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Video: Duck Hunting Dry Fields

Duck Hunting Video

Duck Hunting Video

In this duck hunting video, we’re in North Dakota hunting a corn field that was a hot food source the day we scouted it. This field had thousands of mallards utilizing it which was an exciting find, but ended up causing more harm than good. Duck hunting dry fields requires a different game plan than hunting over water. A hot food source can offer some great duck hunting, but it requires careful scouting and conditions that allow the ducks to return the following day. If the food source becomes depleted, chances are the ducks might not return to feed in that field again.

For field hunting, we like to run a large number of full body mallard decoys and at times utilize spinning wing decoys. If the situation allows, we will also mix in Canada Goose decoys to help with visibility. Often times, ducks will not land directly on top of goose decoys so we like to shade them to one side and allow the ducks to work front and center of the blinds.

There are times when a dry field duck hunt can go awry. Scouting to find exactly where the birds are feeding in the field and locating a place to hide can put the odds in your favor, but weather conditions can work against hunters as can the food source thinning out. The number of birds utilizing this field the day we found it ended up preventing us from having an exceptional hunt due to the limited amount of waste grain left after thousands of birds were feeding in it.

 

 

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Video: Adapting to Changing Conditions While Duck Hunting

Duck Hunting Video

Duck Hunting VideoThis duck hunting video is all about adapting to changing weather conditions and where the ducks want to be. During our trip to North Dakota to hunt mallards with Muddy Dog Outdoors we experienced a wide variety of weather that forced us to always be adjusting our hunting locations. There were also large numbers of snow geese in the area that quickly depleted fresh food sources. Through our scouting we were able to locate fresh food sources that were being used by feeding flocks of mallards and the snow geese had yet to feed out.

Adapting in duck hunting can be be as drastic as changing setups from water sources to dry fields or as subtle as the way you are calling. To be successful you have to be willing to change things up. Don’t be set in your ways and pay attention during scouting and the hunt as to what the ducks are showing you.

 

 

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Snow Goose Migration Update – April 1, 2013

The snow goose migration continues to be behind schedule thanks to a delayed onset of spring weather. Continued below normal temperatures in the northern plains and a substantial snow pack have the snow goose migration locked up over portions of South Dakota. In the next week, spring like weather looks to settle into areas of South Dakota and Nebraska which should get snow geese trying to head north, but a substantial snow pack remains across North Dakota.

Snow Goose MigrationHunters have continued to report success over many areas of South Dakota. The snow goose migration has balled up in areas across I-90 as they stage just south of the snow line. Birds are still being reported across Western Iowa and Nebraska, but they should make a sizable push northward in the next week as temperatures in these areas reach into the mid 60s in the later part of the week. Portions of South Dakota will likely experience much of the same warmth and the state could be completely snow free by the weekend. Further north in North Dakota, many areas in the eastern half of the state are still buried under 12+ inches of snow. Much of this snow pack continued south into northeast South Dakota, but not much remains. This portion of snow cover that lingered in South Dakota pushed much of the snow goose migration further west across central portions of the state. The amount of snow that remains in North Dakota is larger across the eastern portion of the state. Look for the  migration to continue it’s push north through the central part of North Dakota as the snow disappears quicker.