2017 Migration Reports

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  1. Mack Molloy

    Mack Molloy Elite Refuge Member

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    So far, the 2017 Migration Report has been pretty slim in North Central Missouri. Our club noticed a push of BW Teal the first week of September. They must have kept heading south, as our early Teal Season was a complete bust. We have seen normal migration of pelicans and some cormorants but for the most part, no other waterfowl migrations have occurred.

    It would be nice to have a "normal" season with a steady flow of migrating waterfowl and "normal" weather patterns. Good luck everyone!

    Mack
     
  2. 10GAGENUT

    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor Flyway Manager

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    Look at the drought maps and you'll see why.



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  3. Sunklands

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    As far as ducking goes, I'll take a drier year over a wet one.
     
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  4. Mack Molloy

    Mack Molloy Elite Refuge Member

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    It seems like migration patterns have been very different the last few years. Lots of ducks seem to migrate the day before the front arrives...often times late in the day or at night.
     
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    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor Flyway Manager

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    What ever happened to the worse the Weather the better the Duck hunting????
     
  6. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

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    Agree.......if you have water everywhere you can never tell where they want to be, puddles in sways in cornfields are too hard to hunt.
     
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    Agree gang. A few years ago when the rivers got out and there was water everywhere in NW Missouri the birds scattered. Was very difficult to get on them as they would be using fields that had been flooded by rivers, creeks etc. Getting access to them from landowners was next to impossible for various reasons and they would become refuges outside the refuges. No pressure and newly found refuge made it very hard to get on birds. It was not lack of scouting to find birds that hindered us but rather lack of access to the places they were using. Was a very tough later season for us that year. The other problem we have had is there would be a decent influx of birds and the first couple of days would be good and then the Indian Summer kicks in and the birds become nocturnal (no need nor desire to feed during daylight hours - that went on for weeks the past couple of years). I think conditions this year are prime for a great season provided we get some consistent colder "weather" patterns. Has been a few years since we have had a normal Fall/Winter.

    It is our eternal waterfowler optimism that keeps us coming back for more. Maybe this is the year?

    As for a duck report my partner was at our place yesterday working on a new blind and said there were at least a thousand birds using our place (mostly teal with a smattering of woodies).

    Good luck.
     
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  8. Mack Molloy

    Mack Molloy Elite Refuge Member

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    The consensus of our duck club membership is the 2016 Waterfowl Season was an anomaly and all of the data should be thrown out. We harvested almost 50% of our ducks in a 8-10 day period with lots of zeroes on the other days...some days we did not even see a duck. Normally, we see a lot of ducks flying along Grand River but not last year. Again, it was just a weird year.

    I agree with @hannibal we need some colder weather patterns and no Indian Summer temps lasting until December. It should also help that Fountain Grove is not completely filled with flooded corn like last year.
     
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  9. HJP12

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    Completely agree Mack. We had a poor year as well. Only had two good hunts and they were when we caught flight days. Fingers crossed for this year and hoping that we have "normal" winter weather again.
     
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    Agreed ^^^^Now it has to be sunny with a 10mph wind or the "pros" say it's a bust
     

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