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2015 Muck Boy
North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Report
The plans have been made and we are just waiting
to begin our 2015 North Dakota trip. We will be traveling to Westbay
Resort in Minnewaulkan, on the west end of Devils
Lake on the 25th of October. As like last year we will be
starting out in the afternoon due to some of the younger crew
members having football games. The plan is to stop in Eau Claire,
WI about halfway, then finishing up the rest of the drive on Sunday.
This will allow us to see the last football games of the season
on the 24th and get an afternoon hunt in on Sunday the 25th. As
always we will be hunting with Curt Kenner owner of Kenner Farms
and Kenner Guide Service (701-438-2451 Cell 701-866-4841).
Weather: The long
range forecast looks good with a few clouds and little or no precipitation
being predicted for the whole week. The weather up in northern
Canada is forecasted to be a little warmer than we would like
but still cold enough to get the birds to start their push south.
Those of you who follow our annual hunts to North Dakota may notice
we are going out two weeks later. We are doing this because the
weather the last few years has been way to warm and there was
very little of the migration taking place if at all. Hunting waterfowl
with the high temperatures in the 60's and 70's isn't in most
cases conducive to good waterfowl hunting, especially after the
local birds had been shot at for two weeks. Maybe getting out
a little later will have better results?
Travel: Hope to
be posting daily reports during the week, so everyone can follow
the hunt, unlike last year when we were hunting from daylight
to dark to get some birds and posted very little during the week.
Check back often to see how things are going on this years hunt.
-Arrived at our cabin in Devils Lake at about 2pm after staying
the night in Eau Claire, we unpacked the trucks got our gear in
order and headed out to Kenner Farms for at evening hunt. It was
great to see Kurt again and after some getting caught up conversation,
on the past years events, we headed to the field.
Weather for the hunt - light winds from the east,
mostly sunny and temps in the low 50's.
We were set up in a rock pile with a small pit for cover. The
decoys were placed mostly in a harvested barley with a few geese
set into the corn field which was to our back. It wasn't long
and the action started and over the next couple of hours we picked
up our fifteen mallards and a couple of pintails. Birds decoyed
fairly well but made at least three passes before they would commit.
- Weather for the hunt - winds from the east, mostly sunny and temps
when we started in the in the upper 30's.
We were setup in a harvested corn field that had been mowed, using
our field blinds as cover, there was a large slough behind us that
was holding a large number of ducks and geese. Birds were seen feeding
in this field the evening before. The morning stated out with a heavy
ice ground fog, covering everything with a ice, we think the fog kept
the birds from flying early. When they did start to fly, large flocks
headed west. While the birds on the slough continued to sit, but every
now and then a few would get up and come out to feed and seeing our
spinning wings and the decoy spread would check us out, some giving
us a real show diving into the decoy pocket. We ended the morning
with eleven mallards. After taking a break for lunch we picked up
our final four early in the afternoon. There was not a lot of chances
for any bonus ducks such as pintails, widgeon, divers etc. some were
seen but didn't give us an opportunity. Check out the new You
- early morning rain had us planning an afternoon hunt when the rain
was to be out of the area. Winds continually changed direction and
were strong enough that we had to change the set up three times, about
three o'clock the rain that was to be out of the area returned, luckily
not heavy but everything did get wet. Including the fields and roads
that we had to travel to get back to the farm.
In the morning we caught
up on some
chores like updating the web
site and and washing dishes. We headed out after lunch, setting up
in a harvested corn field next to a barley field. We placed decoys
and spinning wing decoys in both and hid the blinds in the corn. As
with Monday morning most of the birds wanted to work west, but every
now and then one would get close enough we even had one drake mallard
that looked to attack one of our hen spinning wings and you all know
we had to protect our decoys. We ended the evening with seven mallards.
And a wet slippery ride back to the farm.
- Weather for the hunt - strong winds from the northwest up to 28mph
with gust near 40mph mostly cloudy and temps when we started were
in the in the low 30's.
Started the morning in the same harvested corn field that we were
in on Monday. The birds cooperated even less than they did Monday.
At lunch we picked up, went back to the cabin to get a bite to eat.
In the afternoon we hunted in a very large harvested barley field
further west, this must be were all the birds were going Monday and
Tuesday. Because this is the most birds we have seen working a field
like this in a few years. We used a large rock pile as cover placing
our decoys on the lee side and the ducks came in hard and often and
we had our three man mallard limit of fifteen mallards and two pintails
bourns birds by five pm.
We made a very good decision in going out two weeks later than we
have normally done. There were many more birds down from the north
and they continued to come in all week long, giving us opportunities
on fresh less educated birds. The drake mallards and pintails were
at almost full color. As usual the geese gave us fits, but we only
targeted them once after we had filled our procession limit on ducks
for our travel home. One other thing, we have discovered, (I am sure
some already know this) , travel with extra batteries for your spinning
wings they seem to be un chargeable at the least inopportune time.
I have already ordered a four pack.