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     The drought has really had an immense effect on the early bird hunting seasons as well as the early goose season.  Many sloughs and potholes are bone dry with certain other areas of the Dakota's and Minnesota have been recently refilled with 5 inches of rain.

     Because of the adverse conditions, don't assume your traditional slough or small lake is still viable.  The last thing you want is to arrive on opening morning only to find a muddy basin with zero water.

     Scouting before the waterfowl opener will be more important this season than ever before. I recently took a tour of southern North Dakota and northern South Dakota and found small pockets of good water here and there but lots of dried up sloughs and potholes. I would hit a county with lots of water-filled areas and then the next county would be bone dry.

     The drought really affected my dove hunting negatively and the grain fields I found were scorched and dried up with no visible seeds for the doves.

     This drought is real and even if we get a deluge of rain, I am not sure it will be enough to get things back to normal. In the meantime, hit the road and do your scouting. You snooze... you lose!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 WZFG. You can also visit for more information.

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