How have the duck numbers been this year?
Vegetation around the edges and bottom, if you'll look there will be a ton of tiny snail shells around the edges also probably, clarity of the water too.I'm not a big duck hunter although I would and maybe get into it but I've noticed a little pattern.
I have a small 1/4 acre pond on one of the farms.
The only ducks I see on it are mallards.
A friend has 15,000 acres with lots of ponds. In what we call the bull pasture, we have never seen any ducks other than mallards.
Other ponds have teal, gads, and what ever. That one pond only attracts Mallards.
Same here, there's still open water in Nebraska, and the only ducks we saw and shot yesterday were gadwals lol. In mid january a 40 bird flock of gadwals in northern oklahoma, crazy.The ducks are not down here where I'm at. They are all staying up north. There's still a lot of open up there water and no big cold fronts to push them down south. Lake Lawtonka and Ellsworth are dead. I might go out the last weekend but that still depends if there are any birds.
Sorry you had such a lack of birds. I’m sure you still had a good time nevertheless.Well that was not what I expected. Im used to sitting in the deer stand near our ponds and just watching birds constantly lock up and land almost by the hundreds. Like everyone is saying they are not there yet. In 4 days we shot a total of 14 birds with a lot of time spent jumping ponds with not much luck. Not only the ducks but it was just dead silence, no geese, sandhills or anything. It was really kind of odd. Had some buddies in Arkansas around the same time that did terrible too. I'm a bit relieved to see that its been like that mostly everywhere this year.
I actually used to pheasant hunt quite a bit about 25 years ago. This wasn't too different, but they took off at a much faster and lower angle. The Mallards I busted last year took off almost exactly like pheasants.Nice job getting 3 scores after I'm sure you jumped a bit from the pheasants.