Name: Mike Hungle
Date: November 15, 2017
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Weather: Winter like weather continued to hit the prairies. Temps have remained cold and there have been some days with snow. A warming trend is expected towards the weekend and early next week with daytime highs nearing the freezing mark.
Snow Cover: Most of central and southern Saskatchewan received snow and ground cover is anywhere from 4 to 8 inches.
Water Conditions: Poor. Small potholes and sloughs have frozen over. Most big water lakes are frozen or freezing over.
Feeding Conditions: Snow covered.
Species and Numbers: The birds are basically gone.
Migrations: Most of the big Canadas headed south over the past week and very few birds remain.
Season Stage: Eleventh week. Season opened September 1.
Hunting Report: I traveled from Regina to U.S. border a few days ago and saw a total of four Canada geese and they appeared to be headed south.
Gossip: The season is all but done.
Name: Angelo Casbarro
Date: Monday November 13, 2017
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Weather: Temperatures have been ranging from -10 to 6 degrees Celsius over the last week.
Snow Cover: Areas north of the city have received several centimeters of snow.
Water Conditions: Smaller bodies of water are starting to ice over.
Feeding Conditions: All crops, aside from corn, have been harvested.
Species and Numbers: While there has been a small dip in duck numbers, geese are still abundant in the area.
Migrations: The migration is in full swing.
Season Stage: Both duck and goose seasons are open.
Hunting Report: Large numbers of resident birds are offering hunters great opportunities as the weather continues to cool.
Gossip: A shovel should be an integral part of any hunter’s gear list, particularly at this stage in the season. Focus on digging your blinds in and moving snow/dirt to best conceal your hide.
Name: Chris Stoddart
Date: November 14, 2017
Location: Lanark, Ontario
Weather: Overcast, cooler.
Snow Cover: Nil.
Water Conditions: Open – back bays and ponds starting to freeze up.
Feeding Conditions: Geese feeding in primarily in winter wheat this week.
Species and Numbers: Very good numbers of Canada geese; appears to be better numbers of mallards and ring-necks.
Migrations: No noticeable migrations, but wood duck numbers seem to be dwindling.
Season Stage: Mid-season.
Hunting Report: Duck hunting moderate, Canada goose hunting excellent!
Gossip: Finally getting into cut corn fields, but geese were into the winter wheat. Go figure!
Name: Brody Edmondson
Date: November 14, 2017
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Weather: (-15) to (-5) C.
Snow Cover: 3 inches at least over the province.
Water Conditions: River in some areas are only open roosts.
Feeding Conditions: Snow covered corn is being hit hard.
Species and Numbers: Very few geese left.
Migrations: Minimal geese left, with most in the Dakotas now. Very fast late season push right though down to the States.
Season Stage: Late.
Hunting Report: Very few Canadas still remain.
Gossip: South Dakota is on fire!
Featured image: iStock