Outdoors Angle: Early Waterfowl Strategies

Steve Carney Outdoors
Steve Carney Outdoors

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     We are now well underway with the duck season and things have started out fairly well. Hunters are fortunate both in the Dakotas and Minnesota to still have warm temperatures which has kept the early migrants such as bluewing teal and wood ducks around for the time being. We need to take advantage of these prolific ducks as they make up the lion's share of the bag during the early season. The first cool, crisp night and these birds head south leaving sort of a gap in the season where we await the mystical migration. Now is the time to hit the sloughs and take 'em while we can.

     I have been spending a lot of time scouting waterways looking for telltale wild rice patches, sago and snails. These are preferred foods and when you find them you will find the ducks. The wild rice crop is doing very well this year and I am even finding rice on lakes that never had it before.

     Don't forget the river systems throughout the midwest as well as migratory birds just love those obscure backwaters on rivers. Many hunters overlook river systems and instead concentrate on sloughs and potholes.

     As we slide into October, get ready for the best waterfowling of the season especially as we head into Halloween!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.