Waterfowl Migration Reports — Central

Avery Outdoors takes a look at Waterfowl migration reports.

October 30, 2014

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Name:Jeremy DeVries

Date:10/26/14

Location:Bilings, MT

Weather:Still playing golf if that tells you anything!

Snow Cover:None

Water Conditions:Rivers ponds lakes and all puddles are clear and wet

holding small numbers of ducks in every little pocket.

Feeding Conditions:Fields are starting to fill with birds as harvest of corn

and wheat are mostly completed.

Species and Numbers:Low except for local birds. There are some teal and

wood ducks but they remain mostly scattered.

Migrations:None.

Season Stage:Not started yet.

Hunting Report:Some reports of good shooting in our area on ponds and small sloughs. Mostly private access. Rivers are thin and marginal at best until we get some freezing weather. Best bet right now is to find pond or sheet water that is holding ducks. Halloween is my cue of the start of waterfowl season every year so we're about to get things going.

 

Name:Kirk Steffensen

Date:October 29, 2014

Location:Lincoln, NE

Weather:Weekend was unseasonably warm with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 50’s.  However, a low pressure system is moving through and today’s high will only be in the upper-50’s.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Great – rainwater basins are all full with water everywhere.  Local lakes and ponds are also full. 

Feeding Conditions: Harvest is in full swing with most beans picked.

Species and Numbers:Poor numbers of ducks in the area, few big ducks seen.

Migrations:Nothing noted.

Season Stage:Duck and goose seasons are open state-wide.

Hunting Report:Some teal still being taken but getting more difficult.

Gossip:Nothing at this time.

 

Name:Jared Shepard       

Date:10/27/14

Location:Scottsbluff, NE

Weather:Finally cooler temperatures! This past week was still pretty warm but this coming week is predicted to be in the 50’s and 60’s with lows in the 30’s!

Snow Cover: None at this time.

Water Conditions: Most pasture ponds and the last of the irrigated pastures are dried up now. The water level in the river continues to drop by the day.

Feeding Conditions: This past week saw the start of field corn harvest. Lots of corn, beans and alfalfa are viable food options awaiting some migratory birds!

Species and Numbers:Still only local ducks and geese in the area. Quite a few green-winged teal and some mallards along with family groups of local geese.

Migrations: No major migrations yet! I didn’t even see or hear many cranes this past week…

Season Stage:All waterfowl seasons and pheasant season are now open! Dove season remains open until Oct 30.

Hunting Report: If the estimates are close this should be another great year to be a duck hunter!

Gossip:None of any significance this past week….

 

Name:Andrew Schlueter

Date:10/28/14

Location:Seward, NE

Weather:67/32  9 MPH (WNW),

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Normal

Feeding Conditions: Most of the beans are out. Some high moisture corn is coming out, along with some short season corn. More corn coming out every day.

Species and Numbers:Local geese are grouped up. Geese are feeding twice a day. A lot are feeding in bean fields, others in corn

Migrations:Minimal

Season Stage:In season

Hunting Report: Local geese are in patterns.  But they are locals and as always difficult. 

Gossip:Nothing at this time.

 

Name:Spencer  Holzfaster

Date:October 28, 2014

Location:North Platte, NE

Weather:52 Degrees

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: River systems still have great water; big water (local Lakes and reservoirs are about 50 percent full and have great back water). Farm ponds are full due to lots of rain and irrigation run off.

Feeding Conditions: Corn harvest is in full swing and is about 60% complete. 

Species and Numbers:Lots of teal and a lot more big ducks have made their way down to the back waters of the big reservoirs and are starting to move of the farm ponds to the river systems. Also local wetlands and flooded meadows are starting to build lots more big duck numbers.

Migrations:Slow migrations due to early seasons and warmer weather. Teal and few big ducks have shown up. Waiting for colder northern temperatures to push more birds down.

Season Stage:1 week in.

Hunting Report: Good early teal season. There have been lots of early birds around due to the great water conditions, very few geese around.

Gossip:None

 

Name:Lance Ohnmacht               

Date:10/28/14

Location:Hutchinson, KS

Weather:DRY, with more seasonable temps in the future. 80+ degrees last week is not my kind of waterfowl weather… Glad that will be the last we see of those temps for a while. 

Snow Cover: NA

Water Conditions: Fair on public but not much water on private lands without pumping.

Feeding Conditions: Moist soil plants had a good summer and most places should have good feed conditions for early migrants. Harvest of crop fields is in full swing.

Species and Numbers: Public and refuge pools report mostly teal. Not many big ducks. 

Migrations:It still very early but things are starting to happen. Saw my first flocks of juvie specks and a few snows yesterday. Cranes are moving through as well. Of the private waters I’ve seen lately I haven’t seen many ducks on them…

Season Stage:Early zone duck is open, late zone opens November 1.

Hunting Report: Pressure is high and birds are learning fast!

Gossip:  One weather service is predicting a cold wet winter, the other says a warm dry winter…  

 

Name:Nick Lisec

Date:10/27/14

Location:Kansas City, KS

Weather:Mid 60’s to mid-80’s

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Water conditions are looking good so far this year.

Feeding Conditions: Bean fields are getting cut and winter wheat is getting put into the ground.

Species and Numbers:Teal and puddle ducks are showing up, a few mallards in places but not many.

Migrations:Warmer weather has stunted the migration of some birds but the typical flight birds will begin showing up in the next few weeks.

Season Stage:We will open this coming weekend.   

Hunting Report: Good to average success has been had by most hunters. 

Gossip:Scouting is the key to success.


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