2017 Migration is on

Discussion in 'South Dakota Flyway Forum' started by BB-Shot, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. BB-Shot

    BB-Shot Elite Refuge Member

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    Pretty much on time this year it appears to look good it could be because a lot of are secondary ponds are bone dry and there more concentrated.
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  2. YanktonSquid

    YanktonSquid Senior Refuge Member

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    I was driving around down by Yankton over the weekend and noticed a ton of coots around here too. Seemed like more than usual for this time of the year.
     
  3. tornadochaser

    tornadochaser Elite Refuge Member

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    We get huge rafts of coots on the lake my cabin is on in west central MN. They were right on schedule starting to raft up labor day weekend. What seemed to be early this year in eastern SD and western MN was the molt migration. Lots of birds returning in early September this fall rather than mid-late September.
     
  4. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    So you guys have noticeable coot migration? That's weird that your so close and that happens since they are thick here all summer long save for the few weeks when they are on the nest. **** pile of mallards starting to group up now though.
     
  5. shirtguy

    shirtguy Elite Refuge Member

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    Seen snows and specks too.
     
  6. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    I'm not in SD right now, am still in Ennis, Montana. I've been fishing a lake near Harrison and until yesterday it's been pretty much a duck desert. There's been a few teal, but nothing to write home about. However, yesterday I saw 20+ flocks of ducks up to 75 strong, so they are definitely starting to show up here.
     
  7. tjones

    tjones Senior Refuge Member

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    you need to keep your azz in Iowa.....
     
  8. duck central

    duck central Senior Refuge Member

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever seen coots migrate???? I've been at this game along time and have never seen a flock of coots fly into a lake...
     
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    likesbigspreads Elite Refuge Member

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    They just appear it seems like it, leave the lake at dark one night and show up the next morning and they're hundreds of them. I assume they come in the dark? Never have seen any fly about about 20 feet off the water.
     
  10. GK1

    GK1 Elite Refuge Member

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    Strictly night time migrators.
     

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