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Name: Kent Contreras

Date: 10/08/2018

Location: Newport, WA

Weather: Mild conditions with highs in the upper 50’s, lows in the 30’s. Forecasts show mid-50’s and lows in the 30’s with a slight chance of precipitation in the coming week.

Snow Cover: High elevation snow has occurred.

Water Conditions: Lakes and ponds are full. River is starting to rise as Albeni Falls Dam releases more water. Water temperatures are cooling down.

Feeding Conditions: Excellent. Birds are feeding in fields and along the river.

Species and Numbers: Puddle ducks are the big numbers now as well as Canada geese. Saw a good number of wood ducks, wigeon, and teal.

Migrations: All locals at this time – no migration.

Season Stage: Official opener this coming Saturday.

Hunting Report: No reports

Gossip: Looking like another good opener for the area!

Name: Allen Riggs

Date: 10-7-18

Location: Metaline, WA

Weather: Cooler temp with high temperatures in the mid-fifties and low temperatures in the low thirties. Rain has come to the area.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Water is cooling down. The levels are rising slightly.

Feeding Conditions: Birds continue to feed in local fields and in bodies of water.

Species and Numbers: Mallard and gadwall numbers are good; Canada goose numbers are average for this time of year.

Migrations: Haven’t seen them begin yet.

Season Stage:  One week before opener.

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip:  The weather is getting just right for a good opener.

Name: Chad Yamane

Date: 10/07/18

Location: Layton, Utah

Weather: This past week we started to see cooling temperatures and received a significant amount of rain in about 4 days. The ground was so dry that it soaked up a lot of the moisture though. It’s a good start for the winter though.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Water conditions inside the diked Waterfowl Management Areas are good. Outside the dikes its bleak. The hot summer, lack of rain, and last winter’s lack of snowpack has left Utah in a bad drought. The Great Salt Lake and surrounding marshes are drying up.

Feeding Conditions: Corn fields are just being cut and geese should find these sources quick. Lots of good feed in the ponds and I noticed lots of good growth from last year’s high water outside of the diked impoundments. The alkali bulrush looks good and should be a great food source if we can get water on those flats.

Species and Numbers: Lots of pintails, mallards, teal around. Some diving ducks are starting to show up.

Migrations: Teal will leave with the first good cold front and we will start to see birds moving in soon.

Season Stage: Opening weekend came and went and it was hit or miss as always. Those working to get away from the crowds had much better success.

Hunting Report: Hunting was good to fair for most on the opener. The birds will get educated this week and will become tougher to hunt.

Gossip: None yet.

Name: David Harper

Date: 10/07/18

Location: Twin Falls, Idaho.

Weather: Things are cooling off now, with rain showers on and off the last week. Highs in the 50’s looking to climb into the 60’s again over the next week.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Water is looking great; most reservoirs are in good condition. Snake River is looking great right now.

Feeding Conditions: Many corn fields are cut, all grain is down, weather is good for aquatic feeding. Food is plentiful.

Species and Numbers: A solid population of Canada geese are in the valley right now as well as mallards, wigeon, and teal.

Migrations: Nothing noticeable yet though birds are gathering in larger groups.

Season Stage: Local opening day a week away.

Hunting Report: A week away from a report.

Gossip: None yet.

Name: Gene Carter

Date: 10/07/2018

Location: Yuba City, California

Weather: Mild all week in the low 80’s.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Had a small amount of rain this past week, with wind. Overall, we are having normal weather conditions for this time of year.

Feeding Conditions: Rice harvest is now in full swing and will stay that way until late October. Feed conditions should be good all season.

Species and Numbers: Local mallards, sprig, green-winged teal, and specks, also seeing lots of local honkers in fairly large groups in and around the CA foothills. Specks were really on the move right before our weather changed this past week – early morning and late evening lots of them flying over my house.

Migrations: Early fall

Season Stage: Birds are staging on the naturel habitat and in the local refuges.

Hunting Report: Northeastern season opened on Saturday 10-6-18 the guys I have talked with all did very well, early honkers started on 9/29/18 and runs for 5 days, over all was a good start for those who had a place to hunt.

Gossip: Seems to be above average local mallard count this season. Everybody I know is gearing up for this coming season.

Name: Brad Womble

Date: 10/5/18

Location: Wallace, CA

Weather: Sun & clouds 78*F-55*F earlier this week we had 1.75” of rainfall.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Corn Harvest in full swing, flood up still 30-45 days out. Local lakes above 50% capacity, annual creeks and streams have water from this week’s rain.

Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding off new harvested grain fields and flooded summer habitat.

Species and Numbers: Local mallards, gadwall, teal, and honkers show a good spring hatch.

Migrations: Starting to see groups of wigeon show up from southern Oregon and northern California.

Season Stage: Two weeks before opener, and bird numbers promise a good start.

Hunting Report: N/A

Gossip: Heavy rains predicted with lots of talk of a solid northern migration.

Name: Travis Lyle

Date: 10-8-2018

Location: Fernley, NV

Weather: Nice cool down for the opener with a lot of rain in the area. Received a little snow way up high.

Snow Cover: Above 8000 feet got a dusting of the white stuff over the weekend.

Water Conditions: Lots of areas have plenty of water for this season, and still have water coming in.

Feeding Conditions: Should have plenty of food in hunt areas. Lots of corn, some sego and bulrush.

Species and Numbers: Teal, spoons, wigeon, gads, and local geese are around. Have seen large numbers of geese and a good number of mallards as well.

Migrations: Few showing up daily it seems. Lots more to come.

Season Stage: The regular starting on October 6th.

Hunting Report: Lot of people out in the marsh for opener. Seemed to be ok. Lots of limits came out of the marsh.

Gossip: Carson Lake should open this coming weekend.


Name: Kent Contreras

Date: Jan. 14, 2018

Location: Newport, Washington

Weather: Mild conditions have returned. Temperatures have been in the 30s. Rain and snow showers have moved into the area. Forecasts show more of the same with mild temperatures and rain/snow showers for the rest of the week. Calm winds.

Snow Cover: Upper elevations have been receiving snow. Valley floor is now covered with snow, some melting is occurring and snow depths are compacting — still have 6 to 10 inches on the ground in the valley.

Water Conditions: Good, river is thawing out and the ice is flowing down river. Ponds and sloughs are still iced over.

Feeding Conditions: Fair, birds are using river for any feeding. Fields have too much snow for browsing but could start to open up.

Species and Numbers: Low numbers of puddle ducks; mallard and gadwall seem to be the majority but those numbers have dropped. Diving ducks have started to show up as well as a lot of wigeon. Canada geese are dropping in numbers, a little below average for this time of year.

Migrations: Divers and wigeon have moved into the area, mallards have for the most part moved out. Goose numbers are holding.

Season Stage: Last two weeks of the season is upon us.

Hunting Report: Depending on what you are gunning for you it is very good to slow! Divers and wigeon are here in force but the mallards and geese are a little tougher to get into the decoys. Hopefully our milder weather will keep the birds here for the final weeks of the season.

Gossip: Scout, scout, scout! The birds are here — just have to spend the time to locate where they are using as it changes every day now.

 

Name: Allen Riggs

Date: Jan. 15, 2018

Location: Elk, Washington

Weather: Warmer; temperatures are in the mid-forties with lows in the upper twenties. Blue skies and no precipitation for a few days.

Snow Cover: Snow depth is 4 to 6 inches.

Water Conditions: Water in the rivers is rising with warm temperatures and snow melting off. Still have an ice cover on lakes and ponds.

Feeding Conditions: Birds are collecting on the river to feed as nearby fields are covered in snow.

Species and Numbers: Puddle ducks such as mallard and wigeon numbers are good, Canada goose numbers are average. Diver duck numbers continue to increase.

Migrations: Divers are migrating in, numbers continue to increase.

Season Stage: Week 14.

Hunting Report: Hunters are doing good, starting to harvest the divers.

 

Name: Jared Shepard

Date: Jan. 15, 2018

Location: Wenatchee, Washington

Weather: Warm weather will remain in the area over the next week with temps in the mid-30s to lower 40s. Overnight lows should not get colder than freezing and a frozen mix is possible mid-week.

Snow Cover: Unexpected snowfall early last week covered the ground with up to six inches of snow in some areas of the valley but only 1 to 2 inches remain with the warm temps here lately.

Water Conditions: Water levels remain at a normal to low depth in the Columbia. Shallow ponds are thawed and running water remains open.

Feeding Conditions: With the snow melting, the geese and ducks are able to access grass inside the city limits and in empty lots surrounding orchards just outside the city limits that much easier.

Species and Numbers: Local Canada geese, mallards, and wigeon plus a few bufflehead, goldeneye and blue-bills. No change in the last couple weeks.

Migrations: No recent migrations.

Season Stage: About two weeks remain in duck and goose season. Remember to check your location in the rule book as Goose Management Areas 2 and 4 are only open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays for geese with a few exceptions around the last week of goose season.

