Waterfowl Migration Reports — Mississippi

Avery Outdoors takes a look at Waterfowl migration reports.

October 16, 2014


Name: Will Harvey


Location: Glenwood, MN

Weather:Warmer this week, upper 50’s to mid-60’s and sunny.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Pretty normal

Feeding Conditions: A few geese finding chopped corn, divers are hitting lakes with freshwater shrimp.

Species and Numbers:OK numbers of divers around, but you really have to look for them. Just a few geese around.

Migrations: Not much to report.

Season Stage:Early

Hunting Report: Found a small lake with some divers over the weekend, set up shop and shot a few buffleheads, ring-bills and a couple puddle ducks. Most people I talk to report low numbers of ducks and geese.

Gossip: Nothing at this time. 


Name:Casey Hopfer


Location: Richmond, MN

Weather:South winds, mid-day temps in the upper 50’s to low 60’s.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Water levels remain good throughout the area, ponds are accessible and lakes have adequate water.

Feeding Conditions: Many chopped corn fields around the area, but they have little corn left in them for food. Bean fields are being harvested and some corn fields are now being combined.

Species and Numbers:Duck numbers are low, mainly mergansers being seen on local lakes and sloughs right now. Some wood ducks around yet. Good goose numbers in the area.

Migrations: No migration the past weekend with the south winds. Later this week we should see a push of birds with increasing NW winds.

Season Stage:Early

Hunting Report: Very few ducks around, some wood ducks on sloughs and in some corn fields but that’s about all. Good goose numbers, but the large amount of chopped corn fields has them jumping fields trying to find food in them.

Gossip: Few ducks, but lots of mergansers around. Strong goose numbers in spots around the area.


Name:Richard Shamla


Location: Clara City, MN

Weather:Clear and windy with daytime highs in the 60’s with night lows in the 40’s.  We had mild weather this week. Last weekend we had some sustained winds.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Water levels continue to drop with little rain, but they are still higher than average.

Feeding Conditions: Waterfowl are mostly feeding in the early morning and late evening hours.  The waterfowl are mainly feeding in the harvested soybean fields, silage and a few harvested corn fields.

Species and Numbers:  Goose numbers remain about the same with no notable increase.  Some of the main roosts have more geese on them due to hunting pressure.  Duck numbers seemed to have declined with most of the small ducks moving out of the area.  For the second week divers such as canvasbacks and ring-necks are more abundant in the area.

Migrations: Some divers coming through but not much else for movement with the nice weather.

Season Stage:3rd week of regular duck and goose season.

Hunting Report: Goose hunting some good for a few groups this past week that hunted the few harvested corn and bean fields.  Overall the hunting pressure has dropped.  Duck hunting is very hit or miss with less success being reported.  Mainly we need better weather and some migrating waterfowl.

Gossip: Overall hunting success for pheasant opener was poor as a lot of the corn crop is still standing.


Name:Russell Brzezinski            

Date:October 11th, 2014  

Location:Unionville, Michigan

Weather:Clear, sunny mild wind, 50’s

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions: N/A

Feeding Conditions: Managed area hunt

Species and Numbers:Saw a good number of wood ducks and local mallards around,  few geese though.

Migrations:Canadas, teal have moved through.

Season Stage:Beginning stages

Hunting Report: Opener for zone three of Lower Michigan.  The conditions at the GMA were poor due to the sharecropper not getting in to take off his crops.  Therefore, the zones weren’t properly flooded prior to the opener.  Only one field was available for hunting.


Name:Gerry Mazur

Date:October 14th, 2014

Location:Williston, Ohio

Weather:Cloudy with rain and very windy with gusts in the 20’s. Heavy rain expected with temps in the 70’s and then moving back to the 60’s and 50’s as fronts move in.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Southwest winds are pushing water levels out around the marshes and bays.

Feeding Conditions: Some fields are open that have taken wheat off. Beans and corn are plentiful but the wet weather will push back harvest.

Species and Numbers:Not seeing much in the way of numbers at Ottawa and Magee Refuges. Few mallards and fewer geese to see around the two facilities.

Migrations: Would have to say not yet.

Season Stage:The Ohio opener is set for the 18th in the north zone.

Hunting Report: Michigan hunters taking a few birds in the right spots.


Name:Justin Weber


Location:Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Weather:Partly sunny with lows in the upper 40’s and highs in the 60s.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Had a bunch of rain on Monday. Water levels rose a good inch or two.

Feeding Conditions:Geese hitting freshly chopped corn fields. Ducks are hitting marshes and ponds.

