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Great uncle was out scouting a couple days ago in central North Dakota and pretty much relayed what I expected to hear: lots of small sloughs dried up, bigger water is anywhere from a foot to two feet below normal. Our opener spot for the past six years was at or near a record high last year. This year, the water is a good 18 inches away from the edge of the cattails. Plenty of ducks still! But I just hope the dogs don't struggle too much getting through that slop.

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This will be my first season hunting from a boat so i'll be scouting tomorrow evening and hoping to find a spot with some birds.

I'll hunt where i find birds but do you folks think i should focus on bigger lakes and ponds or the smaller the better to help narrow down my scouting?

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Some of my favorite woodduck ponds are very low if not gone but I planning to save them for next weekend this weekend me and a friend are going out on the mississippi. Have not checked it out the water level but we are not to worried about it, but then agian something could turn around and bite us in the rear.

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Where I hunt (NORTH CENTRAL MN) the overage of water has changed as well....flooded wild rice early on, little to no wild rice now. Wild rice is a magnet for birds, so some areas may have little to no cover/forage for birds. I haven't scouted as much this year, but have heard spots/bird numbers are going to be down. Will be able to scout 1 day prior to opener, to see what's left


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Carlos Avery, got drawn for the hunt on the sanctuary. Going to check it out tomorrow.

Looking very promising. Seen about 15 teal and 5 woodies, they were making tons of noise. The spot is nearly surrounded by wood duck and hen houses. Also heard some geese and some shooting off in the distance.

Also got to check out a few more spots in the area, none as promising as the sanctuary. smile

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