Illinois Duck Hunting Report Archive

Posted By:
Kevin-Stallard
Field Editor

S/W Illinois 12-05-2012 17:50
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
I haven’t reported much lately because the past couple of weeks have been a nightmare for me, I had a grandson born that required special care at Cardinal Glennon Hospital thus making it almost impossible to get out and hunt. He is doing better but it will be awhile before he is home.
I have talked to several guys hunting in the area and the report was very good early around Carlyle Lake, the first several days of the season almost everybody was getting their limits. The birds got smarter and mother nature gave us 70 plus degrees with a strong south wind that sent alot of the birds back north. There is probably a third of the birds in the area as there was at its peak in middle November, but a new front is scheduled to be here early next week that could bring the birds back.
There are tons of snows in the area, not many specks or canadians yet, but they should get here when mother nature decides it is winter time. Otherwise stay patient and pray for a big ol blast of winter…..

Posted By:
Michael-PhillipsIL
Field Editor

SW Pike 12-03-2012 22:08
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Haven’t been able to get out as much this year as usual but the report is that hunting is tough right now. Warm weather plus a full moon does not equal ducks for us. A ton of ducks are going into the ponds about a half hour or more after sunset and leaving about a half hour before shooting time in the morning. The only thing that will change this pattern is weather but I don’t see much until maybe early next week but even that isn’t much. This is much like what happened last year in December. Going out tomorrow afternoon for the first time in about a week. Hopefully things change.

I have heard that Carlyle is holding a bunch of birds right now.

Posted By:
bigwoody2
Web Member

11-27-2012 19:26
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Hunting has been good in the western burbs with good numbers of ducks, geese are plentiful but hit specific fields. i agree this site is way underused from past years, I miss all the banter and the reports from all over the state even though I only hunt a few areas. Thanks to those that do report even if conserving ammo is all that is happening.

Posted By:
davehunter03
Web Member

Ill river 11-27-2012 09:52
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2: My weekend hunt was one where I conserved ammo..no shots fired. Ducks are just not in the Upper Ill. river yet. I’m hoping the weather changes soon, or I can put my waders away. Reporting is miserable this year on here.

Sr.

Posted By:
2footroper
Web Member

Bath, IL 11-27-2012 08:12
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I guess I’m one of the only ones hunting in the state of Illinois.:-[ Very dissapointing. I’ll really think hard about giving up my hard earned $$ to join this site next year.

[Edited By 2footroper on 2012-11-27 08:14]

Posted By:
2footroper
Web Member

Bath, IL 11-26-2012 09:08
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted Fri. Sat. and Sun. with very little happening. Only 15 birds total for 3 days – 5 hunters. Tens of thousands of ducks in the area but the Nut Grass on Stewert lake is killing us. Feeding on Stewert then flying to Crane for rest. If they don’t get these brids off Stewert no one in the area will have a season. On a bright note I did kill a banded Drake Mallard on Saturday.

Posted By:
2footroper
Web Member

Bath, IL 11-22-2012 05:34
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Hey Dave, shoot me an email. Maybe we can get together for a beer. rockingzranch@msn.com Heading to Bath later today after the stuffing. By that I mean me. Reports from the club are slow, slow, slow, but I think it’s going to get with it in the coming days. As I write this there is a nasty winter weather allert for the Minot, ND area and it should give us the push we are all looking for. I’ll be hunting Friday and Saturday and if it looks good I’ll add Sunday unless I have my possession limits. Good luck everyone and have a GREAT THANKSGIVING
Shoot-em-in-the-lips!!!!!!!!!

Posted By:
Michael-PhillipsIL
Field Editor

SW Pike County 11-20-2012 19:59
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There are a lot of ducks around but they have no reason to leave. The clubs north of Delair were really getting them as of last week. Cannon Refuge, which is on the MO side of the Mississippi directly across from Mozier, IL, has 219,000 ducks on it. I think that is a record for them. The following is the most recent report from the area biologist:

Hi Everyone,
I’m reporting a new peak number for the refuge this week at a total of 219,782 ducks!
The percentage of mallards is rising but we are not seeing many of the other species fluctuate. The birds have had pretty stable weather and are not actively feeding during the day. It appears like a bit of a front may be moving in north of us and we’ll see cooler temps towards the end of the weekend. I expect we’ll start seeing more mallards and less of the other species as the next week goes on.

Posted By:
davehunter03
Web Member

Ill river valley 11-18-2012 06:51
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2 Foot: Thanks for the report, not many posting on here these days…good or bad. I think you and I live in the same town, actually one street south of you. Ducks in the upper valley are sparce…need a push and some weather. Good luck
Sr.

Posted By:
2footroper
Web Member

Bath IL 11-17-2012 04:52
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
3 blinds hunted the past 3 days. 2 or 3 ducks per blind!!! There are alot of ducks around but there is also alot of food and little need for the birds to move around. Too warm, no wind, and the Dakotas warming back up again. I guess we’ll have to wait another week or so and see what happens next.

[Edited By 2footroper on 2012-11-17 04:54]

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