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2021 Waterfowl Migration Reports

OFFICIAL 2021 HUNTTHENORTH.COM WATERFOWL MIGRATION REPORT

Last Updated On Thursday December 2, 2021

***This is our final migration report for 2021***

Note: We will be updating our report every Thursday afternoon through the first week of December

We will be updating our reports using many National Wildlife Refuges and Management Areas as well as updates from our Premier Waterfowl Hunting Outfitters from across the region.

We hope this will be a valued resource in planning your next adventure and tracking the migration through the 2021 waterfowl hunting season!
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Minnesota Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In central Minnesota expect a high temp of 41 on Friday with a low of 24 and partly cloudy skies and NW wind at 10-20 mph. On Saturday expect a high of 34 with a low of 28 and cloudy skies with SW winds at 5-10 mph. Sunday’s high is expected to be 35 with a low of 14 and overcast skies and a WNW wind of 20-30 mph.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY

RICE LAKE NWR – LOCATION: MCGREGOR, MN

Reported on 12-1 that duck numbers have been dwindling for a couple weeks now. Staff stated that a lot of the smaller bodies of water are now freezing up. Staff finished up by saying that they are seeing some Scaup, Goldeneyes, and Mergansers on larger lakes in the area.

SHERBURNE NWR- LOCATION: ZIMMERMAN, MN

Reported on 12-1 that they did a waterfowl count on 10-26 and they spotted 16,000 ducks in the area, down from 22,000 in the previous survey. Of the 16,000 25% were Ringnecks, 22% were Green-winged teal, and 45% were Mallards. Staff also reported by saying that there were also 2,900 Canada geese in the area. Staff finished by saying that since this count they have lost the majority of their birds.

LAC QUI PARLE REFUGE – WATSON, MN

Reported on 12-1 that the Canada goose count on the refuge is 5,500 this week, up from the previous count of 1,500. Staff stated that the lake is still holding good numbers of puddle ducks with the majority being Pintails, Mallards, and Green-winged Teal. Staff finished by saying that there has been a bunch of divers that have shown up also with most of them being Scaup, Ringnecks, and Canvasbacks.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

WATERFOWL CONNECTION

LOCATION: Hutchinson, Mn Region
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Luke Severson
PHONE – 612.747.8322
EMAIL – luke@waterfowlconnection.com
WEBSITE: waterfowlconnection.com

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Luke reported on 12-1 that duck season this year in his area was pretty frustrating overall. He stated that they never really got much of an incoming migration. Luke also reported that goose season has been pretty consistent so far with your typical October lull. Luke finished by saying that there are still strong numbers of geese around and the remainder of the season should be really good.

WATSON HUNTING CAMP

LOCATION – Western Minnesota
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Chuck Ellingson
PHONE – 952.484.8717
EMAIL – watsonhunting@huntthenorth.com

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Chuck reported on 12-1 that they had to travel a little more and get out of their area to have good success this fall. He stated that they shot a lot of ducks, but had to put the miles on to find them. Chuck finished by saying that Canada goose numbers are growing and the rest of that season should be good.

FIRST FLIGHT FINISHERS

LOCATION – Minneapolis, Metro Area
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Adam Johnson
PHONE – 651.442.7259
EMAIL – firstflightfinishers@gmail.com
Endorsed Minnesota Waterfowl Outfitter

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Adam reported on 12-1 that overall it was a good duck season. He stated that they still have a lot of ducks around as well with the warmer temps and plenty of open water. Adam also reported that there are also good numbers of geese around and that season runs through the end of the month. Adam finished with saying that they will continue to hunt until they get too much snow or until the cold freezes too much up.

LOCATION – Minneapolis, South Metro Area
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Dan Wennerlind

Last Updated November 25, 2021
Dan reported on 11-24 that he’s seen a good number of Mallards and Canada’s move into the area. He also mentioned that there are a decent number of divers around. Dan finished by stating that hunting should be good the remainder of the season.

Iowa Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In central Iowa expect a high of 58 on Friday with a low of 30 and sunny skies with N winds at 10-20 mph. On Saturday expect a high of 45 with a low of 36 and mainly sunny skies with E wind at 5-10 mph. Look for a high of 50 on Sunday with a low of 25 and mostly sunny skies with a W wind at 15-25mph.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY

RICE LAKE WMA – LOCATION: LAKE MILLS, IOWA

Reported on 12-1 that in the most recent survey conducted on 11-19 that there were 5,925 ducks in the area. Up from 4,345 in the previous survey. Of the 5,925, 66% were Mallards, 22% were other dabblers, and 12% was divers. It was also reported that there were 5,530 Canada geese in the area, up from 5,290 last week.

