Season Summary: Updated December 2, 2016
Name: Allen Riggs
Date: Nov. 28, 2016
Location: Elk, Washington
Weather: Temperatures finally dropped. A little rain mixed with sun. Sunday night snow showers with about 2 inches of accumulation.
Snow Cover: Snow fell but has mostly disappeared.
Water Conditions: Water temperatures in the lakes and rivers are cooling. Water levels are still high.
Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in fields and in bodies of water. There is plenty of food right now and the conditions are perfect for all species.
Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers are rising. Mallard duck, teal and widgeon numbers seem to be about average.
Migrations: Migration is beginning to start. Canada geese are moving in and new ducks have been showing up.
Season Stage: Eighth week of the season.
Hunting Report: Hunting is picking up.
Gossip: With new birds arriving, the hunting should improve.
Name: Jared Shepard
Date: Nov. 29, 2016
Location: Wenatchee, Washington
Weather: We are still working on getting that cold winter weather here in the valley. This morning was the first freeze here but more freezing temps are expected this coming week with daytime highs forecasted in the 40s and overnight lows dipping into the 30s and possibly the 20s a couple days.
Snow Cover: No snow.
Water Conditions: Water conditions remain normal for this time of year. The Columbia River water level remains average for this time of year. No water has frozen yet.
Feeding Conditions: Plenty of food available in the form of alfalfa and grass along with corn to the east and wheat to the north, none of which is snow covered yet. Canada geese in the area are continuing to eat grass in the local parks and football fields.
Species and Numbers: More birds continue to arrive weekly. Mostly Canada geese, mallards and wigeon in the area at this time. An increase in mallards and Canada geese has been observed east of here in the basins, too. There are also a lot of diving ducks present on the river right now, mainly buffleheads.
Migrations: A significant amount of ducks and geese moved in over the 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 2016-17 Waterfowl Guide.
Hunting Report: Reports I’m receiving are mostly coming from the basins showing a small increase in duck and goose numbers and a few more birds on the game straps … same as last week.
Gossip: No gossip this past week other than excitement over the colder weather and hopes of new birds arriving soon.
Name: Kent Contreras
Date: Nov. 28, 2016
Location: Newport, Washington
Weather: Some winter weather conditions this week. Some showers predicted through the week with a chance of snow off and on.
Snow Cover: Starting to get snow around the 3,000-foot level and snow showers in the valley floor.
Water Conditions: Pend Oreille River is dropping slowly at this time. Ponds and sloughs are holding water.
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: Slow, but we are getting some fresh birds into the area.
Season Stage: Going into the eighth week of the season.
Hunting Report: Reports up and down the valley are mixed.
Gossip: Getting ready for some new birds!
Name: Gene Carter
Date: Nov. 27, 2016
Location: Yuba City, California
Weather: Cooler and grey sky’s most of week — low’s mid-40s and highs mid-60s.
Snow Cover: None.
Water Conditions: California is still very much in a drought, though duck water is very good for this season.
Feeding Conditions: Excellent, 100 percent rice crop this year and all marsh and ponds had good feed on them.
Species and Numbers: Specks (thousands of them), ducks — sprig, mallards, wigeon and teal.
Migrations: Ducks are starting to show up in better numbers it seems the past 10 days we have had a better push of northern birds.
Season Stage: Late fall.
Hunting Report: This past week was very slow, not much in the form of any kind of duck weather, grey skies and no wind made for a slow harvest week.
Gossip: Everyone is anticipating a very good flight this year and a strong harvest season.
Name: Dan Chang
Date: Nov. 27, 2016
Location: Santa Ana, California
Weather: Low 70s during the day, low 50s in the eve. Received about an inch of rain Friday and Saturday.
Snow cover: Received 3 feet of snow in the local mountains.
Water Conditions: Water levels improved with local rains that we’ve been receiving.
Feeding Conditions: Better as more rain is in the forecast. Fields and natural habitat doing well.
Species and numbers: Good numbers of wigeon and teal moved in. Snow geese are also showing up in good numbers.
Migration: Finally seeing the first sign of migration. Local bird counts in the area are up.
Season Stage: Six weeks into the season.
Hunting report: Numbers are finally up. Reports from local clubs and refuges are good. Should be better with storms in the northern region.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.
Name: Travis Lyle
Date: Nov. 28, 2016
Location: Fernley, Nevada
Weather: Storms and cold fronts. One to two a week right now.
Snow Cover: We had a dusting on the valleys and mountains got hammered. Good news!
Water Conditions: Bad — still very, very low. With the handling of water for some of the PUBLIC hunting area that are funded by taxpayer’s money, it shocking there is any water for hunters. Some of the hunt areas have too much water due to miss managing of water. Could have a lot more areas to hunt.
Feeding Conditions: Corn and lots of it. Water came late for the marshes so not much out there. Have found some areas with wigeon grass, and a little sago. Not much.
Species and Numbers: Down a bit now. Still waiting on the mallards and spoonies are in for sure. Seeing lots more swans and pintails.
Migrations: It’s starting now. Seeing new birds each weekend.
Season Stage: Game on, boys! You have until January.
Hunting Report: Limits are coming out with storms moving in to push birds around.
Gossip: Hunting has been slow. Still need to watch weather patterns and scout. Don’t expect to go out and shoot limits.