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11-17-2010 10:58
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sorry for the lack of posting this season so far. I’m in the process of moving to South Carolina. I have already sold my buss an should be in the Carolina’s Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. Looking foward to the move and hope to hunting by around Christmas….

Be safe and great hunting
Gerald

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01-15-2010 11:24
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1/15/2010
Haven’t been out at all. Talked to a few friends and the birds are still in the marsh heavy,but mainly Pin tails and Wigeons. Across the state the birds have seem to disappeared with all the hunters and sky busting. This seems to have pushed them out.

May go out one more time before the seasons ends, but with all the birds in freezer it’s mainly all about deer hunting.

Curdawg

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2010-01-15 11:27]

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Pintail 01-04-2010 10:09
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
Last Hunting trip was on 12/23/09. The wind were Making a dust storm even before we had put out deks. Before legal shooting time we had bird after bird dropping in on deks. With the wind blowing out of north had no choice but to put the reeds at out back and the sun in our face. Started out really nice with a fat green-head 1st shot. then a few widgeon’s and pintails. At about 830am the geese got up and they were right on the range of shotgun distance. We have a few lower flocks that were lower and managed to get 3 of them. so we ended the day 1 bird short of limit. 1 green, 4 pintails 3 teal and 5 widgeon and 3 snows.

I’ve never had this many birds in the freezer, so I have to call it this year. There’s noway will I ever get to eat all these. It been a great year one that I want ever forget. I made alot of new hunting friends. Got 4 new call 2 echo and just ordered 2 Hobo. can’t wait to get those.

Gerald

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Pintail 12-21-2009 12:49
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Hunted both days this weekend…12/19/09 It was a once in a life time hunt. Hunted with just me and the dog. Going in early we jumped alot of Greenheads off the water (ALOT). So after setting up I told myself nothing but greenheads today and by 9am I had 6 already and was waiting for the last one that showed up around 10am. I had all kind of birds in the deks today Widgen, Pintail, Cans, gadwall, teal, spoonies…It was GREAT….The 1st time ever in the desert with a limit of 7 greenheads.

So I had to try it again on Sun 12/20/09.. What a different a day makes. Took 3 other guys with me this morning and one was a 1st timer he only 15. It was the wrong day to take him, no wind, dead calm and the birds were flying HIGH. I never shot just called and watched them shoot. He got his 1st bird a spoony, but he was pround of it…..Glad to take a kid out anytime to hunt or fish. We ended the day with 2 greenhead and 4 teal and 2 spoonies. Just to nice of a day was out by 10am.

No geese on saturday but sunday they were here flock after flock of snows. No dark geese at all. Had 3 swans buzz the deks but can’t shoot them here in AZ. Had a group shoot at two of them last weekend and the Game and Fish Warden was hot to find out who shot.

Curdawg

Curdawg

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2009-12-21 12:50]

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2009-12-21 12:51]

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Pintail 12-14-2009 10:39
Cloudy, Occassional Rain Showers – 50-60 Degrees
12/13/09
Another great hunt…..3 guy and limits again. we got in and set up right at sunrise, one of the guys wanted to sleep in a little later. We set out 3 dozen deks. Just got a new dz of the FA’s(WOW) and three mojo’s mixed in. The wind must have changed on us so many times it wasn’t funny. Ended the day with 8 greenheads, 4 ringnecks, 3 green wing teal, 4 widgens, 2 spoonies…

Friends of mine hunting up toward Phx. did well with limit both days. Trying to find out now what they shot and saw. Did say “Alot of new birds down”.

We also got alot of new birds down ahead of this last front, ring necks, teal, and mallards are up, but geese are low didn’t see many at all maybe one or two floks of snows and 1 flock of dark geese

Curdawg

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Pintail 12-07-2009 09:24
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Laid off the birds the last few weeks knowing that everyone and their sister would be out hunting.

Went out yesterday 10/6/09,after receiving a call from some friends hunting on an area between Havasu and Phx. That they have 2 large waves of mallards come over heading south. I have only seen this twice, once was wood ducks and the other time mallards. Talked to Az F&G yesterday and the report is there’s an influx of birds, but mallards counts are down. I don’t see it, we have taken more green heads this year at this point in the season than I can remember.

As for the hunt today, the birds did what they were suppose to do, but the winds didn’t show up till after getting home. we were suppose to have 15 to 25 mph wind from the SSW so the area we set up I had put the deks right around the boat and having the bird coming right in with a head on shot, but we couldn’t hit the back side of a barn. It took us till almost 10am and 2 boxes of shells each to get limit (14). Several time we had nice flocks of mallards working and were only able to 1 each time. I have lately seen a few mallards mixed in widgeon’s so we were able to take a few out of those groups of birds. Ended the day with 6 mallards, 4 widgeon’s and 3 Mexicans ducks.

G.Curry

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[Edited By GCurdawg on 2009-12-07 09:28]

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Pintail 11-21-2009 13:25
– – 60-65 Degrees
11/21/09
This is the 3rd weekend in a row with limits and out before 10am. The 1st was 3 of us and 21 birds out by 830. these were mostly widgen, gadwall and mallards.

Last weekend just two of us and the winds were howling. Birds were Pintail, widgen and gadwalls.

Today wasn’t that great, started out slow had a large flock of birds sit down in a cove over and they pulled everything down. The limit today was really mixed, 1 gadwall, 1 pintail, 1 widgen, 1 redhead and 3 greenheads.

Also seeing more and more geese….mostly dark not many snows at all.

Curdawg

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Pintail 12-08-2008 10:04
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
12/6/08

What started out fast turned slow as the morning went by. Had a nice group of mallards drop in right at daylight. Unloaded dropped one, falling into the reeds behind boat (no luck with finding it). Had two widgen come in dropped both, got 1 and chased the the cripple and the dog over the marsh, single teal dropped like a rock, single mallard down, and then three widgen my 1st triple of the season. This was at 10:30am, waited and waited for one more at about 12:30 had five snows come over high looking like they were fighting the wind, but dead calm on the ground. Then about 15 mins later wham 15 to 20 mps winds. By this time mojo’s were running out of power an the ducks were back up moving again. Birds were coming by to look but flaring off on the mojo’s, went out picked them up and before I had the boat tied back off flock of gadwalls, one shot pick up deks and heading home.

Thinking the birds were hammered over Thanksgiving week, alot have pushed out. But giving time its still easy to get limit.

Seeing a few snows starting to move in and thinking things should be ready to get good.

Curdawg

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Pintail 12-01-2008 10:54
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 50-60 Degrees
28 Nov 08

We had rain for the past two days and thought it might have pushed some of the birds out. Because of the rain the marsh was foggy till almost 9am, once it lifted is was steady action till 1pm. Had a friend in Phx. and we sat up about 300 yards apart. This was the wrong thing to do. should have bunched up all the deks and mojos. I don’t think I pulled the trigger till 10 or later, while he was blasting away and couldn’t hit the ducks if they were on the water, (had to running out of shells-lmao). I ended the day with 1 mallard, 1 gadwall, 1 widgen and Ryan had 3 widgen.

