Illinois Duck Hunting Report Archive

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Michael-PhillipsIL
Field Editor

SW Pike County 05-22-2012 13:42
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Saw a wood duck hen and about a dozen little ones crossing the road on my way home from a hunt test over the weekend. The hunt test was at Banner Marsh. It was my first time making that drive up from our farm in the Pleasant Hill area and I could not believe the amount of wetlands up there.

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Scott-Martin
Field Editor

NE IL 04-19-2012 00:05
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 60-65 Degrees
Big day. Saw the first group of little yellow puff balls today. A few hour old Canada geese with their proud parents this afternoon. Earliest date for seeing them that I can remember. Usually hope to see them by may day. But they are here early. And the calm spring… Hopefully lots and lots of them… Post reports….

Posted By:
eryberg
Web Member

Pool 12 04-02-2012 16:56
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Opened up the shack this past weekend, Friday. Since we had no winter except one cold snap the third week of Jan. the dig was fine. Went out onto the pool to take a look. I motored from the levee at 12 to just short of Galena. This was a 6 hour total round trip run on Sunday. I dipped in and out of areas just to get a good look. I can not remember the River being this low in late March early April ever. The northern migration was in full swing. There were bus loads of everything on the pool. It was fun to ID what got up as I spooked them. Easier at this time of the year as they are in full dress. I hope some stay to nest. The last 3 years have not been good nesting for dabblers on 12. To much/high water. Lets see. Five months until early teal and goose.

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Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

Fayette/Bond Co. 02-28-2012 12:02
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Webby, they must take the survey in the middle of the morning becaue I have been seeing twice as many as that by 8 AM flying off the lake.I posted an aerial picture myself on the photo section and it was taken at 11AM when most the birds were gone.

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webmaster
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LIght Goose Survey 02-28-2012 11:13
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Over 40,000 snows in southern survey area at this time:

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Pages/SIAerialSurveys.aspx

Posted By:
Terry Wiseman
Guest

The Shoe 02-19-2012 06:47
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We still have plenty of ducks here, a few local Honkers. The specks seem to have left and still not very many snows here.

Posted By:
Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W IIllinois 01-29-2012 19:33
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Seems to be a push of dark geese (whatever came down) to the north. The mild temps have the dark geese including specks heading back to the north. Snow geese appear to e ready for the journey also. We got our dark geese today coming from the south. To bad ducks aren’t in could have had a good time with them as well.
Going to chase the light geese tomorrow with the big warm up predicted. Spread set, charging the e caller and waiting for the 1st to pull the plug. Good luck.

Posted By:
davehunter03
Web Member

01-24-2012 18:03
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Lot’s of geese moving back to the N.zone yesterday (yes in that wind) and today. Reverse migration again.
SR.

Posted By:
Scott-Martin
Field Editor

Central IL 01-24-2012 17:16
Cloudy, High Winds – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Got in one last goose hunt today for my season finale. A good day. Limits for all. Tons of geese in the northern central zone but with the warmer weather a lot are already flying to the north to feed and testing the weather and water trying to go back north. Saw a lot of ducks up close and personal also. Big flocks of pintails buzzing around. They usually are not still north this time of year. Fun to see them. Should be a lot of ducks back on the prairies this spring. Scott

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Terry Wiseman
Guest

Horseshoe 01-22-2012 07:24
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Season closes today and ducks are just now gitin here. Weds hunted with a buddy on the draw area. we got 8 mallards 2 gaddies 1 pintail and 1 redhead. Birds finally found my millet so we hunted it from noon till quittin time yesterday. 5 guns 19 mallards 4 gaddies 1 greenwing and the proof of how screwed up the season is, 1 BLUE WING.We had the other mallard down but couldnt find it. But hey, GREAT way to close a good season let alone this pathetic 1.

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Posted By:
Scott-Martin
Field Editor

NE IL 01-22-2012 00:01
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Geese buggin out here … a few sitting on the open water… saw a pile of goldeneye in the neighborhood today and the past few days….

Posted By:
GooseMe1
Guest

Fulton Co. /Canton 01-20-2012 19:22
Cloudy, High Winds – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Good number of big geese around. Had a great day today. Too bad season almost over. Will keep after them until the end of season.

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Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W IIllinois 01-20-2012 04:56
Cloudy, High Winds – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
WIth a strong N/NW wind today saw more dark geese SB. Several migrators flying high getting away from the bitter cold and some snow north of us. Also more snow geese in the area, but I don’t know if they are following the same routine as the dark geese, you would have thought most of them would be south already but 4-5000 are in the area.
Ended up with a two man limit during the afternoon hunt hoping more will follow today.

