A waterfowl migration report from across the midwest

Migration reports that I received from John Gordon.  Waterfowler may find this interesting...

"Migration Reports

Week of October 4-8, 2010




1)         Name:  Kevin Wilson

Date: October 5, 2010

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Weather: Most of Alberta has seen a mixture of sun and clouds for a few days with scattered showers. The forecast for the week ahead is for daytime highs ranging from 17 to 24 degrees Celsius and nighttime lows down to 6 degrees Celsius.

Snow Cover:  No snow covers at the present time.

Water Conditions: Water conditions are variable from region to region throughout the province. After drought conditions the last couple years, the central and southern portions of the province received significant rainfall this past summer. In turn, most roost waters and potholes are full providing ample staging areas for resident and migrating waterfowl. The northern portion of the province is still very dry.

Feeding Conditions: With wet conditions, farmers have had a very difficult time getting into their fields to take off their crops. Stage of the harvest is variable from north to south and east to west. In the central portion of the province, harvest is at around 50 percent complete; several weeks later than normal. In turn, waste grains are not as abundant as usual. Ducks and geese are picking the most accessible silage, and cut pea and barley fields to feed in.

Species and Numbers: Goose numbers are high but duck numbers still appear to be down slightly in the central and southern regions of Alberta.

Migrations: With a severe cold front and lots of rain a few weeks ago, central Alberta saw a significant influx of northern geese, namely specklebellies and snows. We've even seen some lessers come through. A majority of these geese have now moved southward. We have also witnessed an influx of migrating Canadas but are still hunting a significant number of resident birds. Mallards and pintails are now showing up in numbers; migrators appear to be arriving, but also hens and young of the year are finally taking to wing. With Alberta's unseasonably warm weather this week, we are hoping for some cold front activity to get the birds moving and bring new birds in.

Season Stage: Alberta's waterfowl season began September 1. We are now going into our 7th week of the province's hunting season.

Hunting Report: Goose hunting has been outstanding with limits or close-to-limits experienced by many skilled hunters. Duck hunting is getting better by the day with some duck swirls now being seen in the harvested grain fields. Pothole shoots continue to produce excellent duck hunting opportunities.

Gossip:  Hunters are enjoying great gunning but those in the know can't wait for an influx of new birds.

2)         Name: Chris Stoddart                           

Date: October 3rd, 2010

Location: Lenark, Ontario

Weather: Rain with sunny breaks.  High 14o Celsius--lows 1o Celsius

Snow cover: None

Water Condition: Low, but slowly rising.

Feeding Conditions: Ducks are still in back bays and ponds.

Species & Numbers: Good populations of ring-necks and wood ducks.  Excellent black duck population as well.

Migration: Canada geese have started their migration, Canada geese steadily heading for the green belt each day.

Season Stage: Second week of the regular season.

Hunting Reports: Farm land producing lots of limit shoots. Ponds and back bays have been good in the wilderness areas, head north of the farm belt for ducks.

Gossip: The bull moose my buddy and I harvested committed suicide.


3)         Name:  Jude St. John

Date: October 3, 2010

Location: London, Ontario

Weather: Cool temperatures with some rain; traditional fall weather. Some more rain expected this week with continued cool temperatures. Things will warm up towards the end of the week.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: There are normal amounts of water in ponds, rivers, and creeks. Water rising as rain continues, but not significantly.

Feeding Conditions: Many fields harvested, presenting ample feed for birds including beans, wheat, and corn.

Species and Numbers: There are still many resident geese and ducks with migrants staying in the area since their arrival two weeks ago. Not many new birds in the area.

Migrations: Trickle of new birds have arrived, but no mass migration as of yet.

Season Stage: Second week of regular season.

Hunting Report: Weekend hunting was ruined by people hunting the roost.

Gossip:  Ducks are present but very concentrated. You must get to fields they are using or you might not see any. Not many new birds over the past week. Evening feeding concentrations are generally higher than morning.


4)         Name:  Kent Contreras

Date:  10-2-2010

Location:  Newport, Washington

Weather:  Warm and dry, high temps 78-83 degrees, lows 40-44 degrees. Skies have been clear with little wind.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: Excellent, river is flowing well and all lakes, ponds and sloughs are full.

Feeding Conditions:  Excellent. Local farmers have harvested and fields are being hit hard.

Species and Numbers:  Geese: Above average numbers of geese. Ducks: Still a lot of mixed species in the area, but at or below average numbers.

Migrations: Not yet

Season Stage: Opener is October 16th.

Hunting Report: Permit hunters have recorded good harvests, Foggy conditions last weekend kept numbers down but opportunities were abundant.

Gossip:  Everyone is getting excited for official opener; I've been out twice so far and have had decent luck. Once the out of area hunters get on the river it should be fantastic as they will keep the birds moving.


5)         Name: Angelo Casbarro

Date: Monday October 4th, 2010

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Weather: Temperatures have been ranging from 4°C to 19°C over the last week.  Weather conditions are cooling down quite significantly.  We did receive a fair amount rain over the last few days and the past weekend was cold and wet.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: All water is open.

Feeding Conditions: Corn and soy crops are still slowly coming off, only a small percentage of fields are being harvested in the area.

Species and Numbers: Resident goose numbers are steadily increasing.  Duck numbers are still average for this time of year.

Migrations: The migration in this area has not started yet.

Season Stage: Both duck and goose seasons are now open.

Hunting Report: Goose hunters are enjoying tremendous success in the fields due to high bird numbers.  Duck hunters are patiently waiting for the first push of the migration to begin.

Gossip: It is important for hunters to blend into their surroundings as best they can.  Digging layout blinds into fields is a great concealment tactic.  Also, bringing a spray bottle of water to wet down layout blinds is a great tip to match the color of the blind to that of the field you are hunting in.  A rake and shovel should be a part of every hunter's "tool kit".




6)         Name:  Adam Reid

Date: October 6, 2010   

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Weather: Partly cloudy with light rain/snow, with low pressure systems in the Gulf of Alaska. Highs in the mid-40's, lows around 30.

Snow Cover:  Started last week at about the 2000' level

Water Conditions: Dropping, the rain is helping but the cold weather has stopped the glacial melt.  High tides in the Anchorage area this week filled up a lot of the tidal marshes, making excellent conditions to pull in some migrating waterfowl.

Feeding Conditions: Stable, will improve with coming high tides filling up some new areas with water for birds to feed.