Did get to see a few dark geese (2)but no snows yet. Seems for now the mallards (locals birds), gadwall, widgen and spoonies are about it…the widgen are thick…

Curdawg

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topock 11-25-2008 09:55
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
Another great hunt this past weekend. Got limit and out by 10:30 and was at the golf course by 12:30. 2 mallards, 1 pintail, 4 widgen.

Seems we had a influx of birds over the last few weeks, lots in the air all morning and still while packing out. Widgen are still thick, and the spoonies are getting thicker. To me it seems you can can be more selective on what you want to shoot, working call well coming in low and close to check out deks.(so for you guys raining me with pellets sat morning put out some deks and learn to call, lol). but even with the sky busting still having a great time.

Curdawg

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pintail 11-08-2008 19:27
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
Had a really good hunt today 11-8, had mallards and Widgens in the deks before day break. Was waiting for a little better light to take 1st shot. someone else beat me to it and the birds got off without a shot. Just couldn’t tell them apart. Then within 20 min it was great. Had 5 widgen in the boat within an hour and just let them keep coming wanting to shot a mallard, red head or pintail. They would work but not commit to the deks. I not sure why I repainted all the deks friday. They looked like I just got them out the box. Got my last two birds Gadwalls and went home.

On the way out talked to G&F and no one other than me had limit. Three groups of guys on the ponds at pitail got 9 total and the guys hunting the marsh with me only 1 to 2 birds.

The fly over count for last week was only 1000 birds and 600 snows, I never saw any geese this weekend. So don’t know where that count came from.

Curdawg

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marsh, needles 10-24-2008 13:37
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Had a house fire, sorry had had time to post report, but last weekend opening in AZ for the desert areas. Had friends for phx. come up to shot the marsh. They hunted friday saw alot but wasn’t sure where to put out deks. Saturday morning got in early was cool temps in the upper 50’s, lite winds. We sat up about 400 yards apart and didn’t really see that many birds. Full moon could have kept them down or went out to the fields early, wasn’t alot of pressure on friday to sent them packing. We did end the morning around 11am as temps went up in the 90’s with two spec-belly, two reds, one widgon and one mallard and a spoonie. So not bad at all.

Pintail had 5 guys on it sat morning and they took home 15 birds total, mixed bag, and one they also got spec-belly.

Not able to hunt this weekend have a bass tourment, but will be back at in teo weeks.

Curdawg

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GCurdawg
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10-13-2008 11:14
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Out on the lake again this past weekend, We set some record lows from the front that pushed down. Lately its just been mallards, but saw large numbers of gads and teal and what may have been one really nice flock of pins. Temps are to clime back into the upper 90’s by the weekend, no rain so maybe they will stay.

Curdawg

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GCurdawg
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10-05-2008 09:33
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The season is drawing close, have spent alot of time the last few weeks fishng on Lake Havasu. Have seen alot of Mallards and driver for this early in the fall. not sure if its local birds that were hatched here. so the 1st part of the warm season maybe pretty good. Just havn’t had time yet to get in the marsh an scout. Got the boat already and cleaned the decoys…..can’t wait.

Curdawg

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GCurdawg
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01-28-2008 10:04
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
1/26/08

Well the season has come and gone. It wasn’t really that bad of a seson, killed more mallards than any other season. The last month was what made it not so great. All and all I’ll rate it 6 out of 10.

For the last saturday went to the north dike and they had dropped the water so low that if you didn’t have a one man boat you were not getting in. I had to go to the south dike and the water was beyond the end of the ramp their and what a time getting in. It was already breaking daylight. I was going to an old spot, but someone else was already their and had to set up across the marsh to deeper waters. It’s a back water pocket I was thinking the birds may us it to get away from the pressure. It had limited site to the marsh.

Only had time to put a dozen deks and one mojo out, but there was limited cover for the boat. With the deeper water is was a different type of reed other the the normal cattails. Got to shoot at one teal buzzing by at about 80 knots, and I took out the Mojo, blow the wings right off, lol. So thats how my season ended.

Have a great summer!!!!!!!!!!!

Gerald (CURDAWG)

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01-14-2008 16:10
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
1/12/08

What a waste…..Got in early couldn’t sleep was expecting to see alot of new birds after the stroms this past week. Well after setting deks still dark. I could hear and see the out line of birds dropping into decoys, as it got light all the birds were spoonies. Just letting swim had two mature Pintails come in and got one. After that it was all spoonies again. Had a teal come and got it. Then two cans circled the deks twice and left. I was so board that i shot three spoonies and left at 10:45. Alot of new birds but nothing worth shooting at. It’s mostly all widgon and gadwall this time time of year, but none to be found.

I know I’m done with the marsh. For the last two weekends of the season I’m going to hunt the river in Havasu. Atleast maybe I’ll get to shoot some local birds.

Curdawg

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2008-01-14 16:11]

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GCurdawg
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01-10-2008 09:03
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
1/9/08

Didn’t Hunt today but, went out bass fishing with a few friends on the the lake (Lake Havasu). It was after work and I couldn’t believe the number for duck. Every cove we went in were medium size flocks of red heads, mallards, widgon, teal and ring necks. So I don’t know if I should try the lake this weekend or not, never tried hunting it because if the winds p/up the lake can have 5 to 6 foot swells. Thats a little to big for the duck boat.

It appears that the storms over the last week have pushed new birds down south for the last few weeks of the season….HOPE

Curdawg

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GCurdawg
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01-02-2008 09:15
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12/29 & 12/31/07

Wasn’t such great hunts over the new year. Only 5 birds over the last 2 hunts. It seems everyone and there brother was out over the holidays and the hunting pressure was too much for the ducks. Hunted the 29th all day from sun up to sun down for two birds.

So maybe the has put the fire out for the hoilday hunters.

Curdawg

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2008-01-02 09:16]

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12-26-2007 10:21
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
12/24/07

So, this morning was the 1st in the marsh and after Saturdays hunts I had a lot of birds coming from the south working their way north. This made me want to set up across from where I normally would. The wind was behind me and the sun in my face. As I got set up with only a dozen deks out and 2 mojos and cutting reeds to camo the boat I hear people talking and deks hitting the water. It was calm and quite and i thought nothing of it, just echos.

With the winds calm and the full moon out the birds really never flew. Between 10 to 1 pm a few birds got up and moved around but I bet I didn’t see 50 birds.

Around noon have two nice flocks of dark geese come over and a few mins later two Hugh flocks of mallards going south. So maybe with the cold and snow going on up north we may get a new birds and good hunting for the last moth of the season.

Ended today with 1 pin and 1 gad. As I was leaving the deks and guys I heard talking sat up just on the other side of the reeds maybe 20 yards. Never heard them fire a shot or blowing a call.

Curdawg

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12-26-2007 10:01
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 35-40 Degrees
12/22/07

Set up in the same. The report called for 10 to 15 mph winds, but ended up more like 25 to 30. In the same area I hunted this morning two young guys were just ahead and they went south as I went east. As the morning day light was rising the two guys were blasting up a storm. I was maybe 300 +/- yards to their east. They were shooting at any and everything that came over.

