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Canada geese cupped and committed.

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  1. I attempted to buy “buy one get one free” on the mallard motel and snooze lucky 7 site. The site wouldn’t calculate the 2 for 1 so I contacted them. They responded and said there was a problem with the site and it would be fixed in the next few days. So anyone wanting to take advantage of this good deal be patient and the matter will be resolved quick. I am going to snag the snooze lucky seven snow goose tree.
    On to hunting news, I was out setting up snow goose decoys and there is a dramatic increase in the snow and blue population as well as increasing numbers of specks, no freeze-up in sight, so the birds should increasing in numbers in the near future. Illinois DNR did an aerial survey that indicated 31,000 snows, don’t believe it, while setting up our spread I saw 40-50 K before 10 AM…….go get em.

  2. Miller thanks for the response, sorry about not posting lately but been up a tree lately trying to get ole buck Henry, but that hasn’t worked out real well either.
    There are a pretty good amount of ducks in the area around Carlyle, problem is they have been here for quite some time, nothing new has shown up for awhile. There are getting to be decent numbers of snows and specks in the area and with open water everywhere, meaning they should stick around for some time too. The weather has been mild for the past week and a half but some colder air with brisk wnw winds are arriving as we speak. A few minor snow events are predicted the next week or so that could get the waterfowl more in a cooperating mood, lets hope so it has been a tough 10 days and it’s time to start banging them.

  3. Been doing pretty good around the Grundy Co. area. 2 full limits last weekend, and almost one full one yesterday. I see alot of birds moving.

  4. Kevin you seam to be the only one left on this site, i hunt north and have been piling birds up, geese and mallards and lots of them. Ponds are all froze up today so only geese. Did see some ducks in large numbers but working fields to my west. Used to be a lot of activity on this site but has certainly been lacking last couple years. Always enjoyed your reports! We have silly numbers of geese in northern illinois. Back at it tomorrow.

  5. Hunting has been pretty good in the SC Zone, with the recent front(s) that have passed thru. I know there are still large amount of the teal families in the area along with an abundance of woody’s still hanging around, and the divers are filtering thru. Not much for the geese and the mallards although some success is happening on mallards. While hunting yesterday there were flight after flight of migrators SB with the strong N NW wind. Looks like a good NW wind the next several days that should continue to send birds our way.

  6. Any updates in the south central zone? Hunted this past weekend in New Athens and seen only 200-300 ducks tops. What are you boys seeing with this cold front pushing through?? Suppose to get a foot of snow in Wisconsin too!

  7. Anyone doing any good in the central zone, around Morris?

    We did ok on the opener, 2 ducks, and 2 geese. Only 1 duck the second weekend. Saw alot of geese everyday.

  8. In the middle of bow season but not too far away is the south/central and south duck season. Thought I would give a little update on the crops in the impoundments at Carlyle Lake.
    It was a decent planting season for the 644 acres of crops planted in the sub-impoundments, roughly 260 acres of corn, 140 acres of milo and 140 in Jap millet and a mixture of buckwheat, smartweed, duckweed in an additional 118 acres and a lot of native grasses, wild millet, nut grass, water hemp etc. Last years lack of food and early cold snap had the birds here for a short time before continuing their journey south. Hopefully this year with the abundance of food and help from mother nature they will stick around for sometime and many bags will be filled…

  9. Opening weekend was slow on puddle ducks. The boys got limits of geese and a few red heads and a mallard. It begins.

  10. Anyone do any good in the N. zone last weekend? I haven’t been hearing anything good yet.

  11. Tic toc… Tic toc.

    Geese are flying again and not a moment too soon. Two weeks baby. Two weeks.

  12. The last aerial flyover was conducted this week with good results. The survey reported 1.1 million snows in and around the Carlyle lake area. This number is by far more geese than we have enjoyed for this time of year in a long, long time. The folks at the weather bureau have just issued a winter storm watch for the southern half of Illinois so I anticipate the geese to remain or even backtrack a bit depending on the severity of the winter storm. The timing is good for me since I will be enjoying the Cardinals down in Jupiter Florida for the next two weeks, hopefully when I return there will be a good number of geese remaining to the finish line April 1. Go Cards………….

  13. With the recent warm-up the snows are getting here in large numbers. a lot of the open pockets of water have increased in size due to the snows roosting and warmer weather. Should be decent hunting for some time around Carlyle Lake. The speck population isn’t hurting either, there are 10’s of thousands of speck in the area as well.

    • Do you know of any good spots to hunt snows? Is this Kevin that worked in Collinsville?

    • The last aerial flyover was conducted this week with good results. The survey reported 1.1 million snows in and around the Carlyle lake area. This number is by far more geese than we have enjoyed for this time of year in a long, long time. The folks at the weather bureau have just issued a winter storm watch for the southern half of Illinois so I anticipate the geese to remain or even backtrack a bit depending on the severity of the winter storm. The timing is good for me since I will be enjoying the Cardinals down in Jupiter Florida for the next two weeks, hopefully when I return there will be a good number of geese remaining to the finish line April 1. Go Cards………….