Iowa's North Zone (north of Highway 30) opened on Saturday, 13 October, with what I'd call little fanfare. The reviews I've seen have been mixed, with most coming from the Mississippi River north of Clinton. Mallards, woodies, teal, and grey ducks are standard fare right now, though the divers shouldn't be too far behind. It's going to take some weather before the big-water birds get here. Good friend and Avery Outdoors territory manager, Travis Mueller, spent time on the Upper Mississippi last week near the Minnesota border. "Everything! Lots of ducks - mallards, gadwall, widgeon, green-wings, blue-wings, wood ducks, pintails," he told me. "With the interior rivers so low this year, the Mississippi will likely be the spot." Hawkeye State gunners south of Highway 30 have their opener on 20 October, but the lack of water, despite some recent rains, will be fowlers' biggest obstacle.