Several times I would have birds working the deks and they would just unload on birds well out of range. So with the winds blowing as they were I decided to stick it out. I finished the day with 3-teal, 2-cans, and 1-gad. It got to a point to where it was out of control and I couldn’t wait on the last bird.

As I was leaving I had to go back by their blind and noticed that they didn’t even have a single decoy out. I have to say I respect the younger generation getting out to hunt instead of sitting indoors and play video games, but if want to learn to hunt ducks do it the right way. It really a disrespect to the guys that put in their time, money and discipline in doing the RIGHT.

Curdawg

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2007-12-26 10:07]

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CIBOLA LAND SALE 12-20-2007 11:08
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I our local paper here in Lake Havasu City reported on December 16, 2007,the sale of of 1500 +/- acres. It one of the prime goose hunting areas in southern Arizona (cibola)The farmers sold the water rights to land arranged through the BLM and sold to Arizona Game and Fish. The land is going to be restored back to original habitat for migratory birds, deer, ect. They are alredy in the process of planting trees.

I don’t know how the restoring of habitat back to original desert land will keep migratory brids other then dove. What going to keep the waterfowl? I know there are other fields in the surrounding area but, they are indian reservation. Maybe it will keep the brids and again it maynot only time is going to tell. But it going to make a devastating change in the flyway for us here in southern Arizona, I feel.

If I wrong would someone please advise me other wise..

Curdawg

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12-17-2007 10:55
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
12/15/07

I was thinking that first thing Saturday that I should have stayed in bed. Had a few small flocks of mallards over the deks before sunrise, nothing wanting to sit. Then it was war world III, Pintail went wild, I mean shooting for an hour or more, non stop. As for me I had two floks of mallards come in and let the 1st couple sit in the deks and picked out nice greenheads and missed all three shots, both times. How I don’t know, maybe looking at the next one to shoot. Soon after the second miss had a teal buzz the deks and shot shot two feet behind him which really helped with the leading. After that I went 7 for 10 and picked up the deks and went home. Could of used a couple of more guns in the boat. I think we could of had 2 or 3 guys limits. Ended the day with 2 greenheads, 1 widong, 1 teal, 1 gadwall and 2 spoons.

Didn’t see the amount of Pintails or other birds as last weekend or wednesday. I think the hunting pressure is starting to maybe push the birds out. but I was out by 10am.

With all the shooting in pintail the warden was telling me that no one had left the ponds yet by 10am and the other person in hunting the north end with me got nothing.

Curdawg

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2007-12-17 10:55]

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12-13-2007 10:01
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
12/12

Got to hunt the last hour or so this afternoon. Going in got alot of Birds up off the water and set up in this area. only put out a few deks and as setting up the mojo and I just dropped in the water, lost one of the wings. Only the second time I used this one. But anyway back to the birds. It didn’t take long for the birds to want to come back and sit in this as area. Within a min of coving the boat had 2 mallarda drop in and smoked the drake. Soon after that had a nice flock of Pintails working for felt like 20 mins. Just working out of range. I knew I was going to get a mature pintails out this flock. But they never sat or come into a nice safe range. Also had three greenheads and a hen working the deks and calling. I felt like they were on there last pass to sit in the deks. Then the cell phone rings. Man can’t get away from work long enough to enjoy an afternoon hunt, LOL…so just before sunset had a small flock of greenwing about take my head off and drop straight into the deks only got one, should of had three. So ended with 1 greenwing and a greenhead. While picking up the deks had two guys in a canoe (rubberheads) padding around the marsh and I guess they were tring to jump shot had no deks and no calls in the boat. So I think this is why the pintails didn’t want to sit down.

Looking foward to the weekend….

Curdawg

[Edited By GCurdawg on 2007-12-13 10:04]

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12-10-2007 22:41
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curdawg,were you hunting topock gorge?

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12-10-2007 15:13
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
12/8/07

What a different a week can make. Hunted the north end for the 1st time. A little lite wind, clouds and ducks. It stared out with a few small flocks of mallards over before day light. As it got lighter the 1st shot this morning was a green head and the last shot of the day was a very mature Pintail. It was birds every 5 to 10 mins, for the rest of the day. Maybe not in shooting range but still seeing them. They didn’t work well to calling. The Pintails worked the deks great as long as you were quite. So I’m not sure if these birds were local or new ones. This is the most Mallards I’ve seen in years for this areas. Ended the day with Mallards and Pintails. A great bag of meat.

The snows are down by the thousands, flocks on flocks got up and out by 8:30.

In Pintail the guys did really great. I think the the warden said 60+ birds for the 10 hunter that checked in on the way out.

The report from the fields in the valley was that they were doing good as well on geese and mallards. So things seem to picking up in our area.

Curdawg

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12-03-2007 10:21
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
12/1

It was the 1st hunt of the season an man was not what I expectd. Saw very little birds most were Mallards. They seem to have been shot at few times, flying high and headed stright out. Did have very few circle the deks once or twic but never comitted. Ended the day with one redhead and a spoonie

The large front this past weekend came from the SW instead of North to South so no new brids. The wind were to be 25 to 30 mps but that never happened until getting home.

We hunted the south end of the masrh so didn’t hear or see any geese and very little shooting at all over the entire marsh.

Curdawg

Ryan got your message will call when the birds are down…

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GCurdawg
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11-26-2007 10:32
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Never got to hunt this weekend….Went to go out scouting wednesday afternoon late and the fuel pump went out. Think it would have been great friday and saturday. Winds were well over 20 to 30 mph. and temps have finally dropped to 40’s at night and 60’s for highs. Hope it stays this way for a while, so sick of the 90 degree temps. The pump shold be in tomorrow 11/27/07 and man do I have the fever to get out.

Ryan if you gaet a chance send email or call and we’ll set up a date to get out…..

Curdawg

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02-10-2007 16:23
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Hey buflhead,

Most of the hunting we do is on the west end of the state along the colorado river. From phx area you can look up around flagstaff area or down south towards Tucson. I have never hunted those area but I have heard of people having some luck there. You can also try Alamo lake it is a coulpe of hours west of Phoenix. I have had some pretty good hunts out there but there is not enough hunters to keep the birds working out there. If you go on the arizona game and fish website there are some other small lakes on the outskirts of phx. The duck hunting is not the greatest but its good to just get out there.

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NE Wyoming 02-09-2007 10:05
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Hello down there, I am from NE Wyoming. I may need to spend significant time in AZ-Sun City, taking care of my aging parents. I am an avid waterfowler and upland hunter-any hope for me down there. I see from posts, you do shoot a few. Where do you go-Colorado or?

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catfish 02-03-2007 07:48
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
Hunted sunday set up with my 13 yr old. 2 doz and 4 motion feeders. Had plenty of birds coming in before shoot time. Few birds working out of range. My son shot 4 shovelers and I got nada. We had plenty of chances but we just kept blowing them. I glad my son got to finish up with some good action he was pumped with 4 birds. He is really looking forward to next year.