Species and Numbers:  Still good numbers of widgeon, mallards and pintails.  Divers are around but not in good numbers yet.  Canada geese are flocking up and starting to head out.  Specklebellies have pretty much moved out.

Migrations: Reports from the Y-K Delta (major breeding grounds for the west coast) experienced their first frost two days ago.  The Specklebellies have moved out of that area and geese are on the move.  There are still some wigeon and puddle ducks. Reports from locals on the Y-K Delta report fewer ducks this year.

Season Stage: Heading into our major migration time.  Continued low pressure systems are coming at Alaska with short periods of sun in between the clouds and rain.  Usually this time of year the first big high pressure system we see will bring clear skies and a major movement of birds.

Hunting Report: In the Anchorage area hunting continues to be slow but should pick up with the arrival of migrating birds.  8 duck limits had been reported are tough to come by but possible if you are persistent.  Hunting this past weekend showed signs of new birds arriving in the area. 

Gossip:  Hunters continue to wait for the push of fresh birds.  Some worry the migration will be fast again this year.  Depending on weather conditions birds will only hold for a day or two before making the journey south.


7)         Name:  Seth Askvig

Date: October 1, 2010

Location: Sedro-Woolley, Washington

Weather: It has been a dramatic change this week from last week, with temperatures in the mid 60's and staying sunny with no rain.  This mild weather should help the crops as they got a late start on planting this year due to such wet conditions earlier in the year.

Snow Cover: There is no snow cover.

Water Conditions: The fields are currently wet with small pockets of sheet water slowly starting to build up.

Feeding Conditions: Most birds are still feeding in cut barley and wheat fields and also in ponds on larvae and marsh grasses.

Species and Numbers:  Large groups of teal are building up along with some wigeon and pintails.  The specks are showing up in groups of about 30-40 at a time.

Migrations: Currently no migrations are occurring due to the lack of bad weather here. 

Season Stage: The regular season will start on the 16th of October but is currently closed for waterfowl.

Hunting Report: Currently no waterfowl hunting taking place but this presents a good time to do some scouting and photography.

Gossip: Most of the talk is that this winter is going to be a "COLD ONE" and if that's the case, bring it on!  Hunting is looking like it will be a good season compared to last season though.


8)         Name:  Allen Riggs

Date: October 2, 2010

Location: Elk, WA

Weather: Hot, 85 degrees with a low in the upper 40s we are nearing record highs for this time of year, hoping it cools down for the opener.

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions: Water levels in the lakes and rivers are high. The high temps and lack of rain this week may have water levels receding.

Feeding Conditions: Lots of food, there are fields all over that have been harvested with plenty of grains and alfalfa for the birds to eat.

Species and Numbers:  Ducks are locals, not seeing much movement in the area. Canada goose numbers are starting to increase; however, the weather in Canada is still very warm so there shouldn't be much goose movement for a while.

Migrations: Not really seeing a lot of new birds yet, there is plenty to eat with warm weather to the north.

Season Stage: Two weeks until opening day.

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip:  With the warm weather, all eyes are on the sky and fingers are crossed for a cold snap.


9)         Name:  Chad Yamane

Date: 10/05/10 

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Weather: Warm temps in the 70's. We are expecting a storm front with rain in the valleys.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Most WMA's are filling up. Beginning in October, they start to receive water and conditions will improve. The Great Salt Lake is still low and it would take several wet years to bring it up.

Feeding Conditions: Silage corn is now being cut and geese will use these for a short period until fed out, seems to be good food supply in marshes also.

Species and Numbers: Large numbers of teal, wigeon, gadwall, mallards, spoonbills, and pintails. Local geese will continue to use WMA's and fields until pressured to move into city limits.

Migrations: None.

Season Stage: Our season starts this past Saturday, October 2.

Hunting Report: The youth hunt was a huge success. Lots of sore shoulders and a few birds to boot, heard lots of good success on the opener to if you could get away from the crowds.

Gossip: Let's get it on!!!!


10)        Name:  David Harper     

Date: October 6, 2010

Location: Twin Falls, Idaho

Weather: Big weather shift this week, dropped to having high temps in the low 60's and rain the last couple days.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Water is all open and still looking very good.

Feeding Conditions: Many fields are getting cut right now and there is still plenty of natural food around.

Species and Numbers: Fair numbers of mallards are here and a pretty good amount of geese for this time of year also. 

Migrations: None

Season Stage: Starts this weekend.

Hunting Report: Guys who traveled to hunt the early start did fairly well.

Gossip:  Not much going on right now.


11)        Name:  Travis Rowlett   

Date: 10/4/10

Location:  Fallon, NV

Weather: Rainy

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions:  Very good, levels are strong in rivers and creeks.

Feeding Conditions:  Extremely good - Stillwater biologist Bill Henry estimated 4,000 acres' of sago as of late summer.  All other areas in the valley look extremely promising.

Species and Numbers:  The normal mix bag for this time of year with an exceptional amount of mallards many of them home grown.

Migrations: The migration has started to move in.  With the cooler temperatures it should start to pick up, by opener it should be prime.

Season Stage:  Oct. 16 - Jan 28.

Hunting Report: Should be a great opener.

Gossip: Nothing yet. 


12)        Name:  Travis Lyle

Date:  10-4-10

Location:  Fernley, Nevada

Weather:  High in the 60's low in the lower 40's.  Got some cooler weather coming in with some rain this week.

Snow Cover:  Nothing yet!

Water Conditions:  Had a good winter and there should be plenty of water to go around this season.

Feeding Conditions:  Lots of feed all over from sago grass, wigeon grass, and corn.  Should be no problem for birds to find food.

Species and Numbers:  Lots of local mallards, cinnamon teal, red heads, and honkers.

Migrations: Just the local boys here right now.

Season Stage:  Oct. 16 - Jan 28, youth season is this coming weekend!

Hunting Report: Youth was hot and a little slow from the reports I got.  Mallards, gads, and teal were getting shot, only a few honkers.  A few reports I got were that the ducks acted decoy shy.

Gossip: Everybody is ready.




13)        Name:  Rick Frisch

Date: October 3rd, 2010

Location: Devils Lake, ND        

Weather:  The temperatures for the next week are looking like they will be about 10 degrees higher than the averages for this time of year.  There isn't any precipitation in the forecast for the next week. 