Posted By:
benjack71
Web Member

Cache 01-16-2012 22:37
Cloudy, High Winds – 50-60 Degrees
Alot of snow geese, some ducks. Ducks are very very spooky. Alot of standing on the south side of the Cache and skybusting waterfowl coming out of belrose..I mean pass shooting. Watched geese get shot at that were over the refuge, probaly 60+ yards high from guys who were standing on the south side of the Cache..now if they were to get really really lucky and actualy have knocked one down..how the heck were they going to retrieve it..Need a CPO with a empty ticket book to hang out down there.

Posted By:
scattermaster1
Web Member

Coal City Road 01-15-2012 08:22
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Too cold to fly, seen 15 flock of migrators yesterday. Drive home yielded big numbers of geese huddled up like penguins on Renwick and the Dupage. Should have gone ice fishin

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Terry Wiseman
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horseshoe 01-15-2012 06:39
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hunted yesterday and seen alot of ducks,10min after shooting time. But hey that didnt bother some people. That just makes them fly even later.

Posted By:
Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W IIllinois 01-14-2012 05:12
Cloudy, Accumulating Snow – 10-20 Degrees – Open Water
Scott, that movement you were talking about didn’t make it this far south. Had a good show of ducks making it past us, but the geese SB didn’t happen yet. Did have the pleasure of watching a group of about 30 Cans swimming in the decoys this morning, you know its late when the great bull Can is in the neighborhood.
Very little wind last night so most of the water will be hard this morning, hope the pump did its job and we get some of those geese Scott is talking about down here today…
We got about 2″ of snow the last two days but the NW wind was kicking 30 MPH, most the fields around here have just small accumlation.

Posted By:
Scott-Martin
Field Editor

Gardner, il 01-13-2012 22:37
Cloudy, High Winds – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
2 years in a row I have had the pleasure of being in the field sharing the blind with great people to watch a massive goose migration – no specks but just about every sub species of the Canada goose went past us today in the am hours. Big ones, little ones, fat ones, skinny ones… It was absolutely fantastic to watch. Lots and lots and lots and lots of geese decided this am that it was time to head south. Not sure where they stopped but for the ones that stayed in our decoys. Good news is that today is the very first day that this has happened. Friday the 13th (of January!). No bad news. More will decide to move tomorrow with these low temps up north. Then more the next day and many will stick around on the warm water spots. Not enough snow to blow them all the way through ( I hope). Though some will go all the way to the St louis exit.

Missi was happy to see geese come home. But unhappy that she was not there to chase cripples. She will be 13 in a few weeks. Heart and head are not failing her, just her legs. Maybe a goose will fall close in a soon hunt and she can get a lab smile on….

Watch north…

Posted By:
Scott-Martin
Field Editor

NE IL 01-12-2012 00:28
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Here it comes … snow up here, cold on the way … geese and ducks that are stacked up in the North Zone refuge will be moving south this weekend…. snow will be on the food. Drive south….

Posted By:
eryberg
Web Member

N.E. Illinois 01-10-2012 08:58
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If you want to see an impressive sight do a drive by at the Three Oakes Recreation Lake, formerly Vulcan Lake, in Crystal Lake. There are thousands of geese, bunches of swans and mallards roosting on the ice and open water. They come and go all day. The park is closed for the winter but you can see the waterfowl from Rakow and Pingree Roads.

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Posted By:
Scott-Martin
Field Editor

North Central IL 01-07-2012 16:18
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Closed out my north zone season yesterday with one final goose hunt. Fun to be out and saw a ton of geese in the AM, but they preferred to trade north and west off the roost, rather than toward me (south and west) … did get a few lookers and one group close enough, so I didn’t end the season skunked. Looking forward to fresh goose this week.

In the PM, I figured out where the mallards and geese are in IL … north of 88 and north of 90. Piles and piles. Saw a mallard vortex that rivals anything I have ever seen before. With all the geese in the same area, it looked like a refuge. Which as of tomorrow, all of Northern IL will be.

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow. not too late to keep singing. Otherwise pray for excellent breeding conditions for all the birds that will return there this spring.

