Hope for rain

Discussion in 'Minnesota Flyway Forum' started by Neighbor Guy, Jul 16, 2021.

  1. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Elite Refuge Member

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    Cause if we don’t get some good rains it’s going to be crowded in the duck swamp this season. At least those that have water in them.

    I have been to all corners of the state in the last two weeks. I am seeing very little water in the majority of it. There is going to be a significant shortage of water in this state this fall at the rate we are going.

    Check your favorite spots and be prepared to find a plan B or C. I have a feeling that areas that have water are going to have a lot more pressure than normal.

    Several of my favorite spots are completely dry. One is “spongy” another has been plowed and is growing corn. The farmer stated he hasn’t had corn in that spot since the 80’s.

    I have a feeling we are all going to be learning how to hunt “big water” or at least spots that are better described as lakes rather than ponds.

    The lake at home is down 2’.
     
  2. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I'd like to turn it off here. I think we've had maybe 14 hours of sunshine this month. (Seems like it)
    It's like winter gloom.
    Raining again? 16264482800106899601562547009148.jpg
    The Canada geese here had a poor first clutch but recovered nicely. Seeing large family groups of 12-15 birds it's looking good here.
     
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  3. Beaverpond

    Beaverpond New Member

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    Can’t say I agree. Maybe it’s a bad thing out in farm country for your little cattail sloughs, but I’ve never seen rice like this year. And in my experience the shallow lakes are more productive during low water anyways. Also, with the PPR bone dry, more ducks pushing east into the parklands and boreal forest for breeding habitat….. I’m pretty optimistic for this fall.
     
  4. Paul Myrdahl

    Paul Myrdahl Senior Refuge Member

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    Yup the rice is thick. Haven't seen it like this since the dry periods of the early 80s.
     
  5. musher

    musher Elite Refuge Member

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    2F4B9392-A4A4-419F-A995-F5D86F6EF8A4.jpeg Finally got a little rain today. 1 1/4” Been having water bombers flying over us for the last week working fires so nice to see the rain.
     
  6. SkolMNDuckHunter

    SkolMNDuckHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Well the big "storm" gave us a tenth of an inch last night. That's been the song and dance all year so far here. At least a little more of the grass might make it through!
     
  7. MJ1657

    MJ1657 Senior Refuge Member

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    .25 by the Princeton farm pond. Sure looked like we were going to get clobbered with all the wind, lightning, and thunder.
     
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  8. MJ1657

    MJ1657 Senior Refuge Member

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    Were going to start chopping corn silage Sunday before the corn gets completely away from us.

    It will be great for goose hunting not so much for feeding cows.
     
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  9. Bullet21XD

    Bullet21XD Elite Refuge Member

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    It's not too late!! Things can change in a matter of a couple days. The good news...if we do get wet, we'll have a s**tload of ducks around
     
  10. Paul Myrdahl

    Paul Myrdahl Senior Refuge Member

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    Talked to a native fella yesterday at the landing of a good sized rice lake. He was worried about being able to move his canoe through the rice. Jokingly said he almost killed his kid the day before on a different lake.

    There will be ducks holding in N Minn this year but they are going to be hard to get at and hard to hunt.
     

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