The amount of hunting pressure is far too great for it to ever hold birds like it used to. We go up there because we have been doing so for over 20 years, not so much for the killing. If you are there on flight days it can still be good, but you better be prepared to experience some of the negative that comes with public duck hunting. We hunted a day last year that there were over 50 trailers at Santee......we never saw 50 ducks that day.
We didn’t go last year, 2 yrs ago was a bust too. I love the area but agree isn’t what it was 20 years ago. Probably won’t make the trip again this year, time to find a new December hunt area after we close down here in Mn