- Scott

Posted By:
Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W IIllinois 01-07-2012 05:07
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 50-60 Degrees
I was reading the Nebraska reports and they are waiting for the birds to come back from the south…….
Well alot of us in the sothern part of the state are waiting for the birds to get here from the north!!! What a terrible terrible year. No snow or blast predicted for the immediate future…

3,XXX geese in the southern zone, 38,XXX on average here this time of year…..enough said.

Posted By:
scattermaster1
Web Member

01-06-2012 08:07
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60 Degree’s in NE Il today, enough said

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webmaster
root

INHS Survey MISS. River 1-4-12 01-05-2012 15:01
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Results are in for the INHS MISS River Survey (last to be flown this season) 1-4-12:

Total Mallard on the upper and lower Mississippi River survey areas are nearly 3 times the 10-year average of 57k at 167,010.

Total ducks are at 263,100 and over 3 times the 10 year average of 81,000.

In steep contrast, the Southern ad Central IL surveys are well below the long-term year averages.

Central Ducks: 3,700, 5-year average 56,025
Central Geese: Canada; 3,975
Southern IL Ducks: 60,300, 5-year average 92,088
Southern IL Geese: Canada; 3,075 5-year average 38,717
Southern IL Geese: Snows; 73,725 5-year avg 58,708

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NE IL Survey 01-04-2012 12:51
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The INHS survey for NE IL (Jan 3) shows mallard numbers nearly 6 times the 5-year average at just above 13,000.

Canada Goose numbers are down at 10.3K with the 5-year average at 26k for this time of year.

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McHenry County 01-03-2012 11:14
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Cold temps and flurries had geese moving pretty good yesterday. Running traffic proved to be difficult, I think most of them have our number after an entire season.

The dusting of snow made it hard to make the layout blinds blend. Geese would just slowly shy off on their approach.

Saw a lot less ducks but still seeing them in pocket groups near every tiny chunk of open water.

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Terry Wiseman
Guest

Down south 01-02-2012 19:43
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This has been the most dissapointing season in 30 yrs of memory. it gets old staring at blank skies.AS 4 new birds about the only ones we seem to be gitting are woodducks and teal out of the south. Sad. On a brightspot tho I seen my first blacks and bluebills on Crab today.

Posted By:
Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W Illinois 01-01-2012 05:38
Cloudy, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
The last several days has been a tough go, the birds are stale as well as the weather. The weather has had some birds travelling NB thinking their winter was over and headed back home. At least the weather for the next few days will be more December like and hoping for some new birds to follow the high NW winds to our neck of the woods. I hope it is not too little too late with only 10 or so days left to chase the ducks here. May be the first time have to use the ice eater all year!!!

Posted By:
qacol
Guest

Desplains River- State Area 12-31-2011 15:53
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Got one goose and could of had a few more.

We had Blue-bills come in today, season over for 2 weeks and seen our first ones.

Posted By:
scattermaster1
Web Member

Will County 12-30-2011 08:17
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Yep, lots of geese up here,all the way to SE Wisco – however will not come out of subdivisions,eating grass all day. Fair numbers of mallards around as well. Scatter

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Posted By:
Michael-PhillipsIL
Field Editor

SW Pike County 12-27-2011 22:03
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Did a final clean up yesterday and saw quite a few specks and a few honkers. This duck season started great but the last two weeks were a huge disappointment. I hear of lots of geese north so hopefully something happens up there to get these birds moving down and give us a decent goose season. A lake in my office park doesn’t have a goose on it while usually it has hundreds by this time. Hope they get here quick.

Posted By:
Scott-Martin
Field Editor

Central IL 12-21-2011 23:20
- – 40-45 Degrees
Didn’t get out for the fianle. Unfortunately. Would have liked to see what was happening with open water in the end of DEC in the bottoms. Reports are though that it wasn’t much of anything in our area.

Nov ducks arrived in a flurry and we had a good couple of weeks. Then it turned into stale ducks for many days with enough ice to scare them off but not enough to get new birds down our way. Reports from the north are that there are plenty more to come but we haven’t had the weather to make them do it yet. No snow up north means plenty if places to feed and now there is water everywhere so ducks around are dispersed. Great numbers in the state but we did not see them.

Maybe the weather will come and confuse the geese. No matter what it was a great season. They all are great seasons. More ducks for next year …. That’s what I kee telling myself. …

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GooseMe1
Guest

Fulton County 12-20-2011 18:08
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 35-40 Degrees
Myself and one other member was able to get in a last day of season hunt. 2 limits of mallards. LOTS of Specks around. Few large geese.

