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  1. #1
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    Mar 2018
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    Georgia
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    Default The opener

    Itís just around the corner. Whatís everyoneís prediction for the birds this year? Up, down or about the same as last year?

  2. #2
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    Spring Grove, IL
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    Some places will be up , some will be down and some will be the same, I predict

  3. #3
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    Oct 2012
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    Mills County Iowa
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    Road side reports says my normal area will be up compared to the previous year. I feel if the weather stays cold opening weekend will seem better because the birds will be grouped together and not be such track stars. Also with the amount of rains in my area it will be easier on the dogs to track the birds.

    Its almost that time of year again.....

  4. #4
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    Jun 2014
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    My area of NW Iowa probably will be down, haven’t seen much. We had some cold wet weather around early hatch time.

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    How is the public land along the river doing in central Iowa ?

    I had a report of it being under water last week, trying to plan my trip .....

  6. #6
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    Nov 2011
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    Johnston, IA
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    I took a drive and a few walks over the last few days specifically looking for birds, checking out hunting spots, etc all in central and south central Iowa (Polk, Warren, Lucas, Clarke, Decatur) and was very pleasantly surprised at what I saw. Good luck this weekend ladies and gents. I will be laying low opening weekend and letting the once a year crews have their fun. After that, I intend to hunt more this year than I have in years past. Hopefully I'll have a few good stories and pics to post along the way. Look forward to a more active board as season gets under way.

  7. #7
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    Mar 2015
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    NC Iowa
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    We saw a lot of birds on Saturday but the fog made it kind of miserable. It was hard to see and the grass was wet which made the clothing and boots wet and cold. Once the sun burned the fog off it turned out to be kind of nice and we were able to shoot some birds. The birds we shot sat pretty tight. There is still a lot of corn in the fields and I know that it will get much better when it comes out. Sunday was so windy and warm. We didn't see many birds but the ones we saw we shot and were able to find. Pretty good opening weekend over all but I am looking forward to the rest of the corn coming out.
    NC IA Tail Chaser

  8. #8
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    Dec 2011
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    Madison County, Iowa
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    Headed up to the farm in NE Iowa (Butler County). Family says bird numbers are awesome. Iíll try to report back later. Good luck and be safe everyone!!!

  9. #9

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    Good luck everyone !

    I am heading out your way Sunday, 11/4 for the week (staying/hunting Iowa county)

  10. #10
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    Aug 2013
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    The opener was a bust for us yesterday 0 shots fired and very few seen. We hunted in Woodbury County.

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