Lots of snows, cranes and teal moving in along with a good number of local dark geese and Mallards produced this year. Wet in this country too, only about 50% of crops in the immediate area got seeded and of those a bunch were flooded out. Of the rest, a ton of Roundup ready soybeans to try and clean up the weedy fields from the almost bust years due to moisture as the farmers could spray through it, lots of canola and flax that sucks for feed... and from the last week of phone calls and bidding wars for the few grain fields around, I would say the majority of Oak Hammock area is a write off for available fields for freelancers or even locals to hunt... The one available (not locked up ever before this season) barley field within 4 or 5 miles of the refuge on the west side (160 acres) just went for $1500 for the season and there was more than 3 bids over $1000 for it! I wish it weren't so but it is what it is this year, too wet heading into last winter and the whole summer of rain didn't help any, I am buying silhouettes to be able to get into fields at all.... and oh yeah it is raining as I type this and they are forecasting another 2 inches! I know for a fact that all of the cereal fields within the managed hunting area on the west side of the actual marsh are rented for the season as I have been talking with all the farmers this week. There are a couple of landowners on the east side that refuse to lock up land but the competition for these fields will be intense, and to the south all the cereal grain I am aware of is also now in outfitters hands. I do know there are quite a few outfitters to the North and am assuming the situation is pretty much the same there. Even some of my regular fields almost 30 miles away are drawing interest as the farmers are calling and asking for money up front or they will rent to other outfitters... This is shaping up to be a "crunch" year in the south interlake.