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GooseMe1
Guest

Canton Area 12-18-2011 18:00
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Was a surprise but the last couple days in corn field have been great. Hate to see season go out Tuesady, work is getting in the way for all of us. Was a good year for corn field ducks. Now if some more geese would show up.

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waterdog trainer
Web Member

Havana 12-15-2011 22:10
Cloudy, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
Had a great hunt today. 5 guns shot 20 Mallards, 1 Black, 1 Sprig, 2 Gadwalls, 2 Cans and 2 Honkers. We’ll be able to go to the end without being froze out. One of the best seasons in a long time.

Posted By:
Terry Wiseman
Guest

deep south 12-15-2011 18:09
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hunting has been extremely poor. No ducks. went to the bootheel for a couple of days and its amazing how far ahead the mo. dept of recources of the idnr. No comparison. They have birds south of us but we have none. what does that say about the idnr?

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GooseMe1
Guest

Canton 12-15-2011 18:04
Cloudy, High Winds – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Seems to be a fair number of mallards around that have worked well the last couple days. Even killed a few Canadas today. Back at it tomorrow.

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webmaster
root

INHS Waterfowl Survey 12-12 12-14-2011 11:17
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The INHS survey for the past week shows total mallards nearly two times the 10-year average of 106,514 and sitting at 202,250 for the combined upper and lower Mississippi River Survey areas. Total ducks are at 347,065 and also nearly twice the 10-year average of 156,947.

Mallards in the Illinois River Area are at 146,653 — up slightly over the 10-year average of 117,183. With total ducks at 164,460.

There are no shortage of ducks in IL at this time.

Detailed Reports can be found here:

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Pages/default.aspx

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webmaster
root

McHenry County 12-14-2011 10:20
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Rain has been falling and all the water that had begun to freeze is open again. Ducks are still here in force and the season went out yesterday.

Goose numbers have been climbing back to levels prior to the freeze in our area. Should be a great weekend of goose hunting on the way.

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webmaster
root

MvHenry County 12-12-2011 11:40
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Geese are back as quick as they left. Must have just shifted to the river for a few days.

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McHenry County 12-10-2011 15:44
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Frigid morning — the kind that makes your fingers and toes ache. Lots of ice, no ducks, no geese — a huge change since yesterday but I suspect many bugged out on the bright moon last night. Did a long scouting drive to ponds that stay open late and have bubblers — even those were ready for iceskating.

I fear the fat lady has sung for us. Get ready for birds south of us.

Posted By:
Scott-Martin
Field Editor

Central il 12-09-2011 23:29
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Locked up. Ice. We had a few good days but birds haven’t moved in force since their food is not covered. Where are they? I think many went right past us or are holding on open water and feeding in fields. Forest preserve here in northern il is still wide open but all small water is frozen. Scott

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ICGEESE61
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il river, calhoun co 12-09-2011 19:40
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
ISP, did manage to scratch 4 greenheads today, but like you said it was tough. Did see some big flocks of ducks , all s-bnd. when i say big, they were 50-100 rnge. hearing reports in cent mo, lots of mallrds moving in. weather is crazy, ice to break in the morn, 50′s by thursday

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Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W Illinois 12-09-2011 17:06
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Not much for the mallard population here earlier in the week we had a few migration groups SB but the last few days it has been slow throughout the area. It appears there is no major fronts headed our way. We are going to have a night in the teens and things will start to get hard, maybe that will get a few moving….

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Michael-PhillipsIL
Field Editor

SW Pike County 12-08-2011 08:27
- – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Lots of ducks in the area but they are spooky. We are mostly getting single drakes or drake/hen pairs but no bunches. It seems to me the ducks are already starting to pair up quite a bit. All the ducks we are seeing are mallars with a few pintails and Hollywoods mixed in.

Posted By:
davehunter03
Web Member

12-06-2011 11:12
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Thanks Webbie & Good Luck!
Sr.

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webmaster
root

Boone & McHenry County 12-06-2011 10:52
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Dave — tons of mallards here right now and field hunting in high traffic areas is killing it. Ice is coming back in low level marshes but open water is holding tons of birds.

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davehunter03
Web Member

Ill. River/N. zone 12-06-2011 07:16
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Thanks fellas! I knew there were still some duck hunters on here! Good luck!
Sr.

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waterdog trainer
Web Member

Havana 12-05-2011 21:27
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Davehunter. The mallards are on Grand Island. Thousands in their rest area. Sounds like there will be plently of hard water by this weekend. 3 limits of mallards and 1 honker today.