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions:  Many fields are still very wet, but the weather forecast should help them dry out this week.  Ponds and sloughs are still above normal capacities.

Feeding Conditions: Most of the small grain harvest is complete.  The soybean harvest has started in many locations.  This is good news for the farmers as the last two falls have been very wet.  Many crops were not able to be harvested until the ground froze.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers remain strong.  There are a few early migrating snow geese starting to show up.  Mallard numbers are still very good, but you have to scout to find them.  Most blue-winged teal have moved south.

Migrations: There have been some Canada geese moving south.  Some snow geese are starting to show up.  Most of the teal have migrated south.  I have not witnessed any mallard migration.

Season Stage: Second week

Hunting Report:  Identification on mallards is still very difficult.  Scouting is the key for all waterfowl.  Most ponds and sloughs are holding birds, but the big numbers are going to be found in the feeding spots.  If you are driving into any fields, make sure and stay on the hilltops.  The low spots are still very wet.

Gossip:  Many people are wondering what the increased hunting pressure will do to the local duck populations.


14)        Name:  David Ortley

Date: October 5, 2010

Location: Kalispell, Montana

Weather: The weather improved over the past week from what had been very wet and cold.  Unfortunately the opener was far too warm and sunny for most hunters.  Saturday and Sunday saw highs in the upper seventies and bright sunny skies.  W have since returned to typical fall days with highs in the low sixties and clear cool evenings with lows into the low thirties.  We have had showers off and on but not much accumulation of rain.  The forecast is for more of the same for the balance of the week.  The leaves have started falling and we should see a return to a "normal" fall later this week.

Snow Cover:  We have no snow cover. 

Water Conditions: We have no snow other than at very high elevations with northerly exposure. The river is starting to show reduced flow and lower levels as the lake is drawn down.  Fields are wet and moist.  .

Feeding Conditions:  We still have not seen much tilling of harvested fields so feeding condition is excellent in harvested small grain fields.

Species and Numbers:  Last week at this time I observed a significant increase in the number of wigeon.  I watched several flocks consisting of hundreds of birds work a grain field last Wednesday morning.  We still have a mixture of local puddle ducks but have not seen any increase in numbers.  

Migrations: The first sign of early migration was the arrival of wigeon.  Goose flocks seem to have increased in size and frequency but they appear to be local birds.

Season Stage: The season opened last Saturday under bright sunny skies and summer like conditions.

Hunting Report: I was not able to get out for the opener but all reports indicate it was a slow opener.  Birds were taken but I have yet to hear of limits being taken.  Goose hunting certainly was better than duck hunting. 

Gossip:  Most hunters were disappointed with the weather but appreciated a break in what has been a very early and cold all. 


15)        Name:  Bailey Ortley

Date: 10/4/10

Location: Bozeman, MT.

Weather: It's been really warm lately with temperatures up in the 70's. There really haven't been any true cold snaps or storms for that matter. We should be expecting the weather to start changing to fall here anytime so get your jackets out.

Snow Cover:  No snow covers at this time.

Water Conditions: All the water is open at this time and is ready to be hunted.

Feeding Conditions: Lots of food in the fields right now, plenty of wheat and barley in the surrounding area.

Species and Numbers:  There are a few geese in the fields surrounding Bozeman and into Logan.

Migrations: Not any huge numbers of birds in the area yet. While the weather is nice and food is in stock, I don't see any birds moving yet.

Season Stage: It's the very beginning of the season with the opener on the 2nd.

Hunting Report: Hunting is pretty poor at this time.

Gossip:  A few guys have been getting into some birds but nothing consistent yet.


16)        Name:  Ben Burgess

Date: October 5, 2010

Location: Sioux Falls, SD

Weather: Very mild...fall weather is definitely here.  This past week has been sunny with highs in the 60's and lows in the 40's.  A couple of windy days have helped dry fields out a bit.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: Sloughs are still full of water and looking great.  With the mild weather the past week the fields are starting to dry out enough to be harvested.

Feeding Conditions: Most birds are still using corn fields that were cut for silage, but in areas with beans coming out the resident honkers are switching to these fields fast.

Species and Numbers:  Resident goose numbers are still healthy, but they are being dispersed with hunting pressure, so lots of scouting is required to find a field with good numbers to hunt.  Resident duck numbers are at an all time high, but are beginning to move around quite a bit to new areas of water.

Migrations: The only migration at this time is resident ducks grouping up and moving to areas of more water.

Season Stage: Duck season has been open for a week.  Our early season honker season has ended.

Hunting Report: Some guys are still finding decent honker hunts with enough work.  Duck hunting has been good in the area.

Gossip:  With all the resident ducks that were plainly visible over the summer...many are wondering where they went as they have started moving into new areas.


17)        Name: Jared Shepard   

Date: Oct. 5, 2010

Location: Gering, NE

Weather: Warm and sunny with daytime highs in the 70's and lower 80's and overnight lows in the 40's.

Snow Cover: None 

Water Conditions: The river is way down again, causing problems for many river hunters with newly formed sandbars in unwanted places. We have now gone over a month without rain.

Feeding Conditions: Not much changed, still plenty of greens and some waste beans here and there. A few farmers are starting to run off corn with a higher moisture content for the ethanol plants.

Species and Numbers: Still all local ducks and geese with a few sandhill birds mixed in. 

Migrations: I wish!

Season Stage: Duck season opens this weekend and only 2 ½ weeks until the goose opener.

Hunting Report: Still pretty good if one can find a flooded meadow or pasture pond. There are practically no birds on the river yet except in a few small concentrated areas.

Gossip: Nothing worth repeating.


18)        Name:  Kirk Steffensen 

Date:  October 6, 2010

Location: Clay Center, Nebraska

Weather: Daytime highs have been in the mid-to-upper 70's with overnight lows in the mid-40's, zero rain in this area. 

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions:  Getting worse, I was surprised with the lack of water in the rainwater basins.  There are some with good water but scout first.  The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is doing surveys of the rainwater basin and posting water conditions


Feeding Conditions: Corn harvest is going pretty strong around the area.  Ponds are looking good because of all the spring and summer rain. 

Migrations:  I think a lot of teal have pushed south while some big ducks have moved into the area.

Season Stage: Low plains early season opened Saturday with low plains late season opening October 16th. 

Hunting Report: Hit and miss.  Sounds like some groups had good opening day hunts while other groups reported not seeing much.