RIVERTON WMA – LOCATION: RIVERTON, IOWA

Reported on 12-1 that in the most recent survey conducted on 11-19 there were 53,305 ducks in the area, up from 49,105 in the previous survey. Of the 53,305, 48% were Mallards and 50% were other dabblers and 2% was divers. It was also reported that there were 650 Canada geese in the area, down from 5,775 last week.

BIG MARSH WMA – LOCATION: PARKERSBURG, IOWA

Reported on 12-1 that in the most recent survey conducted on 11-19 there were 6,350 ducks in the area, up from 3,950 in the previous survey. Of the 6,350, 43% were Mallards and 55% were other dabblers, and 2% were divers. It was also reported that there were 1,851 Canada geese in the area, up from 1,475 last week.

North Dakota Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In North Central North Dakota expect a high temp of 34 on Friday with a low of 20 and partly cloudy skies with a WNW wind of 20-30 mph. On Saturday expect a high of 30 with a low of 20 and a 60% chance of snow and SSE wind of 10-20 mph. Sundays high is expected to be 23 with a low of 3 and a 40% chance of snow with a NNW wind of 15-25 mph.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY

LAKE ALICE NWR – LOCATION: DEVILS LAKE, ND

Reported on 12-1 that they are about to the end of the fall migration. Staff stated that with the cold weather and north winds a couple weeks a lot of birds moved through the area. Staff finished by saying overall they felt like it was a good migration but it went quickly once it really started.

TEWAULKAN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – LOCATION: CAYUGA, ND

Reported on 12-1 that they still have some birds in the area but they are declining quickly. Staff stated that overall it seemed like a good migration year. Staff finished by saying that they are already looking forward to the spring return migration.

ARROWWOOD WETLAND MANAGEMENT DISTRICT – LOCATION: LYON, ND

Reported on 12-1 that the fall migration is nearing the end. Staff stated that the migration moved pretty quick once the weather cooled down. Staff finished by saying that they still have some birds around but once the rest of the water freezes up they will keep heading south.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

GOOSEHOG OUTDOORS

LOCATION – South central, ND
OUTFITTER – Dan Hogfoss
PHONE – 701-739-3130
EMAIL – dan@goosehogoutdoors.com

Last Updated November 18, 2021
Dan reported on 11-17 that they have wrapped up their season. He stated that they had a decent season once the birds started to show up. Dan finished by saying that there is still a good amount of waterfowl around the area.

WOODLAND RESORT / NORTHERN FLIGHT G.S.

LOCATION – Devils Lake, ND
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Kyle Blanchfield
PHONE – 701.662.5996
EMAIL – woodlandresort@stellarnet.com
ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA HUNTING LODGE
ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA FISHING RESORT

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Kyle reported on 12-1 that they are on the tail end of the migration. He stated they still have pockets of mallards and geese in the area. Kyle also mentioned that the big water is also still holding divers, but the majority of birds are now south of them. He finished by saying that they have been done for a couple weeks now.

HONKER DOWN GUIDE SERVICE

LOCATION – McHenry, ND
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Brad Finneman
PHONE – 701.674.3304
EMAIL – honkrdn@daktel.com
ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA GOOSE HUNTING LODGE

Last Updated November 11, 2021
Brad reported on 11-10 that he feels this is the calm before the storm. He stated that numbers have dwindled some in the recent days. Brand finished by saying that they are starting to see more cranes, and with the weather expected this weekend they should see a big push.

South Dakota Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In east central South Dakota expect a high temp of 40 on Friday with a low of 25 and partly cloudy skies and a NNW wind of 10-20 mph. Saturday is expected to be 41 with a low of 29 and cloudy skies and a NW wind at 20-30 mph. Sunday’s high is expected to be 32 with a low of 15 and partly cloudy skies with a NW wind at 20-30 mph.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY

SAND LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – LOCATION: ABERDEEN, SD

Reported on 12-1 that since their last report the Snow goose population has gone from nearly a half of a million birds to only 5,000 to 6,000 birds. Staff stated that the duck population is also on a steady decline. Staff finished by saying that the weather hasn’t been that bad but with below freezing temps at night they are losing open water quickly and that is why the birds are moving out of the area.

WAUBAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – LOCATION: WAUBAY, SD

Reported on 12-1 that they are still seeing quite a few birds in the area. Staff stated that with the colder weather up north it gave them a good push of both ducks and geese. Staff finished by saying that they don’t know how long before the birds head further south, but they feel it will be soon.

LACREEK NWR – LOCATION: MARTIN, SD

Reported on 12-1 that they are still seeing some birds in and around the area. Staff stated that when Canada and North Dakota that big cold front a couple weeks ago they noticed a big influx of birds that weekend. Staff finished by saying that since then is has been a consistent decline in numbers.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

HIGH PRAIRIE OUTFITTERS

LOCATION – Western, SD
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Dave Ciani
PHONE – 605.578.1222
EMAIL – highprairie@basec.net

Last Updated November 11, 2021
Dave reported on 11-10 that its been very dry in his area this fall. He mentioned that he hasn’t seen many new birds recently but do still have a population of local Mallards and Canada geese. Dave finished by saying that he’s hoping for a good northern push soon.

PLATTE CREEK LODGE & GUIDE SERVICE

LOCATION: Eastern South Dakota
OUTFITTER: Tom Steinhauser
PHONE: 605.941.1679

Last Updated October 7, 2021
Please check back next week for the first report of the 2021 season.

Wisconsin Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In eastern Wisconsin expect a high temp of 41 on Friday with a low of 25 and partly cloudy skies with W wind at 10-15 mph. On Saturday expect a high of 35 with a low of 28 and partly cloudy skies and W winds at 5-10 mph. On Sunday expect a high of 40 and a low of 18 and a40% chance of a wintery mix with WSW wind at 15-25 mph.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY

HORICON MARSH NWR – LOCATION: MAYVILLE, WI

Reported on 12-1 that in their most recent update on 11-17 there were around 18,000 dabbling ducks on the refuge with the top species being Mallards, Pintails, Wigeon, and Green-winged Teal. Staff finished by saying that there was also a slight increase in Canada geese with more than 26,000 in the area now.

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALEY POOLS 4 – 9 | LOCATION SW WISCONSIN

Reported on 12-1 that they are finally starting to see good numbers of ducks on the river. Staff stated that with the weather finally turning up north and the strong north winds they saw a big push over the last week. Staff finished that the birds should stick around till the end of the season with the way the weather looks.

CREX MEADOWS NWR – LOCATION: GRANTSBURG, WI

Reported on 12-1 that the fall migration is now starting to wind down. Staff stated that numbers of ducks and Sandhill cranes dropped heavily over the weekend with the snow. Staff finished that there are still some around and there are still good number of Canada geese around as well.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

HIDEAWAY HOLLOW OUTFITTERS

LOCATION – Mississippi River – Pool 9
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Matt Raley
PHONE – 715.347.4868
EMAIL – matt@hideawayhollowoutfitters.com
ENDORSED WISCONSIN WATERFOWL OUTFITTER

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Matt reported on 12-1 that hunting has finally be picking up some, but the weather is always a deciding factor in how well the hunting will be. He stated that there are really good numbers of ducks on the river, but the warmer weather has made them very stale. Matt finished by saying that he has wrapped up his season on the river and is excited about heading to Texas to get his season going down there.

WDH GUIDE SERVICE LLC

LOCATION – Lake Michigan
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Jeff Van Remortel
PHONE – 920.639.6286
EMAIL – jolleywoods@gmail.com

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Jeff reported on 12-1 that the ice is starting to form on the landings and near shorelines making it tough to get out on the big water some mornings. He stated that hunting has been pretty good, but they haven’t been seeing the numbers of ducks that they normally do. Jeff also reported that pretty much all that is left on the big water are Goldeneyes and Mergansers. He finished by saying that he’s hoping it doesn’t get to cold that they will be able to finish out their season before the ice sets in too much.

BRANDON JENSEN

LOCATION – Western Wisconsin

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Brandon reported on 12-1 that they are still seeing a ton of Canada geese in the area right now. He stated that they are also seeing more Mallards show up and feeding in fields, but duck season has closed in the area. Brandon finished by saying that overall the duck numbers seemed lower than the past couple of years and they never really seemed to get a big push of birds.