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Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W Illinois 12-05-2011 20:20
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
With a strong north wind saw several groups of ducks and an assortment of geese heading south today. Looks like the colder weather up north has opened the gates for a few new mallards. The birds worked good to the call, too bad we are in the middle of our closed goose season here in the south central zone……

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davehunter03
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N. Zone in Illinois 12-05-2011 18:42
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Alright fella’s, I’ve heard enough about “Bedliners” & “Somebody needs to pay”. Does anyone have any idea where the Mallards are? I’ve heard central & southern S.D. and central Wisc.are holding the Mallards? It’s duck season!
SR.

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webmaster
root

Boone County 12-05-2011 13:32
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Missed hunting this weekend due to life’s obligations. Of course, I got texts all weekend about everyone filling out on ducks and geese at our place.

TONS of birds in the area and rain opened waters that were frozen. Hope it doesn’t refreeze before i get back out.

Posted By:
huntorski
Guest

Pool 12 Miss 12-04-2011 14:03
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Hunted Saturday

Was hoping to see ducks moving in front of the snow. Didn’t happen

Ceiling was low and visibility sucked with the rain, but I saw nothing migrating

ended up with a pair of buffleheads. Had good chances at 3 others but missed.

Had a few mallards but they are very leery of blinds and calling

Hope my fold up blind drys out enough not to freeze solid so I can hit it again next weekend

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qacol
Guest

Desplains River- State Area 12-04-2011 13:40
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
No shots and no ducks, this has to be the worse season in 32 years in my parts. We have 7 hunters in our group and we don’t have a day limit total for us 7 for the season.

Posted By:
2footroper
Web Member

Bath, IL 12-03-2011 05:09
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
We hunted Thursday and friday of this week. Virtually no hunters out. Just two of us and we mannaged to kill 6 Mallards, 1 Pintail and one huge Canada on Thursday. Friday we killed 6 more mallards and quit at 11:00 A.M. We probably would have filled out if we would have stayed. We had to start grouping the decoys real tight now. We saw quite a few birds but it is hard to get them to finish. No new birds for about a week now. Rumor has it that thousands of Mallards showed up in Oquawka on Friday so maybe the push is back on. I think it could be over for us as we can’t hunt until next weekend and by that time it will be a big ice cube. Oh well, theres always Arkansas. Be safe boys and girls and rember to let’em work and “shoot’em in the lips”.

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root

INHS Surveys 12-01-2011 15:29
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The INHS Surveys arrived.

Total duck numbers for the IL River Survey (upper and lower) areas are 159,155 — below the 01-year average of 206,120 with ice coverage ranging from 10- 50% and 95% at Big Lake.

The Southern IL survey is 64,050 ducks and also below the 5-yr average of 73,710.

Upper Mississippi River totals show over 500,000 divers in pools 4-14 and 97,000 puddle ducks — 632,780 total ducks geese and swans.

here:

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/UpperMississippiRiver/UMRWF11.html

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Boone County 12-01-2011 11:04
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Our ponds are froze. We’ll start setting shells on it for geese this weekend and switch to field hunts after the second gun deer season.

Michael — sounds like the ducks that were in N-IL 3 weeks ago. They’ll start working after they settle into the area.

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Michael-PhillipsIL
Field Editor

SW Pike County 12-01-2011 10:37
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Tons of ducks around but they won’t work. Its like we aren’t even there. I guess we are going to have to change tactics or hope for some weather.

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webmaster
root

Boone & McHenry County 11-29-2011 22:58
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Ice is building, thankfully the strong NW winds have kept shallow areas open but the days are numbered.

Duck numbers have increased a lot over the past 48 hours but with temps dropping and more ice coming they could leave as quick as they showed up.

Posted By:
2footroper
Web Member

Bath IL 11-28-2011 14:36
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
Hunted Friday and Saturday last week. Friday was partly sunny and once the wind blew we killed out again. When it’s calm the birds just circle and don’t want to commit. Once the wind blows they want to set down to get out of it a lot faster. Not much of a chance to look the spread and blind over real good. Saturday it rained and we only hunted till 10:30. Only 4 ducks killed so we packed it in. Others stayed but I don’t know how they did. Saw some possable new flights filter in but the word is the Mallards are still hold up in Wisconsin and Minnesotta. This weekend may be the end for us if it gets too cold. It doesn’t take much to freeze a foot of water. Good luck everyone and be safe. Let’em work and shoot’em in the lips.

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