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After reading all of the negatives towards NR's I'm almost afraid to ask but what the heck. For the past 5 years our hunting group, ranging from 4 to 8, has been coming up from west of Chicago to the Kulm/Fredonia area to hunt the potholes. Last year the potholes that produced for us we're pretty much gone. We're wondering what we can expect this year, October 17th thru the 21st, as to water and ducks.

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You will find even less water and more crowded conditions as the number of hunters will be about the same but forced to use the same wetlands. I watched this happen over the weekend where as some groups where leaving others where setting up. After 2 days of continus pounding on these larger water the ducks where gone on Sunday and when talking with people living there they have indicated that as of last night only small numbers have returned to the water compared to the 3-5000 birds that where ther on Sat morning.
 

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Ron,
Thanks for the info. Sounds like we're going to have to spend a great deal of time scouting. Oh, well. It's better then staying at home chasing a list of "honey do's" or being at work.
 

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And dont let the negatives towards NR's discourage you from posting and trying to get questions answered. Youre doing the right thing by trying to educate yourself on the conditions. I might be wrong here, but those negatives are reallt aimed at the ignorant NR's. Well alright, maybe some here just generally dont like NR's.. but what can we do.

Do lots of scouting.
Be smart, use common sense.

And SB... leave your boat at home.
 

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Don't own one to bring, boat that is. Just decoys, guns, chocolate lab and the desire to have a good time.
 

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We hunted the Kulm area this past weekend and found very very few hunters and lots and lots of ducks. We had no problem filling out even with the summer temps. We hunted both big water and wheat fields and had a lot of success (and we didn't need a boat). We hunted north and south of Kulm and did great in both areas. We had several friends who hunted towards Edgeley and Fredonia and both had great luck in both areas. Its not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. You just have to find the water that the birds are on and find a place to set up. We did find that hunting in the evening was almost worthless. None of the birds would come out until dark so the best opportunites were in the mornings. It worked better to scout out places in the late afternoons.
Lots and lots of fun!!! :beer:
A heck of a lot better then sitting at this computer all day!!!
 

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Put in some windshield time and you should be able to find a few good spots. It is really dry right now, and the pressure is going to be pretty tough, but just remember to respect the other hunters and find a few back up plans. Good idea to leave your boat at home. Good luck.
 
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