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    Thats a toad of a walleye. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nice greenies. With this weather coming we finally got a huge push of mallards around Fort Dodge. But wait, the season is closed 👿 .

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    Awesome! Those Wels catfish are cool fish. They get HUGE too.

    A few months ago I read a story about a kid down south shooting pigeons with a wrist rocket under a bridge. He managed to hit one, although not a fatal hit, and the pigeon fluttered down into the river and made a big commotion on the surface. The kid watched the pigeon for a second when all of the sudden a great big flathead rose from beside the bridge pilon and took the pigeon in one gulp. The kid got an idea and ran home to grab his fishing pole. He tied on a pop bottle with a big treble hook hanging from it and a sinker placed inside to help cast farther. Back at the bridge he cast the bottle out and gave it a few chugs on the surface. Low and behold the flathead came up and grabbed it. The kid fought the big fish and eventually landed it. If my memory serves me I think it was like 50 lbs or something.

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    I dont want to sound like a complainer but it was one of the worst ducks seasons that I can recall. We never really got or held many birds around the Fort Dodge area. I had some great hunts elsewhere but def not around my stomping grounds. Too dry and no good late season weather to makes things favorable. Looking forward to things freezing up and trying for some honkers though.

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    Thats a beast. I could see it going 200. If not, darn close.

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    in reply to: Last minute buck #1733836

    Good buck Duff. Gotta love them chocolate antlers.

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    Nice haul! I’d rather catch that many crappies through the ice though B)

    I don’t get it….It’s 60 degrees outside. No cold weather gear, snow, cold or equipment… a fish with practically every cast…How can ice be better?

    You do have a very valid point but theres just something about a crappie through hard water that brings out the kid in me. Dont get me wrong, 60 degrees and constant tight lines in open water sounds extremely enjoyable.

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    Nice haul! I’d rather catch that many crappies through the ice though B)

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    Im not getting a tag this year either, purely because I dont have the time to go. I understand your reasoning though. I usually go first gun but my dad flew up from Florida to duck hunt with me this past weekend and that obviously took priority. Besides, I still have meat in the deep freeze from the 5 deer that my fiancee and I shot between the two of us from last year’s seasons.

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    Yeah Im not 100% sure thats what it is but it was a little smaller than most of the mallards and looked a little gadwall-ish. Could just be a pigment issue but a Brewers was our guess.

    First glance I thought it looked leucistic. I don’t see a lot of gadwall traits to it (bill looks like hen mallard) though the primaries look like a Brewers.

    Cool bird regardless.

    Sexy looking little pond and set-up too…

    Here’s another shot of the spread Jeff. Layout blinds are just on the other side of the dog in the yellow grass. Sure pays to have a good hide on stale birds. We had more rester fullbodies on the ice sheet past the taller Mojo but during the day they melted through and sunk when we werent there lol. Had to do a little roll up the sleeves recovery on those.

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    My favorite pic is of the Brewer’s duck. That’s a different coloration than they usually show.

    Yeah Im not 100% sure thats what it is but it was a little smaller than most of the mallards and looked a little gadwall-ish. Could just be a pigment issue but a Brewers was our guess.

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    Great looking bucks Mav. Going off of your advice, I guess him at 157.

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    AND, there are still a ton of mallards and divers north of us too. My buddies in MN said they got a huge push from up north this last week. There isnt jack for ducks around Fort Dodge. A few pockets of em here and there but not like normal. Plenty of stale geese though.

    I am not sure where you buddies saw this big push but most everything in minnesota is frozen except the rivers. I have been hunting southern Minn on the Miss River and nothing but stale mallards around. I am hearing it is the same all over the river and no new birds have shown up for weeks. So at least where I am at there is not much left for ducks.

    My buddies are hunting near the cities. Also reports from the Brainerd area say there are a lot of divers on the bigger lakes right now but too bad the season is closed. Another buddy said the miss had a bunch of divers on it right now? Maybe the push was short lived and they moved on through in a hurry?

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    AND, there are still a ton of mallards and divers north of us too. My buddies in MN said they got a huge push from up north this last week. There isnt jack for ducks around Fort Dodge. A few pockets of em here and there but not like normal. Plenty of stale geese though.

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