Fall Duck Hunting In Iowa


So far the 2015 fall has been a little lack luster duck hunting. We have had a few good hunts. Most of them early in the year on wood ducks. We had high hopes this last weekend since it was the first major cold front of the year but the ducks didn’t cooperate.

Saturday was slow duck hunting. There was a big migration but it was swans, pelicans, and gulls. We did see several flocks of Canada Geese. One flock responded when I hammered on the call. They were way up and cut air fast. ¬†When I let up on the calling they lost interest and couldn’t be turned back. The lack of honker floaters probably had something to do with it too. We did manage to get a very nice Pintail. Something you southern boys see but we don’t get too many in Iowa in good color. Rarely do they have a sprig including this one.

Sunday was colder with the skies empty early in the hunt. As the clouds burned off the air warmed some and a few ducks began to move. Duck hunting was slow and had it not been for a few groups of Canvasbacks it would have been very slow. Nothing beats Canvasbacks banking into the decoys at high speed.

Only two more weekends remain in the Iowa duck season. Hopefully we will find a few more mallards in the sky.