Season Summary: Updated February 6, 2017

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Name:  Mike Bard

Location: Montezuma, New York

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Very little rain, before and early season, then a second consecutive winter with above average temps and below average snowfall.

Winter Snow Summary: Below average.

Season Water Conditions: Low early in the season, then average with a couple brief periods of flooding late in the season. Ice came in during December and became wide spread, then melted off some.

Overall Feeding Conditions: Good.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Similar to last year, but down over the last 2 years.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Lower than last year, down year over year the past couple seasons.

Notable Duck Migrations: Late October into mid-November saw a decent push of wigeon and pintails. Then late November through December saw duck numbers increase – a variety of divers, mallards, and black ducks most notably.

Notable Goose Migrations: Late September, mid to late October were the biggest pushes – birds pushed through in smaller numbers during November and December.

Overall Hunting Report: Overall things were better than the 2015-16 season for ducks, but still down from seasons prior.

 

Name: Robert Vellucci

Location: Clinton, New Jersey

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: More warm weather this season with a cold spell in December.

Winter Snow Summary: None.

Season Water Conditions: Most of the year we had low water.

Overall Feeding Conditions: Good.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: I don’t know if numbers where low or they were just scattered.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Low.

Notable Duck Migrations: Nothing really observed. Ducks were consolidated during the December cold snap.

Notable Goose Migrations: Calendar birds were on schedule. Late September and early October and after some snow events in New York.

Overall Hunting Report: Most days were poor. I made the most of the good weather events and had some really good hunts.

 

Name: Dave Weidner

Location: Hamilton Square, New Jersey

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Call it global warming or climate change or what you will, but continued record warm temperatures during December and January seem to be impacting waterfowl migrations

Winter Snow Summary:  Total of 5 inches thus far.

Season Water Conditions: Low.

Overall Feeding Conditions: Fair.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: LOW.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: LOW.

Notable Duck Migrations: Only one significant day of duck migrations was observed.

Notable Goose Migrations: Basically, a slow trickle at best.

Overall Hunting Report: Another disappointing duck season in New Jersey. I am convinced that overall wood duck, mallard and bluebill numbers are lower than observed in the past. Black duck numbers were very good, but let’s see what happens after they move the limit from one black duck to two black ducks next year.

 

Name: Sean M. Fritzges

Location: Abingdon, Maryland

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Weather this season was not much different from last season. We had warm temps last year and again this season. The difference was this season, the cold weather stretches seemed to come at just the right timing of the first and second splits of the AP season. The cold push seemed to deliver the migrating geese at the right time. Last year, the birds were pushed south in early September leaving very little to hunt during the early split. Then the warm temps continued into the late split with the cold finally coming into our region after the closing of the season which delivered the geese late after the seasons closing.

Winter Snow Summary: This year we had only one of two days of snow dustings. Nothing significant.

Season Water Conditions: Water conditions remained normal this season with only two maybe three days of thin ice freezing conditions. No significant storms to raise tide levels.

Overall Feeding Conditions: With the limited to zero snow fall this season, feeding conditions and offerings of corn, soybeans and winter wheat were plentiful.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Unfortunately, my area is several miles inland. We do not average good numbers of ducks.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: This year’s goose numbers were excellent compared to last season. Canada geese arrived early and stayed with the abundance of food offerings due to early harvest and excellent early fall weather.

Notable Duck Migrations: No duck migration to speak of in my area.

Notable Goose Migrations: Goose migration this season could be considered “one to remember.” With the early arrival of geese during the early cool fall weather, geese stayed around because of the many offerings of food in harvested fields. Our low was around the week after Thanksgiving which was a closed season. As Christmas approached, birds began to arrive as the late split began. Cooler temps also brought in newly arriving geese. 

Overall Hunting Report: No complains here!! This season was an improvement over last season’s dormant migration. I also appreciated the latter portion of this season as we will be hunting geese until the Feb. 4. Last season this was not the case. Overall, this was a great year!!!

 

Name: Marshall Starkey

Location: Essex, Maryland

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Definitely been a warm winter.

Winter Snow Summary: One snow event so far that affected mostly the Eastern Shore.

Season Water Conditions: Below average.

Overall Feeding Conditions: Many AG fields both corn and soybeans.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Down for the most part.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Numbers seemed higher than the past two or so years.

Notable Duck Migrations: Divers moved in just a few weeks ago.

Notable Goose Migrations: First week of December was a good push of geese.

Overall Hunting Report: Goose hunting was good compared to the last few years. It still doesn’t seem to be as good as it was just five years prior.

 

Name: Kenny Gray

Location: Chestertown, Maryland

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Cold early, which helped push birds down, but then no weather to hunt them over.

Winter Snow Summary: Two small snow storms, but earlier in the season than typical.

Season Water Conditions: The season started off with below-average water levels, but by the last couple of weeks of the season, the levels were back to normal.

Overall Feeding Conditions: Ducks feed in flooded impoundments, while geese feed on harvested corn and bean fields with cover crops.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers appeared to be slightly up from last year.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Dark goose numbers were up from last year, duck numbers appeared to be up also. Light goose numbers appear to be down from what we saw last year.

Notable Duck Migrations: A good push early in the season and then a smaller push late in the season.

Notable Goose Migrations: Early cold in the beginning of December helped push a good amount of birds from the north. We then got smaller pushes throughout the year.

Overall Hunting Report: Overall the bird numbers were up from last year, but once the birds arrived here the warmer than normal weather did not help us out. While our season totals will be in line with last year, the number of days hunted for us was not, due to the warm weather or unfavorable winds. No cold at the end of the season also allowed the birds to be spread out across the area rather than concentrated like years past.

 

Name: Bryn Witmier

Location: Strausstown, Pennsylvania

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: We had a big cold front come through in December with temperatures below normal. Unfortunately, this pattern didn’t last and the rest of the season was abnormally warm.

Winter Snow Summary: None.

Water Conditions: Low.

Overall Feeding Conditions: Good.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Low. Ducks were hard to come by all season.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: About average.

Notable Duck Migrations: I wish I could say I saw one.

Notable Goose Migrations: Timing of goose migrations coincided with weather events in NY.

Overall Hunting Report: Hunting was poor overall. I didn’t hunt as much this year as I have in the past because most day’s conditions were ideal. Here is to next year being better.

 

Name: Kevin Addy

Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Notable Weather Changes/Differences This Season: Warmer than last.

Winter Snow Summary:  Beside a few dustings we didn’t have much and it didn’t stay around for more than a couple days.

Season Water Conditions: Very little ice to deal with and low water.

Overall Feeding Conditions: The feeding conditions we very good. The grass/wheat fields stayed green and were growing and the birds didn’t feed hard so there was plenty of corn left.

Duck Numbers Compared to Previous Years: Duck numbers were down besides wood ducks but the number of ducks we shot was up.

Goose Numbers Compared to Previous Years: The numbers were up early and lower later in the season besides when ice consolidated them.

Notable Duck Migrations: Nothing to write about.

Notable Goose Migrations: We did get a few pushes, but for the most part they trickled down.

Overall Hunting Report: Overall I had a great season in Pennsylvania and the other states I hunted.

 


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