Curious how far north birds still are?

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  1. num70

    num70 Elite Refuge Member

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    That is interesting. Been 20 years in this spot and have never seen/shot gads after the first good, sustained freeze. Wonder if this weather has pushed them more easterly than usual. Kid down the street killed a speck. I've never even heard of one around this area. I've also seen a number of snows as well. VERY uncommon for this neck of the woods. This year has been very weird in general. It was hot very late. Then quickly very cold. Teal just passed through for about two days, it seems. Mallard numbers were very low and black numbers seem quite high. Lots more geese than usual too. At least they bumped us to two blacks.
     
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  2. warrenwaterfowler

    warrenwaterfowler Senior Refuge Member

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    You can have them....too cold for me!
     
  3. OneShotBandit

    OneShotBandit Elite Refuge Member

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    :l:l:l:l, I'm hip!
     
  4. Greenhedges

    Greenhedges Elite Refuge Member

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    Not cold at all if your on the birds...some icy mallards from yesterday...Headin back out in about an hour...Current temp -11... IMG_07371.jpg
     
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  5. num70

    num70 Elite Refuge Member

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    -4 this morning but good birds.
    Flood tides (super moon) made for good hunting but BAD decoy retrieval.
    When the wind stayed down, no problem.
    When it picked up....yeesh.
     
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  6. blacktail

    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    What I’m dealing with. Hate these giant tides. Way too much water for my areas. Tomorrow’s tide floods out this island that get water on it only a few days a year. Sneak boat and 5 mallard decoys. Should be fun.
    This is last years hunt on this spot. Only was able to hunt it once.
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  7. blacktail

    blacktail Elite Refuge Member

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    Well, not as pretty as last years giant tide. Wind was way wrong for laying against log. Had to stand/hunker/etc. miserable. Thermometer said 42 degrees. BS. Felt like minus 12.
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  8. Winchester 1897

    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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    We still have CANV and MALL in big numbers, along with decent numbers of RNDU, AGWT, scaup, and NSHO. We normally have a few MALL, some gildeneye, common and hooded mergs, buffles, and Canadas. Never cans, scaup, redheads, or anything of the non MALL puddle ducks until a week before the season ends.
     
  9. bill finn

    bill finn Senior Refuge Member

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    Group of mallards in the Mascoma River in Lebanon NH this week, below zero every day. someone feeds them so they stay all year usually
     
  10. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Looks like a lot of "Shooting 'em in the lips" going on right there. :tu
     

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