Gossip:  None


19)        Name:  Jerrod Watson

Date: October 4th, 2010

Location: Greeley, Colorado

Weather: It is another beautiful week of warm weather and plenty of sunshine. Daytime highs in the high 70's and night time temps in the 40's.

Snow Cover: No snow covers at this time, down on the plains or in the mountains.

Water Conditions: The water levels all over are average to moderate. The South Platte is running really low. All reservoirs are down from last week.  

Feeding Conditions: Most feeding location are on the river and now corn fields have been harvested east of Hwy 85. A lot of food on the ground in those corn fields. They have harvested much earlier this year compared to last, good news for the goose hunter. 

Species and Numbers:  Not many species around, only local ducks and geese. Not many teal around because of the heat. There are pockets that can be found around the local reservoirs in northern Colorado. The teal numbers are up a little and heard some success come to some hunters on opening weekend of the first split. Only locals still roaming around. 

Migrations: No migrations have occurred. Teal started dropping in but not large numbers heat is still keeping them north. There was a slight migration of foothill ducks this weekend but nothing to write home about.

Season Stage: Opening of first split started this past weekend. 


DUCKS - Central Flyway - Eastern Plains 1st Split 10/2/10 - 10/18/10

                                                                        2nd Split 11/6/10 - 1/23/11

                              Mountain/Foothills Zone  1st Split 10/2/10 - 11/29/10

                                                                        2nd Split 12/18/10 - 1/23/11

                                               Pacific Flyway 1st Split 9/25/10 - 10/12/10

                                                                       2nd Split 11/5/10 - 1/30/11


Hunting Report: The opener of first split duck season was fair but not even close to great. 

Gossip: Nothing this week.


20)        Name:  Lance Ohnmacht          

Date: 10-5-10

Location: Sterling, KS

Weather: Cooler but very dry, first frost was Sunday morning but daytime temps are to hit the mid 80's.

Snow Cover: NEGATIVE!!

Water Conditions: No rain the last week.

Feeding Conditions: Harvest is proceeding well.

Species and Numbers: Only ducks I've seen the last week were a group of 30 wood ducks.

Migrations: I've heard of some early migrant ducks showing up on larger wetlands.

Season Stage:

Hunting Report: NA



21)        Name:  Nick Lisec

Date: 10/5/2010

Location: Kansas City, Kansas

Weather: Sunny and cooler with lows in the upper 30's and highs in the low 70's.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: Water conditions are great around the local area but we have not received any rain in about 7-10 days.

Feeding Conditions: The local farmers are about two weeks behind with their harvest. However, they expect to be done much earlier than last year.

Species and Numbers:  We have a large number of teal (mostly blue-winged) around and an even higher than average number of puddle ducks down already. Pintails are the dominant birds in the local area.

Migrations:  With the first significant cold front coming through over the weekend I expect to see some more birds on the move.  Some of the resident flocks of Canada's are beginning to group up.

Season Stage:  Very successful youth waterfowl opener was had over the past weekend with the opener for the adults opening this weekend.

Hunting Report: The season has officially kicked off with the youth waterfowl weekend being a success but I expect that the opener for the adults will be very popular.  I expect people to get to the marsh early and stay late based on the amount of ducks in the area.

Gossip:  This year has the makings to be the best yet! Good hunting!


22)        Name:  David Williams 

Date:  October 5, 2010

Location:  Choctaw, OK

Weather:  Lows in the 40's, highs in the 70's the past week.  A warming trend is forecasted with highs in the mid 80's, and lows in the 50's.

Snow Cover:  None 

Water Conditions:  Water levels are normal, to slightly below normal in most areas. 

Feeding Conditions:  Corn has been harvested and worked back in the ground, winter wheat is planted and up in most areas.     

Species and Numbers:  A few blue-winged teal are present.   

Migrations: Scattered teal riding the recent northern winds.   

Season Stage:  All Oklahoma waterfowl seasons are closed.

Hunting Report:  N/A

Gossip:  Bad couple weeks for the Texas Longhorns.




23)        Name:  Brad Hanson

Date: 10/4/2010

Location: Middle River, MN

Weather: Sunny, south wind 10-15 mph

Snow Cover:  None.

Water Conditions: Way too much.

Feeding Conditions: Beans are starting to come out with some early corn and silage, birds are mostly feeding on green re-growth in turned wheat fields.

Species and Numbers: Geese building with new birds starting to see mallards and more divers than normal. Mostly seeing redheads and ring-necks. We shot a lot of very small geese, under three pounds and had seen and shot snow geese in the area as well.

Migrations: Canada geese of all sizes, snow geese and large flights of mallards.

Season Stage: Opening weekend for regular waterfowl.

Hunting Report: Did real well on Canada geese and people are doing well on redheads, ringers and mallards.

Gossip:  Expecting a dry week so farmers should finish beans and start on corn in 10-14 days. If you can find fields dry enough to get in the hunting is good. Water hunters seeing a lot of divers and doing well, still expecting it to be an early fall.


24)        Name:  Greg Owens

Date: October 4, 2010

Location: Winona, MN

Weather: Cool and very wet!

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: The Mississippi river is still near flood stage from all of the rain we have received in the past two weeks. 

Feeding Conditions: The rice crop was looking good prior to the flood.  It will be interesting to see what the feeding conditions look like after the water level has dropped back to normal.

Species and Numbers:  Duck numbers are poor.  Goose numbers are poor.

Migrations:  It's tough to tell what has moved in or out of the area.  With al of this water there are many places for the birds to hide. 

Season Stage: The regular waterfowl season opened up this past weekend.

Hunting Report:  Many hunters were reporting fair to poor hunting results.  A few groups did well.  The key seemed to be finding areas that didn't have guys set up every 50 yards...  

Gossip: I hope the water drops soon...


25)        Name:  Ben Cade

Date: October 6th, 2010

Location: Buffalo, MN   

Weather:  The temperatures are above normal right now with seventies in the forecast for the weekend.  It has been sunny and nice with out rain recently.  

Snow Cover:  None.

Water Conditions:  All area lakes and rivers are at least a foot above normal for this time of year.  The Crow River in Delano is very high.  Hunting most parts of the Crow will require a lot of boat work.  Many area fields are still flooded in low areas.

Feeding Conditions: Very good and getting better.  There is sheet water in many area fields which is what the birds are keying on.  Beans are being harvested as soon as farmers can get into fields.  

