Season Summary: Updated January 13, 2017

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Name: Eric Bartlett

Date: Jan. 10, 2017

Location: Hollis, Maine

Weather: Seasonably cold.

Snow Cover: Ample snow cover.

Water Conditions: The majority of everything is frozen. Some tributary streams and coastal areas have open water.

Feeding Conditions: In the flowing water divers are heading for the bottom while others dabble where there is shallow enough water.

Species and Numbers: None.

Migrations: None to be seen.

Season Stage: Salt water ducks are still open but we are approaching the end.

Hunting Report: With all the snow and ice we have been hard pressed to spot any waterfowl in the area. Limited areas inland will hold a few birds while most of them are hanging on the coast.

Gossip: With good ice to work on it is time to service nest boxes and see how many were used and prep them for next year.

 

Name: Mike Bard

Date: Jan. 9, 2017

Location: Syracuse, New York

Weather: COLD! Cold front came through mid-week and has left the area with high temps in the teens since.

Snow Cover: One to 3 inches.

Water Conditions: Low, but a lot of ice.

Feeding Conditions: Poor due to frozen ground and ice in shallow water areas.

Species and Numbers: Snow goose numbers continue to be higher than normal, while Canada goose numbers are below average. Mallards, blacks, and redheads are around in good numbers.

Migrations: Most notable migrations are with the geese and swans that continue to come in and pass through the area.

Season Stage: Late.

Hunting Report: Mixed success mainly due to the ability to access locations where the birds are.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Robert Vellucci

Date: Jan. 10, 2017

Location: Clinton, New Jersey

Weather: We have been having a good cold snap. Big warm up coming this week.

Snow Cover:  A little snow but not enough to matter.

Water Conditions: Most everything is frozen.

Feeding Conditions: Pretty good.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of snow geese and Canadas around. Ducks are concentrated and in good numbers around open water.

Migrations: Some new snow geese showed up.

Season Stage: Ducks season is closed in the north zone.

Hunting Report: Duck hunting would have been really good this past weekend if the season was open.

Gossip: Going to hit the coastal zone the rest of the season. Too bad this cold won’t stick.

 

Name: David Weidner

Date: Jan. 9, 2017

Location: Hamilton Square, New Jersey

Weather: Cold – back on the roller coaster late week.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Still low.

Feeding Conditions: Poor.

Species and Numbers: Canada geese, snow geese, puddle ducks.

Migrations: None.

Season Stage: Late.

Hunting Report:  Hunted the Barnegat Bay in the snow storm this weekend.  Black duck dominated the area – most were shot without even calling.  Few blue-bills and some pintails, but otherwise not as many birds as I would suspect.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Sean Fritzges

Date: Jan. 9, 2017

Location: Abingdon, Maryland

Weather: Cold with approxiately 3 inches snow accumulation.

Water Conditions: Bay and freshwater tide levels normal.

Feeding Conditions: Dark geese feeding in wheat fields as most corn and soybean fields are now picked clean.

Species and Numbers: A good push of birds arriver late Wednesday evening with arrival of cold temps. Canada goose numbers now increasing.

Migrations: With the arrival of colt temps, large numbers of geese are now steadily arriving to our area. With little amounts of snow fall so far this season, geese are staying along open waterways and feeding in wheat fields.

Season Stage: Late AP split now in session.

Hunting Report: Deer season is now coming to a close with the late firearms split over. Most hunters are now gearing for the late split of the AP waterfowl season. Spring snow goose hunters are gearing up for the migration of snows. Turkey hunters are starting to chatter on hunting forums!!!  

Gossip: Keep the cold and the new birds coming!!!

 

Name: Marshall Starkey

Date: Jan. 9, 2017

Location: Essex, Maryland

Weather: Very cold to start the week but warming as the week goes on.

Snow Cover: After the snowfall this weekend, there is various depth snow cover across the state. The lower shore has 6 to 12. The middle and western shore got a trace to 2 inches.

Water Conditions: Small ponds and creeks are frozen but with warmer temps forecast they will thaw.

Feeding Conditions: Corn and soybean fields with winter wheat fields.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of Canada geese and growing numbers of ducks.

Migrations: A few more divers around.

Season Stage: Last split of AP goose season.

Hunting Report: Goose hunting was slow with the extreme cold last weekend.

Gossip: Goose hunting should be good this week.

 

Name: John Taylor

Date: Jan. 9, 2017

Location: Quantico, Maryland

Weather: Cloudy overcast. It was 7 degrees this morning, but it got up to 40 degrees this afternoon. Warmest day we’ve had in over a week. Other than today it hasn’t been above freezing for the past week.

Snow Cover: About 8 to 10 inches of snow since last Saturday.

Water Conditions: Some open water, but a lot is frozen.

Feeding Conditions: Feeding all day.

Species and Numbers: Canada geese, too many to count, thousands!

Migrations: New geese showing up this past week.

Season Stage: Three weeks left, just keeps getting better with numbers.

Hunting Report: Duck hunting very slow, not many ducks around in our area. Geese are everywhere and most people are having great success.

 

Name: Kenny Gray

Date: Jan. 10, 2017

Location: Chestertown, Maryland

Weather: Currently cold with daytime temps in the teens.  A heat wave is in the forecast with temperatures jumping up to the 50s.

Snow Cover: One to 3 inches depending on the drifting.

Water Conditions: Farm ponds are frozen, and Chestertown River is freezing on the sides.

Feeding Conditions: Geese have been feeding late in the afternoon the last few days, due to the below average cold.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers are geese, puddle ducks, and divers.

Migrations: No new birds have arrived this week.

Season Stage: Final three weeks of the regular season.

Hunting Report: Local reports have been mixed. Some are killing limits everyday while others are struggling.

 

Name: Jeff Kreit

Date: Jan. 9, 2017

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Weather: Highs in teens!

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Frozen.

Feeding Conditions: Anything sticking out of the snow beans in our field.

Species and Numbers: Canada geese.

Migrations: None.

Season Stage: Second split open.

Hunting Report. Hunting has been good. Cold weather got the birds hungry and acting like geese should.

 

Name: Bryn Witmier

Date: Jan. 11, 2017

Location: Strausstown, Pennsylvania

Weather: It’s been real cold the past five days. Big warm upcoming today and tomorrow.

Snow Cover: Very little.

Water Conditions: Most water is frozen unless it is fast flowing.

Feeding Conditions: Dry field feeding is decent.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of Canadas around. Can’t seem to find too many ducks.

Migrations: Nothing observed.

Season Stage: Ten days left in duck season and a little longer for Canadas.

Hunting Report: No hunting for me last week. Looked around for some ducks but couldn’t put anything together.

 

Name: Kevin Addy

Date: Jan. 9, 2017

Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Weather: It’s been real cold the last few days but it will warm up again by mid-week.

Snow Cover: Dusting to a few inches.

Water Conditions: Most water is frozen excepts for faster moving creeks and springs.

Feeding Conditions: Decent as the snow isn’t deep.

Species and Numbers: Goose and duck numbers remain about the same but the cold has them concentrated again.

Migrations: Nothing exciting lately.

Season Stage: AP Canadas open until Jan. 31. South zone ducks remain open until Jan. 21.

Hunting Report: Steady shooting ducks and geese a couple times a week.

Gossip: Hard to believe there are only a few weeks left!


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