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pintail 01-24-2007 16:26
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Got out saturday morning, was a little late gettin in be still made it before sunrise. Put out less than 2 dozen and no mojo this time. Had birds dumping in before i had the guns out of the case. Had birds working most of the morning but i couldn’t hit a bird if was sitting on the water. The snows have finally made it down. Two largh waves got up about 8 to 830 am, was a site to see. I stayed still 10 or so and ended the day with two green wing. No big floks of ducks just ones and twos. For the last weekend I just got a new in today (MOJO) so I’m going to try both of them and see if two work better than one, with small flok of dekes.

Made the last weekend a good one.

Curdawg

PS. If anyone knows of a good kennel for ready to hunt dogs please email me gcurdawg@aol.com. My lab is 8, and almost ready to retire……

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stumptock 01-21-2007 16:29
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees

Hunted out of catfish. Wanted to put in at northdike but a rollover had the road closed till after sunrise. Tried to hunt the east bank never hunted there before, kicked up alot of birds off the point going in. They never came back. Did not fire a shot saw about 10 birds total. Heard some shots north of me and a couple past the south dike. Might try to finish out the season out on the river. Does anybody know when crit closes. Antbodt killin any on the river?

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topock 01-15-2007 12:27
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Things are looking poor in the colorda river area in Havasu. Very few birds. Never pulled the trigger. The only birds I’m seeing are spoonies. Hope….. this front will push some birds for the last two weeks.

If anyone else is doing better please let me know…….

Curdawg

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Topock 12-28-2006 11:05
Cloudy, High Winds – 50-60 Degrees
Hunted out of 5 Mile Landing. The water was very shallow. I was unable to get to the area I planned on hunting. I made the best of the situation and hunted were I was at. I shot 3 birds (mallard/gaddy/redhead). I had to leave while the shooting was just getting good, around noon the 20 mph wind was making the birds really work. I sheared my prop on the drive in. The low water is a real pain in ARSE. I saw lots of gaddys,pinnies and a few mallards.

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12-20-2006 09:27
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we made to South Carolina monday afternoon, on the drive over going thru the central flyway, I never seen so many fields and flocks of geese. It all stared just east of albuequer till arkanas. what a great site to see. only saw one field the had hunter on it, they were setting out dekes.

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12-19-2006 11:51
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Curdog-
Sounds great!!! I will give you a shout after the 1st. I still have your cell #.
I’m going to hunt the lake east of you. Water level there has changed again so maybee the spots I shot three years ago will shoot again.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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pintail 12-19-2006 10:16
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
ryan,
good to see your still keeping up with the site. anytime you guys would like to come down, after the 1st would be great…

As for hunting saturday, saw tons of birds from widgon to spoonies. Big flocks of mallards, pintails. The 25 to 35 mphs wind didn’t start till after 12pm. I mean it was dead calm till then. but, by then we were on our way to the east coast for the hoildays.

Only had one small group of widgen come in on us (Derek)and I, we dropped 3. had very few come to look because of a few guy or ladies thinking it possible to drop brids from the clouds. Only minimal brids killed in the slough to the north. only one when we checked as we were leaving. Geese seem to have left or moving at night, small flocks here and there.

Have a safe holiday,
Curdawg

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AZduckcmder
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12-14-2006 14:08
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Curdog!!!! Glad to see your back. I knew the waterfowl bug would not keep you gone long.
Lets get together a fold some birds. Shoot me an email. ryanhenderson@cox.net

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GCurdawg
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Topock 12-14-2006 11:46
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
Got to hunt for the first time in about two years last weekend. Set up out of the north dike. Put out 3 doz. decoys and a mojo. Saw lots of birds, but was more of a scout than really hunting. Did finish two hunts sat morning and sunday pm with 1 of each.(all Drakes) Green wing, Red Head, Mallard, Gadwall, Pintail. So, I don’t think it was all that bad. Didn’t set up were i’m going to shot this saturday, wanted to save it. Saw only limited snows and few honkers, Full moon I guess.

Just glad to back in the blind.
Good luck,
CUrdawg

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havasu 12-09-2006 11:46
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hey rustyduck,

i am going to start hunting the havasu area and i just wanted to get some info on the area from you. where do you launch from. are the launch ramps paved or dirt. how far do you have to travel from the launch area to get to the hunting areas.
are there any closed areas i would need to watch out for. what size/mix of spread are you putting out. how deep is the water in most of the areas you hunt. from your posts it seems you have some great afternoon hunts out there are the afternoon hunts usually productive. are there many other hunters out there. maybe we could put a hunt together and you could show me around.

anthony

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HAVA-ZOO N.W.R.-Castle Rock Zone 11-29-2006 23:48
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 40-45 Degrees
The ducks are here!!! It’s cold and windy. My 7:15 arrival into Eric’s Bay was very rewarding!!! 4 Greenheads, 3 Gadwalls, and 1 Snow Goose. I shoulda/coulda had a limit of Snows and only God is my witness to my shooting follies. 1 flock of 5 and 1 flock of 4 equals 9, right??? Well i could only subtract 1(good grief) and they were all “very much in range!!!” My duck shooting made up for all that very well!!! Posseman Rambo and I are gonna team up and shoot it out wit’ dem birds manana!!! Sack time is NOW. Happy Hunting To All, Rusty and the “Posse”

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HAVA-ZOO N.W.R./TOPOCK MARSH/CIBOLA N.W.R.-FARM UNIT 2 11-26-2006 10:05
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THIS NOVEMBER WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS OVERWHELMING!!! FROM SHOOTING DUCKS & SNOWS/ROSS’S HERE AND “LANDING SNOWS” UP IN THE TOPOCK MARSH, TO HARVESTING HONKERS AT CIBOLA. WITH SO MANY THRILLS AND OF COURSE THE USUAL SPRINKLE OF “IF ONLY’S,” AND SHOUDA/COULDA’S, HOW COULD THE “POSSEMEN” ASK FOR MORE??? CONGRADULATIONS TO POSSEMAN CUZIN MARIO ON HIS CIBOA HONKERS(Cuz’s 1st Honker on the 2nd day). WITH PLENTY OF “SPIRITUAL MOJO,” OUR LITTLE SPREAD OF OUTLAW DECOYS, 2 BIGFOOT FEEDERS AND MY 11 Y.O. SON RIO HARMONIZING WITH ME ON HIS “WING LOCK” HONKER FLUTE CALL, WE CALLED IN A FAIR AMOUNT OF HONKERS FOR OUR AREA OUT OF BLIND #6. SOME HUNTERS IN THE PITS BEHIND US HARVESTED THEIR SHARE OF BIRDS THAT RIO & I HAD BROKE DOWN FROM HIGH ABOVE. IT WAS THRILLING AND OH SO BEAUTIFUL TO WATCH AS THE BIG BIRDS BROKE FORMATION AND DROPPED DOWN WITH “FULL FLAPS” AND TALKIN’ BACK!!! WE LOVE TO CALL AT AND “WORK IN” HONKERS AT CIBOLA AND SON RIO JUST MISSED HIS FIRTST HONKER, AGAIN!!! THEIR IS ABOUT 1500 OR SO HONKERS(AS OF yesterday) AT CIBOLA AND THEY ARE STEADY TRICKLING IN. CONGRATS GOES TO DUCKMAN SHANE ON HIS DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING HONKER, HE SHOT. IT’S THE ONLY CANADA GOOSE HARVESTED(OR SEEN) DOWN HERE ON OUR END OF THE MARSH, SO FAR THIS YEAR. I’M TOLD DUCK HUNTING IS FAIR AROUND HERE AT THIS TIME WITH WIGEON, MALLARD AND CANVASBACKS BEING BAGGED. DUCKMAN LEO HAS BEEN “HANGIN’ OUT” ALOT AT ERIC’S BAY AND HE HAS BEEN WELL REWARDED. THAT PLACE IS JUST “LEGENDARY”!!! SO MUCH MORE DETAILS AND SO LITTLE TIME TO TYPE ‘CAUSE RIO & I GOTTA LOAD THE BOAT AND GO GET US SOME MORE FEATHERS AND MEMORIES. BE SAFE OUT THERE, THE SWING IS THE THING, AND HAPPY WATERFOWLIN’ TO ALL – Rusty, Rio, Drake, and the “Posse”