Species and Numbers:  We have a good number of mallards in our area.  Canada goose numbers are good as well. 

Migrations: There was a little bit of activity over the weekend but probably mostly due to hunting pressure from the waterfowl opener.   I watched numerous new flocks of geese enter the Buffalo area on Saturday and Sunday. 

Season Stage: We are in our first full week of the general waterfowl season.

Hunting Report:  Hunting has been excellent for those who have been able to obtain permission for flooded grain fields.  I have heard reports of many limits of mallards being taken over the weekend and into this week.  Now is the time to be looking for these sheet water areas to fill your bag limit!

Gossip:  Too much water is what I have been hearing from some hunters.  High water on the river as well as some lakes and ponds has made hunting more difficult for some hunters.  Seems like flooded fields is where it's at for now. 


26)        Name:  Ryan Kleinschmidt

Date: 10-4-10

Location: Sauk Centre, MN

Weather: Cooler over night temps and daytime highs in the 60's-70's.

Snow Cover:  None at this time.

Water Conditions:  Plenty of water, still lots of sheet water in fields and the lakes and ponds are full.

Feeding Conditions: Mallards and geese are starting to hit silage fields and the few corn fields that have been combined.

Species and Numbers:  Duck numbers have increased slightly over the past week but still nothing to get really excited about.  There are a fair amount of geese in the area as well.

Migrations: There have been new birds moving into the area over the past week.  Cold over night lows Fri. and Sat. seemed to have pushed a few of the local birds out though.

Season Stage: This past weekend was the regular season opener. 

Hunting Report: I heard mixed reports from a few hunters that I talked to.  Woodies and teal seemed to make up a good part of most peoples bags.

Gossip:  I chose to work and scout on Saturday instead of hunt.  I was amazed at the number of hunters in the area.  I did not hear much shooting considering the amount of hunters I saw.  Sunday was the same, we did not hear much shooting at all while we were goose hunting. 


27)        Name:  Kevin Kriha

Date: 10/04/10

Location: Montgomery, MN

Weather: The weather is average for this time of year. We are experiencing highs in the low 70's and lows in the low 40's. It looks like another dry week. 

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water conditions are great, water everywhere.

Feeding Conditions: Chopped corn and soybeans are the main feeding grounds.

Species and Numbers: Duck and goose numbers are getting better.

Migrations: There are no migrations at the moment

Season Stage: Our waterfowl season opened at 9:00am last Saturday (October 2nd).

Hunting Report: Goose hunting is good, a lot of blue-wings and woodies being shot. I heard a few reports of some ring-necks being harvested.

Gossip: With water everywhere you look, hunting reports were all over the place. It was all about being in the right place at the right time. Some guys hammered them others struggled to even pull the trigger.


28)        Name: Russell Brzezinski

Date:  10/2       

Location:  Berkely, Michigan 

Weather:  Intermittent rain, wind and overcast skies.

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions: Choppy, looking for sheltered bays for rigging out.

Feeding Conditions: Shallow water vegetation, corn coming off in the surrounding area.

Species and Numbers:  Saw mostly mallards with just a few woodies and even some common mergansers.

Migrations: There seems to be a good number of geese in the area, but I was surprised at the lack of duck movement.

Season Stage: This is the opening day for waterfowling in zone 2 (middle) for Michigan.

Hunting Report:  Not much action at all with very few good reports from other groups in the area.  We managed a few mallards and some geese, but overall and considering the near ideal weather for this area....very poor opener!

Gossip:  Not good by all accounts!  Some managed to scratch out a few limits, but all in all.... a very poor duck opener for the middle zone.


29)        Name:  Terry Shields

Date: 10/5/2010

Location: Saginaw Mi

Weather: Cool...highs in the 60's.

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions: Recent rains have helped local water holes but we could use a little more to help out the lake levels.

Feeding Conditions: Corn, corn and more corn is on the menu in the fields. The geese can be found in their usual locals if you know where to look.

Species and Numbers:  Goose numbers are on the rise and they are starting to gather in the traditional staging areas. Hunting pressure to the north has put the birds in their normal safe zones. Good numbers of Canadas so far. Duck numbers remain constant and looking good for the opener.

Migrations: Picking up birds daily .I think some of this has to do with hunting pressure in the middle zone pushing the birds south off their lake roosts.

Season Stage: Middle zone opener was Oct 2nd and the south zone opener is this weekend Oct 9th.

Hunting Report: Good hunting this year. The corn is off and easy to hide your Ground Force blinds.

Gossip:  Keep a power flag handy a little flag goes a long way.


30)        Name:  San Sasse

Date:  October 4, 2010

Location:  Midland, MI

Weather:  Cool, with highs in the mid 60's and lows ranging into the middle 30's.

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions:  Average to below conditions in some parts.

Feeding Conditions:  A lot of crops are coming off right now, mostly soybeans and a few corn fields.  The geese are still jumping around from field to field with no urgency to pack on the fat right now.

Species and Numbers:  A lot of Canadas are in the area right now.  Plenty of ducks around ranging from puddlers to divers, but no big push on the migration.

Migrations: The Canada geese are migrating through right now with plenty of honkers around.  Ducks really have not appeared, but there are some locals around.

Season Stage: The middle zone is open right now and the south zone opens this weekend, October 9th.

Hunting Report: There are a lot of geese to be had at this time and a few ducks.

Gossip:  A lot of geese in the area, just need to do your scouting and stay on top of them.  Make sure your hide is good and do not educate all the birds at once.  Happy hunting and good luck!!!!


31)        Name:  Matt Pence

Date: October 5, 2010

Location: Sigourney, IA

Weather: Low's in the lower 30's at night and lower to middle 70's during the day.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: Most of the small pockets of sheet water from earlier rains are beginning to dry up due to the warmer temps that we have been seeing. No rain is expected until the later part of next week.

Feeding Conditions: Grain harvest is underway, with the nice weather we have been experiencing it is going well. Birds are starting to work the fields that are harvested.

Species and Numbers:  Resident Canada geese and small ducks.

Migrations: None observed

Season Stage: Early

Hunting Report: Goose season opened up here Saturday in the south zone and good numbers were reported. Duck season is closed and opens back up on the 23rd of this month.

Gossip:  None


32)        Name:  Josh Ernst

Date: 10-5-2010

Location: Bellevue, Iowa

Weather: Clear, calm and mostly sunny skies.

