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Waterfowl Migration: Duck numbers in Southern Illinois continue to increase

Finally, with the arrival of colder weather and the beginning of the freeze up north, duck numbers are rising in Southern Illinois.  We were able to witness a large waterfowl migration into the southern part of Illinois last weekend.  The latest aerial surveys in Illinois continue to show increasing numbers of big ducks in the southern part of the state.  The numbers are below their 5 year average, but have certainly increased since last weeks survey.  With the forecasted cold the next few days, we should continue to see birds migrating south. Late weekend, and early next weekend, things look to warm up which leads us to think the birds will slow their south push and stick around for the time being.  Now is the time to hit the woods and water if you’re a duck hunter on the Mississippi Flyway and Southern Illinois. From the looks of the surveys, there are still plenty of greenheads yet to come that are along the northern reaches of both the Illinois River and Mississippi River.

Southern Illinois waterfowl survey: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/SI07Dec2011.pdf

Mississippi River waterfowl survey: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/MR07Dec2011.pdf

Illinois River waterfowl survey: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/IR07Dec2011.pdf

*Surveys courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

All the rain that fell last weekend has led to an increase in resources for the waterfowl migration as they enter the southern part of the state.  Now is the time to put the rubber to the road and locate some off the wall places holding birds.  The Fowled Reality crew will be scouring the south central zone of Illinois tomorrow in search of ducks for our weekend hunts.  Good luck this weekend!

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Mississippi Flyway Waterfowl Migration is heating up!!!

This weekend was a tale of two days of different weather in the the south central Illinois waterfowl zone on the Mississippi Flyway.  Saturday, we were greeted with warm weather, little wind, and changeable skies.  We saw a fair amount of birds early and then again late.  A few birds showed interest, but the majority knew where they were going or just didn’t fly at all. With the forecast of an arriving front, light rain, and cooler temperatures, we had higher hopes for Sunday.

Our hopes of fresh waterfowl migration and colder temps came true on Sunday.  We witnessed numerous groups of waterfowl migrating south with the colder temperatures and rain.  We didn’t go more than five minutes without having birds work, or seeing them fall from the heavens into the refuge.  With the number of birds we saw, we should have easily had limits, but most birds had no intentions of working.  The crew tried numerous times to rearrange the decoys and adjust the mojos in hopes of enticing more, but nothing seemed to work. We made the most of the groups that did work and managed to take 17 birds with 4 guys in the pit!  Our take was a mix of mallards, widgeon, and pintail.

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With cold temperatures in the forecast, the hunting should continue to be great as the birds continue their migration south through Illinois along the Mississippi Flyway.  As smaller water starts to freeze up, the birds will become more concentrated on larger water.  Fire up the ice eaters in your pot holes, concentrate on rivers/large lakes, or spend some road time searching for birds hitting the fields and you’ll be in for a good hunt.

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Waterfowl Migration – December 1, 2011

We have finally had some colder weather up north and a few days of NW winds to start a little waterfowl migration.  The Southern Illinois waterfowl survey count is up over the course of the past two weeks, but still slightly behind the 5 year average.  Just under a third of the birds counted in Southern Illinois are at Pyramid State Park.  Chris and Blake are headed that direction tomorrow evening for a hunt on Saturday.  Hopefully it’ll be a good one!

Southern Illinois Survey courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/surveys/Documents/SI30Nov2011.pdf

With the cold weather this week, lakes are starting to ice over pushing the birds into the open water they can find.  From the Mississippi River surveys, it appears the largest concentration of Mallards is located in the central part of the river.  Over 270,000 ducks are in this area.  The next cold push should spur large waterfowl migration into our main area of hunting in Southern Illinois.  Looking long-range, there is talks of snow across portions of the central midwest the middle of next week.  With the snow comes colder weather, more ice, south flying ducks!

Mississippi River Survey courtesy of the Illinois Natural History

http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/fieldstations/forbes/2011/ms11302011.pdf

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