Updated September 28, 2015


Name: Will Harvey

Date: 9/28/15

Location: Glenwood, MN

Weather: Warm! Unseasonably warm in my opinion. Looks like it’s supposed to finally cool down a little this week, starts to look a little more like fall.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Low

Feeding Conditions: Lots of beans are coming out in the area, lots of chopped corn and even a few corn fields being combined.

Species and Numbers: Duck numbers in the area are low.

Migrations: Nothing to speak of, besides maybe losing a few ducks over the weekend with MN waterfowl opener.

Season Stage: Early

Hunting Report: Not much luck for this guy, although I did hear of some mixed success in small pockets.


Name: Ben Cade

Date: September 28th, 2015

Location: Buffalo, MN

Weather: North winds, temps in the 60-70s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Average.

Feeding Conditions: Improving. Over the weekend I watched numerous soybean fields harvested and even one field of corn was combined. Many silage corn fields are available.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of local ducks. Geese are migrating through the area.

Migrations: Canada geese continue to migrate with light north winds.

Season Stage: Early part of our regular waterfowl season.

Hunting Report: Most duck hunters did well over the opening weekend. Very high pressure and competition for spots, but most still shot ducks.

Gossip: I have heard reports of more Canada geese crossing the border into Minnesota early this week. Should be another good flight of birds here in central MN.


Name: Richard Shamla

Date: 09/30/15

Location: Clara City, MN

Weather: Sunny and clear with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. Forecast looks clear for the next few days but we are cooling down.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Not much for rain and most water levels are low in the area.

Feeding Conditions: Harvest is in full swing with soybean, corn, and sugar beets being cut. New fields coming down in the area. Waterfowl are feeding in harvested corn fields.

Species and Numbers: Duck numbers are good in pockets thought out the area. Goose numbers are low but some pockets are present in the area as well.

Migrations: Nothing major but some movement of Canada geese had been observed in the area.

Season Stage: First week of regular season.

Hunting Report: Hunter numbers were good this past weekend and most hunters did well on ducks with teal and wood ducks being the most common.

Gossip: Harvest of crops is ahead of schedule this year.


Name: Greg Owens

Date: Sept 29 2015

Location: Winona, MN

Weather: Lows in the 50’s and highs in the 80’s.

Snow Cover: NONE yet

Water Conditions: Low

Feeding Conditions: The rice crop is overwhelming this year, making boat travel very difficult in most areas.

Species and Numbers: The cold weather we had a few weeks ago moved many of the teal and wood ducks out. But there are still a few birds around.

Migrations: None noted yet.

Season Stage: Duck season opens this weekend.

Hunting Report: Opener was good for most people. But this is mainly due to very low hunter numbers compared to previous years.

Gossip: This is the best time of the year!


Name: Nathan Bender

Date: 09-30-2015

Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Weather: Mostly clear skies with temperatures during the day reaching highs of 60 degrees and at night dropping to the low of 40 degrees. A cold front has moved in within the last day and has caused temps to drop over 30 degrees from the recent temps.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Rainfall activity over the course of the last several weeks has helped maintain great overall water levels in most rivers, lakes, ponds and sloughs within the southern portion of the state.

Feeding Conditions: Honkers have been feeding both in the mornings and afternoons. They have been hitting fresh silage cut cornfields as of late with the rest still using freshly cut alfalfa and old oat/wheat fields. Numbers vary from area to area but feeds of 250-400+ Honkers can be found with the new addition of birds we have received.

Species and Numbers: Honker numbers for the area are high with migrators moving in whenever we have had North winds in the forecast. In the southern portion of the state we have seemed to have a great overall hatch of ducks and numbers should increase as we near the early to middle stages of October.

Migrations: Whenever a north wind is present, migrating Canada geese have filled the skies. We received a strong push of honkers during this last couple of weeks of September with many still following the exact routine during the last couple days. A good majority of teal left the area ahead of the front that just pushed in but with still large groups of teal to the north, those moving down should replace those that left.

Season Stage: Early season

Hunting Report: Hunting has been exceptional if you can find a field that honkers are feeding in or if you are able to get under the migrating birds that are headed south. Most groups around the area have been shooting Honker limits with the recent influx in new bird but the migrators heading south have made up a vast majority of the bag.

Gossip: Duck season starts this weekend for the southern portion of the state of Wisconsin and many are talking about the number of wood ducks that are around the area. Wood ducks are down here in the southern portion of the state in very good numbers just like in years past and will make up for a lot of what Wisconsin hunters will harvest during the first part of the season when it opens this weekend.


Name: Tyler Huettenrauch

Date: 09/28/15

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Weather: Warm today, cooler weather coming very soon.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Not a lot of rain lately so fields are dry.

Feeding Conditions: Corn harvest underway and geese a ducks are finding plenty to eat.