Snow Cover:  NA

Water Conditions: Above normal river stage - high due to rain fall up river.

Feeding Conditions: Early morning and late evening are the prime feeding times.

Species and Numbers:  Mostly honkers with a lot of local geese in the area.  Numbers seem to be up this year from previous hatches.  With the cooler temps, local ducks have been moving.  Teal have pushed through already. There seems to be a good number of wood ducks in the area.

Migrations: Very minimal at this point in the season. Temps are dropping so we anticipate small pushes within the next 10-20 days.

Season Stage: Early season.

Hunting Report: Local group of hunters took limits of honkers two days in a row. Hunted in the morning and scouted in the evening.  There has been minimal pressure so far.


33)        Name:  Curt McNabb

Date: 10-04-10 

Location: Urbandale, Iowa

Weather: Nice, highs around low 70's, low's in mid 40's.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: High to average, wet spots have begun slowly drying up.

Feeding Conditions: More and more fields are starting to come out on a daily basis.

Species and Numbers:  Ducks are scattered, geese are still staring to group up in holding areas.

Migrations: Slow but surely, starting to see a few new geese around, but not very many yet. Most are still locals grouping together.

Season Stage: Early, south zone goose opened up this past weekend.

Hunting Report: Good! A lot of people did well that I talked to. Bow season opened up as well, so some of the birds won't get pressured as much.

Gossip:  Nothing to drastic yet.


34)        Name: Rusty Burnam

Date: 10/6/2010

Location: St. Joseph, MO

Weather: Clear skies and sunshine! We awoke to our first frost Monday morning.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Water levels are still above normal for this time of year. Flood water has a left a few small pockets but most has receded.

Feeding Conditions: Harvest is all but finished here in NW MO, local Canada's are using fresh cut fields to some extent but all of our new ducks are zoning in on moist soil areas.

Species and Numbers: Blue-winged teal still exist in our local refuge but early pintails and mallards are beginning to show up in good numbers.

Migrations: We have begun seeing flights of pintails and early mallards coming into the area.

Season Stage: Early, our early Canada goose season just opened last Saturday the 2nd.

Hunting Report: Hunters had fair success during the first weekend of the early goose.

Gossip: Most hunters are anticipating the arrival of our big duck season.


35)        Name:  Kyle Scott

Date: October 4, 2010

Location: La Grange, Missouri

Weather: Mostly mild weather conditions with a few day time temps ranging between the lower 70's and upper 30's. Sunny throughout the week.

Snow Cover:  N/A 

Water Conditions: Excellent.

Feeding Conditions: Feeding is occurring in picked corn fields.

Species and Numbers:  Local geese, wood ducks, pintails and teal.

Migrations: Seeing primarily teal and a few pintails

Season Stage: Early goose opened October 2nd, and ends on the 10th

Hunting Report: Honkers are spotty.  If you're in them, hold on as it has been good for us.

Gossip: Guys are getting ready to head up north.  Hoping we have a little better duck season than last year.


36)        Name:  Ralph Harr II

Date: 10/4/10

Location: O'Fallon, Missouri

Weather: The weather has been very mild with very little change with a high pressure system hanging out over the midwest.  Highs mid 70's, lows in mid 40's.  No significant cold fronts.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Local clubs in the area have not started pumping water for the season.

Feeding Conditions: Good corn crop this season that should allow plenty of food come duck season.

Species and Numbers:  Local birds only, a mix of dabblers primarily.

Migrations: No significant migrations have taken place yet.

Season Stage: Waiting stage, still 30+ days till shoot time...

Hunting Report: None

Gossip: Can't wait till the big season!


37)        Name:  Ryan Beltz

Date: 10/5/10

Location: Campbell, Mo

Weather: Mid 70's, sunny, cool nights.

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions: DRY!!!!.

Feeding Conditions: Early mornings and late evenings, birds are feeding in harvested fields.

Species and Numbers:  N/A

Migrations: Reports of birds up north but not too much here.

Season Stage: Two months before opener.

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip: Slim to None


38)        Name:  Tony Thompson

Date: 10/04/10

Location: Reagan, Tennessee

Weather: Had our first frost this morning with temps in the low 30's.

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions: Extremely dry conditions, water very low everywhere.

Feeding Conditions: Lots of moss in areas with water, crops being harvested early due to dry conditions.

Species and Numbers:  Saw geese working corn fields this morning. Saw teal, some gadwalls, and large concentrations of wood ducks where there is water. Reelfoot Lake has many ducks at this point.

Migrations: Nothing moving in yet.

Season Stage: Still a long way off!

Hunting Report: Wood duck hunting was good; with limited water they were concentrated.

Gossip:  Been hearing from hunting buddies who have been to Canada that it was very wet and they killed lots of birds. Guess we wait now!


39)        Name:  Joe James       

Date: 10-2-10

Location: Sharon, TN

Weather: Lows in the low 40's to upper 30's and highs in the mid 60's to mid 70's.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions:  Extremely dry, we need rain!

Feeding Conditions: Crops being harvested, conditions are favorable for the migration.

Species and Numbers: None

Migrations: No notable migrations

Season Stage: Duck season is two months from starting.

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip: Chance of rain in October or November, we sure hope so!


40)        Name:  Hunter Johnson

Date: 10/5/10

Location: Searcy, AR

Weather: It's been cooler this week with lows in the low 50's and highs in the upper 70's.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: Very dry, all rivers are low and most sloughs are dried up!

Feeding Conditions: N/A

Species and Numbers:  We still have a few teal and we are starting to see a few gadwall and pintail show up.

Migrations: No notable migrations

Season Stage: N/A

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip:  With the abundance of water up north and the hunting reports coming from the guys in Canada, everyone is expecting a good season!




41)        Name:  Eric Bartlett

Date: 10-3-10

Location: Waterboro, Maine

Weather:  Cool with a light breeze and a few clouds.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions:  Cool water temps, low in several places with small waves due to the wind.

Feeding Conditions:  Ample vegetation around the water.

Species and Numbers: Roughly 30 greenheads, 15 black ducks, 25 wood ducks, 2 pintails, and 50 or so Canada geese

Migrations Season Stage: This is the very beginning of the migration. 

