It’s been a slow week of waterfowl hunting in south central Illinois. Nearly every day this week we’ve had temps in the 60s with a 20+ mph south wind. Definitely not conducive to waterfowl hunting. We managed to scratch a few out through the mild weather during the week and finally got into them pretty good this morning after the cold front passage and during a steady rain. Most of our birds are stale and very few mallards are around. We’re mostly killing green wing teal and really not seeing much of anything else.
Torry’s first ducks on November 16.
Through the warm weather this week, the ducks were flying the first hour of the day then shut down by 730. We have been seeing a few of the local geese feeding between 8-10, but they’re very weary being resident geese. The ducks today stayed pretty steady through 10. We had two mallards light before shooting light, only to leave before we had a chance, then the rest of the morning was filled with small groups of teal buzzing the pit. We shot well early then started to lose our touch. The day finished with a mixed bag of teal, a red head, and a couple local geese. It was nice to actually hunt with cooler temperatures and calmer winds that aren’t out of the south.
With three days of rain in the forecast, we should have a little better luck this week than last!