Name: Kirk Steffensen
Location: Lincoln, NE
Weather: Warm and windy, daytime temperatures have been in the lower 60's with overnight lower above freezing. No precipitation.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Good, normal water conditions.
Feeding Conditions: Harvest is completed, except for a few fields here and there.
Species and Numbers: Fair numbers of ducks (mainly mallards) in the area with increasing number of dark geese.
Migrations: Nothing major occurred this past week; however, some birds (especially geese) were moving at night with the full moon.
Season Stage: Duck – Zones 2 and 4 open till December 17th. Zone 3 open till January 4th. Goose – The east zone is open till early February.
Hunting Report: Fair number of ducks taken this past week. Geese are flying well past shooting time so not worth chasing them into field yet.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.
Name: Andrew Schlueter
Location: Seward, NE
Weather: 61/23 25 MPH (S),
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: No rainfall, most of the local ponds are low.
Feeding Conditions: The geese are feeding twice a day. All the beans are out along with the majority of the corn. Geese have been have been feeding in corn.
Species and Numbers: Local birds and some other ducks. Some more small ducks are around. Not much moving south in the past few days.
Migrations: I have not notice many birds moving in the past few days.
Season Stage: Goose and duck open.
Hunting Report: Hunting can be good if you put the time in scouting.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.
Name: Jared Shepard
Location: Scottsbluff, NE
Weather: We are still exhibiting fall like weather with daytime highs in the 50's and 60's and overnight lows in the 30's.
Snow Cover: We currently have no snow.
Water Conditions: Water levels remain at an average level.
Feeding Conditions: The majority of the corn is now harvested, providing plenty of readily available feed for the birds. There is also a lot of grass, alfalfa and beans ready to be eaten.
Species and Numbers: Mallards and wigeon predominantly with a few teal and wood ducks left in the area. Also some lesser geese mixed in with our locals. A good number of birds have moved into the valley over the past couple of weeks, probably a few more than average.
Migrations: These past two weeks have seen a significant increase in the number of ducks and geese in the area. A large push of ducks arrived a week and a half ago followed shortly thereafter by a good migration of geese.
Season Stage: Almost a month into duck season and approximately three weeks into goose season.
Hunting Report: Due to the 2013 survey we are anticipating a great season out here.
Gossip: Both the duck and goose hunting have been really good lately!
Name: Vance Stolz
Location: Johnstown, Colorado
Weather: Mild temperatures with lows in the 30's and highs in the 50's continue to dominate our weather in this area. The first significant batch of cold air as well as 3 to 4 inches of snow is expected by the end of the week with highs in the 40's returning early next week.
Snow Cover: No snow covers in the area
Water Conditions: No change in our water situation, we continue to have an extraordinary amount of water in the area due to the flooding in mid-September. Most bodies of water are to their capacity and remain open due to the mild temperatures. All water is open due to recent mild temps.
Feeding Conditions: Birds have several feeding options w/ corn harvest beginning to wind down. Newly planted winter wheat is beginning to sprout as well giving the birds another food source.
Species and Numbers: We continue to have most species of ducks including mallards, pintails, gadwall, wigeon, teal, and divers in the area. Some increase in Mallard numbers in the area. Significant increase in goose numbers across the region.
Migrations: Seems to be a slight increase of mallards while other duck species remain steady. The first significant push of geese started nearly 2-weeks ago and numbers seem to increase daily. Lots of small Canadas along the Front Range with a few light geese mixed in.
Season Stage: We're currently in our first split of duck, which ends December 2nd. The second split opens again on December 21st and runs through January 26th. The early goose ended on October 23rd then starts up again this Saturday November 23rd and goes through February 16th.
Hunting Report: Duck hunting remains consistent throughout the area. With the mild weather conditions, field hunts for ducks have been difficult due to the birds showing up just after shooting light to feed. With the upcoming weather later this week, the field hunting for mallards should pick up. Our regular goose season opens this coming Saturday and should be a very strong start with the bird numbers increasing steadily.
Gossip: Waterfowl season along the Front Range is about to really pick up with goose season getting ready to open and new birds are arriving daily. Certain areas have decent numbers of mallards and with a possible change in our weather pattern; the hunts in our area should only get better.
Name: Nick Lisec
Location: Kansas City, KS
Weather: Clear and getting colder!
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Higher than previous years but we could use some additional rain fall to help flood some more food.
Feeding Conditions: Only the low lying fields that are still wet have corn in them.
Species and Numbers: Canada geese populations are increasing with many smaller groups showing up on different ponds. The ducks are also beginning to show up too on all the smaller ponds.
Migrations: Last week we had a nice NW wet cold front come through but was then followed up with warmer weather which we are about to work our way out of. The migration seems to begin to be trickling in. I think we are in good position for the rest of the year.
Season Stage: We're only about two weeks into the full swing of things here and the best is yet to come.
Hunting Report: Many hunters reporting mixed bags of birds but groups are having success.
Gossip: Scouting is the key to success
Name: Dallas W. Branch
Location: Morrison, OK
Weather: A warm weather weekend with strong winds coming out of the south. Hi's 70's and lows in the 50's.
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Lake water levels are normal. Surrounding lakes are normal and some are above normal.
Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions are good in the area. Winter wheat is doing well. Repeat rain weekly has assisted the week.
Species and Numbers: Ducks and geese have been slowly moving into the area.
Migrations: Snow geese have been migrating through the area on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Season Stage: The entire state of Oklahoma waterfowl season is in full swing.
Hunting Report: Hunter participation is average and success is fair.
Gossip: Cool fronts are expecting in the area early in the week hopefully bringing more birds in the area.