So howd everyone do?
Some things I noticed this year:
-Early teal was a complete bust for me here in north texas. Next year I'm headed to the coastal prairie for some guided hunts.
-Scouting the weekend of Halloween we had good numbers of mallards, they disappeared before the season opener.
-Even though the number 1 bird i shot this year was GWT, they didn't show up till after the second split.
-I didn't see alot of Pintail. Only shot 2.
-Generally speaking the birds flew the first 30-45 minutes of light and then they were done. I shot alot of limits within 10-15 minutes of LST.
-Birds didn't seem to respond very well to calls or decoys this year, you where either were they wanted to be or you were SOL.
-Hooded mergansers didn't show up till the last week of the season.
-Bird numbers seemed to have significantly declined the last 3 weeks of the season.
This is basically spot on on our Farm as well.
This was our first year to have a fully built water controlled hunting area with food in it. We did see alot of positives about it, and alot of things we need to change in this off season. Over all I was happy with what we had, since its ours and we basically built it. I think most hunts was just my wife and I. And we averaged between 4 to 10 birds a hunt. Which is not bad. Ill have to look at our log book for exact numbers.
But it was mostly GW Teal, Wigeon, and Boots. Did shoot some Mallards and Pintail the last weekend of season. So that was a positive.
This offseason I really want to pull the Gadwalls in. There are ALOT in our area, but they really focus on the ponds with duckweed in them.