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    Default kossuth county

    Does anyone know what to expect from around Kossuth county? We'll be heading up there in Dec. some time. What about the public land? This will be out first time there. There is nothing south of I-80. Thanks.

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    Default Heading there this Thursday

    My dad and I are heading up there this week, will post results. Hopefully it will be great.

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    Default kossuth county

    Thanks, let me know how you did. North or south of Bancroft. Thaks again.

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    hi. i grew up near bancroft. there are birds in the area. warm weather has them out in the fields again. union slough will be open for hunting after waterfowl season ends. will have alot of birds in it but can be tough to hunt.

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    I was just on the very east edge of Kossuth county and saw a few birds. It was windy and the dog we had with us hadn't hunted in a year or so and was out of shape. There are birds there. Not sure about public. I only hunted private grounds.

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    Unhappy kossuth, osceola, spirit lake etc.

    Well, saw some birds, but overall very little in comparison. Public hunting has a lot of marsh areas, HARD walking. Dog did get one. Spoke to a conservationist up in South Dakota, he said there are 100's of birds in the fields but as soon as you shut a car door or crunch grass they all take off in a swarm. Good Luck to all.

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    Default birds

    Hi, Birdlady, We had the same experience up is SD. We hunted w/ friend that farmed 640 acers and knew all the people around his farm. Any cover we found held birds. no matter how small or big. Even a 5x5 ft. patch held at least one hen. Our problem like yours was you couldn't get close to the cover without flushing the birds. You had to do the pinch. Drop one or 2 guys off at least 100 yds. fromthe cover and then drive past another 100 or so yds. get our as quietly as possible, leash the dog or dogs and slowly work toward the cover so not to scare anything. Because once they started to flush they all went. It didn't matter 4 or 5 all the way up to hundreds, like a cloud. And all that before you could close enugh for a shot. With the dogs finally going nuts. I guess we'll have to wait until everything freezes before we get into the marshes. That where they end up when it gets real cold. As long as the ice can support both you and the dog. We are still planning to go up to Kossuth Co. in Dec. I'll let youknow what happens.

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    I grew up north of Kossuth Co in Minnesota. About 12 years ago I realized how much better hunting was in Iowa compared to southern Minnesota. Unfortunately over the past five years bird numbers have been on a steady decline in that area. The winters and springs over the past few years have really taken their toll on the birds. A couple years ago we walked a large piece of public land and saw more birds than I had ever seen in the area. There were birds everywhere. A large ice storm hit shortly after our hunt. We went back a couple days later and didn't see a single bird. It seems like the birds just can't get a break in that area. See the roadside counts at the Iowa DNR web site. Lowest numbers since they started counting. With all the doom and gloom said you can still find birds. You have to be smart and understand whats going on from day to day. If its windy (most days are) look for areas with some sort of shelter. Get out shortly after sun up and do some scouting, you will see the birds moving. Don't be afraid to ask some land owners to hunt. You aren't in SD and won't be asked to give up your first born to walk through their grass. And the very most important thing I can tell you is this, when you have an opportunity, SHOOT STRAIGHT! Bottom line is you will have fun. Any rooster taken in December is a trophy. The area is beautiful. You will see a ton of wildlife and few other hunters. I would rather hunt a day and shoot a single rooster than deal with a bazillion grumpy hunters. I will be down for Christmas and will be hunting. If you see a Ford Escape from WI with a black and white springer stop and say hi. Have a great hunt and holiday.
    Last edited by wispringer; 11-27-2010 at 09:26 AM.

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    I grew up north of Kossuth Co in Minnesota. About 12 years ago I realized how much better hunting was in Iowa compared to southern Minnesota. Unfortunately over the past five years bird numbers have been on a steady decline in that area. The winters and springs over the past few years have really taken their toll on the birds. A couple years ago we walked a large piece of public land and saw more birds than I had ever seen in the area. There were birds everywhere. A large ice storm hit shortly after our hunt. We went back a couple days later and didn't see a single bird. It seems like the birds just can't get a break in that area. See the roadside counts at the Iowa DNR web site. Lowest numbers since they started counting. With all the doom and gloom said you can still find birds. You have to be smart and understand whats going on from day to day. If its windy (most days are) look for areas with some sort of shelter. Get shortly after sun up and do some scouting, you will see the birds moving. Don't be afraid to ask some land owners to hunt. You aren't in SD and won't be asked to give up your first born to walk through their grass. And the very most important thing I can tell you is this, when you have an opportunity, SHOOT STRAIGHT! Bottom line is you will have fun. Any rooster taken in December is a trophy. The area is beautiful. You will see a ton of wildlife and few other hunters. I would rather hunt a day and shoot a single rooster than deal with a bazillion grumpy hunters. I will be down for Christmas and will be hunting. If you see a Ford Escape from WI with a black and white springer stop and say hi. Have a great hunt and holiday.
    Last edited by wispringer; 11-27-2010 at 09:42 AM.

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    I just got back from West Central Kossuth (Ringstead/Fenton/Armstrong) Conditions were some of the worst I ever hunted! They had a big wet snow about two weeks ago. (11+") 90% of the switch grass areas are done. Most of the worked croplands are snow free, but that's it. What snow that's left has flattened most of the cover. Now the snow is like concrete with the teen temps this week. To make it worse, we had rain/drizzle the day before TG and that coated the concrete snow and made walking treacherous, even for the dogs. It was like olive oil on teflon when the sun warmed it. We thought the cattail sloughs would be the ticket, but nadda. The wet snow even broke down the cattails and the tops are frozen in the ice. The birds are in the wind breaks next to the farmsteads already... and it's still November! My buddy and I managed to get four, but only because our host let us push the grove next to his home... something he rarely does. You need ice creepers on your boots... I am not kidding about that. Dog feet don't last long where I was.
    Last edited by Cackleburs; 11-27-2010 at 09:12 PM.

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