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  1. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    They build and loose fat at a rapid rate and will undoubtedly rebuild it before they jump the tree line. As for the blizzard the only Birds that'll really be affected by it are Honker and pheasants since the only snows that far south will be a few Oddball juvie groups the main adults are well past the boundary and won't be coming back till next fall. Now The Honkers in that area around huron and much of Eastern South Dakota may be almost completely decimated because if you put 20 inches of snow on their nest it's toast.
     
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  2. Drakes Landing

    Drakes Landing Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    That is NOT a good report Dean! You can do better I’m sure of it. You could at least add that the honkers will attempt at least one additional re-nest effort!!!! The Dakota guys can replenish their pen raised “wild pheasants” pretty quickly but that is for the upland forum I think.

    Glass half full Dean.......c’mon!!!!
     
  3. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    Problem is honkers are a one shot deal it either works or it doesn't. We run into this allot around Bismarck since they like to nest along the river and the corp tends to up releases right about the time they start sitting on the eggs which inevitably floods out a bunch of them. Last year due to our late spring most of the state had a bust as far as Honkers go and late blizzards are notorious for burying the nests especially if they're in the process of laying the eggs and not sitting on it yet.
     
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  5. Dean Nelson

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    Oh they will try and save them if they are into the incubation stage but the problem then is the melting snow runs to the nest killing the eggs. Most birds however at least up here are in egg laying mode and those nest almost always fail if the get buried in snow.
     
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    Canada geese and woodcock are the first two migrating species to hatch young. Most Canada Geese goslings show up around May 4th - 15th in the Twin Cities metro, maybe a little later as you go north. Canada geese would definitely be laying eggs right about now. Woodcock chicks hatch end of April and early May (no idea why - crazy bird).

    Pheasants in the Dakotas typically hatch mid June through early July. They are notorious at never quitting (unlike Canada geese) and late hatches can save a hunting season.

    Mallards and pintails are the first ducks to lay eggs and have ducklings hatch. It always seemed growing up that mallard ducklings would start showing themselves about the same time bluewing teal just showed up in ND ditches. We would see plenty of mallard duckling when fishing Memorial weekend in May.
     
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    I was amazed going to a conference in KC last May and well grown goslings were walking around with their mother...Blew my mind as I'm not even sure the resident birds have hatched/are just starting to at that point in my part of the northeast.
     
  8. Drakes Landing

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    Looks like a pretty clear path North and West of South Dakota!

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  9. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    Be curious to see if a group of birds builds up in the south east corner of SD. Undoubtedly some birds got hit by this storm and will retreat along with the few juvies flocks still trickling up from the south. Might be decent shooting since it will likely be mainly young birds and ross. One things foreshore the snow won't last long. The snow in bismarck that was in the three to four inch mark at noon yesterday was at zero by sunset. Here's a bit more accurate map of where the snow fell.
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    Wish I was there to find out. Hungry - tired birds. Could be best hunting of the year.
     
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