Season Summary: Updated October 20, 2016


Name: Kirk Steffensen

Date: Oct. 19, 2016

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Weather: Highs have been consistently in 60s to lower 70s for a couple days, with lows in the 40s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Poor to fair — water in the rainwater basins are limited but the area lakes and ponds are in good shape. NGPC is pumping several basins for the upcoming season. See NGPS’s website for pumping information.

Feeding Conditions: Approximately 40 percent of the corps are out with soybean harvest is in full swing and a few early season corn fields also being picked.

Species and Numbers: Poor to fair number of GWT around and a few flocks of divers and brown ducks.

Migrations: Most BWT moved out of the area late last week with a few flocks of GWT showing up. Heard a few groups of high flying specks.

Season Stage: Duck zones 2 and 4 opened and the East Unit for dark goose season doesn’t open until Oct. 31.

Hunting Report: Fair, shooting GWT, but very limited big duck ducks.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Vance Stolz

Date: Oct. 18, 2016

Location: Johnstown, Colorado

Weather: Warm temperatures with very dry conditions continue in the region this week. Highs for the week expected to be in the upper 70s with lows in the 40s. Another weak front will arrive mid-week with little precipitation expected.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water levels lower than average in most locations due to the very dry summer.

Feeding Conditions: Harvest has been on track throughout the early fall on most crops. Picking corn harvest is beginning in the area and most winter wheat has been planted. Birds have plenty of feeding options throughout the region.

Species and Numbers: Resident goose numbers seem to increase each year and this year is no exception. Nearly all species of duck numbers are gradually increasing, but numbers are low in most areas for this time of year.

Migrations: No significant migration has taken place along the Front Range. Duck numbers continue to gradually increase.

Season Stage: The first split of duck and early goose opened on Oct. 1 or 8 depending on the region. Early goose will close on Oct. 19 then re-open on Nov. 19.

Hunting Report: The hunting conditions continue to be difficult with the warm/dry weather pattern and below average water levels. Lots of mixed bags noted with the different species of ducks in many locations. The early goose season has been average throughout the area and closes on Oct. 19.

Gossip: Most talk is concerning the weather and when the cold fronts from the north will arrive. The birds will get here just like they always do … the timing will be key for our area.


Name: Richard Foley

Date: Oct. 18, 2016

Location: El Campo, Texas

Weather: The weather has still remained warm. High temps hover around the 90-degree mark, lows are in the mid-70s. However, we are forecasted by the end of the week to have a 20-degree drop in temperature.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: We are dry!

Feeding Conditions: A lot of the birds are still on moist soil units or harvested rice fields. Due to temps, birds are stale. Still feeding on proteins for day to day nutrition.  

Species and Numbers: We still have a good number of blue-wings and whistlers (black-bellied tree ducks). Have been seeing more and more pintails and shovelers. Specks showed up in small number last week.

Migrations: We have been seeing small amounts of birds trickle down, I expect a good push of birds to show up Thursday and throughout the weekend.

Season Stage: Three weeks away from opening day.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.