Hunting Report: No recent reports have been gathered.

Gossip: None at this time.

 

Name: Travis Madden

Date: Jan. 16, 2018

Location: Lehi, Utah

Weather: Weather has been unseasonably warm for January.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water has become more accessible with the warmer weather. Ice continues to recede and get thinner so be safe.

Feeding Conditions: Feed is good, the birds don’t have to work too hard at this time with little to no snow in the fields and water opening up.

Species and Numbers: Seeing lots of green-winged teal, pintails and mallards.

Migrations: Not much happening at this point.

Season Stage: Heading into the home stretch!

Hunting Report: Hunting has been good, but the guys killing birds are working for them.

 

Name: Tailor Sponcey

Date: Jan. 15, 2018

Location: Twin Falls, Idaho

Weather: Temperatures are above average with highs in the 50’s. Some rain is forecasted for next week.

Snow Cover: Zero.

Water Conditions: River is still flowing high and some ponds are thawing out.

Feeding Conditions: Geese are staying in the fields for most of the day and flying early. We have lost most of our ducks and it’s hard to find a feed field.

Species and Numbers: Mallard numbers are very low but wigeon and divers still are high.

Migrations: Seeing some reverse migrations.

Season Stage: Two weeks left of the season.

Hunting Report: Hunting is very hit and miss. Duck hunting is almost none existence.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.  

 

Name: Jacob Emerling

Date: Jan. 13, 2018

Location: Martinez, California

Weather: Overcast with 10 mph wind.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Normal.

Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding in flooded corn on the islands.

Species and Numbers: Mallard numbers are strong.

Migrations: Sprig and wigeon are migrating in.

Season Stage: Last couple weeks of the season.

Hunting Report: Very good hunting!

Gossip: Call very softly, the birds have seen it all.

 

Name: Gene Carter

Date: Jan. 13, 2018

Location: Yuba City, California

Weather: Low’s in the upper 30s and highs around 55 degrees. Foggy most of this week.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Water conditions for this season have been favorable for both the waterfowl and hunters.

Feeding Conditions: The upper Sacramento valley has plenty of rice fields for the waterfowl to eat and rest.

Species and Numbers: Duck numbers have increased since the cold weather has hit the northern part of the country. We have had an increase in teal, mallards, and wigeon since the first of the New Year.

Migrations: Speck’s and snows are plentiful this season. Duck migration finely made its way to CA thanks to the colder weather up north. Since the first of the New Year we have seen a nice spike in the migration.

Season Stage: Winter.

Hunting Report: Mixed, some areas have been good and some pretty slow, rice fields have been really slow from the reports I have been given.

Gossip: Lots of birds have been harvested the last couple weeks, all the hunters I have spoken with are looking for a strong end to 2017-18 waterfowl season.

 

Name: Travis Lyle

Date: Jan. 15, 2018

Location: Fernley, Nevada

Weather: Little above average. Got one last storm for the final week of ducks on the way.

Snow Cover: The tops of the mountains have snow. That’s about it. Have a stormy pattern for the next couple of days.

Water Conditions: Most of the water is open now with warm temps and last rain we had.  Still have water coming into areas. Some areas have too much.

Feeding Conditions: Should have plenty of food in hunting areas. There is a lot of corn and some areas have sego and bulrush.

Species and Numbers: Teal are still around with lots of divers too. Gadwalls and mallards are in lower numbers, but can be found. A few more geese showing up.

Migrations: Got a little reverse migration happening. Got a few yellow-bellied pintails over the weekend.

Season Stage: This is the last week, y’all. Call the boss and tell him you ain’t gonna make it.

Hunting Report: Slow down for sure. You find birds, you better go get ‘em.

Gossip: Most have hung it up.

 

Name: David Harper

Date: Jan. 15, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Weather: Temperatures are above average with highs in the upper 60s. Possible cool off coming next week and a slight chance of rain.

Snow Cover: None below 7,000 feet.

Water Conditions: Water is looking good around the valley. WMAs and refuges are holding a good amount.

Feeding Conditions: With warm temperatures aquatic feed is prevalent and grasses are staying green in most areas.

Species and Numbers: Teal and diving ducks are looking good still but big ducks have scattered. Geese are still being found on some WMA areas.

Migrations: Nothing noticeable.

Season Stage: Couple weeks left to go.

Hunting Report: Been some tough hunting with stale birds right now.

Gossip: Nothing at this time.


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