Duck Brood Numbers Down Slightly from Last Year Water numbers down 38%

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  1. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    Seen cows out in a few but bailing is more common so they tend to hit them early well still green I.E. about 4 to 6 weeks ago so most will look more like crp or summer fallow then a crop field by time most out of state's show up.
     
  2. DRC

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    Some of the best hunts I have ever had were years when it was a dry spring and a wet fall. Pot holes can be unhuntable but those low areas in ag fields they planted in spring get flooded and end up unharvastable in October with enough rain.

    Now you have flooded beans/corn which makes for great hides and swarms of ducks.
     

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  3. Dean Nelson

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    Best I ever saw was a year like this. An area got wacked by rain and flooded out a bunch of fields with swaths and the ducks were in that area in unbelievably high numbers. Crazy part came when the fields started to dry out a month later enough that the farmers could bale or burn off the fields and there was only one left. Only time I've ever seen a single section start pushing the seven figure mark in ducks.
     
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  4. prairie hunter

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    NE ND last fall was like that in some areas ...
     

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