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I think it was over before it began!

Discussion in 'Illinois Flyway Forum' started by Luke Blanco, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. TaketheDrake

    TaketheDrake Senior Refuge Member

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    :bow :bow :bow

    Glad to hear at least somebody got in to them this year
     
  2. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member

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    Per an email I got.....

    Louisiana's Coastal Zone has:

    2.42 million ducks
    which is a 31% increase from the November count
    it is 11% higher than the December '10 count
    it is higher than the 5 yr avg
    is 13% below the long term avg.

    I would assume that a few of that 2.42 million flew down the Miss Flyway.
     
  3. duckdown1

    duckdown1 Elite Refuge Member

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    How many are Mallards?
     
  4. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member

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    100,000.

    Approx 2 million puddle ducks and 500,000 divers.
    Again, this was what was referred to as the Coastal Zone.
     
  5. dd2

    dd2 Elite Refuge Member

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    yeah yeah thats a neat factoid about the ducks. how many bluwings got down there before sept 1st? 10,000......20,000? while some of this state picks ducks up from the "north". a better portion picks up ducks from the central flyway and a combination from the "north". i don't want to get in to it with heavy hitters of knowledge on this site so i will switch it to a more pertinant matter. heard through a little yellow canary that braidwood lake shot 13 geese so far this year........... yes year. also heard horicon is holding 40,000 geese with double in the the surrounding area. i will now leave it up to the heavy hitters of fowl wisdom to decifer for themselves where a good portion of the geese are. notice i said good portion. carry on.
     
  6. duckdown1

    duckdown1 Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks!

    Is 100,000 mallards above or below LTA?
     
  7. Hairshark

    Hairshark Elite Refuge Member

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    Was the email from drynutz or Elmer Fudd???:l:l:l
     
  8. webfoot78

    webfoot78 Elite Refuge Member

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    Just curious if anyone is educated on what Horicon usually holds this time of year or even earlier, I thought it was quite a bit higher than that... I would have thought Horicon would have a lot more birds staging there right now...

    I'll also add some fuel to the fire for the southern boys... I spoke to a site manager today at one of the big corps lakes... Word on the street is that the kill #'s are above average for year to date...

    Of course that's total ducks killed since the onset of regular season, but still....

    From what he told me I guess teal filled a lot of hunters bags all the way up to 10 days ago... Lots of Gadwall too...

    Carry on...
     
  9. hercload

    hercload Senior Refuge Member

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    For what it's worth, we hunted Union County last week and the majority of ducks killed by our group were pintails, teal, and wood ducks.
     
  10. CANME

    CANME Elite Refuge Member

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    It's a reverse migration. Specks are all over here too.

    Blame mother nature for this years season not the dates. Mother nature also let you hunt past the first week of December whe central is mostly froze out.
     

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