Season Summary: Updated December 2, 2016


Name: Mike Clement

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Devils Lake, North Dakota

Weather: Low 40s to the mid-30s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Abundant water conditions.

Feeding Conditions: Birds have been feeding in mainly in corn fields.

Species and Numbers: There are still good duck and honker numbers around with no snow cover and warm temps.

Migrations: Ducks and honkers are still around with the larger lakes not frozen over yet. There should be birds around the area till season closes with weather being warm through the weekend.

Season Stage: Late.

Hunting Report: Hunting pressure has dropped and there are still opportunities for good hunts.


Name: Kirk Steffensen

Date: Nov. 22, 2016

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Weather: Daytime highs have become more seasonable with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s and overnight lows at or slightly below freezing. Northern winds are starting to blow more regularly.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: No change with water conditions still in poor to fair condition — water in the Rainwater Basins have limited water but the area lakes and ponds are in good shape. I’ve heard reports of basins freezing up over some nights.

Feeding Conditions: Great — all crops have been harvested and geese starting to use mainly corn fields.

Species and Numbers: Currently, poor to fair numbers of waterfowl in the area. No clue where and when the grey ducks and divers push through. Squaw Creek is reporting 50,000 geese and 67,000 ducks.

Migrations: Major migration this past week but wind shifted to the north early this evening (29-Nov) and the Dakota’s have snow forecasted.

Season Stage: All duck and goose zones are opened.

Hunting Report: Slow.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Lance Ohnmacht

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Hutchinson, Kansas

Weather: Clear with more normal temps.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Drier each day.

Feeding Conditions: Good, harvest is complete and some wetlands still have green vegetation.

Species and Numbers: Not many big ducks or geese. Teal and wood ducks are still here.

Migrations: Only one real push for the year. Last night I did hear Sandhill cranes passing through.

Season Stage: Low plains early zone started Oct. 8. Low plains late zone started Oct. 29. Early goose started Oct. 26.

Hunting Report: Very slow.

Gossip: Birds are later and fewer each year.