All our plans have been made and we are just waiting
to begin our 2013 North Dakota trip, traveling day to Westbay
Resort in Minnewaulkan, on the west end of Devils Lake will be
on the 12th. As in past years we will be hunting with Curt Kenner
owner of Kenner Farms and Kenner Guide Service (701-438-2451 Cell
701-866-4841). The long range weather forecast looks to be in our
Again this year we will be shooting video's as well as our shotguns.
We purchased another High-definition Digital Video camcorder too go
along with our GoPro that we used last year.
As Always there will be daily postings during the week, so everyone
can follow the hunt. Check back often to see how things are going
on this years hunt.
10-12-13 - Just Crossed
into Minnesota - Weather is cool with clouds and sun, driving into
the teeth of a 20mph head wind.
10-14-13 - The Weather
has not been our friend so far this trip. Had to drive out, into wind
and rain, yesterday the morning was cool and and four birds came into
the decoys and didn't leave, in the afternoon the wind completely
died and the sun was warm and no birds flew.
This morning we woke to rain and as I am writing this
at 2pm central time, it is still raining and the weatherman's report
calls for it to rain till about midnight.
We did get out out this morning and mudded out a three hour hunt taking
six ducks, four Bluebills and a couple of shovlers and we are glad to
have them, because that was about all that was flying other than cormorants,
we picked up about 11am.
10-15-13 - There
was over and inch of rain here to add the inch that
this area of ND had already got last friday. With the
fields being so wet we couldn't get into any of the fields except for
a harvested soy bean field between two large sloughs.
We managed to take ten ducks including a pair of Canvasbacks, a
pair of Pintails, a
pair of Gadwals and a
pair of Mallards.
10-16-13 - This morning
we were setup in a barley stubble field and because of the lack of cover
we were in our layout blinds.We managed to take eight mallards. It was
very hard picking out the drakes in the low light of early morning the
way we were setup, looking directly into the sun and when the light
did get good enough to pick out green - the drakes just did not show
up. We had hens sitting in the decoys, even knocking over some of our
decoys. Our plan is to hunt geese this afternoon and we are hoping to
pick up our two other drakes. More updates later:
We are having to work a little harder than we normally do for the birds.
Kurt believes that the migration is a little behind most years. Also
a lot of ducks are feeding and staying right in the fields because there
is now water laying in the fields after all the rain. With the fields
being so wet it is difficult to almost impossible to get to the "X".
Today we set back up where we were last night in a chisel plowed barley
stubble next to a corn field. We are using the corn field for cover,
this spot is between two sloughs holding a few birds. We managed to
take eight more including four very nice drake mallards.
Trip Notes: We had high hopes for a special year when
we traveled to North Dakota this year, but as always when travailing
to hunt there are a bunch of variables that always effect the out come.
This year there was three inches of rain to deal with making it impossible
to get to the "X", this limited us to setting up between sloughs
and for the most part pass shooting. Also the birds were sitting in
puddles in the middle of the harvested fields, with everything they
need they never had to leave. The migration is later than normal, so
we had local birds in the area that have been hunted for over three
weeks. They get smart out here also.
Now having to deal with all this doesn't mean that the hunting was bad
it was not, we just had to hunt a few more hours to get them. I always
tell other hunters that it's never an issue of getting birds in ND it's
just a matter of how hard you have to work to get them.
The crew has hunted ND now for a dozen years and every
years hunt is different than the last. Something new always happens,
like taking canvasbacks in harvested fields and seeing a moose on Kurt's
farm we can't wait to see what in store for us next year.
Images for a larger View
Dropping off the Trailer
A Warn & Sunny Sunday
Wet and Sloppy Monday
Tuesdays Set Up
Canvasbacks Field Hunting
Picking Up on Wednesday Morning
Thursdays Set Up
Old Dog Enjoying the Sun
New Farm Yard Critters