On October 9th we will
be en-route to Devils Lake North Dakota on our annual Waterfowl
Hunting trip. We will be staying at Westbay
Resort in Minnewaulkan and hunting with Curt Kenner owner of
Kenner Farms and Kenner Guide Service (701-438-2451 Cell 701-866-4841).
The long range weather forecast looks to be in our favor with sunny
to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 50's and 60's. If
this forecast holds.
New this year, will be daily updates during the week. That's if
the laptop's air card can get a connection from the cabin, if not
when we go back to Devils Lake we will post a few times during the
week. So check back often to see the latest reports.
10-9-10 12:21PM Central
-We are on the road and so far everything is going great, weather
could not be better, sunny,warm and most importantly no strong head
winds. Will up date again when we get in this afternoon.
10-9-10 4:45PM Central
- Arrived Devils Lake, record time for us to get here total time
traveled fourteen and a half hours.
10-10-10 11:20AM Central
- Spend the morning scouting and the news from here is July type
weather as a matter of fact so nice the ducks have went back to
Canada, there is a cold front moving through Monday afternoon which
we are hoping gets some birds to return. We did find a couple of
sloughs that were holding a few birds and we are planning to hunt
them this afternoon. As many of you may know
Devils Lake over the last decade has expanded and continues
to expand. Once again Hwy 19 that runs between Devils Lake and Minnewaulkan
is being raised which will limit our ability to go back to Devils
Lake because of all the construction.
10-10-10 8:30PM Central
- Spent the afternoon in a new slough that was connected to a waterfowl
production area, between getting a sunburn and swatting mosquitoes
we managed to take four ducks. Not bad for the conditions.
- Started the morning in a couple of sloughs that
were holding birds yesterday. The first one produced only one Gradual's
in about two hours, so we moved on to the next which produced two
more, we will be back in this slough this afternoon. What is needed
is some better duck weather, there is a the front predicted to move
in tonight with heavier winds and cooler temperatures this just
may bring in some birds from Canada and get the ones here moving.
- Was back in the slough at 4:00PM, birds seemed
to move a little better had winds from the southwest close to 15mph
with a few gust better than 20mph, but it still was 80 degrees.
We did take another four birds two more gadwals, one blue wing teal
and one redhead.
- Hunted mallards in a wheat stubble field located
between two large sloughs this morning, taking eight mallards and
one pintail. The birds again did not move as expected with
the 20+mph northwest winds and cooler temperatures. There was not
a bird looking at our setup until after 9:00am.
- Plans for the morning have been made and we are
going after some Giant Canada Geese that have been hanging around
Kurt's property and he has been wanting to hunt. The weather forecast
is for a northwest wind to 15mph and temperatures in the mid 30's.
- As promised we were after Canada Geese this morning.
These geese have been hunted since the middle of August and they
are very wary of just about any type set-up and today was no different.
The first set-up in a wheat stubble field full of re-growth was
placed where the geese had fed the evening before, but of course
this morning they wanted a different field. So we picked up and
moved to a harvested bean field on top of a large hill. Where we
had about four separate groups work the se,t but they worked the
outside edges just out of gun range. But we did have one group after
looking hard at the decoys turned and came over us. We dropped two
and that was about it. We also took a lone green head who looked
to hard at all the goose decoys. This afternoon we will be back
after the ducks.
- Ducks did not move in any numbers this evening, the sunset was
great and the mosquitoes were terrible, this should tell the story.
- Our final hunt here in North Dakota for 2010,
ducks numbers are low as they have not returned from Canada. Curt
told us the week before we arrived he had over 20,000 ducks on his
larger sloughs. This morning we were east of his farm and we basically
had the same action "Slow", the two groups of mallards
that did look circled a couple of times and left. Not all is bad,
we did manage to take six more birds, two gadwals, three redheads
and one hen mallard.
- Back on the road for the trip home for another
year.So far the weather is great with light winds and mild temperatures.
It was great to be back in North Dakota again for another week of
waterfowl hunting and visiting with friends. This years weather
was the exact opposite of what we had last year. Last year the sloughs
were ice covered and one evening we hunted in a snow storm. This
year we had temps in the 80's with light winds, sure not waterfowl
hunting weather and we could tell by the lack of birds in the area.
We have our reservations made at Westbay
Resort and with Curt Kenner for next year - we are just hoping
for a little better "Duck Weather".