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Picacho 11-08-2006 17:13
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Thanks for the info on Picacho-what size shot u using on those skeeters 🙂

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Picacho Reservoir 11-08-2006 16:42
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I drove down to Picacho thurs last week to check it out as it held some water about 4-5weeks ago. No water now but, millions (make that billions) of mosquitos. Everytime we would get out of the truck we would get swarmed.

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Picacho Reservoir 11-08-2006 15:09
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Anyone know if Picacho Reservoir is holding any water/ducks? I know it was dry ~3 years ago…..

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Hava-Zoo N.W.R./Castle Rock Zone 11-05-2006 02:05
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – Over 70 Degrees
“When your hot your hot, when your not, your not” ro so the song goes!!! The north wind hit at 11:00 a.m.. My 6 y.o. son Drake and I finally got out of the house at 11:30. We scooted out due east across the lake to the “South Park ” water blind. With our 6 Snow goose decoys “swimming” about at 20 yards, we were ready. 40 minutes later, 3 white geese approach from out of the south, glide gently into my tiny spread, and only 6 ft. off the water!!! I hammer one, then hammer another, and then MISS the 3rd goose!!! Drake & I are ecstatic!!! Turned out it was 1 Ross and another Snow. Our hunt turned out to be VERY short and sweet. We picked up and came home to celebrate. Back at it for “Sunrise Service with Cuzin Mario, somewher at this awessome “Zoo”!!! Be Safe and the “Swing is the thing!!!” Rusty, Rio, Drake, and the C.V.W.Posse

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Hava-Zoo N.W.R./Casle Rock Zone 11-04-2006 10:58
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
A new wave of birds moved in Tusday so I went at them on Wed. alone. Went scouting and then went into “Golden Pond” for the 1st time in 5 or 6 years. Scratched 1 Greenhead and 3 Teal. and should have had a couple more Mallards but, I got W.A.M.ed!!!At 2:15 Had about 35 Snows come in from outta the south and as lady luck would have it, I left those dekes at home!!! They circled me twice and were bout 150 yard s up and were talkin to my spead loudly. So Thursday I set-up at the top of Jude’s Chute with 6 Snow dekes and a few assorted duck spieces and the MOJO. I whacked 2 Snows, 2 Wigeon, 3 Spoonies, and 1 Greenhead. At 11:15 the Snows came from outta the South, again. I started calling to them as they flew directly due East of me. I had two big Snows peel off of a group of 15 and land in the Snow dekes at 20 yards. I was shaking so bad with excitement as I had 3 flocks of ducks(wigeon & Spoonies) zooming in and all around me, as I was callin’ and working the snows into gunning range. WOW, WOW , WOW what a thrilling hunt!!! Oh thnk you GOD ALMIGHTY, for such a wonderful day of forever lasting memories!!! Friday I went to the “Horseshoe” for the 1st time this year and managed to bag I Greenhead, 1 Susie(OOP’s), and a Spoonie. Not a bad week for out here in the the lil Hava-Zoo N.W.R.!!! Have a safe and sucessful wknd all you waterfowlers!!! Rusty and the “Posse”

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fort Mojave indian reservation 11-03-2006 18:04
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 45-50 Degrees
Has anyone every hunted this indian reservation; either the arizona or the california side?…..done anything????

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Hava-Zoo N.W.R./Castle Rock Zone 10-28-2006 23:53
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
Well Tues. & Wed. Duckman Jeff and I were at Jude’s Chute for a 5 bird, 2 Mallards, 3 G.W. Teal total. Today had son Rio and I at Arrowhead Flat. No wind, high wispy clouds, and not much flying. We seen 7 mallards go into the wedge about 8 a.m., about 15 Redheads(just out of range) going north about 10:30, 3 teal about 12:15, and about 35 big ducks diving into the closed zone north of Castle Rock at 12:40. We left at 1:00. The water is very high here and it is making things tough. 25 years ago and up into the mid ’90’s, the water would come down by early Rocktober. Backwaters would recede to ideal lower water levels whereby ponds would be formed. Sandbars would be exposed and goose decoys could be set-up and the goose hunt would be on!!! Oh well, i’ll jus’ keep my finger’s crossed that the water comes down very soon and be happy and grateful for all that “we” have here on the mighty Colordo River!!! Be safe and sucessful all you fellow waterfowlers,
Rusty & the Chemehuevi Valley Waterfowl Posse

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Hava-Zoo N.W.R./Castle Rock Zone 10-24-2006 20:46
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
Well third time is a charm!!! Sunday mornin’ Cuzin Mario shot his 1st limit of 7 ducks and he did it with ONLY 7 shots!!!I harvested 4. Mallards(4), Cinn.(2) and G.W. Teal(2), Spoonies(2), and 1 Widgeon was the harvest. Why do you think I call this place, Hava-Zoo!!! Not alot flying but what did decoyed well. This time we were at the nend of Jude’s Chute. Spoke to 3 other hunters who were scouting around. I was aquainted with one of them, Kevin, they had shot 1 Greenhead for their morning. He also said his pal and him had limited out on opening day at Eric’s Bay. This was our/my all time best, 3 days of an opening wknd., of hunting ever, in 26 years!!! Total: 31 ducks in 3 mornings!!! Happy hunting to all, Rusty and the “Posse”

