Not so much that but a hell of a lot taller in spots due to the drought and not being able to walk on ice ...Has anyone thought that the cattails are considerably thicker then normal in most spots. Like there is grass growing in them. I'm assuming it has to do with the summer drought.
I've noticed the long TFs--and spurs too--this year. I have a 28" on the Christmas tree. Seems like there must have been a tremendous carryover as these aren't birds of the year and the percentage of these elders in the bag has been crazy high this season.I went for a midday hunt yesterday in the fresh snow and put together this three bird limit in about 90 minutes. The birds were very bunched up, and I went to a couple spots that had standing corn nearby. Birds were holding tighter than usual too. Really long tail feathers on these birds. The second spot had the mother load of hens. Must have been at least 40 of them in there. Its starting to get to be really tough walking, and if this upcoming storm dumps another 6 or 8 inches followed by gail force winds, I might be done for this season. The previous layer of snow that melted into slush didn't re-freeze. The new snow is insulating it, so every step was through snow and then slush underneath. The lakes are going to be a mess all winter for ice anglers.
I waited til about 930. Drove by a couple times with truck to get em a bit nervous and heading towards cover.... mostly just sit Ata distance and watch em with binos.all while the dog is sitting shotgun wandering what the hell is going on they are right there dad. Let's go...... but. Other then that no... just gotta wait em out a bitIf you see them out scratching do you hunt differently?
I wasn't hunting, but I drove to my in laws which is right past where I normally hunt in central MN. Bear in mind this area has a lot more trees than the western or SW portion of the state, which is almost completely flat. It didn't look completely "unhuntable" but some of the cattails I saw were basically completely snowed in. I have 3-4 spots with standing corn so I'm sure they are doing fine there. I might try to go one more time before the season ends with this warm up. Will report back.Anyone been hunting MN at all since the storm passed? Even if not hunting but just to check the conditions?
Tuesday was downright nasty, especially early morning.I was around lake Yankton again tueaday.... shot birds but almost felt bad doing it.... it was like a ground blizzard out there from the south. Everything is drifted in on the north side and was started to pretty good on the south sides also.... evergreens and big patches of willows or protected cattails and you'll get chances at em... I think I'm gonna call it a year as far as driving west, besides the gifts for landowners trip. might try to walk the lake shore around the duck shack on saturday.