Once again the Muck Boy
crew was in Minnewaulkan North Dakota located on the west end of
Devils Lake during the week of October 13th on our annual waterfowl
We left Michigan at 4:00 AM EST and took the southern route through
Chicago. Our I-Pass
Unit helped to speed up the process of getting through the Illinois
toll booths without wasting too much time fumbling for change. The
Tom Tom Navigation Unit guided
us through Chicago and Minneapolis/St Paul without a hitch.
We arrived at Westbay Resort
in Minnewaulkan at 5:30 PM CST. Jim and Diane as always had the
cabin ready for us and the hospitality was great.
We spent the day Sunday waiting out the weather as it rained (poured)
and the wind howled most of the day delaying our scouting efforts
for an afternoon hunt. According to Jim, the area had received over
7 inches of rain since the beginning of September. At about 3:30pm
it slowed enough to venture out to find a slough to hunt in that
evening. We found the area gravel roads slick and the class "B"
roads were impassable, so we decided to hunt a slough near the cabins
where we had taken birds in the past. Well as it were we should
have stayed in the cabin.
Monday morning found the weather had cleared but the wind was still
blowing at about 30 mph forcing the ducks to hold tight on their
roosts or fly high. We did manage to take a couple of Canvasbacks
and Spoonbills. After the morning hunt we started to scout more
and we were finding many, many puddles and small pools in the middle
of bean and corn fields, and of course the birds were sitting in
them thus spreading them out all over the area.
Tuesday morning and the weather was improved with light winds and
colder temperatures. We were hunting on Curt Kenner's farm. Curt
also guides for waterfowl ( Kenner Guides Service 701- 438-2451
Cell 701-866-4841). Curt had us set up for geese in a harvested
barley field next to a standing corn field. There was only a few
geese working with most holding tight on the roost for most of the
day. We did manage to take two out of a flock that passed over the
corn too low. In the afternoon we were setup on a slough for small
puddle ducks and we ended the day just short of our limit.
Wednesday found the morning sky clear with stiff west winds. The
decoys were set up in a harvested bean field that the ducks and
geese had been piling into the evening before. The winds blew so
hard that the birds were a little decoy shy with most working the
edges of the spread. We still managed to take a mix of ducks and
geese along with four Ross Geese.
Thursday morning the wind was calm and the temperature was below
freezing, we were in a slough that we had spotted earlier in the
week and it was holding plenty of ducks. The decoys were out by
8:00am and by 8:45am we were back at the truck taking pictures of
a great hunt.
Overall, the crew had a great time as always, visiting with old
friends and hunting and relaxing. But there is just one problem
– for some reason this year! The week just went by to fast.
Just one more thing, earlier this year we picked up Black
Gold Dog Food as a sponsor and of course Kodi our six year old
lab has been on this food ever since. Ken Hessling, our local distributor
and owner of White Rock Kennels, told us that the one thing he saw
in his dogs was how fast they recovered after a hard hunt. Well
Ken you are correct, because in years past by Wednesday morning
it would be hard to get Kodi out of his bed and he slept the entire
15 hours Friday during the trip home, this year there was a marked
difference in Kodi, he just never seemed to run out of energy as
far as hunting goes and as for the trip home he was up for a good
portion and the only change from other years is Great Food!