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Hava-Zoo N.W.R.- Castle Rock Zone 10-21-2006 17:27
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – Over 70 Degrees
WOW, WOW, WOW WHAT A “ZOO!!!” BEST OPENING DAY I/WE HAVE HAD IN YEARS!!! YESTERDAY BROUGHT CUZIN MARIO AND I HUNTED CATFISH BAY. THE BIG WIND ON TUES. NITE/WEDNESDAY BROUGHT IN A TON OF REDHEADS INTO THE BAY AND A FEW PUDDLERS. WE TOOK OUR 2 REDHEADS APIECE AND 2 (D)MALLARDS EACH!!! TASTY!!! SATURDAY MORNIN’ HAD “POSSE MEMBERS” SON RIO(11), DUCKMAN DAVE, BUST ‘UM UP BOB, CUZIN MARIO, AND I FULLY PACKED AND READY TO SHOOT IT OUT AT THE ENTRANCE TO JUDE’S SHUTE. “CRUNCH CORNER” WAS TURNED ON AND SO WERE DUAL MOJO’S!!! 5 (D)GREENHEADS, 4 (D)WIDGEONS, 2 SPOONIES, & 1 CHUNKY RUDDY AND WAY TO MUCH LAUGHING FROM BUST ‘UM UP BOB’S, “JOKES UNLIMITED!!! WITH LOT’S OF BIRDS ON THE MOVE, “SON RIO DID HIS PART ON HIS CALL FOR DAVE & BOB. HE ALONE SWEET TALKED IN 3 FAT GREENHEADS TO THIER SPASHING END. GREAT JOB RIO AND GOOD SHOOTING BY ALL!!! LET US ALL BE SAFE OUT THERE, GOD BLESS US ALL, AND REMEMBER, “IT’S NOT HOW MANY YOU GET, IT’S HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE ONES THAT YOU DO!!!” Rusty Two Crows and the Chemehuevi Valley Waterfowl Posse

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Havazoo N.W.R. 10-14-2006 11:42
Cloudy, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
THE ELECTRICITY IS IN THE AIR FOR US MEMBERS OF THE CHEMEHUEVI VALLEY WATERFOWL POSSE!!! WE R GETTIN’ READY TO SADDLE UP FOR THE BIG “SHOOT OUT” AT THE “C.R. CORRAL!!!” HOPE U ALL R TOO!!!

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alamo lake 10-02-2006 12:59
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
saw about 4 small flights of teal few gaddys while fishing on the east end. bunch of diifrent ducks flying out of the coves as we made our way in there mostly teal. caught a bunch of 1 to 2 pound largemouth my boy caght a 4 pounder off a spook to make us all look bad. topwaters and spinners all day.

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Anderson Mesa 09-11-2006 00:35
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – Over 70 Degrees
Did some scouting today. Water levels are really down. Suprising! for all of the monsoons we have had. Did not see many ducks. Only one spot was holding about 250-300. Mallards, gadwell and teal.
Morman Lake is down from last year. Did enjoy the 1000 head of Elk standing in the middle of the almost dry lake. Did see a couple of boomers!!!!!
Also saw four nice muley’s near ashurst.

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Arizona Mountain Zone 09-07-2006 12:29
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Going to get started scouting for the upcomming opener Oct 6th. Any of you AZ boys seeing any numbers yet?

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havasu /topok 09-06-2006 01:28
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looks like an earlier migration than expected ,waterfowl are already on the move southward towards mexico ,i was in topok last weekend and black ibis ,pitail and a few teal that are probably locals were already flying in in good numbers in the area
no early geese or mallards bvut sizable flocks of pintail saw 6 flocks from 50 to 200
flying in early morning sunlight ,i wouyld say theat more are passing through there like every year so ,we`ll be a little short on the big flocks again if you want to shoot them go to mexico they` are already moving out fast
jotr

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cibola 03-08-2006 17:08
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
jack on the rocks,…..thanks for your expertise ….it’s interesting also to note about the mallard, widgeon, pintail and honker migration…..there used to be state of california authorized “feed clubs” that allowed for the registered duck clubs to place shelled feed in a 40 acre closed zone for the birds…..this was established to allivate the crop problems that the birds were doing to the lettuce fields….the farmers changed their crops from lettuce, and the lettuce farmers moved south across the border to mexico….but the state still allowed for the feed clubs…the pintail especially flocked to the feed clubs for the barley and shelled corn (the clubs that feed these feeds) and the state and federal government kept “tabs” on the activity…Mass also allowed the feed clubs because california allowed them and the feds jumped to put both out of business…monitoring of the species for five years produced that the feed clubs actually held more birds in the flyway from going down south of the border; and these mexican people, with their 25 pintail limit, demanded california’s closure…the results of the clubs also indicated that the widegeon actually preferred shelled corn (late in the season) to their grassy diet, but early in the season they were insect eaters and rotting potatoes yielded the best for this…pintails liked barley, mallards liked barley early and corn late, and the honkers preferred corn once the weather got below 36 degrees; but they also needed grit and extremely clean water…..the japanese millet that the clubs planted in lue of the feed club status never replaced their diet and the birds overflew into the brawley and mexico area…brawley corn growers had exceptionally great shooting and grew special corn that was short stemmed corn that matures 24 inches from the ground, and is an excellent crop for ponds that would flood 18 inches of water….birds stayed at the salton sea to nest, and went back and forth to cibola in large numbers….once the food cycle was cut, your right, the widgeon, etc. have very little reason to stop at cibola….the large corn fields planted at cibola, without being knocked down to allow the birds to feed, are basically useless until the stems rot and the crop falls to the ground…..a local nesting flock (s) would help solve the hunter’s interest and also the birders that use them for photography, etc……according to some of the old timers that hunted in southern california and cibola…there were days that you could see thousands of honkers trading back and forth all day long….baldwin lake by big bear has a story published in the 1950’s, I believe, that tells of hunters taking about 500 mallards (total number of ducks taken by lots of hunters) per day off of the two lakes almost continually (?) as the influx of migration passed through this area from bishop south, the colorado river west, and los angeles west to east….could these days ever come back?…probably not in huge numbers; but in numbers that would allow for waterfowl hunters to remain interested in hunting and not have such a huge dropoff in numbers each year of many hunters just “hanging it up”…some people would like to see a “push” to bring back waterfowl hunters that have quit because of lack of bird numbers and expense, instead of the fish and game’s push to try and bring in 20 or so new “green wings” into the waterfowl hunting fold at each state hunting refuge…..there’s lots and lots of hunters that have given up; more than can be replaced with new younger greenwings for many years….suggestions?

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cibola geese 03-04-2006 22:32
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ssm,
what you are saying is probably 100% correct ,and also with the geese that move in from western alberta are getting to where they might be using those same areas and moving east again with the hunting pressure that does move them it might not be enough to steer them from their natural nature ..in response to widgeon delima ,widgeon need grassy ,thick vegetation as i`m sure you already know ,but the colorado river at cibola really only offers them a place to stay while moving south .lets say that the widgeon a hearty bird that can withstand extreme cold but doesn`t like to has an food forage problem in cibola not a food shortage problem as far as the eye could see when i first started hunting down there they had a terrible amount of them also pintails too
but through the years its been alost all of the bags i`ve been havesting are full of widgeon ,and with the mallard population at a slow slope as of last year i think were going to see more geesemigrating south …
have the geese getting into larger flocks on the move down and then breaking up well there you have a creature of habit that finds safety in numbers .fact.i like this converesation salton sea man ,we should talk geese someday,sound like a goose hunter .