Hunting Report:  A lot of resident immature ducks decoyed very easily but are fast learners. Although this is the beginning of the migration new birds are showing up in the area. Duck and geese filled the bag and detected by bands the birds are moving south.

Gossip: With the weather still mild, ducks and geese in the area are holding on to their water habits and feeding on a multitude of mostly vegetation in the water. The cut corn fields stay vacant. Some newly turned fields with fresh shoots of winter rye are attracting geese but not much. There was a lot of hunting pressure out this weekend being the first legal Saturday of the season so ducks got moved around pretty well. Friday opening day saw a few but fairly light.


42)        Name:  Brian Rhodes

Date: 10-4-10

Location: Central Falls, RI

Weather: Cool, windy, rainy

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions: Some much needed rain has been falling this week, but fresh water levels are still low.

Feeding Conditions: Green fields, cut corn, acorns are primary feeding sources.

Species and Numbers: Geese, woodies, and a few mallards starting to show.

Migrations: Geese and "big" ducks showing up a bit.

Season Stage: Closed till Friday.

Hunting Report: No hunting as of late.

Gossip:  Early goose closed, early duck opens Friday!


43)        Name:  Allan Stanley

Date: 10-5-10

Location: Dover, DE

Weather: Lows in the 40's to 50's, highs in the 60's to mid 70's over the next 10 day period.  Little precipitation predicted.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Favorable due to recent rains, many of the seasonal ponds got a good shot of water and should be holding woodies and other early season ducks.

Feeding Conditions: Good, most corn is cut...beans are still up.  Seasonal ponds are flooded giving more access to dabbling ducks.

Species and Numbers:  Have seen good numbers of teal, at times, and good numbers of pintail, in certain places.  Woodies, resident mallards and blacks round out most of what is around right now.

Migrations: Some snow geese have started moving into the area, no big numbers yet.

Season Stage: Snow goose season is in, and the first duck split is Oct 22 - Nov 2.  Sea ducks are in as well through late January.

Hunting Report: Teal season ended a week ago and was actually pretty good.  Not great numbers, but limits more often than not.


44)        Name:  Marshall Starkey

Date: 10/2/10

Location: Kent Island, MD

Weather: Highs in the 60's, lows in the 50's.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Bay front

Feeding Conditions: Mostly cut corn fields

Species and Numbers:  AP Canadian geese, couple hundred at most.

Migrations: First really big push of birds into the area

Season Stage: AP goose season doesn't start until mid November.

Hunting Report: Goose season is closed.

Gossip:  First big push of migrators showed up on the shore, looking forward to a great year!!!!


45)        Name:  Kenny Gray      

Date:  October 4, 2010  

Location:  Grasonville, MD

Weather:  What a change in weather a week makes.  Temps have dropped down into the low 60's, high 50's with a few nights into the 40's.

Snow Cover:  None at this time. 

Water Conditions:  Wow, what a week, last week Maryland felt the rain from a tropical storm off the coast, most reports state that we received between 6 to 8 inches of rain.  The ponds that were looking poor for the first split of duck season are now filled to the brim.

Feeding Conditions:  Corn harvest is probably between 80-90% complete, and most farmers have not started picking the beans.  The new birds that arrived this week have had plenty to eat. 

Species and Numbers:  Good reports of blue and green-winged teal, geese just starting to arrive.

Migrations: The first flocks of migrators have just shown up.  This past weekend you could hear the birds moving in almost every night. 

Season Stage:  Resident goose and early teal season have ended. Two weeks until the first split of duck season. 

Hunting Report:  Two weeks until the first split of Maryland's ducks season opens, typically this first split is a great time to concentrate on wood ducks, teal and mallards. 

Gossip:  Wow, I can't say it enough, what a difference a week makes.  Cooler temperatures are moving in and it is starting to feel like hunting season.  With the main migration just starting to arrive, bird traffic the next couple of weeks will be a great treat.


46)        Name:  Jeff Kreit

Date:   Oct.4, 2010

Location: Baltimore, MD

Weather: In the 60's and 70's during the day, 40's at night.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: Lots of rain, the storm flooded all low lying areas.

Feeding Conditions: Lots of cut fields(corn) available for feeding.

Species and Numbers:  Dark geese, primarily resident Canadas with migrators thrown in on recent winds.

Migrations: The last two days saw lots of migrators coming down.

Season Stage: Opens in 5-6 weeks.

Hunting Report: None

Gossip: Our early season was not like our last!


47)        Name: Rusty Hallock

Date: 10/04/10

Location: Centreville, Maryland

Weather: We went from summer to winter in a few days this past week with highs in the 50's and lows in the 40's.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: We went from hot and dry to cold and wet. During 36 hour time frame from early morning Thursday to Friday, we had over 8 inches of rain after the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole moved up the east coast. Yesterday we had another storm come from the south and my rain gauge is at an inch of rain for a 12 hour time frame.

Feeding Conditions: Most of the corn fields have been harvested.

Species and Numbers:  Flocks of Canada geese have moved in. I have seen their numbers grow at a local refuge pond over the weekend.

Migrations: I saw my first flocks of migrators on Friday evening (10/1).

Season Stage: Sea duck season opened on Saturday (10/2). Our early duck season opens in less than 2 weeks.

Hunting Report: With early teal over, waterfowlers are anxiously waiting for the first split of duck season.

Gossip:  With the colder temperatures arriving this past weekend, it has been nice to be able sit on my deck in the fading light of dusk and watch this year's migrators filter down from the north.


48)        Name:  Sean M. Fritzges

Date: 4 October, 2010

Location: Abingdon, Maryland

Weather: A cool front moved through the region starting around September 29 with the arrival of tropical storm Nicole pushing upwards through the eastern seaboard. After Nicole's passing, 45-60 MPH wind conditions from the NW pushed the areas first cool front through which dropped temps to the low 40's during evening hours and highs in the low 60's during the day.

Snow Cover:  No snow covers at this time.

Water Conditions: Fresh water reservoir conditions lower than past years. Conditions approximately 15' below normal levels for time of year, local fresh water dams closed with no overflow.

Feeding Conditions: Majority of corn has been harvested in the upper bay region. Soybean harvest has begun this past weekend, local farmers now beginning to sow winter wheat in cut fields.

Species and Numbers:  Resident geese most prevalent on local farms. Migrators now seen passing, heading to the eastern shore.

