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If you could have a duck camp anywhere in MN...

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Hi all, I'm relatively new to this site, and thought I'd send out a thought-provoking note on a spring Friday afternoon....

If you had a duck camp anywhere in Minnesota, where would it be?

- Mississippi River Flyway? Wabasha, Winona... Cans, Red Heads, Scaup, Buffleheads..

- Lake Christina area? Maybe, it will come back...?

- Piece of farmland/managed pond between Fergus & Alex (where you could attract divers with your own freshwater shrimp, sago..)

- Lake of the Woods-- but so far away...

- Any other ideas?

I'm starting to save up for a place of my own (might be years away). But, doesn't hurt to have the end goal in mind!

Please don't cop out and say, the Dakotas smile

Thanks,

Tom

Please, don't

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Is it only a duck camp or are there other things on the list?

I got to my place tonight and watched hundreds of ring necks, red heads, blue bills, widgeon, mallards, geese and swans. Tomorrow I'm sure I will see the rest of the usual golden eyes, shovlers, teal and woodies. I have not been here for a few weeks and I was worried I would have missed the migration.

I like the northern Brainerd area for fishing, duck hunting and 4 wheeling. I deer hunt in the north metro so that was not a consideration for me.

After duck hunting near the metro for years the pressure up here seems to be pretty light.

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buddy of mine's family has had a place near Rothsay in your Fergus area. It's usually good opener and then peters out a bit and then late season can be good to spectacular. That would be my pick, easy drive too.

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Appreciate all the feedback guys. Helpful.

Have any of you hunted Lake Christina ever? I'm trying to line up a hunt there this fall, and am curious if the draw-down has worked.

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I have been hunting the area for 30+ years and have seen awesome years and horrible years as the sport cycles I guess. I do not personally hunt the lake as I have my own favorite spots. In 95 I was driving around the south shore of Christina and witnessed something spectacular. I would guess more than 10,000 Cans get off the lake at the same time about 200 yards off the shore. Other years even the coots didn't show up. Time will tell if the draw down works but I do believe it will. As for where would I set up my duck camp in Minnesota - right where I am, Outside the state Boissevain, Manitoba.

Greg

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I'll second leech & say the Squaw/Winni/Bowstring area. I grew up hunting that area & there is SOOOO much area to hunt. Cut Foot, Winni, Third River, Raven, Rabbit, Squaw, Rice, Bowstring Lake/River, countless small rice ponds & beaver ponds. The list is almost endless. There's a decent amount of pressure but you can always find areas that hold birds with few hunters if you put the time & miles in.

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