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cibola 03-02-2006 18:01
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 60-65 Degrees
Thank you for your response Jack on the Rocks…..more and more of the geese are also nesting northeast of salt lake too…..all of the areas that the birds molt in have an early honker season and some believe that this has altered their migratory pattern; with the young birds quickly becoming educated in “which way to safety”…and that seems to go into the central flyway and movement of the pacific flyway…..I don’t understand why the hunters and conservation groups in the salton sea and the cibola refuge don’t insist that a local flock be raised there?…there are lots of surplus geese, even the maximum species that are killed each year because there’s not areas to place them into….having a moriturum(spelling) on a nesting species for five years or so would reallly benefit the areas (bringing in the larger species and not hunting them….or just bring them in and limit the hunting on them…there’s plenty of room at both locations for nesting islands and the crop deperdation that used to occur in the late 60’s is gone from the farms; relating to the geese and even the widgeon….comments?

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cibola 02-28-2006 04:26
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the geeses just don`t want to go there and thats all they have been showing up in larger numbers in new mexico as you were saying.I think the reason that the geese arennn`t coming down this flyway is becuase a lot more of them that travel from salt lake are staying and wintering in ponds and small resivoirs before they make it down and don`t have to fly south.Also that would be good for cibola as a hunter in that area they should have someting like that but that also means more closed areas and i don`t think that it sells many licenses.thats what you will be looking at in the future of the sport down there the more geese that stay
the more interest and so forth .As tghe geese move out hunters loose interest , and i didn`t really get a chance to see the numbers on martinez lake and the imperial areas but i do know that topok is normally holding up to 1000 geese a yaer and they do blow south and they pass the crit and i assume that they turn there and head for the salton sea .

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cibola 02-16-2006 18:34
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 50-60 Degrees
gentlemen, did anyone else read the waterfowl report from the Pacific Flyway Council about the rocky mountain population of the western canada geese that used to winter in the cibola area…and now is wintering in record numbers in New Mexico the past two years?…it’s on their web site…also, some say that because of the early canada goose season by the molting areas of this species, the extra hunting is causing the birds to fly “too early” into new flight patterns that don’t have hunting…if this isn’t corrected perhaps the flyway number of geese in the cibola area will continue to decline to the 700 or so that was there in the late 70’s????anyone have any comments?…why not have nesting areas for the geese in the cibola area and let some of the flock “overstay and nest”?….

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crit 02-03-2006 00:22
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went down for the last hunt and did ok with plenty of other hunters down there it was tuogh but we managed to get out of there with two days limits for three guys, not bad was a good hunt but a tough one .with lots of new birds in the area daily it was difficult having consistency ,singles and pairs were about all that came in to the decoys sure different than most seasons ,but that`s what makes ya better.all in all we clobbered down there this year and i had fun good start good end.sure makes life a little better when you get to do what you love to do so much,god bless ya`ll and have agood shopping seasonb or whatever it is that you do ,thanks for the posts and the responses tnis website is kinda cool i know alot of guys quit this place because they don`t hunt anymore or even play aruond up north .to bad

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Havazoo NWR/ Castle Rock Zone 01-11-2006 16:46
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
Hay Ho All, It’s 11 days into the New Year. My how waterfowl and Time fly by. On Mon. eve. Rambo, Rio, and I slipped into Eric’s Bay and a crisp North wind was blowin’. I was very excited for my son Rio who was gifted a neat little ol’ Sears, Roebuck, and Co. Mod.21 20 Ga. Pump-action. With double-action side bars, 21 1/2 in. plain barrel, 3 inch chamber and a trigger to end of recoil pad length of 12 inches, whew this gun is almost too cool for Rio!!! Anyway we pulled out at sundown and were all happy with the 1st ducks of the New Year. 1 drake and 1 hen Redhead and 1 beauty of a 60 yard shot by Rambo on a long-tailed drake Pintail. Overall, the water is way up everywhere, and there are not many ducks anywhere in our “zone” at this time. The Honker count is still at 1 or 2. With temps at 70 degrees it’s too nice out here. Looks like the Posse will have to saddle up and ride hard North, to the Mighty Topock Marsh, and hunt up where dem waterfowl might be hangin’ out at. The weather looks very promising for the weekend and I know some of the Posse are itchin’ to draw at the “Slough” on Saturday. It was reported to me that Duckman Dave East and pal harvested 14 birds last Sat. or Sun. at the “Slough”. A big HIGH 5 to you guys!!! That’s the latest from the Castle Rock/Rez Zone. Be safe out there and good shootin’ to all, Rusty and the Chemehuevi Valley Waterfowl Posse

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[Edited By arustyduck on 2006-01-13 12:24]

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cibola 01-06-2006 13:20
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Gentlemen, thank you for your comments……the areas west of the refuge that I was told were “good to hunt” were: the area north of Walter’s camp called three fingers lake, and the unnamed lake on the west side (california side) south west of the cibola lake overlook; about 5 miles away ?????….sound familar to anyone???? is the marsh unit worthwhile in the refuge itself?…..anyone have an idea why the bird count is so low for the refuge????

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Double-cluck
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Cibola 01-03-2006 21:29
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Saltman you can hunt the river north of the refuge but the geese dont fly past the refuge. Hunting the hokers have been slow this year. I hunted on the west side and had a good day on ducks. The Az side is tough due to the refuge and private property. Farm uint has been slow and have been posting low numbers. You can take a chance and do stand by. If you do try pit 9 or pit 3. Pit 9 get first crack if they head over the farm unit. But as I said low goose count makes it tough.

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crit 12-31-2005 21:05
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rembo ,things were so so went down there for a morning and an afternoon and did ok .shot a bag of mixed ducks and got outta there,gonna give another shot at it here this weekend …

to the”posse”
good to hear you boyz down there are puttin a wack to em !

salton sea man-as far as i know i dont remember any hunting west of crit ,mono lake in california used to be a hot spot when i was a kid havent made a trip up there in years ,but i am and do run aroun d crit quite a bit and if need a number just reply and we can contact each other .

