Name: Robert Vellucci

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Clinton, New Jersey

Weather: A cold front came in today. Finally, some seasonal temperatures.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Average.

Feeding Conditions: Average.

Species and Numbers: Definitely more geese around. Duck numbers remain the same.

Migrations: Some geese were migrating last night.

Season Stage: Early duck season is open this week.

Hunting Report: Found a few wood ducks and hunted them Saturday. Flight was fast and a few woodies were brought home.


Name: Sean M. Fritzges

Date: October 13, 2017

Location: Abingdon, Maryland

Weather: Warm — 65 to 70s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Rain showers this past weekend; fresh water ponds remain average in elevation. Chesapeake Bay tide levels normal.

Feeding Conditions: Dark geese feeding in grass pastures and freshly cut corn fields. No soybean cutting to date.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers very good.

Migrations: Migrating geese continue to arrive to northern Maryland.

Season Stage: Canada goose season closed.

Hunting Report: Deer archery hunters looking forward to the rut.

Gossip: No gossip.


Name: Marshall Starkey

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Essex, Maryland

Weather: Fall temps give way to upper 70s as the weekend approaches.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Above average for the year but dry as of late. The rain last week helped out.

Feeding Conditions: Cut agricultural fields.

Species and Numbers: Mostly resident geese with a few new birds.

Migrations: Seems to be a few new birds around.

Season Stage: Early duck runs until Saturday.

Hunting Report: Most guys that did their homework are doing well with wood ducks.

Gossip: Early muzzleloader season starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. Saturday also ends the early duck season.


Name: Kenny Gray

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Chestertown, Maryland

Weather: Seasonal.

Snow Cover: None at this time.

Water Conditions: A few rainy days in the past week, but still hasn’t made up for the drought towards the end of the summer.

Feeding Conditions: Corn is 80 percent cut, beans are just starting to be picked. Goose are concentrated on cut corn and grassy edges of roosts.

Species and Numbers: Behind last year, but I suspect weather is driving that.

Migrations: Another good wave of geese have pushed in the last few days.

Season Stage: We are in the middle of our first of three splits. This split is only a week.

Hunting Report: Reports from opening day were good if you had wood ducks.  Most other locations were very slow.

Gossip: With forecasts calling for lower temps and the first of three splits coming to an end this weekend, everyone’s hopes are for more birds and lower temps are still possible.


Name: Jeff Kreit

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Weather: Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Been dry, little or no rain.

Feeding Conditions: Lots of corn still standing.

Species and Numbers: Ducks, mainly mallards with a few pintails and gadwall.

Migrations: Had one two weeks ago nothing since then.

Season Stage: First duck split.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: None.


Name: Bryn Witmier

Date: October 18, 2017

Location: Strausstown, Pennsylvania

Weather: Seasonal temperatures the past two days. Looks like above average temperatures are on their way again.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Average.

Feeding Conditions: Crops continue to come down. Still tons of mast available.

Species and Numbers: A few mallards, a bunch of woodies, and more geese.

Migrations: Geese were migrating Monday night.

Season Stage: Early duck season is open in the south zone this week.

Hunting Report: I hunted a small creek for wood ducks. It was fun trying to hit the twisting woodies through the trees.

Gossip: More hot weather on the way.


Name: Kevin Addy

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Weather: Above average temps and overcast.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water levels are good with the recent rains.

Feeding Conditions: Getting better every week but the harvest is behind from previous years.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers are on the rise and we did get a little push of ducks on Friday into Saturday.

Migrations: Canadas continue to trickle in and we did get some new ducks.

Season Stage: North zone duck opened October 7, the south zone opened on the 14th and will close on the 21st.

Hunting Report: Hunting was really good with a big variety. We had pintails, mallards, gadwall, blacks, blue-wings, wigeon and wood ducks in the bag Saturday.

Gossip: It’s going to be another strange year!


Name: Justin Baublitz

Date: October 15, 2017

Location: Cochran, Georgia

Weather: Hot and humid!

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Low.

Feeding Conditions: Woodies feeding on mast.

Species and Numbers: Local wood ducks.

Migrations: None yet.

Season Stage: Beginning before season opens.

Hunting Report: No hunting report.

Gossip:  Local woodies and geese only. Going out to a spot in the morning to sit and watch and hopefully see some fresh birds soon.


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