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Seeds
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Boone County 10-20-2012 14:41
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Very slow opener…a few Woodies, mallards and local geese.

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Scott-Martin
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Ne il. Not hunted 10-16-2012 00:00
Cloudy, Rain & Thunderstorms – 50-60 Degrees
Thank the rain gods for the rain. We may get to hunt opener after all at a favorite spot. New mallards spotted with this front. The first bunches have arrived here. Birds in central zone too New ones not there a week ago Only a few days to go….

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Michael-PhillipsIL
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Pike County 10-08-2012 13:12
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Brushed the blinds on Saturday and saw a nice amount of woodies and a ton of blue wings around. Also saw a lot of geese. I heard that quite a few ducks and geese came in on Saturday night with that northwest wind.

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Scott-Martin
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Ne il. Not hunted 09-28-2012 23:48
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
Didn’t hunt but watching more and more birds arrive. Mostly geese are noticeable. Saw my first group of cacklers this week with the locals…. It is starting!

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Scott-Martin
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SE wisco 09-24-2012 00:47
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 45-50 Degrees
Went to a goose spot on sat am hoping to see the usual early migrants to no avail…. They either aren’t there yet or not where I was or didn’t fly in the windy stormy conditions. A thunderstorm rolled thru to the north at sunrise and then the wind filled in from the NW. Lots of wind. I had to walk the marsh boat most of the way in and then paddle hard to get across the lake … Got my workout for the weekend. Had one chance when I was fixing a couple of upside down decoys but had to say bang since my benelli was in the boat. Did see a few ducks (blue wings, mallards and a pintail) that hopefully will stick around until next weekend. Reports from north zone of wisco are good and I heard a lot of geese on the wing today. It is starting…. Eyes peeled north….

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McHenry / Boone County 09-19-2012 13:58
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Early migrant geese are already arriving — pretty much on schedule.

A number of fields look to have picked swaths of corn for insurance calculations and I suspect they will be mowed or tilled in the coming weeks.

Be aware of local fields near your hunting locations or you could end up with fines for hunting over bait.

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eryberg
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Pool 12 09-17-2012 18:29
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Saturday there were a bunch of blues around. Sat, we got a 4 blues along with a stupid goose. Sunday (9-16) nothing. I spoke to a couple of boats out of Blanding and they also saw big numbers at the first sliver of sun light but very few after that. Vegetation has changed on the pool once again. Not many pads. A long grass species has taken over. I think that is good. I have hunted the pool since the late “60’s. The River always changes. Back in the day you could get around easily with a tiller. Not any more. This is now a mud motor pool.

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Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

Fayette Co. 09-12-2012 05:47
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – –
The last several days have been good to those chasing the blue rockets around. Many folks went home with their four birds the first few days, but the birds are getting a little smarter as early season goes on. We are hunting private flooded corn and taking limits each venture. Sightings of smiley’s, woody’s and mallards are on the increase as well.

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huntorski
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Miss pool12 09-08-2012 15:09
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Decent number of blue devils around

Many limits claimed at ramp

Lots of woodies but not many local mallards

It is so great to be back hunting!

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Michael-PhillipsIL
Field Editor

St. Louis County 09-06-2012 20:26
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While dove hunting last weekend just outside STL we must have seen 10 different groups of teal buzzing around in the MO River bottoms. With the weather coming this Saturday could be pretty good.

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