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!
JOTR

jotr

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Havasu N.W.R. – Castle Rock Zone/Chemehuevi Rez 12-31-2005 10:32
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Hey Ho Salton Sea Man, You may want to talk to a fellow waterfowler named Ron Gober – San Diego Hunting Retriever Club, Chula Vista, Ca.. He has a TON of hunting experience in the Cibola area. Go to google.com for more info.. I have only hunted the Farm Unit 2 for the past 10 years and that is what my son Rio and I like to do there. Ron Gober was a guide in the Cibola area for years. Rick Francis is a well known guide and a good guy, who operates Ultimate Guide Service, maybe he can advise you(928-857-3581) you. Good Luck, Rusty and the Chemehuevi Valley Posse

[Edited By arustyduck on 2006-01-01 01:27]

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West of Cibola refuge 12-30-2005 15:52
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 35-40 Degrees
Gentlemen, are there any areas for waterfowl hunting, on the california side, west or south of the cibola refuge?….are you allowed to hunt the river itself?….is it worthwhile, if you are allowed to hunt the river?….how about to the west of the CRIT refuge?….thanks

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Topock Marsh/ Havazoo N.W.R. – Castle Rock Zone 12-29-2005 22:58
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 60-65 Degrees
WOW!!! AWESOME!!! TOO MUCH DUCKIN’ FUN!!! THE “POSSE” HAS BEEN OVERWHELMED SINCE LAST TUESDAY WITH HOT GUNNING ACTION AND THE BEST OF TIMES WITH WATERFOWLIN’ FRIENDS AND FAMILY. WITH “ORIGINAL POSSE” MEMBER DUCKMAN ERIC BACK ON SCENE, LIMITS WERE THE RULE THIS EVENING AT NO NAME POND, TOPOCK MARSH. THE DUCKS KEPT THE BARRELS HOT!!! A GIANT THANK YOU, HIGH TEN and “WHAT A TERRIFIC AND UNSELFISH PAL MY BUDDY DUCKMAN RUSTY IS”. AND HUNTER AIN’T TOO BAD A PUP EITHER. I GOTTA GO CLEAN ‘UM NOW. SO BE SAFE OUT THERE AND PUT ‘UM IN YOUR FACE!!! Rusty, Eric, Rio, Drake, and the “Posse”

[Edited By arustyduck on 2005-12-29 23:01]

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Jack on the rocks
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12-27-2005 20:48
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REMBO

BEEN TO PARKER LATELY?
IF SO HOW DID YOU DO?
HAVEN’T BEEN FOR 3 WEEKS BUT GETTING THE BUG TO GO. WILL BE THERE ON THE 7/8 OF JAN. FOR SURE.

DAN

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Double-cluck
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Cibola 12-16-2005 18:40
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Haven’t been at Cbiola if a few weeks. The last time I was there was for 11 days during Thanksgiving. Huntung was slow but one day I had a good shoot. Six Mallards and ring neck.
Has anyone been that way lately? Im thinking about heading back.

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arustyduck
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Havasu NWR/Castle Rock Zone 12-16-2005 12:26
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 40-45 Degrees
Yesterday’s Wine(the song) and yesterday’s hunt are a sweet memory. I pulled into the “Horseshoe” at sunrise and got things set-up. The 1st. hour went by with 2 flocks of about 10 Mallards in each one heading North and staying well out of range. At 8:15 coming in low to the water and out of the South, a line of ducks were beaming into me. At 80 yards or so they landed and started to swim on in. With my peeps and whistles they came charging in, about 15 of ‘um. At 30 yards I stood up and hollered cut ‘um. Up went the ducks and up came the ol’ 870. 3 shots later, 5 drake G.W. Teal were floating on the, water, D.O.A.. Tasty Teal. Need I say more. Once again, one flock can make a huge difference. Not much else moved and I was a bit surprised with the weather so ducky. I was finished at high noon. Oh well days like that happen. The “posse”, son Rio, and I should be at Gander Flats this evening and Rambo needs to to make up for lost time at the ‘zoo. The “posse” will be out in force with the weekend weather looking promising and cold things going on up North. So saddle up, lock and load Gent’men and remember, “it’s not how many you get, it’s how you feel about the ones you do.”!!! Be safe “out there”, Rusty and the “Posse”

[Edited By arustyduck on 2005-12-16 12:36]

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lwmanes
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Anderson Mesa 12-14-2005 04:16
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Alot of ice on the mesa. Vail still open with some honkers on it. Still lookin for Duck Nest well all the Elk hunters are gone so you do see alot of stuff up there. Some action on Mary bolth ends. When will it snow. Looking for some action in the south of Cocanino.

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Havazoo NWR – Castle Rock Zone 12-13-2005 10:09
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
I did alot of scouting yesterday and there are alot of patos locos here. They are scattered around everywhere. King Cans in Catfish Bay,Redheads/Bluebills/Widgeon at Dog Cove.Mallards/Gadwalls/Blackjacks at Jude’s Chute, Mallards at the “360”, Buffle Heads,Golden-Eyes, Green-Wing Teal everywhere it seems. I set-up for 2 1/2 hours after the scouting run at “South Park” point. One fat drake Redhead and 2 Gadwalls make for a fine morning for this blessed hunter. So get out there while the gettin’s good guys. With wings locked and landing gear down, Rusty and the “Posse”

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Havazoo NWR/Castle Rock ZChemehuevi Rez/ 12-11-2005 16:39
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 60-65 Degrees
Hello Waterfowler’s, My last 2 submissions didn’t post up. Oh well, the ducks and geese are co-operating well here and “dat’s a beautiful thing”!!! Out 3 times since last Sat., I total 2 Ross Geese, 3 Greenheads, 3 Widgeon, 2 Gadwall, 2 G.W. Teal, and 1 “Smiling Hollywood” duck. Thursday was PRIMO. I seen at least 500 ducks and 11 big Honkers buzzed me going South, a little out of range, just as 5 Greenheads came skidding in next to the Snow dekes. I hammered a double in one shot. 4 ducks by 7:15 Az. time, how nice. My 1st. limit day BY 8:55 and life is good in REMINGTON COUNTRY(my 870 12ga.is 33 y.o.)!!! God Bless and the “Swing Is Da Thang”, Rusty and the Chemehuevi Valley Waterfowl Posse

[Edited By arustyduck on 2005-12-12 01:15]

[Edited By arustyduck on 2005-12-12 14:10]

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Jack on the rocks
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crit 12-10-2005 19:54
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as far as i know there is a project going on there as of now and that involves the restoration of endangered fish ,and posted no hunting .a joint effort between crit and the feds to restore razorback chubs and pupfish .

jotr

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salton sea man
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Crit 12-09-2005 18:02
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 45-50 Degrees
Gentlemen, does anyone have an individual person to contact at the tribal office that may be interested in adding wetlands to the tribal lands? (at no expense to the tribe, and an additional income source)…I’m Native American myself , and have dealt with trying to help other tribes with conservation and recreational grants, etc. , but it is very hard to get anything done (achieved) without an actual great spokesperson at the tribe that wants change???….are the fish ponds being constructed, or distructed?…or whatever???orginally a couple of years ago someone told me that the area adjacent was going to be converted to wetlands…or the fishponds were????thru a governmental grant to see if the honker population could be re buildt up, since they are being killed in large numbers in the early season hunts in the states to the north….any success on the crit reservation for anyone lately?…I haven’t been there in about five years….hunted the south ranch, by CIbola refuge; but it’s pricey; but set up very, very good….really nice people that run the operation

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skeeterbait
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SE Alaska 12-07-2005 15:26
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
Just got back from hunting SE Alaska man was it worth the trip. Smacked the honkers and mallards every day we hunted. Also went after sea ducks got some awesome birds to mount. If you have never been there you should give it a try.

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