Species and Numbers: Low number of geese around but will change shortly with the cool temperatures coming in a day or two. Plenty of ducks around and should be good opener.

Migration: No migration

Season Stage: Duck season opened this weekend in the northern unit and will open here in the south next weekend.

Hunting Report: Low numbers of geese around, but with a little extra scouting away from high pressured areas you can find good hunting. Geese seem to be avoiding picked corn and been hitting the new winter wheat.

Gossip: Weather change this week should bring plenty of new birds to area.


Name: Russell Brzezinski

Date: September 26th & 27th

Location: Berkley, Michigan

Weather: Cool, light wind to no wind, clear skies.

Snow Cover: N/A    

Water Conditions: N/A

Feeding Conditions: Cut corn, wheat

Species and Numbers: Molt migrators making their way through Michigan still.

Migrations: Molt Canadas in Michigan.

Season Stage: Early stage

Hunting Report: Very good gunning for molt migrators (Canadas) right now.

Gossip: Sporadic success this past weekend with pockets of birds making their way through the state. Saw good numbers of ducks around as well.


Name: Shawn Lewis

Date: 9-28-15

Location: Harrison, Michigan

Weather: Fall is here, we will have our first frost soon.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: With the wet end of summer, water levels are good.

Feeding Conditions: Dry beans are coming off and silage corn is abundant.

Species and Numbers: Molts are here. Small push of divers came down.

Migrations: Molts have all come back. It will be a month before we get another real good push.

Season Stage: Early. North zone is wide open. Middle this weekend and south the next.

Hunting Report: Geese are starting to get stale. The south zone will get a nice two week break and should be a good opener.


Name: Bill Grabe

Date: 9/30/15

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Weather: 40-65

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Below normal

Feeding Conditions: Feeding in water, not hitting fields yet.

Species and Numbers: 1600 ducks / 300 geese

Migrations: N/A

Season Stage: Opens 10/3/15

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip: Reports of some birds moving into the area due to colder weather up north.


Name: Brandon Geweke

Date: 9-30-2015

Location: Antioch, Illinois

Weather: Mild temperatures, lows in the 50s highs in the mid-60s great north winds the last week, pushing a lot of Milton migrators into our area.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Water levels are high from last week’s heavy rains.

Feeding Conditions: Soybean fields are being harvested now, which is earlier than normal geese have been hitting every cut field

Species and Numbers: Lots of honkers in the area ducks seem to be able normal

Migrations: Molt migrators have been staging in our area. More geese moving into the area every day.

Season Stage: Our early season has wrapped up and now waiting for our regular season to open 2 more weeks

Hunting Report: Our early season was fantastic. Can’t express it enough how blind ghillie covers make it so easy!!! Pull the blinds from the trailer place them in their spots, and they are ready to go.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Shaun Patrick

Date: 9/30/15

Location: Troy, MO

Weather: Highs in the 70’s Lows in the upper 50’s.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Good

Feeding Conditions: Most bottom crop fields flooded during the extremely wet early summer we had. Grain crops in the bottoms are basically non-existent besides a few clubs that were able to stay dry. Moist soil vegetation in the area is excellent however.

Species and Numbers: We had a decent number of teal in the area the week before the season; a cold snap moved them out the day before the opener. There are some early migrants in the area.

Migrations: No major pushes to speak of.

Season Stage: Early goose season opens in Missouri this weekend. Duck season in the north zone opens end of October.

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip: Most discussions are about whether or not we will be able to keep ducks in the area with the lack of grain crops in most of the bottoms. Looks like we will find out here soon…


Name: John Gordon

Date: 9/29/2015

Location: Coldwater, MS

Weather: Cloudy this week with a front arriving Wednesday.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Pretty low, nothing in fields to speak of. I am sure the pumps will have to be used before the middle of November for duck water.

Feeding Conditions: Very good, all but the north Delta has finished with the fall harvest.

Species and Numbers: Only local wood ducks around. I bet October will see quite a few teal come through the area.

Migrations: Nothing happening down here.

Season Stage: Early teal has ended and archery deer fires up October 1st. We don’t have any waterfowl hunting seasons open until mid-November.

Hunting Report: Teal season was slow overall. Just like last year, we never had enough north winds to push new birds down during the season.

Gossip: The Bulldogs defeated Auburn at their house for the first time since 2007. Up next, Texas A&M in College Station. Should be a battle to the end!


Name: Jay Hayter

Date: 9/28/2015

Location: Shreveport, LA

Weather: Warm but a mid-week front should cool us down.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Pretty low, it rained consistently throughout the summer but stalled out in September.

Feeding Conditions: Good, most of the rice fields have been harvested.

Species and Numbers: Just a few teal and local wood ducks around.

Migrations: Nothing happening yet.

Season Stage: Teal season has ended. We won’t be open again until November.

Hunting Report: Nothing at this time.

Gossip: Hoping for some fall weather soon.