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Name: Culley Wilson

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Bismarck, North Dakota

Weather: Lows in lower 40s with highs in upper 60s — moderate winds.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water levels are low, no precipitation, many sloughs are dry.

Feeding Conditions: Warmer temps are limiting strong feeds to afternoons for ducks.

Species and Numbers: Duck and dark geese numbers are good.

Migrations: Still some teal around (green and blue-wing) with new birds arriving on back side of full moon, some new big ducks arriving along with building numbers of white geese.

Season Stage: Opened 3 weeks ago.

Hunting Report: Hunting is good yet concentrated to areas of larger water, soybeans are still coming off and higher than normal number of ducks feeding in soybeans.

 

Name:​​ ​Bryce​ ​Eimers

Date:​​ ​October​ ​16,​ ​2017

Location:​​ ​Madison,​ ​South Dakota

Weather:​​ ​The​ ​weather​ ​is​ ​starting​ ​to​ ​cool​ ​down.​ ​The​ ​lows​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​mid-30s​ ​at night​ ​and​ ​the​ ​highs​ ​during​ ​the​ ​day​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​50s.​ ​Often​ ​frosty​ ​grass​ ​in​ ​the morning.

Snow​ ​Cover:​ ​​None.

Water​ ​Conditions:​ ​​The​ ​water​ ​remains​ ​at​ ​a​ ​constant​ ​level.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​right​ ​where​ ​it​ ​is supposed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​at​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sloughs,​ ​lakes,​ ​and​ ​rivers,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​fields​ ​have​ ​tons​ ​of standing​ ​water​ ​in​ ​them.

Feeding​ ​Conditions:​ ​Birds​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​in​ ​cut​ ​corn​ ​and​ ​silage,​ ​but​ ​corn​ ​and beans​ ​are​ ​starting​ ​to​ ​be​ ​combined.​ ​Look​ ​for​ ​them​ ​to​ ​be​ ​hitting​ ​the​ ​combined fields​ ​hard.

Species​ ​and​ ​Numbers:​ ​​Lots​ ​of​ ​mallards​ ​moving​ ​into​ ​the​ ​area​ ​from​ ​up​ ​north. Geese​ ​remain​ ​at​ ​a​ ​constant​ ​number,​ ​with​ ​many​ ​migrators​ ​heading​ ​right​ ​over​ ​top and​ ​not​ ​looking​ ​back.

Migrations:​​ ​The​ ​ducks​ ​are​ ​here,​ ​and​ ​more​ ​are​ ​coming.​ ​The​ ​geese​ ​aren’t​ ​here yet,​ ​but​ ​you​ ​do​ ​see​ ​a​ ​few​ ​that​ ​dont​ ​appear​ ​to​ ​be​ ​slowing​ ​down​ ​for​ ​any​ ​reason.

Season​ ​Stage:​​ ​Both​ ​duck​ ​and​ ​goose​ ​season​ ​are​ ​still​ ​in​ ​the​ ​early​ ​stage.​ ​Give​ ​it​ ​a good​ ​cold​ ​week,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​full​ ​swing.

Hunting​ ​Report:​ ​​Hunting​ ​has​ ​been​ ​fantastic​ ​lately.​ ​Look​ ​for​ ​the​ ​flooded​ ​fields, and​ ​you​ ​are​ ​bound​ ​to​ ​find​ ​birds​ ​everywhere.​ ​Make​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​hide, and​ ​a​ ​good​-looking​ ​spread.

Gossip:​​ ​No​ ​gossip​ ​this​ ​week.

 

Name: Bill Schaefer

Date: October 17, 2017

Location: Grand Junction, Colorado

Weather: Fall temperatures and weather conditions have settled in! Lows have been consistently in the upper 20s with highs in the mid-60s. This recent cold snap combined with freshly harvested corn should have local waterfowl feeding more consistently and aggressively.

Snow Cover: None. Only snow accumulation has been in mountain areas (above 6,000 feet).

Water Conditions: All bodies of water remain open.

Feeding Conditions: Corn harvest for silage is complete and picking corn harvest is beginning in some areas. Currently, most Canada geese are feeding in silage corn or picked corn. Some mallards observed in corn as well.

Species and Numbers: Primary species in the area are Canada geese and mallards. Mostly resident birds.

Migrations: No significant migrations of waterfowl observed yet however, some beginning migrations of sandhill cranes observed.

Season Stage: This is our “first split” which is still considered the early season for ducks and geese.

Hunting Report: Not large quantities of birds to hunt at this time which can make hunting success varied and difficult.

 

Name: Kirk Steffensen

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Weather: Slightly below average temperature with some rain but a warmer, dry week is currently forecasted.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Very good! Recent rains filled the area lakes and ponds and reports of the Rainwater Basins have good water too.

Feeding Conditions: Farmers are just getting started again picking corn and beans after all the rain, some corn and beans are out but most remain.

Species and Numbers: More big ducks (mainly gadwall and pintail) in the area with good number of specks in the area.

Migrations: Lots of new big ducks moved into and through the area early last week with lots of specks moving but not many specks staying in the area.

Season Stage: Duck zones 2 and 4 opened on 7-October and dark goose season doesn’t start until late October.

Hunting Report: Spotty, good number of ducks in the Rainwater Basin but doesn’t seem to be as many in eastern Nebraska.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.

 

Name: Hunter Armstrong

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Weather: Sunny with lows of 40 and highs of 85.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water levels are slowly receding.

Feeding Conditions: Plenty of good crops growing.

Species and Numbers: Mallards are starting to come in, lots of teal, seeing a few divers, sandhill crane are beginning to appear, and there is an increasing number of pintails.

Migrations: Edging closer to the larger migration. Saturday’s cold front seemed to bring more birds.

Season Stage: Yet to start.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: Shaping up to be a good season!

 

Name: Derek Rambo

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Grand Prairie, Texas

Weather: Cool in mornings and warm afternoons … fall is upon us!

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Good.

Feeding Conditions: Very good. Lots of moist soil volunteer plants/seed will be available for ducks this fall. Crops in the west are being harvested as we speak.

Species and Numbers: Wood ducks (spotty) and resident Canadas (see a few everywhere but not in big groups). Reports of cranes and specks showing up in small groups.

Migrations: Small trickles of ducks, geese and cranes. Colder weather up north this week is sure to push more down.

Season Stage: Closed for all.

Hunting Report: None.

Gossip: Seeing milo, peanut and corn fields being harvested makes the opening day that much closer! Won’t be long now!


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