2018 Youth Waterfowl Hunt results

Fair weather and wind greet youth hunters: Duck -- it's what's for dinner
Our four Prairie Smoke Ranch youth hunters opened the 2018 season yesterday in a stiff east wind but harvested a nice variety of birds including teal, mallard, shoveler, pintail and gadwalls. Other ducks spotted but not harvested included canvasbacks, scaup, widgeon and buffleheadsDark geese were also seen but not harvested.  A total of 20 birds were taken over the two days, about half over decoys and half by jump-shooting nearby ponds and flooded ditches.  Many cranes have also moved into the area but have not been pursued yet. 

Breakfast big griddle style
The crew enjoyed duck kabobs Saturday nite with the morning's harvest -- we used the following ingredients: duck breast nuggets, green pepper and pineapple, wrapping the breast nuggets in half-cooked bacon slices before placing everything on a skewer and then grilling over high heat for about 8 minutes, turn once while grilling.  Really delicious. Another highlight of course was a hearty brunch after the morning hunt -- see pic. 

It is clear that it will be a dry year, and by the time the regular season rolls around in a couple weeks, we will be hunting the big water, as the smaller sloughs will be dry. It was a good start to the 2018 season. 

The author is a former US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Department of Agriculture manager. In retirement he owns and operates Prairie Smoke Ranch, located in central North Dakota, the duck hunting hub of the northern plains. All rights reserved.
2018 Preseason Update
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