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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-05-2020, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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This north zone late season..

Did anyone tell the ducks it was part 2 of the split? Ive seen 2 mergs so far, nothing else. No greenheads or blacks, where I'll usually see a dozen+ a morning.
Weather hasn't been too bad with some cold fronts pushing down. I dont know what to think of it. Maybe just flying different routes? Staying up north yet? Anyone else noticing a decline up here? Early season was off the charts, but all woodies.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-05-2020, 03:41 PM
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Not just you but it seems like all the Mid-Atlantic States have ducks spread out everywhere with the lack of any Winter weather or ice. There's also little doubt in my mind that a huge amount of Waterfowl are still North of us.

I'm hanging out in Coastal South Jersey, about a week ago the ducks seemed to disappear then today I put in some windshield time and saw huntable numbers again. It's hard for me to understand these darn birds!

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I was duck hunting in the Finger Lakes region of New York earlier in the week and we did well mallards and blacks but for this late in the season we still shot some greenwings! The local guys I was with said they haven't seen a big push of ducks yet since its been so mild.
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I just got back from driving around Pymatuning. Only ducks I seen were a few divers on one side of the causeway and 2 small groups of mallsrds on the other side(maybe 16 total). Nothing at the spillway.
All the geese, 2-300, were behind the managent building.
I did see 20 Sandhill cranes feeding in the management area close to the road.
I know the nortwest zone is closed for ducks but it looked strange not seeing any numbers of birds.
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Iíve barely seen any ducks and none in the areas that I have access to. Once in a while I come across small groups of mallards in farm ponds or like today in the collection pond in front of a Walmart, but nothing on the creeks and moving water. Geese have been around in numbers though, so Iíve pretty much been hunting the fields with decent success.
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Yea, it’s been tough to get into any numbers locally.
Few weeks ago we had a good push, but it’s been lean since. We’re getting a few.
Seeing blacks here, but no numbers. No woodies.
All depends on the ice line up north. Lakes aren’t even frozen up.
It’s been so mild all season, we’re running out of time , hope weather changes quickly.
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Definitely hoping for one last hurrah before closer. At this point I'd settle for one pair of mallards. I cant believe you guys got into teal this late lol I'm only an hour outside the finger lakes, have always wanted to to hunt up that way.

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You know there no ice or.snow on the land when snow geese fly north in January
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You know there no ice or.snow on the land when snow geese fly north in January
Ha! Yeah it's been a rough one..

Outsiders call us sadists or masochists; sometimes both. Others, mostly ourselves, describe our activities in romantic, even heroic, terms. We take ourselves very seriously and tend to forget that much of duck and goose hunting is fun and sometimes ridiculous.

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