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Name: Bill Dougan
Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Notable Weather Changes/Differences: This year we had a lot of high wind days with out very much rain.
Winter Snow Summary: Snow during the season was minimal we did not receive any amount of snow during our season.
Season Water Conditions: Water conditions were very good all season; some ponds were low after the very dry summer. We did not get to many freeze up’s expect for the one week the later part of November, but the rivers opened up after about a week of cold weather.
Overall Feeding Conditions: The feeding conditions were very good all season; a lot of fields were cut early providing lots of feed for the birds.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: There were a lot of birds early in the season. As the season went on the numbers got a little better.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Goose numbers were up in a lot of areas. The numbers seemed to improve in mid to late November
Notable Duck Migrations: We saw a lot of ducks arrive early in the season with the bulk of the migration arriving by early November.
Notable Goose Migrations: Goose numbers were up early on in the season and continued throughout most of October and in early November we started to see more geese.
Overall Hunting Report: The hunting this season was up for a lot of areas, while other areas experienced a decline in bird numbers and in the quality of the hunting in those areas. Overall the 2012 season was a great year with a lot of birds being harvested.
Name: Angelo Casbarro
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Notable Weather Changes/Differences this Season: This season was particularly dry and warm. Significant rainfall and colder temperatures did not arrive until late December and Toronto did not see any snowfall until after Christmas.
Winter Snow Summary: Snowfall was non-existent in the greater Toronto area until late-December. However, the areas surrounding the city received snowfall starting in mid-November. These weather trends were consistent for this part of Ontario.
Season Water Conditions: Many smaller bodies of water remained open well into December due to relatively warm temperatures. Large bodies of water and fast moving rivers are still open.
Overall Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions were good this year. Typically this area has most crops coming off in the later part of the season.
Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: There was a significant increase in duck numbers this year, which many hunters were happy to see.
Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Thankfully this area has a very large resident goose population that stays in the area while bouncing around from feeding areas. Resident birds provide hunters with ample opportunities for successful hunts.
Notable Duck Migrations: Duck numbers peaked in late November with an unusually high duck migration through the area.
Notable Goose Migrations: Goose numbers peaked slightly in mid-December with the last push of northern birds migrating through the area.
Overall Hunting Report: The 2012 hunting season was another successful season by anyone’s standards. A large, stubborn resident goose population is making successful hunting trips extremely common for most hunters. While this area typically does not see an abundance of ducks, this year’s migration sent a significant increase of duck numbers and some much needed duck excitement for local hunters. While the birds seemed to have disappeared over the last month, all signs point to a prosperous late goose season in February and March of 2013.