Season Summary: Updated October 20, 2016


Name: Zach LaBorde

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

Location: Olympia, Washington

Weather: Heavy rain. Highs in the low 50s, lows in the low 40s. Wind from SSE at 15 to 25 mph.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: With the massive amounts of rain we received, most fields have standing water and several are flooding from the irrigation ditches.

Feeding Conditions: Most birds are in grass or flooded silage cornfields.

Species and Numbers: Quite a few pintail and wigeon showed up. Along with some green-winged teal and a few mallards. Several thousand cackling geese have also moved into the area over the last few days.

Migrations: Large strings of cackling geese could be seen moving down I-5 and into the area. They should stay for the next few weeks before moving on to Oregon.

Season Stage: This was opening weekend for duck and goose in Washington state.

Hunting Report: Hunting was awesome. Limits of geese were taken in short order both days.

Gossip: After hunting an X for 2 days, we decided to mix it up and traffic migrators moving into the area. We set up in a bright grass field and threw a large spread to make ourselves as visible as possible. This worked really well.


Name: Jared Shepard

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

Location: Wenatchee, Washington

Weather: Last week saw highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s, with overnight lows as low as 38. The forecast for this coming week is exactly the same. Feels, looks and smells like fall around here!

Snow Cover: No snow yet.

Water Conditions: Water conditions remain normal for this time of year, however, we received a large amount of rain over the past week, filling ponds, raising river levels and causing mud slides in the mountains.

Feeding Conditions: Wheat fields galore north of here, but the birds still seem content eating grass in the parks and on the edges of irrigated orchards.

Species and Numbers: No significant change. Mostly local Canada geese, mallards and wigeon.

Migrations: No notable migrations were observed this past week.

Season Stage: Regular season for duck and goose is now open. Just a reminder, for those of you who are new to the area or in town for a short hunt, make sure to observe the selected goose hunting days of Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, with a few exceptions that are listed in the 2016-2017 Waterfowl Guide.

Hunting Report: No report at this time.

Gossip: Still no gossip.


Name: Allen Riggs

Date: Oct. 15, 2016

Location: Metaline, Washington

Weather: The weather continues to turn cooler. Daytime highs are in the low 50s while night time temps are dipping into the 20s. Skies are cloudy and we are experiencing days of rain.

Snow Cover: Mountain tops have some new snow.

Water Conditions: Water conditions in the lakes are normal for this time of year. River levels are very high.

Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in harvested fields and in bodies of water. There is plenty of food right now and the conditions are perfect.

Species and Numbers: Good numbers of Canada geese for this time of year. Mallard, teal, and wigeon numbers seem to be about average.

Migrations: Not in the migration right now.

Season Stage: First week of the season.

Hunting Report: Lots of teal and mallard. Canada geese are also present. Reports of success for the opener.

Gossip: Should be a good year.


Name: Kent Contreras

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

Location: Newport, Washington

Weather: Mild weather conditions with cooler temps this week. Highs will be in the upper 50s and lows in the mid-30s. Some showers predicted through the week.

Snow Cover: Mountains received snow over the weekend. Nothing in the valley floor.

Water Conditions: Pend Oreille River is rising at this time. Ponds and sloughs are filling up. Albeni Dam is releasing more water and should continue thru the coming weeks keeping river level high.

Feeding Conditions: Good, plenty of birds using fields and ponds that have water.

Species and Numbers: Resident birds are plentiful and seem to be at normal numbers.

Migrations: None at this time.

Season Stage: Opening week.

Hunting Report: Lots of good reports up and down the valley.

Gossip: Seems that opener was a little slow on geese.


Name: Chad Yamane

Date: Oct. 18, 2016

Location: Layton, Utah

Weather: This past week has been cloudy, windy and rainy at times. Good hunting weather for the most part.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: All ponds are full. The irrigation water was shut off the first of October and now the refuges are getting that water.

Feeding Conditions: The impoundments that kept water in them this summer have a lot of forage in them for the ducks. The ones that dried out have little to no feed in them. Most of the Bear River Refuge is this way. The fields are late in getting the silage corn off this year. Farmers are just finishing that and will start to harvest grain corn shortly. Geese are using the fresh cut corn and grain stubble still.

Species and Numbers: Lots of resident ducks and geese still around.

Migrations: The only migration that has happened is our ducks leaving for better weather. No new birds here yet.

