Season Summary: Updated December 2, 2016


Name: Mike Bard

Date: Nov. 28, 2016

Location: Syracuse, New York

Weather: Light winds, periods of rain, temps in the high 30s, low 40 s.

Snow Cover: Few inches.

Water Conditions: Normal levels with many small ponds/marshes with light ice cover.

Feeding Conditions: Good.

Species and Numbers: Both puddle and diver ducks are increasing, but still below average. Canada goose numbers are below normal average.

Migrations: Very minimal influx of ducks, while geese have been moving south since the snow storm last week.

Season Stage: Mid-season.

Hunting Report: Diver hunting has been fair to good, while puddle ducks and goose hunting have been tough.

Gossip: None.


Name: Robert Vellucci

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Clinton, New Jersey

Weather: Finally some rain today.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions:  Low.

Species and Numbers: Good amount of geese but not many ducks.

Migrations: We may have lost a few geese. Hard to tell.

Season Stage: Middle of the season.

Hunting Report: Geese are getting stale and becoming difficult.


Name: Dave Weidner

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Hamilton Square, New Jersey

Weather: Seasonal.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Low.

Feeding Conditions: Improving.

Species and Numbers: Low duck numbers.

Migrations: None.

Season Stage: Mid.

Hunting Report: Returned from Lake Ontario last week and beat the blizzard. Figured there might be a nice migration, but we were very wrong. The Perch River was basically devoid of all life forms and we saw only very few mallards. Returned for the NJ Coastal opener to only few black ducks. The buffleheads on the bay took a strong beating from the crowds of hunters on Thanksgiving. Today’s low temp was 21, but heavy and much needed rains are forecast for this week. Outlook is grim.


Name: Marshall Starkey

Date: Nov. 28, 2016

Location: Essex, Maryland

Weather: Seasonal temps with rain forecast Tuesday and Wednesday.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Below average.

Feeding Conditions: Cut corn and soybean fields.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers climbed some.

Migrations: Looks like we got a few new geese around Thanksgiving.

Season Stage: Waterfowl season is closed.

Hunting Report: Gun season for deer remains open until Dec. 10.

Gossip:  Opening day of firearms deer season was Nov. 26 and the orange army is out in force.


Name: Sean Fritzges

Date: Nov. 28 2016

Location: Abingdon, Maryland

Weather: Cool temps this past week, no rain/snow.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Bay and fresh water tide level normal. Water temps are approxiately 54.

Feeding Conditions: Canada geese feeding in cut corn and soy bean fields. Winter wheat also providing offering as wheat now beginning to sprout due to early planting and ideal weather/growing conditions.

Species and Numbers: Goose numbers fair with a mix of migrators and resident birds.

Migrations: Slowing … still hearing birds coming in during late evening hours but not like last week.

Season Stage: Closed at this time for deer firearms season. AP season opens Dec. 16.

Hunting Report: We had a great first split of the AP goose season. New birds arrived to mix with the resident population. We had a steady week of hunting with no skunked hunts.

Gossip: Deer firearms army has now taken over the woods!!!


Name: Kenny Gray

Date: Nov. 28, 2016

Location: Chestertown, Maryland

Weather: Changes daily, but currently seasonal. Rains, expected for the next two days with warmer temperatures.

Snow Cover: None at this time.

Water Conditions: Farm ponds are low, but rains the next two days may improve that.

Feeding Conditions: Ducks have been feeding on flooded corn; dark geese are feeding on picked corn with cover crop starting to emerge.

Species and Numbers: Duck and Goose numbers are up.

Migrations: A strong push of birds moved in last week ahead of the holiday.

Season Stage: Season is currently closed for Maryland’s two-week deer firearm season.

Hunting Report: Had a great hunt Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. Worked big groups of mallards, teal and geese.


Name: Jeff Kreit

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Weather: Highs in 70s, lows in 30s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Getting rain the next two days that we needed.

Feeding Conditions: Most corn is cut; beans are not long.

Species and Numbers: Geese.

Season Stage: Closed for deer season.

Hunting Report: First split was slow due to warm weather.


Name: Bryn Witmier

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Strausstown, Pennsylvania

Weather: It’s been raining all day today and is supposed to rain tomorrow as well. We need it.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Extremely low, even with the 2 inches of rain forecast we will still be way behind.

Species and Numbers: Good amount of geese around.

Migrations: Nothing spectacular.

Season Stage: Goose season is closed for the next two weeks.

Hunting Report: Geese are getting a little leery recently. We could use some new birds or weather.

Gossip: Everyone is concentrating on deer for now.


Name: Kevin Addy

Date: Nov. 28, 2016

Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Weather: Highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-30s this week.

Snow Cover:  None.

Water Conditions: Everything is extremely low but we are due to get rain this week. It will help but everything will still be low.

Feeding Conditions: Winter wheat, grass, corn and beans.

Species and Numbers: We lost some geese and the duck numbers remain the same.

Migrations: Didn’t see much activity — if anything some geese moved out.

Season Stage: Everything closed besides south zone duck due to deer season.

Hunting Report: Shot some mallards, teal and black ducks this past week.

Gossip: With the orange army in the woods the duck waters should be less crowded.