Updated September 29, 2015
Name: Kent Contreras
Location: Newport, WA
Weather: Seasonable weather with temperatures ranging from low 40’s to highs in the mid 70’s. Winds have been variable and skies have been clear. Forecasts show a chance of rain by the weekend but weather remaining the same for the most part.
Snow Cover: None at this time.
Water Conditions: Army Corps of Engineers has finally started to raise the level of the Pend Oreille River. Level is now at average depth. Ponds and sloughs are still very dry.
Feeding Conditions: With the drought conditions still in effect, feeding conditions have been poor to moderate
Species and Numbers: Canada geese are all locals at this time – below or at average numbers. Puddle ducks are the same.
Migrations: No migrations at this time – just local bird populations for our area.
Season Stage: Early, official season opens on October 17th.
Hunting Report: Youth hunters did not do too well.
Gossip: Dry, drought conditions remain and there is no relief in sight. Need water and cold weather.
Name: David Harper
Date: September 29, 2015
Location: Casper, Wyoming
Weather: Hot and dry. We had some storms move through a couple days ago with some localized significant rains but it was short lived. We are expected to be dry and warm for another few days with high fire danger until a large cold front hits this weekend.
Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: The Platte is running a moderate level right now and is expected to drop a bit over the next couple weeks. Area reservoirs are drawn down a touch but still holding a fair amount of water as are the prairie potholes around.
Feeding Conditions: With the warm weather, feed is very abundant right now.
Species and Numbers: Teal are thick in most potholes and smaller bodies of water right now. The Platte River and larger bodies of water are holding fair amounts of resident Canada geese and mallards. Also a few pintails and gadwalls have been seen about.
Migrations: No migrations in or out yet from what I have noticed. But the local birds are starting flock up.
Season Stage: First opener starts October 3rd for most of the area here.
Hunting Report: Youth hunt sounded like a successful weekend for most involved.
Gossip: Nothing at this time.
Name: Chad Yamane
Location: Layton, Utah
Weather: Clear and HOT
Snow Cover: N/A
Water Conditions: Water conditions inside our WMA’s look good, but get outside of those towards the GSL and things look bleak.
Feeding Conditions: Inside the diked units feeding conditions are great.
Species and Numbers: Lots of teal, with other big puddle ducks mixed in.
Migrations: Nothing to report so far
Season Stage: Regular season opens Oct. 3.
Hunting Report: Youth hunt overall was very successful.
Gossip: Nothing to report yet.
Name: Rob Friedel
Location: Hooper, UT
Weather: HOT, mostly sunny and HOT!
Snow Cover: I saw some fake snow in the Wal-Mart the other day. It was underneath a Christmas tree…. You believe that? A Christmas tree already?
Water Conditions: Still need some more H2O! With irrigation shutting off soon, hopefully some more will make it downstream.
Feeding Conditions: I’m down to about three meals a day. Helping me get in shape a bit. I was getting in shape(pear shape), but trying to do a little better. The ducks are loafing, feeding all day. Geese are feeding in the city morning and night.
Species and Numbers: Still a lot of little ducks around. Plenty of geese if you want to go to the park and see them!
Migrations: Nothing yet. Still the locals, cinnys will leave shortly. Hopefully those GWT will replace them in short order!
Season Stage: Starts in four days!
Hunting Report: Should be filming this weekend! Utahan’s will be in rare form as the season kicks off! Good luck to all!
Gossip: Q: What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?
A: “Put it on my bill.”