Season Summary: Updated December 2, 2016

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Name: Ben Cade

Date: Nov. 26, 2016

Location:  Alexandria, Minnesota

Weather: Above average temps and sunny.

Snow Cover: Three inches or so, but melting.

Water Conditions: Smallest sloughs frozen, otherwise wide open water available on most area lakes and large wetlands.

Feeding Conditions: Improving. Snow has melted off many fields and there is now even sheet water in places. Birds have plenty of great feeding opportunities.

Species and Numbers: Excellent numbers of geese and mallards in the area. A few small pockets of diving ducks remain.

Migrations: We are near or at peak migration at this time for geese and mallards.

Season Stage: End of the duck season in the central zone. Closed Nov. 27.

Hunting Report: Hunting has been fantastic for geese and mallards. Both field and water hunts are producing great results.

Gossip: Once again the regular duck season could use another week or two at the end. There are plenty of fantastic mallard opportunities remaining in the central zone.

 

Name: Rick Turch

Date: Nov. 28, 2016

Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Weather: Back to mild temps.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Open.

Feeding Conditions: Mainly an evening feed.

Species and Numbers: Ducks and geese are abundant.

Migrations: A lot of ducks and geese around (central zone now closed for ducks).

Season Stage: Goose only is open.

Hunting Report: Another week with not-so-normal weather. Snow again last week followed by very warm temps and rain to eliminate the snow cover. Birds are moving both in the morning and evening.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Richard Shamla

Date: Nov. 30, 2016

Location: Clara City, Minnesota

Weather: Overcast with drizzle and temperatures just above freezing. We got more rain and sleet in the forecast. Cold week below freezing next week.

Snow Cover:  None this rain melted all of it.

Water Conditions: High water levels with more sheet water as the snow melted. All water except small pond are open.

Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in harvested corn fields twice a day with the warming temperatures.

Species and Numbers: Good number of mallards and the dark geese in the area.

Migrations: New geese and duck pushed into the area recently.

Season Stage: Duck season closed and late goose season.

Hunting Report: Up to the end of the duck season it was very good duck hunting. Goose hunting has been good as well. All the rain has made field access harder.

Gossip: Hands down the best duck season I can remember!

 

Name: Gerry Mazur

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Morenci, Michigan

Weather: Partly sunny with southwest breeze at 10 to 15 mph.

Snow Cover: No.

Water Conditions: Lake levels appear to be very good judging by the boat ramp and scanning the lake.

Feeding Conditions: Plenty of cut wheat and corn all along the way.

Species and Numbers: NONE.

Migrations: NONE.

Season Stage: Last week of the south zone in Michigan.

Hunting Report: AWFUL.

Gossip: I’ll start something next week.

 

Name: Jeff Gudenkauf

Date: Nov. 21, 2016

Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Weather: Strong cold front — windy and cold.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Open.

Feeding Conditions: Excellent.

Species and Numbers: Mallards are average.

Migrations: Small movement following front.

Season Stage: Behind several weeks.

Hunting Report: Small movement during high winds on Friday. Saturday showed a steady mid-morning migration of mallards. Excellent working migrator flocks until noon.  Little to no movement other than migrating birds. Locals did not fly Saturday afternoon or Sunday. Very stagnant.

Gossip: Front split the Dakotas and did not provide the migration many expected. While there was a noticeable movement of mallards and teal, most hunters left the field a bit dejected.

 

Name: Kip Strickland

Date: Nov. 21, 2016

Location: Baxter, Iowa

Weather: Cold and clear.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Fair, some shallow areas currently frozen but will thaw this week with higher temps forecasted.

Feeding Conditions: Good dry-field opportunities.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of Canada geese seem to be around, duck numbers are below normal for this time of year.

Migrations: Last weekend brought weather that should have produced a good migration, but reports seem to be spotty.

Season Stage: Late season.

Hunting Report: Mixed reports from all over central Iowa.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Justin Bomia

Date: Nov. 21, 2016

Location: Onslow, Iowa

Weather: Low 40s during the day, high 20s at night.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water levels are normal. Very thin layer of ice here and there on small bodies of water.

Feeding Conditions: Great feeding conditions at this time.

Species and Numbers: Duck and goose numbers both made an increase over the weekend with the cold front and strong north winds.

Migrations: New push of birds to the area this past weekend.

Season Stage: Mid- to late season.

Hunting Report: Good hunts over the weekend.

Gossip: None.

 

Name: Kory Pohlman

Date: Nov. 22, 2016

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Weather: Clear skies with high near 40 degrees.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Good water conditions at this time.

Feeding Conditions: Strong, plenty of waste corn still left in fields for the birds.

Species and Numbers: Low numbers of all species.

Migrations: Hoping it starts soon. I would hope things locking up north of us, is starting to move ducks.

Season Stage: Mid-season.

Hunting Report: The marshes have been quiet.

Gossip: Upland hunting has been better than it has in the past and a lot of big Iowa bucks have been going down.

 

Name: Shaun Patrick

Date: Nov. 23, 2016

Location: Troy, Missouri

Weather: Highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Good, had some skim ice over the weekend when we dropped into the low to mid-20s with no wind.

Feeding Conditions: Good.

Species and Numbers: Mallards, teal.

Migrations: We picked up some mallards with the last front, but our numbers are very low for this point in the season.

Season Stage: Early.

Hunting Report: This has been our slowest portion of the year thus far. Birds that are here are not working.

Gossip: Waiting on the big one…

 

Name: James Staten

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: Russellville, Arkansas

Weather: Sunny and cool today. We’ve had a good rain come through the area finally on Sunday last weekend.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water levels here are still very low. Most public area is still dry, so private lands are pumped up but low river and creek levels has even limited that.

Feeding Conditions: Ducks are feeding on the few rice and beans fields that have been pumped up. The river has coontail grass and duck weed is in the sloughs.

Species and Numbers: Numbers are low right now. The recent rains also had thunderstorms with them and pushed birds out of the area. Gadwall, teal and wood ducks are mostly what is here. A few mallards are around.

Migrations: Hoping to see a good push with a cold front that is predicted this week. The bigger early-season push passed us over due to dry conditions.

Season Stage: We are in our first break between seasons. Season re-opens on Dec. 8.

Hunting Report: It’s been fair overall, good hunts early that have slowed.

 

Name: Jay Hayter

Date: Nov. 29, 2016

Location: El Dorado, Arkansas

Weather: 40s to 60s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Getting better, some rain early in the week has helped but we are still low.

Feeding Conditions: Large amounts of waste grains are available for the birds to feed on in harvested fields.

Species and Numbers: Mallards, woodies, gadwall.

Migrations: None observed, we need an arctic front to send a fresh push of birds down.

Season Stage: Split — season re-opens on December 8.

Hunting Report: Some good, some fair shoots in the area.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 


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