Updated September 28, 2015


Name: Eric Bartlett

Date: 9/28/15

Location: Hollis, Maine

Weather: Clear skies with early temps around freezing.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Mild with slight waves.

Feeding Conditions: Every feed scenario we have is available at this time.

Species and Numbers: Approximately 50 greenheads and the same for wood ducks. 100 plus Canada geese observed.

Migrations: 70 or so high flying Canadas were spotted heading south.

Season Stage: Pre-season for puddle ducks and post early goose season.

Hunting Report: Seems to be a lot of ducks buzzing around the area that should make for a nice early season.

Gossip: We can’t wait to get the equipment back in the water and watch some beautiful sunrises doing what we love to do.


Name: Arliss Reed

Date: 9/28/2015

Location: Esperance, NY

Weather: Average temp

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Low

Feeding Conditions: Geese are in corn and cow pastures.

Species and Numbers: Lots of local ducks and the Canada goose numbers are up.

Migrations: Molt migrators started showing up in the middle of last week.

Season Stage: Resident goose has closed, NE zone duck opens this Saturday.

Hunting Report: Finished the last two days of September goose strong. Harvested 74 birds in two days.

Gossip: Hoping for some rain this week, looking forward to the duck opener this weekend.


Name: Steve Sullivan

Date: September 29 2015

Location: Lisbon, New York

Weather: Finally getting some rain.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Low

Feeding Conditions: Most all corn has been chopped. Still standing corn for picking. There has not been a frost so alfalfa is still plentiful.

Species and Numbers: Canada geese, migration numbers in the thousands.

Migrations: Canada geese are in full migration. Puddle ducks are starting to show up on the St. Lawrence River.

Season Stage: Everything is closed currently.

Hunting Report: Canada goose is closed and duck opens Saturday.

Gossip: Should be a good opener for ducks.


Name: Robert Vellucci

Date: 9/29/2015

Location: Clinton, NJ

Weather: Very warm

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Super low

Feeding Conditions: Good. Corn and beans are starting to come down. Geese have been hitting corn.

Species and Numbers: A few more geese around, nothing crazy. Not many ducks to speak of.

Migrations: Definitely some new geese around, following their resident cousins.

Season Stage: Resident goose season is in for the rest of the month.

Hunting Report: NJ early deer season has taken up my time. I spent the weekend trying to get some out of state friends on some deer.


Name: Marshall Starkey

Date: 9/28/15

Location: Essex, MD

Weather: Seasonal temps…highs in the 70s and lows at night in the 50s.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Average

Feeding Conditions: Most corn fields have been cut by now.

Species and Numbers: A few Canadas have made their way onto the Upper Shore but not in big numbers yet. The teal have been very spotty also.

Migrations: There was a first push of birds a few weeks ago and a few more last week.

Season Stage: Teal season is open until 9/30.

Hunting Report: Teal hunting has been very hit or miss.

Gossip: October is right around the corner!


Name: Sean Fritzges

Date: 29 September 2015

Location: Abingdon, MD

Weather: 65-78 humid but cooling

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Tides normal and below average due to dry summer.

Feeding Conditions: Resident Canada geese feeding along freshwater ponds and early harvested corn fields.

Species and Numbers: Resident numbers high. Migrating bird numbers low, however geese are beginning to make their way south into our area

Migrations: Canada geese beginning to show as of 25 September evening.

Season Stage: Closed.

Hunting Report: No waterfowl hunting at this time in our group. Everyone is focusing on archery hunting here in MD.

Gossip: Many corn fields have already been harvested or in the process in being cut daily. Many hunters not looking forward fresh cut fields once the AP first split opens Thanksgiving week.


Name: Kenny Gray

Date: 9/28/15

Location: Chestertown, MD

Weather: Seasonal, highs in the 70’s, low in the 50’s.

Snow Cover: None at this time.

Water Conditions: Good on non-tidal areas, flood tides due to the super moon!

Feeding Conditions: Geese are feeding on cut corn.

Species and Numbers: First waves of geese have finally made their way down, numbers are low, but they will continue to build from here.

Migrations: Just started, new birds should continue to arrive daily.

Season Stage: Season is currently closed.

Hunting Report: None at this time.


Name: Jeff Kreit

Date: 9/28/15

Location: Baltimore, MD

Weather: Warm. High’s in the 70’s and lows in the 60’s.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Extremely dry

Feeding Conditions: Pretty good, lots of cut corn fields.

Species and Numbers: There has been an increase in recent goose numbers.

Migrations: First groups of migrating geese arrived Saturday.

Season Stage: All seasons are currently closed.

Hunting Report: None.


Name: Bryn Witmier

Date: 9/29/2015

Location: Strausstown, PA

Weather: Warm and dry.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Extremely low. I can’t remember the last time it rained.

Feeding Conditions: Good. All of the silage corn is cut, some with winter wheat growing in its place. Combines have been rolling for 10 days on both corn and beans. We could use a whole lot of water to flood some wetland food.

Species and Numbers: A few more geese around this week. A few local ducks, mainly woodies.

Migrations: A few new geese made it into the area. These first migrators are like clockwork. They usually start to show up the 25th-28th every year.

Season Stage: Closed until the early duck season in a few weeks.

Hunting Report: Geese are preferring grass with the warm temps. Most of the grass they have been on is off limits to hunting.

Gossip: Heading to Saskatchewan tomorrow. Can’t wait!


Name: Kevin Addy

Date: September 28, 2015

Location: Reading, PA

Weather: Lows in the upper 40’s and highs in the upper 70’s.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Levels are low; it’s been a dry summer.

Feeding Conditions: Good – Lots of silage, hay and alfalfa cut. Some corn starting to be combined.

Species and Numbers: Lots of resident geese along with some migrators. The local duck population is the best I’ve seen in a long time.

Migrations: Canadas and ducks starting to trickle down.

Season Stage: Resident Canada season closed on the 25th and the north zone duck will open on Oct 10th followed by the south zone on the 17th.

Hunting Report: Hunting was great for resident geese. There were lots of options and little pressure after the beginning of the season.

Gossip: Counting the days down to the north zone duck opener.