Discover the habitats
Outfitting waterfowl in Manitoba is about being able to adapt to rapid weather changes and its affects on waterfowl. As hunters we tend to be creatures of habit which can bring success, and also can also be to our demise.
For example you found the block buster field the night before, then nearly get skunked on it the following morning. There is a reason why and here is one possibility you may not have thought about.
We call it “transition time”
When potholes or marshes have water temperatures in the mid 40’s and the photo period is under 11 hours – patterns can change faster than you realize. We have found that this is the time when aquatic vegetation start to die off and there is a bloom of water born invertebrates. When scouting our area during the transition between field feeding to water feeding, we generally see birds come off evening roosts and travel short distances to day time feeder water bodies.
The day time water bodies are typically nutrient rich shallow potholes or marshes. Protein and aquatic vegation is a key component to this early stage of the lengthy migration waterfowl make.
Our thoughts are to try and identity the pattern quickly and leave the fields alone like the birds did and hunt the day time water.
“water to water”
Manitoba waterfowl hunting outfitter