Updated October 1, 2015.
Name: Bill Dougan
Date: October 1, 2015
Location: Cochrane, Alberta
Weather: Temperatures will be averaging around + 12 for high to + 2 for the lows and mostly sunny for the week with possible showers on Wednesday.
Snow Cover: Hopefully none for the next month or so.
Water Conditions: The water levels are still low in some ponds. It has been a very dry fall so far this season.
Feeding Conditions: Feeding conditions are good most of the harvest is in now.
Species and Numbers: There are good numbers of both ducks and geese here now. Starting to see more snows and specs and a few swans.
Migrations: A lot of birds still in northern parts of the province. Weather is still good up north need some cold weather to push more birds south.
Season Stage: We are just starting our third week of the season which opened on September 8.
Hunting Report: Still some great hunting up north and some awesome hunting in Edmonton area. Hunting is starting to pick up in the southern areas as well.
Gossip: Seeing lots of swans in the area.
Name: Chris Stoddart
Date: Oct 1, 2015
Location: Lac Nilgaut, QC
Weather: Clear and cooler (average hi 48; average low 37 degrees).
Snow Cover: Nil
Water Conditions: Open
Feeding Conditions: Excellent in back bays and ponds
Species and Numbers: Excellent numbers of wood ducks, very good numbers of black ducks, ring-bills. Average numbers of scaup.
Migrations: No noticeable migrations, just local birds
Season Stage: Early season
Hunting Report: Good
Gossip: Duck hunting is really good, lots of numbers. Quebec moose hunt starting.