Migrations: Migratory Canada geese began filtering down through the area beginning Friday 1 October. Small and large migrating groups were noticed in cut fields and several local ponds. Some snow geese also mixed in with groups of Canada's.  Wood ducks.....several woodies were seen in fresh water tributaries with local mallards mixed in.

Season Stage: Between seasons, resident Canada goose season ended 25 September.

Hunting Report: Maryland AP season begins with Youth Day on 6 November. AP regular season begins with a short week of hunting on 20 November through 26 November.

Gossip:  Teams of hunters began traveling to farms to get a head start on prepping pits and blinds with brush and switch grass. Talk is crews also placing final preparations on decoy repairs and gathering new gear for the long awaited waterfowl season.


49)        Name:  Ron Zega

Date:  10/4/2010

Location: Albany, NY

Weather: Temperatures have been chilly lately, dipping into the upper 30's at night.  Has rained for the past 2 days straight!

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions:  Water is extremely high across the state, extensive flooding in some areas, all ponds and lakes are full to capacity.  Hudson River temp:  58.6

Feeding Conditions:   Plenty of chopped and now picked cornfields available for geese mainly.  Newly flooded areas are providing great foraging for puddle ducks.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers increased greatly over the weekend.  All duck species numbers are up as well.

Migrations: Significant migrations occurred over the weekend, numerous big ducks moved in the area, and big increases in Canada goose numbers and sightings. 

Season Stage: Duck season is open in the northeastern zone of NY; the southeast zone opens this weekend.

Hunting Report: Hunting was average.  Some groups did very well, while others barely cut a feather.

Gossip: Local hunters are awaiting this weekend's opener anxiously; weather conditions have been perfect for a large wave of uneducated birds to move in to the area.


50)        Name:  Mike Bard

Date: October 5, 2010

Location: Syracuse, NY

Weather: Heavy rain and cool temps over the past week. 

Snow Cover:  None. 

Water Conditions: Water is up and some areas are flooded.

Feeding Conditions: Winter wheat is in on many farms and some farmers have started picking corn and harvesting beans.  Several flooded areas and standing water offer new feeding areas as well this week.

Species and Numbers:  Geese continue to be around in good numbers, which is typical for this time of year.  Puddle duck numbers have increased, with a good number of mallards in the area.

Migrations: Geese have continued to move into and through the area over the past week. The recent cold front and rains have brought a small migration of puddle ducks into the area as well.

Season Stage: Local zone is closed (western), however the southeastern zone opens up this weekend and the Northeastern zone remains open.

Hunting Report: Many hunters who traveled to the Northern zone this past week had good to excellent results. 

Gossip: Conditions are shaping up for a good southeastern opener this coming weekend.


51)        Name:  Bryn Witmier

Date:  10/4/2010

Location: Strausstown, PA

Weather: Temperatures are average for this time of year.  Daytime highs in the upper 50's to mid 60's with low's at night in the 40's.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions:  Most locations of eastern PA received 5 inches, or more, of rain last week.  More rain is expected the first half of this week.  The drought conditions from last week are over.  Ponds, wetlands, and streams are bursting at the seams.

Feeding Conditions:  Feeding conditions are excellent.  The recent rains have flooded many fields and filled all wetlands opening up new areas for waterfowl to feed.   Crop harvest has slowed with the wet weather but there are plenty of already harvested fields for birds to feed in.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers are way up.  Local mallard and wood duck numbers are holding steady. 

Migrations: Canada geese took advantage of the north wind this weekend.  Migrating geese could be seen and heard all day and night heading south. 

Season Stage: There is no open season at this time.  Early duck season opens this weekend for the entire state.

Hunting Report: None

Gossip:  Local hunters are worried that the recent rains have dispersed the duck population.  Some extra scouting will be necessary to find a solid concentration of birds for the opener on Saturday.


52)        Name:  Erik Nilsson

Date: 10/3/2010

Location: New Castle, PA

Weather: Cold, drizzle

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: Low, but increasing with several days of rain.

Feeding Conditions: None       

Species and Numbers: Ducks, ruddies, king eiders, and harlequins.

Migrations: Starting, early stage

Season Stage: Early

Hunting Report: Northwestern and south zones officially open October 9th, 2010. Scouting for ducks I have seen a good numbers of wood ducks and mallards. Temps have dropped over the last several days and we have had rain mixed in during the days. Hopefully the wood ducks numbers remain for the weekend opener. There are plenty of crops that remain un-harvested so opportunities exist for later in the season.

Gossip:  Many hunters are gearing up for the duck opener this weekend.


53)        Name:  Kevin Addy

Date: October 4, 2010

Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Weather: Cooler than last week with a lot of rain.

Snow Cover:  None

Water Conditions: We received a lot of rain last Thursday. Locally 6+ inches of rain was measured and other areas received more. The ponds have filled up. The rivers and creeks are running high right now. Some more rain is forecasted for today.

Feeding Conditions: There are a lot more fields cut than normal and every week I see more corn being combined.

Species and Numbers:  The migrators have really moved in over the last few days. Geese are everywhere and the ducks have changed up due to all of the water. It appears we have more woodies and mallards around too.

Migrations: There have been birds pushing down every day with Friday and Saturday being real heavy.

Season Stage:  Duck season opens in the south zone on Oct 9th followed by the RP goose opener on Oct 23rd.

Hunting Report: Waterfowl season is closed at this time.

Gossip:  Everyone is getting ready for the duck opener.


54)        Name:  Rhett Riddle

Date: 10/5/10

Location: Columbia, SC

Weather: Lows in the upper 40's and high's in the mid 70's.

Water Conditions:  Large amounts of rain in NC and SC have brought water levels up.

Feeding Conditions: Resident geese are still feeding in cut corn fields, and some in hay fields.  Wood ducks are feeding in the swamps along the hardwood ridges on acorns.  Most impoundments have not been flooded yet.  Small numbers of teal are still feeding in mud flats with good vegetation.

Species and Numbers:  Wood duck numbers are good, teal numbers are low.  While resident goose numbers are high, most have retreated back to populated areas to avoid pressure from the early goose season.

Migrations: No noted migration at this time.

Season Stage: No waterfowl seasons are in season at this time.  Duck and goose season will be opening the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 20, 2010.

Hunting Report:  None at this time.

Gossip:  Kill numbers were down for most of the season for local goose hunters.  Teal season started off slow for most, but a small push came towards the end of the season, and provided some good opportunities."






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