Missouri Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In northwest Missouri expect a high temp of 65 on Friday with a low of 31 and mainly sunny skies with N winds at 10-20 mph. On Saturday expect a high of 50 with a low of 39 and mostly sunny skies with E winds at 10-15 mph. Sunday’s high is expected to be 53 with a low of 24 and mostly cloudy skies with an WNW wind at 15-25 mph.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY

SQUAW CREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – LOCATION: MOUND CITY

Reported on 12-1 that in the most recent survey conducted on 11-29 there were 91,728 ducks on the refuge, down from 106,963 in the previous survey. Of the 91,728 the majority of them were Mallards at 57,220, Pintail at 15,695, and Gadwall at 4,360. It was also reported that there was 35,200 Greater White-fronted geese and 224,260 Snow geese on the refuge at the time of the survey.

FOUR RIVERS CONSERVATION AREA – LOCATION: SUMNER, MO

Reported on 12-1 that they have really good numbers of birds around right now. Staff stated that it has finally cooled down up north and there were a couple days of north winds and that really pushed some birds in. Staff finished by saying that they are starting to see a few more Specks show up also.

SWAN LAKE NWR – LOCATION: MIAMI, MO

Reported on 11-24 that bird numbers are still growing. Staff stated that they are also starting to see more Snows and Specks in the area. Staff finished by saying that with the colder weather up north and north winds expected this weekend they feel they will be seeing more birds next weekend.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

SQUAW CREEK HUNT CLUB

LOCATION – Mound City, MO
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Scott Croner
PHONE – 402.304.1192
EMAIL – nebraskahunting@gmail.com
ENDORSED MISSOURI WATERFOWL OUTFITTER

Last Updated December 2, 2021
Scott reported on 12-1 that hunting is proven to be a little tougher this year, that being said, they are still having good success this fall. He stated that there are good Mallard numbers around but with no real weather events happening hunting is very stale and the birds don’t need to feed that much. Scott finished by saying that he hopes the weather turns soon so they can finish the season off strong.

BLACK GOOSE OUTFITTERS

LOCATION – Southeast, Missouri
OUTFITTER – Larry frimann
PHONE – 402660-1220
EMAIL – bgo@huntthenorth.com
ENDORSED MISSOURI SPRING SNOW GOOSE OUTFITTER

Last Updated November 25, 2021
Larry reported on 11-24 that hunting has been pretty slow over the last couple of weeks. He stated that with warm temps hunting doesn’t expect to pick up until it cools down or they get some good weather. Larry finished by saying that hopefully the weather up north sends some birds down this weekend.

Nebraska Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In central Nebraska expect a high of 64 on Friday with a low of 38 and sunny skies with a W wind at 10-20 mph. On Saturday expect a high of 57 with a low of 29 and partly cloudy skies with a NNW wind at 20-30 mph. Sunday’s high is expected to be 59 with a low of 41 and sunny skies with a SW wind at 10-15 mph.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY

NORFORK NWR – LOCATION: NORFORK, NE

Reported on 12-1 that they are seeing good numbers of birds around the area. Staff stated that they are seeing quite a few gadwall and teal still and have started to see some cranes and more Mallards work through the area as well. Staff finished by saying that they feel the next couple of weeks will be good migration with the cooler weather in Canada.

KEARNEY GAME FISH AND PARKS OFFICE- LOCATION KEARNEY, NE

Reported on 12-1 that they have been seeing decent numbers of ducks move into and through the area. Staff stated that it has been pretty warm both in their area and up north and that seem to be slowing the early migration down some. Staff finished by saying that the weather up north looks to be cooling down and that should push more birds into the area.

LINCOLN GAME FISH AND PARKS OFFICE – LOCATION: LINCOLN, NE

Reported on 11-24 that they have a pretty good number of ducks around right now. Staff stated that they have good numbers of Gadwall and Teal as well as some Widgeon. Staff finished by saying that they feel it’ll be a couple weeks before they really start to see any real migration to the area.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

WYO-BRASKA OUTFITTERS

LOCATION – North Platte River – Western, NE
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – JJ Randolph
PHONE – 435.901.3825
EMAIL – info@wyobraskawaterfowl.com
ENDORSED NEBRASKA WATERFOWL OUTFITTER

Last Updated November 25, 2021
JJ reported on 11-24 that is has been very warm all season so far. He stated that even though it’s been warm and they haven’t seen much of a migration into the area they are still having decent hunts most of the time. JJ finished by saying that they really need it to cool down some in order for the birds to cooperate a little better.

BLACK GOOSE OUTFITTERS

LOCATION – North central, Nebraska
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Larry Frimann
PHONE – 402.660.1220
EMAIL – bgo@huntthenorth.com
ENDORSED MISSOURI SPRING SNOW GOOSE OUTFITTER

Last Updated November 25, 2021
Larry reported on 11-24 that hunting has been pretty slow over the last couple of weeks. He stated that with warm temps hunting doesn’t expect to pick up until it cools down or they get some good weather. Larry finished by saying that hopefully the weather up north sends some birds down this weekend.

