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Levee Jumper

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We have been steady, 30s atleast 2 days a week. Yesterday killed in the 30s and never touch a duck call all day. That’s a big factor that’s over looked by some people imo ( if your hunting traffic that’s different, we are hunting flooded corn ducks are coming to eat). New birds around you can call at them but with as many stale birds that are around, we never touch a call. Just a drake whistle every now and again works great.
No doubt about it, being on the X trumps all. If you are where they want to be you can use a kazoo and a milk jug.
 

Displaced_Vol

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Oct 4, 2019
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Location
Kentucky
Hunting the few days I have this year on heavy pressure public it’s been frustrating because you’ve had to get on the call to get a look, but they were impossible to finish. Tried every combination of heavy, light, whistles you name it and you had to pull them down and they would just work you to death and head out. Just stale, stale birds is all I can figure.
 

Pooper

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Nov 29, 2020
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43
Location
Lexington, Tn
Hunting is not bad if you can be mobile. But you have to find them and be where they want to be. It’s not the best year but IMO it’s not the worst.
 

TAFKAP

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Memphis
AR duck surveys were released today. It’s bad.
I drove from Memphis to the MO Bootheel & back yesterday. Bluebird day, no clouds most of the way. Usually, I can count on seeing ducks in the flooded fields, clouds of geese everywhere, and high-flyers on the move.

Except for a small flock of snows outside West Memphis, there wasn't squat.
 

Displaced_Vol

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792
Location
Kentucky
I drove from Memphis to the MO Bootheel & back yesterday. Bluebird day, no clouds most of the way. Usually, I can count on seeing ducks in the flooded fields, clouds of geese everywhere, and high-flyers on the move.

Except for a small flock of snows outside West Memphis, there wasn't squat.
That’s depressing.
One of the meteorologists is Lexington does a weather blog and he’s been saying we’re going to get into a very cold winter pattern starting this weekend and on into February. I don’t know if it’ll help or not.
 

Displaced_Vol

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Oct 4, 2019
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792
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Kentucky
This reminds me of last year about this time, the great question where the hell are they? Forbes last survey showed that a lot of ducks moved out of their area which is mid latitude- IL & MO. Already talked about the AR survey, they don’t seem to be there... so are they hanging on the gulf coast? Did they push back up north? Last couple years there’s been so much water you could at least buy the argument they were spread out all over creation but that’s certainly not the case this year. I don’t have any answers. I’ll keep going whenever I can but I’m not going out of my way or burning a bunch of PTO to get after em.
 

Displaced_Vol

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Location
Kentucky
Reckon they jumped flyways? Hanging out over in NE, KS & OK? Habitat to pressure ratio has to be better over there than the heart of the MS flyway, no?
 

Bgoodman30

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This reminds me of last year about this time, the great question where the hell are they? Forbes last survey showed that a lot of ducks moved out of their area which is mid latitude- IL & MO. Already talked about the AR survey, they don’t seem to be there... so are they hanging on the gulf coast? Did they push back up north? Last couple years there’s been so much water you could at least buy the argument they were spread out all over creation but that’s certainly not the case this year. I don’t have any answers. I’ll keep going whenever I can but I’m not going out of my way or burning a bunch of PTO to get after em.

They are spread out from SEMO to ND. Seasons closed north of us.. This year has been a very strange weather pattern where even though its been average temperatures for us but its been way above average up north. The temps really don't vary that much all they way into the Dakotas. On a typical year the freeze line would be somewhere in MO or even further south. We have had two snows that hit south of us? When can you remember that happening?

It looks like the Dakotas might hit sub zeros end of next week.. Better late than never.
 

younggun308

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Joined
Feb 26, 2007
Messages
345
Location
Cleveland, TN
My family’s got roots in the Nebraska panhandle. I’m dying to take a trip there to jump aboard the Central Flyway bandwagon after all the reports I’ve seen this year.
Seems the early season was really good south of the Dakotas because of an early freeze-up in late October. I’m sure most years won’t be like that.
 

Bgoodman30

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Nov 21, 2016
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After a short window of glory Friday afternoon it all came crashing down again. I saw no indication of new ducks and the ones here are as stale as I have ever seen.. I have come to terms that this season is over and it ain't gonna get better. I guess now I can get those Christmas lights down...
 

Displaced_Vol

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Oct 4, 2019
Messages
792
Location
Kentucky
After a short window of glory Friday afternoon it all came crashing down again. I saw no indication of new ducks and the ones here are as stale as I have ever seen.. I have come to terms that this season is over and it ain't gonna get better. I guess now I can get those Christmas lights down...
The state of this duck season about on par with the state of the Tennessee Football program.
 

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