Updated November 20, 2015


Name: Kent Contreras

Date: 11-17-15

Location: Newport, WA

Weather: Seasonable weather with temperatures ranging from low-30’s to highs in the mid 50’s. Winds have been variable and skies have been partly cloudy. Heavy rains occurred over the weekend, forecast show partly cloudy with chances of more rain and snow showers to come. Cold front passage will drop overnight temps into the 20’s and remain that way for the next few days.

Snow Cover: Snow is starting to accumulate in the higher elevations. Valley floors have received 3 to 4 inches of snow – but we have a rain on snow event which will melt the cover fast.

Water Conditions: River level on the Pend Oreille is at or above the normal stage. Ponds and sloughs are still very dry but continuing to fill.

Feeding Conditions: With the rain we received feeding conditions seem to have improved. More birds are hitting the fields.

Species and Numbers: Canada geese are starting to show up at this time – below or at average numbers. Puddle ducks are the same.

Migrations: Slight migrations at this time – should get better this week.

Season Stage: Early

Hunting Report: Slow over the weekend.

Gossip: Hopefully the cold front will push some birds into our area. West side of the state seems to be doing well!


Name: Allen Riggs

Date: 11-15-15

Location: Metaline, WA

Weather: Cold nights with temperatures in the upper 20s, daytime highs in the low 40s. Rain continues to fall off and on.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Water levels in the Pend Oreille River are normal. Very light layers of ice are forming overnight along the edges.

Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in local fields and on waterways.

Species and Numbers: Mallard and wigeon duck numbers are a little low for this time of year. Canada goose numbers are average.

Migrations: Migrations are not evident at this time.

Season Stage: Week 5 of the season.

Hunting Report: Hunting remains slow at this time.

Gossip: We need the migrations!


Name: Clark Bonner

Date: 11/16/2015

Location: Medford, OR

Weather: 39 degrees, 5-10 mph wind, and raining sideways.

Snow Cover: None at this time.

Water Conditions: Cold and clear.

Feeding Conditions: Good

Species and Numbers: Food and water levels are fair but the big storm that we had come in this weekend pushed all the migratory wigeon and puddle ducks out of the valley. Klamath Falls is also between flights of birds. While we have more, larger storms moving through the area than last year at this time the shooting is poor and very slow.

Migrations: No migrations at this time and very few local birds.

Season Stage: Early

Hunting Report: I took my son out hunting yesterday morning and aside from getting soaked we saw one drake spoonie and two teal. Nothing else was flying or moving in the distance and didn’t hear any other shots fired.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Travis Madden

Date: 11/17/2015

Location: Lehi, Utah

Weather: Colder weather has started. It snowed some yesterday and temps at night have been cool and highs mid 40’s.

Snow Cover: None. Slight skiff of snow in certain areas.

Water Conditions: Water in the WMA’s looks good. Water levels on the reservoirs are low.

Feeding Conditions: Fields are still a good feeding option for the birds. The water is all open with shallower parts having thin ice in the mornings but burning off by the afternoon.

Species and Numbers: Pintails numbers have increased along with canvasback numbers as well. Swans are showing up in bunches as well. Last count was 32,000+

Migrations: With the colder weather up north we are seeing more birds move in and should continue to see the push from the north.

Season Stage: We are a month into our season so still early.

Hunting Report: Hunting has picked up since the cold fronts have started and should get better.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Tailor Sponcey

Date: 11/17/15

Location: Twin Falls, ID

Weather: Had a cold front move through on Monday which brought a skiff of snow and cold winds.

Snow Cover: 0

Water Conditions: Water levels are normal and small ponds are starting to freeze.

Feeding Conditions: Corn is beginning to be thrashed and winter wheat crops are coming up for goose feed.

Species and Numbers: Mallards are starting to show up in large numbers and some migrator geese are showing up as well.

Migrations: Some northern birds are showing up with the storms.

Season Stage: Almost halfway through season.

Hunting Report: Hunting is starting to pick up for ducks.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Travis Lyle

Date: 11-16-15

Location: Fernley, NV

Weather: 40’s for a high, and mid to low in the 20’s.

Snow Cover: Another storm has passed leaving more snow in the mountains.  Hope this continues.

Water Conditions: Bad. Water levels are still dropping but not as fast with the cold weather moving in. There is some sheet water for all the wet weather.

Feeding Conditions: Not much out there.  Some areas of wigeon grass and very little bulrush around. No one has enough water for corn or anything else.

Species and Numbers: Seems like some mallards moved in. Lots of pintails were spotted with a few swans.

Migrations: There are some new ones showing up. Not too many but few.

Season Stage: Oct. 10th open day for western state.

Hunting Report: If you can find water you should be able to find ducks.  Reports of people sitting on top of people and really not caring about other hunters.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.