Manitoba Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In southern Manitoba expect a high of 30 on Friday with a low of 15 and an 80% chance of snow with N winds at 15-25 mph. On Saturday expect a high of 27 with a low of 15 and an 80% chance of snow with light winds. Sunday is expected to be 24 with a low of 19 and sunny skies with light winds.

CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE REPORTS

DAUPHIN LAKE FIELD OFFICE – LOCATION: DAUPHIN LAKE, MB

Reported on 11-3 that they have been seeing good amounts of waterfowl in the area so far this fall. Staff stated that they saw a good push of birds with this colder weather over the last week. Staff finished by saying that they feel they should have another week or so of solid hunting yet.

BOISEVAINE AREA OFFICE – LOCATION: BOISEVAINE, MANITOBA

Reported on 11-3 that hunters have reported success so far this season. Staff stated that they are a couple weeks out from peak numbers, but state there is plenty around right now.

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH FIELD OFFICE – LOCATION: STONEWALL, MB

Reported on 11-4 that they are seeing good Canada goose migration and numbers. Staff stated that they are seeing more mallards migrating in right now as well. Staff finished by saying that there is still a lot of birds to come through the area though.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

MICHITOBA OUTFITTING

LOCATION: Southwestern, Manitoba
OUTFITTER: Kris Wujcik
PHONE: 204.625.2495
EMAIL: kris@michitobaoutfitting.com

Last Updated October 28, 2021
Kris reported on 10-27 that hunting has been ok this fall. He stated that the duck hatch was not very good this fall and with that and there not being very much water that has made it tough. Kris finished by saying that they are seeing really good numbers of Snow geese and there hatched seemed to be really good this year.

STANLEY’S GOOSE CAMP

OUTFITTER: Daryl Stanley
PHONE: 204.467.8216
EMAIL: magnumnorth@huntthenorth.com
ENDORSED MANITOBA WATERFOWL OUTFITTER

Last Updated October 28, 2021
Craig reported on 10-26 that they have lost lots of Pintails and small geese. He stated that not many Snow geese have shown up and Mallard and big goose numbers are not great. Craig finished by saying that he feels they may have missed out on a lot of birds this year as they may have gone around his area.

Saskatchewan Waterfowl Migration Report

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

In southern Saskatchewan expect a high temp of 25 on Friday with a low of 13 and partly cloudy skies with a SE wind at 10-20 mph. On Saturday it looks to be 36 with a low of 14 and mostly cloudy skies with a W wind at 10-15mph. Sunday’s high is expected to be 32 with a low of 23 and partly cloudy skies and a SW wind at 5-10 mph.

CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE REPORTS

WADENA FIELD OFFICE – LOCATION: QUILL LAKES REGION

Reported on 11-3 that they are seeing good numbers of birds around still. Staff stated that they have been seeing a lot of Snow geese in the area over the last week. Staff finished by saying that they still have plenty of birds that need to come through the area.

WEYBURN OFFICE – LOCATION: WEYBURN, SK

Reported on 11-10 that they are now on the downward slope of the migration. Staff stated that they still have good huntable numbers around, but they are starting to thin out.

LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE – LOCATION: REGINA, SK

Reported on 11-10 that they have been seeing a good amount of ducks and big geese around the area over the last week. Staff stated that they had a lot move in with the colder weather last week but has since slowed since it’s warmed back up. Staff finished by saying that they don’t have much for Snow geese left.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD

BENELLI BOYS OUTFITTERS

LOCATION – SW Of Saskatoon Region
OUTFITTER – Brent Abbott
PHONE – 306.630.4537

Last Updated November 11, 2021
Brent reported on 11-11 that pretty much all of the snow geese have now left the area. He stated that they still have good huntable numbers of ducks and big geese around. Brent finished by saying that as long as they don’t get to much snow the birds should stick around for a bit yet.

PACIFIC WINGS PRAIRIE OUTFITTERS

LOCATION – SW of Saskatoon Region
OUTFITTER / REPORTER – Mike Franklin
PHONE – 1.888.610.2334

Last Updated October 21, 2021
Justin reported on 10-21 that there has been a lot of birds heading out with the full moon the last couple of days. He stated that hunting has been pretty good overall. Justin finished by saying that they are done hunting now and will be headed back home over the weekend.