Species and Numbers: There are large numbers of geese holding on refuges and roost ponds. Most local ducks have left the area except for a few woodies and mallards.

Migrations:A large number of geese showed up about a week ago. Roost ponds are filled up with birds. There has been a few ducks coming and going as well. 

Season Stage:Season split

Hunting Report: The last week was very good for geese. Limits were easy to come by with the large number of birds in our area. Ducks are getting harder to find as local birds are getting shot off of ponds and creeks.

Gossip:Can’t wait for season to be back on this weekend!


Name:Josh Ernst


Location:Walford, Iowa

Weather:Mid 50’s, cloudy, rain and windy.

Snow Cover: NA

Water Conditions: River levels are on the rise with portions of Iowa receiving 2+ inches of rain over the last 3 days.

Feeding Conditions: Feeding patterns have been a mess with conditions so once weather patterns straighten out we should be back to an early AM feed and a later afternoon feed. 

Species and Numbers:Duck seasons are closed this week and the only open season is on geese.  Goose numbers seem to be low to average for the area however with picked corn fields coming out these birds should get further from town to feed. With wet conditions, it will be a while before the landowners are back in the field.

Migrations:Saw a big push of birds move in about two weeks ago and since that time haven’t gained any new birds however likely that we lost some fowl.

Season Stage:Pretty early yet in the season to get good patterns nailed down and hunting reports are fairly slim.  With new fields opening up with should be good to get after them once conditions straighten out. 


Name:Brandon Geweke              


Location:Antioch, Illinois 

Weather:Cool weather throughout the last week! 40’s and low 50’s.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Good with recent rains.

Feeding Conditions: Geese are feeding heavy in the afternoons in bean fields, mornings find them loafing longer than previous weeks.

Species and Numbers:Lots of geese, good amount of mallards/teal/woodys.

Migrations:Geese are stacking up, really thick in our area right now.

Season Stage: Our opener is this coming weekend. Looks like we will have great weather NNW winds 15-20mph with a 47 high and 30’s lows.

Hunting Report: Nothing at this time.

Gossip: Nothing at this time. 


Name: Steve Demaster

Date: 10-12-14 

Location: Peoria, IL

Weather:  High in the 60s and lows in the low 40s at night. Three days of rain this week and cloudy. Good duck hunting weather for the youth hunt. 

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Good amounts of water to high water. 

Feeding Conditions: Fresh cut corn fields and flooded timber along with moist soil areas are the feeding spots.

Species and Numbers: Decent amount of puddle ducks and local geese.

Migrations: Couple of good pushes so far.

Season Stage: Youth starts in one week.

Hunting Report: Should be a good youth hunt.

Gossip: Nothing at this time. 


Name:Shaun Patrick         


Location:Troy, MO

Weather:Rain and overcast, highs in the 60’s lows in the upper 40’s.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Way above average for this time of year.

Feeding Conditions: Good

Species and Numbers:Puddlers

Migrations:Seeing early migrations of puddlers into the area.

Season Stage:Closed

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip:Still seeing small pushes of new birds into the area, as work on most places continues.


Name: Ralph Harr

Date: 10/14/14

Location: St. Peters, MO

Weather: Cool with 3-5 inches of rain in the last week. 

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: As of right now the lakes and ditches are filling up and most of the clubs have their levels plugged holding all of this free water.   

Feeding Conditions: Good to fair 

Species and Numbers: Dabbler ducks, mostly teal and spoonies with some mallards mixed in. Numbers are still very low at this time  

Migrations: Within the last week some new birds have started showing up but still low numbers. 

Season Stage: Has not started 

Hunting Report: Nothing at this time.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name:John Gordon


Location:Prichard, MS

Weather:We received quite a bit of rainfall this week along with cooler temperatures.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: The local farmers have boarded up the risers where they have finished working the fields to hold water. Not much of this has been done yet though and any ducks are staying on the lakes and rivers. 

Feeding Conditions: The corn and soybean harvest is in full swing now but delayed this week due to rainfall. There will be plenty of waste grains in the fields plus planted millet for the birds to feed on this winter.

Species and Numbers:Only the early migrants are here now, teal, pintail, and gadwall. A few specks have shown up as well.

Migrations: Not many ducks or geese yet, we will need a strong north wind to push them this far south. 

Season Stage:Open duck season begins Thanksgiving Day in Mississippi this year. That is a first, we normally open the day after and have an early split.

Hunting Report: Nothing since teal season which was hit and miss in the Delta.

Gossip: For the first time ever the Mississippi State Bulldogs are #1 in the nation in college football!! I never thought it would happen.