Season Stage: Third week of our season.

Hunting Report: Hunting has been extremely slow the past couple of weeks. Occasional reports of good bags but the majority of reports are little to no birds being harvested. The weather has been good for moving birds, they seem to know that the edges are dangerous though and don’t come near them much.

Gossip: Duck hunting has been tough this year for most hunters. Bring on some cooler weather and fresh birds! I’m tired of swatting mosquitoes!


Name: Travis Madden

Date: Oct. 18, 2016

Location: Lehi, Utah

Weather: Cloudy and windy.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water conditions are decent to good. The WMA’s do have water and will continue to see more.

Feeding Conditions: Feed conditions are good for the most part. Readily available due to the good weather. Lots of ponds were dry during the summer which doesn’t do much for feed with no water.

Species and Numbers: Duck numbers are decent. Puddle ducks are to be had, especially gadwall. There are a few divers in the area as well.

Migrations: Nothing to get excited about.

Season Stage: Just getting going!

Hunting Report: Seems it has slowed down a little since the opening weekends.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Tailor Sponcey

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

Location: Twin Falls, Idaho

Weather: Mild with highs in 60s.

Snow Cover: Zero.

Water Conditions: Water is plentiful.

Feeding Conditions: Some birds are feeding in corn but mostly on water still.

Species and Numbers: Local puddle ducks and Canada geese.

Migrations: Zero.

Season Stage: Opening week.

Hunting Report: Hunting is slow on the river but fields for geese is productive.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: David Harper

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

Location: Boise, Idaho

Weather: Highs in the mid-60s and wet, with showers off and on all week. Cool nights are upon us with frost time to time.

Snow Cover: None yet in the valley.

Water Conditions: Irrigation water is due to be off soon so reservoirs should start filling and flooding into grasses.

Feeding Conditions: Some birds are seeking out grains and coming out of Boise for them but mostly birds are still feeding in city parks and on the water.

Species and Numbers: Resident geese are abundant this year as are puddle ducks and teal on the Snake and Boise Rivers.

Migrations: Little migration so far, some small teal populations moving through.

Season Stage: Opening week.

Hunting Report: The opener was productive for most around here.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


Name: Gene Carter

Date: Oct. 16, 2016

Location: Yuba City, California

Weather: Cooler all week mid-70s — rain Friday through Sunday.

Snow Cover: None at this time.

Water Conditions: California is still in a drought, but water conditions are very favorable this season.

Feeding Conditions: 100 percent rice crop planted, conditions are excellent

Species and Numbers: Lots of sprig, wigeon, mallards and thousands of specklebellys in the Sutter refuge behind my duck club.

Migrations: Under way!

Season Stage: Early fall.

Hunting Report: Opens Oct. 22, 2016.

Gossip: It is going to be a great year in CA!


Name: Dan Chang

Date: Oct. 16, 2016

Location: Santa Ana, California

Weather: Highs in the 70s to low 80s during the day, 60s at night.

Snow cover: None.

Water conditions: No new rain, water is still low in the area.

Feeding conditions: With no rain, feeding conditions are not good. Luckily fields and refuges are being flooded.

Species and numbers: At this time good numbers of ducks are being cited in the clubs and refugees, no geese yet.

Migration: With weather changing up in the north we should see some new birds. None at this time.

Season stage: Opener this coming weekend Oct. 22.

Hunting report: None at this time.

Gossip: Looking forward to this weekend opener, will have more to report then.


Name: Travis Lyle

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

Location: Fernley, Nevada

Weather: Cooler with lots of rain. Finally!

Snow Cover: Few inches fell with this last storm above 7,000 feet level.

Water Conditions: Bad. Still very, very low. With the way the water had been handled for some of the PUBLIC hunting area that are funded by taxpayer’s money, it is shocking there is any water for hunters, but with this last storm should help put some back water into the marsh.

Feeding Conditions: Corn and lots of it. Water came late for the marshes so not much out there.

Species and Numbers: Seeing lots of teal, gadwalls, wigeons and spoonies. The geese are now scattered and most have moved back into town.

Migrations: Not seeing any big pushes yet.

Season Stage: Game on, boys … you have until January.

Hunting Report: With this weekend storm it put limits in the freezer. Watch those weather patterns and use them to your full advantage.

Gossip: Hope you have a big-game tag!  Gonna be a packed season.