and not joining all the rest in the more traditional waterfowling areas. When the rest of you, especially the NRs get here do a half day of scouting and just don't go to the "hot spots". I think you'd be suprised how many of these away from the high traffic areas there still are out there in ND.
 
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