ducks on them! I cursed softly at not having Elwood
along, because had I a dog, I most certainly would have taken
advantage of North Dakota's hunter friendly trespass and highway
proximity shooting regulations. When I arrived at the resort
and mentioned this to the folks there, they chuckled. I didn't
understand what was funny until two days later, when I had to
quit shooting ducks very early. My two day limit and my possession
limit was already in the bag.
"If you want to chase ducks off puddles it's O.K. by me,
" One of the guides had told me. "But you'll get all
you need when we go out decoying." He was right.
This was the hunt of a lifetime for an Illinois native relocated
to Wisconsin. Where I live and hunt, a good day of hunting might
be a pair of mallards and a Canada goose. I was unprepared for
the liberal limits of ducks coupled with 3 a day limits of Canada
geese AND 20 a day limits on Snow or Blue geese which are enjoyed
by North Dakota hunters. Limits are one thing, but actually having
to count downed birds to make sure that those expansive limits
are not exceeded is an experience I never expected to have.
If you want to try a trip like mine, you need to prepare early.
North Dakota limits nonresident waterfowl licenses to a set number;
20,000 in 2002. Your best bet is to apply and pay for your license
early through the North Dakota Fish and Game web site.
Top guides like the ones working out of Woodland Resort are also
busy every day of waterfowl season. You'll need to act early
if you want to hire one. Without giving away any of the guides
trade secrets, I'll say that even in North Dakota, there are
fields that the ducks and geese use and fields that they don't
use. I recommend that if you endeavor to make this trip, a quality
guide can get you onto the right fields.
While I'm sure all the resort guides are great, Mike Schell particularly
impressed me. He is not only a top notch guide who does his homework
and insures that his group gets into ducks, he is one of the
nicest, easiest going guys you'll meet in the field. He takes
care of the little things, like bringing along a spare pump gun
in case a client's overworked shell shucker jams or breaks. His
wife packs daily lunches which are outstanding, and taste particularly
great when eaten after a successful hunt.
Ted Jarosh hails from Milwaukee, WI
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