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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